August events at Mt. Tabor Park

 

• Friends of Mt. Tabor Park Potluck Picnic – Tuesday, August 5 (5:30 – 8 pm) –  Meet the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park at Picnic Area “A,” learn about what they do and how you can help. Bring a dish to share. Drinks and tableware will be provided. There will be raffles with prizes. Enjoy an evening in the park with fun, food, conversation, and fellow supporters of Mt. Tabor Park.

• FREE Movie Night – Saturday August 9 – Family-friendly movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn begins at dusk at Warner Pacific College on SE Division. Pre-show music by The River City Band starts at 6:30. Free popcorn!

• PDX Adult Soapbox Derby  – Saturday, August 16 (10 am – 4 pm) on Mt. Tabor – Thrills, chills, and sometimes spills.  www.soapboxracer.com.

• FREE Mt. Tabor Tree Identification Walk – Sunday, August 17 (2 pm) – Meet at the main parking lot. Bob Rogers leads guests on a walk to identify many species of trees found in the park.

• Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash – Sunday August 24 –  Dog-friendly 5k and 8k Run/Walk and Kids’ Half-miler. No dog necessary (but they DO make it more fun!), great music, tasty beer, food and lots of family fun. Register at terrapinevents.com

• Mt. Tabor Park Weed Warriors Work Project – Saturday, August 30  (9 am – noon) – Restore health to the park by helping remove invasive plant species. Join the Weed Warriors for a morning outdoors, learn about plants and habitat restoration at Mt. Tabor Park, and help make a difference in your community park.

For more information, visit www.taborfriends.org. To read reports and see photos from past Weed Warrior events: www.facebook.com/fmtp.WeedWarriors.

 

11th Annual Bike-In Movie

 

Hostelling International USA Portland Hawthorne Hostel hosts its 11th Annual Bike-In Movie on  Saturday, August 23, at 6 – 10 pm at  HI-USA Portland Hawthorne Hostel, 3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd.,

This year they feature “True Fans”, the award winning documentary about an epic cross-country bicycle journey of three men traveling to the Basketball Hall of Fame and discovering the real America along the way.

Each year since 2004, the HI-USA Portland Hawthorne Hostel has hosted a unique celebration of all things bicycles with their Bike-In Movie event. It brings together travelers staying in the hostel with local bicycle enthusiasts, families, and members of the neighborhood.

The Hawthorne Hostel supports bicycle travel as a fellow aid for independent travelers to sustainably venture forth and connect with other communities.

This year they are partnering with filmmaker Dan Austin and 88bikes, an international charity whose mission is to empower people in the developing world by giving them bicycles that they can use to enhance their lives.

This event is free and open to all. There will be a free bbq dinner with drink available thanks to donations from sponsors. Local band “Train River” is an eclectic collection of bluegrass/stringband musicians who will perform live as part of the festivities.

See www.portlandhostel.org for more information.

 

National Health Center Week, August 10 – 16, celebrates community health centers across the country. The OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond Clinic at 3930 SE Division St. is one of the many health centers to provide access to high quality, affordable, patient-centered care in communities where people live and work.

OHSU Richmond recently added a Walk-In Clinic at 4212 SE Division St. for urgent or preventive health needs. Anyone from the community, insured or self-pay, can walk in without appointments and utilize the pharmacy and x-ray services of the OHSU Richmond clinic as needed. The Walk-In clinic is open 8 am-7:30 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am-2:30 pm on Saturday.  A sliding scale for self-pay patients helps reduce barriers to receiving care.

Call the OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond Clinic at 503.418.3900 or the Walk In Clinic at 503.418.1500 for additional information.

 

 

 

Recycling tip

 

By Bonita Davis

Certified Master Recycler

 

Ice cream and warm summer days are a perfect pairing.  Maybe you’ve been lucky to be treated to homemade ice cream that was cooked in a saucepan, then slowly frozen in a stainless steel cylinder rotated by a hand-crank in a barrel of salted ice.

More than likely, the ice cream or other frozen treat came from a carton or tub from the grocery.  Frozen food cartons may look like paper, but they are either made of plastic or a cardboard that is coated with plastic to prevent leaking.

