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Rockwood Farmers Market, Farm Fresh Produce: Fri Jul 31, 2015 3PM-7PM

07/31/2015 - 3:00pm
07/31/2015 - 7:00pm
. Info here!

Farm Fresh Produce!

When: Each Friday 3PM-7PM
Where: Plaza del Sol
18535 S.E. Stark St
Gresham OR
Get map!

The Rockwood Farmers Market is a community-focused market featuring fresh produce from local farms in a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere. WIC, SNAP and Farm Direct coupons are accepted. The Market is a collaboration of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Interfaith Food & Farms Partnership and the Rockwood Co-op.

Visit the Rockwood Farmers Market website or Facebook page.

Saturday Cleanup At Nadaka Nature Park: Sat Aug 01, 2015 9AM-Noon

08/01/2015 - 9:00am
08/01/2015 - 12:00pm
Saturday Cleanup At Nadaka Nature Park: Sat Aug 01, 2015 9AM-Noon. Remove invasive plants species such as English ivy, weed and water the community garden and the front two acres of the park. Families and groups are welcome to attend! Meet at picnic shelter 176th & NE Glisan. Info here!

Help cleanup Nadaka Nature Park!

When: Sat Aug 01, 2015 9AM-Noon
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Garden
Meet at the Picnic Shelter
176th & NE Glisan
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

Join Friends of Nadaka to to help cleanup Nadaka Nature Park. We will be removing invasive species such as English Ivy from the 10 acre forested portion of the park, weed and water the community garden and the front two acres of the park.

Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. Dress to work in natural areas: long pants, brimmed hat, and closed-toe sturdy shoes. Please bring a water bottle and a friend!

About Nadaka Nature Park
Nadaka Nature Park is a designated 12-acre natural area with a .5 mile walking loop, tall trees, native plants, grassy meadow plus a Community Garden and Nature Based Play area. Visit Nadaka Nature Park, 176th & NE Glisan St, Gresham OR

More Info
Contact Monica McAllister, Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator, 503-956-8558 or email monica@friendsofnadaka.org. Visit friendsofnadaka.org.

Saturday Bird Walks at Nadaka Nature Park: Sat Aug 08, 2015 8AM-9AM

08/08/2015 - 8:00am
08/08/2015 - 9:00am
Audubon Society Saturday Bird Walks at Nadaka Nature Park: Sat Aug 08, 2015 8AM-9AM. Info here!

Come Join Us!

When: Sat Aug 08, 2015 8AM-9AM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
Meet at the Picnic Shelter
176th & NE Glisan St
Gresham OR
Get map!

Join he Audubon Society of Portland for a guided bird walk through Nadaka Nature Park. This is a family-friendly event for beginner and advance bird watchers. If you have your own binoculars great! If not we will have some for you to borrow. See you at the park!.

Tadpole Tales, Preschooler Storytime and Guided Hike at Nadaka Nature Park: Wed Aug 26, 2015 10AM-11AM

08/26/2015 - 10:00am
08/26/2015 - 11:00am
Tadpole Tales, Preschooler Storytime and Guided Hike at Nadaka Nature Park: Wed Aug 26, 2015 10AM-11AM. Info here!

Story & Guided Hike!

When: Sat Aug 26, 2015 10AM-11AM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
Meet at the Picnic Shelter
176th & NE Glisan St
Gresham OR
Get map!

We invite parents and children ages 3-5 to enjoy a short story and a guided nature hike. Watch birds fly overhead, search for hidden animal homes, and learn about local trees and flowers. The event runs rain or shine so pull on those boots and join us! There is a $3 suggested donation per child, no charge for adults. Meet us at the picnic structure. To register visit http://columbiaslough.org/index.php/activities_events/tadpole_tales/ or call 503-281-1132.

Movies in the Park 2015, Presented by Clean Energy Works Oregon: Jul 11-Aug 22, 2015

Movies in the Park 2015, sponsored by Clean Energy Works Oregon. Enjoy a free movies on us! Jul 11-Aug 22, 2015. Info here!

As temperatures climb, Portlanders head outside – typically sporting a big grin -because the best season of the year is here. It’s finally summer in Portland!

This year, Clean Energy Works is sponsoring Portland Parks & Recreation's Summer Free For All: Movies in the Park, a beloved Portland tradition, bringing fun, free movies to the whole family. (Bring jackets and extra blankets - it can get chilly when the sun goes down!)

Snag a good spot at Portland parks all summer long for performances by local musicians, free popcorn, and great movies. Stop by the Clean Energy Works table to say hi. And learn how our nonprofit can help keep your home cool and your utility bills down this summer.

We’ll see you at the park!

2015 Movie Schedule
Presented by Clean Energy Works

Date Park Site Screening
July 11th Kenilworth Park The Lego Movie
July 17th Irving Park The Imitation Game
July 22nd Reed College (sports field) Big Hero 6
July 24th Woodstock Park The Never Ending Story
July 31st Laurelhurst Park Toy Story 2
August 2nd Sellwood Park Frozen *Sing-along!*
August 7th Alberta Park 101 Dalmations (1996)
August 14th    Irving Park Captain America: The Winter Soldier
August 21st Laurelhurst Park Cinderella
August 22nd Sewallcrest Park Napoleon Dynamite

*Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30PM, and movie begins at dusk.

