Movies in the Park

MITP is part of Portland's "summer free for all" program
Hey neighbors! It’s time to start thinking about what we would like to screen at our annual Woodstock summer event, Movies in the Park!

If you aren’t familiar with Movies in the Park it’s a free annual event during the summer where we show a movie at Woodstock park on a giant screen — it’s a lot of fun!

UPDATE:

Thank you for all the votes! Great suggestions everyone, including a movie we showed last year 🙂 After tallying all the votes from the website poll, Nextdoor, the Facebook page, here are the movies we will be requesting from Parks:
1. The Boxtrolls
2. The Never Ending Story
3. Guardians of the Galaxy

Thanks again to all Woodstock neighbors for weighing in. We will let everyone know, as soon as we hear back from Parks, the final word on movie and date for Woodstock’s Movie in the Park event. Many thanks to Elisa for taking the lead on organizing, and we look forward to seeing you all at the park later this summer!

Come Dream the Year with Us

Please join us for our first meeting of the new year!

The Woodstock Neighborhood Association meets this coming Wednesday, January 7 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30) at the Woodstock Community Center.

We have one item of official business: to vote on bringing Chris Tarwater onto our board of directors as WNA’s new Webmaster.

We’ll then commence with an organizational orientation for anyone who wants to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how people can plug in, and then get into a preview and brainstorm of WNA-sponsored special events for the coming year.

WNA is focused on building community for ALL who reside in Woodstock, as well as those who work or own property here. With your help we will continue in our quest to make Woodstock one of the best places in the world to live!

NOTE: The WNA Board usually meets immediately after the general meeting, but this month we’re planning a longer strategy session, which has been scheduled for a week later, Wednesday, January 14, from 6:30 to 9:00, at Fenders Moto Cafe.

Join Us for Woodstock Charrette Finale on December 4th

The Woodstock Charrette is Not Over Yet!

Please save THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 4, and plan to come out one more time to All Saints Episcopal Church (corner of Woodstock Blvd. and SE 40th Ave.) for a WOODSTOCK CHARRETTE FINAL COMMUNITY PRESENTATION. Doors open at 6:30PM and the main event begins at 7:00.

There will be a few more concept drawings to look at, and once again you will have a chance to express your opinions and weigh in on important design considerations for the future of Woodstock Boulevard. This presentation will be considerably different than the one that took place on October 27th, so we encourage all neighbors to come, regardless of whether you were able to attend that night or not.

About 90 folks turned out for both the first and last meetings of the October 23-27 Woodstock Charrette (a.k.a. Visioning Project), and almost as many dropped by during the Saturday afternoon open house. After all was said and done, the National Charrette Institute team members sat down with the neighborhood charrette committee (representatives from WNA, the Woodstock Community Business Association, WCBA Stakeholders and Reed College) and decided to “roll up our sleeves,” as Bill Lennertz put it, “and get back to work, to get it right.” The feeling was there was not enough time built into the charrette process, and enough feedback loops, to be able to develop a satisfactory final report. So all parties are putting their heads together in order to deliver a revised presentation to the community.

PLEASE NOTE: The December 4th meeting is in lieu of our usually scheduled First Wednesday WNA meeting. We will return to that schedule, and the Woodstock Community Center, on January 7, 2015.

Friday is October 31st!

Join us for the annual Woodstock Neighborhood Halloween party this Friday, October 31st!  

Sponsored by New Seasons Market and Woodstock Tax Service, we will be kicking things off at 4:30pm at the Woodstock Community Center, located at 5905 SE 43rd Ave., and the fun will last until about 8:00pm.

Enjoy live music by local musicians, Status Crow and Genie T.  TapSnap Photographer, Scott Farestrand, will be there to capture you in all your Halloween finery and send you home with a keepsake photo. There are crafts and games for the kiddos, along with popcorn, warm apple cider, and sweet snacks for everyone!  Hot dogs will be available for little trick-or-treaters, graciously provided by Otto’s.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for some great items from local businesses.  (Check back soon for a list.)

Big THANK YOU to all our sponsors for this year’s event!

