Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 27)

1) Patton Square Park community party – Saturday
2) Ice cream social next Sunday
3) Reminder I-5 northbound closed this weekend
4) Spirit of Portland Awards – Call for nominations
5) Learn about Portland’s traffic and transportation


1) Patton Square Park community party – Saturday

Come party with your neighbors at Patton Square Park (5727 N Interstate Ave.) on Saturday, 11-2 p.m. Temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s during the event. That’s comfortable enough to collaborate on an art piece, enjoy group yoga, go on a scavenger hunt to win a raffle prize, listen to local musicians and learn about community plans for playground improvements at the park.

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center will be open, providing an opportunity to tour an valuable historical resource for North and Northeast Portland. Food from Gracie’s Pizza and snow cones from Hana’s PDX will be available for purchase, and there will be some free snacks and cool refreshments, too.

Stop by the Friends of Patton Square Park and Overlook Neighborhood Association booth for a free button and a chat to learn about what’s happening in the neighborhood.

Many thanks to event sponsors: Aprende con Amigos Preschool Academy, Firelight Yoga, Frank’s 76, the Overlook Neighborhood Association and Sensory Kids. Thanks also to our business raffle donors: adidas, Atomic Pizza, Blend, Firelight Yoga, Garagiste, New Seasons Market and Old Gold.

This event is free and open to the public with fun for all ages.

Program schedule:
11:15-11:45 – Yoga in the Park by Firelight Yoga
11:45-12:15 – Brody Gray (Contemporary Torchy/ Acoustic Pop)
12:45-1:15  – Forrest Myers-Power (Rock/Pop)
1:15-1:30 – Raffle
1:30-2:00 – Mel Zuch (Alt-country /Pop)

2) Ice cream social next Sunday

Beat the heat at the annual Overlook Neighborhood Ice Cream Social on Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m. Join your neighbors at the Overlook House back rose garden for games, music, a raffle with amazing prizes and delicious ice cream sundaes.

Raffle tickets and ice cream purchases help benefit the Overlook House and your favorite free events throughout the year.

3) Reminder I-5 northbound closed this weekend

Don’t forget that Interstate 5 northbound will close between I-84 and the Fremont Bridge starting Friday night at 10 p.m. and re-opening Monday morning at 5 a.m. The Oregon Department of Transportation will be paving and repairing the highway during that time.

Expect some traffic detours into Overlook as people get back on the highway at N Going Street or N Alberta Street. Most travelers should use I-405 as a detour.

4) Spirit of Portland Awards – Call for nominations

Spirit of Portland Awards are a recognition of local heroes and the impact of their work on creating a shared future in a city we all share.  Each year Portland City Council presents Spirit of Portland Awards to individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to our community.

Nomination forms are available online or by contacting Marco Mejia at 503-823-3093 or email spiritofportland@portlandoregon.gov.

Nominate someone or some group that you think has made a difference in Portland or even just in one neighborhood.

5) Learn about Portland’s traffic and transportation

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland State University again this year will conduct a 2018 PSU Traffic and Transportation Class that offers Portland residents the opportunity to learn about the city’s transportation system while working on actual neighborhood projects that affect the community.

Participants will work with decision- and policy-makers, planners, scholars, and engineers to get their neighborhood transportation projects moving.

This interactive PSU class is open to Portland residents. Full scholarships are available for the 10-week course, which begins Sept. 27 meets Thursday nights 6:40-8:40.  The classes are live-streamed for participants who might otherwise not be able to attend in person on the PSU campus in downtown Portland.

Learn more and register here.

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