N Greeley Traffic Safety Open House

We have heard numerous concerns about N Greeley and surrounding streets feeling unsafe for walking, biking, and driving a car. Have you felt unsafe? If so, please join us for an Open House to discuss these issues on Wednesday October 25 from 6:30-8:00pm at Madrona Hill Cafe at 5937 N Greeley Ave.

Your input is important. You'll help identify where and when dangerous driving is endangering walkers, bicyclists, and other drivers in our neighborhood.

Free refreshments will be provided. Come enjoy mingling with your neighbors, and help us draw attention to this issue with city agencies.

You can also tell us about incidents you've witnessed by filling out our Arbor Lodge Traffic Survey. Call Traffic Safety & Neighborhood Liveability at 503.823.7233 and pick option 4 to report incidents.

Many thanks to Madrona Hill for providing the space. We hope to see you there!


Neighborhood Elections October 19 - You're Invited!

Join us for our Annual Membership and Elections meeting Thursday, October 19th, 2017.  All positions are open to new candidates each year, so if you are interested in being part of the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association Board, let us know!

Email board@arborlodgeneighborhood.com or simply attend our October 19th meeting, 6:30PM at the Kenton Firehouse on N Brandon and Schofield.

Board members contribute a couple hours per month towards projects of their choice. We expect everyone to regularly attend our monthly meetings, and then put a few hours towards some other project (new or existing) on behalf of the association some other time of the year.

Positions are open to people who live, own property and represent organizations and businesses in our neighborhood. ("Live in the Neighborhood" means that we also welcome renters' perspectives - come have a say and advocate for tenants' needs!)

The people below have already declared that they're interested in serving in the following positions, however all positions are open. We are eager to include everyone and all ideas and energies in ALNA. Neighbors who we know are running for the board as of our September 2017 meeting:
Ginger Edwards, Allen Wheeland, Nate Young, Amber Dennis, Star Dell'Era and Dale Crawford

We hope you'll add your name to the list!


Help us put the Park to bed - October 14

Just one week until the final work party of 2117 at Arbor Lodge Park. Join us to weed, spread bark mulch, flame weed curbing and baseball back stops and dug outs.  We'll provide snacks and water, then take up to 30 volunteers out for a free lunch at Azteca Burrito at noon.  Come meet neighbors, and help your Park.  

See you at 9 on October 14th!

"Put the Park to Bed for the Season"
What:  Work party to maintain spray free status at Arbor Lodge Park
When:  Saturday, October 14th, 9-12, noon
Where:  Arbor Lodge Park, meet at the west baseball diamond near Dekum (tool shed)
Why?    Help us keep our pesticide/herbicide free status and our Park looking good!


Funding Available for Community Projects

The 2018 North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS) Small Grant Program Application is now available!

Is your organization looking for funding for community activities that engage people in the North Portland Neighborhood Services area? Submit a project proposal! This year a total of $13,000. is available to neighborhood
and community organizations. Grant proposals generally range from $500-$3000.

The goals of the Small Grant Program include building strong and diverse community participation, leadership and community connections. Review the 2018 grant application and find out about the grant program, goals, and requirements. Visit our website for more details: www.npnscommunity.org

Grant writing assistance workshops are scheduled for:
September 19 th 7:00-8:00 pm
October 5 th 7:00-8:00 pm
at the Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon.

You will learn about grant writing, the application and selection process, meet with committee members, hear about other projects seeking grant funding for possible collaboration, and how to get individual help with your grant.

Project Proposals due:
Monday, November 13, 2017 by 2:00 pm

Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft Available

Changes to zoning (hights and setbacks of homes, number of residences allowed on a lot, etc.) in the neighborhood are being proposed through a planning process called the Residential Infill Project

See what changes are being proposed to your neck of the neighborhood (primarily if you live west of Greenwich), by looking at the Map App. Learn what it all means and how different zones and changes might look in this informative Project summary

You have multiple options for showing up to meetings to learn more, and also to weigh in, including the following:

Kickoff Meeting
Tuesday October 10, 2017, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.)
1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd floor 

Open House in North Portland
November 2nd at the Kenton Fire House: 2209 N Schofield, 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Sign Up for the School Backpack Program

Impact hunger in Arbor Lodge - one weekend at a time via a backpack of food from Chief Joseph school.

