Community News April 14

PBT needs your help to fix streets


Portland Bureau of Transportation invites you to join Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick, Transportation Director Leah Treat and your neighbors at one of four upcoming town halls to discuss new funding for transportation maintenance and safety needs. All town halls begin at 6:30 pm.

• Wednesday, April 16: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St

• Thursday, April 17: Kaiser Permanente’s Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave

• Thursday, April 24: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy

• Thursday, May 1: Woodstock School, 5601 SE 50th Ave.

The meetings provide an opportunity to give input on how to fund identified maintenance and safety needs. They will include a presentation on funding mechanisms and potential maintenance and safety investments.

For more information and the opportunity to complete a Portlandtransportation funding online survey, visit For additional questions, contact Mark Lear at 503.823.7604


13th Annual Spring Used Book Sale


More than 20,000 items will be offered  at Friends of the Multnomah County Library’s 13th Annual Spring Used Book Sale the weekend of April 11-13 in the Gresham Station shopping center, 1271 NW Civic Dr., Gresham. The sale benefits the Multnomah County Library.

A Members-Only Night on Friday, April 11, begins at 6 pm. Annual memberships start at $10 for individuals and $15 for families. Memberships can be purchased at any time, including at the door Friday night.

Admission is free to the public on Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

Sunday will be a 50% off Discount Day on all remaining regular items.

The sale offers 20,000 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, videotapes, pamphlets, sheet music, and maps in good to excellent condition.

The sale is held at 1271 NW Civic Drive in the northwest corner of the shopping center. Free parking is available, and the site is served by TriMet No. 4 bus on Division and MAX—use the Civic Drive stop one block north.


Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), stewards of nearly 1.5 million trees across the Rose City, partners with many amazing volunteers in presenting Arbor Month 2014.

Celebrate beautiful urban forest throughout the city this month.  Learn how Portland’s trees work 24/7: filtering our water, cleaning our air, cooling the city, providing wildlife habitat, enhancing livability, and increasing property resale value.  All activities are open to the public and free of charge.

For information, call 503.823.5300 or visit Become a partner to Portland’s urban forest.

Trees care for us. We care for trees.


Earth Day  recycled


The first Earth Day was in 1970. Has it really been 44 years since that April 22, when 20 million people (1/10th of the U.S. population at the time) took to the streets to demonstrate for a healthier living environment?

Credited as the impetus for the Clean Air and Water Acts, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Endangered Species Act, and even recycling efforts, Earth Day resulted from heightened public awareness about the plight of the environment and raised the level of urgency for action and change.

Keep the momentum going by celebrating from Earth Day to World Environmental Day on June 5!  Here are ideas to consider:

Spring Cleaning See or call 503.234.3000 for info on where to take all that stuff you no longer need or want.

Volunteer Keep SE a great place to live by volunteering for a Spring Clean-Up, Swap or Graffiti Removal effort. Go to for info.

Garden See and learn how to get started.

Celebrate and learn  Reverse Migration is the Earth Day theme of the April 26 city-wide celebration in Kenton Park.  Info at

Roll up your sleeves.  Enjoy helping out on a farm, repair nature trails, count frogs, plant trees, pull ivy, or clean-up the beach!

Over 100 listings on and/or help you connect with what matters to you.


Kitchen Revival Tour


A self-guided tour never fails to offer a little something for everyone. Homes on the tour represent a range of approaches to renovating your kitchen in a manner that reflects the home’s original design and style.

The tour is Saturday, April 12, 10 am – 4 pm. Tickets are $20 for AHC members and $25 for the General Public

If you are considering taking on a kitchen renovation project yourself, homeowners and contactors will be on hand to provide tips and real-life experiences on everything from retaining original material to hiding (or disguising) appliances. More information:

Architectural Heritage Center, is at 701 SE Grand Ave., 503.231.7264 x24 or


Western Seminary mansion repairs


The mansion at Western Seminary, 55th & SE Hawthorne Blvd. houses administrative offices for the school. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been significant in Portland’s history since the mid-1800s.

According to numerous Oregonian articles, this 108-year-old mansion is a Portland showpiece and architectural prototype.

The six two-story Corinthian columns in front of the building are supported by bases that have begun to separate and shift. There are a significant number of expanding holes in the columns.  An engineer assessed the integrity of the columns and noted that they are losing their weight-bearing capacity, and are in need of immediate repair.

The needed renovation will support the two-story porte cochere by replacing the column bases and removing, recreating and replacing the column capitals. Metal columns would then be installed and the original outer casing repaired and refitted around those metal columns. This will restore the columns’ original beauty and actually increase their original strength and durability. The estimated cost of these repairs is $100,000.

Western Seminary is a non-profit organization with a modest budget that is 85% funded by student tuition. Graduates serve in modestly-compensated roles, and many already bring undergraduate indebtedness to their graduate study programs so the Seminary would like to avoid adding unnecessary financial burden for them.