2015 Portland Parks & Recreation Movies in the Park schedule here!

What is the Dog Days of Summer?


Dog Days of Summer:  July 3 - August 11

The “dog days of summer” occur during the hottest and muggiest part of summer.

It's a dogs life, especially during summer. Learn the origin of dog days of summer here!
Dog Days of Summer?  Click to enlarge

The dictionary defines “dog days” as:

1:  the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere
2:  a period of stagnation or inactivity

But where does the term come from? Why do we call the hot, sultry days of summer “dog days?” Here's the answer!

In ancient times, when the night sky was free from artificial lights people in different parts of the world drew images in the sky by “connecting the dots” of stars. These star pictures are called constellations, and the constellations as we know them came from our European ancestors.

Ancient star gazer's saw images in the stars of bears (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor), twins (Gemini), a bull (Taurus), and others objects, including dogs (Canis Major and Canis Minor). (more below...)

Garden Fresh Produce Available Year-round. Local Farmer's Markets 2015-16

Local Farmer's Markets reopen. Enjoy the freshest produce and products. Find a farmer's markets here!

Stretch your grocery dollars at the farmer's market!

Enjoy the best produce, flowers, and plants starts direct from the garden.

Healthy and fresh
Farmer’s markets are a fantastic source for fresh, seasonal, locally produced foods and artisan products. Plus, you'll find great activities and fun for the whole family. Come experience the markets. Meet the vendors. Meet local cooks. Enjoy the freshest produce and products. Make your own statement in support of local food.

Want to grow your own vegetables?
Check out Portland Nursery's 12-month "Veggie Calendar" planting guide here.

Portland's Eastside Farmer's Markets

(Complete details on these area markets below)

You'll find plenty of root vegetables, braising greens and lettuces, and of course plant starts for your own vegetable garden.

Bring your reusable shopping bags and plenty of small bills, though some of the markets will trade you a credit/debit card for wooden tokens that all vendors accept, which can be easier to handle than cash. We've indicated those markets that accept EBT or other food assistant coupons.

Albertina Kerr Project Phase II; Louise Renovation Update, April 2015

Albertina Kerr Project Phase II; Louise Building $2.7M Update & Addition, March 2015. Info here!
Artist's concept: Louise Building New Addition, Gresham OR. Click to enlarge.

Phase II; Louise Renovation Update, April 2015
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:


Well, all I can say is that the campus is not gracefully moving into the 21st century but the good news is, it is happening rather it likes it or not.

So far we have been through a flood, a major power outage, and are at four and counting "surprise" water pipe mishaps; we have found three buried tanks (one a 5,000 gallon oil tank,) an oil pit, and a fire pit; cut one alarm phone line, discovered and investigated no less than 5 "mysterious" buried pipes of different varieties, had a fire meter removed instead of a domestic water meter, decommissioned an 800' well, and wrestled with numerous HUGE boulders; freed three spirits, found two fairies, and a couple of interesting artifacts since we began construction first of last year.

But in spite of it all, we keep moving forward. On Monday (Apr 20, 2015) we will be taking one more visible stride toward progress as we begin paving the new Tucker parking lot. Plus if you haven't checked out the Louise Building lately take a quick look, the addition is framed in and we are starting work on the new green roof. We are currently dry walling the inside of the historic building and will be pouring the new front entry here next week. The windows have started to be returned and with the nice weather here we will be painting the exterior in earnest.

A heads up, once the Tucker lot gets paved we will be moving ALL front of campus parking to that lot so that we can get the Chapel and School lot completed. Then we will be moving our attention to the big lot at the back of the Chapel.

I also have to apologize for the length of the power outage to the red shed. PGE is expected end of next week to get our new power run to the new transformer and then we can get power back to the Louise and the shed. A huge thanks for everyone's patience on that one.

I know everybody is anxious to know when we are going to be done and I wish I had a confident answer but I don't. The best I can say is at this point, everyone is dedicated to getting done as quickly as is humanly possible and with all the progress we are making I do expect us to be done early July. The surest sign I have of this is that I am actually starting to turn my attention toward furnishing the new building and in my world that is as good as sign as any that we are headed toward the finish line.

Still have a ways to go and not sure what the site will throw at us next but we should be down to a few months and the majority of the mess and my throbbing headaches will be over. Everyone keep your fingers crossed.

If you have any questions, concerns, issues, or etc. please don't hesitate to give me a call.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

Garden plots available at Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens. Reserve yours today!

Garden plots available at Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens. Reserve yours now!. Info here!

Like to garden, but no place to grow?

Reserve Your Spot

Nadaka Nature Park community gardens will be open in time for the 2015 gardening season!

Hurry before they're gone!
The City of Gresham's community garden program is pleased to announce that the new Nadaka Nature Park & Garden will be open in time for the 2015 gardening season! Located at NE 175th & Glisan (Next to St Aidans Church), there will be a Grand Opening Celebration on April 4th. People who live or work within Gresham city limits (even if the mailing address says Portland) may register for a 200 sq ft plot for only $25/ season (limit 1 per household). Six ADA-Accessible raised beds are also available to gardeners with disabilities.

Details are available at: http://greshamoregon.gov/gardens. To register, go online to: https://apm.activecommunities.com/greshamoregon/Home or go in person to Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Pky (Get Map!), first floor utilities desk.

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