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City of Gresham Senior Healthy Hikers, Rock Creek Trail Hike – Orchard Park to Orenco Woods Nature Park: Wed, Mar 18, 2020 9AM-5

03/18/2020 - 9:00am
03/18/2020 - 5:00pm
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City of Gresham Senior Healthy Hikers, Rock Creek Trail Hike – Orchard Park to Orenco Woods Nature Park: Wed, Mar 18, 2020 9AM-5PM. Let's Go Walking! Info here!

Let's Go Walking!

When: Wed, Mar 18, 2020 9AM-5PM
Where: Meet at Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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  • Distance: About 3.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation gain: About 50 feet
  • Trail conditions: Paved pathway, boardwalk, and some bark dust trails
  • Round-trip travel: 62 miles
  • Suggested donation per rider: $7

This out-and-back trek will take us along a mostly paved pathway that follows the Rock Creek Trail from Orchard Park to Orenco Woods Nature Park. At Orenco, we will explore some of the local history, as well as the stickwork sculptures created by artist Patrick Dougherty. There are seven of these 18-foot-tall sculpturesâeach with its own personality. After our hike we will drive a short distance to BJâs Brewhouse for lunch.

For more information about this hike please contact Doug or Dana Duval at 907-230-6543 or danakol24@aol.com.

Senior Healthy Hikers asks that participants be 50 or older. A couple wishing to hike is welcome if one member of the couple is 50 or better.

Pets are not permitted on our hikes or walks.

Senior Healthy Hikers member guidelines

City of Gresham Finance Committee Meeting: Wed, Mar 18, 2020 7PM-9PM

03/18/2020 - 7:00pm
03/18/2020 - 9:00pm
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City of Gresham Finance Committee Meeting: Wed, Mar 18, 2020 7PM-9PM. Info here!

Be Engaged. Please Attend

When: Wed, Mar 18, 2020 7PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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The Finance Committee advises Council on City financial matters. Finance Committee meetings take place on the third Wednesday of the month from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Gresham City Hall.

For more information about the Finance Committee or about this meeting, contact Sharron Monohon, Budget and Financial Planning Director, at 503-618-2890 or Sharron.Monohon@GreshamOregon.gov.

City of Gresham Free Clothing and Toy Swap: Sat, Mar 21, 2020 10:30AM-3PM

03/21/2020 - 10:30am
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City of Gresham Free Clothing and Toy Swap: Sat, Mar 21, 2020 10:30AM-3PM. . Info here!

Don't Toss It - Swap It!

When: Sat, Mar 21, 2020 10:30AM-3PM
Where: Gresham Library
385 NE Miller Ave.
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Join the City of Gresham and Green Minded Gresham by participating in waste reduction and reuse activities.

  • Swap clothing and toys (bringing items not required)
  • Make a green cleaner and recycled art project
  • Master recyclers onsite to answer food waste prevention and recycling questions
  • Clothing swap
  • Toy swap
  • Recycling tips
  • Home reuse tips
  • Recycled art
  • Make reusable bags

For more information about this event, contact Shaunna Sutcliffe at 503-618-2694 or Shaunna.Sutcliffe@GreshamOregon.gov.

Sunday Futsal 2020: Sun, Mar 22, 2020 5PM-7PM

03/22/2020 - 5:00pm
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Sunday Futsal 2020: Sun, Mar 22, 2020 5PM-7PM. Let's Play Futsal! Info here!

Let's Play Futsal!

When: Sun, Mar 22, 2020 5PM-7PM
Where: Friends of the Children Gym
424 NE 172nd Ave.
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Indoor Sunday Futsal youth recreation is open to all students in grades 6-12 on Sunday from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Friends of the Children gym.

  • Free
  • Open to boys and girls in grades 6-12
  • Learn new skills, make new friends, play futsal
  • Participants must bring a signed waiver to play
  • Adult supervision and mentorship provided by Active Children Portland volunteers

For more information, email Ricki Ruiz at Ricardo.Ruiz@GreshamOregon.gov or call 503-583-0771.

Futsal flier and waiver

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City of Gresham Senior Healthy Hikers, Nick Eaton Falls Hike: Tue, Mar 24, 2020 9AM-5PM

03/24/2020 - 9:00am
03/24/2020 - 5:00pm
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City of Gresham Senior Healthy Hikers, Nick Eaton Falls Hike: Tue, Mar 24, 2020 9AM-5PM. Let's Go Walking! Info here!

Let's Go Walking!

When: Tue, Mar 24, 2020 9AM-5PM
Where: Meet at Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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  • Distance: About 4.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation gain: 970 feet
  • Trail conditions: Forest trail, switchbacks, rocks, small creek crossings
  • Round-trip travel: 68 miles
  • Suggested donation per rider: $8

This hike begins at the Herman Creek trailhead, just east of Cascade Locks. The trail goes through a forested area burned by the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. However, the understory that was burned is now recovering, and the canopy cover was mostly spared. The trail has switchbacks for the first mile to a ridge above Herman Creek. Nick Eaton Falls is the destination at 2.2 miles. Part of the trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield wilderness area. We should find early wild flowers along the trail. We will return the same route after a break at the falls. We will have lunch in Cascade Locks.

