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Free, Youth Summer Recreation Program: Monday-Friday Jun 23-Aug 15, 2014

The City of Gresham and Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland are putting a hop and a SKIP into summertime with Summer Kids in the Park, a free eight-week program for youth 18 and younger. Monday-Friday, Jun 23-Aug 15, 2014. Info here!

Free! Youth Activities
Jun 23 - Aug 15, 2014

When: Mon-Fri, Jun 23-Aug 15, 2014
Where: 3- Gresham parks
(See locations below)

  • Free youth recreation in Gresham
  • Fun activities and free lunch
  • Monday-Friday in three Gresham parks
  • For all kids ages 18 and younger
  • No registration required

The City, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, is putting a hop and a SKIP into summertime with Summer Kids in the Park, an eight-week program for youth 18 and younger. Boys & Girls Clubs staff will lead a combination of physical and non-physical activities (arts and crafts, field games, etc.).

Details below this break.

Free! Ten Toe Express Walk - TRAM to Council Crest: Thu Jul 24, 2014 6PM-8PM

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2014 Ten Toe Express. 16 Neighborhood Walks throughout inner-city Portland. FREE! Thursdays @ 6PM ~ Saturdays @ 9AM. Join the fun. Info Here!

TRAM to Council Crest

When: Thu Jul 24, 2014 6PM-8PM
Meet: Tram station
north of SW Whitaker and River Parkway
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Cost: Free

TRAM to Council Crest
Take a free Tram ride to OHSU and hike the trails of Marquam Nature Park as we climb to Council Crest Park and back.
Dates: July 24 – 6PM September 20 – 9AM
Meet: Tram station, north of SW Whitaker and River Parkway
Distance: 4 miles or 8,000 steps
Time 2.5 hours

Let's Go Walking!
Join us on another great Ten Toe Express walk throughout inner-city Portland sponsored by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The Ten Toe Express program is a series of guided walks held Thursdays @ 6PM and Saturdays @ 9AM from May 10th through September 28th 2013.

Each easy and informal Ten Toe Express walk explores the area neighborhood, architecture and unique history. Walk takes about 2 hours, cover 2-4 miles and are open to all ages and skill levels. Did we mention it's free!

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; Jul 17th Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; Jul 17th Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; Jul 17th Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,

The weather has held and we are bustling with activity on the job site. The construction trailer has shifted and the finished site work has started. We have new curbs and the entry sidewalk at Subacute.

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; Jul 17th Construction Update; Subacute facility takes shape. Click to enlarge.
Albertina Kerr, Subacute facility.
Jul 18, 2014

Our paving contractor had a job fall through so we are taking advantage of the situation and getting paving done sooner versus later. Which means we will have the new parking area and driveway close to complete by end of next week. Of course, these will not be open or usable, they remain within the job site but you will really be able to see it all coming together.

The bad part of this is Subacute staff is again having to take one for the team and keep the interim temporary entrance open for an additional week, so sorry about that. But staff has risen to the occasion, yet again, and are making it work. We will be shifting the Subacute entrance back to the regular entry door on the Northeast side of the building as of 8AM Friday morning the 25th, with new sidewalk and all.

We have made great internal progress on the residence. The drywall is up, taping and mudding is almost done, and interior painting is starting. We won’t be doing the external painting until the interior painting is complete. I do apologize, previous updates had stated we would be doing exterior painting now but since we are moving up the paving the contractor wanted to hold off on exterior painting.

Next week we will be making equal interior progress on Subacute. We got held up a bit with some fire sprinkler approvals and inspections (when aren’t there hiccups with the fire sprinkler) but am getting those and will be shifting to finishes. We will be able to throw the whole finish crew at the building because they will be done with the residence, so it will be busy but it is working out.

I know it is hard to believe but we will be landscaping before too long.

I am expecting to hear any minute from the City on our Louise/Phase II design review application acceptance, so that one could be moving to the next phase here very quickly. The next steps will be hearings before the Historic and Design Commissions to obtain their recommendation and approval. We remain working on construction drawings for the project and have the next round of space plans ready for review. I am currently working on setting up meetings with the staff to review and discuss but we are getting really, really close to having something that will work for everyone.

The existing parking plan remains in place for another week. If anyone has any issues, concerns, problems please let me know.

Any questions, issues, concerns please just let me know.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; Jul 10th Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; Jul 10th Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; Jul 10th Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,

Well (it) may seem like it has been a bit since you heard from me and it has, but we are still at it. Had several major milestones of late:

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; Jul 10th Construction Update; Residence facility. Click to enlarge.
Albertina Kerr, Residence facility.
Jul 15, 2014
  • The large equipment has come and gone from the construction site. The last crane was here this week to hoist the new mechanical system up on the roof of Subacute and then left campus. Which means if you were still hoping to see some big equipment the time has passed. Still will have some medium sized equipment to site, especially when we pave, but the big exciting stuff is gone. Just one more shift towards getting done!
  • PGE and NW Natural have us roughed in at both buildings, so crews are now busily attempting to get all the mechanical units connected and working.
  • All the trenching around CI is complete and parking is back to normal.
  • We had a delay with some lighting fixtures but problem has been solved and lights are up.
  • All interior finishes have been selected and ordered.
  • Beginning to sheetrock and start finishes.
  • Plus getting ready to paint the exteriors.

