Make a Difference: Mentor Students

 

Franklin High School’s ASPIRE Program (Access to Student assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone) is currently looking for volunteer mentors from the community.

ASPIRE is the state of Oregon’s mentoring program to help students access education and training beyond high school.  ASPIRE provides free mentoring , resources, and encouragement to help students get on a path that’s right for them after high school.  The program educates students and families about the scholarship application process and other options for paying for post-secondary education.

At Franklin, we are looking to build a sustainable community of volunteer mentors who work directly with students. Volunteers will receive training and resources from the ASPIRE coordinator to successfully work with students.  Mentors will work with 1-5 students to assist them with postsecondary education planning, career choice, financial aid, and admissions and scholarship opportunities.  Volunteers will meet with students at a regular time during the school day, and/or after school.

As a volunteer mentor, you will be offered high-quality and flexible training options: webinars, trainings at Franklin, and tons of online resources to help you mentor students.

Maybe you are a parent of a teenager, a retired teacher, or a community looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity.  We welcome all folks who are excited to share their college and career journey wisdom and encouragement with students.

The program will begin in September, but summer applications are welcome.

Contact the ASPIRE Volunteer Coordinator Cat Zalanka by e-mail: catherinez@pps.net . She will answer your questions, send you an application, and let you know about the volunteer mentor interview and background check process.

For more information, please check out the state’s ASPIRE website, www.OregonStudentAid.gov/ASPIRE

 

 

Laurelhurst tree volunteers needed

 

By Marianne L. Calhoun

 

Do you enjoy meeting more neighbors? Being outdoors? Learning to recognize 20 common street trees? Please consider helping the Laurelhurst neighborhood and Portland Parks & Recreation this summer by collecting information about the location, type, size, and health of our street trees. You can learn more details and register online by googling “Volunteer Portland Tree Inventory.”

The Laurelhurst Tree Team is “deeply committed to preserving the many great trees in our neighborhood by fostering a greater understanding of their presence, value and the care and maintenance of these shared neighborhood assets.  We believe a comprehensive street tree inventory will enrich the community’s awareness of our extensive urban canopy and serve as the basis for ongoing street tree education, care and appreciation.”

When the Laurelhurst neighborhood was originally developed in 1909 the developer recognized the appeal of tree-lined streets.  According to the developer’s sales brochure, 12,000 ornamental street trees of “the most popular varieties” were planted at 30’ apart.  Some of those trees have survived to this day and contribute greatly to the appeal of the neighborhood.  Many have been lost over the years, often replaced with more suitable street trees.  Some of the original trees that remain are no longer considered appropriate street trees and despite their great beauty and expansive canopies create ongoing maintenance concerns for homeowners and the city.  Despite the great number of street trees in the neighborhood, there remain many opportunities for new street tress where no tree presently exists or where a street tree is lost.  There’s also a great need to better inform homeowners of the responsibility and care of their street trees.

Help collect data during an inventory work day:  NW Quadrant: Saturday June 28th, 8:30 am (email Carl Ferraris at Carlferraris@comcast.net for more details)

NE Quadrant: Wednesday July 30, 4:30 pm (email Nancy Chapman at chapmannj@comcast.net for more details)

SE Quadrant: Saturday August 8th, 8:30am (contact David Ferguson at 503.206.5953 or coldavidlaneferguson@gmail.com for more details)

 

Lost and found at Mt Tabor

 

Have you recently lost anything while in Mt Tabor Park?  If so, we might have it in our Park Visitor Center.  Items are turned in at the lost and found box almost daily, and you can check at the Visitor Center to see if any of the items belong to you.  Items most frequently turned in are keys for automobiles, homes, school lockers, etc.  At this time we have keys for Honda, Nissan, Chrysler, Saab, BMW, Jeep, Toyota, Infiniti, Subaru, and many houses.  We also have several cellphones, camera cases and lens, jewelry, watches, usb cables, wallets, drivers licenses and credit cards.  Check with us please since we really like to reunite people with their personal items.  The Visitor Center is open most weekends and some mornings during the week.

 

Garden tools

 

By Bonita Davis

Certified Master Recycler

Sunnyside Neighbor

 

Gardening is a joy for many living in SE Portland. Breaking out the tools to garden or do that DIY project is for many, a rite of spring.    The correct tool for the job can make any task safer, more enjoyable, and less likely to create a risk of injury.

Think about the tools you need.  For tools you use often, experts advise purchasing the best quality tool you can afford- one that will be durable for a lifetime of use.  SE Portland has excellent garden centers and hardware stores with knowledgeable staff to guide you.  Find a detailed Guide to Buying Tools on www.ebay.com.   Will the tool be used infrequently and idle most of the time? Then, consider renting, borrowing, swapping or buying second hand.  One great resource is the Southeast Portland Tool Library.   Check out www.septl.org for their tool inventory, hours, and info on fundraising, volunteering, and tool care.

