Apr 7, 2014

Neighborhood Social & Board Elections

Come out and join us neighbors at Carts on Foster on Wednesday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. It's neighborhood board elections but most importantly this social is a great way for neighbors to get out meet each other! We'll have snacks and hear from the Foster Area Business Association and ways you can help support our local businesses. If you are interested in getting involved on the Neighborhood Board email Erika at MSANA.chair@gmail.com

Mar 26, 2014

N'hood Meeting, Wed. April 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at MSCC

Hi Neighbors,

Our next general neighborhood meeting is next Wednesday, April 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center.  We have lots on the Agenda. The two owners of the two developments at 73rd and Woodstock and 77th and Martins will be attending to discuss the projects and answer questions. Also, a representative from PBOT will join us to discuss the possibility of eliminating the slip lane at 72nd and Woodstock and show us alternative designs. 

Our Annual Neighborhood Clean-Up is approaching! We are looking for volunteers to help spread the word with flyers and to help out Saturday, May 3rd between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  We will feed you.

Also, board elections are coming up at the May meeting! If you want to get involved with the neighborhood association, please email Erika at MSANA.Chair@gmail.com.  We have lots of things you can help us out with: Outreach, Neighborhood Foot Patrol, Land Use, Transportation and Sustainability Issues,if you have something in mind, let us know!

So much is going on in the neighborhood as we are heading into Spring! Keep your eyes on the Blog or on our Facebook Page for neighborhood happenings! Cheers, Erika Palmer-Wilson MSA, Chair

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Mar 20, 2014

Special Board Meeting: Wednesday, March 26 at 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

There will be a Special Board Meeting next Wednesday, March 26 from 6:15 -7:00 p.m. at O'Malleys (66th and Foster).

See the Agenda packet below.

We will be reviewing and discussing our neighborhood goals and taking action on two items:
1) A funding request for the SE Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Workshop, and
2) A SEUL Community Engagement Grant Application to be submitted for the 2014 SE Portland Neighborhood Kickball Tournament. We hope to see 6 surrounding neighborhood associations collaborating to bring a Family Friendly Kickball game to your neighborhood park this summer.

Which neighborhood will be crowned the 2014 SE Portland Neighborhood Kickball Champs? GO MSA!

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Mar 6, 2014

Gardens Are Happening - Got Tools?

Spring Equinox is coming! The plants are growing restless. Now is the time to prepare for it all and you need tools that work to get through the year.
You're invited to join your neighbors at the Learning Gardens Laboratory - 6801 SE 60th Ave - on Saturday March 8th from 10am to 1pm for their last work party of Spring Term. In preparation for spring gardening we will focus on tool stewardship. Learn how to care for tools and help us clean and sharpen the tools at LGL. You're welcome to bring your own tools to work on, but please bring sand paper and a file if you have it.

Feb 26, 2014

Neighborhood Social, Wednesday, March 5th 6:30 p.m. at Carlandia

Hi Neighbors!

Next Wednesday, March 5th we will be having a Neighborhood Social co-hosted with our neighbors to the south the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood. Join us at Cartlandia on SE 82nd Drive at 6:30 p.m. You can buy food at the Carts and will be providing drinks! We will have a short presentation from the Community Energy Project about making our homes healthy.


P.S. Tell your neighbors! Help Us Spread the Word!

Feb 19, 2014

The Sum of Our Efforts

It's good to remember often that one of our biggest gifts to each other is our time invested in our neighborhood. Thanks to our good neighbors at Green Lents, we're lucky to have a great tool library at 92nd and Ramona. Have you thought about ways you can show up to help make a great neighborhood? Now's your chance to be the change!

Green Lents is an all-volunteer run non-profit with a mission to provide education, volunteer and leadership opportunities in and around the Lents neighborhood to promote a thriving, sustainable community. We work together in small teams run by volunteers within the community to address important issues because we believe that this is Our Place, Our Community and Our Home, and we need to take care of it… together. Our goal is to promote a “green” culture in our community that brings us back to our less-wasteful, more resourceful, and more locally dependent roots through community-driven events, sharing programs and support of local organizations.

Here are opportunities for you to get involved with Green Lents: Volunteer!

Jan 30, 2014

Feb. 5th Neighborhood Meeting 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center

Hey Neighbors,
Metro Councilor, Bob Stacey will be on hand at our next Neighborhood Meeting to introduce himself and to speak briefly what the Regional Government is up to these days. Did you know that every two years, Metro selects transportation projects and programs to receive approximately $60 million in federal funding. The updated Foster Streetscape Plan has received some of this funding. Metro does a lot more and I'll let Bob speak for himself.

