Community News August 2013

Friends Tar ‘n’ Trail Benefit 5k


Sunday September 15, is the second annual Friends of Mt. Tabor Park Tar ‘n’ Trail Benefit 5kK walk/run and 10K run takes place.

The event is a fundraiser to for the non-profit group Friends of Mt. Tabor Park, who provide assistance to the Park’s Bureau in maintaining Mt. Tabor Park.

Both the 5K and 10K routes are hilly and challenging and encompass a combination of paved roads and dirt trails.  The 10K will utilize the three established trails in the park – the Red trail, the Green trail and the Blue trail — while the 5K will utilize the Blue trail, with an additional road section at the beginning to ensure it’s a true 5K.  Last year’s event raised over $800!

Visit the website at  Mail-in registration forms are available at the visitor’s center in the park, or at Fit Right NW, Foot Zone and the Portland Running Company.  You can also download a copy from the website or register online at  All proceeds from the race will go to the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park.


Division Line 4 Detours for August


Beginning Monday, August 5, Line 4-Division/Fessenden will detour around a City of Portland Environmental Services sewer construction project that will close segments of SE Division St. to through-traffic 24 hours a day in two phases.

Phase one: August 5-24 SE Division between SE 26th Ave. and SE 28th Pl. will be closed.

Phase two: August 26-September 3 SE Division between SE 34th Ave. and SE 37th will be closed. Buses will be detoured for the entire duration of construction work, August 5 – September 3.

For trips to Gresham Transit Center, buses will use SE 26th, SE Powell and SE Cesar Chavez.

For trips to Portland City Center, buses will use SE Cesar Chavez, SE Powell, SE 28th, SE Franklin and SE 26th.

Buses in both directions will serve Line 66 and 75 stops on Cesar Chavez between SE Division and SE Powell as well as Line 10 stops on SE 26th between SE Franklin and SE Division. Line 4 will not serve any stops on Powell during the detour.

Closed bus stops on SE Division between SE 26th and SE Cesar Chavez will be posted with information about temporary bus stops. The detour will add extra time to trips in both directions.

Your patience is appreciated during this temporary bus detour. Customer service is available by calling 503.238.RIDE (7433), Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


Luke live!


Paulist Father James DiLuzio will be hosted at St. Philip Neri (16th & SE Division) in a dynamic presentation of the Gospel of Luke. Luke Live!

The event is for all ages— families with children age 10+, teens, singles, seniors, everyone!

Father James is a Paulist missionary, actor, singer, songwriter and educator who travels throughout the USA with his dramatic proclamation of Luke’s Gospel which is interspersed with meditations, discussions, preaching and songs – both sacred and secular.

Friday, August 16, 7 pm in the Church. Reception follows in Carvlin Hall.

Donations will be accepted.See .


Fun in the parks


Free fun happens in Portland parks all summer.

August 6 is National Night Out, a time when people are encouraged to gather and symbolically reclaim parks and other public spaces.

Kerns Neighborhood has one of the biggest, starting at 6:30 pm in Oregon Park with food, music, a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses.

For information about gatherings big and small in your area, call Southeast Uplift at 503.232.0010. Leave your light on to help your neighbors get home safely.

The annual Buckman Neighborhood Picnic is August 11 at Colonel Summers Park from 4 to 8 pm with food, music and children’s games.

Portland Bureau of Parks has movies scheduled too: August 1 at Brooklyn Park, Amazing Spider Man; August 2 at Laurelhurst Park, Mary Poppins; August 10 at Warner Pacific College The Adventures of Tintin, the Secret of the Unicorn; August 16 at Laurelhurst Park, Les Miserables; August 16 at Woodstock Park Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

August 17 at Sewallcrest Park, Planet of the Dinosaurs; August 21 at Essex Park, The Princess Bride; August 25 at Kenilworth Park, The Goonies.

In each case, the event starts at 6:30 pm with live music, followed by the film at dusk. Food vendors will be onsite, but feel free to pack in your own, along with something comfortable to sit on. Enjoy the show!



Buckman hosts picnic in the park


v The BCA hosts its fourth annual Buckman Summer Picnic at Colonel Summers Park. Everyone is welcome Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 4 – 8 pm for food, fun and music. The Picnic is a great opportunity to interact with the local community and to meet neighbors.There’s something for everyone to enjoy: inflatable activities for the young and old alike, picnic activities, the opportunity to win door prizes from businesses in the local area and music from local Portland artists.