*  What?  you donate 30 individual pieces of fresh fruit on your assigned week - it goes in a backpack for the weekend for children identified by their teacher or school counselor as coming to school hungry most Mondays - They all qualify for free and reduced meals at school too.
*  How?  you volunteer by responding to this request - you get assigned a week or two from the school calendar.  On your week you take 30 individual pieces of fresh fruit - think apple, orange, satsumas - to Chief Joseph on Saratoga at Delaware anytime between 7:30 and 3:30 on Monday or Tuesday, or 7:30 and noon on Wednesday.  Other volunteers add shelf stable foods and distribute to the children each Friday.  (Bags packed Wed afternoon or Thursday by others.)
*  Can I change my assigned week?  Yes, usually trading with others from that month, or with help from me
*  Do you share my e-mail?  Usually not, and if you ask that I not, I won't.  The assigned weeks come out at the beginning of planning, and a reminder comes out the last week of the month for the next month.  The general assignment e-mail is all bcc.  The monthly is not to allow for "trading weeks" as needed.  But, again, if you don't want it shared, it won't be.

Right now we have about 12 folks volunteering.  We have 33 weeks of school this year.  So, we will be asking folks to donate 2.5 times for the school year if no others join, or less depending on the number of volunteers overall.

Join the Backpack Program, or ask questions by emailing Ginger - ginger.edws@gmail.com
I'll be slow responding in early October, by mid month I'll be up to speed.


Everyone Welcome: Neighborhood Meeting 9/21

Join us this Thursday, 9/21 for our September Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Meeting, 6:30 PM at the Historic Kenton Firehouse. 
We'll be learning about the Hot Soup program in North Portland, the Bonneville Environmental Fund's Pilot Project seeking participants for event Oct 23, 2017, Artists & Craftsman Supplies seeking a letter of support for a building mural, changes to the Tree Code, an upcoming event to make Greeley (and parallel street) traffic more safe, and changes to the Bike Code.
Plus, we are planning for Board elections in October! Come learn more about what it means to join our great team of board members. We will publish a list of names of people who we know to be running for the board after this meeting, so we hope you'll consider running.
Everyone is welcome, plus, we usually have cookies. Hope to see you there!


It's crunch time. Do we have a Tree Team or not?

If we do, we can write a grant, likely get funded, and plant 100 trees in the next 5 years in Arbor Lodge to increase our beauty, lower the heat via increased canopy, and improve our air quality via tree filtration.

But, we need at least 4-5 folks to step up now.  I mean in the next 24-72 hours.  No one responded to my last post except to say thank you.  While appreciated, it's not enough.   We have a meeting tomorrow, Thursday the 14th, to work on this grant with City of Portland Urban Forestry staff.  But, the 2 of us will stop planning if we don't get some additional volunteers.  2 people can't do it all.

If you want more trees in Arbor Lodge, now is the time to volunteer.  Maybe you can't plant, but you can do some computer work from home, maybe you can plant and only want to do that, maybe you don't like meetings, but could do part of the project on your own and report via e-mail to others, or you like to meet over a beer and want to come talk it out.  You tell us what can work for you, but please strongly consider volunteering or this ALNA project is kaput.  Thanks for any consideration.
Questions?  ginger.edws@gmail.com


"Put the Park to Bed for the Winter"
Work Party:  Saturday October 14th, 9-12 noon
Where?  Arbor Lodge Park - meet at tool shed near Dekum, behind baseball diamond
Why?     Maintain our pesticide/herbicide free status - 1 of only 3 out of 252 Parks in Portland
What?    Weed around trees, spread bark mulch, flame weed baseball dugouts, backstops, and curbing along both Dekum and Bryant.

Snacks and water while volunteering, meeting neighbors, helping your local Park look good and stay spray free, and a hosted lunch at Azteca Burrito for up to 30 volunteers after volunteering.  We have a limited supply of T-shirts to give out too, and a few water bottles from the Parks Foundation.

Mark you calendars now and come join us on October 14th at 9 am.  Thanks!
questions, ask ginger.edws@gmail.com


Do you want clean air in Arbor Lodge?    Do you love trees?

The 2 go together!   How?  Trees help clean the air.  Join the Arbor Lodge Tree Team in 2 activities this fall.

1.  Park Tree Inventory - Sept 16th, 8:15 to 12, noon.    Join small teams of 3-4 folks, get the support of an Arborist, measure and ID all the trees in our Park.  Large conifers clean the air best and we have a few, plus those nice big firs in Gammon's Park.    We need 24 people for this and have 19 at this point.  Sign up online at www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/53181 - look for Arbor Lodge Park and sign up.
2.  Help us put together a grant to plant 100 trees in the next 5 years in our neighborhood.  We hope to team with Friends of Trees and plant about 20 trees per year for the next 5 years in targeted areas with large parking strips.  We hope to plant as many conifers as possible in these parking strips.  How can you help?  Measure some identified parking strips, help us look online to ID property owners, talk to those owners, help make a watering plan to ensure the trees survive and thrive.

Questions?  Contact Ginger at ginger.edws@gmail.com, or come to either the Arbor Lodge NA Sept 21st, 6:30 at the Kenton Fire House, or join us at the Park Tree Inventory on Sept 16th, 8:15 to 12 noon at Arbor Lodge Park.  Thanks!