Library’s 40th Fall Used Book Sale

 

Celebrate the Friends of the Multnomah County Library’s 40th Fall Used Book Sale with more than 100,000 items during the weekend of October 18-21 at the DoubleTree at Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah St.. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Multnomah County Library.

Kicking things off is a Members-Only night Friday, October 18, 6 to 9 pm. Admission is free to the public on Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm, and Monday 9 am to 3 pm. Annual memberships can be purchased at any time, including at the door Friday night. Individual membership is $10 and $15 for families.

Oregon’s largest used book sale boasts 100,000 items at great prices. Hardcover and quality trade paperbacks start at $2, mass market paperbacks and children’s books at 50 cents, CDs at $2, and DVDs at $3. Also available in this new and used collection are audio books, LPs, video tapes, pamphlets, sheet music, and maps in good to excellent condition.

No electronic devices to check prices will be allowed during Friday’s Members-Only Night. Phones, scanners and other devices will be allowed Saturday through Monday for checking individual items. Items may not be set aside to be scanned later.

Back by popular demand is the Collector’s Corner. These special and rare books and ephemera are culled from the Friends’ online store and will be available for purchase from Friday to Sunday. Monday will be a 50% off Discount Day on all remaining regular items.

For more information, see www.friends-library.org or contact the Friends at 503.224.9176.

 

4-H Nature Clubs Forming in Neighborhoods

 

4-H is teaming up with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to bring a new Nature Club to the area. These clubs engage students in outdoor nature-focused exploration, discovery, play, conservation, and learning.

The clubs will meet all over the Metro region and explore neighborhoods, local parks and the Oregon Zoo with mentoring from US Fish and Wildlife Service. They are open to students in grade 3 – 5.

To become a 4-H Nature Club Leader, attend one of these upcoming trainings both held at Holy Redeemer, 127 N. Rosa Parks Way. Dates and times are  Thurs. Oct. 3, 4-7 pm and Saturday, October 5, 9- Noon

For more information about 4-H Nature Clubs contact
Aliesje King, OSU Extension 4-H Multnomah County, 3421 SE Salmon St. 503.916.6075

 

P P & R Repairs Springwater Trail

 

Work has begun repairing a section of Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s Springwater Corridor Trail about a mile south of the Ross Island Bridge that was damaged by erosion.

Throughout the month of October, a portion of the trail between milepost 1.5 and milepost 1.75 will be closed from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. There will be no public access to that section of trail during these construction  hours.

Many people use the trail for commuting and recreation, and the trail will be open for use before 9 am and after 4 pm on weekdays as well as on weekends.  Walkers, runners and cyclists should continue to use caution through the construction area.

PP&R put up cones in April when the asphalt path cracked due to the slide, along with sandbags and plastic sheeting. Currently, the trail is open for use, but with only one lane available at the affected area. Users are urged to proceed with caution so that all may pass safely from both directions.

The repairs and reinforcement of the riverbank slope will occur in two phases. Phase 1 will stabilize the slope and rebuild the trail to make it fully functional and safe. The second phase, currently unfunded, will occur sometime in the future using vertical wooden piles driven into the river bottom to hold logs and root-wad supports in place, ballasted by a mixture of boulders and natural wooden enforcements. Planting vegetation will enhance habitat and provide additional stability at the very bottom of the bank.

 

 

Attracting pollinators

 

Attracting Native Pollinators will be presented October 8 at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont. The presentation by Mace Vaughn, Director, Xerces Society’s Pollinator Program and Joint Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the NRCS West National Technology Support Center, begins at 6:45 pm.

Pollinators are an indispensable part of a healthy environment and a secure food supply. One in three mouthfuls of food and beverages requires the presence of a pollinator. Despite their recognized importance, they are in decline. Learn how you can help attract and support native pollinator populations in your own backyard.

Parking is on SE 54th Avenue. This is a part of the monthly OSU Extension Multnomah County Master Gardeners speakers series.