This mansion is an important part of Portland’s history, an iconic component of the Mt. Tabor neighborhood. The Seminary is looking for partners to help share the cost of repairs. Gifts received are tax- deductible and be used solely for the purpose of Armstrong Hall restoration.

Contact Greg  Moon, Vice President of Advancement, 503.517.1880


WP President’s Tea and Scholarship Auction


Warner Pacific’s 5th Annual President’s Tea and Scholarship Auction is an opportunity to meet the needs of under-served and first-generation college students as they pursue their higher education goals.

The fundraiser is for the Act Six Scholarship program. This year’s event features award winning author Sarah Thebarge as keynote speaker and Warner Pacific Act Six Scholar Yesenia Delgado.

Warner Pacific College, is at 2219 SE 68th Ave. and the Tea  is Saturday, April 12, 11:30 am – 3 pm, $35 per person or $245 for a table of 7.

Tickets can be purchased online at or 503.517.1114.


Run for the Arts


Portland’s Run for the Arts, in its 35th year, helps fund programs to connect school age children and educators with professional artists and theaters.

Parents and other volunteers can solicit sponsors, help track laps around quarter mile tracks and encourage students and teachers to participate. Fund-raising points are given for every lap and funds raised support arts in education.

Schools can use their Run Funds on any arts programming including:

• Young Audiences residencies, workshops, performances, and family arts nights

• Field trips – tickets and transportation – for concerts, exhibitions, and more

• Supplies for visual and performing arts including paints, paper, and costumes

• Teacher Professional Development to strengthen in-class arts instruction

Administered by Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washington, the program has provided art experiences to more than 94,000 students at 200 schools.

Here is a list of tentative spring race dates on the Southeast side. Find one in your area and volunteer to support the arts in your local school.


• Woodmere Elementary, April  8

• Arleta School, April 8

• Harrison Park School, April 9

• Woodstock Elementary, Apr. 10

 • Mt. Tabor Middle School, April 15

• Kelly Elementary, April 15

• Atkinson Elementary , April 22

• Glencoe Elementary, May 1

• Marysville School, May 7


To find out how you might volunteer, contact your local school or Young Audiences of


FHS Rose Festival Princess


Isabella Rigelman is a junior at Franklin High School. She is in the 
Advanced Scholars Program, National Honors Society, MESA, Science Fair, Junior Varsity soccer team captain, track, cross country.

Rigelman loved watching the Junior Rose Parade and seeing the joy of the kids in the parade. After seeing the parade for the first time, she said she knew she wanted to be a part of the Rose Festival.

During her high school years, she was proud of the leadership opportunities in CommuniCare class. CommuniCare is an association established by Arlene Schnitzer that raises money to donate to non-profit organizations.

While doing research, her advisor came across a non-profit called Urban Gleaners whose mission is to feed families who do not have resources to put food on the table every night. The Leadership class put together an anonymous survey to find the students who have families that need food, and every other week, deliver food.

After graduation she plans to attend the 
University of California to become a Biomedical Engineer with a minor in Kinesiology.



Business Beat


Artifact: Creative Recycle is a local, high-fashion and modern design store that buys, sell, consigns and trades in all things modern, vintage and cool. From clothing and accessories to furniture and art, they give back to the community by helping out one local non-profit every month with our TGIF Raffle. The $1 raffle gives you a chance to lend a hand and a chance to win a $100 Artifact gift certificate. Get your guilt-free shopping on with Village Merchants’ sister store at 3630 SE Division St. 503.230.4831 Open Monday-Saturday 11-7 pm,  Sunday 11-5 pm.


Yarnia, after six years at 4183 SE Division St. is moving into the newly-built retail space at 38th & Belmont. This one-of-a-kind store allows customers to design their own custom yarn blend and buy it by the pound. Yarnia is looking forward to keeping existing customers and letting a whole new neighborhood know about their unique yarn shop.


The Urban Farm Store formerly on Belmont is moving to 3454 SE Powell. The roof collapsed during the winter’s snowstorm. They carry animal feed and supplies, pet food, gardening tools, gifts and apparel.


Volunteers Needed for SOLVE IT


Every April the world celebrates Earth Day. While many in our own communities want to help, they are unsure of what they can do. SOLVE, the state wide environmental non-profit, is calling for volunteers to participate in the annual SOLVE IT for Earth Day event on April 26, from 9 am to 1 pm.

Volunteers can find local project details and opportunities to get involved at or by calling SOLVE at 503.844.9571, extension 321.


Free Dahlia WorkShop at Old House. Demonstrating dahlia planting and the do and don’ts when you plant; how to make your plant stand up with less staking; what to look for if a plant is infected with virus or parasitic bugs; how to harvest, divide and store your dahlias. Learn how to root cuttings and increase the amount of dahlias without dividing tubers. Dahlia tubers will be for sale. Class dates are:  April 19, 20, 10 am,12:30 pm and 3 pm. Size of classes are limited, call Mark to schedule time at 503.771.1199, 8005 SE Mill St.


