Community News October 14

Master Gardener program


“Lessons from the Leach Botanical Garden” is the topic of the Oct. 14 meeting of the Multnomah County Master Gardeners. The program will be presented by Carol Mayer-Reed, principal partner at Mayer/Reed.

The program will be held at 6:45 pm at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St. (Park on SE 54th Ave.) and is part of the monthly OSU Extension Multnomah County Master Gardeners speakers series.

Mayer-Reed shares her vision for the expansion of the Leach Botanical Garden, a seventeen-acre public garden operated by the Leach Garden Friends non-profit group and owned by Portland Parks & Recreation.

This landmark site on Johnson Creek started as the former 1930s “Sleepy Hollow” estate of John and Lilla Leach, noted plant collectors.

As a result of their efforts, the garden and the story continue as a legacy of plant collections, natural resources conservation, social celebrations and respite.

Carol Mayer-Reed will describe the new entry, display gardens, botanical collections and woodland pavilion for educational activities and special events.


27th Apple Tasting


A Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St. will have a two-weekend free event with over 60 varieties of apples and pears to taste and fun activities for the whole family. This is the 27th annual and it is scheduled for October 10-12 & 17-19 from 10 am – 5 pm.

Follow the big red apple balloon flying over Portland Nursery to taste apples and pears. Many varieties will be for sale for only 99 cents per pound.

There will be music too each day. This year’s lineup includes: Little Sue & Lynn Conover, Jake Ray & the Cowdogs, Water Tower, Libertine Belles, Mood Area 52, The Earnest Lovers, Wild Rose Trail and Fellow Traveler.

The kids’ tent will be busy with a variety of hands-on activities, face-painting and a scavenger hunt.

It wouldn’t be Apple Tasting without Wild Bill’s cider Press demonstration. Taste fresh cider straight from the press.

Sample local treats from vendors such as Bee Local Honey, Hot Lips Pizza, Portland Creamery, Summerville Mustards, as well as Portland Nursery’s famous Apple Strudel.

Bring donations of non-perishable food for Oregon Food Bank and enter to win one of three Portland Nursery gift cards. A percentage of sales of apples and pears will benefit Elders in Action.         

See the website for more details, including schedule, band descriptions, and rules for a scarecrow contest:


Jumble* Sale at St David’s

November 1, 10 am – 3 pm, 2800 SE Harrison


A Jumble Sale is a community effort to find good homes for good stuff. There’s a room filled with goodies that could be yours, tools for work or hobbies, fine linens for your table, frames for your pictures and refreshments for your pleasure.

See lovely items, odd items, and “what in the world were they thinking of” items.  There’s plenty of new and used and vintage items.  There are baked goods and coffee too.

Join us at St David of Wales on Saturday, November 1 in the Parish Hall at 2800 SE Harrison for food, fun, and shopping.  The sale benefits New City Initiative’s Village Support Project.


*A jumble sale is a pastiche of the required and the ridiculous.




v Bonita Davis

Certified Master Recycler

Sunnyside Neighbor


October in Portland is an ideal time to enjoy our outdoor living spaces. On the autumn ‘to-do’ list might be fall plantings and storing outdoor furniture and structures.

If you are planning to plant, a reminder that rigid plastic pots from 4” to 5 gallons can be recycled curbside in the blue roll cart. An exception is the ‘crinkly’ type of plastic pot or tray that can be crumpled in your hand.

For information, contact the Curbsider Hotline at 503.823.7202 or go to for the latest edition of the Curbsider.

Patio furniture or outdoor play structures you no longer use?  Consider passing items on to friends and neighbors, swapping, donating to a local charity or locating a new owner through

Maybe creative reuse is an option, using parts to create something new. Far West Recycling, recycles large, rigid, bulky plastics. Before making the trip visit to see what they can accept.

Leaky garden hose?  Before sending it to the landfill, a repair kit from you local hardware could keep the hose serviceable.


GMO public forum


Warner Pacific College and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership are bringing together scientists, teachers, and faith leaders at a free public forum to consider questions and contemplate how our faith traditions can inform our thinking about the positive uses and risks of GMOs.

This public forum includes a brief presentation explaining what GMOs are and how they are used, followed by a Q&A time with the panelists.

Theological and Ethical Perspectives

Wednesday, October 15

at 6:30 pm

  This forum is free and open to the public.

Warner Pacific College’s Schlatter Chapel located at

2219 SE 68th Ave.

Friends of Trees turns 25


To commemorate its 25th anniversary, Friends of Trees is offering residents a wide variety of street trees for $25 in Portland, Vancouver, Salem, and Eugene while inventory lasts.

The price includes inspection, permits, delivery of a healthy young tree, and planting the tree in the strip between the sidewalk and the street. Street trees are regularly priced at $35-$75.

“Our goal is to bring the benefits of trees to even more neighbors,” said Scott Fogarty, Friends of Trees’ Executive Director. “Trees not only beautify our neighborhoods, they help lower power bills, raise home values, and clean our city’s air and water.”