Bring water and snacks for the trail. Hiking boots or shoes are recommended, and poles, if desired.

For more information about this hike please contact Linda Matthews at 503-766-9443 or lindaraematthews@gmail.com.

Senior Healthy Hikers asks that participants be 50 or older. A couple wishing to hike is welcome if one member of the couple is 50 or better.

Pets are not permitted on our hikes or walks.

Senior Healthy Hikers member guidelines

Sunday Futsal 2020: Sun, Mar 29, 2020 5PM-7PM

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Sunday Futsal 2020: Sun, Mar 29, 2020 5PM-7PM. Let's Play Futsal! Info here!

Let's Play Futsal!

When: Sun, Mar 29, 2020 5PM-7PM
Where: Friends of the Children Gym
424 NE 172nd Ave.
Get Map!

Indoor Sunday Futsal youth recreation is open to all students in grades 6-12 on Sunday from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Friends of the Children gym.

  • Free
  • Open to boys and girls in grades 6-12
  • Learn new skills, make new friends, play futsal
  • Participants must bring a signed waiver to play
  • Adult supervision and mentorship provided by Active Children Portland volunteers

For more information, email Ricki Ruiz at Ricardo.Ruiz@GreshamOregon.gov or call 503-583-0771.

Futsal flier and waiver

Read more about Sunday Futsal.

Group Opposing Glisan Street Lane Reductions Meeting: Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:30PM

02/25/2020 - 6:30pm
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Group Opposing Glisan Street Lane Reductions Meeting: Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:30PM. Info here!

The group says the changes have caused traffic backups and slow downs

When: Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:30PM
Where: 1017 NE 117th Ave
(NE 117th & NE Holiday St)
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This meeting will explain what facts the Glisan Commuters Initiative has gathered and help the public understand what they've accomplished so far. Share your concerns and ideas. Join the discussion at this meeting!

Related info can be found here

Winter Weather Potential for Portland Metro January 11-18 2020

01/11/2020 - 4:00pm
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Winter Weather Potential for Portland Metro January 11-18 2020. Details here!
NCEP Temperature Probabilities Jan 11-18. Click to enlarge

BBBRRRrrrr!!
Starting this weekend, a series of systems will usher in the coldest air we've seen so far this season.

By Garret Hartung (Wilkes East resident)
Climate Science Undergrad, Oregon State University

With this cold air in place next week (Jan 11-18), any system swinging in moisture from the Pacific has the potential to bring winter precipitation to the lowest elevations. In typical Pacific Northwest fashion, this forecast is complicated, so its best to break it down into a few categories: what we do know, what is uncertain, and how can you be prepared.

What We Do Know:

  • Temperatures are expected to be well below the average high of 46°F for this time of year. The NCEP (National Centers for Environmental Prediction) is showing an 80% or greater probability of below normal temperatures in our area for next week. High temperatures are looking to be in the low 30’s starting Tuesday with lows in the mid to lower 20’s. It wouldn’t be too shocking to see temperatures dip below 20°F in this set up. There is still some uncertainty in regard to how cold it will get, there are a few models showing temperatures even lower than what was mentioned above but confidence in that is very low
  • The east wind should be howling during this period. This is where most of the cold air will come from. Depending on the exact strength and location of a system we could see gusts exceeding 40mph, which is strong but not out of the ordinary for our area. Typically, we see a few 40+mph gusts from the east each year. This could lead to some very cold wind chills, probably getting into the teens or lower for some days.
  • The upper level pattern is conductive of storms developing off the coast. For most of next week, temperatures should be cold enough in Portland to support snow at the valley floor. It’s appears fairly certain we should see some precipitation in this period.
  • What is Uncertain:

    • A few models are showing extremely cold temperatures in our area that haven’t been seen in decades. While I wouldn’t bet on that occurring, there is a small possibility that does occur. For example, the latest run of the GFS (Global Forecast System) model has lows in the single digits. While other models keep us in the 20’s/30’s.
    • The big question is how much precipitation we will get. Models have been showing anything from nothing to a 2008-like event for the Portland area. There are several factors that are leading to this uncertainty. The main thing is the track and strength of the storms that may or may not form. A stronger storm may produce more precipitation but could also bring in warm air from the south to keep us above freezing. A storm tracking too far north could do the same thing, while a storm tracking too far south may leave us cold but dry. We won’t know the exact strength and track of a storm till about 3 days out. So, any estimates of the amount of snowfall we could get should be questioned until we are with in 36 hours of the event. This was an issue last year when crazy model outputs were being shared on social media, causing some what of a panic. I will say that the models are starting to zero in on Thursday as out potential big snow day, but specific details will change in the coming days.

