Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Opportunities

Every so often, you’ll see an article like the one in the January 2014 issue of The Bee, about the importance of being prepared for catastrophic events. In Portland, talk of “resilience” is not just tied to people’s concerns about long-term recovery after a big earthquake, but also worries about a “long emergency” resulting from economic crises, energy shortages, or climate change. Throughout the northwest, there is definitely a rumbling…not a temblor (not yet anyway!), but lots of talk about preparing for The Big One.

Here is a listing of local courses and educational programs happening in the very near future, designed to get more and more Portlanders trained and ready for emergencies at the household level and beyond. Although emergency preparedness can be a serious and even scary topic, these efforts often have a great side effect of helping to build community by giving us a chance to connect with neighbors.

Register for CERT Trainings Now!

Coming up real soon (Jan–Mar 2014), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings are being offered by three different entities: Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM), Portland Community College (PCC), and University of Portland (UP). The classes meet on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, respectively, but there is some flexibility in that PBEM, PCC and UP have all agreed to allow students who miss a portion of their CERT class to make it up by attending one of the other program’s classes.

For more information, including registration links, click here to download a CERT Coordinated Trainings document.

Southeast Emergency Preparedness Events in the Works

A coordinated effort to plan and present three different workshops in various locations in Southeast Portland is now underway, thanks to a group of volunteers from Woodstock, Sellwood, and Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhoods. These programs will be marketed to a large swath of Southeast, including Sellwood-Moreland, Westmoreland, Brooklyn, Ardenwald-Johnson Creek, Woodstock, Reed, Creston-Kenilworth, Eastmoreland, Brentwood-Darlington, Mt. Scott-Arleta, Foster-Powell and Lents.

Three different educational program topics are in the works for events projected to take place in March through May 2014:

  1. Making a family emergency plan and building an emergency kit
  2. Neighborhood networking (sharing preparedness information with others)
  3. Securing your living environment (seismic strengthening for homeowners and non-structural security measures applicable to renters as well as owners)

Keep an eye on this blog as well as neighborhood bulletin boards and social media sites for more details including locations, dates and times, as they become available.

Additional volunteers are needed and welcome to help plan and execute these events!  If you are interested, please send an email to Virginia Petersen and Liz Bryant, members of the Woodstock Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET), via info@woodstockpdx.org, or call Virginia at 503-775-0953.

A Message from your Woodstock Library

Your Woodstock Library has 5 poster sized family portraits from our Portland community art on display until the end of the month. Come in and take a look! You can see more about the project here: We Are Portland.:http://mystoryworkshops.org/View-Programs/71/0/20/

Woodstock Community Mural Completed!

After two years of hard work, the Woodstock Community Mural is finished! Please join us for a dedication ceremony to celebrate this awesome addition to our main street on Saturday, December 14th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Red Fox Vintage. Enjoy ’80s DJ music, and complementary refreshments including a special cake.

The mural was designed by Mike Lawrence and executed by Heidi Schultz, both awesome artists. Both will be on hand at the December 14th community gathering. Mike will share a bit about his creative process in developing the mural scene based on the the Woodstock Mural Committee’s vision, and explain the symbols embedded in the triptych.

The Woodstock Community Mural Committee — Kenny Heggem, Emily Busse, Justin Zimmerman and Tom Vice — wish to acknowledge all who contributed to make this stand-out mural a reality:


Severe Weather Notice

From the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management:

Severe Weather Notice: The National Weather Service forecasts overnight lows (with wind chill) to be as low as 15° to 22° for the evenings of Tuesday, December 3, 2013 and Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Anyone seeking shelter should contact 211info, reached by dialing 2-1-1. 211info will be available to identify shelter and warming center resources 24/7. Additionally, shelter information is available at www.211info.org.

