Community News October 2015

Fourth annual Mt Tabor walk/run


The fourth annual Friends of Mt. Tabor Park 5k walk/run and 10K run is Sunday, October 11 and celebrates autumn in the park.

Mt. Tabor Park has a well-designed forested trail system consisting of three trails: the Red, Green and Blue that circumnavigate Mt. Tabor.

The Red Trail is a 1-mile loop running counterclockwise; the Green Trail is a 1.7-mile loop running clockwise; and the Blue Trail is a 3-mile loop counterclockwise. The 10K utilizes all three trails, while the 5K utilizes the blue loop.

The 10K race begins at 9 am and the 5K race begins at 9:05 am. For check in and same-day registration, come to the parking lot near the caldera between 8 -and 8:45 am.

Race registration prices are: $25 for the 10K, $15 for the 5K, and $5 for kids 12 and under in the 5k.

The race is a fundraising event to benefit Friends of Mt. Tabor Park. Over the past three years, the race has raised over $4,500 for the organization. After the race, mingle with other runners and enjoy the post race snacks generously donated by local businesses. There will be a raffle after the race for other donations.

To register in advance online go to

For mail in registration, and to learn more about the race including route maps, see

Wellness Service Fair


Laurelhurst Family Clinic, 4410 NE Glisan St. is having an acupuncture street fair. Free community acupuncture treatments will be offered to Veterans, Police, Firefighters and Hospital employees with a professional ID.

Each profession will have their designated day to receive a seated 30-minute treatment in a supportive environment alongside their peers.

These will be comfortable acupuncture treatments that use points below the elbows and below the knees to treat stress, head aches, back pain, menstrual issues, insomnia and a host of other discomforts.

Saturday October 17, treatments will be open to the public for a donation to Oregon Food Bank. A representative will be present.

Salt, Fire & Time will be serving bone broths during acupuncture sessions and raffles will be held daily for Chinese medical first aid kits.

In addition to acupuncture, classes will be offered in Yoga, Capoeira, QiGong, KungFu and TaiChi free of charge or by donation to the Oregon Food Bank.

The acupuncture schedule at Laurelhurst Clinic is: Providence Hospital – Friday October 16, 4:30 – 7:30 pm; General Public: Saturday October 17, 2:30 – 5:30 pm;  Police and Fire: Sunday October 18, 1 – 4 pm; Veterans: Tuesday October 20 4:30 – 7:30 pm.

Free Classes at Portland Yoga Arts, 4400 NE Glisan St.:

KungFu Friday October 16, 7:30 – 9 pm; TaiChi Sunday October 18, Sunday 3:30 – 5 pm; Capoeira  Sunday October 18, 12 noon -1 pm; QiGong Sunday October 18, 4 – 5 pm; Yoga Tuesday October 20,  5:30 – 7 pm

For information visit or contact Kate Haber: 503.928.2595.


Autumnfest for Autism


Autumnfest for Autism is an annual event featuring an unforgettable night of entertainment provided by local artists and musicians, a silent and live auction, and delicious food. The community is invited as A Hope For Autism Foundation, the treatment center for children with special needs such as autism, celebrates their growth and fulfills their mission to help these children.

Saturday October 24, 6:30 -10:30 pm

Madeleine Parish Hall 3123 NE 24th Ave.

Ticket prices are $50 apiece. Sponsor a table for 8 for $350. The Foundation provides evidence-based treatment and through community support, is able to provide scholarships so families in need can receive treatment for their child.

A Hope for Autism, 2120 SW Jefferson Street, Suite B200

For information or enrollment: 503.244.4083


Recycle tip of the month


By Bonita Davis Master Recycler and Sunnyside resident


Recently, a shuttered school outside of the Portland School District was the object of print and television media attention because of what happened at the dumpster.

People walking and driving by noticed desks and new school supplies tossed into the drop box. Alarmed, calls went out and the media responded.

The story unfolded to reveal an attempt to engage a recycler had failed and the next best solution to expedite clearing out the building was to order a drop box.  Ordering a drop box means sending the load to the landfill.

Concerned citizens, a local waste hauler, administrators and teachers got involved and a “rescue” resulted.

The Boys and Girls Club received needed desks and furniture and teachers and the non-profit Schoolhouse Supplies rescued pens, paper, art materials and other supplies for distribution for kids and programs in need.

The solution prevented waste and kept valuable resources out of the landfill, saved money, and provided wanted materials and supplies to those who needed them.

How can all of us support reuse through donation rather than “dumping?” Start by visiting The Find a Recycler Tool at

Type in your items and zip code and get a list of who can take your recyclables.

Go to the Donation Tab, to find those who want your reusable goods. The tool sorts by distance, so you can find options close to your home or business.

Another option is to call Metro Recycling’s hotline at 503.234.3000. “Real humans are standing by to answer your recycling, disposal and waste prevention questions.” Hours are 8:30 am – 5 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Schoolhouse Supplies, is at 2735 NE 82nd Ave., 503.249.9933.