Emerio Design is proposing a development at 72nd and Steele Streets. A representative from their firm will be attending to talk about the proposed development and to answer questions from neighbors. (See the attached existing conditions map and preliminary plat). Hope to see you. If not don't forget to read updates on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Mt.Scott.Arleta.Neighborhood  and you can also join the Nextdoor social network which is a private neighborhood site. Check it out: https://nextdoor.com/

February 5, 2014 MSANA Agenda

Jan 9, 2014

Events at Holgate Library for January & February

Hey Neighbors,

Check out these events for families, teens, and adults at the Holgate Library for January & February.

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate
Phone: 503-988-5389

Events at Holgate Library Jan/Feb 2014

Jan 6, 2014

Happy New Year! N'hood Meeting Jan. 8th 6:30 p.m. at MSCC

Happy New Year Neighbors!  Let's make 2014 another awesome year in our neighborhood! We have a meeting this Wednesday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center. We will be brainstorming some new goals for this upcoming year and beyond. See the agenda below.  The neighborhood association and our volunteers did wonderful things this past year.  Just to name a few things:

Dec 18, 2013

Local Fruit Trees Need YOU!

Want to learn about fruit trees and steward our local assets?

The Green Thumb Orchard is a historic orchard within the Learning Gardens Laboratory at Green Thumb (6801 SE  60th). The orchard is co-operatively managed by Portland Community Gardens and the Portland Fruit Tree Project.

Portland Fruit Tree Project is seeking volunteers to help maintain the trees and harvest the fruit, half of which is donated to those in need. Training is provided to all Tree Care Team members. This year our goal is to engage more residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, including Mt. Scott-Arleta!

Dec 12, 2013

Get Your Holiday Neighborhood Gifts Here!

Show your love and support the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood.  We have great stocking stuffers!
To get yours delivered please email Erika at msana.chair@gmail.com before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2013.
We have limited Bike Bells, so you better place that order quick.

Foster Love Bike Bell $10.00

Tote Bags $5.00

T-Shirts in colors Gray & Red $15.00
American Apparel
Men Sizes: XL, L, M, S
Women Sizes: XL, L, M, S, Extra Small

Dec 11, 2013


In this newsletter: Neighborhood of the Year, STREET SEATS: Innovative uses for on-street parking spaces and Help wanted
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Spirit of Portland Awards Ceremony: MSA board members accept the Neighborhood Association Award from Commissioner Amanda Fritz, November 2013

Neighborhood Association of the Year!Toot your horn
Dance your dance
Mt. Scott-Arleta has fancy pants!

Yep, the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood is the 2013 Spirit of Portland Neighborhood Association of the Year!

The glory goes to all you volunteers who have shown up to make our neighborhood shine. To name a few: neighborhood socials, neighborhood foot patrols, committee members (land use, transportation, sustainability, communication, etc.) and many work parties at Arleta TriangleOur Happy BlockArleta School garden, and more.


The ceremony was a great chance to hear about all the amazing community members in Portland doing very important work. Take a look at the other recipients here.

Dec 2, 2013

MSANA Mtg. Wednesday, December 4th

Mt. Scott Arleta Neighborhood Association Meeting
6:30-8:00 p.m. 
Mt. Scott Community Center (Poolside Room) 

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Come learn about the Portland Fruit Tree Project and their partnership with Portland Parks & Rec to manage and maintain Green Thumb Community Orchard in the Learning Gardens Lab just south of Duke on SE 60th! We will also hear about the recommendations for the Foster Streetscape Plan! Come and see what the "new" Foster Streetscape will look like. If you can't make Wednesday's meeting a Open House on the Foster Streetscape Plan is taking place on Thursday, December 5th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at SE Works (79th & Foster Road).

Nov 12, 2013

Help Prepare for a Great Emergence! Your Neighbors Need You

Whether we know it or not, we are not prepared to deal with a large-scale disaster like the impending Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake. But while there's time, we can take huge steps to creating a disaster-ready neighborhood that will adapt and thrive in a post-collapse world. Sounds overwhelming? Like all big problems, it could be, but it's mostly a fun get-to-know-your-neighbor challenge that will improve our lives regardless of whether the Big One strikes within our lifetime. And if it does, we'll be much better prepared to successfully emerge from the aftermath.

If you are motivated to know how you can help avoid neighborhood tragedy, please help with the planning effort that will bring workshops and fun activities to your block. Contact Sustainability Rep. Jonathan portlandearthcare [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.

Nov 1, 2013

MSANA Mtg. Wednesday, November 4th

Hello Neighbors!