A couple of things to look forward to:

  • Starting tomorrow (Friday 7/10/14) Subacute's temporary entrance pathway will be closed in order to pour the new sidewalk. There will be an interim temporary entrance to Subacute located on the north and west side of the building which has temporary way finding signage. It is on the North side of the gym and is a gate which has a voice activated radio attached to it for guest to announce themselves. This is just a 5 day scenario so is very temporary and then we will be back to our normal temporary construction walkway for a few more weeks until we are finished. But it will have a new sidewalk.
  • The construction trailer will be moving on Wednesday the 16th. It is shifting to the grass area along the tree line between the gravel parking lot and the CI parking lot. This move should be a quick and easy one and if we are successful in making it so you will more than likely just show up and it will be moved. So don't be surprised if that is the case. I have my fingers crossed that at least one thing will go as planned. Yes a girl can hope.
  • The team is still working on schedule. Right this minute, and yes it is changing by the minute, I would say that the best scenario is second week of August, worse case is around August 21st. Let's see just how close we can come to beating that best case scenario????
  • For now the parking plan remains in place.

Any questions, issues, concerns please just let me know.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; Jul 10th Construction Update; Subacute facility. Click to enlarge.
Albertina Kerr, Subacute facility.
Jul 15, 2014

What is the Dog Days of Summer?

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Dog Days of Summer:  July 3 - August 11

Everyone knows that the “dog days of summer” occur during the hottest and muggiest part of the season.

It's a dogs life, especially during summer. Learn the origin of dog days of summer here!
Dog Days of Summer?  Click to enlarge

The dictionary defines “dog days” as:

1:  the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere
2:  a period of stagnation or inactivity

But where does the term come from? Why do we call the hot, sultry days of summer “dog days?”

In ancient times, when the night sky was free from artificial lights people in different parts of the world drew images in the sky by “connecting the dots” of stars. These star pictures are called constellations, and the constellations as we know them came from our European ancestors.

Ancient star gazer's saw images in the stars of bears (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor), twins (Gemini), a bull (Taurus), and others objects, including dogs (Canis Major and Canis Minor). (Answer below...)

Gresham Farmers' Market brings fresh produce, crafts and more: Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:30AM-2PM

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Gresham Farmers' Market brings fresh produce, crafts and more: Saturdays, May-October 8:30AM-2PM. Info Here!

Every Saturday
May thru October!

When: Every Saturday, 8:30AM-2PM
Where: NW Miller & Third St
Historic Downtown
Gresham, OR
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Fresh & Local
Shoppers will find all-natural meats and cheeses, fresh-picked produce, nursery stock and fresh-cut flowers, hand-crafted jewelry, soaps, artwork, and much more. Live music and food are always part of the market.

Located on Northwest Miller Avenue between Second and Third Street 8:30AM to 2PM each Saturday now through Oct. 25.

Gresham Saturday Market; Local Produce, Crafts, Artisan Foods & more: Sat Jul 26, 2014 9AM-3:30PM

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Gresham Saturday Market. May 10-Oct 25 9AM-3:30PM. 440 NW Burnside, Gresham OR. Over 90 vendors, Local Farm Fresh Produce, Fruits & Berries, Crafts, Fine Art, Artisan Foods, Unique Services, Music, Fun! Info here

When: Saturday, 9AM-3:30PM
Where: 440 NW Burnside
Gresham, OR
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Over 90 vendors • Local Farm Fresh Produce, Fruits & Berries • Crafts • Fine Art • Artisan Foods • Unique Services • Music • Fun

Located in the NE corner of the Gresham Kmart parking lot at Eastman Parkway and NW Burnside Road with plenty of convenient parking. Open every Saturday now through Oct. 25. Accepting SNAP and WIC.

Free! Guided Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Gresham: Sun Jul 27, 2014 1PM-2:45PM

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Free! Guided Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Gresham: Sun Jul 20, 2014 1PM-2:45PM. Info here!
Gresham Historical Society. Click to view.

Explore Gresham History

When: Sun Jul 20, 2014 1PM-2:45PM
Where: Meet at
Gresham History Museum
410 N Main Av
Downtown Gresham
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Join us for a guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Gresham. The tour leaves the museum at 1PM and weaves around the Historic Downtown area, covering about a mile and lasting around an hour-and-a-half. There is no charge for the tour, but donations are always welcome and very much appreciated (suggested donation is $5). Free parking is available in the lot behind the museum. Tours leave rain or shine, so if it's drizzly, grab an umbrella and come on down.

WENA Board Meeting: Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:30PM

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Board Meeting, fourth Monday monthly. Wilkes East Neighborhood, PO Box 536, Fairview OR 97024. Diversity, Harmony, Community -- Together we can make a difference

Neighborhood Board Meeting

When: Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:30PM
Where: Simmons' Foster Care
17104 NE Oregon St
Portland, OR
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Board meetings are scheduled for the 4th Monday each month 6:30PM

For more information please contact: info@wilkeseastna.org

Upcoming Meetings

  • Jul 28, 2014
  • Sep 22, 2014
  • Oct 27, 2014

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