Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer 2017 Newsletter here!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer 2017 Newsletter here! Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together 'WE' can make a difference.

2017 Summer Newsletter

"Diversity, Harmony, Community -
Together 'WE' can make a difference!”

Read it now!

Inside This Issue:


  • Rockwood Town Center Awaits Approval
  • Come Visit Zimmerman House
  • Backyard Habitat, Providing Community
  • Nadaka Update, Happenings & More
  • Neighborhood Meeting, Aug 14th 7PM

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Newsletters are a regular publication of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. They are hand-delivered to over 1,500 residences and businesses in our area 3 times per year, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

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Gresham Saturday Market 2017: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 9AM-3PM

08/19/2017 - 9:00am
08/19/2017 - 3:00pm
Gresham Saturday Market 2017: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 9AM-3PM. Saturday's thru October. Info here!

Saturday's thru October

When: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 9AM-3PM
Where: Mt. Hood Community College
Parking Lot "W"
26000 SE Stark Street
Get Map!

The Gresham Saturday Market is a Farmer's Market that includes many crafts, artisans, fresh flowers, plants, services, and unique offerings, plus great food and live entertainment from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Ample on-site parking is available next to the market.

For more information call 503-912-4122 or visit the Gresham Saturday Market website.

Zimmerman Heritage Farm Tours: Sat Aug 19, 2016 Noon-4PM

08/19/2017 - 12:00pm
08/19/2017 - 4:00pm
Zimmerman Heritage Farm. A delightful Victorian era farmhouse built in 1874. A lasting vestige of East Multnomah County's agricultural roots. Gresham OR. Fairview-Rockwood-Wilkes Historical Society. Info here!
1874 Zimmerman House. Click to Enlarge

Lazy Summer Days

When: Sat Aug 19, 2017 Noon-4PM
Where: Zimmerman Park
17111 NE Sandy Blvd
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

A delightful 1874 Victorian farmhouse
Take a step back into history at the Zimmerman House, a Victorian era farmhouse, built in 1874 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This beautiful farmhouse is a perfect reflection of typical Columbia River dairy farm life in the late 1800s. The Zimmerman Heritage Farm is a unique cultural education and recreational resource that is being created for the benefit of the public on a 5.98-acre historic site in Gresham, Oregon.

Gresham Farmers Market 2017: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 8:30AM-2PM

08/19/2017 - 8:30am
08/19/2017 - 2:00pm
Gresham Farmers Market 2017: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 8:30AM-2PM. Saturday's thru October. Info here!

Saturday's thru October

When: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 8:30AM-2PM
Where: Downtown Gresham at NW 3rd Street and NW Miller Avenue
Get Map!

The Gresham Farmers Market is a community gathering place where you can stroll, shop and listen to live music. The market offers shoppers fresh, local produce, meats, cheeses, flowers, crafts, fresh food and live music.

Dont forget to bring your bag or basket from home.

For more information about the Gresham Farmers' Market contact us at 971-303-2248 or, or visit the Gresham Farmers' Market website.

City of Gresham Sunday Afternoon Futsal: Sun, Aug 20, 2017 11AM-1PM

08/20/2017 - 11:00pm
City of Gresham Sun Afternoon Futsal: Sun, Aug 20, 2017 11AM-1PM. Let's Kick Ball!. Info here!

Let's Kick Ball!

When: Sun, Aug 20, 2017 11AM-1PM
Where: Friends of the Children
424 NE 172nd Ave.
Get Map!

Free! Drop-in futsal games for boys and girls in grades 3-6, from 11 am to 1 pm Sundays in the Friends of the Children gym. Rain or shine. Supervised play is provided by Active Children Portland volunteers. This activity is sponsored by the City of Gresham. A signed waiver is required to participate.

Read more about the Sunday Afternoon Futsal program and print the waiver. For more information, contact Jared Hoffman, 541-921-0686.

Backyard Habitat, Providing Community for Birds and Wildlife

Certified Backyard Habitat. Click to enlarge

The Backyard Habitat Certification Program

By Neta Courcey
Certified Backyard Habitat
Wilkes East Resident

Like neighborhoods are to cities, cities to counties, and counties to states, backyard habitats connect our yards to greenways and to wilderness, providing the essential pathways of interconnectedness that nourish the larger community. Communities of humans thrive when they are connected to each other and to the larger community. Just as neighborhood groups like Wilkes East are essential to building and maintaining the larger community, backyard habitats are essential to the community of birds and other wildlife. The swath of habitat that neighbors create is vital, providing refuge areas containing food, water, nesting places and shelter. I am proud to have my little yard be a piece of the bigger network that creates a web of natural habitats throughout the Portland metropolitan area and the Pacific Northwest.

