Community News June 2013

Franklin High School is pleased to announce that the 2013 Franklin High School Men’s Tennis Team won the PIL District Championship on Friday, May 10th at Gabriel Park in SW Portland. Coach Ted Salter in his second year has demonstrated the type of leadership and guidance that inspires excellence in athletics and academics.

Franklin Senior Nevin Swoverland won first place in Men’s Singles the PIL Tournament and Senior Franklin Troung won third place in Men’s Singles.



Windows to the Past—

Researching Family Photographs


Do you need help with a photo that could shed some light on your family history?  Come to the Genealogical Forum of Oregon on Saturday, June 29 from 10  am – 2 pm where Karen Wallace Steely will present research methods on how to discover the story behind an image.  Karen Wallace Steely, a professional lecturer and genealogist specializing in researching family photographs, will provide information on how to identify the subject, setting, occasion and location of a photo. In addition attendees will learn how to find, date, scan, preserve, catalogue and identify family photos.

Karen lives in the Pacific Northwest and is the principal researcher for The Past Matters®. She is a member of the Daguerreian Society, the National Genealogical Society, and has served on the boards of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the Genealogical Speakers Guild.

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is located at 2505 SE 11th Avenue, Suite B-18, Portland, Oregon 97202. For ticket prices and more information, visit or contact the Forum at or 503.963.1932.



OHSU partners with Cascadia


A new partnership between Oregon Health & Science University and Cascadia Behavioral Health Services will expand patient access to healthcare in Southeast Portland. This expansion is taking place through the opening of a new OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond Walk-In clinic within Cascadia Plaza, the longtime home one of Cascadia’s clinics.

The new clinic will reside just three blocks east of OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond and is considered an extension of the OHSU clinic. The addition to the neighborhood will provide new health services to local residents and improve access to mental health care through this unique new partnership.

The new walk-in clinic is currently in the final stages of construction. It is scheduled to open for patient services on June 24, 2013. An open house where the public can tour the clinic is planned for Friday June 21 from 4 to 7 pm.

All of the same services currently available at OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond will be available at the new walk in clinic.

The clinic will offer care for Southeast Portland residents when urgent non-emergency health needs arise without warning. The walk-in will also be highly beneficial during the cold and flu seasons when same-day  clinic appointments can be difficult to schedule due to high demand.  In addition, the partnership with Cascadia will greatly aid in the many cases where family medicine and mental health intersect.

“Sharing the same building will also allow for increased care coordination, a key principle of state and federal health reform,” explained Erwin Teuber, Executive Director of OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond. “We look forward to increasing levels of integration between OHSU’s clinic and Cascadia over time. We believe this will benefit patients of both organizations in getting the care they need in an efficient and streamlined way.”

The expansion was made possible through funding by OHSU and the Bureau of Primary Health Care, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.


Help fill a fridge


You can help the Oregon Food Bank by recycling an old energy-wasting refrigerator or freezer. From now through July, Energy Trust of Oregon will  pickup and responsibly recycle your refrigerator or freezer and give you a $40 cash incentive to purchase a qualifying energy efficient model or you can choose to donate the $40 cash incentive to the Oregon Food Bank, which will help provide the equivalent of 120 meals or four emergency food boxes for those in need.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and tapping renewable resources. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save more than $1 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at or call 1.866.368.7878.

The Oregon Food Bank Network is a cooperative statewide coalition of 20 regional food banks working to eliminate hunger and its root causes by distributing donated food to agencies serving low-income people and through advocacy and public education about the underlying causes of hunger.



Portland CelebratesSmall


Celebrate the contributions of Portland’s small businesses!

Small business provides more than half of the employment in the country and is responsible for creating two out of every three new jobs each year.  That means the chances are that you work for a small business, you own a small business, or you do business with small business.  The week of June 17th – 21st is National Small Business Week, a time when we are encouraged to celebrate our local entrepreneurs.

Portland is a small business generator.  It is the 5th best city to be an entrepreneur and it has the 12th highest job growth in the U.S.  Its neighborhood business districts contain 19,000 businesses, 98% with five or fewer employees, and they support 250,000 jobs.

