Neighborhood Greenways are residential streets where bicycles and pedestrians are given priority. As part of the Neighborhood Greenways program, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is installing artistic street sign toppers to help people identify the Greenway. PBOT also uses speed bumps, traffic diverters and pavement markings to slow auto traffic and reduce cut-throughs along these streets.
This spring and summer, PBOT will be hosting community events on the Going Street Greenway and offering promotional incentives to residents and businesses near the street. Funding for the Neighborhood Greenway outreach project comes from a grant awarded by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The grant project, called “Going to the River,” funds bicycle and pedestrian improvements in North and Northeast Portland, including Swan Island.
For more information visit www.NeighborhoodGreenways.org click on the “Going to the River” link or contact Scott Cohen at (503) 823-5345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grab your family, friends & gloves and help clean up Alberta Street from MLK to 33rd. New to the neighborhood? Come out and meet your neighbors. In keeping with the spirit of the neighborhood, this will be more than just a day of litter pick up and graffiti removal. There will be prizes and food. Volunteers are encouraged to participate as individuals or in teams. Come in costume, if you like - it is Alberta Street after all! To ensure there is enough food, your pre-registration is helpful. Check in at 10:00 am at UMOJA / Lifeworks NW (4941 NE 17th Avenue - NE 17th Avenue & Alberta Street).
The fabulous Portland Playhouse returns to 6th and Prescott! From their newsletter:
“We are excited to share with you that City Council voted unanimously to make The Church a Neighborhood Art Center, which means we are back home for The Brother/Sister Plays!! City Hall was packed to the balcony; the testimony of our friends moved us all, bringing the sensation of theatre to City Hall. We left feeling inspired, empowered, and ready to continue our mission of celebrating our shared human experiences.”
Go to http://portlandplayhouse.org for more information about upcoming show times!
by Isabel LaCourse
We are hoping to expand Sabin School’s gardens and deepen student engagement. If you would like to participate in any of the following volunteer job descriptions, please contact Isabel LaCourse at Isabel.email@example.com or 503-916-6707. No previous experience needed! You will be trained and given the tools necessary to help our students and gardens grow.
1. "On Your Own" Garden Maintenance: Work in Sabin Gardens on your own time with instruction provided for a variety of garden tasks. Volunteers meet biweekly with the garden educator to formulate work plans. Hours: 3-10 hours per month.
2. Classroom Assistants: Sabin is now an OSU Extension 4-H school! This partnership will greatly increase our access to quality and classroom-tested curriculum, lesson plans, and project kits. Coordinate with the garden educator and classroom teachers to increase your child's classroom participation in the gardens. Typical classroom garden times are 2:00-3:00pm. Hours: 3-10 hours per month.
3. Seed Starting Support: Assist the garden educator with the seed starting program by maximizing production. Preferred hours: 20 minutes per day. This is a great shared position!
4. Work Party Point Person: Assist the garden educator in planning monthly or bi-monthly community work parties for Sabin
School's edible and native gardens. Hours: 4-8 hrs per month.
A committed group of Sabin residents continues to work on transforming The Sabin Triangle, the southwest corner of NE Prescott and 15th Ave, into a community space for neighbors to gather. Last fall, working with Architects Without Borders, we developed concept drawings for the space through a series of community meetings and events. We have partnered with a volunteer project manager and developed concrete next steps to move the project forward.
Create a long-term Master Plan: Using the concept drawings as an end point, develop a staged plan that is fluid enough to incorporate additional input from community members and businesses, and identify potential funding sources. Carol Senna and Francesca Blom-Cooper are leading this effort.
Programming: Continue to host events and activities at the site, providing the opportunity for community members to see the possibilities for the Triangle.
Community Outreach: Develop additional key community partners to participate in the creation of the Sabin Triangle, building on Sabin history and tradition. Hector Roche, Susan Glen, Carol Senna, Francesca Blom-Cooper are leading Programming and Community Outreach efforts.
Fundraising: Continue to explore funding sources. Gwenn Baldwin is leading this effort.
We will be reaching out to Sabin residents to assist on each of these tasks. If you would like to participate in any way, big or small, please contact Hector Roche at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us for additional discussion at the upcoming SCA General Membership Meeting on May 14.
By Gwenn Baldwin
The sun peeked out for the first 2012 Work and Learn Party at Sabin Community Orchard. More than a dozen Orchard Stewards
and volunteers turned out to learn about winter pruning techniques and get the orchard off to a strong start for 2012. With guidance from the experts, volunteers tackled the more than 20 varieties of fruits trees, added name tags and cleared out some invasive weeds. Looking ahead to our next event, we expect to have a new trellis installed before our April 15 Work and Learn Party, where we will learn about guilds under fruit trees and do some autumn bulb planting.
Sabin will be celebrating National Nutrition Month with a Wellness Event on Thursday, March 8 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. The event will feature:
* Healthy snacks by our own Sabin Garden Chefs
* Burrito dinner from Laughing Planet
* Healthy cookbook and recipe exchange
* Art activity
* Motion Magic Circus Arts
* Great Raffle Prizes including:
- 2 gym memberships to West Coast Fitness on NE Alberta
- Grand Central Bakery coupon for FREE loaf of bread once a month for a year
- cookbooks for kids
- sports equipment
* Booths from Whole Foods, New Seasons, Creston Dental Clinic and Multnomah School-Based Health Centers
* Josiah Hill Clinic will be doing FREE lead tests
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Jill Abraham.