Recycing tip for September

By Bonita Davis, Master

Recycler and SE Resident

Ever convinced yourself you had the correct information on a particular subject, only to find out later you were, well, wrong?

You are not alone! Always a big fan of recycling, I take, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to heart. I still remember the day I heard that “to-go” coffeecups were not recyclable.

I had been wondering how paper could hold hot liquid, and suspected the shiny layer as being plastic, but I saw them in the recycling bin at the coffeeshop.

In disbelief, I reread my Curbsider* information, and there it was in black and white print: No to-go coffeecups. Embarrassed to have missed this detail, I was shocked! How did this I miss this? Truth is, I didn’t fact check because I assumed I was correct.

This can happen to anyone.  Often, members of the same household are not in agreement and an ongoing debate ensues about what goes in and what stays out. The good news is it just got a lot easier to end the confusion.

Metro’s new website,, ( in Spanish) shows full color photographs displaying items that do not belong in the blue roll cart; plastic bags, container lids, take-out clamshells, to-go coffeecups and much, much more.

Recognizable common household products that can be recycled curbside are also included.

At’s Find-a-Recycler Tool, even makes it easy to find resources for recycling, donation, and reuse.

Why care? For starters, unwanted materials placed into recycling have to be removed manually from conveyor belts and machinery when they are sorted. This slows the process and adds to costs.

Recycled materials compete with raw and virgin materials in the market, so it is important to keep recyclables attractive to manufacturers. Secondly, buyers can and do reject baled recyclable materials that are contaminated by unwanted items, and at that point, landfilling may be the only option.

Remember, it is better for our environment to put trash in the landfill where it is secured and not polluting our landscapes and waterways, than to have trash contaminating our recycling.

Find out if an item is recyclable at home by submitting a photo to @recycleornot or @reciclarono on Instagram.

Want to talk to a person instead?  Try the Metro Recycling Hotline, 503.234.3000. *Curbsider information at

Search: “curbsider.”

Letters to the Editor

 To the Editor:

The monthly receipt of The Southeast Examiner is a highlight of my civic life; a reminder of the importance of the media in democracy.

How refreshing to see pertinent local news, community events, businesses and culture explored with as healthy an advertising mix as I see in any print media today.

The Examiner is often the only media source presenting regular articles about the city’s Office of Community and Civic Life, the future of neighborhood associations, urban density and housing demolition. These are issues deserving thorough research and exploration.

I wish you the best of luck in finding a new owner. You are a critical part of our shared life.

In the same spirit, I ask that you consider a change in editorial approach.

In my opinion many of the articles about our neighborhoods, growth and housing seem to be written from the perspective of someone who has prejudged the issues.

These articles often vilify people or opinions in conflict with the prejudgment rather than bringing a truly impartial curiosity to uncover the rationale behind opposing viewpoints.

If possible, it would be wonderful if these subjects could be pursued with more journalistic neutrality, uncovering different viewpoints and facilitating a productive community debate rather than missing a deeper understanding of issues critical to our future.

Another approach would be to simply identify these articles as opinion pieces rather than a news article, and ideally seek opposing viewpoints for publication in the same edition.*

Thank you again for your essential contribution to our community.

Glenn Lamb

(*Editors note: News stories headlines are capitalized.)


Mt. Tabor Park

The Friends of Mt. Tabor Park’s annual summer potluck picnicTuesday, September 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Picnic Shelter A across from the main parking lot and Visitor Center.

It’s the perfect opportunity to chat with the Board, learn the latest Mt. Tabor news, sample delicious homemade treats, and win great prizes.

Each guest receives a raffle ticket for the chance to win. Bring a dish to share. Drinks, plates, napkins and utensils will be provided. No RSVP is needed.

Free Mt. Tabor Tree ID Walk – Sunday, September 15

Join Bob Rogers the third Sunday of every month as he leads visitors on a tour of the park’s most notable trees. Meet at the park Visitor Center at 2 pm rain or shine.

The 8th annual Friends of Mt. Tabor Park 5k walk/run and 10K run – Sunday, September 29

Celebrate autumn in the park. Prices for the races remain the same at $25 for the 10K, $15 for the 5K, and $5 for kids 12 and under entered in the 5k. The race raises funds for the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park. Over the past seven years, the race has provided over $8,000 to FMTP.

