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Monday April 2, 2012
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Dusty GalaxyMHCC Planetarium website

Greatest Telescopes Hits
When: Mon Apr 2, 2012Show Times: 7:00PM and 8:15PM
Where: Mt Hood Community College
Planetarium Sky Theater
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR
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Admission $2. MHCC students are admitted free.The Sky Theater is wheelchair accessible.
The Greatest Hits of the Greatest Telescopes
The first telescopes were developed in the Netherlands in 1608 by three spectacle makers in Middelburg. The following year Galileo greatly improved the refracting telescope's design.
Since then telescopes have evolved from lenses and mirrors to to sophisticated high-tech instruments capable of sensing ultraviolet, x-ray, infrared and submillimetre wavelength light to produce images with incredible detail.
Join us as we view spectacular images from some of the worlds greatest telescopes including land-based telescopes and space-based observatories like Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer, Kepler and more.
All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.
Visitors are encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute program. Children are welcome to attend.

Parking Change
Parking permits are required and may be purchased for $3 at ticket kiosks located by the flagpoles (north parking) and gym (south parking). (Violators will be ticketed)

Tuesday April 3, 2012
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:30 pm

This is a Bright Idea!
When: Tue Apr 3, 2012 6-7:30PM
Where: Gresham Public Library
385 NW Miller Av
Gresham, OR
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Free Solar Workshop
Solar Gresham is hosting free solar workshops at the Gresham Public Library in historic downtown. Led by the nonprofit Solar Oregon, the workshops will cover the basic technology, benefits and cost of solar. Imagine Energy will be available to answer questions about installation and products. Umpqua Bank will also be on hand to share information on financing opportunities.
RSVP below.
The workshops provide a great opportunity to learn more about solar, whether you’re interested in having it installed at your home or just wanting to learn more about this form of renewable energy.
Solar Gresham is a new program offered through July 31. It offers homeowners solar at up to 80% or more off the cost.

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Do We Really Need This Fountain?
When: Tue Apr 3, 2012 6:00PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NE Eastman Pky
Gresham, OR
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$1.5 million Children's Fountain Loan Application
A couple of weeks ago, the City of Gresham posted an obscure 24-page document titled "Five Year FY 2011-2016 Consolidated Plan Amendment / Amendment to the One Year Action Plan 2011-2012" on the City's "Children's Fountain" webpage (http://greshamoregon.gov/city/) by following the Read More link. The key part of this lengthy HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) application document is on the back page, where it says that the City "intends to utilize HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee assistance to create a Section 108 Loan Pool" and that the City "intends to apply for a Section 108 Guaranteed Loan in 2011-2012 to develop a Children's Fountain in Gresham's downtown......for $1.5 million to aid in the elimiation of slum and blight in downtown Gresham."

It turns out that the City intends to pay back the loan ($110,000/yr. for 20 yrs.) from it's annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds (currently $900,000) from HUD. These CDBG funds typically pay for things like affordable housing and public improvements in qualified neighborhoods.

At a recent Community Development & Housing Subcommittee meeting committee members questioned:

  • why the City was building a fountain at this time,
  • whether the fountain would really bring more shoppers to downtown,
  • how downtown qualified for a Section 108 loan,
  • why the fountain costs $1.5 million,
  • what would happen if HUD again cut the City's CDBG funds & the City couldn't repay the loan with them,
  • what the annual maintenance costs for the fountain (not part of grant) would be.

You'll find the City's 2-page Children's Fountain project flyer here. You can find a 5-page Case Studies of other such fountains (Jamison Square-Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton and Maryland) compiled by City staff here. We encourage neighbors to take a few moments to review these documents. Written public comment due no later than 4:30pm Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
(Click 'Read More' link below for more details and project concerns.)

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:30 pm

When: Tue Apr 3, 2012 7-9:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Conference Room 2A
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy
Gresham, OR
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Backyard Bird Class
Spring brings thousands of migrating birds to our region; some stay to nest and others pass through. Get ready for great spring birding action with this crash course in identifying spring migrants and summer breeders.
Metro naturalist James Davis will show slides, play some easy bird songs and simplify what seems like a confusing variety of birds to many beginners.

Saturday April 7, 2012
Start: 9:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

Add a rain garden!
When: Sat Apr 7, 2012 9AM-12PM
Hollydale Elementary School
505 SW Birdsdale Drive
Gresham, OR
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Build your own rain garden at home to help reduce water pollution and create urban habitat for birds and butterflies.
Free Workshop
This free rain garden workshop with City staff includes classroom discussion, hands-on activities and demonstrations, a rain garden tour, a free raffle and refreshments. Naturescaping and other natural gardening techniques will also be discussed.
Space is limited – call or email to register.
The City has four $200 rain garden grants still available for homeowners who build their own. To be eligible, staff must confirm safety of your site by May 18. We strongly encourage anyone planning to build a rain garden to attend the rain garden workshop.