Service providers who would like to update information about services they offer during Severe Weather Notices, please call Troy Hammond at (503) 504-9867.
In addition to existing year-round facilities, the following warming center facilities are available:

Family Winter Shelter
12505 NE Halsey Street, Portland Oregon (on Halsey near 126th Avenue)
This is a walk-in facility. It is not necessary to call beforehand. No one will be turned away.
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 7:00 PM – 7:00 AM
Serves: Families with children under 18 and women in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy

Women’s Winter Shelter
Check availability at Bud Clark Commons, 650 NW Irving,
Walk in Mon-Fri 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Sat/Sun 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
or call 503-280-4700
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 7:00 PM – 7:00 AM
Serves: Single women

Red Cross Severe Weather Emergency Warming Center at Imago Dei Church

1302 Ankeny Street, (near 13th Avenue in Inner SE)
This is a walk-in facility. Pets allowed, some space for carts, accessible location
Dates: Evenings of Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4
Hours: 9:00 PM – 7:00 AM
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths

Union Gospel Mission
15 NW 3rd Avenue, 503-228-0319
This is a walk-in facility.
Dates: Evenings of Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4
Hours: 9:30 PM – 6:00 AM
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths

The following expanded day center service is available during the Severe Weather Notice:

Rose Haven
627 NW 18th Avenue, 503-248-6364
Dates: Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4
Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Serves: Women and children

Saint André Bessette Catholic Church (Downtown Chapel)

601 W Burnside Street, 503-228-0746
Provides hot beverages, some snacks and movies
Dates: Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4
Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Serves: Adults

Union Gospel Mission
15 NW 3rd Avenue, 503-228-0319
This is a walk-in facility. Meal will be served.
Dates: Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4
Hours: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths

Please call 211info with questions regarding other shelter and transportation resources.

Winter service coordination, provided by 211info, is made possible by a grant from the Portland Housing Bureau. In partnership with other City departments, Multnomah County and community partners, the Portland Housing Bureau coordinates winter and severe weather shelter and day services for homeless individuals in our community.

Thank You All for a Happy Harvest Halloween!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Harvest Halloween festivities at the Woodstock Community Center last Thursday evening just by showing up! Lots of Woodstockians were joined by folks from Mt. Scott-Arleta, Brentwood-Darlington, and other nearby neighborhoods. There were a lot of fun and fantastic costumes, and as far as we could tell, a great time was had by all! Photographer Michael Gary produced around 150 photo prints, and counted 248 different individuals in the images he captured, so we figure it’s safe to say at least 300 people turned out for the WNA party.

We’re very appreciative of Reed College for printing promotional materials at no charge (thanks, Kevin!) as well as our local UPS store. Special thanks to Papa Murphy’s and Michael Gary for helping distribute handbills, and to all the Woodstock businesses who displayed the poster in their window. Again, thanks to ALL our Event Sponsors.

Food and drink was plentiful thanks to Mezza, Otto’s, Tom Yum, First Cup, Papaccino’s, Safeway, US Bank, New Seasons, Lewis School, and the Woodstock Neighborhood Association. Thanks also to neighborhood permaculturist Marisha Auerbach for contributing to the decor by loaning a bunch of large winter squash, grown right here in Woodstock [a few of which were displayed at the foot of the mysterious Mr. Pumpsky (rumored to be a cross between the Great Gatsby and The Great Pumpkin)]. Marisha teaches classes for urban gardeners (advertised on Portland Permaculture Meetup) in case you’d like to learn how to grow squash like this (or other edibles) in your own yard…

There were a LOT of small squash and gourds at the event as well, 300 to be exact (WNA’s treat — sourced from Sauvie Island Farms): the 50 or so left over have now been passed on to Feast for Southeast‘s atmosphere coordinator. This reminds me: We also want to thank Woodstock Elementary for sharing two large straw bales leftover from their harvest party!

Special thanks to Woodstock bluesman Les Szigethy and fellow musicians, Dale Jones (on guitar, ukelele and vocals), and Ann Heney (on vocals and mandolin), who came together to form a new act especially for this event! Status Crow’s live acoustic performance of oldies and really goodies made for a lively atmosphere and even inspired some modest singing and dancing among partygoers. “Anytime!” says Les, and we plan to take him up on that!

