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WENA Board Meeting: Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:30PM-8PM

01/26/2015 - 6:30pm
01/26/2015 - 8:00pm
Board Meeting, fourth Monday monthly. Wilkes East Neighborhood, PO Box 536, Fairview OR 97024. Diversity, Harmony, Community -- Together we can make a difference

Neighborhood Board Meeting

When: Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:30PM-8PM
Where: Simmons' Foster Care
17104 NE Oregon St
Portland, OR
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Board meetings are scheduled for the 4th Monday each month 6:30PM

For more information please contact: info@wilkeseastna.org

Upcoming Meetings

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • Mar 23, 2015
  • Apr 27, 2015

Raptor Identification Class, Gresham City Hall: Tue Jan 27, 2015 6PM-8:30PM

01/27/2015 - 6:00pm
01/27/2015 - 8:30pm
Hawks, eagles and falcons have always fascinated people. Join us as we discuss how to tell these groups of raptors apart. Gresham City Hall, Jan 27, 2015 6pm-8:30pm. Info Here!
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Learn About Local Raptors

When: Tue Jan 27, 2015 6PM-8:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy
Gresham, OR
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Birds of Prey
The word “raptor” means to seize or grasp, and that’s one of the things raptors do best. They are great hunters, and have special adaptations that make them unique in the natural world. Come learn about the raptors that are the eye in the sky over Gresham with our birds of prey class. We will teach you how to properly identify native raptors as well as delve into their fascinating natural history and their amazing adaptations to catching prey. You can then employ the skills you learned at the 11th annual Raptor Road Trip on Sauvie Island on Saturday, Jan. 31.

This class is free and suitable for all ages.

Senior Healthy Hikers: Clear Lake Snowshoe Hike: Tue Jan 27, 2015 9AM-5PM

01/27/2015 - 9:00am
01/27/2015 - 5:00pm
Senior Healthy Hikers: Clear Lake Snowshoe Hike: Tue Jan 27, 2015 9AM-5PM. Info here!

Experience the Quiet

When: Tue Jan 27, 2015 9AM-5PM
Where: Downtown Portland
Meet at: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pwy
Gresham, OR
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The three-mile out-and-back trail starts at the Clear Lake Sno-Park and goes down a groomed gentle grade to the lake shore. Drivers are needed who are equipped and willing to drive in the snow. Sno-Park permits are required for drivers’ cars. We will stop in Government Camp for those who need to rent snowshoes. Pack a snack to eat along the trail. We will eat a late lunch at the Still Creek Inn in Rhododendron.

  • Round-trip travel: 100 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation gain: 300 feet
  • Suggested donation per hiker: $10

Please note: This date may change depending on weather and snow conditions on the mountain.

IT'S PLANTING SEASON! A Free Walk with Gresham Naturalists: Sat Jan 31, 2015 9-11:30AM

01/31/2015 - 9:00am
01/31/2015 - 11:30am

When: Sat Jan 31, 2015 9AM-11:30AM
Where: Kelly Creek Watershed
SE Woodland Drive & SE Eagle Court
Gresham, OR
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Did you know that winter is prime time for planting natives?

The City’s Natural Resources Program manages 1,000+ acres of natural areas and is restoring habitat for rare wildlife species. Come take a walk with us and learn about recent restoration work that has transformed Kelly Creek. Get a behind the scenes look at our restoration efforts, enjoy a hands-on live staking demonstration, practice winter plant ID, and meet the top 10 scary weeds to watch out for.

Youth Non-Profit Expands to East County. Building $5M 8,500-sq-ft Youth Center on Former PAL Site

Youth Non-Profit Expands to East County. Building $5M 8,500-sq-ft Youth Center on Former PAL Site
Friends of the Children, Gresham OR
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Focus on At-risk Youth. New Facility Opening Fall 2015.

Friends of the Children, a Portland non-profit, is making a significant investment in the East County community.

The non-profit agency Friends of the Children has begun the final planning phase of their budgeted $5 million project—an 8,500-square-foot youth center located next to Pat Pfeiffer Park on NE 172nd Ave. Construction is set to begin in February, and the facility opens in the fall of 2015.

Founded in 1993, Friends of the Children is a mentoring program dedicated to transforming the lives of children in need. Youth are selected in kindergarten and paired with a “Friend,” a full-time professional mentor. Youth’s benefit from this strength-based relationship through high school graduation.

The organization currently serves over 425 youth, half of whom live east of I-205. According to Friends of the Children’s COO, Mark Young, the organization anticipates enrolling many of each year’s new class of kindergartners from East County elementary schools. The program focuses on enrolling youth whose life challenges put them most at-risk of school failure, juvenile delinquency and early parenting.

Clean Energy Works Oregon Offers These Tips for Staying Cozy this Winter

Clean Energy Works Oregon Offers These Tips for Staying Cozy this Winter. Info here!

Winter Tips to Save You Money

After a hot summer, temperatures are finally dropping—and winter is just around the corner.

Grab a coffee or a hot apple cider, put on your favorite flannel, and cuddle up to your sweetie because we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best tips for keeping toasty indoors.

Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, there is sun, even in Oregon winter! When it’s shining, be sure to open south-facing window curtains, drapes, and blinds during the day, so the sunlight can naturally heat your home. Close window coverings at night to keep the heat in.

Cover drafty windows. Tape a do-it-yourself, clear, plastic film to the inside of your window frames. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame. Installing window treatments, such as blinds, drapes, or shades, can also help reduce heat loss.

Adjust the temperature. Set the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees cooler when you’re not home to use less energy and lower utility bills. Lowering the temperature slightly at night and adding an extra blanket to the bed keeps the whole family extra cozy.

Albertina Kerr Historic Louise Home to Receive $2.7M Update & Addition

Albertina Kerr Historic Louise Home to Receive $2.7M Update & Addition
Albertina Kerr's Louise Home addition
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Albertina Kerr's historic Louise Home undergoes its first major renovation in more than 30 years to complete the 10-acre campus overhaul.

Built in 1925 as a juvenile hospital offering maternity services for dependent girls, the historic Albertina Kerr Louise Home will undergo its first major renovation in more than 30 years.

The 3-story 12,000 sq.ft. Georgian style building is the oldest and most recognizable building on the Albertina Kerr Gresham campus at 722 NE 162nd Ave.

The Louise Home will retain its historic structure and facade and receive a full interior renovation including seismic, structural and ADA building updates. A modern 2-story 4,000 sq.ft. addition between the two wings on the east side of the building will complete the renovation providing much needed space for Albertina Kerr programs and support staff.

While preliminary work has already begun, the planned start for the renovation is December 2014, with project completion scheduled for September 2015.

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Wilkes East Neighborhood
2014 Fall Newsletter


  • $5M Youth Center Opening Fall 2015
  • Historic Louise Home Renovation
  • Reynolds Athletic 2014 Hall of Fame
  • Simply Ways to Stay Cozy This Winter
  • Zimmerman House Holiday Events
  • Nadaka Nature Park/Garden Project

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