Start: 10:00 am
End: 11:00 am

Gradin Sports Park Arboretum, Gresham OR

Plant a tree today
Whe\n: Sat Apr 7, 2012 10-11AMbr />
Where: Gradin Sports Park
2303 SE Palmquist Road
(Between Hogan Road and Hwy 26)
Gresham, OR
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Join us as we plant a Nyssa sylvatica 'David Odom' Afterburner Tupelo to memorialize David Odom who served as Gresham's urban forester before becoming a Neighborhood Tree Specialist with Friends of Trees in 2009. Gresham's annual Arbor Day Proclamation will also be read at this event.

Start: 11:00 am
End: 3:00 pm

Let's go walking
When: Sat Apr 7, 2012 11AM-3PM
Where: Meet at Gresham City Hall
(Next to MAX station)
1333 Eastman Pkwy
Gresham, OR
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Guided and Un-Guided Walks
Join us for guided 5K and un-guided 10K Significant Tree Walks, hosted by the East County Wind Walkers American Volks Walkers Association Club.
These walks, which will begin at the building entrance to Gresham City Hall and will visit 18 trees officially designated on the City's Significant Tree List.

Tuesday April 10, 2012
Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

East County Courts Building. Click to enlarge

Grand Opening Event
When: Tue Apr 10, 2012 10AM
Where: 185th & SE Stark St
Gresham, OR
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Completion of the new $19.6 million East County Courts project signals the beginning of Rockwood Town Center's redevelopment.

Join the Celebration
You are cordially invited to attend the grand opening celebration for the long-awaited East County Courthouse in the heart of Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood.
Join us Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 10:00am 'rain-or-shine' at the new East County Courts building, 185th & SE Stark St, as elected officals from Multnomah County and City of Gresham kick-off the event.
Light refreshments will follow the speaking portion of the program. Event includes self guided tours of the new facility.

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:30 pm

This is a Bright Idea!
When: Tue Apr 10, 2012 6-7:30PM
Where: Gresham Public Library
385 NW Miller Av
Gresham, OR
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Free Solar Workshop
Solar Gresham is hosting free solar workshops at the Gresham Public Library in historic downtown. Led by the nonprofit Solar Oregon, the workshops will cover the basic technology, benefits and cost of solar. Imagine Energy will be available to answer questions about installation and products. Umpqua Bank will also be on hand to share information on financing opportunities.
RSVP below.
The workshops provide a great opportunity to learn more about solar, whether you’re interested in having it installed at your home or just wanting to learn more about this form of renewable energy.
Solar Gresham is a new program offered through July 31. It offers homeowners solar at up to 80% or more off the cost.

Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Coalition of Gresham
Neighborhood Associations
When: Tue Apr 10, 2012 7PM-8:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Room
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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Public welcome
The Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations was formed to provide structure and support for the leadership of Gresham's neighborhood associations, enabling more effective cooperation among neighborhood associations in order to achieve desired outcomes. Goals of the Coalition include providing a public forum for the review and evaluation of issues and problems, providing education and information on specific areas such as land use, and providing a unified voice for the neighborhood associations.
The Coalition meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 7:00PM

Wednesday April 11, 2012
Start: 5:00 pm
End: 6:00 pm

Frogs, frogs & frogs!
When: Wed Apr 11, 2012 5PM-6PM
Where: Columbia Slough Water Quality Facility
19595 NE Sandy Blvd
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Join the fun
Bring the whole family to a hidden wetland in Gresham in search of cold, slimy, and fun frogs.
With amphibian scientist Laura Guderyahn from the City of Gresham, learn about a frog’s life cycle and use a net to hunt for amphibians in the water.
Recommended for kids aged 4+ with their parents; pre-registration requested. $5/family suggested donation to host Columbia Slough Watershed Council.

Friday April 13, 2012
Start: 9:00 am
End: 4:00 pm

Let's Start Spring!Garage Sale

When: Fri/Sat 9AM-4/1PM
Where: 16336 NE Oregon St
Gresham, Or
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Saturday April 14, 2012
Start: 9:00 am
End: 1:00 pm

Let's Start Spring!Garage Sale

When: Fri/Sat 9AM-4/1PM
Where: 16336 NE Oregon St
Gresham, Or
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Saturday April 21, 2012
Start: 9:00 am
End: 2:00 pm

Annual Earth Day Event
When: Sat Apr 21, 2012 9AM-2PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy
Gresham, OR
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Bring your recyclables. Rain or Shine!
Every year the City holds a free recycling event in April around Earth Day. The recycling event is free to Gresham and Wood Village residents and businesses.
Bring your recyclable items to Gresham City Hall for Earth Day from 9AM to 2PM, or take your items to a recycler year-round. Contact Metro Recycling at 503-234-3000 for location and material information.
Collection Items

Electronics and Batteries
We are not accepting electronics or batteries at the Earth Day event. For disposal information visit the City's website

Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 pm

Nadaka Nature Park

Join Us For Earth Day 2012
CANCELLED
When: Sat, Apr 21, 2011 9AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
NE 175th Av & NE Pacific St
Gresham, OR
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Wilkes East Neighborhood has received a Metro Nature in Neighborhood grant for improvements in Nadaka Nature Park which requires matching volunteer hours so your support is needed and greatly appreciated. See you at the park!
Click here for a list of Metro Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants projects.