  • New Seasons
  • Woodstock Tax Service
  • Scott Farestrand of TapSnap Photography
  • Sauvie Island Farms
  • The UPS Store
  • Cornhole by O’Tingley
  • El Gallo Taqueria
  • Kahut Waster Services
  • Kid’s Castle Cuts
  • Otto’s Sausage Kitchen
  • Pace Setter Athletic
  • Palm Beach Tan
  • Papaccino’s
  • Portland Fish Market
  • T and A Enterprises, LLC
  • 47th Avenue Farms
  • Lonesomeville Pottery

Feedback Loop

We’re into Day 3 already of the four-day intensive Woodstock Charrette (a.k.a. Visioning Project)…. The National Charrette Institute team, assisted by volunteers from the neighborhood, have been hard at work listening, collecting ideas, compiling data, and beginning to render some visions and solutions on paper for our consideration.

All Saints Episcopal Church has been converted into a design studio which has been open these past couple days for people to drop in and observe the process or just take a look at all the evidence of the big visioning session that took place Thursday evening.

Based on my personal observation, some of the main conversational themes that have emerged so far in the charrette process are:

  • Community—creating public gathering spaces and developing in a way that welcomes diversity.
  • Walkability—encouraging a safe and friendly environment for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Autos—finding solutions for slowing, traffic, decreasing congestion and solving parking problems before they develop. One challenge is to remove parking lots the face the boulevard (which now create an unattractive “gap-toothed” pattern along Woodstock) while avoiding the kinds of parking nightmares experiences in the Hawthorne and Division commercial districts. Unimproved streets figure prominently in the traffic management conversation, especially those closest to Woodstock. Public transit is another important element.
  • Zoning and Buildings—locals are open to a future that includes larger mixed-use buildings along Woodstock (roughly SE Cesar Chavez to SE 57th), i.e., retail on ground floor with apartments or office spaces above, but prefer the height of those buildings to be capped at 3 floors (as opposed to 4).

Please join us for the Open House event, today (Saturday, Oct. 25) from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This is one of the main feedback loops of the charrette, our chance to let the designers know whether they’re taking us in the right direction…. Hope to see you there!

Please also turn out and tell your neighbors about the Public Results Meeting scheduled for 6:30 to 9:00 pm on Monday, Oct. 27. This is where we get to see the final results of the community design process.

Learn How to do Preparedness Outreach

Contributed by Liz Bryant

On March 21, OregonLive.com published this article about our spring series of Disaster Preparedness workshops planned for SE Portland.

Now I want to highlight the second workshop in the series, Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared, coming up this Tuesday, May 13 and next Tuesday, May 20. This will be presented by Alice Busch and myself and will be an interactive discussion about how to confront one’s own fears about bringing up disaster with the unaware, and dealing with their objections (it won’t happen here/in my lifetime/to me, won’t be that bad, the gov’t will save us, etc.).

It will also cover the practicalities of sharing preparedness info and how to do Map Your Neighborhood (MYN). If you’re not familiar with the MYN program, it’s about organizing with neighbors to help each other effectively after a disaster — since, as I’m sure you know, our neighbors will be our best source of help in a major disaster. (From the NPR story, The Key to Disaster Survival? Friends and Neighbors: “while official help is useful…it is the personal ties among members of a community that determine survival during a disaster, and recovery in its aftermath.”)

The workshop is free and no preregistration is required. There will also be door prize drawings. Here are the details:

Workshop #2, “Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared”
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30-9 pm, SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave.
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-9 pm, Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele St.

The last workshop in the series may also be of interest. It includes information useful to renters — fire safety and nonstructural measures to protect against earthquakes — as well as seismic upgrades for homeowners.

Workshop #3, “Secure Your Home Against Disaster”
Saturday, May 31, Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 SE Steele St.

Liz Bryant
Woodstock Hub NET Team
www.PREPOregon.org

Visioning our Main Street Together: Oct. 23, 24, 25 & 27

JUST ONE WEEK AWAY!

Thursday, October 23rd is the date of the first big public session of the “Woodstock Design Project,” a.k.a. Woodstock Charrette, starting at 6:30pm and going til about 9:00.

