Neighborhood Connections: Aug 2010

City of Gresham: Neighborhood Connections August 2010

City of Gresham News,
Community Activities,
Workshops & More

Neighborhood Connections is a publication from the City of Gresham Communications & Community Outreach offering City of Gresham news, Public Safety information, Community Activities & Events, Training & Workshops, Volunteer Opportunities, and more.

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For more information, visit the Neighborhood Associations page at or contact Cathy Harrington at 503-618-2482, or email

Multnomah County RSVP, a Program of Metropolitan Family Service (MFS)

Multnomah County RSVP volunteers provide a wide range of services determined by both their interests and the needs of the community. Multnomah County RSVP opportunities within MFS include providing transportation and Friendly Visiting services to older adults. Opportunities available at partner community organizations include providing nutritious meals to low income families and older adults; encouraging hospital patients and family members and welcoming visitors to the Portland area. Please contact Heather Pruess at 503-249-8215 ext. 22 or for details. Read more

92% Satisfaction at East Metro Mediation

Of the people involved in a mediation meeting at East Metro Mediation during the past year, 92% reported they were satisfied with the process (and half of them were very satisfied). “I walked out of there feeling empowered, and all of us could hold our heads high,” said a tenant who had felt the manager hadn’t listened before. The statistics for July 2009 – June 2010 show a slight increase (6%) in the number of cases, and a larger (24%) increase in the number of people in cases. Read more.

Parks Picnic on the Plaza - August 21

This is a family event taking place on the Center for the Arts Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a family friendly band, and several field games for the kids to enjoy. We encourage families to bring a picnic lunch with them, or pick one up at one of the local downtown restaurants or at the Famer’s Market just a few blocks away. Come for an afternoon with free music, and games for the entire family.

Music Mondays Summer Concert Series

August 23 brings Erik Sutten, a local singer/songwriter who has performed throughout Oregon and Washington and offers a broad mix of songs including cover songs and original tunes.

August 30 concludes for the summer with Aram Arslanian, who is originally from Boston and performing now in the Pacific Northwest as a solo artist. “We are exciting to cap off the summer series with such a well-known performer who has such outstanding credits,” said Lani Wild, executive director of the Center for the Arts Foundation. “This has been a community program which allowed for 12 different musical performances in Gresham’s Living Room and we are pleased to have coordinated its production.”

Teddy Bear Parade with the Transportation Safety Fair to Follow

September 25 is the Teddy Bear Parade in downtown Gresham presented by the Soroptimists International of Gresham brings the Kids of Gresham and their Teddy Bears, bikes, and smiles to the streets of Historic Downtown Gresham. Immediately following the Parade will be the Transportation Safety Fair at the Center for the Arts Plaza until 2 p.m., located on Hood and 3rd. This is a kid oriented event that has information about riding bikes, using skateboards safely, including carnival rides, and free prizes for the kids! Purchase a new multi-use helmet for your growing kids for only $5. Main stage entertainment, food, and beverages will be available for purchase. The event is free to attend and is where you want to be after the Teddy Bear Parade.

Join Us Saturday for Parks Picnic on the Plaza

Join us for a free event to learn more about Our Parks, Our Future a project to help promote a healthy and sustainable parks system in Gresham. This event will include music from the Federal Cigar Jug Band, field games, baby races to find the fastest baby in Gresham, and the winners of the recent Picture Your Parks Photo Contest will be announced. Read more

Experience is the Best Teacher, and You Have a Lifetime’s Worth

Experience Corps, a program of Metropolitan Family Service, is an innovative program that connects older adult mentors (55+) with students in public schools throughout the Portland Metro Area. Experience Corps volunteers provide mentoring and academic support to students to boost student academic performance, help schools become more successful, and enhance the well-being of both themselves and students in the process. Volunteers serving approximately 15 hours per week may be eligible to receive a monthly stipend. Please contact Heather Pruess at 503-249-8215 ext. 22 or for details. Read more

Powell Valley Neighborhood Event – August 27

The Watershed Division is hosting a summer evening get-together for the whole family. Visit the Powell Valley Neighborhood Event and learn about free City programs that benefit you. The event is a potluck; bring a dish if you can. Snacks and drinks provided. Other activities include touring nearby stream restoration sites, dancing to music, singing with puppets for children, and observing a macro invertebrate "petting zoo." Read More

We’re Giving Away Four Rain Gardens

Enter the City’s Rain Garden Raffle and win a free installation (including labor and plants) this fall. Deadline to enter is September 9. Don’t miss our free rain garden workshop on Saturday, September 11. Read more

Healthy Streams Fall Happenings

You are eligible for a variety of free services and grants if you live in a priority neighborhood to protect one of our local streams, including: Healthy Home and Garden assistance, free downspout disconnection parts and labor, free trees, and rain garden incentives. Read more

Like Gresham’s New Bike Signs? Take Our Survey

The City invites you to share your thoughts and opinions about two recent projects to assist pedestrians and bicyclists in Gresham – the new bike signs and Gresham Bicycle Guide. Your participation in this short online survey will help us improve future versions the signs and bicycle maps. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes. Take the survey

Rockwood in Motion Construction Update

TriMet’s nighttime construction work continues between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. at the Rockwood/E 188th Ave. MAX Station. This work must be completed at night while MAX trains are not in service in order to avoid machinery contacting the high voltage overhead wires. Work will result in noise from drilling; noise levels will vary, but are similar to that of a semi-truck traveling on Burnside Street. Free earplugs are available at the Rockwood Community Office, 18709 S.E. Stark Street. Read more

Learn How to Travel Smart

What moves around the City offering fun programs and activities celebrating Gresham as one of the most livable cities in the Portland Regional area? It’s called SmartTrips. The City is providing numerous opportunities and tools to help you get around by foot, bike, transit, carpool and to find other alternatives to driving alone. Join us for a free workshop on riding transit, a bike ride and more. Read more

Volunteers Needed: Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts – September 14-19

Gresham is participating in a nationwide effort in September to document the number of people biking, walking, skateboarding and rollerblading on our trails and local streets. The City is looking for volunteers to help conduct counts and surveys. Read more

Legacy Healthy Kids’ Fair – September 18

City staff will be on hand at this fun, annual safety event with lots of things to do for children and parents. The Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center's 25th Annual Healthy Kids’ Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, promotes children’s health and safety. At this free family event, you can purchase bike helmets for $5 and snowboard helmets for $20. There’s a Car Safety Seat Check-Up and the event will recycle used and damaged car safety seats and bike helmets for free. Read more

Transportation Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo – September 25

This annual event is fun for the whole family, and includes fun bicycle games, free bike mechanic checks, affordable helmets and fittings for toddlers through adults, music and fun on the Plaza during and after the Teddy Bear Parade on Saturday, September 25. Bring your bike and we’ll watch it for you during the parade. Read more

Workshop ‘Energy and Water – Double Your Savings’ – September 30

This free, half-day seminar held by PGE at Gresham City Hall from 7:30 a.m. until noon on Thursday, September 30, is geared toward businesses, non-profits, governments, schools, and other institutions. The event is open to any PGE customer who wants to improve their knowledge in energy efficiency and water conservation. Read more

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