Monday, February 20th, 2017
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM
Kennedy School Community Room
- Begin Planning for Spring Egg Hunt scheduled for April 15
- Discuss Fundraising Strategy for Concerts/Movie in Fernhill Park
- Elect Social Committee Chair for 2017
Saturday September 17, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Big and little pirates alike are welcome to join us for a family festival all about groundwater! Play fun games and go on a scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasure – not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows beneath your feet! Come dressed in yer finest pirate togs, or else the Cap’n might make ye walk the plank! Free kids T-shirts to the first 300 kids!
Portland Water Bureau Launch
16650 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230
Fun, funky, family friendly and free. That’s the 19th Annual Alberta Street Fair, presented Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. by Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care.
Showcasing the best of the Alberta Street community, the event features entertainment, music, vendors, and food and drink for people of all ages. Hosted by Alberta Main Street, the event continues to be one of Portland’s most beloved neighborhood street festivals and draws more than 25,000 people.
The fair will kick off with the Sixth Annual Children’s Parade, starting promptly at 11 a.m. at 15th Avenue and ending at the Center Stage at 21st Avenue. Participants meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Alberta Co-op parking lot at 15th Avenue.
Additional event highlights include:
Volunteers are needed, mostly for three-hours shifts. In addition to helping put on a great community event, you receive a super cool T-shirt, a ticket for a beer, (if you are age 21 or older) and an invitation to our volunteer appreciation party in late August. Sign up for a shift today and tell your friends!
A suggested $2 donation supports building a vibrant and healthy Alberta Street. Donations are accepted at the info booth, 1722 N.E. Alberta Street, and the beer garden. Please consider walking, biking or taking public transportation to The Alberta Street Fair.
By Joe Culhane
Hello good fine folks of Concordia! My name is Joe Culhane, I am one of the new board members of the CNA and had the pleasure of coordinating the first-ever street painting at the intersection of NE 28th Ave and NE Jarrett St this last year. It was one of over 40 street paintings that took place here in Portland through City Repair’s annual Village Building Convergence. It was a great success and many of you may have been there and participated in the project. We had well over 100 people come out to help make this beautiful street mural come to life! We called the sight Jarrett Grove and have started a Facebook page where you can see pictures and a time-lapse of the painting from last year as well.
This is intended to be an annual project and is a great way to get together and meet more of our neighbors and build a greater sense of community. While I was delighted and honored to lead this project last year the reality that is literally in my hands (on my chest sleeping actually) right now is my newborn son, and he has taken center stage in my life these days. His care and that of my whole family has become my highest priority as you may well imagine. This year’s VBC is from June 3rd-12th, the paintings all happen during these 9 days, usually on one of the two Saturdays during that stretch.
So, this is a call out to you good people of the Concordia Neighborhood to please step up in to a leadership role this year to help make sure this year is a success as well. What that means is helping set up a few preliminary meetings with the neighbors involved, go to a few VBC meetings, and also help organize a small fundraiser for supplies. We held one at Wilder last year and it was really fun and very successful, many of the local businesses contributed prizes and we had a raffle, tons of people showed up and it was great!
It takes a lot for me to admit when I’m overwhelmed and have too much on my plate but alas, that is exactly where I find myself at the moment. I’m afraid this year’s painting may not happen if one or more people don’t step up and take the reins so by all means, please do! I’ll be available to give direction and guidance where I can and will absolutely help in the painting day and preparation leading up but really that will be the extent of my time and energy I realistically will be able to offer.
Thank you to all who helped make this happen last year, we couldn’t have done it without you! It really is a great time, last year we had donuts, coffee donated from Extracto, pizza, lemonade and iced tea, delicious treats, face painting, music, laughter, and community goodness abounding! May this be another successful year and maybe turn out to be even better as well!
Thank you again! You can email me or text/call me at (503) 446-2925 for more details.
Joe Culhane is a CNA Board Member
The sixth annual Alberta Earth Day Clean Up, presented by Pacific Power and organized by Alberta Main Street, takes place on April 23, 2016. Operation Clean Sweep 2016 provides an opportunity for friends and neighbors to getinvolved with their community.
Rain or shine, neighborhood volunteers will focus on cleaning up litter and removing graffiti along NE Alberta Street between MLK Jr. Boulevard and NE 33rd Avenue and finish with a post-cleanup celebration featuring food and prizes.
New this year, through a partnership with Pacific Power, volunteers and anyone that signs up for paperless billing will receive a $5.00 coupon valid for any purchase at participating Alberta Street businesses.
Volunteers are expected from all over Portland, from student groups and youth organizations, to neighbors and local businesses. Sara Wittenberg, Alberta Main Street executive director, promises another year of camaraderie.
The Golden Garbage Awards and post-cleanup festivities will take place immediately following the clean up with pizza for lunch, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, and a raffle featuring prizes from local businesses including a gift certificate good for 2 nights at Vacasa’s Hidden Villa Cottages at Cannon Beach!! The celebration will end around 1:30 p.m.
