Community News April 2019

Saleabration at Unique Boutique

Northstar Unique Boutique, 5600 NE Glisan St., will celebrating its two-year anniversary throughout the month of April and special discounts will be offered and refreshments served.

The name has been changed to reflect the shop’s connection to NorthStar, an evidence-based rehabilitation program for those with mental health issues.

Formerly known as The Next R, Unique Boutique features a collection of antique, vintage and one-of-a-kind items, perfect for gifting or personal acquisition.

There’s a range of household items, books, art, crafting materials and furnishings too. Proceeds from sales help support the cost for this free mental health  program.

NorthStar participants have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate useful job skills in the shop and other areas such as preparing simple, healthy and low cost lunches each day, learning computer skills or assisting with overall operations of the clubhouse.

You can drop off rinsed, uncrushed redeemable bottles and cans for its Bottle Drop fundraiser or support this program by donating items to sell.

In order to meet a one-to-one match for general support up to $3000 for the operation of NorthStar Clubhouse, cash donations are being sought to match the gift from the Ed Cauduro Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

NorthStar, 5600 NE Glisan St., is open 9-5 weekdays. The shop is open weekdays 11 am – 4:45 pm. 

For information, contact NorthStar at 971.271.7273 or leave a message at 971.231.4875. Email


Celebrate Common Table and Common Ground

 Colonial Heights Presbyterian and Metropolitan Community Church invite you to Easter and Holy Week observances. Pastors Nathan Meckley and Linda Stewart-Kalen will officiate.

  • Maundy Thursday Observance April 18 – Dinner at 6 pm and communion service at 7:30 pm
  • Easter Sunday Events Sunday April 21 – Easter sunrise worship at Washington Park (above Rose Garden and below tennis courts). Welcome Resurrection as the sun rises over Mt. Hood. Dress for the weather and bring a folding chair.
  • Easter Sunday Breakfast – begins at 8:30 am, 2828 SE Stephens St. Share breakfast in preparation for Easter Sunday worship.
  • Resurrection Sunday Worship – 10:30 am.

All are welcome. For more information and details about activities for children, contact MCC Portland, 503.281.8868;

All events except Sunrise at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 2828 SE Stephens St. 503.236.2430;

EarthTalk® gas guzzling to electric

Dear EarthTalk: I saw a news item about overhauling classic old cars with electric engines, and wondering if this can be done with any old car, such as my 1999 Subaru Outback? If this is feasible, maybe I should reconsider my plan of trading up for a new Prius.  Tim St. Germain, Boise, ID

It’s true that there’s never been a better time to convert an old gas guzzling car into an emissions-free electric vehicle (EV), but some makes and models are better suited for a so-called “EV swap” than others.

Michael Bream of San Marcos, California’s EV West, made news recently with its conversions of old VWs and Porsches into EVs. You could convert a ‘99 Subaru – but EV Swaps are typically reserved for classic cars.

A newer Subaru has a ULEV certified (low emission) engine, so it’s not as bad a polluter as a classic car, and doesn’t suffer from reliability and power issues that classic cars typically suffer from.

A typical conversion of a Subaru would cost about the same with parts and labor as a brand-new all-wheel drive Tesla Model 3. The closest shop to Portland is Electric Vehicles of Washington (Bellingham, WA)

If you want to do it yourself (or find a local mechanic looking for an interesting project), lots of companies now sell EV conversion kits (Canadian Electric Vehicles, Electro Automotive, Wilderness Electric Vehicles, DIY EV, EV Source, Metric Mind Corporation, EV Drive). These include new engines, batteries and components.

Expect to spend about $8,000 on all the parts needed for the job. The labor will be up to you.

DIYers should check out How to Build Your own Electric Vehicle in 5 Easy Steps at or Mechanic Doctor’s How to Convert Your Car to an Electric Vehicle for step-by-step instructions. California’s EV4U runs 3-Day Hands-On Conversion Workshops near Sacramento for $495.