 

Recycling tip of the Month

 

Q: If a plastic item has a number in a triangle on the bottom, is it recyclable in Portland?

A:  The chasing arrows arranged in a triangle on the bottom of plastic products indicate the recycle history or recycling potential of the product.

Dozens of variations on the symbol are in use and often confuse the consumer. Portland’s curbside recycling program is guided by the shape and size of a plastic item, not by the triangle imprint.

Accepted in the blue curbside bin: plastic bottles with a neck 6 oz and larger; margarine type tubs, 6 oz. and larger; buckets, 5 gal or smaller and rigid flower pots 4” and larger.

Not accepted:  plastic bags, lids, styrofoam, clamshells, beverage cups/straws, plastic packaging, and plastics contaminated with toxics.

More information is at the City of Portland link to Bureau of Planning and Sustainability – residential garbage, recycling and composting services www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/carts.

Want to recycle more plastic? Contact Metro at www.oregonmetro.gov for excellent guides for home and apartment recycling or the Metro Recycling Hotline at 503.234.3000 for recycling options beyond curbside.

Bonita Davis, Certified Master Recycler, Sunnyside Neighbor

 

Modernizing Franklin High School

 

Over the coming months, PPS will be hosting public meetings and events at Franklin for the public to share thoughts and ideas on topics such as: What should future schools look and feel like? What parts of the buildings and campuses work well? What parts don’t? How can Franklin better support students and families? This is your opportunity to help shape the Master Plan for what students’ schools will become!

Design workshop are held at Franklin High School Cafeteria, 5500 SE Woodward Ave.

Dates are Saturday, October 12, 9 am – Noon

Open House, Tuesday, October 22, 5:30 pm. -7:30 pm

Free Child Care and Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese Translators will be provided at Franklin.

For more information call 503.916.2222, or see www.pps.net/bond .

 

 

Sustainable landscaping workshops

 

Attend a free workshop and learn how to create low-maintenance landscapes that conserve water, prevent pollution and create healthy habitat for local birds and wildlife.

The workshops offer low-cost, sustainable gardening tips and resources for all levels of do-it-yourselfers who want to dig up fresh ideas for their yards and  gardens.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Register online at www.emswcd.org/workshops-events/register-for-a-workshop or 503.222.7645 for more information.

 

Workshop topics, dates and times are:

Naturescaping Basics–Learn how to design your landscape to reduce water use, decrease stormwater runoff and save you time, money, and energy – all while providing a beautiful habitat for birds, wildlife, and you.

Sunday, 10/20, 1 – 5 pm, Bridgeport United Church of Christ, 621 NE 76th Ave.

Saturday, 10/26, 9 am – 1 pm, Trinity United Methodist, 3915 SE Steele St.

Rain Gardens 101–Learn how to build your own rain garden. Rain gardens can play a critical role in urban stream restoration, and add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.

Sunday, 11/3, 1 – 5 pm, Bridgeport United Church of Christ, 621 NE 76th Ave.

Site Planning 1–An extension of Naturescaping Basics, you’ll learn the steps involved in planning a landscape or project; how to map your property, assess your garden style and needs, and work on a group design scenario.

Sunday, 11/17 from 9 am – 1 pm, Bridgeport United Church of Christ, 621 NE 76th Ave.

 

Bake Sale benefit feeds the hungry

 

New Seasons Market Hawthorne, 4034 SE Hawthorne Blvd. will hold a Benefit Bake Sale Saturday and Sunday, October 5 – 6, 11 am to 5 pm,. They are selling 4” apple pies for $4.99 and all proceeds will go Friends of Portland Community Gardens.

FPCG will use the funds to support the Produce for People program, where community gardens throughout Portland grow and collect produce for low-income families and individuals.

The event coincides with the store’s annual Apple-Tasting weekend, so come taste Northwest-grown heirloom apples (e.g., Cortland, Orleans Reinette, Mutsu, Ashmead’s Kernel) and help support the effort to reduce hunger.