Maintain the tools you own.    On-line videos, such as Take Good Care of Hard-Working Garden Tools, and Sharpening Your Garden Tools are available at www.extention.oregonstate.edu/gardening.  Visit www.repairpdx.org for the next repair café where you can fix things for free and keep them working for you!

Time to part with a tool? Sell, trade or donate.  Check with the tool library for their want list.  Check out a new program that puts tools in the hands of veterans.  E-mail Tools4Troups@comcast.net for more information.

 

 

Mental health services offered

 

Shepherds’ Pathway is a group of licensed mental health practitioners who specialize in treating a variety of concerns and issues.   Special certification and training among our therapists include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Grief Recovery, Play Therapy, Group Work, Filial Therapy, Sand Play, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Inner Child Work, Dream Work, Reiki, and Spiritual Direction.

Shepherds’ Pathway offers individual psychotherapy and counseling services for adults, children, teens, couples, and families. They also offer group therapy options.   Currently Shepherds’ Pathway offers services for private pay clients.  Fees range from $1-$120 on a sliding scale basis according to an individuals ability to pay.   Soon they will be able to offer services to clients with Medicare and a range of insurance providers.

As there is no psychiatrist on the team, they are unable to serve clients who are in psychiatric crisis and in need of evaluation.

Basic information is available on the website: www.sheperdspathway.org, 503.802.1023, 901 SE Oak St. #106.

Shepherds’ Pathway is born of the desire to support people in their life journeys by providing holistic and comprehensive mental health services to all regardless of ability to pay.

 

 

Free Fire Camp for Young Women

 

Metro area fire agencies are offering this Camp from July 10 – 13 at the Portland Fire Training Center, 4800 NE 122nd Ave.

The young women rotate through various stations that are set up on the drill ground. These include hose and ladder evolutions, search and rescue, vehicle extrication, fire extinguishers, physical fitness, nutrition, interviewing skills, CPR certification and more.

The  goal is to instill leadership, gain confidence, learn team-building skills, get hands-on fire fighting training from female firefighters throughout the Portland Metro Area  and have as much fun as possible.

Applications are available at: portlandoregon.gov/fire/firecamp

Email application by June 16 to Tammy.willet@portlandoregon.gov, or a hard copy to: Portland Fire Training, 4800 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97220.

 

Fundraising for Native American Nonprofit

 

Providence Health & Services presents the third annual fundraising dinner for Wisdom of the Elders, a Portland-based Native American nonprofit that preserves Native culture and livelihood through a wide array of projects, from multimedia oral histories and storytelling to climate change media and programs for youth.

Dr. Mason, who will be speaking to Wisdom’s supporters at the dinner, will be joined by the other keynote speaker, David G. Lewis, PhD, the historian of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and current chair of the Oregon Heritage Commission.

“An Evening with Wisdom” will take place on  Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:30 pm, at The Melody Ballroom, 614 SE Alder St.

Tickets are $50 and available at brownpapertickets.com/events529546

For more information about the event and the work of Wisdom of the Elders, including The Wisdom Project, please visitwww.wisdomoftheelders.org

 

Recycling times for common items

 

Paper towel   •   2-4 weeks

Banana Peel   •  3-4 weeks

Paper Bag   •   1 month

Newspaper  • 1.5 months

Apple Core   • 2 months

Cardboard   •   2 months

Cotton Glove   •   3 months

Orange Peel   • 6 months

Plywood   •   1.3 years

Wool Sock   •   1.5 years

Milk Carton   •   5 years

Cigarette Butts   • 10-12 years

Leather shoes   • 25-40 years

Tinned Steel Can   •   50 years

Rubber Boot Sole   •   50-80 years

Plastic containers   •  50-80 years

Aluminum Can  •  200-5000 years

Plastic Bottles   •   450 years

Disposable Diapers   •   550 years

Monofillament Fishing Line • 600 years

Plastic Bags   •  200-1000 years

 

 

Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park

One Breath Action and Insight

Saturday, June 14 • 11 am – 5 pm

Colonel Summers Park • SE 17th and Taylor

The Buddhist Peace Fellowship of Portland is honored to welcome the touring monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery. The monks will join the 11th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park with several of their stage performance offerings, as well as their own items for sale at their booth.

Many lineages in Buddhism practice an awareness of the breath, and many also recognize the importance of the paired responses of action and insight, or compassion and wisdom. Taken separately, action alone can be unskillful, while insight alone can be cold and unfeeling. Together, action and insight give balance to the other. Compassion and wisdom are sometimes compared to a pair of wings making it possible to fly. With awareness of this one breath, we have the opportunity to pause, gain insight, and act from that spaciousness of spiritual practice.

