by Kim Lomax
How fun it would be to have a series of Sabin block parties this summer! What a great way to get to know our immediate neighbors better and meet those living a block or two away. While the weather is chilly and damp, now is the time to start organizing. Information is available on the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement's website. Some things to note:
You and your neighbors can opt to have the party in a neighbor's yard, close down the street for the party, or reserve space in a park.
If you would like to close the street for the block party, you need to poll your neighbors, fill out an application, and get a party permit, as well as follow the City's instructions for safely redirecting traffic away from your street. The instructions from the City state that any neighbor affected by the street closure (which is any resident whose property or driveway abut the section of the street you want to close) needs to agree to close the street for the block party. If your street is on a bus route, you're out of luck.
Park permits are free on the first Tuesday in August (this year, that's Tuesday, August 7th) for a block party that coincides with the National Night Out.
If you and your neighbors want to have amplified music (live or a boom box), you're required to get a noise permit for $58, or hold your block party on the National Night Out (Tuesday, August 7th) when the permit fee is waived.
The process is pretty straightforward, but getting buy-in on a date from other residents on your street could take some time. Once you and your neighbors have selected a date, we can post the event here on Sabin website and in the neighborhood association newsletter. Happy planning!
Doors open for Meet and Greet at 6:30pm.
At Concordia University in the Student Events and Activities Center (SEAC), 2nd floor of the Hagen Campus Center. Concordia University is at 2811 NE Holman Street, Portland, OR.
This event will focus on community livability issues such as jobs, transportation, and housing. Community members will be invited to share their own questions and concerns. Questions will be compiled and given to the candidates with a request to provide written responses. All responses will be shared with the public. Please join us to learn about the candidates and to share what matters to you!
Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Drive, Portland, OR 97217
Thursday, April 26: Pre-Sale Day for Volunteers, Consignors, Teachers, Foster & First Time Parents (Must have a pass to enter)
Friday, April 27: Public Sale, 12-7pm
Saturday, April 28: Public Sale, 9am-4pm
Sunday, April 29: Public Sale, 9am-2pm (Many Items Half Price!)
You can save hundreds of dollars by shopping from over 80,000 gently used and pre-inspected items at 50-90% off retail on everything you need for babies, kids, & pregnancy at the Just Between Friends, the area's largest Children's & Maternity Consignment Event. Shop for clothing sizes preemie to pre-teen, toys, books, furniture, baby carriers, breast pumps, and everything in between.
If you’ve never been to the JBF Sale, you are missing out on huge savings! You won’t believe your eyes when you see the selection and prices. Help our community’s recycling efforts by buying pre-loved baby gear. Help your neighbors by buying the items they no longer need and putting money directly into their pockets. This event benefits so many people, including foster
children through Foster Closet, Inc.
In the future, Sabin residents can look forward to taking a self-guided front garden tour using information posted on the Garden Tour tab of this website. We'll provide a map, photos and other information to make your tour of your neighborhood delightful. The tour will feature a variety of Sabin front yards, with a special focus on bee-friendly gardens.
Did you know that bees pollinate crops as diverse as blueberries, pumpkins and onions? They're also essential for pollinating alfalfa and other crops that farm animals eat. Creating a bee-friendly garden is easy and fun for the whole family. Simple steps you can take in your own yard: provide a range of flowering plants that bloom throughout the growing season, avoid using pesticides and create nest sites for native bees.
We're also considering organizing a bee-friendly event in the summer or fall of 2012. Bee fans, let us know if you have ideas or would like to get involved. Whether your front garden is particularly bee-friendly or not, we hope you'll participate in the tour. You can put your front garden on the tour for the enjoyment of your neighbors, or you can help to plan the tour. To participate, please contact Diane Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barb Conable at email@example.com.
Also, they'll be offering free childcare, free lunch and free minor bike tune-ups and repairs for students and families.
Saturday, February 25th, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Jefferson High School
5210 N Kerby Ave
The Greater Gresham Baptist Church is renovating the old Zion Church on NE 9th and Fremont, across from Irving Park. The Volga German community built the church in 1914 for a cost of $20,000. Services were held in German until the 1960s. Over the years, as the Volga German population dispersed throughout Portland, the church lost membership. Eventually, the congregation built another church in outer east Portland. For more church history, see the Volga Germans in Portland website.