The 2014 Earth Day Celebration at Kenton Park on Saturday, April 26 will feature:
100+ sustainable businesses and organizations,
2 stages of live music & entertainment,
Kids’ Village & Procession of the Species parade,
The Soapbox Speakers’ Stage,
Health and Wellness Village,
Better Transportation Fair,
Full effort to recycle all materials,
Bicycle rides to the celebration from starting points all around the city, and
Volunteer opportunities in the Kenton Neighborhood through Earth Day clean-up projects!
The 2014 Portland Earth Day Coalition’s theme, “Reverse Migration”, reflects the climate change challenges facing our planet as the global population continues to migrate from countryside to cities.
The Portland Earth Day Coalition is a new business formed in early 2014 for operating the Earth Day celebration each year. An experienced events coordinator and manager with an outstanding track record of delivering results, Bob New has worked for The City Repair Project in the past as coordinator of the Earth Day celebration at Sellwood Park (2006), Woodlawn Park (2007) and Overlook Park (2008). New has been a community activist working with non-profit organizations and cooperative businesses such as the Alberta Co-op Grocery, Common Ground Wellness Center, Interstate Farmers’ Market, Habitat for Humanity and the North Portland Tool Library.
For more information about sponsoring Earth Day, booth registration, or volunteering, please contact Bob New at 707-726-2042, email@example.com or visit http://earthdaypdx.com]]>
Projects that the KNA land use committee has currently engaged range from discussions with ODOT regarding the Denver street viaducts and I-5 connections to infill housing projects. PIR will be re-establishing a 10-year master plan and the KNA will be part of those discussions.
We will also continue a dialogue this year with TriMet regarding their site at the north end of downtown Kenton. With the comprehensive plan moving forward the land use committee will further discuss the relevance of the Kenton conservation district, and how the Portland Bureau of Development Services interprets the standards, with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS).
Privately owned properties within Kenton may see positive development, including the old Rose Motel site, the abandoned house next to Arco, and the 76 station on Denver.
Last but not least, the land use committee will attempt to support the Friends of Lombard group in their aspirations to enhance Lombard as a commercial corridor with the help of the Portland Development Commission and the BPS.
If there are property development or transportation issues that you are concerned about, please contact the KNA at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re looking forward to an active year in 2014 and thank you all for supporting positive revitalization in north Portland.]]>
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$10 donation per load suggested, and we are currently seeking volunteers. Let’s keep Kenton clean and shiny!]]>
The Kenton Community Garden has now undergone two productive summers of gardening with a bumper crop of tomatoes and dahlias brightening the north corner. The Produce for People plot shared several hundred pounds of produce with a local non-profit, NAYA. Portland Parks and Recreation sponsors the community garden program and provides a team of garden managers that share future garden plans, schedule works parties, and welcome new gardeners.
To participate in your local community garden program, please request a plot at the Kenton Community Garden: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/52116 or visit Portland Online Parks and Recreation Nature Community Gardens Garden Plot Request Form. The Kenton Community Garden is located at the corner of N Burrage and N Houghton.
Local Kenton Master Gardener Dan Forester has participated in community garden work parties with gardening advice and he shares the following winter garden tips and suggestions: January is a great time for planning out the garden, deciding what you will plant where and thinking about succession planting to make the most of your available space.
If you are thinking about adding a bed, this time of year is perfect for turning lawns into gardens by inverting sod and adding amendments like manure and compost. The rainy season is good for building raised beds, too. This time of year is also good to work on pruning trees, woody ornamentals, and berry bushes, since this is the dormant season for a number of woody plants. Just remember to not prune more than 1/3 of the leaf-bearing branches in a year in order to avoid stressing the plant.
It’s also an excellent time to plant ornamentals, trees, and berry bushes. The Friends of Trees Kenton neighborhood planting is in early February. The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) will have their annual Native Plant Sale in February — see their website to pre-order plants. The EMSWCD also offers Native Plant and Naturescaping workshops all around Portland. Winter is a great time to educate yourself at workshops, read garden books and browse seed catalogs!