Directions
From I-84: Take the 181st exit, travel south, turn right on NE Pacific St.
From Glisan (eastbound): Turn left on NE 172nd Av, turn right on NE Pacific St.
Click here for SOLVE's e-Update March newsletter
Earth Day at Nadaka
Join other volunteers as we clear invasive plants & beautify Nadaka Nature Park, a 10-acre natural area with a dense forest and inviting meadow.
Be prepared to get a little dirty and have fun by supporting and volunteering with SOLVE, Friends of Nadaka and the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association in their efforts to restore this natural area.
Rain or Shine! Come dressed for weather. Bring working gloves & a water bottle if you have them. Volunteer as long as you can.
Coffee, juice, water & refreshments provided by Wilkes East Neighborhood.
Click here to register with SOLVE for this event!
For more information contact Brett Lyon, SOLVE Coordinator 503-844-9571 x332, or email brett@solv.org.

Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm

1874 Zimmerman House. Click to Enlarge

Earth Day Everyday

When: Sat Apr 21, 2012 10AM-3PM
Where: Zimmerman Park
17111 NE Sandy Blvd
Gresham, OR
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A lasting vestige of East Multnomah County's agricultural roots
A delightful 1874 Victorian farmhouse
Take a step back into history at the Zimmerman House, a Victorian era farmhouse, built in 1874 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This beautiful farmhouse is a perfect reflection of typical Columbia River dairy farm life in the late 1800s. The Zimmerman Heritage Farm is a unique cultural education and recreational resource that is being created for the benefit of the public on a 5.98-acre historic site in Gresham, Oregon.

Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

Weed Watcher Workshop
When: Sat Apr 21, 2012 10AM-12PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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Be A Weed Watcher
Encroachment by invasive, weedy species like ivy and blackberry directly threatens the health of Gresham's urban forest and leads to weak trees, increased erosion, poor water quality and low biodiversity.

Join us for an Invasive Species Information Fair attended by representatives from the City of Gresham, Metro, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and the Audubon Society that will follow a 45-minute presentation that will give property owners the knowledge to identify and remove invasive plant species and native replacement options.

Start: 3:00 pm
End: 4:30 pm

This is a Bright Idea!
When: Sat Apr 21, 2012 3-4:30PM
Where: Gresham Public Library
385 NW Miller Av
Gresham, OR
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Free Solar Workshop
Solar Gresham is hosting free solar workshops at the Gresham Public Library in historic downtown. Led by the nonprofit Solar Oregon, the workshops will cover the basic technology, benefits and cost of solar. Imagine Energy will be available to answer questions about installation and products. Umpqua Bank will also be on hand to share information on financing opportunities.
RSVP below.
The workshops provide a great opportunity to learn more about solar, whether you’re interested in having it installed at your home or just wanting to learn more about this form of renewable energy.
Solar Gresham is a new program offered through July 31. It offers homeowners solar at up to 80% or more off the cost.

Monday April 23, 2012
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Neighborhood Board Meeting
When: Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:30PM
Where: (Contact for location)

Board meetings are scheduled for the 4th Monday each month 6:30PM
For more information please contact: info@wilkeseastna.org
Upcoming Meetings

  • May 28, 2012
  • Jun 25, 2012
  • Jul 23, 2012
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:30 pm

When: Mon Apr 23, 2012 7PM
RESCHEDULED: Aug 27, 2012 7PM
Where: St Aidan's Episcopal Church
Murdock Hall
17405 NE Glisan St
Gresham, OR
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Site acquisition for Rockwood public safety facility approved. New facility will improve police presence and services in Rockwood / West Gresham area.

You're Invited
Join us Monday April 23 Aug 27, 7PM at St Aidan's Church for a presentation by Michael Parkhurst, Senior Urban Renewal Project Coordinator, Gresham Redevelopment Commission about the new Rockwood Public Safety Facility to be built at the former Kasch's Garden Center on NE 181st. Learn all about this project. Bring your questions.

Wednesday April 25, 2012
Start: 4:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

New Headquarter Open House

When: Wed Apr 25, 2012 4-7PM
Where: Medcure, Inc
18111 NE Sandy Blvd
Gresham, O
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You're Invited
MedCure invites the public to tour our new surgical training facility, Wednesday April 25th! Visit us at anytime between the hours of 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and take a self-guided tour. MedCure representatives will be available to answer questions and provide more information on whole body donation and how donors contribute to the advancement of medical science.
About MedCure
Founded in 2005, MedCure is a leading non-transplant tissue bank devoted to compassionate, ethical services that connect whole-body donors to medical research and education while providing innovation and opportunity for scientific medical advancements.

Friday April 27, 2012
Start: 10:00 am

Birds Galore!
When: Wed Apr 11, 2012 5PM-6PM
Where: Columbia Slough Water Quality Facility
19595 NE Sandy Blvd
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Let's do lunch
Join Metro Naturalist James Davis for a lunchtime birding tour at a hidden wetland in Gresham.
Look for songbirds and spring migrants before settling down to a delicious lunch provided by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.
RSVP required below.

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