Look for ‘Portland Celebrates Small’ signs in business windows throughout the city.  Stop in and see what small business has to offer you.


Successfully aging in place

It Takes a Village


A free community event regarding aging in place is scheduled for Saturday, June 15 from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the
East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave.

Whatever you call it – a community, a tribe, a support network – it takes a Village to successfully age-in-place. According to a recent AARP survey, 89% of older adults want to remain in their own homes as long as possible, but they’ll need a Village to do it!

Come enjoy a lively presentation on “Who’s Your Community?” with Sage-ing International’s David Rozell at 11 am and captivating tales from acclaimed local storytellers Anne Rutherford and Ken Iverson at noon.

Weigh in on what programs and services you personally need to age-in-place by taking the Eastside Village PDX survey, and explore the resources Elders in Action, Ride Connection, Life by Design NW, Sage-ing International, AARP Oregon, and Villages NW offer to help you do it.

This free community-wide event is a joint presentation of AARP Oregon and the Eastside Village PDX planning group. Seating is limited. For more information and to reserve your place, please go to

About Eastside Village PDX
Currently in development, Eastside Village PDX will be the first aging-in-place Village in the Portland metro-area. This kind of Village is not a building or a retirement community. In fact, it’s not a PLACE at all. It’s a PLAN for aging-in-place.

Part of a rapidly growing national movement, there are already 110 Villages open nationwide with another 120+ in development. Villages harness the power of neighbor helping neighbor, building community and providing their members with a coordinated network of volunteer and reduced-cost professional services that enable them to successfully grow old in the homes and neighborhoods they love.

When up & running, Eastside Village PDX will serve residents of 12 Portland neighborhoods: Buckman, Kerns, Laurelhurst, Sunnyside, North Tabor, Montavilla, Hosford-Abernethy, Richmond, Mt Tabor, Mill Park, South Tabor, and Hazelwood (west of 122nd).

For more information, please contact Chana Andler, Chair of the Eastside Village PDX Planning Group, at


Shop, dine, and play small!



Shape the future of light rail stations


The Portland-Milwaukie light rail line is under construction and will open in 2015. Next month, the City of Portland will begin the process of updating the vision and long-range plan for the new station areas at OMSI, Clinton, Rhine and Holgate. This effort will explore potential land use, urban design and transportation concepts for these four station areas, with a focus on: increasing employment opportunities, and supporting and complementing existing residential neighborhoods, commercial/retail corridors and institutional centers.

A series of public work sessions, neighborhood walks and a 2-day design charrette will be held over the summer to get community input about the future character of these new station areas. All interested community members and stakeholders are invited to participate.

1.) Inner SE Station Area Planning Events; Station Area Working Group Meeting #1, Thursday, June 6, 5 – 8 pm, St. Philip Neri Church Hall, 2408 SE 16th Avenue (at Division). 2.) Neighborhood Walk: Rhine and Holgate Stations, Saturday, June 8, 9 – 11 am. Meet at Brooklyn Park, corner of SE Haig and Milwaukie Ave. 3.) Neighborhood Walk: OMSI and Clinton Stations, Thursday, June 13, 4 – 7 pm. Meet at OMSI main entrance, 1945 SE Water Ave

Visit the project website: Contact project staff: Troy Doss 503.823.5857 or Stephanie Beckman 503.823.6042.


CommunityCam provides a map of the locations of public/private security cameras across Portland and its outlying areas. The map is crowd sourced, meaning any resident, business owner, association, neighborhood group, or government organization, can add locations of surveillance cameras to help their neighbors.  People who experience crime can use the map to locate cameras that may have captured the activity and ask their neighbors for help.

To date, CommunityCam has mapped about 2,000 cameras in the Pacific NW (all physically seen), and believe it’ll be a great tool for local residents & businesses. Please check out the project website:    /  It’s also optimized for iPhone/iPad devices. It’s super easy to use, and free obviously.


Highlights  of the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park Winter Meeting


By Gayle Marechal


Friends of Mt. Tabor Park held its 13th Annual Meeting and Winter Program on March 19, 2013, at Western Seminary in the chapel. Featured speaker, Gerard Lillie, who is a member of the Portland Audubon Society and helps lead the bird walks in Mt. Tabor Park, talked about and showed slides of Mt. Tabor’s year-round feathered residents as well as those that migrate through during spring and fall and spend the winter in the park.  Lillie’s presentation included the opportunity for audience members to ask numerous questions.  Approximately 110 people attended the program which gave those in attendance a comprehensive overview of the birds that are so much a part of Mt. Tabor Park.

