The MEMO Calendar is your vehicle to publicize community events. Let your Mid-Multnomah County neighbors know about events of interest, meetings and fundraisers. Calendar submissions for the December issue are due Monday, Nov. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at email@example.com or mail your editorial submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. Mid-county MEMO fax number is 503-249-7672.
Wilkes Creek planting party
Bring your whole family to celebrate the first tree planting of the season with SOLV and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. Volunteers will be planting native trees and shrubs along Wilkes Creek while completing other restoration activities to improve the local habitat and water quality. Sponsors will provide the tools, trees, refreshments and fun - you provide the enthusiasm and the elbow grease. Dress for the weather.
Registration is required for this Saturday, Nov. 6 event. Arrive by 9 a.m. and plan to work until noon. Meet the group at Wilkes Creek on Northeast 154th Avenue, one block past Beech Street.
For more information or to register, contact Ethan Chessin at 503-281-1132 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A skatepark near you, maybe
A public workshop will be held at Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., to discuss potential sites for skateparks in Portland on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. The workshop will include a 30-minute presentation on the history, the need and the vision for Portlands proposed skatepark system. Representatives from Portland Parks & Recreation will also discuss the process for site selection and opportunities for public evaluation and comment. Project information and site evaluations are also available online at www.portlandparks.org/Planning/skatepark/index.
Portland Parks and the Skateparks Leadership Advisory Team are bringing a list of more than 30 sites forward that have most all the attributes necessary for a successful skate park. Some sites will need additional infrastructure and some will need additional planning but this is a perfect time for public feedback and comment. People are encouraged to learn more about the project on the World Wide Web, then fill out the public opinion site survey online, or attend one of the upcoming public meetings.
The meeting on Nov. 13 will include a presentation and then group discussion on several sites being considered east of 82nd Avenue including Glenhaven Park, Montavilla Park, Gates Park, Ventura Park, Parkrose High School, Glenfair Park, Argay Park and an Oregon Department of Transportation site at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Siskiyou Street.
Organizers request that you try to stay for the entire workshop. For additional information, contact Bryan Aptekar at 503-823-5594.
Coping with holidays following loss
For many who have lost a loved one, the holiday season can intensify feelings of sadness and isolation. Get Me Through The Holidays: 10 Strategies for Coping with Loss offers useful tools for celebrating holidays as well as other special occasions, and includes tips for creating memorials and rituals to honor a loved one. Experts from the Providence Hospice Community Care Program will discuss the incongruity between how someone in grief feels versus how the rest of the world is experiencing the holidays, and offer a checklist to help decide what holiday traditions to include or exclude.
The discussion will be held on Monday, Nov. 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Social Room at Providence Portland Medical Center, 4805 N.E. Glisan St. Free parking is available
Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register for this free forum call Providence Resource Line at 503-574-6595.
I-205 Light Rail
TriMet will host a Citizens Advisory Committee meeting and open house on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at New Hope Community Church, 1731 S.E. Stephens Road, Room 147 to share information about the I-205 Light Rail Project.
Topics of discussion will include location of stations, Park & Ride lots, an update on the project timeline, comments regarding the final design and a brainstorming session by committee members.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Davidson at 503-962-2112 or email@example.com.
Drawing on nearly three years of research and widespread public involvement, the proposed River Renaissance Strategy is now available for public review. The strategy represents the best tradition of Portland innovation and considers the economic, social and environmental roles of the Willamette River in a comprehensive, forward-looking plan of action.
River Renaissance calls on us to recognize that we can have a clean and healthy river and a prosperous harbor economy, vibrant urban districts and ample opportunities to play along the river. These are compatible goals, says Portland Mayor Vera Katz.
The Portland City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Nov.18, to take testimony on the proposed strategy. The city councils adoption of the River Renaissance Strategy will signify their commitment to use the document to guide the citys river-related investments and activities. The proposed strategy reflects the suggestions of residents, citizen advisory groups, and city commissions who provided comments to refine the draft strategy published last July.
The River Renaissance Strategy represents a major step forward in the effort to make Portland a vibrant city centered on a healthy and prosperous Willamette River. It builds on a foundation of knowledge about river issues, enhances work currently underway, and sets the course for future actions. The strategy will help guide the citys work, establish measurement tools to assess progress, coordinate public engagement efforts, and focus future investments.
To request a copy of the proposed strategy, visit River Renaissance online at www.river.ci.portland.or.us, in person at 1900 S.W. 4th Ave. or call 503-823-7700. For information on testifying before the city council, visit www.portlandonline.com or call 503-823-4086.
Fix-It Fair set
The Office of Sustainable Development and a host of city, county and community nonprofit agencies will provide information, hands-on demonstrations and over a dozen how-to classes on various home and garden topics on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 S.E. Washington St.
This neighborhood-oriented event, called the Fix-It Fair, is designed to connect area residents with public resources to save money, conserve resources, and improve the home and neighborhood.
The Fix-It Fair is a free event. Workshop topics include home weatherization, water conservation, lead-poisoning prevention, financing home repair and managing debt.
Other sponsors include the Energy Trust of Oregon, Portland General Electric, Multnomah County, State Home Oil Weatherization Program and NW Natural. To learn more, call 503-823-7222.
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