It is often difficult to feel or see plastic coating, but as a rule, if it is ‘paper’ and holding food to be stored in the freezer or refrigerator, it is plasticized.

This paper/plastic container is not recyclable, even if cleaned and free of food residue. It goes into waste or landfill carts. This includes freezer boxes that contain frozen pizza, microwaveable meals.

How to avoid waste?   Consider making ice cream, gelato or sorbets at home or purchasing it in a recyclable tub (plastic lids are not accepted curbside.)

Questions about curbside recycling? See www.wasteinfo@portlandoregon.gov or contact the Curbsider Hotline, 503.823.7202.

 

Know Your City

 

Before summer ends, you have opportunities to catch off-the-beaten path Portland tours by Know Your City. The non-profit provides art, social justice and placemaking projects showcasing Portland’s multicultural community and untold stories.

In SE this month, the Jade district of 82nd and Division hosts walking tours August 23 and 30 from 3 to 6 pm.

The tour, co-sponsored with the Asian-Pacific American Network of Oregon, will walk from business to business to encourage economic development in the Fubonn Shopping Center area. It will also include Portland Community College’s new SE campus and end at the Night Market for music and socializing.

Know Your City was started five years ago by Marc Moscato, a non-native who wanted to better understand the Portland mystique.

The organization is supported by memberships, donations, sales of sets of 10 Oregon History comics and tickets for tours to encourage residents to be active in their community.

For more information see www.knowyourcity.org.

 

 

Business Beat

 

Announcing Warrior Spirit Yoga with Bir Kaur! Kundalini. Yoga classes are now being offered every Thursday at 7 pm at the Hawthorne Wellness Center, 3942 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Come to class in August and bring a friend for FREE! Kundalini Yoga can help to significantly reduce stress, improve endurance, enhance mental clarity, and much more. It is one of the oldest forms of yoga, yet is accessible to those of any lifestyle, fitness level, or spiritual belief. Bir Kaur is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher with over 15 years of experience in the physical therapy field. Visit www.warriorspirityogabk.com or call 928.380.5638, birkaurkypdx@gmail.com

 

The Meating Place East is dedicated to supporting local farmers focusing on proteins from Eat Oregon First, Laney Family Farms, Carlton Farms and Payne Family Farms. House-made smoked sausages, thick-sliced bacon and premium steaks fill the meat cases. They recently joined Pastaworks, SE 37th & Hawthorne Blvd. meat department. To learn more about the businesses, visit their website and Facebook page: meatingplacepdx.com

 

Pie to the People llc makes organic pies with an all-organic butter crust and filled with the most delicious ingredients available.  Hand-crafted locally, these pies are available in six grocery stores, including People’s Co-op, 2039 SE 20th. The flavors are unique and satisfying, both sweet and savory and most exciting. With a little advance notice, they can be brought directly to your door.  Go to www.pietothepeople.net  and 503.317.7260.

 

Nineteenth Providence Bridge Pedal

 

Sunday, August 10

The routes, registration and more:www.providencebridgepedal.org

 

Providence Bridge Pedal is the second-largest community bicycle ride in the country and the third largest in the world. More than 18,000 cyclists are expected to participate this year.

Stunning views of Tilikum Crossing, a festive atmosphere and fun for the whole family makes Providence Bridge Pedal a Portland tradition. Cyclists look forward to this once-a-year opportunity to ride across Portland’s bridges and take in the stunning views. This year, a stop on the Marquam Bridge will give riders a unique glimpse of Portland’s newest bridge, Tilikum Crossing, still under construction.

Next year the distinctive, car-free bridge will open to carry cyclists, pedestrians, light rail trains, buses, and streetcars across the Willamette River. Free registration for children age 12 and younger and free entry to The Bite of Oregon

A portion of the proceeds from Providence Bridge Pedal and Providence Bridge Stride will be donated to Providence’s Healthy ‘n Fit pediatric weight management program. Healthy ‘n Fit is an eight-week program designed to teach young people, ages 8 to 15 years, about the importance of good nutrition and physical activity. Parents are involved in interactive sessions with registered dieticians and fitness specialists who focus on creating life-long healthy habits for the entire family.