Cleveland High School COLLEGE NIGHT: Wed. April 30, 7 – 9 pm in the CHS Auditorium, 3400 SE 26th. Cleveland High School’s College & Career Center (CCC) is hosting a COLLEGE NIGHT Wednesday, April 30 from 7 – 9 pm. This event is for parents of Sophomores and Juniors and their students. Wondering how to navigate the college admissions process? This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered. Workshops topics include: Paying for College • Parenting Through the Admissions Process • Considering Selective Colleges? • Inside the Admissions Office • Writing Your Application Essay. The evening begins at 7 pm in the CHS Auditorium, which will include a student panel.


Spring Labyrinth Walks – 1st Thurs. of April, May, and June.  7 – 9 pm. Enjoy spring with a meditative walk. Sunnyside UMC church,  SE 35th and Yamhill.


Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Service – Sunnyside United Methodist Church. Easter Egg Hunt for neighborhood children. 10 am. Sunday, April 20. Easter Service following at 10:30. SE 35th and Yamhill St.  For more information, call the church office: 503.235.8726.


Rummage Sale to benefit Mt. Tabor Middle School PTA. Hundreds of fantastic bargains, many at $1… great quality items! Saturday April 26, 9 am to 2 pm in the Mt. Tabor Middle School cafeteria, 5800 SE Ash St. Contact Erin Ferro if you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation of gently-used items to the sale email You may bring donations directly to Mt. Tabor Middle School on Friday, April 26, from 4-7 pm.


Mt Tabor Friends of the Symphony are selling their fresh tulips on April 10, and 11 at 5631 SE Madison St. Call today to order or pick up. Kathy 503.257.8830 or Barbara 503.252.5822. All proceeds go to the Oregon Symphony.


Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst, Easter Sunday, April 20, 11 am, 935 NE 33rd Ave. All are welcome at worship service.  Wheelchair accessible. 503.232.9129


Why Do I Need An Advanced Directive? Thursday, April 24, 6 pm. This informational presentation is about the importance of preparing an Advanced Directive for yourself and your loved ones. This important document can reduce stress and help loved ones follow your wishes at end of life. All are welcome. RSVP to Hawthorne Gardens Senior Living, 971.222.0396. 2828 SE Taylor St.


Public Bingo Friday, April 11, 1:15 – 2:15 pm. 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.


Support Brooklyn Cooperative preschool for our annual rummage sale on Friday, April 4, 9 am – 3 pm and Saturday, April 5, 9 am – 2 pm. Location: 2901 SE Steele St. Electronics, clothes, toys, children’s items and more.


Potluck and Community Meeting–Join the members of the Eastside Village community at the monthly potluck and community meeting, April 21,  6 pm. Meeting follows at 7 pm at Waverly Heights UCC church social hall, 3300 SE Woodward St. Meet the Eastside Village Governing Council, learn about their progress toward launching the Village in early 2015, and discover how your skills and talents can help get Eastside Village off the ground. Bring a potluck dish to share. Plates, bowls, glasses, cups, utensils available. No RSVP required. For more, email


Annual Plant Sale benefiting House of Dreams – a local no-kill, non-profit, free roam, all-volunteer cat shelter. The sale will be Saturday, April 19 from 10 am – 3 pm at 1923 SE 58th Avenue, Mt. Tabor Neighborhood. Featuring garden and indoor plants and decorative pots


Portland Parks and Recreation in conjunction with Foot Traffic is pleased to present youth track and field at US Grant Park again this year.  The team for 3rd through 8th graders starts April 7, and the first meet is April 17.  High school volunteers from throughout the city host the meets, making money for their track teams. Information regarding the team and meets is available at Students learn how to run, start, long jump, high jump and throw the shotput.  They run 60,100, 200, 400, 800, and 1500 meter races and 4 x 100 relay. Everyone is welcome. The team cost $30 which includes all meets, the meets cost $3 per athlete. Practice starts April 7 at Grant Park and meets at the same location start April 17 at 6 pm.


EARTH DAY 2014–a regional conference hosted by the Earth and Spirit Council and Portland State University (PSU) will take place on April 25, 26. The conference brings together native elders, naturalists, activists, artists, healers, and environmental leaders to engage in dialogue and action around cultural differences in sustainability, indigenous ways of knowing, and paradigm shifts within education.Tickets available at the PSU Box Office and online:, listed under Earth and Spirit Council. Friday, April 25, PSU Colloquium, 2 – 4 pm. Free! ASRC Rec Center Building, 1800 SW 6th Ave, Room 660, Saturday, April 26, Workshops, 8:30 am – 4 pm.$55 General Admission, Students Free. Native American Center.









Community News April 14

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