Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 29)

1) Overlook House ice cream social and bike parade (Aug. 6)
2) Overlook Neighborhood Association board meeting (Aug. 1)
3) Special Olympics Oregon coming to adidas (Aug. 5)
4) Adidas leases space across the river
5) Protected bike lane on N Greeley Avenue postponed
6) Protect your home from water theft


1) Ice cream social and bike parade (Aug. 6)

Come out Sunday, Aug. 6, for the Overlook House bike parade and ice cream social. Kids and kids-at-heart are encouraged to decorate their bikes and assemble at the Overlook-Shaver-Castle triangle, just up the street from Overlook House. Starting at 2 p.m., Olive and Dingo, the grand marshals, will provide entertainment. The parade itself begins at 3 p.m. and will wind through Overlook.

After the parade, riders and anyone else can head to the Overlook House for the annual ice cream social. Hot dogs, beer, nonalcoholic beverages and, of course, delicious ice cream sundaes will be available for sale. As in past years, there will be fun and prizes. Penny’s Puppets and Tallulah’s Daddy will provide entertainment for the kids. We invite all Overlook and surrounding neighbors to the event.

The event is still looking for a few volunteers to help make it a success. Please contact Michelle at the Overlook House at 503-208-7312 or coordinator@historicoverlookhouse.org if you can help.
The ice cream social is organized by the Friends of the Overlook House, with presenting sponsor Erin Rothrock of Hasson Company Realtors.

See you all there!

Ice cream social and bike parade
Sunday, Aug. 6, 2-6 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

2) OKNA board meeting (Aug. 1)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association board will meet on Tuesday to discuss neighborhood business. Topics on the agenda include editing the upcoming edition of the Overlook Views newsletter, an update on mediation with Hazelnut Grove and the September general meeting. View the full agenda.

OKNA Board Meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

3) Special Olympics coming to adidas (Aug. 5)

Adidas has let the neighborhood know that an upcoming event at the campus in Overlook could impact neighbors briefly on Saturday, Aug. 5.

Adidas is a major supporter of the Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) program, and in an effort to provide a space for these young athletes, they’ve offered to host a match for their local Timbers-affiliated soccer team.

In an effort to alleviate disturbance to neighbors in Overlook, the company is directing all attendees to park in the adidas Employee Parking Garage. There will be several speakers set up for event officials to make announcements to players, parents and other supporters before and during the match. The event set-up will begin about 2 p.m. with the game commencing at 5 p.m. and lasting for two 30-minute halves.

Neighbors and the public are welcome to attend this free event and cheer on the athletes.

4) Adidas leases space across the river

One of the steps adidas is taking to alleviate parking pressure on neighborhood streets is to relocate some divisions to other sites in Portland. The company recently announced it has leased 80,000 square feet in the Montgomery Park building, which is visible across the river from Overlook.

5) Protected bike lane on N Greeley Avenue postponed

In February, we shared a BikePortland story about a protected bike lane for N Greeley Avenue. Construction had been planned to kick off by August, but now BikePortland reports that the Portland Bureau of Transportation will delay part of the project until 2018. A buffered bike lane between N Going and N Killingsworth will still be installed this summer. The busy section of Greeley between Going and N Interstate Avenue, however, will wait.

Read more about this change at BikePortland.

6) Protect your home from water theft

Recent media reports about water theft from outdoor faucets have raised awareness for many Portlanders. The Portland Water Bureau has advice about how to protect yourself.

Hose bib locks are designed to secure a faucet from unauthorized tampering and water theft. Many locks fit three-quarter inch (¾”) garden hose thread faucets and are perfect for securing vacant homes, winterizing, or anytime you want to have full control of water use from your hose bib.

Hose bib locks are small, inexpensive, easy to install, and can be found at most local home improvement stores and online.

And if you wake up one morning to find your spigot spewing water and you suspect foul play, call the police and make a report.

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