With a new base model Prius starting at $23k, you may well be better off doing the EV Swap on your old car.

The operating costs of driving a Prius hybrid ($0.14/mile) are about four times what it costs to get around in an EV (whether native or a conversion).

LWV Candidates Forum

Portland League of Women Voters (LWV) April Forum provides first-hand knowledge of Portland Public Schools Board Candidates for the May 21 election.

The forum is Thursday April 11, at 6:30 pm in Portland Public Schools Board Room, 501 N Dixon St. It is free and open to the public and will be recorded with video available afterwards at: is the nonpartisan internet site with candidates on your ballot for this May 21 Special District Election (includes board candidates for all school districts in Multnomah County including community colleges and Multnomah Education Services District). The website goes live around April 3.

The LWV Voters’ Guide online is at It is in print at the April 11 Portland Public Schools Board Candidate Forum and then as quickly as possible to Multnomah County Library branches.

For information contact, Maud Naroll,

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade

The 12th Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade will be held April 27. Roses in the City of Portland is the theme, and many entrants are already on board.

It is a fun and festive affair celebrating this year’s Grand Marshall, Helen Raptis, Host of KATU’s AM Northwest.

The parade starts at 9:30 am just north of Eastport Plaza on Bush St., 4000 SE 82nd Ave.

Currently the largest eastside parade, it has been instrumental in the renaissance of 82nd Ave. by embracing the shopping and service area for eastside neighbors and businesses.

The Friesian Horses join the Parade again this year as it heads north in the geographic center of Portland, on 82nd Ave, turning and finishing in the Montavilla District, on Yamhill St. at 78th Ave.

The Beat Goes on Marching Band and the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers are crowd favorites and will perform again.

To be a volunteer or for a Parade Entrant Form, email

After the Parade, residents and friends are invited to attend New Year in the Park, a free family friendly event that celebrates Cambodian, Lao, Thai and Burmese New Years at Glenhaven Park on 82nd Ave and Siskiyou from 9:30-6 pm.


Plastic recycling – Hallelujah!

Plastics have become a ubiquitous and important material in all of our everyday lives.

They provide low cost, high utility and convenience for everything from preserving food, facilitating communications, providing transportation and keeping us all safe.

Unfortunately, as plastics use has increased and become more of our lifestyle over the last fifty years, we have all done a poor job in helping recycle plastics to become a highly valuable renewable resource.

The good news is that there is a place to recycle plastic that our local recyclers don’t take.

Agilyx has spent the last fourteen years creating a solutions platform that can take a wide variety of waste plastics and polymers, and chemically recycle those plastics into high value synthetic oils, chemicals and in some cases back to basic monomers that can be used to re-manufacture products.

Their chemical recycling processes can be performed at a significantly improved environmental profile than traditional manufacturing.

They will accept:

  • Polystyrene (No. 6) that includes GPPS disposable cups, cutlery and dinnerware, take out containers, cookie trays, bakery domed lids, produce baskets, pie containers, CD jewel cases and hangers.
  • EPS hot beverage cups, insulated coolers, protective packaging for electronics, toys and other durable goods,
  • XPS food service applications include meat trays egg cartons, takeout clamshells, foam plates and trays
  • HIPS cold drink cups, plates, lids stirrers, yogurt containers, creamer containers, disposable condiment containers, CD jewel cases, toys.

They do not take construction foam board or starch packing peanuts.

The drop box is at 904 SW Hunziker St. Tigard, OR and is open 24/7.

For business or larger quantities: (more than a truck) contact Ismael Madrigal at 503.906.5236 to schedule a drop off.

There is no drop off fee.

Nature based workshops

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (EMSWCD)invites the community to their various upcoming workshops. These nature-based workshops help to save time, money, and energy while better caring for the natural world around us. Plus, they are free to attend.

Rain Gardens 101 Workshop – Learn how rain gardens add beauty and color to your yard while helping restore the health of urban streams at the same time. You get step-by-step details on how to plan, design and build your own rain garden. Where possible, the workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden.