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

After the race, feel free to mingle with other runners and enjoy post-race snacks donated by local businesses. There will be a post-race raffle for prizes, donated by other local businesses.

For information and registration go to:

ADU Guide for townhouses

Portland’s Bureau of Developmental Services (BDS) has approved a new code guide ( that allows additional Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), to be constructed within Townhouses if certain requirements are met.

The guide will provide clear requirements for spaces used in common by multiple Townhouses.

This code guide will be effective on Monday September 16, 2019.

Contact: Terry Whitehill at or 503.823.7639.


Art Heads to Sponsor Local Artists

By David Krogh

Art Heads Custom Picture Framing, 1506 SE 50th St., will soon begin exhibiting a display of artwork by local artists. Gabe Rahe, the new owner since January, has been anticipating this for several years and is now able to bring it to fruition.

The first two artists to have their art showcased are Adrienne Stacey and Larry N. Olson. Both work with very different media. The opening reception for the exhibition will be Saturday, September 21, from 5-7 pm and the public is invited.

Stacey lives in SE Portland and specializes in pottery, frameable naturescapes and watercolor paintings.

Her small studio is available for viewing by appointment. Stacey has been a potter since 1972 and has a substantial history of exhibitions. She currently has pieces on display and for sale within galleries in Oregon, Washington and Utah. Her website is her website is

Olson has specialized in landscape photography for over forty years and his specialty is what he terms “intimate landscapes.” His studio is available for visiting by appointment too.

Both framed and unframed copies of his photographs are there for viewing or for purchase.

He is well known for his photographs of the Opal Creek Wilderness and for his book, Oregon Rivers.

Owner Rahe has worked for Art Heads since 1999 and celebrated Art Heads 21st year on Hawthorne Blvd. in May with a reception and a display of seventy-five art pieces.

Having renovated the store substantially, he proposes it now serve a dual role as a frame/art shop and a community arts space.

The renovation has included movable components so that work area can be quickly converted to display area or vice versa.  All in all, more than four hundred square feet of wall area can be made available for art displays.

Rahe hopes that if the September 21 event is successful he can provide quarterly gallery shows for other artists in a variety of mediums starting next year.  At present, he will be contacting known local artists for inclusion. In the future, this could evolve into a jury type selection.

Rahe told The Southeast Examiner he had tried gallery shows several years ago, but they didn’t prove cost effective. Now with Hawthorne becoming more popular and heavily visited, he’s hoping the time is right to bring art shows back.

He describes himself as an “organic growth believer” and hopes his space will stay small, local, and be neighborhood art based.

 More information about this and future exhibits, see or phone 503.232.5299.

Girl Scout Creates Historic  Laurelhurst Walking Tour guide


Amelia Shields, a senior at Grant High School, created a walking tour of the NE neighborhood Laurelhurst for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.

The tour is available in both audio and print formats and can be downloaded from the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association website online at

The historical walking tour is broken into two parts.  Part one outlines the history of Laurelhurst from a dairy farm to a carefully planned community in the early 1900s and takes you to historically interesting homes and landmarks.

Part two focuses on Laurelhurst Park starting with an overview of the park history and how it came to be. This part of the tour walks you through the park and explains the designer’s vision and the purpose for each of the different sections within the park.

The printed version of the tour has both parts and includes fun photos from the past.

Val Ballestrem, education manager for the Architectural Heritage Center, calls the tour “a well-researched and thorough account of Laurelhurst neighborhood, its history, architecture, and of course, its famous park.”

Shields has grown up in the Laurelhurst neighborhood and has been in Girl Scouts since the first grade. She enjoys reading, knitting, and playing with her dog.

This summer she is working as a Junior Counselor at Girl Scout Camp Arrowhead in the Columbia River Gorge for the second year. Besides Girl Scouts, she is a steward at the Children’s Book Bank, a member of the Multnomah County Library Teen Council, and on the National Honor Society at Grant High School.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest level award a Girl Scout can earn. It requires a minimum of eighty leadership hours toward the completion of a project to better the community.