An Open House on Saturday, October 25th from 4:00 to 6:00pm, will give people a chance to check on the progress of the National Charrette Institute’s 5-person design team in translating neighborhood ideas into visuals, and give further input and feedback. The public may drop by the studio anytime from 10:00am to 4:00pm on October 24th, 25th and 27th.

We encourage everyone to turn out for the big public meeting at the conclusion of the four-day intensive, scheduled for 6:30 to 9:00pm on Monday, October 27th, where the NCI team will present the “products” (i.e., drawings, maps, reports) generated through the community vision/design process. 

Location of all charrette events is All Saints Episcopal Church, located on the north side of Woodstock Blvd. between SE 40th and SE 41st Aves.

PLEASE JOIN US!

Come together with other Woodstockians — i.e., people who live and/or work in or near Woodstock, or own property here, and have an interest in our business district — to think about, discuss, consider and express your own unique vision for Woodstock’s main street, and its place within the Woodstock neighborhood and greater Portland. We keep hearing the drumbeat: “Density, Density, Density” and city planners talk about zoning for higher density along transit corridors. Is Woodstock such a corridor? If so, how can we, as a community, plan for that growth and help shape it?

It’s really important to get as many local residents involved in the charrette conversations as possible. Please join us! And please help us spread the word about the Woodstock Charrette by telling your neighbors…

Click on the flyer below to see the schedule of all the public events and drop-in hours. Click here to download a PDF version of the flyer.

Crime Stoppers offers reward in Woodstock Neighborhood homicide

The Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public’s help to solve a homicide that occurred in the Woodstock Neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

On Tuesday September 30, 2014, at 11:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 6100 block of Southeast 52nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 30-year-old Michael William Olson, deceased after suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. Olson resided in the Woodstock Neighborhood.

Homicide investigators believe Olson was killed in the course of a robbery.

An eyewitness described the suspect as possibly being a light-skinned African American or Hispanic male.

Homicide investigators are continuing to follow leads this morning and believe there may be several people with information about the shooting. This is the 19th homicide in Portland in 2014.

Witnesses may contact the investigators directly or, to remain anonymous, they may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigators:
Det. Rico Beniga
(503) 823-0457
rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov

Det. Mark Slater
(503) 823-9319
mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov

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Two Great Woodstock Farmer’s Market Events!

Woodstock Farmers Market’s Halloween Carnival
October 26
10:00am – 2:00pm
4600 SE Woodstock Blvd (KeyBank parking lot)
www.woodstockmarketpdx.com
info@woodstockmarketpdx.com
971-208-5522
Cost: Free
Ages: All

Join the popular Woodstock Farmers Market for our third annual Halloween Carnival. Bring the whole family for live music from Tallulah’s Daddy, face painting, trick-or-treating with vendors and neighborhood businesses, crafts, a toddler playground, and more! There will also be fresh produce, meat, cheese, hot food, and more from the 35+ vendors.

Woodstock Farmers Market’s Pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market
November 23
10:00am – 2:00pm
4600 SE Woodstock Blvd (KeyBank parking lot)
www.woodstockmarketpdx.com
info@woodstockmarketpdx.com
971-208-5522
Cost: Free
Ages: All

Join the popular Woodstock Farmers Market for our third annual Pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market. Shop for ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast and stock up for the winter. There will also be live music and activities for kids. Find out what vendors will be there on our website, www.woodstockmarketpdx.com.

Neighborhood Nap Day

Saturday Sept. 6th, 2–6 pm
SE Reedway–Ramona Alley, between 57th and 60th
How often do you get time to think and daydream? Yet, arguably, idleness — and the time it affords one to reset and think — is critical for a democratic society. In this effort to “distribute leisure” to our neighbors, you are invited to participate in Community Nap Day. The alleys of SE Portland — these little slices of lazy wilderness that cut through our hood —  offer a unique backdrop for our reveries.
Hammocks, forts and other sleeping spots will be provided for napping but bringing/making your own is also encouraged.
Sleeping starts at 2pm and will be done in shifts until 6pm. In between naps, talk with neighbors about your thoughts on our neighborhood; provocative ideas; their gardens; or the weather.