I'd like to be part of a community of people with whom I can share new experiences and adventures such as making our own solar ovens or building a chicken coop. So, I've started a new Meetup group called NE Portland Homesteaders - a place for people to share urban homesteading knowledge and friendship, while helping each other achieve a higher level of food and energy independence. Let's support each other as we learn more about diverse topics from food preservation to raising livestock in the city. On February 18th, this group is going to have it's inaugural meeting where we get to know each other and start to plan for our future. If you've ever wanted to "grow your own" now is a great time to join. You can get more details and RSVP through Meetup - hope to see you there!
1) Suggesting organizations or groups in the area that have the capacity to provide shelter, food, health support, logistics support, or other basic needs in the event of a disaster.
2) Identifying key focal points in our neighborhood that would be interested in being involved in this project (such as a current NET member or someone with an interest in disaster preparedness). The time commitment is nominal and will consist of attending a fun social event/simulation twice per year.
If you are interested in getting involved, the project coordinator Arif Khan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-810-5247.
On Saturday, March 17th, 2012, the Sabin PTA will host its annual gala auction at the Tiffany Center. This event has grown to be their biggest fundraiser and social event for the Sabin School community. With the support of you and others, they hope to reach their fundraising goal of $100,000. Their success is dependent on your much appreciated contributions. If you are interested in donating goods and services, sponsorship and/or event attendance, please contact Suzanne Clark at 503-806-9332 or go to www.sabinauction.com
Solarize Northeast provides a pathway to simple and affordable solar installation. In 2009, Solarize helped 200 northeast Portland residents install solar panels on their homes. This year, they aim to match that number. The project is organized by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, whose mission is to improve the livability of North and Northeast Portland.
Using a competitive bidding process, the team selected Mr. Sun Solar, a northeast Portland business with a strong commitment to customer service, as the contractor. Starting in January, the team will offer educational workshops where residents can learn about converting to solar, tax credits and other financial incentives, and financing options. Experts will be available to answer questions. The workshops are free.
The deadline to participate in Solarize Northeast is May 15, 2012. Contracts signed before February 29, 2012 will receive an Early Bird Special.
Check out Solarize Northeast's Facebook page and website for more information. Or, call Gene Lee at 503-823-4113.