Come and learn about the Neighborhood Street Tree Inventory, funding requests from Foster Our Block, and Feast for SouthEast, and the recommended cross-section alternatives for Foster Road.  

When: Wednesday, November 6th
Where: Mt. Scott Community Center (72nd and Harold) 
Time: 6:30 p.m. 

See full agenda below. 

MSANA Agenda Nov. 6 2013.pdf

Seed Saving & Sharing Party!

Hello neighbors,

Zenger Farm's November workshop is coming up this Tuesday! We’d love to see you there and would appreciate your help spreading the word in southeast Portland. Participants can sign-up online http://tinyurl.com/outersefarmertraining or with prairie@zengerfarm.org or 503-282-4245.

Oct 22, 2013

City Seeks Input for Pilot Project to Enable Community Uses on Unpaved Streets

Portland has about 60 miles of unpaved, dirt and gravel streets within the city limits. While the City does not maintain these unimproved streets, some residents have taken the initiative to create garden plots, rest areas and other community uses in these public spaces.

The concept came from Mayor Hales, who thought the City should try to empower communities to help determine what their neighborhoods look like by creating something useful and attractive. Many homeowners on unimproved streets have said that expensive paving projects are not what they prefer, but lower cost alternatives such as placing benches or gardens in the public right of way would still require a City permit.

Community meetings to share your ideas for community uses of unpaved streets

The public is invited to share their ideas at two upcoming community meetings. This will be an opportunity to share issues and concerns City staff should take into consideration as they develop the project:

Monday, Nov. 4
6:30 to 8 p.m.
East Portland Community Center
Poolside Room #1, 740 SE 106th Ave.
http://www.trimet.org/:  #15, #20, SE Main St. Max Station/Green

Wednesday, Nov. 13
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Hollywood Library
Community Meeting Room, 4040 NE Tillamook St.
http://www.trimet.org/:  #12, #75, 4 blocks to Hollywood/NE 42nd Ave. TC Max Station

Oct 15, 2013

Friends of Trees set to plant in Mt. Scott-Arleta

Plant trees like us! 

Residents can order discounted trees now! The earlier the better

All that good, squishy soil means it’s tree-planting time, and Friends of Trees is getting ready to hit the ground in Mt. Scott-Arleta.
Residents who want to order discounted trees for their street or  yard should sign up by November 4 in order to be a part of the December 7 planting in our neighborhood. 

To sign up and browse the tree selection, visit www.friendsoftrees.org/plant-it-programs or call 503-282-8846.

Each planting starts with breakfast and ends with a potluck. “Plantings are like a party with your neighbors. It’s all about good food, good people, and being able to say ‘I planted that!’” says Whitney Dorer, Neighborhood Trees Manager for Friends of Trees. 

Oct 7, 2013

Neighborhood Watch & Foot Patrol

Hello Neighbors,

We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate a Neighborhood Foot Patrol.  This would mean setting a date, coordinating volunteers, and developing a route. If you are interested please email Erika at erikatakeabow@gmail.com.

Interested in setting up a Neighborhood Watch Program on your block? The Neighborhood Watch Program increases safety and security in neighborhoods by involving as many households as possible in a united crime prevention effort. This program teaches community members to:
  • Communicate regularly using tools specific to Neighborhood Watch,
  • Recognize and report suspicious activity,
  • Increase home and vehicle security,
  • Increase personal safety of residents; and
  • Make neighborhoods less attractive to criminals. 
For more information you can read this Neighborhood Watch brochure. If you are interested in establishing a Neighborhood Watch on your block please contact our Neighborhood Crime Prevention Officer Brad Taylor at 503-823-2781 or by email at brad.a.taylor@portlandoregon.gov

Remember neighbors working together are the first and best line of defense against crime!

Sep 26, 2013

Neighborhood Volunteer positions need to be filled!

Can you make room in your busy life to give back to your neighborhood?

We have lots of volunteer positions open that can take as little as 1 hour per month (or less.) Please send an email to Terah Beth to get the scoop.  Don't worry your pretty little heart about getting in over your head... we're a bunch of laid back people who like to have fun. We just want our neighborhood to be the best it can be! You are free to give as little or as much as you want and we'll be satisfied. (We ain't Mick Jagger)
  • Newsletter and/or Website Writers 
      Get out the word about neighborhood events, projects, meetings, and other important information that is important to you!
  • Foot Patrol Coordinator
    Role: Pick days to have foot patrol and send email to foot patrol group alerting the group of walks and trainings.

  • Party Planners! 
    Role(s):Help plan neighborhood events, socials and parties! Roles vary: Food Picker-upper, solicit donations (food/beverage) from local businesses, pick location of party...your role can be what you want it to be!