Craft tables — pumpkin-scented playdough thanks to Southside Swap & Play and fall-themed rubberstamping and coloring thanks to neighborhood volunteer Ruth Williams — buzzed with activity. The O’Tingley-supplied cornhole boards were quite popular as well (and beautiful!).

Thank you Woodstock neighborhood volunteers! Though WNA party organizers Elisa Edgington and Becky Luening would liked to have had a more robust volunteer roster, when all was said and done a group of really AWESOME volunteers appeared to lend a hand. In addition to those mentioned above, we want to acknowledge Merrilee Spence for help with decorations and clean up, Janet Kneedler for help with nametags, decorations, and greeting duties, and Terry Griffiths for filling in, in numerous ways, throughout the evening. [At left: Terry readies prizes for beanbag-tossing vampires.] And it wouldn’t have been a WNA Halloween without Virginia Peterson, our amazing and apparently tireless Popcorn Witch! Thanks also to Kenny and Deb and their dog Dottie (masquerading as a fish) for taking a shift as greeters.

Out on the boulevard there was a whole lot more action! Big appreciation to all the businesses who opened their doors to trick-or-treaters, and to NET team members KD and Nancy who served as crossing guards to help keep kids safe after dark. [KD demonstrates their tactics in photo at right.]

By the way, in case you were too busy eating or dancing or being photographed to notice… WNA party organizer Becky Luening couldn’t resist slipping some tree-themed trivia into the WNA Harvest Halloween celebration, namely mustache “masks” made with double samaras, fruit of the common Norway maple (visible at bottom of photo at right), and a “how many horse chestnuts in the jar?” guessing game. Speaking of which…

Guessing Game Winner: There were exactly 99 horsechestnut conkers in that two gallon jar! Not one person guessed that number, but four people submitted a guess of 100! Of those four, one ticket was pulled randomly, and so the Grand Central one-loaf-of-bread-per-month-for-a-year gift certificate was awarded to preschooler Soren Holbrook! [Photo of puzzled flamingo cowboy snapped by Kenny Heggem.]

The Dutch Raffle was a good learning experience. We had some fabulous prizes to give away, but we found that the frenetic nature of the party and the focus on photos and crafts and music plus the transient nature of the event distracted from the raffle opportunity. (Many people came for a brief time and then left to go to other events or so they could be home to receive trick-or-treaters.) Nevertheless, we built some confidence in our ability to organize a raffle and will look for another occasion to try this again. In the course of the evening, of course, a number of people did buy raffle tickets, and all our winners were very happy with their prizes! 

Our Raffle Winners:

Thank You, Harvest Halloween Sponsors!

BIG THANKS to the following organizations and businesses for providing financial and/or in-kind sponsorship of WNA’s 2013 Harvest Halloween celebration, coming up October 31st:

Woodstock-based photographer Michael Gary is excited to be partnering with Woodstock Neighborhood Association for this event. Michael’s time and talent and WNA’s sponsorship of supplies will enable up to 250 attendees to receive a complementary 4″x6″ photo print of their child/children in costume. Michael is in the process of launching a new business, Photo Booths Portland, which will offer “Open Air” as well as traditional “Solid Shell” photo booths, and he plans to demo a fancy new printer at this event. 
The new kid on the block, Southside Swap & Plan is a cooperatively run organization dedicated to building community in SE Portland through a shared play space and the exchange of useful children’s goods. Southside Swap & Play is renting several classrooms at Our Lady of Sorrows campus (5239 SE Woodstock Blvd.) which are already full of toys, games books, and various swappables. In addition to being a financial sponsor of the WNA Harvest Halloween happening, Southside Swap & Play is providing pumpkin-scented playdough for one of our event’s hands-on activities.
Speaking of hands-on activities, O’Tingley, maker of “the finest quality cornhole boards in the Pacific Northwest,” is contributing the use of a couple of their fine game boards for entertainment at our Halloween bash. We’ll have them set up right out front, under cover in case of rain. Based on the professional level of these particular Cornhole game boards, we expect this activity to be a big hit with the adults at our party, as well the little ones…
Serving Portland for 50 years with a great assortment of snacks, candy and beverages

