Parke Diem is cancelled for this Saturday, October 15, 20161, 9- 12, noon

Why?  Predicted winds of up to 60 mph could cause tree limbs to come down.  Since most of our work was set to be under trees, we just can't take that risk.

We hope to reschedule in early November if the weather allows.  Stay connected to the ALNA website, or let Ginger know you want to be invited to a rescheduled work party.

Thanks to all who volunteered!  Stay dry and safe.


October 2016 E-Newsletter - Get in on the Good!

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Make your Mark, Amplify your Voice - Board Elections 10/20/16

Join us for our Annual Membership and Elections meeting Thursday, October 20th.  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!
Attend our October 20th meeting, 6:30PM at the Kenton Firehouse on N Brandon and Schofield

Board members contribute a couple hours per month towards making great events happen in our neighborhood over the next year, like the neighborhood picnic, movies in the park, neighborhood cleanup and more! 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. Our current list of neighbors who are running for the board:
Robert Greene, Duane Eldred, Sharon Parker, Ginger Edwards, Katy Asher, Allen Wheeland, Nate Young

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


Vigil for Safe Streets and Community Member Stanley Grochowski

September 29, we hosted a Vigil at the crosswalk at Greeley and Bryant for Stanley Grochowski who was hit and killed by a hit & run driver on September 29, 2016. Stanley's family was joined by a group of community members holding signs asking people driving along Greeley to slow down and keep an eye out for people in the crosswalk. Thanks to all of the neighbors who showed up to show support for safer streets in the neighborhood! See coverage of this event on KGW and at Bikeportland.org here and here.

Stan was killed in the crosswalk across N. Greeley Ave and N. Bryant St., by a hit-and-run driver at 8:30 pm Tuesday August 30th, 2016. His artwork was left at the scene of his death. The homicide suspect was driving a small dark SUV (likely a 2008-2012 Toyota RAV4 with silver trim), driving southbound. A reward is offered for tips by calling 503-823-4357.

This was the third vigil for a serious car crash incident in our neighborhood in the past 6 months. We saw our board member Brian Duncan paralyzed in a a crash at Rosa Parks and Delaware on March 30. We hosted a Ride of Silence in May, paying tribute to Brian along with other people on bicycles who have been seriously injured or killed by people driving cars.
Vigil for Diana Miller Dixon at N Rosa Parks and Delaware
Three months later, Diana Miller Dixon was killed at the same intersection when a person ran a red light. All three crashes took place at intersections leading to the heart of our neighborhood - Arbor Lodge Park, Harper's Playground and Chief Joseph School.

We invite neighbors to join us in taking action: slowing down as they travel through the neighborhood, taking the Vision Zero Pledge, adding a Vision Zero sign to their yard to show support for safe streets, and researching or bringing your own ideas to the table at one of our monthly meetings. We'd love to hear from you!


Save the Date and Sign Up: Join us for Parke Diem October 15th

Many hands make light work! Join us at Arbor Lodge Park/Harper's Playground, October 15th, 9-12 for Parke Diem, a day of service in Portland parks. Portland Parks Foundation provides us with extra tools, gloves, and snacks and beverages for this work party - plus free t-shirts and water bottles!
We will be weeding around trees and in planting areas, spreading bark mulch, flame weeding the curbing, sidewalk cracks, and the baseball infields - if we weed, we keep our park pesticide free and bee friendly.

We need at least 5 volunteers to make our project a success - will you be one of them?

To sign up (and to help us plan for food and receive your free t-shirt) please go to:
Then click on "neighborhood park projects"
Arbor Lodge Park should be the top left option
Sign up!


Vigil for homeless man killed in crosswalk at Greeley and Bryant
September 26th, 6pm

Please come and show your support for safe streets, honor this man who was killed by a hit and run driver, and bring a sign.  We will have some signs asking folks to slow down, to look, some saying, "this was preventable".   But bring your own too!
We will stay for 30 minutes.  Please join your neighbors in the visible show of support for safer streets and to honor this man who died.

Questions?  Arborlodgeneighborhood.com


Fresh Fruit for Hungry Kids - Join the Donation Network

For 6 or 7 years the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association has been coordinating the collection of fresh fruit for the weekend back pack program at Chief Joseph Elementary. 

We are doing it again this year. 

Who gets a weekend back pack? Any child who clearly comes to school hungry on Monday mornings.

What do you do? You say, "Yes, I want to join the Donation Network."

You'll get an e-mail early in the month listing your week to donate and the number of individual pieces of fresh fruit to bring to the school by Wednesday noon that week. Last year it was 40 pieces each week. You might be asked to donate twice during the school year; most folks only need to donate once to cover all weeks. 

You also will be asked to consider donating $5 gift cards (completely up to you) to Fred Meyer or the Grocery Outlet in late November. This helps kids eat over the long winter break, gives them autonomy in what they buy, and a lighter load to carry home when school lets out in December for the Holidays.

So, want to join us? Last year 22 of your neighbors contributed. If "YES," email Ginger at ginger.edws@gmail.com. 


October 8th Park/Playground work party moved to October 15th, 9-12 noon

We've moved the October 8th scheduled work party at Arbor Lodge Park and Harper's Playground to coordinate with the City Wide Parke Diem event the 14th and 15th.

Please consider signing up on line for Parke Diem at Arbor Lodge Park/Harper's Playground.  Just go to Parke Diem and scroll to find Arbor Lodge Park.

Why sign up online?  To get a T-Shirt and to confirm we have enough volunteers to be part of Parke Diem.  The Portland Parks Foundation supplies the T shirts, snacks, water, and sometimes a little extra bling.

What will we do October 15th?
*  weed around trees - taking the circle out a little to keep mowers away from tree trunks
*  spread bark mulch around the trees, low near the tree, higher at the outside edge
*  weed and de-head flowers in Harper's Playground
*  spread bark mulch there too
* flame weed the baseball diamonds, infields, sidewalks, etc.  (you must be 18 to do this, have closed toed shoes, sign a waiver, and participate in a short training)
*  weed around signs and spread bark mulch there too.

It is easy work, fun to meet neighbors, end the work party trying out the slide in the playground.

Questions, ask Ginger at ginger.edws!gmail.com  and Thank you!

Elections are coming - come learn about your neighborhood association and how to participate!

We hope you'll join us for our September neighborhood meeting! We are gearing up to add neighbors to our Board at Elections in October, so join us to learn more about your neighborhood association and the great group of people who work to build community in Arbor Lodge. Maybe you'll be inspired to join us!

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 
6:30 pm at the Kenton Firehouse 2209 North Scofield
Children are welcome

Draft Agenda
6:30pm- Welcome, Introductions, sign in
6:50pm-Movie in the Park/meeting with Net Team
7:00pm-Harper Soiree/Parke Diem reminder and request for volunteers-Ginger
7:10pm-Developer presentation for 6826 North Greenwich
7:25pm-Safe Streets/Pedestrian accidents
7:35pm-Art Show for Brian Duncan
7:45pm-Backpack Program-Ginger 
7:50pm-October Elections-how to reach people. post notices, invitations
8:00pm-End and cookies


Summer work party at Arbor Lodge Park/Harper's Playground

August 13th
9-12, noon
meet at the west baseball diamond
bring your water bottle and gloves (we have some)
We will be weeding around trees, spreading bark mulch
weeding the planting beds in the playground
doing some clean up of baseball fields

Hope to see you there.  Going to miss this?  Mark your calendar for the City wide work party, Parke Diem set for October 8th, 9-12.  Those who sign up online get a Parke Diem T-shirt to wear all year!

and, Thank you!