Produce for People was started in 1995 as a grassroots effort in Portland’s community gardens to combat Portland’s high poverty rate.  Approximately 44 community gardens donate fresh and nutritious produce to approximately 20 hunger-relief agencies.Many of the gardens have dedicated plots for growing produce for the P4P program.

FPCG is dedicated to supporting and expanding community garden opportunities for the city and to building community around gardening. The organization was formed in 1985 and helped save the community garden program when its funding  was cut from the City budget.

See portlandcommunitygardens.org .

 

Golf tournament raises $100,000

 

“When the going gets tough….the tough get going.” This old adage has never been proved more true than through the charity golf tournament.  The event, sponsored by Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping and Garden Centers, presented the local charity Human Solutions with a check for $100,402 to help fund two shelters and other programs for homeless families.

Human Solutions provides shelter and/or housing to over 1000 families, including over 400 homeless children.

“The tournament is a great way for community members to really help our neighbors who are struggling.  It always amazes me how much we can get accomplished when we all band together.  The problem of homelessness is too big for one agency or even the government to fix, but my brothers, Dean and Drew and myself are proud we can make a difference by doing our part right here where we work and live.” said Dave Snodgrass.

For more information, visit www.humansolutions.org.

 

Aging in place, Tea and Community

 

Are you female, 50+ and single, widowed or divorced?

If so, the planning group of Eastside Village PDX (www.EastsideVillage.org) and a new NE Portland Village planning group forming in the Rose City neighborhood invites you to “Tea & Community”; one of two free outreach teas, Saturday October 19 and Saturday November 2, each from 2 – 3:15 pm at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St.

Learn about the local aging-in-place Village movement and meet amazing women—single and partnered—who are working to make aging-in-place Villages a reality here on Portland’s east side.

Meet the founders of Let’s Share Housing (www.letssharehousing.com) who will discuss shared housing as an aging-in-place strategy and offer guidelines on how to safely share your home or find a home to share.

The meetings are underwritten by a grant from NOW Oregon, who recognize the critical importance of community for women of all ages and connect them with innovative programs and services to enable them to successfully (and cost-effectively!) age in community.

There is no charge to attend the teas, but space is limited. To RSVP, email: info@EastsideVillage.org with name, phone, email, and the date of the tea you wish to attend (both will be the same).

Let us know if you require gluten free treats.

 

Weatherization Workshop

 

Come to a free weatherization workshop, Monday October 14, 7 – 9 pm,  at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 SE Harrison St.

Just in time for Fall, the Community Energy Project and Southeast Portland Tool Library are presenting a free Weatherization workshop.  This interactive, hands-on event will teach you how to make your home warmer and more energy-efficient.

Topics include: Energy-saving tips, Basic air-sealing techniques, and how to install basic weatherization supplies.

Income-qualifying individuals receive a free weatherization kit including a vinyl storm window kit, door weather-stripping, rope caulk, and more. See www.bit.ly/16rYPdg for qualification guidelines. Non-income-qualified individuals can purchase the kit at a reduced price.

The event is free, although donations will be appreciated.

 

Inaugural Youth Advocate Soirée

 

 

As teen advocates and authors of Oh, Shift for Teens, Jennifer Powers and Mark Tucker are picking up the mantel to bring community together with the inaugural Youth Advocate Soirée.

Mingle with over a hundred invited guests who work hard to contribute to the success and well-being of teens and young adults.

Network with industry peers. Bring business cards and flyers to display. Receive a complimentary copy of Oh, shift!™ for Teens and the Oh, shift!™ for Teens workbook
Rouse Portland

 

Thursday, October 3

5.30 – 7.30 pm

2512 SE Gladstone St.

Suite #202

Complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes.

www.nlivenyou.com  

 

58th Annual ALL SAINTS HOLIDAY BAZAAR Nov. 9, 9 am – 5 pm.  Over 40 local artisans and crafters showcasing amazing handmade goods for that perfect gift for the holidays! The popular Treasure Table will be back with antiques and collectibles. The Kids-only shopping room will be open where little ones can shop with their nickels and dimes. Homemade baked goods will be for sale and the Cafe offers fresh coffee, pastries and a full lunch menu.  $1 raffle tickets for an Apple iPad and many other prizes! Contact the parish office for tickets. There’s something for everyone! 3847 NE Glisan St., 503.232.4305. www.allsaintsportland.org .