Come Visit Zimmerman House Museum and Gardens

Zimmerman House Muesum and Gardens, Gresham OR. Click to enlarge

Oregon Storytellers with a Local Lens

Right in Wilkes East Neighborhood’s backyard, near Sandy Boulevard and 171st, sits a white, Victorian house surrounded by lush grass and beautiful flower gardens. Have you ever noticed this beauty while driving by?

If you’ve always been curious or it’s been a long time since you’ve visited, let us introduce you to the Zimmerman House Museum and Gardens. This slice of Oregon heritage is run by ECHO – East County Historical Organization (your local historical society) and they have big plans to reinvigorate this Gresham Park.

ECHO’s new board has goals to make this former dairy farm into a thriving place of learning and an event space for the community. They are currently developing plans to add a paved driveway with designated parking spaces, ADA access to the gardens, and create an area for outdoor gatherings. Even though updates will be occurring, plans will hold true to the home’s designation as a historic property on the National Register.

The group is also redefining their educational mission for the museum, so be on the lookout for new exhibits, community events, and stop by for guided tours with expanded content. To start off, they are hosting their first archeological survey in the park on Saturday, September 30. They hope to rediscover some of the home’s former outbuildings like a bunkhouse, outhouses, and more. The public is welcome to join in.

City planners consider finer points of 'Rockwood Rising' project

Gresham city planners consider finer points of 'Rockwood Rising' project. Office, apartments and marketplace in the works by Mohawk MAX stop. Info here!
Rockwood Town Center final design. Click to enlarge

Office, apartments and marketplace in the works by Mohawk MAX stop.

From The Gresham Outlook

Gresham City Hall's ambitious plans to reshape the heart of Rockwood are nearly finalized.

All told, public leaders and private developers will plunk down at least $40 million to create the three-building development located between Burnside Road and the "Mohawk" MAX light-rail station at Stark Street and Southeast 188th Avenue.

As The Outlook previously reported, site designs call for commercial office space, residential apartments and an indoor/outdoor marketplace orbiting a central plaza.

Rockwood Town Center plaza final design. Info here!
Rockwood Town Center plaza. Click to enlarge
Rockwood Town Center 188th & E Burnside. Info here!
Rockwood Town Center 188th & E Burnside. Click to enlarge

The project, branded as "Rockwood Rising," sits on 5.15 acres that formerly housed west Gresham's Fred Meyer. The city's Redevelopment Commission purchased the land for $8.1 million in 2006.

The plans for the Rockwood Rising Redevelopment Project are nearing completion and are open to the public. Zane Sparling, of the Gresham Outlook, offers a breakdown of the design here.

Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens Summer 2017 Update & Events

Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens Summer 2017 Update & Events. Nadaka Nature Park Festival, Tadpole Tales, Audubon Society Bird Walks, Community gardens and more. Info here!

by Monica McAllister
Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator

Summer is here, delicious berries are ripe, baby birds are taking flight, and we hope you have been able to get out and enjoy it all at Nadaka Nature Park! The past couple of months have been bustling with families enjoying the new swing set, community members gathering for parties at the picnic shelter, gardeners tending their veggies and flowers, and nature lovers of all ages exploring the forest. The past few months ‘Friends of Nadaka’ (FON) has been hard at work providing environmental education activities, community events, and stewardship opportunities for our neighbors, schools, and partnering organizations.

We are most excited about the upcoming Seventh Annual Nadaka Nature Park Festival that will take place August 12th from 12-3pm. This family friendly event will include a visit from the Audubon Society of Portland’s Education Birds, free hot dogs and drinks, crafts, games, face painting, dance and music performances. Various partnering organizations will have information booths and fun hands on activities for the whole family. We would love to have volunteers from the Wilkes East neighborhood to help with the event. If you are interested please contact Monica, the Nadaka Coordinator.

Nadaka Nature Park Festival, August 12th 2017 from 12-3pm. Audubon birds, free hot dogs and drinks, crafts, games, face painting, Aztec Dancers, music performances and more. Info here!

Endless Summer Cruise-In 2017: Wed, Aug 23, 2017 3:30PM-7PM

08/23/2017 - 3:30pm
08/23/2017 - 7:00pm
Endless Summer Cruise-In 2017: Wed, Aug 23, 2017 3:30PM-7PM. . Info here!

When: Wed, Aug 23, 2017 3:30PM-7PM
Where: Downtown Gresham
401 North Main Ave.
Get Map!

Have fun with hot rods and classic cars. The nonprofit Pharaohs Street Rodders host the "Endless Summer Cruise-In" from 3:30 to 7:00 pm on Wednesdays from June through September in historic downtown Gresham across from the Gresham History Museum at 401 N. Main Ave.

There is no charge to look at the cars.

For more information visit the Pharaohs Street Rodders website.

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