 

Community Trunk Sale August 23

 

Unity of Portland will host a Community Trunk Sale August 23 from 8 am to 2 pm in the church parking lot at 4525 SE Stark St. The public is invited to rent parking spaces for $25 per space and sell items from the trunks of their vehicles.

Church member Karen Kelly proposed the trunk sale concept to Unity’s fundraising committee after seeing a “boot” sale on a recent trip to Italy. “When I saw the boot sale in Florence, I instantly thought of the Unity of Portland parking lot,” said Kelly. “I know how Portland residents value buying and selling recycled goods and thought this would be a great fundraising event for the church.”

Potential trunk sellers can sign up for parking spaces at the church Monday-Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm, after the 11 am Sunday service, or by calling the church at 503.234.7441.

For information about the trunk sale, contact coordinators Karen Kelly at 661.312.2389 / karengkelly@gmail.com or Sarah Barrett at 413.210.8784 / sarahbarrett91@gmail.com.

Unity of Portland offers practical, spiritual teachings that empower personal transformation, abundant and meaningful living, and help making the world a better place. For more information, visit unityofportland.org.

 

Volunteer in Mt. Tabor Park

 

The long, hazy days of summer are here, and what better time to come up to Mt. Tabor Park and volunteer? There are several ways to get involved for the betterment of this treasured park:

 

Foot Patrol

An increased presence in the park is needed in the form of Friends of Mt. Tabor Park Foot Patrol. The Foot Patrol is composed of volunteers who periodically walk in Mt. Tabor Park in pairs to observe park activity and conditions; record and report theft, vandalism, graffiti, improperly secured facilities; manage lost and/or found items, provide first aid, assist lost or disoriented individuals, and pick up litter while on patrol.

The goal is to help keep the park clean, safe and secure as a real gem of the SE neighborhood. The success of this program can be noted by the several awards and recognition received by the group. The requirements are few, and personal rewards are great. For information and to schedule an orientation, contact the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park at 503.512.0816 or taborfriends@gmail.com.

 

Weed Warriors

The condition of the flora in Mt. Tabor Park is not adequate to sustain the long-term health of the park’s ecosystem, and Friends of Mt. Tabor Park Weed Warriors was formed to remove invasive species such as Himalayan blackberry and English ivy, which spread rapidly and dominate native plants, preventing them from growing.  Every last Saturday from March through October, FMTP Weed Warrior volunteers meet at the kiosk of the main parking lot (near the amphitheater) of Mt. Tabor Park.

Bring work gloves if you have them; leather gloves or rubber-palmed work gloves are recommended. It’s highly recommended that you wear sturdy boots, pants with thick fabric (such as jeans or canvas Carhartts), and long sleeves to protect yourself as you work.

If you have your own hand clippers bring these as well. Otherwise, we provide hand clippers and gloves, as well as other needed tools.

Any volunteer under 16 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone; and children under 8 must be in the company of an adult for the duration of the service project.

For further information on Weed Warrior service projects and to sign up, contact Alexa Todd at alexatodd.fmtp@gmail.com.

 

Visitor Center Staffing

The Mt. Tabor Park Visitor Center, located at the main parking lot near the caldera amphitheater, is staffed entirely by volunteers. The more volunteers, the more often the center is open to the public.

Spend a few hours at the center greeting guests, answering questions, providing maps and brochures, staffing the lost-and-found, and (best of all) handing out dog biscuits.

Opened in October 2011, the center continues to exceed all expectations and will have had over 15,000 visitors by August 2014. To arrange an orientation session, please contact taborfriends@gmail.com or call  503.512.0816.

 

 

Vintage Rock for  Vintage Rockers benefits Villages NW

 

Vintage Rock for Vintage Rockers Concert Series offers two dynamite concerts this month.

The first concert takes place on Wednesday, August 13 from 7:30 – 9 pm at Vie de Boheme, 1530 SE 7th Ave.featuring the epic rock sounds of King Beta (fredstickleymusic.com/king-beta).