Residents may sign up for trees at or call 503.282.8846.

Once signed up, a city inspector will visit the resident’s home to assess planting space and conditions. Residents then order trees from a list of approved species and may show up to help on their neighborhood’s planting day, when Friends of Trees organizes volunteers to plant. Friends of Trees invites residents to match their tree purchase by sponsoring additional $25 trees for residents who can’t afford them.

Founded in 1989, Friends of Trees empowers people to improve the natural world around them through a simple solution: plant trees.

In 25 years, Friends of Trees has planted more than a half a million trees in neighborhoods and green spaces in the Portland metro area, Vancouver, Eugene and Salem.

The Neighborhood Trees program provides homeowners with affordable trees to plant at their homes with their neighbors. Through its Green Space Initiative, trained crew leaders guide volunteers at weekend events to restore natural areas.


MCL Fall Used Book Sale


Oregon’s largest used book sale, organized by the Friends of the Multnomah County Library, takes place October 24-27 at the DoubleTree Hotel Exhibit Hall at Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah St.

Friends of the Multnomah County Library (FOL) advocate for and support our outstanding public library district by funding programs and services. They sponsor activities to bring people together who value libraries. Proceeds from the sale benefit the MCL.

Admission is free to the public on Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm, and Monday 9 am to 3 pm.

The Friends Fall Used Book Sale will have 100,000 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. Audio books, LPs, videos, pamphlets, sheet music, and maps are also available, sorted and in good condition.

For more information or to join the Friends, see or contact the Friends at 503.224.9176  or or.


Comprehensive Plan Hearings


Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission welcomes public testimony at these hearings.

Tuesday, October 14, 5 – 9 pm, Park Rose HS Student Center, 12003 NE Shaver; Tuesday, October 28, 5 – 9 pm Portland Community College, Community Hall, 2305 SE 82nd Ave.; Tuesday, November 4, 4 – 8 pm, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500A.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission wishes to receive comments from the community on the city’s new long-range plan for growth and change toward a prosperous, healthy, equitable and sustainable  future. The Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft comprises goals, policies and a land use map. Portland residents are welcome to testify in person at the upcoming Planning and Sustainability Commission hearings public hearings. Tips for Testifying can be found at:

Contact the BPS District Liaison for SE Portland; Marty Stockton, at 503.823.2041 with questions.


Seeking members for BAC


The City of Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) is seeking new members. The BAC has been advising city staff and elected officials on matters related to bicycling since the 1970s. Committee members meet monthly to review and make recommendations on: planning and policy documents affecting bicycling, funding priorities for bicycle-related projects and designs for specific bikeways.

The committee is made up of 13 members with full standing and up to seven alternate members. To qualify, applicants must be an adult resident of the Portland Metropolitan area, have an interest in promoting the use of the bicycle for transportation and recreation and make a commitment to attend monthly meetings and participate in the work of the committee. Members are appointed to 3-year terms.

If you’re interested, find more information and application materials online at

Applications must be received no later than Friday, October 24.


Free Sustainable Landscaping Workshops


Learn how to create low-maintenance landscapes that conserve water, prevent pollution and create healthy habitat for local birds and wildlife at a free workshop.

These workshops offer low-cost, sustainable gardening tips and resources for do-it-yourselfers who want for their yards and gardens. Register online at or call 503.222.7645 for information.

Rain Gardens 101 – Learn to build a rain garden. Explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add landscaping to your yard.Saturday, 10/11 from 9 am – 1 pm at Cavalry Lutheran Church, 8026 SE Woodstock Blvd. AND Saturday, 10/25 from 9 am – 1 pm at SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main St.

Naturescaping Basics – Learn to design a landscape to reduce water use, decrease stormwater runoff and save time, money, and energy – all while providing a habitat for birds, wildlife, and you. Sunday, 10/12 from 1 – 5 pm at SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main St.

Site Planning 1 – An extension of Naturescaping Basics. Learn the steps involved in planning a landscape or project: how to map your property, assess your garden style and needs, and work on a group design scenario.

(Note: You must attend Naturescaping Basics before attending Site Planning 1.)Saturday, 11/1  from 9 am – 1 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 SE Steele


The Pea Pod


By Natasha Stanley


Are you a family with young children looking for a social outlet? Maybe you’re a stay-at-home parent who needs a little time to yourself?

A new 501( c )3 non-profit, The Pea Pod Family Resource Center, Inc., was created by Tara Sawyer with these needs in mind. Its mission is to empower families and build community in an environment of shared responsibilities and benefits.

The Pea Pod was started by a group of parents with a collective experience and vision of providing support for families, especially with children from 0-6 years.

Resources include parenting workshops, adult wellness and children classes, support groups, open-play, afternoon play groups, and a play-based cooperative early preschool. Wait-lists are now forming, and interested families can contact them through

The organization is looking for space in inner NE Portland, with a target opening date of January 2015. Want to get involved? Come to the Northeast Community Center’s Halloween Party, 1630 NE 38th Ave., open to members and non-members on October 25, from 1 – 4 pm.