The Gold Award allows a Girl Scout to develop leadership skills, be seen as a role model, master time management skills, and make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington serves approximately 14,000 girls in 37 counties with the help of nearly 10,000 volunteers. For information, please visit


FAT STRAW EXPRESS WINDOW, 4258 SE Hawthorne Blvd., for Bubble Tea in a hurry. Ten percent of the profits from this Express Window will go to a local school. Enter your school in the drawing box. Call 503.233.3369.


7TH ANNUAL CATIO TOUR!  Saturday, September 7, 10 am-2 pm, $10 per person (free for the first child 12 & under). To register see: Don’t miss this popular Portland, one-of-a-kind event. The Tour will showcase ten diverse outdoor cat enclosures Hosted by the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and Portland Audubon, the self-guided tour was created to inspire cat owners to build or buy their own outdoor cat enclosure to keep cats safe from outdoor hazards while protecting wildlife from cat predation.


WHAT ABOUT CARBOHYDRATES?  High carb, low carb, net carbs, ketones, sugar substitutes. All of these, and more can change your blood sugar levels. To manage diabetes, what have you found to be effective? Or frustrating? Or tasty? Join the Hawthorne Diabetes Group for a lively discussion on how your can improve your blood sugars by altering your relationship with carbohydrates without shame or blame. Thursday, September 19, 7-8:30 pm at Colonial Hts. Pres. Church, 2828 SE Stephens. $10 donation requested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more info, contact Julia Hanfling, RD, CDE at 503.936.8086 or RSVP is appreciated. See


5G STRATEGIES MEETING, Thursday, September 12, at 7 pm, Ontario Institute of Cancer Research (OICR) will be holding a Readings for Now Seminar on the issue at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison St.


VIKING PANCAKE BREAKFAST SEPTEMBER 8 – Join us for our delicious all-you-can-eat Viking pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, strawberry compote, lingonberries, orange juice and coffee or tea served in our charming Bergen Dining Room at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave.,  8:30 am-12:30 pm.  Adults $8, Children ages 3-10 $4, Children under age 3 are free. Parking is free. Best breakfast in town.


PORTLAND SINGS! – returns from its summer break. A community sing-along and casual, group-singing opportunity for everyone wanting more music expression in their life. Sunday September 15, 2-4 pm at Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell Blvd. Sliding scale $8 – $15. See


INNOVATIONS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION – a civic panel discussion presented by the League of Women Voters Monday, September 16, 7-8:30 pm, at the Multnomah County Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Learn about new programs in our schools. Many educators in the Portland area are dedicated to improving public schools. In spite of funding challenges in recent years, they have found innovative ways to foster learning and equity for students. For more information contact Nancy Donovan, or Margaret Noel,

THE COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER 3350 SE Francis Street celebrates new classes and fifty years in the Francis Street Firehouse with an Open House, Saturday, September 21,  12-4 pm and free for all. There will be live music from The Northwest Piano Trio (; mini demo classes (for kids and adults) in percussion, piano, improvisation, and bilingual English-Spanish family music for Early Childhood and an Instrument Petting Zoo – rooms full of instruments to try out, including violins, cellos, drums, guitars, pianos, xylophones and trumpets, CMC artist instructors will perform throughout the day and talk about their class offerings. 

Built in 1912 for Portland Fire Co. No. 25 as one of the last Portland firehouses for horse-drawn firefighting equipment, the Francis Street Firehouse was renovated in 1969 as the site for Portland Parks & Recreation’s Community Music Center, which continues programs to this day. The Community Music Center (CMC) is a Portland Parks & Recreation facility in partnership with an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that raises money to help subsidize tuition fees at the school.   CMC’s need-based scholarship fund enables students to follow their dreams in music. For more information, call 503.823.3177 or visit


PARK(ING) DAY 2019 is right around the corner. This annual tradition celebrates the creativity of our community as they transform parking spaces into parks for a day. PARK(ing) Day encourages artists and residents to work together to temporarily transform parking spots around the city into engaging, creative public spaces. The event began in San Francisco in 2005 and has since then become a global movement. It is voluntary and free for all. The deadline to apply is September 13. Visit for all the details. Reviewed the program guide, fill out an application, and submit the application and any questions to: or call 503.823.7788.