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).
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in setting up a Neighborhood Watch Program on your block? TheNeighborhood Watch Programincreases 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 email@example.com
Remember neighbors working together are the first and best line of defense against crime!
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 Role: 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!
Multilingual avengers: Assemble! Holgate now has its team in place (there were a lot of people moving around the system after the library went back to a 7-day-a-week schedule back in July). We are proud to tell you that (barring absences) we can serve the public in:
English - 7 days per week
Spanish - 6 days per week (not Wednesday)
Vietnamese - 7 days per week
Cantonese - 7 days per week
Mandarin - 7 days per week
CLICK TO READ MORE Library updates [Chinese Vegetable Farmers of Portland, Colors of the Jungle (Parrots!), E Books ]
Greetings! You are invited to attend a house party fundraiser to support ROSE CDC upcoming projects! Join us for an evening of food and fun, featuring gourmet wood-fired pizza and opportunities to network with SE Portland business leaders, city officials, and community supporters.
When: Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Beth Crane's House
3824 SE 68th Ave
Please R.S.V.P. by 9/24
(503) 788-8052 ext. 15 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our goal is to promote our mission and outreach to those who are not aware of our projects in SE Portland. ROSE is working on a series of new projects to build community wealth and strengthen relationships among our city’s most dynamic neighborhoods. For example, in partnership with Mercy Corp NW, we are working on implementing a Community Investment Trust that would allow low and moderate-income households to save money and begin investing in their community by collectively buying a commercial property in their neighborhood. Your support and attendance will be invaluable to ROSE.
Hope to see you there!
I hope all of you neighbors are having delightful summer. I can't believe that fall is around the corner. Our next neighborhood meeting is Wednesday, September 4th, 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center. We have a full agenda.
Come learn about how you can volunteer for the S.M.A.R.T (Start Making A Reader Today) program at a local school
The Laurelwood Park Master Plan is compete (attached to agenda below). Please review the final draft and provide your comments either at the meeting or you can email them to Erika at email@example.com.
Listen and provide comments about a new proposed development at SE 77th Avenue and SE Martin Street (attached to the agenda below)
Holgate Library update; and
Committee updates and a bunches of FUN!
Hope to see you next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center. We will be holding a Neighborhood Social in October -- more on that coming VERY SOON!
If you are interested in learning more about the Foster Streetscape Plan Update next Thursday, July 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at SE Works (7916 SE Foster) the Stakeholder Advisory Committee will be meeting. These meetings are open to the public and do include time for public comment. Over 100 people attended the June 4th, Open House to discuss the future of Foster. You can find out more about the project goals and objectives here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/57866
We have a neighborhood meeting July 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center (poolside room).
It's our last meeting till September! But don't you worry, we will be updating the blog with events as well as keeping you informed through Facebook.