The Portland Food Project Seeks Volunteer Donors to Help NE Pantries!

In December 2012, The Portland Food Project, an ALL VOLUNTR organization, welcomed two Northeast food pantries into our program: “NE Emergency Food Program” and “Cas ATrinidad Food House”.  These pantries are providing an additional 80 pounds of non perishable food an additional volunteer to help with this much needed program in our community. There are several options you can contribute:

Step 1) Call 503-775-2110 or visit and click for your Green Bag

Step 2) Add 1 or 2 extra non-perishable food items to your cart each time you go shopping.

Step 3) Store the extra items in the green Food Project bag you will receive.

Step 4) Every 8 weeks, a volunteer Neighborhood Coordinator picks up your Green Bag and takes it to a local pantry. When your bag is picked up, you get a replacement bag with the next pick-up date!

2014 Pickup Dates:

  • Saturday, April 12th
  • Saturday, June 14th
  • Saturday, August 9th
  • Saturday, October 11th
  • Saturday, December 13th

It’s that simple!  It is not a Food Drive, but a DONOR DRIVE with neighbors feeling a sense of pride as well as a sense of community! Continue reading

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Announcing Proposed Revisions to our Bylaws

Our Bylaws are the blueprint for running CNA. Every once in a while we must revisit and refresh them. Sometimes it’s to reflect new changes in Oregon law, or changes in Portland’s Neighborhoods System; sometimes the changes are solely to make our organization more effective or to allow for expansion or contraction in size, or in programming areas. These current proposals are a combination of both.  Come to our Membership meeting on March 4th to vote on the proposed changes. The first 10 Concordia Neighbors to arrive at the meeting get a free beer on the CNA!

For full details:Proposed Draft CNA Bylaws Revisions

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Neighborhood events for November and December!!!

Thanks to our media crew we are now able to provide you with a downloadable version of our monthly newspaper.  Simply click on the blue button “Download the CNA News” for your personal copy of our soon to be award winning newspaper.

This Week on 42nd Ave! Nov. 4-10: Comp Plan Meeting, Career Fair & more! | Our 42nd Ave

 November events:

Community Kitchen: Cook and Freeze Event

Where: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church  6700 NE 29th Ave (corner of 29th & Dekum)

When: Thursday November 21st 6-8:30 PM

What: Dinner and 3 kinds of soup to take home.  We will be making Curried Lentil Soup, African Peanut Soup (Vegetarian and Chicken options), and Butternut Squash Soup.

Items to bring: 3 (1 quart containers) to take your soup home.

Cost: Sliding scale

For more information contact: Rachel Schweitzer at


Mark your calendars for these exciting events in December!!

Community Kitchen Holiday Cookie Bake and Exchange

Sunday, December 1st  2:00 – 4:00 pm

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church  6700 NE 29th Ave (corner of 29th & Dekum)

Join us in baking cookies and take some of the tasty morsels home with you. We will save some of the cookies we bake for the CNA Holiday Party 2 days later!

We will also be holding a cookie exchange that same afternoon, so bring a couple dozen of your homemade cookies to the event and exchange them with other bakers!

Questions? Contact Rachel Schweitzer at


Tuesday, December 3rd

6:00 – 8:00 pm

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church

6700 NE 29th Ave (corner of 29th & Dekum)

All residents and business owners of the Concordia Neighborhood are invited to the free Holiday Festivities!

Plus, come have a look at the home base of our new community kitchen.
We will be serving a variety of culinary delights & plenty of nonalcoholic beverages.
Festive holiday music will also be provided by pianist, Kevin Johnson.
There will be a Cookie Decoration Station for the tykes so that they can create their own tasty treats.


How to Start a Backpack Program!

Thursday December 12th 6PM

NECN (King Neighborhood Facility | 4815 NE 7th Avenue | Portland,OR 97211

Backpack Programs in northeast Portland send food home with hundreds of kids in need on weekends throughout the school year. NECN will host a presentation from the NE Portland Backpack Program founders on how to start and manage a backpack program for your local school.


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Concordia Neighborhood Association (CNA) Board of Directors Election November 5th 7 pm


Seeking candidates for Concordia Neighborhood Association (CNA) Board of Directors Election

 Tuesday November 5th, 7 pm in the Kennedy School Community Room!

Do you have a passion for community engagement?

  • Would you like to gain some experience serving on a Board of Directors for a nonprofit?
  • Would you like to add a skill to your resume?

If your answer is yes then contact Paul Wilkins at


Some of our past year’s achievements have included:


  • Saved TriMet Bus route number 9
  • Raised 17 thousand dollars for hosting 5 concerts in Fernhill park
  • Taken an official position against CRC and coal transport
  • Influenced T-Mobile’s abrupt change in plans to install cell phone antennas


Board members attend one monthly meeting, participate in CNA-sponsored events, as well as serve on at least one working committee of their choice. Terms begin January 2014 and run 1-2 years depending upon the position being filled.