HAUNTED HOUSE – The Reformers are thrilled to announce their upcoming community event, Haunted House!  Open Thursday through Saturday, October 22 – October 31, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Kids night, Oct. 25, 5 – 7 pm FREE!

Located at 1126 SE 15th Ave., tickets available at the door: $5.


ReUse Community Growing 

and On the Move


Sunnyside is almost ground zero in the Portland Metro area for consignment, vintage and resale. There are three local Reuse organizations doing such a great job that they are expanding, moving or adding services.  Please check them out.

The SE Portland Tool Library has grown into a tremendous community resource over the past 4½ years at St David of Wales Church on SE Harrison.

A great place to volunteer, donate, and borrow tools, their new larger location will be at the Hinson Baptist Church on 20th Ave. near Col. Summers Park and the Thursday evening Farmers’ Market.   To learn how you can borrow tools, donate, or volunteer (including helping with the move,) go to

Free Geek is still located at 1731 SE 10th Ave. and excels at “transforming used technology into opportunity, education and community.” You can shop for Free Geek merchandise online.   Just go to  and click on their link to eBay, Amazon, or Café Press.

Stop in the store and find out more about the Oregon e-cycles program and how to obtain certification that data has been destroyed from your donated computer. Take a class, rebuild a computer, donate, volunteer. Call 503.232.9350 to learn more.

SCRAP has been “filling minds, not landfills,” in Portland since 1998.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that SCRAP was tucked into the corner of the ReBuilding Center.

Several expansions later, SCRAP is in their new, bright, super-organized space at 1736 SW Alder.  Go there and be amazed by the light-filled, colorful space filled with beautifully-organized creative materials.

Get happy when you see the low prices. Learn about their education programs, birthday parties, creative re-use ideas, and volunteer and donation opportunities too.

See,  503.294.0769.


Volunteers needed for 45 park sites


The nonprofit Portland Parks Foundation (PPF) and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) announce the return of Parke Diem: Portland’s biggest citywide volunteer work party for the city’s beloved parks. More than 1000 volunteers are joining forces at 45 sites – community gardens, parks, natural areas, and sports fields across Portland for Parke Diem’s third year.

“Parke Diem isn’t just about our friends and neighbors getting out to volunteer,” says Portland Parks Foundation Board Chair Gina Eiben. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to see the significant needs of the parks that we love so dearly, and to pitch in to make a difference. Portlanders’ sense of community and generosity is celebrated at Parke Diem.”

The event is scheduled for  Friday & Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10, times vary by project. Visit the to see the Parke Diem sites and projects and to sign up to volunteer.

Contact Mattie Courtright, 503.445.0994,


Celebrating St. Francis and All Saints Day


Saints Peter & Paul Episcopal Church hosts two important feast day celebrations.

To give thanks for the love and joy we receive from our animal companions, the church celebrates the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi with a Blessing of Pets on Sunday, October 4.

Blessings take place following both the 10 am and the noon bilingual (Spanish/English) services. All are welcome to bring pets to church for a blessing and small treat.

Sunday, November 1, the church celebrates All Saints Sunday; a special day of remembering loved ones who have died. All are invited to bring a photo of deceased family members for the Altar of the Dead.

Photos may be brought to the church the week of October 26. Worship times are 8 am, 10 am (English) and noon (bilingual).

The church is located at 247 SE 82nd Ave. For information, call 503.254.8168 or see

Saints Peter & Paul Episcopal Church is an open and welcoming community, deeply rooted in the Montavilla neighborhood.


Natural surroundings workshops


Registration is now open for free and practical how-to workshops on Naturescaping, Rain Gardens, Native Plants, and Urban Weeds. Workshops are offered through East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and community partners.

Register online at

  • Native Plants Workshop is Saturday, 10/3, 9 – 11:30 am at SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main St.

Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants. Get  introduced  to common native plant communities in Portland, see examples of species that do well in similar growing conditions, share successful planting tips to help them thrive and more.

A native plant slideshow highlights characteristics and desired growing conditions of many local favorite native groundcovers, shrubs and trees.

Walk away with information so you can decide which native plants work well in your yard.

  • NaturescapingBasics; Saturday, 10/17, 9 am – 1 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 SE Steele St.

Learn the basics of designing and maintaining a landscape that is beautiful and diverse while conserving water, building soil, and creating habitat for birds and pollinators.

Make a positive impact on your watershed with your landscaping decisions and save time, money and energy doing it!

The workshop includes a field trip to a nearby naturescaping project.


Deconstruction grants


The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will review applications submitted at

When removing a home for new construction is necessary, the City of Portland seeks to encourage the salvage and reuse of building materials with deconstruction instead of mechanical demolition. Grants are available now to help promote


Community News October 2015

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