The program also included the presentation by board member Gayle Marechal of the FMTP Friend of the Year Award to Nancy and Beau Russell who were recognized for their work with FMTP and the foot patrol.  The couple moved to Portland in 2007 and joined Friends of Mt. Tabor Park soon after meeting Dave Hillman while walking in the park.  Dave encouraged them to join FMTP, and the couple quickly became involved at many levels.  Beau and Nancy are members of the foot patrol, and Beau is currently on the board of FMTP where he is the vice-chair and trails committee coordinator.  Nancy and Beau have also been the co-coordinators of FMTP Foot Patrol for the past two years and have assisted at the summer concerts for the past five years.

The Bipartisan Cafe was awarded Honorary FMTP Membership in recognition of  the restaurant’s support of FMTP through its contribution of pies which are sold at the July concerts in the park with the money from the sales going to FMTP.  The Bipartisan Café, a popular spot in the Montavilla neighborhood on SE Stark, is well known for its delicious pies which sell out at every concert.  Receiving the award for Bipartisan were its owners Hobie Bender and Peter Emerson.

Three individuals were elected to three-year board member terms: Bing Wong (new), Anne Crispino-Taylor (new) and Patty Turner (continuing).  In other business, FMTPs new bylaws were unanimously approved.


Swimming exhibition in the Willamette River


Elite long distance swimmer Michelle Macy will attempt to swim 19 miles (75 laps) in downtown Portland to create awareness of improved water quality of the Willamette River. The event is scheduled for Friday June 7 from 6:30 am – 6:30 pm at  1515 SE Water Ave. (Hawthorne Bridge eastside – start/finish)

The “swim practice” is a public event sponsored by the Human Access Project (HAP), a new Portland not-for-profit organization formed to promote public access and recreational use of the Willamette River and to transform Portland’s relationship with it.

Macy joined with the Human Access Project to raise awareness of the Willamette’s recreational potential. Her goal is to swim for an amazing 10-12 hours and cross the river 75 times – she may even do flip turns on the seawall. In addition to awareness and training, she hopes people will join in her efforts to raise funds for HAP and her future training and travels.

These tax deductible donations can be made at the Human Access Project site:

Macy is an accomplished marathon swimmer who is training to complete the Oceans Seven, a swim of all seven of the world’s major channels: English Channel, Catalina Channel, North Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel and the Tsugaru Channel. Macy’s last remaining challenge from this list is the North Channel, a notoriously cold, rough body of water between Ireland and Scotland teeming with huge jellyfish – and no wetsuits are permitted. For more information on Michelle Macy go to

The public is invited to watch and cheer her on throughout the day on the Hawthorne Bridge’s north platform, or on either side of the Esplanade. For safety, she will have a kayak escort by her side the entire swim. As Michelle says, swimming in rivers and lakes should never be done alone, particularly long-distance swims.



MAKE A DECISION!–Thursday, June 13, 6:30-7:30 pm. How do you decide when you can’t decide? Free decision-making workshop offers a way through the maze. No registration required, just drop in. Classroom opens at 6:15 pm. No food or pets, please. 1235 SE Division St., #207. Check for updates before you go:


OFF THE COUCH EVENTS meets June 21, 7 – 9 pm. Differently-abled individuals, 18 and older, are invited to Activity Night for games, crafts, dancing and snacks. Admission is $7 per participant and first companion is free. Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St.


Spring Concert at St. Andrews Chapel, Wednesday, June 5, from 7  to 8:30 pm. Doors will close at 7 pm for the performance. St. Andrews Chapel 7617 SE Main St., 503.257.7946. Enjoy an evening of music featuring PDX Vox! PDX Vox is a cross between a chorus and a “vocal band”, where pop songs are performed a cappella and many of the voices “play” the parts of instruments. The hour long program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the performance.