Two locations in Woodstock! 4214 SE Woodstock Blvd. & 5460 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Plaid Pantry
Get In, Get It, Get Going

Come to Mezza for a delicious and nutritious meal, a truly authentic Lebanese experience.
5520 SE Woodstock Blvd. | Open 7 days | 503-777-6399

Thank you to Mezza for providing some of the best hummus and pita in Portland for our party,
in addition to their financial sponsorship!

We are grateful to the Reed College Print Shop for contributing a generous supply of posters and handbills advertising this year’s Harvest Halloween. We also want to acknowledge Kevin Myers, Director of Strategic Communications at Reed, for his part in maintaining a healthy relationship between Reed College and the surrounding community, including Woodstock Neighborhood. Don’t forget to check out Reed’s events listings from time to time (click on above link). The college offers some very high quality events, many of them free!
Located at 5006 SE Long Street, this Woodstock neighborhood-based business is more than a craft studio. LoneSomeVille boasts a lovingly restored farmhouse on a very large lot surrounded by beautiful gardens. LoneSomeVille gardens are open May through October, and their showroom is open by appointment. One of their two seasonsl open houses is a spectacularly spooky autumn celebration, this year on Saturday, October 26 from 5 to 8pm. Thank you to LoneSomeVille for their generous contribution of two lovely vases (one from their conifer series and one from their dragonfly series) to our Dutch raffle.

And thank you to SE Uplift for providing fiscal sponsorship for this event!

MANY THANKS to Woodstock Library for sponsoring the “Not So Spooky” Story Hour at 4pm on Halloween, to ALL Woodstock Community Businesses who will be giving out treats that afternoon (click here to see map) AND to the following businesses for their special contributions to WNA’s Harvest Halloween party:

Trick-or-Treat Here on Halloween

We’re compiling a list of all Woodstock Community businesses that welcome visits from kids in costume on Halloween afternoon/early evening, listed below, in alphabetical order. And don’t forget to come over to the Woodstock Community Center between 5 and 8pm for the neighborhood Harvest Halloween party, hosted by WNA with support from many others!

  • Animal Crossing NW
  • Bike Gallery 
  • Bi-Mart
  • Cloud City Ice Cream
  • Eye Styles
  • Gentle Dental
  • Jill’s Hallmark Shop
  • The Joinery
  • Key Bank
  • Mae’s Family Barbershop
  • Otto’s Sausage Kitchen
  • Pace Setter Athletic
  • Papaccino’s Coffeehouse
  • Piccolina Woodstock
  • Pizza Roma
  • Plaid Pantry
  • Safeway
  • Transformations Salon
  • UPS Store
  • US Bank
  • VCA Woodstock Animal Hospital
  • Woodstock Auto Repair (Shell)
  • Woodstock Community Center
  • Woodstock Family Dentistry (Brian Sass, DMD) — til 5pm
  • Woodstock Hardware & Garden
  • Woodstock Natural Health Clinic
  • ZoomCare
Look for this sign in participating
shop windows on October 31st.

Community input invited on Chinese Immersion expansion at Woodstock Elementary

A community input opportunity hosted by Portland Public Schools
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 6:00 PM
Woodstock Elementary School Cafeteria, 5601 SE 50th Ave.

PPS is interested in expanding many of its dual language immersion programs as a way to close the achievement gap for students where English isn’t their primary language.

Several options being looked at involve Woodstock Elementary School’s Mandarin Immersion program.  These run the gamut from just admitting more native Mandarin speakers to the existing program, to eliminating the neighborhood program altogether and giving neighborhood children preference in admission to a school-wide Mandarin immersion program.  You can read more about the existing proposals staring on page 9 of this PDF.