The picnic is funded through private donations from community members and local businesses including Honest 1 Autocare, Keep Buckman Free and BCA Board members Brandon Sanders and Susan Lindsay.  Donations are always needed to keep the picnic free and fun for all.  If you would like to contribute or volunteer for the event, contact Jamie Vann at

More information at


6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament



What once was a small vendor and employee golf outing sponsored by the owners of Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping and Garden Centers has now evolved into a significant fundraiser to benefit homeless families in East Portland and East Multnomah County Human Solutions’ programs and services.

Proceeds from the 7 Dees Charity Tournament supports a variety of programs, like the year-round Daybreak Shelter and the seasonal Family Winter Shelter; Human Solutions’ two emergency shelters for homeless families. Both shelters are located in mid Multnomah County, and serve hundreds of families with children each year.

“We were proud to exceed our fundraising goal last year by raising $57,000. When we found out the emergency Family Winter Shelter needed additional funds to stay open longer this coming winter, we decided to shoot for $100,000 this year,” said Dave Snodgrass, president of Dennis’ Garden Centers. “We hope the public will come out, have fun and help us keep these kids and their families warm and off the streets,” Snodgrass said.

The public is invited to play in the tournament on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora.

The shotgun start is at 7:30 am. Registration is $200 per person or $800 for a team of four. Registration fee includes carts, lunch, shirts, hats, games, and prizes. The field is limited to 128 players.

For more information, visit:

Human Solutions four primary program areas are homelessness prevention, affordable housing, employment and economic development, and safety net services such as rent and utility assistance.



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Crescent Eyebrow Design, 7831 SE Stark St. Ste. 10, offers chemical-free beauty services, threading for shaping eyebrows, facial hair removal, and specialized haircutting to remove split ends. Henna hair coloring to cover grey hair, or overall color enhancement too. Located in hip Montavilla neighborhood, available by appointment 503.333.6331  or


Salt & Straw – Salt & Straw joins the culinary revolution happening on SE Division Street with the opening of their new scoop shop at 3345 SE Division St. The small batch ice cream company partners with local artisans, producers and farmers to create unique and gourmet flavors. They’re serving up ice cream by the scoop in fresh waffle cones, sundaes, super thick milkshakes and floats as well as pints to go from 11 am – 11 pm daily. Visit or call 503.208.2054.


Importland Gallery features a wide variety of arts and crafts, supporting artists globally and locally. They opened on SE Hawthorne in July of this year expanding a family business started in Monmouth, in 1999.  View current pieces on display and featured artists at, 32nd & SE Hawthorne .


Salsa in the Streets! Sunday, Sept 1


By Cat Wurdack


Every day of the week someone, somewhere, is dancing salsa, the eight-count lingua franca of turns and spins, and shimmies and shines understood worldwide. People are dancing salsa in Dubai and Bangkok, Shanghai, Copenhagen, Cairo Cali  and in Portland too!

Portland’s thriving salsa community supports nearly 10 clubs in the metro area that provide opportunities to dance seven days a week.

It’s not unusual for salsa enthusiasts to sync their social calendars to meet up with dance friends and travel to concerts and workshops together. When you salsa, you are never alone. There is always something to do and someone to dance with.

Are you an established salsa enthusiast or just curious? Either way, the 9th Annual Salsa en la Calle (dancing in the streets) is the perfect opportunity to indulge your curiosity or celebrate a sala passion with family and friends.

Salsa en la Calle 2013 features Oscar D’Leon – one of salsa’s most respected performers and singers.  D’Leon and his 17-piece orchestra perform at the East Bank Esplanade near Hawthorne Bridge, Sunday, Sept. 1, 11 am to 11 pm.

Celebrated worldwide for his virtuoso performance on bass, electrifying stage presence, bold vocal improvisation, and uncompromising musical direction, D’Leon plays Salsa en la Calle as part of a tri-city tour including Vancouver, B.C., Seattle and Portland.

There’ll be street dancing until 11 pm, beginning salsa lessons, dance performances by Portland and Seattle salsa bands, traditional Latin foods, and a beer garden.

It’s been said, “once a salsero, always a salsero.” When you develop an enthusiasm for salsa, you can’t help wanting to learn more and dance more. It’s infectious, in the best possible way.

Admission to Salsa en la Calle 2013 is $20 and $25 after 3 pm. There is convenient parking nearby.


Community Care Day 2013 Bring your tools! Your support is needed to get Mt. Tabor Middle School ready for a new school year. Date: August 24, 9 am – 12 pm. Join neighbors and the local school community and enhance and beautify school buildings and grounds. Volunteers will spread mulch and bark chips, trim bushes, edge grass, clean up litter and complete a number of other tasks to make the school more welcoming for incoming students and the community around the school. Bring your own tools: gloves, weeding tools, shovels, or anything else you have that would help the effort. Please make sure your tools are labeled! Water and snacks will be provided.