Looking forward, mid-February is when to begin starting cold-tolerant seedlings indoors under lights, such as lettuces, chives, arugula, broccoli, kale, blocks of scallions, leeks, and flowers. Start prepping beds by chopping cover crops into the soil and setting up hoops and plastic sheeting over the early season beds (which increases the soil temperature and helps to regulate the moisture in the soil). By early March a number of these plants will be ready for transplant into garden beds under the makeshift hoop houses. In early March sow snap peas and think about fertilizing garlic that has been growing over the winter.
For answers to all of your gardening questions, OSU Master Gardener volunteers are available to help at Farmers Market clinics, via phone at 503-445-4608, and at many gardening events around the Metro area. You can also email your questions to mcmastergardeners@yahoo. com.
Watch for more details to come of the next Kenton Grassroots Plants Sale this spring, May 24, 9am to noon (location TBD).]]>
Interested in being a volunteer? Above all else you get to have the satisfaction of bringing this summertime favorite to your friends and neighbors. Along with that you get to help select which musicians and bands will perform. Volunteers also provide support at each of the concerts. Finally and most importantly, you assist in the fundraising, which includes finding businesses and organizations willing to be a sponsor as well as raising money from individual donors.
Maybe you know of a business or organization that you think would be a great sponsor or you simply want to make a donation of your own. These events can’t happen without the financial support of sponsorships and individual donations. Although a part of Portland Parks and Recreation, no city funds go toward these events. Each park is responsible for raising their own money and the amount of money they raise determines how many concerts can happen and any extras (Kids Art, Bike Racks, etc.) that go along with it. There are different levels of sponsorship with even the lowest level at $250 providing significant marketing exposure for a business or organization.
If you would like to volunteer or would like a sponsor packet please contact Niki Hruska at email@example.com. You can also make an early donation online — be sure to select “Kenton Park.” Donate now at parklandia.org/give-concerts.]]>
Who Is York?
The Lewis and Clark Expedition was a pivotal moment in American history. But the story of York, a slave to William Clark and comrade on this journey, has been obscured by omission and stereotype. Learn about this unofficial member of the Corps of Discovery. Sunday, February 9, 3-4:30 pm
150 Years of Library Love
Come celebrate Multnomah County Library’s 150th birthday and show your ‘Library Love’ by writing love notes to your library. Join us for fun family craft activities and treats! Saturday, February 15, 2:30-4 pm
Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project. Read My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Free copies at Kenton Library while they last! Tuesday, February 18, 6:30-7:30 pm
Interested residents receive training by Portland›s Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. The training includes basic disaster response skills: fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Take a class
There will be two groups training on all Saturdays in February. First, register in the volunteer database: www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem /article/414226, and then enroll in either Class A or Class B:
• Class A: www.eventbrite.com/e/basicnet- training-class-a-tickets-9740252357
• Class B: www.eventbrite.com/e/basicnet- training-class-b-tickets-9740370711
The City’s goal is to graduate at least 400 NETs in 2014. If you are already an Active NET member, you may attend these Basic NET courses to refresh your skills. However, Active NETs should not register; email Jeremy.VanKeuren@portlandoregon.gov.
Kenton’s NET Gets Prepared
Active NET team members in Kenton have joined forces with the Arbor Lodge NET team. The two groups are in the process of setting goals and assessing needs to prepare our neighborhoods in the event of a disaster. The group meets on the third Monday of each month. For more information, email Jackson Hindman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year volunteers will meet at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, 7600 N Hereford (corner of Hereford and Lombard) at 8am for coffee and instructions, and then head out to plant trees throughout the neighborhood before returning to the church for a potluck lunch.
Whether you are getting a tree this year or you simply welcome an opportunity to make Kenton an even better place to live, Friends of Trees invites you to come out, meet your neighbors, enjoy a hearty lunch, and spend a day outdoors planting trees!
Call Kenton neighborhood coordinator Alyssa Phelps at 503-258-7225 to ask how you can help.]]>
We’ll be mulching plants, planting natives and helping beautify the grounds. This event runs rain or shine! Be sure to dress for the weather and bring water, rain gear and sturdy shoes. Snacks, tools, training and gloves will be provided.
This Stewardship Saturday is a great group volunteering opportunity! The Columbia Slough Watershed Council is happy to help your company or organization schedule your next employee community service day. Contact us today for details!
When: Saturday, January 18th, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave.
Portland, OR 97211