Volunteer check-in is at 10a.m. at Alberta Central (NE 18th and Alberta) and clean up starts at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers are asked to bring their own water bottle, gloves and any tools like screwdrivers, pliers and razor blade scrapers. Volunteers should pre-register online.
Alberta Main Street advances efforts to develop Alberta Street as a vibrant, creative, equitable, and sustainable commercial district serving residents and visitors to our community. Learn more about Alberta Main Street here.
By Garlynn Woodsong Chair, CNA Land Use & Transportation Committee (LUTC)
For the second year in a row, the Concordia neighborhood is partnering with Concordia University, Metro, and SOLVE to host an alley cleanup event from 10a.m. to 4p.m. on Sat., April 16.
We learned last year that it would be particularly helpful for neighbors who own trucks and live on an alley to show up and help to transport the debris collected in the alleys to the Metro Central Transfer Station. The costs are “comped” by the event sponsors, so we just need the volunteers with trucks to show up! Last year, we did not have enough trucks or drivers, and some volunteers had to continue making the dump runs with too few trucks on into Sunday. We would like to avoid asking that of our volunteers this year.
Neighbors, students performing a day of service, and others will gather between 9:45a.m.and 10a.m. at the intersection of the 28th/29th alley and Emerson street to receive supplies and instructions, then split off to clean up various alleys around the neighborhood.
The cleanup is the first step in a long-term process of building community momentum towards alley improvement efforts. Alleys are a public right-of-way, but, like sidewalks, their maintenance is the responsibility of adjacent private property owners. Historically, alleys were used to provide automobile access to homes. There is now a growing community consensus that these spaces can be enhanced to not only serve this original function better, but also be community spaces that provide many opportunities for residents that enhance the quality of life. The specifics of the vision for the future of each alley must be developed and owned by the neighbors on each block.
There are over 120 alley blocks in the Concordia neighborhood. Of these, alleys will be prioritized for cleanup on April 16th where adjacent neighbors have reached out in advance, and/or show up on the day of the event.
Please contact Garlynn if you would like to be involved in the cleanup, if you can offer the use of a truck for the day of the event, and to learn more about how your alley could be improved to become a better community resource.
Concordia residents interested in discussing this or any other issue related to land use and transportation are invited to attend the Concordia Neighborhood Association Land Use and Transportation Committee (CNA LUTC) meetings at 7p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month, in the Community Room in the SE corner of McMenamins Kennedy School. Click here to join the LUTC mailing list.
The 19th Annual Alberta Street Fair is Saturday August 13, 2016. Alberta Main Street is currently seeking performers, sponsors and vendors for the event. The Alberta Street Fair is a daylong celebration of community, art and music that brings over 25,000 people to Alberta Street. Hosted by Alberta Main Street, the street fair includes three stages of entertainment and over 300 vendor spaces between NE 10th Ave and NE 30th Ave.
Call for Performers: Alberta Main Street seeks a diverse array of performers appropriate for a family-friendly event. The non-profit seeks performers of all kinds: musicians, dancers, children’s performers and other acts that appreciate and represent the cultural diversity of our neighborhood. Performers are invited to learn more and apply online. All acts must perform original material or works that are clearly in the public domain. The application deadline is April 17, 2016.
Sponsorship Opportunities: The eclectic mix of entertainment and craft at The Alberta Street Fair epitomizes the Portland draw and is a fantastic opportunity for exposure for your business. By sponsoring Alberta Street Fair, you can: directly connect with an active and engaged audience, showcase products, bolster your brand by partnering with a respected event and support your consumer’s community. For more information available online.
Vendor Registration: Local artists, crafters, makers, organizations and food vendors are invited to participate in this popular event. Vendor registration fees vary by the type of vendor and size of booth. More information and registration is now available online. Register before June 15, 2016 for early bird pricing! For additional information about Alberta Main Street contact Sara Wittenberg at or visit albertamainst.org.
It’s been a busy month for your Board so let me take a moment to get you caught up with what your Directors have been up to.
Homelessness & Toxic Air
At the General Membership Meeting on March 8th, speakers addressed the latest events connected with the Mayor’s Homeless Plan and provided an update on Toxic Air issues. Adam Lyons, Associate Director- Neighborhoods Program and Manager- Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, spoke to both issues. Officer Anthony Zoeller with the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct (and a regular attendee) gave additional perspective to the Homeless Issue.
In order to address some immediate needs , the Mayor has been active in coming up with solutions for the Homeless issue with little input from the community. However, Lyons has been very active in championing alternative solutions with a focus on neighborhood input. We expect to be hearing more from Adam regarding strategies for ensuring that the neighborhood is represented. As of this writing, no final decision has been made regarding locations of City-owned property selected for “camps”or for final policies to manage these sites. If you have a desire to get involved with this process, please let me know. I will make sure you are connected to the appropriate party.
What I know for sure is that communication within City Hall is inadequate.You can make the request, but you never know if anyone is really listening at the other end.Importantly, there appears to be a lack of understanding priorities.
