By Laura Smith

At the February meeting of the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association (MTNA), the Disaster Preparedness Coordinator of the Cascades Region of the American Red Cross told attendees about the Home Fire Safety Campaign that provides free smoke detectors and their Pillowcase Project which offers free forty or sixty-minute disaster preparedness presentations to third to fifth graders in our area. For information, contact Suzanne Beaupre at suzanne.beaupre@redcross.org or 503.528.5636, or visit the Cascades Region’s website: redcross.org/cascades.

Representatives of the Portland Parks and Recreation department presented an update on the progress of the Mt. Tabor Yard improvement project. Construction is anticipated to begin this fall. The Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association board voted to sign on to the final draft of the Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) regarding the potted plant nursery being moved from its present location to a spot adjacent to the community garden at the south entrance to Mt. Tabor Park and a multimodal path being created along the right-of-way for SE 64th from Division into the park.

The new season of Mt. Tabor Park Weed Warrior work parties begins in March, with crew leader training to be held March 9 from 10 am-2 pm at the park’s Visitor Center. Crew leaders need to attend two work parties per season which runs March through October on the last Saturday of each month. For more info, check FTMP’s website: taborfriends.org.

The neighborhood cleanup co-sponsored by the Mt. Tabor and North Tabor Neighborhood Associations takes place Saturday, April 27, in the parking lot of Mt. Tabor Middle School from 10 am-2 pm. That same day, there will be a drug turn-in and paper shredding event at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office located on E. Burnside at SE 47th Ave. from 10 am-2 pm.

The next meeting of the MTNA will be Wednesday, March 20 at 7 pm at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church at SE 54th and Belmont, with social time starting 6:50 pm. For information, see mttaborpdx.org.