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City of Gresham Council Roundtable Meetings: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 3PM-5PM

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City of Gresham Council Roundtable Meetings: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 3PM-5PM. . Info here!

When: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 3PM-5PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Conference Rm. 3A
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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Council Roundtable meetings are informal sessions for Councilors to discuss issues of interest on a monthly basis. Council members suggest their own agenda for the meetings, leaving enough time for open, informal dialogue. No public comment is taken during these meetings.

For more information contact the City Recorder at 503-618-2697.

Read more about Council meetings.

Rosewood Initiative RENEW Meetings 2018: Wed, Jan 24, 2018 9AM-10:30AM

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Rosewood Initiative RENEW Meetings 2018: Wed, Jan 24, 2018 9AM-10:30AM. Info here!

When: Wed, Jan 24, 2018 9AM-10:30AM
Where: Rosewood Initiative
16126 SE Stark St.
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A monthly meeting of residents, service providers, and law enforcement to collaboratively address public safety and livability issues along the border of Portland and Gresham.

For more information about this meeting, contact Daniela Stites at 503-988-4227 or daniela.stites@mcda.us.

Gresham Police Department Town Hall Meeting Jan 2018: Thu, Jan 25, 2018 6PM-8PM

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Gresham Police Department Town Hall Meeting Jan 2018: Thu, Jan 25, 2018 6PM-8PM. . Info here!

When: Thu, Jan 25, 2018 6PM-8PM
Where: Gresham High School Library
1200 North Main Ave.
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The public is invited to attend this community event, which will feature:

  • Table discussions
  • Panel of officers describing their duties
  • Chief's summary
  • Question and answer session

For more information about this event, contact Lt. Jeff Miller at Jeff.Miller@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-2260.

City of Gresham Friday Night Basketball 2018: Fri, Jan 26, 2018 6PM-10PM

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City of Gresham Friday Night Basketball 2018: Fri, Jan 26, 2018 6PM-10PM. Let's Hoop It Up!. Info here!

Let's Hoop It Up!

When: Fri, Jan 26, 2018 6PM-10PM
Where: H.B. Lee Middle School
1121 NE 172nd Ave.
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Middle school and high school youth can attend free basketball practice, skill building and game play on Friday nights at H.B. Lee Middle School, 1121 NE 172nd Ave.

  • Open to boys and girls in grades 6-12
  • Learn new skills, make new friends, play basketball.
  • Adult supervision and mentorship provided by the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC).
  • Sponsored by the City of Gresham.

Schedule

  • 6-8 p.m. for grades 6-8
  • 8-10 p.m. for grades 9-12

Registration form

For more information, visit our basketball page or contact Coach Michael Magnum at 503-975-2929.

City of Gresham Saturday Night Basketball 2018: Sat, Jan 27, 2018 8PM-12AM

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City of Gresham Saturday Night Basketball 2018: Sat, Jan 27, 2018 8PM-12AM. Let's Hoop It Up!. Info here!

Let's Hoop It Up!

When: Sat, Jan 27, 2018 8PM-12AM
Where: Friends of the Children
424 NE 172nd Ave.
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Middle school and high school youth can attend free basketball practice, skill building and game play on Friday nights at Friends of the Children at 424 NE 172nd Ave.

  • Open to boys and girls in grades 6-12
  • Learn new skills, make new friends, play basketball.
  • Adult supervision and mentorship provided by the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC).
  • Sponsored by the City of Gresham.

Schedule

  • 8:00 - 10:00 pm for grades 6-8
  • 10:00 pm - 12:00 am for grades 9-12

Registration form

For more information, visit our basketball page or contact Coach Michael Magnum at 503-975-2929.

Free! Invasive Weed Workshop: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 6PM-8:30PM

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Free! Invasive Weed Workshop: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 6PM-8:30PM. . Info here!

When: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 6PM-8:30PM
Where: Mt. Hood Community College
GE Building
26000 SE Stark St.
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Weeds! Wipe out those annoying invaders in your yard safely and effectively.

  • Learn about threats of noxious weeds in our region.
  • Learn how to identify the most common garden weeds and plant invaders.
  • Provide simple and effective alternatives to synthetic herbicides.

Register today

Contact

Katie Meckes, 503-935-5368

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

City of Gresham Sunday Afternoon Futsal: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 5PM-7PM

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City of Gresham Sunday Afternoon Futsal: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 5PM-7PM. Let's Kick Ball!. Info here!

Let's Kick Ball!

When: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 5PM-7PM
Where: Friends of the Children
424 NE 172nd Ave.
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Free drop-in futsal games for boys and girls in grades 3-6 will take place from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sundays in the Friends of the Children gym. Rain or shine.