St. Johns shelter challenges
Take for instance the red tape and bureaucratic morass the St. Johns Neighborhood Shelter has been experiencing. It is apparent that City Staff is looking only at codes and regulations, not the human condition. Why else would the City not allow a variance for a 5- foot-wide sidewalk but insists on a 6-foot-wide sidewalk at the rear of the property that is rarely used. Why is the City imposing permitting fees and other charges that make shelters too expensive to build when homeless mothers and children remain on the street? Get your priorities straight, Planning Department and those Commissioners who have their hands on the steering wheel!What we should remember is that many of these “Homeless”people had homes in our neighborhood but were not as fortunate as the rest of us who survived the economic meltdown created by Wall Street.
Toxic air potential in Concordia
Toxic air in Southeast and North Portland should not be seen as some other neighborhood’s issues when the likelihood of the Concordia Neighborhood hearing about its own bad air is pretty high. Given our proximity to the Columbia Industrial Corridor, we should not be surprised to learn that we face a similar situation. Adam Lyons identified straight answers and real transparency with the Department of Environmental Quality as being the biggest obstacles in confronting the issues. He believes that once there is some real communication from DEQ and related agencies, we will learn how deep this problem really is. We will be providing additional information as it is uncovered and will keep you posted. Please keep an eye open for news; and, if you are growing your own veggies, make sure you are cleaning them thoroughly before putting them on a plate.
Use it or lose it: Other items of importance
While this newspaper has gone through a major upgrade in professional journalism, it sits on very brittle ground. We now have a temporary volunteer Editor through June of this year. If we do not find a replacement, we will see the end of our neighborhood newspaper, i.e., the lights go out. Same can be said for our Board of Directors. Many are now in the last 6 months of their tenure with no new volunteers in sight. We need to hear from those of you who are willing to step up to the plate for all of us. We did get a Board Member to volunteer as Vice-Chair (Chris Lopez). Chris has been extremely active in our community, and we welcome his assistance in moving us forward. We are still down two Board Members, and I certainly see an under-representation of women. Use it or lose it, isn’t that the way the saying goes and never so true as today. We need to keep this paper going to make your wishes known. The alternative is to let someone in an office downtown or an unknown in government position make our decisions for us.
Thanks for listening in; let’s make this neighborhood great by YOU becoming a force of one.
Isaac Quintero, Chairman CNA
Ambassadors: A pair of Ambassadors are assigned a 2 block area during the street closure (6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) to help in the education of vendors, musicians, and participants. They keep doorways free and clear and aid in moving vendors along at the close of the event, among other tasks. They are a link to city agencies if needed or they can step in to help mediate. duties include: check food vendors for licenses, address public safety concerns/wheelchair access/clear sidewalks, communicate LT expectations, mediate disputes, put friendly reminder notes on cars for parking problems, encourage break down at 9:45 and at 10:00 join in walking the street to re-open
Ambassador Training is May 25, 6:00-7:30, St. Francis Community Center, 806 NE Alberta St.
Street Operations: the group that places/removes bins for trash/recycling, trash and recycling, bathrooms, and looks at the basic infrastructure of our temporary fair. duties include: set and take down street barriers, placement of port-a-potties, placement of trash/recycling, disposal of trash, assist in clearing the streets at 10:00p.m. Street Ops meets at the Fuel Cafe, 1452 NE Alberta St., at 4:00 on Last Thursdays.
2-5 pm Help direct and assist vendors with how to set up
4-6 pm Street Ops set out garbage and recycling cans
6-8 pm Event begins, general education to attendees to keep the peace & respect neighborhoods
8-10 pm Ditto
9:30-11 pm Help vendors break down, Street Ops collect bins
Help make Last Thursday great!
Sign up at www.FriendsofTrees.org/BuyTrees.
The $35 to $75 cost per tree includes:
Friends of Trees offers a wide selection of trees specifically approved for your home’s planting strip:
What good things grow on trees?
Conservation: Tree shade can cut your energy costs by 35% during the summer. Health: Trees clean our air, water, and soil. A new U.S. Forest Service study in Portland even links tree-lined neighborhoods with healthy newborns.
Community: Tree-lined streets calm and slow traffic. This creates safer neighborhoods and happier people. And money even grows on trees! Planting trees on your property can add $7,000 to the value of your home.
Funding for the plantings comes from Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services and the following sponsors: Jan. 29 in Arbor Lodge and Overlook—Adidas and Portland General Electric; Feb. 12 in Boise, Eliot, Humboldt, and King—Safeway; Feb. 19 in Cathedral Park, St. Johns, and University Park—The Oregonian; March 12 in Alameda, Irvington, Sabin, and Grant Park—Backyard Bird Shop; and March 19 in Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, and Roseway—Port of Portland. Since 1989, Friends of Trees has planted more than 400,000 trees and native plants in the Portland-metro area. Find your tree at www.FriendsofTrees.org.