Nov 5, 2014

Tips for Staying Cozy this Winter from Clean Energy Works

After a hot summer, temperatures are finally dropping—and winter is just around the corner. Grab a coffee or a hot apple cider, put on your favorite flannel, and cuddle up to your sweetie because we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best tips for keeping toasty indoors.

Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, there is sun, even in Oregon winter! When it’s shining, be sure to open south-facing window curtains, drapes, and blinds during the day, so the sunlight can naturally heat your home. Close window coverings at night to keep the heat in. Cover drafty windows. Tape a do-it-yourself, clear, plastic film to the inside of your window frames. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame. Installing window treatments, such as blinds, drapes, or shades, can also help reduce heat loss. Adjust the temperature. Set the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees cooler when you’re not home to use less energy and lower utility bills. Lowering the temperature slightly at night and adding an extra blanket to the bed keeps the whole family extra cozy.

Give your home a free check up from Clean Energy Works. Your home does a lot for you—everyone needs a check up every once in a while. We’ll give you a complete look at all the ways you can improve your home: becoming more efficient, creating comfort, providing better air quality, and even being safe during an earthquake. Take an online eValuation, and use HomeScope to see what your neighbors are doing for their homes—with all kinds of information on rebates and financing available when you’re ready for a home upgrade. It’s all available at: www.cleanenergyworksoregon.org

Oct 29, 2014

Oct 27, 2014

Neighborhood Small Grant Application -- Due January 5th!

Neighborhood Small Grant Applications due January 5th! Do you have a small but powerful idea for strengthening your neighborhood? Perhaps you want to revive a forgotten city tradition? Host a civics workshop? Organize a tenant rights forum? Paint an intersection mural? Create a community garden? SE Uplift invites ordinary Portlanders like you to shape and create your neighborhood by applying for a

Neighborhood Small Grant. Grants range from $300-$4,000 and are intended to spur small, grassroots community efforts aimed at connecting and engaging residents, building community capacity, improving neighborhood livability, or increasing community impact on public decision making.

 Attend one of the Grant Information Workshops at SE Uplift (3534 SE Main) to learn more!
Saturday, November 15th: 10 am – noon
Wednesday, November 19th: 7 pm – 9 pm

For more information and to RSVP for a workshop, visit www.seuplift.org/NSG

Sep 30, 2014

Neighborhood Meeting Tomorrow! October 1st 6:30 p.m. at MSCC

Hello folks, sorry I've been having some technical issues with posting our Neighborhood Meeting agenda. I think I have everything worked out and will also be sending it out next month via email to everyone on our email list! I bet everyone is gearing up for fall activities: pumpkin patches and lattes, Halloween costumes, leaf raking, breaking out the raincoats, etc. Here's the agenda for tomorrow. I'm hoping that we can pull together a fun neighborhood fall/winter party over the next couple of months. If you are interested in helping or brainstorming some ideas please contact Erika at msana.chair@gmail.com We need a neighborhood party committee! :)

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Rain Garden Workshop Oct. 11

REGISTER NOW! 
Saturday Oct. 11, 9am-1pm
Calvary Lutheran Church - 8026 SE Woodstock Blvd.
It's FREE  Learn how to build a rain garden! 
Presented by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
Hosted by Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association

REGISTER AT EMSWCD or call 503-222-7645

A rain garden is a sunken garden bed that captures stormwater, and allows it to soak into the ground naturally. You will learn step-by-step details on how to plan, design and build your own rain garden.

Jun 30, 2014

July Neighborhood Meeting -- July 2 at 6:30 p.m. at MSCC

Hi Neighbors,

There's always a lot going on in the neighborhood. The  Portland Mercado Market Manager, Manual Foucher will be at the meeting to give us an update.  Don't forget the BIG Depave event at the Mercado, this month. 

If you haven't heard, MSA has organized a kickball tournament this month between 5 nearby neighborhoods (FoPo, Woodstock, Lents, Brentwood-Darlington, and Creston-Kenilworth).

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May 29, 2014

June Neighborhood Association Meeting Agenda

Here's the June Neighborhood Association Agenda!

A few activities to get involved in as we get ready for summer!

Foster Road Streetscape Plan is headed towards City Council for approval on Wednesday, June 11th at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave). Voice your support or concerns over this project by attending the council meeting to give your three minutes of testimony or submit an email to any of the Councilors. More information on this project can be found here:  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/57866

Help DePave the Portland Mercado site on Saturday, July 26. Sign-up for the event http://depave.org/work/projects/

More information on the SE Portland Neighborhood Kickball Championship will be coming out in early June. Get ready to put on your sneakers and kick the big red ball around! Your neighborhood could take the championship trophy home! 

And, don't forget the  Farmers Markets are opening up in June.  Both Lents and Woodstock!  More information here: https://www.facebook.com/lentsfarmersmarket  www.woodstockmarketpdx.com

Here's the agenda for next Wednesday!

June 4 2014 MSA Agenda

May 12, 2014

Foster Streetscape Plan headed to City Council & Happy Hour Afterwards!

If you have been following the Foster Streetscape Project, you will probably know that the planning phase of it is just about completed. A final version of the updated plan has been completed and has undergone public review and commenting and it will be discussed at a City Council meeting on Thursday May 29 at 2:00 pm (at City Hall). The plan calls for a lot of improvements to occur on Foster Road, making it a saver, nicer, and friendlier street for people traveling on it, trying to cross it, visit or operate a business on or near it and just in general for all the neighborhoods around it and for the people of Portland.

If you can somehow attend the City Council meeting and are willing to speak in support of the plan that would be awesome. If you can’t make it yourself, but know of others that can attend and would like to make a brief statement in support of the plan; please encourage them to do so! Citizen testimony is typically limited to just 3 minutes per person, and it would be great if City Council can hear from as many different people as possible about the importance of the Foster Streetscape improvements.

It will be very important to show City Council that this plan is broadly supported by the people of Portland and to convince City Councilors to all vote in favor of adopting the plan, and to assure that proper funding will be provided so the improvements can be implemented soon! More info on the plan can be found on the City website: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/57866 

Assuming the plan will indeed be adopted as hoped for, people from our neighborhoods plan to gather afterwards at O’Malley’s at 6535 SE Foster for happy hour (kids and families welcome), so even if you can’t make it to the City Council meeting, make sure to stop by O’Malley’s later that afternoon (Thursday May 29th) for an informal gathering of neighbors, friends and others.

Apr 28, 2014

Get Ready For Anything: Disaster Preparedness

Free Public Workshop: In a major disaster, you and your neighbors will be each other’s closest source of help. “Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared,” shows you how to engage neighbors in getting their households ready, and how to organize to help each other after a disaster. Also, you’ll learn about Neighborhood Emergency Teams and, if being a volunteer first responder appeals to you, how to become a NET member. Also much needed are ham radio operators who can provide vital communication links. This workshop will be repeated three times on the following dates and at the following locations…

  • Wednesday April 30 — 6:30 to 9 pm
    Service Employees International Union, 6401 SE Foster Rd.
  • Tuesday May 13 — 6:30 to 9 pm
    SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave.
  • Tuesday May 20 — 6:30 to 9 pm
    Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele St.

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?

THIS SATURDAY March 8 : TOOL STEWARDSHIP WORKSHOP AND WORKPARTY at Learning Gardens Lab.
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.

SEE YOU NEXT WEDNESDAY AT 6:30 p.m. AT CARTLANDIA.

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!