Supervised play is provided by Active Children Portland volunteers. This activity is sponsored by the City of Gresham.

A signed waiver is required to participate.

Read more about the Sunday Afternoon Futsal program and complete the waiver.

For more information, contact Ricki Ruiz at 503-839-2678.

City of Gresham Gresham Ebetsu Sister City Association Jan 2018 Meeting: Mon, Jan 29, 2018 6PM-9PM

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City of Gresham Gresham Ebetsu Sister City Association Jan 2018 Meeting: Mon, Jan 29, 2018 6PM-9PM. . Info here!

When: Mon, Jan 29, 2018 6PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Rm
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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For more information about the Ebetsu Sister City Association, contact Ron Ture, President, at 503-492-1339 or ron.ture@gmail.com.

Rosewood/162nd Max Station Name Change Proposed

Rosewood/162nd Max Station Name Change Proposed. Info here!
162nd Max Station (view east), 162nd & E Burnside, Portland OR

By Jenny Glass
Executive Director, Rosewood Initiative

(Update: On November 29, 2017 TriMet decided they won't be going forward with changing name of the 162nd Ave MAX station. Residents of the Rockwood, Wilkes East and Wilkes Community group had expressed strong feelings against the name change during recent neighborhood meetings.)

(Update: At the November 13, 2017 Wilkes East Neighborhood Association General Meeting neighbors approved a motion to support the Rosewood/162nd Max station name change.)

The Rosewood Initiative, a community organization serving the neighborhood since 2009, has requested that TriMet change the 162nd Ave MAX station name to Rosewood/162nd. This is a request to honor, identify and lift up the community that the station resides in. It is part of a larger effort for and by the community to create a sense of place and belonging. Where is Rosewood?

No one has claimed "ownership" in the form of investment, financial or otherwise, in this MAX stop since it was created. In fact, although the 162nd MAX station has one of the highest rates of ridership compared to other stops, the station area has received almost no public or private investment since it was built. Here's a snapshot of the lack of investment:

The public sector has invested in mixed-use buildings, pedestrian improvements and crime prevention programs to improve MAX ridership. At the 162nd Avenue station, that amount totaled $900,000.

By comparison, the public sector has spent $28 million improving the area around the Killingsworth MAX station, the audit said. The Tuality MAX station in Hillsboro has drawn $12 million in transit-oriented public investment.

When the public sector does not invest in a community for decades, we collectively pay the price by having to react to symptoms like concentrated poverty and high crime and consequently an extraordinary amount of police and emergency response services, as well as social safety net services. Maintaining brokenness is very expensive. We can't afford it.

Renaming the MAX station is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and create a strategy for investment around the 162nd MAX station. The Rosewood Initiative has stepped up to lead the advocacy for investment in this station.

The Rosewood Initiative was started to reduce crime in the area. Rebuilding relationships between community and police in both Gresham and Portland was one of the first strategies. But even the Portland and Gresham Police that started The Rosewood Initiative understood that the high crime in this area was not going to be solved by policing, but by public and private sectors coming together and collectively investing in a community.

We would love to work together with Rockwood Neighborhood Association, Wilkes East Neighborhood Association, City of Gresham, TriMet, Metro, and the people that live near the 162nd Ave MAX station to create a comprehensive strategy for investment that is led by the people that live in the community.

We believe that one of the first steps toward collectively taking ownership of the 162nd Ave MAX station area is to give it its own unique identity. Since this area is now known to many as "Rosewood" we think this is a symbolic gesture to highlight the cross-jurisdictional investment that is imperative to support the Rosewood community.

More Info
For more information contact The Rosewood Initiative.

Summer & Fall 2017 Happenings At Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens

Summer & Fall 2017 Happenings At Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens. Read here!
Kids explore the bronze otter statue at Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

By Monica McAllister
Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator

Something For Everyone
This past summer and early fall at Nadaka Nature Park has been abuzz with celebrations under the picnic shelter, free events, new additions to the play area as well as gardeners tending their harvest, and nature lovers exploring our lovely 10-acre forest. Even as the winter days start settling in, we at Friends of Nadaka (FON) have already started planning for next year’s events at the park. From hosting free indoor gardening workshops to forest restoration with local schools and community members, we are excited to offer plenty of opportunities for you to spend time with friends and family at Nadaka. Before we jump straight into next year’s events, let’s take a cue from the fall season to slow down and reflect on the bustle of activity that has occurred over the past few months at our neighborhood park.