 

Coming Out as a Person of Faith, a mutli-media project revealing experiences, stories, and perspectives of clergy, parents of gay and lesbians, and LGBT couples of faith who support the freedom to marry. Monday, Oct. 14 at the Sunnyside United Methodist Church, 3520 SE Yamhill.

 

Goal-Setting Essentials – Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30-7:30 pm. A free class for people who have things they want to accomplish, but aren’t making headway. Find out what your obstacles are. No registration required, just drop in (check the website for updates just in case). Classroom opens at 6:15 pm. No food or pets. 1235 SE Division St., #207. See www.TinaGilbertson.com/free_events.html.

 

Charming Gardeners Book launch by David Biespiel, Thursday, October 8, 7:30 pm at Powell’s on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd. From 2007-2011, Attic Institute president David Biespiel travelled across America on over 100 flights. His fifth collection is comprised of epistolary poems to friends, family, fellow poets and political rivals.

 

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is currently seeking applications for positions on the Central City 2035 SE Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Do you have skills, knowledge or experience that could help shape the future of Portland’s Central Eastside? Apply to serve on the SE Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee! Applications must be received by Thursday, October 3. View the project website at: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035/sequadrant. If you have questions about the application process, contact Stephanie Beckman at stephanie.beckman@portlandoregon.gov or 503.823.6042.

 

Viking Pancake Breakfast, October 20, 8:30 am – 1 pm, Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave., 503.236.3401, norsehall.org. Don’t miss the last Viking Pancake Breakfast of the year. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, served with scrambled eggs, sausage links, fruit, orange juice and bottomless coffee or tea.  $7 for adults, $4 for kids ages 5-12, and no charge for children under 5.  The young ones can also enjoy a story hour at 10 am.

 

CHEROKEE WHEEL BASKET CLASS Saturday October 19, 9 am – noon. Registration required. $30 nonmember/$25 LGF member. $10 material fee payable to instructor at beginning of class. For reservations, go to www.leachgarden.org or call 503.823.1671. Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Ave. just south of Foster, right on Johnson Creek.

 

Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteer drivers to ensure homebound seniors receive nutritious meals and a bit of companionship on holidays and weekends.Volunteer drivers are needed on Saturdays and Sunday as well as all major holidays. Volunteer once a week, once a month or only on specific holidays. For information about how you can help, call Caroline Henry at 503.953.8123 weekdays or 503.953.8202 weekends.

 

Portland Streetcar Mobile Tickets – Portland Streetcar Inc. makes it easier than ever to ride public transit with the introduction of a new mobile ticketing application for use with iPhone or Android devices. Riders can download the free PDX Streetcar Mobile Ticket app from an app store and begin buying and using Streetcar tickets with just a few clicks.To download the program, search for PDX Streetcar. There’s a minimum $5 purchase requirement. The tickets you buy can be stored on the device and activated individually at any time. 503.242.0084.

 

STORY CIRCLE, POTLUCK AND STORYTHON – Portland Storytellers’ Guild hosts a Story Circle & Potluck Friday, October 4 at 6:30 pm in the Community Room at McMenamin’s Kennedy School at 5736 NE 33rd Ave. The event is free and open to all. Storython is Friday, October 11 at 7:30 pm at Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside. More than a dozen tellers will tell 5 minute tales to audition for a spot in upcoming performances. Tickets are available through the Brown Paper Tickets at www.portlandstorytellers.org or at the door. Adults, $10, PSG members and students with ID, $8, and children 10 and under, $5.