Friends of Mt TAbor Annual Picnic – Put August 13 on your calendar and join friends and neighbors for the annual Friends of Mt. Tabor Park picnic held from 5 to 8 pm., rain or shine at the picnic shelter A right across from the main parking lot in Mt. Tabor Park and everyone is invited. Bring a dish to share and join the fun. Drinks, plates, cups, and eating utensils will be provided.  See you there August 13.


Lending Library–During the summer months the Free Lending Library at Montavilla UMC will be open every Thursday afternoon from 2 to 5 pm. Housed in a classroom, the hundreds of books include histories, mysteries, novels, self-help, and inspirational reading for adults and children. Come to browse and leave with a book that you can read and return or take and keep. They also accept book donations. Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave., 503.254.5529.


Off the Couch Events, Casino Night, Aug. 16, 7-9 pm, TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St. Differently-abled individuals, 18 and older, are invited for games, crafts, dancing and snacks. Admission is $7 per participant and first companion  is free. Write OffThe for details.


CANCELLATION—Scott Fernandez regretfully announces that the Bull Run event at the Mission Theater on August 5 has been canceled. It seems the “powers that be” do not appreciate efforts to engage Portland area residents on the historical facts of our Bull Run water system and open reservoirs. Fernandez writes “We treasure the rich history of our water and had hoped to share it with all of you.”




Dufay plans to leave SEUL


By Lee Perlman



Anne Dufay is being slow and methodical about it, but she is planning her departure after four years as executive director of the Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program.

In June she told the non-profit agency’s board that the coming fiscal year, ending June 2014, would be her last at this post, and that she wanted “a smooth transition, stress-free and drama-free” to her successor.

“There were a combination of reasons that came together,” she told The Southeast Examiner.

“This is a really great job, but it takes a lot of time and you really have to be passionate about it. I’m not looking for another job now, and my focus will be here for the remainder of my time here, but my interests have started to move out to other areas, and I have personal goals I can’t even contemplate because I don’t have time.

“I’ve just turned 61, and I want to be more thoughtful about how I spend the next five or ten years of my work life. Frank (Dufay’s husband) and I have moved out of the city – I couldn’t even vote in the last election – and my interests are more region-wide, especially issues relating to aging in rural areas.

“I don’t know what I’ll do, but when I made the decision to leave I was very, very sure. My focus has shifted, and this job belongs to someone else.”

Dufay grew up in Pomona, California. She first came to Portland to visit her two sisters who were studying at Lewis & Clark and Reed colleges.

She later attended Portland State University and when she decided she wanted to buy a house, she says, “I was living in the Bay Area, and there was nothing I wanted that I could contemplate affording. Portland, by contrast, was very affordable.” Later her parents moved here.

Her involvement with neighborhoods associations was extensive before she ever came to SEUL and she and Frank were both active volunteers for the Hosford Abernethy Neighborhood Development.

She reported on neighborhood affairs for The Southwest Connection newspaper, and met southwest volunteer Mark Sieber.

He later became director of Neighbors West/Northwest, where he still presides, and Dufay worked for him for eight years. When Cece Hughley Noell resigned as SEUL director Dufay applied for it, and beat 44 other applicants to gain it.

Much of her time has been spent dealing with two issues she inherited: the building and the finances. SEUL is the only one of Portland’s district neighborhood coalitions that owns the building it operates in. When Dufay took over it had severe repair problems. These are now under control, and five other non-profits now share space and give SEUL a new revenue stream.

Although there was never evidence of deliberate wrongdoing or missing funds, SEUL’s books were replete with accounting errors. With the help of volunteer Pete Jacobson, SEUL has not only cleared up the errors but installed “a rational system that always lets us see where we are financially”.

An ongoing issue has been the turnover of SEUL’s support staff. It has been called a training ground for City bureaus.

Now, following a major reorganization in staff salaries and designations, Dufay says, “Our staff is as functional as it’s ever been. They’re supportive and excited about what they’re doing. There will always be turnover – these are young professionals, and we’ll never be able to pay what they’d get elsewhere, but we’ll get a lot of good energy and ideas.”

Dufay says wher fellow district neighborhood office directors have been “incredibly helpful and supportive, and a wealth of knowledge. Working with them is what I’ll miss most.”


Community News August 2013

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