21. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: food, fun, gardening, health, helensview, johnson lake, parks

We have two fun outdoor events coming up in the next few weeks in Sumner neighborhood here in NE Portland. Greet fall by meeting some new neighbors and getting your hands dirty!

Event #1: Stewardship at Johnson Lake on Saturday, Sept 28

Johnson Lake, 2011 (DEQ photo)

What it is: The Johnson Lake natural area has a long and interesting history and it needs your help to stay healthy, safe and beautiful. Join Portland Parks & Recretion and the Sumner Association of Neighbors to help remove invasive weeds, pick up trash and improve trails in this small, but pleasant park.  Snacks, light refreshments, gloves, tools and training will be provided. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup, Maintenance & Monitoring. If you’re lucky, you might even see a crane or beaver. Cosponsored by Portland Parks and Recreation and SOLV(E).

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM (free lunch from Cascade Station Subway included)

Where: Meet at trailhead at the east end of NE Colfax Street (it’s a cul-de-sac), off NE 92nd behind the glass factory (map)

Signup and more info: Go to the SOLV(E) signup page or contact Marissa at PP&R. If you already signed up at the annual barbecue or at a recent neighborhood meeting, you don’t have to sign up again. And if you just show up, no one will be turned away! The more the merrier. More background on Johnson Lake.

Event #2: Parke Diem at Helensview Community Garden on Saturday, Oct 12

Parke Diem LogoWhat it is: Get “Down & Dirty” with the gardeners of Helensview Community Garden! Help to prepare/cover crop plots for the winter, build up pathways with bark chips and when the work is done, join in for a volunteer potluck picnic to celebrate all our hard work! If you have not been down to the garden yet, this is a great chance to see what the fuss is about! Cosponsored by Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) and the Portland Parks Foundation

Time: 11 AM to 1 PM

Where: Helensview Community Garden, 8678 NE Sumner (access via NE 87th), in the NW corner of the Helensview schoolyard (map)

Signup and more info: Go to the Parklandia signup page or contact helensviewcomgard@gmail.com or call (503) 348-9813. And if you just show up, no one will be turned away! The more the merrier.

The newsletter for spring 2013 (2 MB PDF) for Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

Sumner newsletter for winter 2013 This issue was delivered over the last two weekends. Thanks to Patricia for another georgeous design and layout.

Thanks also to our many neighborhood volunteers to deliver the newsletter to your very door handle: Marcy, Janet, Cyril, Henry, Karen, Katherine, Colin, Tish, Molly, Erica, Heather, Katana, Jay, Emily, Cindy, Ronda, Jacob and Joan (the newsletter delivery ringleader)!

Items in this issue include:

  • Annual neighborhood cleanup at Helensview School on Saturday, May 11
  • SAN board elections on May 21 (and the deadline for filing by Wed, May 8
  • Top five reasons to sign up for the annual neighborhood garage sale on Saturday, June 1 (sign up free online)
  • An earthquake map as a preview for our guest speaker from the Red Cross Oregon Trail chapter about disaster preparedness at our May 21 meeting
  • Calendar of events through June, including litter patrols
  • Notes from February and March meetings
  • And much more!

But wait, there’s more! An insert (1 MB PDF) includes the following:

  • Flyer with details about the May 11 neighborhood cleanup
  • Application form to run for the SAN board, file by May 8
  • Application form to join our neighborhood garage sale on Saturday, June 1
21. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: fun, johnson lake, litter, parks

Volunteer stewards at Johnson Lake on April 6, 2013

Caption: Two pairs of volunteers on the trail at the Johnson Lake natural area on April 6. The stewardship event was co-sponsored by SAN, Portland Parks (who owns the natural area), and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.

For a very nice account about the lake and the cleanup event, see East Portland’s Johnson Lake gets TLC the on the East PDX News website.

For more background about Sumner’s involvement with Johnson Lake, see this August 2011 backgrounder and our August 2011 meeting notes.

Join us for the next stewardship event at Johnson Lake on Saturday, September 30.

The newsletter for winter 2013 (750 KB PDF) for Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

Sumner newsletter for winter 2013 This issue began delivery this weekend. Thanks to Patricia who masterminded the vastly improved design & who suggested we give the newsletter a real name.

Thanks also to our many intrepid neighbors who volunteered to deliver the newsletter to your very door handle: Marcy, Janet, Cyril, Henry, Karen, Katherine, Colin, Tish, Molly, Erica, Heather, Katana, Jay, Emily, Cindy, Ronda, Jacob and Joan (the newsletter delivery ringleader)!

Items in this issue include:

  • Grand opening the Helensview Community Garden on Saturday, March 9
  • Finalizing our neighborhood plan at our Tues, Feb 19 meeting
  • Calendar of events through April, including litter patrols and stewardship at Johnson Lake on Saturday, April 6.
  • Notes from October and November meetings
  • A full 2013 calendar (PDF) as an insert
  • And much more!