Community Festival
This year’s 7th Annual Nadaka Community Festival was one of our best festivals yet! We had over 400 participants, 3 performances, and 35 partnering organizations & businesses, 28 of which hosted a community booth. We were thrilled to have The Aztec Dancers, Ukrainian Folk Singer Natalia Hougan, and the NW Panmen Terry Baber and Brad Hirsch on the Steel Drums perform again at this year’s festival. A big thank you to our Festival Committee, volunteers, partners and everyone who made the festival a marvelous success! Our Festival sponsors and donors included: Metro, City of Gresham, Owens Corning, and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. Albertsons & Organically Grown Co., Starbucks, and Rockwood PUD donated hot dogs & chips, organic apples, coffee, and water respectively.

Rip Caswell, Joan Albertson, Chad Caswell, Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR
Rip Caswell, Joan Albertson, Chad Caswell

Art Donations
Nadaka is especially grateful for the generous donation of the magnificent bronze otter and raven by Joan Albertson, the creators of the sculptures, artists Rip Caswell & son Chad Caswell.

as well as the work done by Lee Dayfield and Gresham Outdoor Public Art for making the installation and reveal of these beautiful art pieces possible.

Raven sculpture at Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR
Raven sculpture at Nadaka Nature Park
Giant Xylophone at Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR
Giant Xylophone at Nadaka Nature Park

Another amazing addition to the park is a new Xylophone installed at the north portion of the nature based play area. Thank you to the anonymous donor who made this possible and to the City of Gresham for installing this amazing gift of music for the community.

Volunteer Programs
Friends of Nadaka would like to recognize the amazing work of our two Nadaka SummerWorks? Interns and seven STRYVE Interns (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) who helped lead and teach bilingual events for the Wilkes Elementary Books in the Park Program, HB Lee’s SUN Program, Home Forward Apartment complexes, and our summer Tadpole Tales event. In addition to these educational events, they were also instrumental in keeping the park in tip top shape by removing invasive plants, caring for two education garden plots, managing for the front 2 acres, helping with the Nadaka Community Festival and more. Four of these amazing interns have joined the ranks of the Nadaka Ambassadors to continue working at the park year round.

Cleanups & more
For the fall season, volunteers from the neighborhood showed their love for Nadaka at our SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup in September and at the No Ivy Day event on October 28th alongside the “College Possible” High School youth to remove invasive plants and replace them with native plants. We also partnered with Audubon Society of Portland to host a September Bird Walk where we cataloged the number and variety of species passing through the park during fall migration. In the garden, we finished up our free hands on gardening workshop series with Outgrowing Hunger with a focus on “Harvesting Your Bounty” & “Shutting Down the Garden”. For those who are interested in gardening at the park, new garden registration for Nadaka begins February 1st. Contact Adam Kohl of Outgrowing Hunger (adam@outgrowinghunger.org) for more information and how to register for a garden plot.

Park Safety
At the end of August, we had over 40 people attend the Nadaka Community Safety meeting to voice their concerns, learn what is being done to keep the park safe, and give suggestions for improvements at the park. We wanted to thank NET (Neighborhood Enforcement Team), CVIP (Citizens Volunteering In Policing), Gresham Parks Department, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, East Metro Mediation, and the Nadaka Ambassadors for sharing what is being done on the ground and behind the scenes to ensure that Nadaka stays safe and clean. One of the areas of concern was the heavily vegetated space between the St. Aidan’s parking lot and meadow. Since the meeting, we have worked with the City of Gresham Parks Department to lift the canopy and create a line of sight from the parking lot into the meadow. We are so grateful for the hard work that the Parks Department to help address this area of concern and have noticed a marked improvement in the activities happening in that area. By our community taking ownership of the park through volunteering, voicing concerns and potential solutions, in addition to simply being a positive presence in the park, we can continues to ensure that Nadaka Nature Park stays a safe and welcoming space to nurture nature, food, and families.

Fall & Winter Activities
As promised, here are a few great events coming up at the park in the next few months! Join us for a Free Beneficial Insect Workshop with EMSWCD on 11/4 from 9am to 11:30 AM, MLK Day of Service Monday, January 15th, and the Community Planting Event in February (date still to be determined). Other great events to keep your eye out for are our Annual Free Indoor Gardening Workshop Series with Oregon Food Bank, Spring Migration Nature Walk and Welcome Back Vulture Day with Audubon Society of Portland.

Connect With Us
These are just a few of the activities we have in store for the community at Nadaka. For more information and opportunities to get involved and help create a positive social and environmental change in the Wilkes East and Rockwood community visit www.friendsofnadaka.org, “Friends of Nadaka” on Facebook, or contact Monica at monica@friendsofnadaka.org or 503-956-8558. We look forward to seeing everyone at the park!

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