Hello Concordia! We’d like to start our social column thanking all the businesses, neighbors and participants in “Last Thursday” on Alberta this year. We had a lot of fun helping bring this event back, and we would love to hear your feedback.
Also, we’d like to welcome Abyssinian Kitchen to Concordia. Located on the corner of Northeast Alberta Street and Northeast 30th Ave., this new Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant has opened its doors, adding more flavors to our neighborhood. Kuflom Abbay, the owner of the restaurant, is usually there to greet customers and answer any questions regarding the menu.
Litter Pickup set Dec. 3
Another successful neighborhood litter pickup took place on Oct. 1. Thank you to all the volunteers who participated. Special thanks to our neighbor Sigrid Casey, who drove her own truck and helped pick up large items left on the streets. At this point, we have picked up around 15 tons of trash from Concordia’s streets.
On a side note, since the weather has changed, we’d like to kindly ask neighbors to refrain from leaving “Free” piles of items on the streets. Many of these items get wet and damaged, potentially becoming debris. We suggest taking those items in good condition to your favorite charity or offering them to neighbors on such social media sites as OfferUp, Nextdoor, or Facebook Marketplace instead.
Our final litter pickup of 2022 is at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Alberta Park. Let’s close this year with a cleaner neighborhood.
We’d like to thank Bar Cala, 2703 NE Alberta St., for hosting this year’s Halloween Party! We had a lot of fun, and it was a success all around. We gave candy to the kids and some prizes for the best costumes. Thank you for everyone who participated and helped, and special thank you to those in Concordia who supported this event. You’ll find pictures on our website or social channels.
This month, Clary Sage Herbarium, in cooperation with other businesses on Alberta, and CNA will be hosting the annual Scavenger Hunt Nov. 25–27. This is a great way to get social and visit different businesses in our neighborhood. It is easy to participate. Just stop by Clary Sage, 2901 NE Alberta St., to pick up your “passport” with the different businesses on Alberta Street, and begin the scavenger hunt by collecting stamps from the participating businesses. Once you have collected all the stamps, bring the completed passport to Clary Sage, and we’ll enter you in a raffle to win prizes.
We’d also like to remind everyone that CNA is mainly funded by the rentals of the Community Room at Kennedy School. The room is available to be rented by the hour with special rates for nonprofit organizations. On this note, please be advised that we are changing the rental rates to $40 per hour and $25 for nonprofits.
We currently need volunteers. Please reach out to me at 503.343.5561 or Social@ConcordiaPDX.org for volunteer opportunities.
Follow us in Instagram at @CNAPDX and use #SocialConcordiaPDX for shoutouts. We also have a Facebook group page, @ConcordiaPDX, for updates.
Javier Puga-Phillips holds the At Large 4 position on the Concordia Neighborhood Association (CNA) Board of Directors, manages rentals of the McMenamins Kennedy School Community Room and chairs the CNA Social Committee. He is a real estate professional locally, and he is a published author and motivational speaker in Latin America and Spain.