 

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD: IN BRIEF: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE–October 17, 7:30 am at Tom’s Restaurant  39th & Division. Ann B. Clarkson, PhD, will review the history of GMO foods, their problems and potential benefits; the Oregon and Washington initiatives about GMO labeling; Oregon legislative actions and their future. The Breakfast Forum is a free monthly informal group, whose members are interested in a wide range of issues, including educational and political issues. Members choose both topics and speakers and is respectful. No registration required. Call 503.774.9621 for information.

 

SING PORTLAND, a non-audition community choir for everyone is growing. An Open House celebration will be held Thurs Oct 10 at Bothmer Hall, 5915 SE Division St. from 7 – 9 pm.  No note-reading or musical experience is required!  For information, see:  www.singportland.com or 503.956.4046.

 

Annual Providence Portland Medical Center meeting with neighbors is set for 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, at Providence Portland Medical Center in the Social Room. Hospital and neighborhood leaders will cover a number of topics, including a construction update for the new hospital guest housing project. All are welcome. 4805 N.E. Glisan St.

 

Labyrinth Walks at the Sunnyside Church.  Celebrate the end of summer and the fall’s bounty with a medative walk the first Thursday of each month. 7 – 9 pm. Oct. 3, Nov. 7. Sunnyside UMC at SE 35th and Yamhill St.

 

Applications open for August Wilson Monologue Competition. Participants compete to perform alongside competitors from around the country at the August Wilson Theater on Broadway in NYC. Open to all 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Winners will receive cash prizes, professional training, and exposure to the local theatre community. Portland Actors Conservatory will award the regional winner with a full academic, two-year scholarship valued at over $21,000. Applications available at reddoorproject.org. For teachers, educators, mentors, community leaders, and youth advocates, now is the time to reach out and engage students. All competition information at reddoorproject.org/awmc.

 

52 JOBS IN 52 WEEKS – Sixty year old Linda Chase has finished her “It’s Never Too Late” adventure, working with 52 Portland businesses within a year in a quest to find a job and to inspire others to pursue dreams by getting involved in their community. Sunday, October 20 from 2 – 3:30 pm at the Clinton Street Theater, SE Clinton St. and 26th St., Chase will speak about her journey and local musicians Richard Columbo and Lucy Hammond will join her in the celebration, Free (donations appreciated).

 

 

leaders will cover a number of topics, including a construction update for the new hospital guest housing project. All are welcome. 4805 N.E. Glisan St.

 

Labyrinth Walks at the Sunnyside Church.  Celebrate the end of summer and the fall’s bounty with a medative walk the first Thursday of each month. 7 – 9 pm. Oct. 3, Nov. 7. Sunnyside UMC at SE 35th and Yamhill St.

 

Applications open for August Wilson Monologue Competition. Participants compete to perform alongside competitors from around the country at the August Wilson Theater on Broadway in NYC. Open to all 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Winners will receive cash prizes, professional training, and exposure to the local theatre community. Portland Actors Conservatory will award the regional winner with a full academic, two-year scholarship valued at over $21,000. Applications available at reddoorproject.org. For teachers, educators, mentors, community leaders, and youth advocates, now is the time to reach out and engage students. All competition information at reddoorproject.org/awmc.

 

52 JOBS IN 52 WEEKS – Sixty year old Linda Chase has finished her “It’s Never Too Late” adventure, working with 52 Portland businesses within a year in a quest to find a job and to inspire others to pursue dreams by getting involved in their community. Sunday, October 20 from 2 – 3:30 pm at the Clinton Street Theater, SE Clinton St. and 26th St., Chase will speak about her journey and local musicians Richard Columbo and Lucy Hammond will join her in the celebration, Free (donations appreciated).

 

ECOVOICES TOASTMASTERS CLUB – Open House, Wednesday, October 9, 6 pm, 111 SW Columbia St., 8th floor www.ecovoices.info. The regular venue for this public-speaking club is the RiverEast Center at 1515 SE Water Ave. (every Wednesday at 6 pm).