Overlook Neighborhood Update (Dec. 2)

1) Holiday parties and events for Overlook
2) Sen. Ron Wyden Portland town hall (Dec. 3)
3) Hearing on wood smoke ordinance
4) Comment on state air quality rulemaking
5) OKNA Board meeting (Dec. 5)


1) Holiday parties and events for Overlook

Come share some holiday cheer and fun with your Overlook Neighbors at parties and events in the next few weeks.

Santa comes to Overlook House tomorrow!

The jolly old elf himself will arrive via firetruck on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. Kids will have a chance to whisper what they want for the holidays as they prepare to have their picture taken by the fire with Santa. There also will be face painting and a chance to listen to children’s favorite Red Yarn, who will be performing on the lower level at 11:15. This seasonal visit from Santa is sponsored for the neighborhood by the Friends of Overlook House.

Santa at Overlook House
Sunday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

NET Holiday Party

The Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team will hold its annual holiday party on Monday, Dec. 11 at the Overlook Restaurant, 6-8 p.m. This meeting replaces the regular NET meeting and all are encouraged to attend to learn more about preparedness, meet the people you’ll want to know if an earthquake or other disaster strikes, and just have fun. There will be excellent prizes raffled off.

NET Holiday Party
Monday, Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m.
Overlook Restaurant (1332 N. Skidmore St.)

Overlook Neighborhood Association Holiday Party

The annual Overlook Neighborhood Association Holiday Potluck Party takes place on Dec. 15 at Daybreak Cohousing, 6-8 p.m. Bring your favorite dish, drink or dessert to share. (Adult beverages not provided.) Come for the fun and stay for the fantastic neighborhood raffle. Bring your family, friends and good dose of seasonal spirit.

Overlook Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m.
Daybreak Cohousing Common Home (2525 N Killingsworth St.)

2) Sen. Ron Wyden Portland town hall (Dec. 3)

Oregon’s Sen. Ron Wyden will hold a public town hall meeting tomorrow at Cleveland High School’s auditorium in Southeast Portland. Wyden will update residents about what’s been happening in Washington, D.C. This will be Wyden’s 80th town hall meeting of 2017.

Multnomah County town hall
Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m.
Cleveland High School auditorium (3400 SE 26th Ave.)

3) Hearing on wood smoke ordinance

Do you have a wood-burning fireplace? If so, a proposed Multnomah County wood smoke ordinance could affect you. The county is considering a draft ordinance to reduce wood smoke during weather conditions called inversions events that occur on average 3 to 5 times per year. Inversions trap smoke from household or other fires creating smoky, hazy conditions.

The county will hold its final community hearing on the proposed ordinance on Thursday.  Learn more about the ordinance online. The site also allows online comments if you can’t make it to the hearing.

Wood smoke ordinance community hearing
Thursday, Dec. 7, 9:30-11 a.m.
Multnomah Building (501 SE Hawthorne St.)

4) Comment on state air quality rulemaking

Oregon’s current air quality rules have gaps and limits because they are based on federal regulations. As a result, industrial plants can operate legally but still emit pollutants at levels that could harm people’s health. The State Department of Environmental Quality’s Cleaner Air Oregon project has proposed new rules to help protect people by setting health-based standards for reducing air toxics.

The rules are currently in a public comment period that ends Dec. 22. You can review the rules and comment on them online. The Eastside Portland Air Coalition has prepared an information sheet on the proposed rules.

5) OKNA Board meeting (Dec. 5)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. The board will discuss some proposed development projects and the holiday party. See the agenda.

OKNA Board Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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