    How to prepare:

    • Winterize your home if you haven’t done so yet this winter. In particular shut off and cover outside faucets and make sure the pipes in your home are ready for the coldest temps of the season thus far. If you have a generator for your home, make sure its good on fuel and you know how to connect it properly. Freezing rain is not out of the question for this event, especially for areas exposed to the gorge winds.
    • Stock your car on winter survival gear. Have chains or traction tires ready if you need to travel this week. Things like some food, water, kitty litter, and other supplies you may need if your car gets stuck.
    • Have a plan. Should we have a high impact winter event, be prepared with food (for you and your pet) and medicine in your home and try not to travel. Think about things you’d need if you can’t leave the house for a couple days. It’s also good to think about potential loss of power. Keep your phone charged and have flashlights ready.
    • Be weather ready! Stay informed by paying attention to local media outlets and the National Weather Service for the latest forecasts and warnings. These men and women know the area and know how snow events play out more so than the app on your phone.
      • The bottom line is that cold weather is expected and all types of winter precipitation including snow and freezing rain could occur next week. So be prepared for impactful weather.

        It’s better to prepare for an event and it doesn’t occur than to not be prepared if it does.

Are you prepared for a winter storm? Groceries and emergency supplies you need in case of snow

Are you prepared for a winter storm? Here are the groceries and other supplies you should add to your shopping list. Info here!

During extremely cold weather or winter storms, staying warm and safe can be a challenge.

Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, strong winds, power failures, loss of communications, and icy roads.

Here's a list of groceries and emergency supplies you need in case of snow.

Items that don’t require refrigeration or heat to prepare

  • Nut butters, jams and jellies
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Dried fruits and nuts
  • Juices (particularly those that are not commonly found in the refrigerator section of the supermarket)
  • Breads, muffins, bagels, tortillas
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Canned milk or non-dairy milk in aseptic cartons
  • Protein bars and protein shakes
  • Jarred sauces such as salsa, ketchup, or mustard.
  • Pickles or foods preserved in vinegar
  • Hard cheeses, such as cheddar, Swiss, provolone and parmesan, processed cheeses, and Edam (just make sure the cheese is well wrapped and sealed)

Other items to add to your list if you don’t have them

  • A non-electric can opener
  • Charcoal or propane for the outdoor grill
  • Pet food
  • Kitty litter
  • Paper towels, paper plates, and plastic utensils (useful if the power goes out and you can’t wash dishes)
  • Toilet paper
  • Water (1 gal per person per 3 days)
  • Other storm essentials

    • Rock salt for melting ice on sidewalks and driveway
    • An ice scraper for your car’s windshield
    • A sturdy snow shovel
    • Foam insulation covers for exterior faucets
    • First-aid kit
    • Flashlight, with batteries
    • Extra batteries, just in case

    Good to have on hand when you’re going to be cooped-up

    • Favorite baking supplies for cookies and quickbread (flour, sugar, salt, eggs, butter)
    • Cartons of chicken or vegetable broth for making soup (a good excuse to use up what’s already in your vegetable bin)
    • Canned soup
    • Comfort food (mac ‘n’ cheese, pasta, potatoes. yum)
    • Favorite snacks (popcorn, chips, etc.)
    • Apple cider
    • Coffee and tea
    • Wine and beer
    • Liquor

    Now that you're ready you can relax and enjoy a snow day!

    Source: The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com

When A Natural Emergency Strikes Will You and Your Family Be Ready?

Experts Warn Cascadia Is Overdue For A 9.0 Earthquake

When A Natural Emergency Strikes Will You and Your Family Be Ready? Here's some great tips and valuable resources to help you be prepared for a disaster. Info here!

Be informed.
Build a kit.
Make a plan.

Everyday you hear the warnings.
Have you made a kit?
Do you have a plan?

If you're like most of us - you're not ready.

If that's you, we've got some great tips and valuable resources below to help you be prepared for whenever a disaster strikes.

CONTENTS

TICK. TOCK.
Think of Oregon geology as a clock, measuring time in earthquakes. Tick: a magnitude 8 quake. (Bigger than 1989 Bay Area quake that killed 63 people.) Tock: a magnitude 9 quake. (Same as the 2011 Japan quake that killed almost 16,000 people.) On average, a major quake happens in our area every 243 years, the last one was January 26, 1700 — 316 years ago. Yes. We are overdue.

When the next Big One does happen, a 700-mile long section of the tectonic plate known as the Juan de Fuca, stretching from British Columbia to Northern California, will slide beneath the North American plate, causing the entire Northwest coast-line to sink up to 6.6 feet. This won’t be a California-style short burst of energy quake in the earth’s upper crust. The Big One will be bigger, deeper, and last longer: 3–4 minutes, with dozens of after-shocks, some very powerful, for days, months, or later.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is 700 miles long, located 100-150 miles off shore of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and northern California. Info here!
Cascadia Subduction Zone. Pacific Northwest. Click to Enlarge.

Hillsides will slide. Buildings will collapse. Roads will buckle. High-rises will sway. Bridges will crack. Some will fall. Pipes will snap. Within 20 minutes, the first of several 40-foot tsunami waves will wash away the Oregon Coast’s low-lying towns.

If our next “subduction zone” quake unleashes its full potential, it will be the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

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