2.18.2017

Parks and Playgrounds, oh my!

It's time . . . . our 1st work party of the year is set for March 11th, 9-12.
We work to maintain our pesticide/herbicide free status at Arbor Lodge Park and Harper's Playground.
You can help!  Volunteer what time you have between 9-12 on March 12th.  We will weed around trees, spread bark mulch, weed in the Playground, sweep sand back into the sandbox, etc.  We might flameweed the baseball infields (only adults for this part of the work party).
We'll have snacks and water.
We also have $$ to buy lunch for the 1st 15 volunteers.  So come, work a little, and have lunch with your neighbors afterwards - we'll go to a local restaurant.  It is all about the Park/Playground and neighbors getting to know each other to support our Park/Playground together.
Love your Park!
future work parties this year:  May 13th, July 8th, October 14th, all 9-12
Thanks for volunteering.

2.12.2017

Join Us: Neighborhood Meeting 2/16


We're hosting our monthly neighborhood meeting this coming Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome - including your kids if you think they won't mind engaging in their own self directed activities!

We'll be hearing from Portland Public Schools about upcoming bond issues at high schools, updates on development in the neighborhood, and doing a bit of planning for spring activities.

Hope you can join us!

Historic Kenton Firehouse at North Brandon and North Scofield

1.20.2017

Thank you!
Today about 15 people showed up, some with kids, all to help us keep Arbor Lodge Park and Harper's Playground pesticide/herbicide free.

We picked up sticks and limbs brought down by the weather in the past few weeks.  We drank coffee and cocoa, ate snacks, and got to know more neighbors.

Next work party:  March 11th, 9-12, meet at the west baseball diamond nearest to Greeley to get started.  Hope to see you there.

Thanks again to all who showed up!

1.13.2017

Tidy Up on Inauguration Day

Join us on Friday, January 20th at Arbor Lodge Park/Harper's Playground, 9-11 for an alternative and giving back to the community on Inauguration Day.  This is sponsored by ALNA and PDX Parent Cares Family Volunteer Weekend. We are one of 12 sites around Portland participating in this city wide event. We won't work too hard or too long - we'll pick up all those limbs and sticks blown down and gather them along the pathways for Parks & Rec staff to take away.  We'll spread some bark mulch around shrubs and trees.  We'll drink hot coffee and cocoa from Posette's and eat provided snacks, celebrate our community - then go home happy to have met new neighbors and helped our Parks/Playgrounds.  Hope to see you there!  Meet at west baseball diamond, behind the backstop (where we have a tool shed) off Dekum (nearest diamond to Greeley)  Thanks!


1.09.2017

January 2017 E-news


Find out more about our January meeting (pie, anyone?), Love Your Park and Graffiti Clean-up opportunities, Construction on Interstate, Legislative Town Halls, Clean Air and more in our January e-newsletter.


12.15.2016

December Meeting Cancelled

Arbor Lodge NA meeting tonight (Dec 15th) cancelled due to weather concerns.  All items set for discussion tonight are moved to the January 19th meeting, set for 6:30, Kenton FireHouse.

Caroling will be rescheduled - watch the website for details.

12.11.2016

December 2016 Meeting and Caroling


Happy December! This month, we're having an abbreviated meeting so that several of our more musically-inclined board members can also go caroling in the neighborhood!

Draft Agenda - Thursday, 12/15/16 Historic Kenton Firehouse, 6:30-7 p.m.

6:30 Welcome, Sign in, Introductions
6:35 Approval minutes and Treasurer's report

6:40 Fill Secretary position
6:45 Consideration of statement affirming our support for all neighbors, especially those that are marginalized and at risk; See Montavilla Neighborhood Association's recent endorsement as an example to build from.

7:00 Adjournment for Winter Caroling

7:15 Meet at Robert's house, 6535 N Fenwick for those interested in caroling

11.21.2016

Movie in the Park at Arbor Lodge in 2017...or Not?

Movie in the Park at Arbor Lodge in 2017 or not?

If you love it, please read and consider volunteering.  Without you, it won't happen.

We've had 3 years of fun watching a Movie in the Park at Arbor Lodge Park. But fundraising and planning for the event is challenging. We don't feel that the movie in the park accomplishes our main goal of getting the most neighbors possible meeting and talking to one another. The Arbor Lodge NA will be focusing instead of events like our neighborhood BBQ, which had fantastic turnout last year. Community is great, and food is great. Lets have more of both.

In the interest of transparency on the difficulty of fundraising and planning, this describes how the movie has worked in the past:

The movie in the park cost us $750 out of our annual budget of $1,100 last year. Each year, those costs have increased. And each year, the opportunity to raise funds via Movie in the Park advertising and sponsorship has tightened up. Our 1st year we had permission from the city to seek funds and we asked local businesses to give what they could starting at $25 for an ad that scrolled before the movie. The next year we negotiated with the city from their bottom line of $300 per add to $50 for local businesses, but the city didn't run the scroll of advertising, upsetting us and those who donated. This year the city required a $300 minimum for each ad. Also, for the first 2 years we (the Neighborhood Association) were able to "pass the hat" to help us pay for the movie. This year, the city - without letting us know - passed the hat for themselves. We did get the movie moved to a Friday night (at the request of neighbors who border the Park), but we usually don't get much input on the choice of the movie, or food vendors either. We like having the Movie at our Park, but as a Board we just can't support the process the City is using because it costs so much, doesn't allow us to engage our local business community, and doesn't serve our goals of gathering folks together to meet, get to know each other, and share fun.

Help us make our decision
If you feel attached to, and would like to volunteer to organize it for Arbor Lodge, work with the City, and raise funds for the movie in the park, please let us know. If you are one of those neighbors who love this summer event and want to see it continue, if you want to raise $$ for the NA, most of it going for the movie in the park, let us know.  If we get enough folks, we will support you moving forward and help you succeed to the best of our abilities. Please contact us by the end of January if not sooner, as we will need to let Portland Parks and Recreation know about our plans at that time.

Again, we at the NA are choosing to focus on great events that draw people together to get to know each other like the BBQ and serving our community together like maintaining a pesticide-free Arbor Lodge Park and Harper's Playground. 

Questions? Contact Ginger at ginger.edws@gmail.com

11.18.2016

Seeking: Secretary

We need someone who can regularly attend our 3rd Thursday meetings and take notes. We provide training and encouragement, and we'd love to have you! It's a great way to get involved in your neighborhood, learn about new development and plans, and give back to your community with a fun group of people. Contact katy.asher@gmail.com if you're interested and we'll give you more information. 

11.14.2016

Changed Meeting Format and Time - November 2016


Instead of our usual monthly meeting, this Thursday, 11/17 our board is getting together for a training and strategy session. Everyone is still welcome to attend, however, take note that the format will be very different from our usual! We're meeting from 6-9 PM (not our usual 6:30-8:30) at the Historic Kenton Firehouse. 

See you there, or, see you in December!