Participating groups will have booths from 11 am to 4:30 or 5:00 pm. At noon, bells will ring, and workshops on how to meditate and an introduction to Buddhism will be offered. At 1:30, Sensei Hogen will give his Dharma Talk, and at 2:30 several Buddhist practitioners will speak on the theme as part of the Discussion Panel. Before the Monks of Gaden Shartse close the day with their performances at 4 pm, BPF Portland will host a drawing for prizes related to Buddhism. All festival attendees are eligible for one free ticket, and can purchase raffle tickets for more chances.

 

Volunteers Needed at Powell Butte

 

Join The Nature Conservancy to help restore Portland Parks & Recreation’s Powell Butte Lower Floodplain at a work party taking place on Saturday, June 14.  Powell Butte, an extinct cinder cone volcano, rises near the headwaters of Johnson Creek – an urban creek with remnant populations of native salmon and steelhead. The park is comprised of 608 acres of meadowland and forest.   We will perform follow up plant maintenance on a winter planting. After the three hour work party, volunteers are invited to stick around for a BYO sack lunch and informal hike.  Hiking boots, a daypack, lunch and snacks, plenty of water for the day, layers of clothing including rain gear, a hat, and sunscreen.  Bring leather gloves and safety glasses if you have them – if not, you can borrow ours.

Registration is required.  For more information or to register, please contact 503.802. 8100, email  orvolunteers@tnc.org.

 

Join Richmond area fruit tree project

 

Want to harvest fresh fruit in your own neighborhood? Get involved with the Richmond-Area Harvest Coordination Team! The Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) developed a new neighborhood-focused harvesting model in SE Portland in Richmond and its adjacent neighborhoods. (Sunnyside, Mt. Tabor, South Tabor, Creston-Kenilworth, Hosford-Abernethy, and Buckman)

The 2014 fruit harvesting season will be starting up soon. Volunteers are needed as: fruit monitors, harvest leader, PFTP liaison, and bike-powered transportation leaders.

If you are interested in possibly joining Richmond-Area Harvest Coordination Team in one of these capacities, please contact Bob Hatton, Program Coordinator
bob@portlandfruit.org, 503.284.6106 and let him know what sounds most interesting to you.

 The Portland Fruit Tree project is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical need in Portland: Access to healthy food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, we are preventing waste, building community knowledge and resources, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways to obtain healthy, locally-grown food. Because money doesn’t grow on trees… but fruit does!

 

Want to harvest fresh fruit in your own neighborhood? Get involved with the Richmond-Area Harvest Coordination Team! The Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) developed a new neighborhood-focused harvesting model in SE Portland in Richmond and its adjacent neighborhoods. (Sunnyside, Mt. Tabor, South Tabor, Creston-Kenilworth, Hosford-Abernethy, and Buckman)

The 2014 fruit harvesting season will be starting up soon. Volunteers are needed as: fruit monitors, harvest leader, PFTP liaison, and bike-powered transportation leaders.

If you are interested in possibly joining Richmond-Area Harvest Coordination Team in one of these capacities, please contact Bob Hatton, Program Coordinator
bob@portlandfruit.org, 503.284.6106 and let him know what sounds most interesting to you.

 The Portland Fruit Tree project is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical need in Portland: Access to healthy food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, we are preventing waste, building community knowledge and resources, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways to obtain healthy, locally-grown food. Because money doesn’t grow on trees… but fruit does!

 

SE Portland  Chapter AFS Intercultural Programs, is looking for families to host exchange students for the 2014-2015 school year.  Students arrive in August 2014 and return June 2015. Learn about another culture without leaving your home.  Students come from 90 different countries.  By applying early you have a big selection to choose from. If you want information about hosting, go to AFSusa.host-family.   If you have questions, give me (Bernice Schuchardt) a call at 503.775.4161

 

Creative Writing Class for Adults & Teens. Write from prompts that may lead to new stories, poems & other creative pieces. Wednesdays, June 25 – July 30, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont. $12/class or $66 for all 6 weeks.  All experience levels are welcome to join this supportive group. Taught by Pushcart-nominee Linda Ferguson. For information, email ljdferguson@gmail.com.

 

ANLD  (Association of Northwest Landscape Designers,) – View spectacular private gardens, meet local landscape designers, take in original art, and gather ideas for your perennial pleasure. Six East Side Portland gardens on display for self-guided tours. Map included.  Saturday, June 28, 2014. Open from 10 am – 4 pm. Only $20. Available now at one of these fine garden centers: Cornell Farms, Dennis’ Seven Dees, Garden Fever!, Xera Plants or online at www.anld.com.