Opportunity Requirements:


  • Be a resident, own property, or a business within our boundaries. You will be asked to sign in at the meeting and confirm your membership in the Concordia neighborhood association.

There is no age limit for election, but nominees under 18 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone.

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Understanding Domestic Violence Ways to Support Friends and Neighbors Thursday, October 3rd, 6:30–8:00 PM

In the US, 24 people are physically abused,
raped or stalked by their partners every minute… People we know.

Please join the effort to end violence in our homes and communities.

SALT is hosting a two-part forum on gender injustice & domestic violence,
presented by the YWCA Social Change Program.

Understanding Domestic Violence Ways to Support Friends and Neighbors
Thursday, October 3rd, 6:30–8:00 PM
Space is limited! RSVP by October 1st: │ 503.388.6088

Doors open at 6:00 for meet & greet with pizza and snacks,
forum begins at 6:30 at the
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods,
located in the King Neighborhood Facility at
4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211 (bus lines 6 & 72)

Download flyer:  SALT Domestic Violence Forum Flyer – bw print Part 2

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FREE Naturescaping Workshop Sunday September 29th


What: Naturescaping Basics Workshop

When: Sunday, 9/29 from 1: 00-5:00pm

Where: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave

How: Pre-register at


Naturescaping Basics Workshop Description:

Want to learn how to design a low-maintenance, low-cost landscape that conserves water, prevents pollution, and saves you time & energy? Fall is a perfect time to do some planning! Come learn how gardening with native plants can make your outdoor space a more vibrant & healthy place for people, pets and wildlife. You’ll get native gardening & design tips and pick up a plethora of fresh ideas & resources for your yard. Includes field trip to a nearby project to see naturescaping principles in action. This workshop is generously hosted by your friends at the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.


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Annual Fox Chase Neighborhood Block Party Monday September 9th

Foxchase Business AssociationTo our friends at the Concordia Neighborhood Association,

It is time again for our annual Fox Chase Neighborhood Block Party. On Monday September 9th, Yakuza Lounge and the other businesses of the Fox Chase Neighborhood will close down two blocks of 30th Ave between Killingsworth and Emerson and between Killingsworth and Jarrett. The event will take place between the hours of 5pm to 10pm and will feature free food and product samples as well as musical entertainment. We will also be collecting food donation for the Oregon Food Bank. In order to setup and breakdown the event we are planning to close the blocks down from 1pm to 11pm that day.

This is an opportunity for the residents of the Fox Chase and Concordia neighborhoods to sample and learn more about the goods and services offered by the members of the neighborhood business community. It is also a great chance to mingle with your friends and neighbors while helping to gather supplies for the Food Bank.

Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions you might have regarding this event.


Leb Borgerson
Manager Yakuza Lounge
5411 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 450-0893

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St. Michael’s Community Kitchen Summer Harvest Swap Thursday August 29th

St Michael's Summer Harvest Swap

St Michael’s Summer Harvest Swap


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Join us in our neighborhood parade Tuesday August 6th

NNO Parade in ConcordiaNeighborhood Night Out Parade August 6th

The parade begins 6 PM at Faubion Elementary school located at 3039 NE Rosa Parks Way.

Bring your bike, trike, or stroller to our decorating station 5 PM in the parking lot at Faubion Elementary school.  A cacophony of musical instruments, kazoos or hula hoops are encouraged to participate!!

The parade will wind down NE 33rd Ave and end at Fernhill Park for our final concert of the season.

For info or to register your group (Teams, schools, church groups, or businesses) contact: Anne 503-381-7370 or email

(Individuals/families do not need to register)

chervonaChervona will be our featured band.  Enjoy Eastern-Euro carnival insanity interlaced with Gypsy, Klezmer, and Balkan musical styles.


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Free Friday (August 2nd) Concert at Fernhill Park

Toque Libre

Toque Libre

Toque Libre combines a melodic pop music writing style with driving Flamenco
Rumba rhythms and hypnotic pulses borrowed from the Afro-Cuban genre.

Concert begins 6:30 pm and ends 8:15 pm

There will be activities for kids and several “yummy” local food vendors.


Aladdin’s Café: Fresh & Tasty Mediterranean Food
Hot Dog Ernie: A wide variety of dogs and toppings
Ruby Jewel: Hand-crafted ice cream
Pop/Corn Publishers: Mouth-watering kettle corn
The Whole Bowl: Rice & Bean bowls with trimmings and special sauce
The Village Crepery: Crepes with savory and sweet fillings


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