Pea Pod is one of the community partners for this free event Bring a food donation for the Oregon Food Bank and feel free to dress up. Check the website for details, and contact Tara at


59th Annual ALL SAINTS HOLIDAY BAZAAR–Saturday Nov. 8, 9 am – 5 pm  Over 40 local artisans and crafters showcase handmade goods for that perfect gift. The popular Treasure Table will be back with antiques and collectibles. The Kids-only shopping room will be open where little ones can shop with nickels and dimes. Homemade baked goods will be for sale and the Cafe offers fresh coffee, pastries and a full lunch menu. Contact the parish office for $1 raffle tickets–win an Apple iPad + many other wonderful prizes. . There’s something for everyone! 3847 NE Glisan St. 503.232.4305


Breakfast Forum Repairing the Supreme Court and/or the Constitution with speaker David Delk October 16,  7:30-8:30 am  Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 SE Belmont.  Delk is an activist for civil liberties and the President of the Alliance for Democracy.  He will present information about the history and activities of the group.  The Breakfast Forum is an informal group whose members meet monthly to learn about and discuss political issues in respectful ways.  Members choose both topics and speakers. No registration required. Free. For information call 503.774.9621.


Parke Diem registration is officially open! not only lists info and descriptions of each volunteer project taking place on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, but allows you to filter the projects to find the perfect fit for you, your friends and family. Parke Diem is a two-day volunteer event consisting of 70 projects around the city. Projects take place in parks, gardens and natural areas. Register now for dibs on your perfect project and be a part of the park celebration!


Portland Progressives Toastmasters hosts a Halloween celebration with spooky stories and treats October 30.  The meeting is at 2408 SE 16th Ave. in the building on the west side of St. Philip Neri parish. The purpose is to promote leadership and public speaking. Everyone is welcome to attend. Costumes are optional. Questions? See our website:


Portland Community College Southeast Campus is coming – Saturday, Oct. 18, from noon to 4 pm, PCC is celebrating the transformation of the Center to its fourth comprehensive full-fledged campus. The event is free and open to the public, with free parking, too, and will include food, fun, festivities, live music from Maleo de Cuba, and more.


Food Therapy for Pets Workshop – October 21, 7 – 9 pm, People’s Food Co-op (Community Room), 3029 SE 21st Ave. Free and open to all. Call People’s to register: 503.ORGANIC. We are what we eat, and the same applies to our pets. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles, food is considered medicine with special properties to balance Yin and Yang energies within the living body. Dr. Cornelia Wagner of Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic will teach in this 2-hour workshop how to build and maintain your pet’s health and prevent seasonal or climatic related problems by feeding them according to the principles of TCM food therapy. She will address how specific foods may be used to help balance the body to aid in healing while a pet is receiving treatment for a specific condition.


DIY Insulation Workshop – This free, limited time workshop teaches participants how to weatherize a flat attic. Topics covered include safety, air sealing, baffling, blown-in insulation, and incentives to help cover the cost of your project. Learn more and register for the workshop at or call 503.284.6827 x106. The workshop takes place Sat, Oct 18, 10 am – 1 pm  at the Community Energy Project, 422 NE Alberta St. Free workshop on how to stop drafts in your home, especially around doors and windows. Tues, Oct 28, 6 – 8 pm Cherry Blossom Apartments 10570 SE Cherry Blossom Dr. Register for the workshop at or call 503.284.6827 x108.


The Wedge–Portland cheese festival, Saturday October 4, 12 – 5 pm at the Green Dragon Pub & Bistro, 928 SE 9th Ave. Taste and buy artisan and farmstead cheese from throughout the Northwest, and meet the people who make them.



Business Beat


The Mountain & Rose Boffer Club offers fencing classes at TaborSpace, at 54th and Belmont. beginning October 13 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 5 pm. Instructors will train students in a unique combination of western fencing and traditional martial arts, all within a fantasy framework similar to Dungeons & Dragons. Children accepted from grade 4 through high school seniors. The crafting aspects (building armor and foam weapons) are difficult for most grade schoolers, so they tend to focus on building fencing skills. See


Nibs & Greens – Owners, Hallie and Reya Tobias, create raw, vegan, gluten-free treats and cakes that are full of superfoods and give a whole new meaning to healthy indulgences. Their decadent cakes can be purchased directly and products will soon be in grocery stores. Visit or email


Off the Waffle has come to Portland – A favorite in Eugene and at Oregon Country Fair, they are located at the corner of 26th and SE Clinton. Serving Liege (pronounced Lee-Age) waffles a rich, sweet waffle invented by the chef to the prince-bishop of Liége, Belgium. Chunks of pearl sugar are folded into the dough that melt during the rising process and form a crispy, caramelized exterior when baked in the cast iron waffle press. A family business started by Omer and Dave now includes their dad Shimon and sister, Vered. The menu and hours of operation are available at




Community News October 14

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