 

Sons of Norway Grieg Lodge Viking Pancake Breakfast, June 8, 8:30 am to 1 pm at the Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave. An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast served with eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, compote, orange juice, tea or coffee – and Norwegian hospitality! Adults are $7; children 5-12, $4 and under 5 are free. There will be a children’s story time from 10 – 11 am. The Landhandel Nordic Boutique will be open.

 

Eastside Village Community invites you to the monthly potluck and community meeting on June 16.  Meet the Eastside Village Governing Council, learn about our progress toward formally launching the Village in early 2015, and discover how your skills and talents can help us get off the ground!  The Potluck starts at 6 pm: meeting follows at 7 pm in the Waverly Heights UCC church social hall, 3300 SE Woodward St.  Bring a potluck dish to share.  We’ll provide dishes and utensils. For further information go to:  info@eastsidevillagepdx.org

 

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) is having a FREE spay/neuter special for outdoor stray and feral cats in honor of “Independence Spay!” The free spay/neuter clinics will be held July 1-2. Services include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, treatment for fleas, ear mites and tapeworms; long-term pain relief medication, antibiotics and an ear-tip for identification. FCCO has humane live traps available to rent for a refundable deposit. There are no county or income restrictions to qualify for the free special. Call 503.797-.606 to schedule an appointment today or visit feralcats.com for more information!

 

The Second Time Around Sale hosted by Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church will take place Friday, June 6, 11 am – 6 pm and Saturday, June 7, 9 am – 5 pm. The money raised will fund much needed repairs to help preserve and restore the historic Mt. Tabor Church that houses TaborSpace. Make a contribution by donating items (no clothing, mattresses or computer components please) and shop the sale. Bring donations to the lower level of the church at 5441 SE Belmont St. starting Sunday afternoon, June 1. Weekday receiving 7:30 am – 8:30 pm,  Monday-Thursday. For more information or help with item pick-ups: info@mttaborchurch.net or call 503.234.6493.

 

Public Meeting Notice to review Final Construction plan for Disconnecting Mt. Tabor Reservoirs from City Drinking Water, June 11,  6:30-8:30, Warner Pacific College, McGuire Auditorium. Water Bureau Commissioner Nick Fish and Parks Bureau Commissioner Amanda Fritz will attend.

 

Essential Oils Education – Free Medicine Cabinet Makeover Class,  Saturday June 7,  10 am – 12 noon, and ongoing weekly. Learn about Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade doTERRA essential oils for your everyday self care and reclaim your health! Safely replace synthetic products with these gentle and potent oils.  Located at Anisha – 4031 SE Hawthorne Blvd. To register, Please contact Jamie Smith @ 503 381.1082 or email Jamie@Reclaimingpdx.com. For more info visit www.reclaimingpdx.com/doterra

 

LET’S SHARE HOUSING IS COMING TO PORTLAND–come learn how you can find and keep compatible housemates whether you are the homeowner or home seeker.  Learn the benefits of shared housing and why it makes so much sense in this day and age.   Lets Share Housing is designed to support you as you move forward in the process of consideration, preparation and execution of your shared housing journey.   Please join us at Taborspace located at: 5441 SE Belmont St. (Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church), Wednesday June 11 from 6 – 8 pm and Saturday June 28 from 10 am – noon. Check out  letssharehousing.com.  For further questions please call Michele at 503.680.8649.

 

Repair Cafés are free events where “fixers” — volunteers who like to fix things — come together with people who have broken items that need repair. Fixers work alongside attendees, so there is an opportunity to learn how to fix items. Repair Cafés are organized by Repair PDX and have been taking place around Portland since May 2013. Bring your broken items to the next event, Thursday, June 20 from 6 – to 9 pm at  Ford Food & Drink, 2505 SE 11th Ave. See how fun fixing can be. Go to www.repairpdx.org to find out about future events

 

Hawthorne Gardens Legacy Project  is focused on using the stories of our residents to help build “Community” within the Hawthorne Gardens as well as around our the neighborhood. The project is a partnership between  Hawthorne Gardens and two Confluence Environmental Center AmeriCorps members. The showcase will bring together our residents and members of the community for a chance to learn more about one another and foster new relationships. Hawthorne Gardens, 2828 SE Taylor, June 22, 2014 at 2 pm.

 

Public Bingo Friday, June 13, from 1:45 p.m. till 3 pm. Come one come all to Public Bingo! Play bingo, visit with friends, and who knows…maybe WIN a prize!! All are welcome. Hawthorne Gardens Senior Living, 2828 SE Taylor St, 971.222.0396.