Sunday, April 7 from 1-5 pm at Bridgeport United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (621 NE 76th Ave.

Native Plants Workshop – Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants. Discover Portland’s most common native plant communities, learn which species do well in similar growing conditions, and get tips to help them thrive.

Sunday, April 14 from 1-3:30 pm at OMSI Parker Room, 1945 SE Water Ave.

Pre-register for both workshops at: or call 503.222.7645 for more information.

Recycling tips for April

By Bonita Davis, Master

Recycler and SE Resident

Earth Day celebrates its 49th year on the 22nd of April.

Started in 1970 by a group of legislators known for environmental activism, the holiday became a celebration of our planet and a call to action.

Students and citizens across the country came out in huge numbers to advocate for change and soon after, landmark pieces of legislation were passed, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Endangered Species Act and other wilderness protections.

Earth Day now spans a month and is recognized globally as a call to action on behalf of our natural environment.

It is a perfect time to think about our individual role in keeping our planet healthy. Can one person, or one household have a positive impact?  Absolutely!

Start out by enjoying the abundant nature around you.  Park the car, walk, bike or hike. Unplug. Sit, breathe and appreciate our green spaces. SE Portland has some of the most magnificent urban parks and wildlife habitats in the country.

Mt.Tabor, Laurelhurst Park, Oaks Bottom… all across the city, natural areas surround us. Find them at then get out and explore.

Portland is nationally recognized for our urban parks. is  the  best place to get help finding anything from unbelievably beautiful rhododendrons to gorgeous rose gardens, themed gardens and unique wild spaces. Most are accessible by bike or bus too.

Discover hundreds of ideas for making simple changes in everyday living at this great site, Get tips on how to buy smart and shop for things made to last. Beware, you may save money.

You’ll find community resources, a calendar of events and articles on reducing, reusing, refusing and a lot more. Even a small change in choices can make a difference.

Consider this from The World Wildlife Federation; 2,700 liters of water are needed to produce the cotton used to make just one t-shirt, not to mention the costs and materials associated with labor, transportation and packaging.

Get into Plogging! Originated in Sweden in response to a growing litter problem, the term means picking up litter while you jog or walk (just bring along a bag and wear gloves.) You get a better workout, your neighborhood becomes cleaner and less plastic and debris makes its way into storm drains, and through waterways to the ocean.

Join forces with Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism (SOLVE) The Tom McCall-inspired non-profit offers opportunities to clean up beaches and neighborhoods as well. Visit to sign up for an event or initiate your own clean up idea.

Inspiring words from Jane Goodall: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

HOUSE OF DREAMS CAT SHELTER is having their annual Plant and Vegan Bake Sale, Saturday, April 20 from 10 am-2 pm at 7634 SE Morrison. Donated Indoor and outdoor plants, decorative pots, garden art and delicious vegan baked goods will be for sale. House of Dreams is a no-kill, all volunteer, free-roam non-profit 501(c)(3). All proceeds from the sale help support kitties until they are adopted. For information, see or contact or


THE FERAL CAT COALITION OF OREGON (FCCO) is kicking off it’s countdown to it’s 100,000th spay/neuter surgery so every cat that comes to the clinic between now and the 100,000th cat (expected in August) will be entered into a drawing to win $1,398. Second place wins $101. This might seem like an odd number, but FCCO chose the prize money on purpose. According to the feral cat equation, one unaltered female and her offspring, can produce 1.398 million cats over the span of ten years. To schedule an appointment and enter the drawing, call 503.797.2606 or go to

HOSFORD HUSKY HUSTLE 5K FUN RUN – Sun, May 5, 10 am at Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl. The non-competitive 5K fun run/walk thru Ladd’s Addition is a fundraiser benefitting Hosford Middle School PTSA and Shu Ren, the parent support organization for the Mandarin Immersion Program.  More information:

LEACH BOTANICAL GARDEN SPRING PLANT SALE – Saturday, April 13, from 9:30 am-2 pm (early admission at 9 am for Leach Garden Friends Members) at Floyd Light Middle School 10800 SE Washington St. Choice selection of natives, rare and unusual plants, trees, shrubs and perennials from local and regional nurseries and the Leach Garden collection. All proceeds support operation of Leach Botanical Garden. For information: 503.823.1671.