Tuesday, August 26 from 5:30 – 8 pm, Duffy Bishop & the Chris Carlson Band (www.duffybishop.com) and local blues rock legends HiFi Mojo with Marty Henninger (www.hifimojo.net) will rock out the Trails End Saloon, 1320 Main St in Oregon City.

Admission is the same at both venues: $20 per individual and $35 per couple. Cash only/no credit cards.  No reservations or pre-sale. A great time for a great cause!

Part of a rapidly growing national movement, Villages NW has worked tirelessly over the past two years to organize neighborhood residents into planning groups and get seven grassroots Villages into development across the Portland metro-area—four in Multnomah County, two in Washington County and one in Clackamas County.

The mission is to enable local residents who want to be able to grow old in the home and neighborhood they love to have a Village to support them.

Village planning groups welcome interested volunteers.  To learn more about the Portland metro-area Village Movement and get involved, visit Villages NW online at www.VillagesNW.org

Eastside Village PDX, serves 12 Portland neighborhoods on the east side of the Willamette River between I-84 and Powell Blvd.

Join Eastside Village for our monthly Pot Luck and Meeting each 3rd Monday at 3330 SE Woodward St.

The potluck is at 6 pm meeting follows at 7 pm. Bring yourself and your questions.

Together, we can transform the future of aging. It just takes a Village.

 

 

Community Care Day–Volunteer Opportunity at Glencoe Elementary School Saturday, August 23, from 9 am until noon. Bring gardening gloves, weeding tools, sunscreen and a water bottle. Join a team to weed, mulch, trim and paint to beautify the school grounds. A picnic lunch will be served.

 

Portland Progressives Toastmasters Club is meeting at 2408 SE 16th Ave. at 6:15 pm every Thursday except holidays, in the building on the west side of St. Philip Neri parish. Their purpose is to promote leadership and public speaking.  Everyone is welcome to attend as it is non-denominational. Any questions, see view www.progressivestoastmasters.org.

 

Portland Sings! community sing-along – A casual, fun group-singing opportunity for anyone wanting more singing in their life. Sunday, August 17 from 3 -5 pm at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St. Sing folk, pop, blues, country, Motown, soul, and anything else that strikes your fancy. For a free digital lyric book go to www.PortlandSings.com. Sliding scale $5-10.

 

Prepare for September run – Sunday, September 21 the third annual Mt. Tabor Tar ‘n’ Trail takes place. This is a fundraising run/walk for the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park. Last year’s event hosted more than 130 runners and netted the Friends more than $2,000. Tar ‘n’ Trail offers a 5K walk/run or a 10K run, and both courses use the trails of Mt. Tabor Park. The 5K circumnavigates the mountain once on the blue trail while the 10K uses all three trails, starting with the red trail, followed by the green trail, and finishing at the top of the mountain on the blue trail. The cost for the 5K is $15, and the cost for the 10K is $25. Kids under 12 years are $5. For information about the race, including how to register and for viewing course maps, see the website at www. runannie.net.

 

Emerging Designer Competition–The FashioNXT-Up/NXT Emerging Designer Competition Auditions will be held August 10. For competition eligibility and details, go to fashionxt.net/upnxt. Application forms available online. Designers interested in the competition are required to appear at the audition wwin front of a highly influential judging panel. This prize package includes the latest computer system from INTEL, a full collection runway show in FashioNXT 2015, feature in The Oregonian, accounts from Anne Bocci Boutique and Mabel & Zora, photo-shoot with About Face Magazine publisher, complimentary membership benefits from Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and huge exposure through Kuni Lexus of Portland, the show’s Presenting Sponsor.

 

August Wilson Monologue Competition – Free workshop for high school students. The August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) is recruiting high school students for a national competition. In summer and fall 2014, the AWMC, will bring one-hour, interactive workshops to classrooms and community organizations.  Get the chance to perform monologues and scenes. Apply for the AWMC,  students will receive professional training, support and connections to opportunities, all at no charge to them. To schedule a workshop:  Contact, Katie Watkins, Outreach Coordinator, katie@reddoorproject.org