Viking Pancake Breakfast – June 9, Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave.,8:30 am to 1 pm, 503.236.3401, Our famous all-you-can-eat Viking pancakes—served with sides of scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, applesauce, orange juice, tea and bottomless coffee. Adults: $7, Children 5-12: $3 (under 5: free). Children’s Nordic story time from 10 – 11 am. It’s the best breakfast deal in town, and our last breakfast until September.


Lice Knowing You, the Northwest’s premier head lice treatment and removal company has announced the opening of its head lice removal clinic in southeast Portland. The eastside clinic location is:1125 SE Madison, Suite 200. Clinic treatments are available seven days a week, by appointment only, and can be scheduled by calling 503.239.LICE (5423).


DaVinci Arts Middle School presents its annual Rose Show for students and residents of the Kerns Neighborhood. Submit a rose or a bouquet of roses between 7:15 am and 8:30 am on Thursday, June 6th.  Judging will be completed and ribbons awarded by noon. The public is invited to view both the student and neighborhood rose shows until 5:30 pm. Da Vinci Arts Middle School is located at 2508 NE Everett.  Enter by the middle doors on Everett. Contact Connie Cheifetz, Da Vinci Community Liaison, at 503.916.5356.


JourneyDance for Women classes starting June 6th at Hawthorne Wellness Center, 3942 SE Hawthorne Blvd., in the studio behind the clinic. Join me on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 as I guide you with music and imagery as you sink into your body, dance with freedom and melt into being you. For more details visit


The Foster-Powell Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 10 am – 4 pm. It will showcase about 60 gardens displaying the wondrous things that are possible on smaller, city-sized lots from traditional to the edible, naturescaped and artistic.  Residents of Southeast Portland’s Foster-Powell neighborhood are proud to host their free annual garden tour, now in its 6th year, The tour is an informal, at-your-own-pace, self-guided, FREE event. Tour visitors are also encouraged to register to win prizes in our free raffle. For more information and details on the tour go to Maps will be available on our website, or you can request a map via email by contacting us at There will also be a LIMITED number of maps available the week before the tour/day of the tour at the following neighborhood locations: Holgate Library, Bar Carlo (6433 SE Foster), Apex Wellness (5308 SE Rhone St), A-Boy on Foster Rd, Carts on Foster and Dennis’ 7 Dees on Powell.


Richmond Neighborhood Association Emergency Preparedness Workshop. This workshop is geared to help Richmond neighbors prepare for any type of emergency that may occur in Portland. You are invited to come and learn about some simple steps that will help you prepare in a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. Workshop #2 – The Kit, Sunday, June 23 from 1 – 4:30 pm at Echo Theater,1515 SE 37th Ave. Topics will include:  Kit Basics Stay kit” and “Go kit” – What they are and what goes in them; DIY Kits – Practical, affordable examples for your own kit and where to put them; Sanitation! – How to build your own Twin-Bucket Emergency Toilet.


Annual Laurelhurst Garage Sale will be June 15-16. There will be more than 100 sales in the area bounded by Northeast and Southeast 32nd and 44th avenues, Southeast Stark Street and Northeast Sandy Boulevard. Maps prepared by the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association will show the location of sales and a general idea of what each has to offer. Pig out on the cheap!


PORTLAND SINGS:A COMMUNITY SING–announcing an event for anyone who loves to sing, is vocally curious or just wants to sing more in their life. The inaugural monthly gathering is on Sunday, June 23 from 3 to 5 pm at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St., 503.238.3904.  The Community Sing is hosted by Mark Bosnian, award-winning singer-songwriter, voice teacher, vocal instigator and inductee into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. If you’re shy about singing in public, come hang out and see how safe and easy it is to be part of Portland Sings. There will be a sliding scale of $1 to $10 at Portland Sings—checks, cash and credit cards accepted. For more info, to RSVP (it will really help to know how many folks are coming) and to receive a Portland Sings digital song and lyrics list viewable on smart phones and tablets, please email


Gardening Made in the Shade will be presented by Thomas Johnson, co-owner, Sebright Gardens The June 11 program, part of the monthly OSU  Extension Multnomah County Master Gardeners speakers series, will be held at 6:45 at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont. Parking is on SE 54th Avenue.





Community News June 2013

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