HAWTHORNE DIABETES GROUP: VITAL VINEGARS – Thursday, April 25, 7 pm at Colonial Heights Church, 2828 SE Stephens St. Vinegar is a timeless healing agent, that has special benefits for managing diabetes. This month special guest, Dr. Alicia Bigelow, ND, naturopathic physician, herbalist and proprietor of “Vital Vinegars” will introduce you to the amazing properties of using herb infused vinegar to improve blood sugar control and help prevent diabetes. Tasting samples included. Find out how tasty, versatile and healthy vinegars can be. $10 donation requested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. RSVP through or by contacting Julia Hanfling at 503.936.8086.

PORTLAND SINGS! A community sing-along and a casual, fun group-singing opportunity for anyone wanting more singing in their life. Sunday, April 21 2-4 pm at Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell Blvd. Sliding scale $8 – $15. For more info, see

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO PORTLAND’S HOUSING CRISIS – Infill cohousing and villages, ADU’s, home retrofits, and tiny home villages. A one hour presentation followed by discussion Monday, April 8, 6:30 pm at Mason Street Townhomes Community House, 5842 NE Mason (Red Building). Are you looking for a human scale place to live in the city of Portland, or wanting to find a community setting where you will have friends and companionship? Perhaps you are looking for ways to have just enough home space for yourself and save funds, but also wanting to share indoor and outdoor common space with others? This presentation will provide a dazzling array of ideas, designs and plenty of answers for you to consider. A robust discussion will follow, and refreshments will be provided. For information, call Mark Lakeman at 503.381.5885. This event is free and open to the public.

THE BASICS OF WOOD WINDOW REPAIR – Patty Spencer gives a presentation at the Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Ave. April 27 at 10 am. Contrary to mass marketing, original windows can be refreshed and repaired to meet today’s energy savings goals. At the same time, preserving original windows preserves historic character and re-uses material that is inherently sustainable. This workshop covers the basics of identifying problems and repairing wood windows in older homes. To reserve a space, go to: or The workshop is $12 for general public, $8, AHC members.

  1. TABOR PARK EVENTSFree Wednesday Morning Songbird Guided Walks. The Audubon Society of Portland meets at the main parking lot at 7 am every Wednesday starting April 3, rain or shine. Register at Bring binoculars if you have them, stay at long as you wish. Tabor Challenge 5k – April 6, Saturday. Honor the memory of LTJG Thomas Cameron, who lost his life in 2012 when his helicopter went down during a Coast Guard training mission. All funds go to Grover Cleveland High School college scholarships. Details and registration at FREE Tree I.D. Walk – April 21, Sunday, 2 pm. Happy Easter! Join Bob Rogers on the third Sunday of every month as he leads visitors on a tour of some of the park’s most notable trees. Meet at the Visitor Center rain or shine. Mt. Tabor Weed Warriors Habitat Restoration – April 27, Saturday, 9 am-noon.The last Saturday of the month from May – October volunteers restore health to the park by removing invasive plant species. Meet at the Visitor Center by the main parking lot, and wear durable long pants and long sleeve shirt. If you have heavy-duty gardening gloves and supplies, bring them. Otherwise, there are loaner items. Plan to come five to ten minutes early to sign-in. If you arrive late, there’s information at the sign-in table.

SUMMER CAMPS AT THE ART GARAGE – For 2nd-6th graders from 9 am- 3 pm. Art Camp 1: June 24-28, Art Camp 2: July 8-12. To learn more see



Community News April 2019

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