This is the first opportunity for community input on the many possibilities being discussed.  Translation services for Cantonese and Mandarin will be available.  If other languages are needed, please contact Rosanne Powell at rpowell@pps.net or 503.916.3151.

Download the English version of the flyer that was sent home with students.

October Meeting Highlights

Thanks to all who turned out to WNA’s October meeting on Wednesday the 2nd. Terry Griffiths (filling in for WNA Secretary Elizabeth Ussher-Groff) has submitted the draft meeting minutes. Here are some highlights:

Woodstock Librarian Carol Uhte reminded us that Halloween festivities will kick off with a reading of “Not So Spooky Stories” by the very popular former children’s librarian Joan Smith from 4:00-4:45pm on October 31. Click here to download the Woodstock Library’s latest events flyer.

Kevin Myers expressed gratitude for the all the volunteers who turned out to help with Reed College’s Community Day on September 21. Over 200 runners participated in the 5K run, a benefit for all neighborhood elementary schools. More great events coming up at Reed this fall, many of them free. Click here to visit Reed College events page.

Southside Swap and Play, a member-supported co-op for local families, is now up and running space at Our Lady of Sorrows, located at SE 52nd Ave. and Woodstock. Learn more and check out the indoor and outdoor play spaces and the swapping opportunities at an open house on Saturday, October 12 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Michael Thomas and Berenice Kolber-Thomas have begun remodeling and renovating the former Mickey Finn’s location, and look forward to opening their brand new Fenders Moto Café and Brew Pub by the end of the month. Fenders’ kitchen will be overseen by an award-winning Oregon chef formerly employed by the Lake Oswego Country Club.

Terry Griffiths reminded WNA members that weekend volunteers will be needed for leaf raking at the community center in November, December, and the first part of January.

On the local development front, Land Use Chair Terry Griffiths reported that he application for a four-house subdivision with an additional four accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on SE 45th across from Lewis School has been withdrawn. At the LUC’s September meeting, developer Vic Remmers of Everett Custom Homes provided a progress report on the Gateway Block (southwest corner of SE Woodstock and SE Cesar Chavez) and touched on other developments in the neighborhood, including a planned, three-way lot-split that will require a zoning change for the property located at 3936 SE Reedway (at SE 40th). A pre-application conference on this project is slated for October 15, 2013.

Terry’s report also anticipated the imminent release of Working Draft Part 2 of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan. The committee intends to focus on three main issues that could be addressed by the Comp Plan: (a) development of Woodstock’s Main Street, (b) an overall plan for Woodstock’s unimproved streets, and (c) the design and impact of future infill housing development. WNA’s next Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for October 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Community Center.

Virginia Petersen gave a heads up on plans to schedule a series of emergency preparedness events, in collaboration with the area Neighborhood Emergency Team (or NET), and surrounding Southeast neighborhoods.

Woodstock Neighborhood’s Street Tree Inventory has now been completed. An October celebration for inventory volunteers will be followed by a Tree Inventory Summit on November 9th in St. Johns, the next step toward creating a Woodstock Neighborhood Tree Plan. For more information about future Woodstock Tree Team activities, contact WNA’s Tree Team leader Rick Faber at treewoodstock@gmail.com. (To find out about upcoming Friends of Trees plantings, click here.)

Kids and parents are invited to trick-or-treat their way along Woodstock’s business district on their way to WNA’s “Halloween Harvest” celebration on October 31 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Woodstock Community Center. Highlights include munchies donated by local restaurants, free professional photo prints thanks to Michael Gary, simple games and activities for all ages, and a “Dutch raffle.” A local acoustic ensemble called “Status Crow” has been pulled together by Woodstock neighbor Les Szigethy especially for the occasion. Fiscal sponsorship has been granted by Southeast Uplift for the event, and the WNA Board voted to contribute $100 toward expenses. Flyer coming soon!

Becky Luening and Nicole Craigmiles are looking into the cost and logistics of distributing a print newsletter and will submit a proposal after more information has been collected.