Aircraft traffic to increase this summer over Wilkes East during airport runway construction

Aircraft traffic to increase this summer over Wilkes East during airport north runway construction. Click here for project details!

Get ready for increased air traffic as PDX extends their runways

North Runway Extension project underway

Wilkes East residents may notice a change in aircraft flight activity as Portland International Airport begins major runway improvements starting May 1st through October 31st 2009.

During the six-month closure of the north parallel runway jet aircraft will use the south runway and will follow noise abatement procedures that direct them over the Columbia River corridor to minimize overflights of residential areas.

The south runway’s east takeoff and approach path will increase air traffic directly over the Wilkes East neighborhood -- particularly in the Sandstone area.

FREE! Rain Gardens 101 Workshop, Fairview: June 11, 2009 6PM

06/11/2009 - 6:00pm
06/11/2009 - 9:00pm
Free Rain Garden workshop, Fairview OR, June 11, 2009 6PM-9PM
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Free workshop!

Make your own Rain Garden!
Beautify to your yard & protect our streams too.

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District: We help people care for their land

When: Thursday June 11, 2009 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Where: Fairview Community Center
200 Harrison St
Fairview, OR
Get Map!

What is a Rain Garden?

Rain gardens are a great way to add beautiful landscaping to your yard and protect our overloaded urban streams at the same time. Join us to learn how to build a rain garden on your property to keep our streams clean and healthy!

Participants will learn what a rain garden is and the critical role they can play in the restoration of urban streams, and the “how to’s” of constructing your own rain garden. You will learn the how to assess your site, calculate impervious surfaces, locate and size rain gardens, determine soil suitability with a percolation test, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will receive a rain garden packet, and where possible, take a field trip to a nearby rain garden.

Advanced registration required. Click here to register!

Dump Your Junk! Annual Neighborhood Clean-Up, Saturday June 27, 2009 9AM

06/27/2009 - 9:00am
Annual Wilkes East Neighrborhood Clean-Up event, Saturday June 27, 2009 9AM

Clean out the garage!
Here come the drop boxes!

Wilkes East Neighborhood Clean-Up
Saturday June 27, 2009 9AM
HB Lee Middle School parking lot

When: Sat June 27, 2008 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Where: HB Lee Middle School
1121 NE 172nd Ave (between Glisan & Halsey)
Get map!

Cost per load:

$15.00 -- auto, standard pick-up truck
$25.00 -- trailer load, large truck

Clean-up Info

"Spring Clean-Up" usually means you discover a lot of things you wish you could take to the dump! Well, now you don't have to take your junk very far! The dumpsters are coming to you!

This event is open to all Wilkes East Neighborhood residents. Click here for a neighborhood map!

Bring all your general debris to the dumpsters located in the parking lot at HB Lee Middle School, 1121 NE 172nd Ave (between NE Glisan & NE Halsey), Saturday June 27th from 9AM to 12PM.

Items Accepted

  • yard debris, wood scraps, general clean-up items
  • bulky waste, mattresses, furniture
  • scrap metal, cardboard
Items Not Accepted

  • hazardous waste, chemicals, paint
  • construction and demolition waste, tires, concrete or rocks, dirt
  • kitchen garbage

Got Hazardous Waste? Bring it to Metro! Click here for more info!

Join Your Neighbors -- Get involved. Make a difference!

WENA Quarterly Meeting: May 4, 2009

05/04/2009 - 7:00pm
05/04/2009 - 8:30pm

Everyone's invited!
Wilkes East Neighborhood
Quarterly Public Meeting

Monday May 4th 7PM
HB Lee Middle School

Join Your Neighbors -- Get involved. Make a difference!

When: Monday, May 4, 2009 7:00PM
Where: H B Lee Middle School
1121 NE 172nd Ave
Click here for map

Be sure to save Monday, May 4th at 7:00 PM for WENA’s Quarterly Public Meeting. This quarter's meeting will be held at H B Lee Middle School, 1121 NE 172nd Ave (between Glisan & Halsey), Portland, Oregon.

Meeting Topics

  • Halsey Project
    (Bike lane and light 172nd & NE Halsey St)

    Jonathon David, Gresham Transportation Division
  • Is There Hope For Our Parks?
    Understanding the Math

    Kathy Minden, People For Parks
  • Nadaka Park Master Plan
    Ric Catron, Gresham Parks and Recreation
  • Neighborhood Update
  • Nadaka Park
    Lee Dayfield, Friends of Nadaka
    • Updates & Earth Day
    • Nature in Neighborhoods
      Capital Grants program
  • Neighborhood Watch
    Groups in your neighborhood
  • And more!

Everyone's Invited to Attend!

This meeting is open to all residents and businesses in the Wilkes East Neighborhood! Be A Part Of Your Community, Plan To Attend.

The Wilkes East Neighborhood is located in the Northwest corner of the City of Gresham, Oregon, and is one of Gresham's sixteen neighborhoods. Wilkes East Neighborhood borders are roughly NE Sandy Boulevard to the north, NE 181st Ave to the east, NE Glisan Street to the south, and NE 162nd Ave to the west. Click here for a map of the Wilkes East Neighborhood.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend this important meeting.

Got Hazardous Waste? Bring it to Metro!

Metro. Get everything you need to know about recycling and garbage and hazardous waste disposal in the Portland metropolitan area

Hazardous Waste...

Wondering what to do with those old paint cans, motor oil and solvents – and how to best dispose of them?

Bring them to Metro!

Bring your unwanted hazardous household products such as pesticides, leftover paint, solvents and automotive fluids to one of Metro's hazardous waste facilities or neighborhood collection events to be recycled or disposed of safely.

No cost

There is no charge to bring your toxic trash to Metro’s permanent facilities or community events.

Household hazardous waste is accepted six days a week year round at Metro’s two permanent household hazardous waste facilities.

Metro Hazardous Waste Facilities:

Hours: 9:00AM - 4:00PM, Monday through Saturday

  • Metro Central Station
    6161 NW 61st Ave., Portland
    Directions: From NW St Helens Road (Hwy 30) or Yeon Ave, turn north onto Kittridge and left onto Front. Go one mile to NW 61st and turn left. Facility is on the right.
  • Metro South Station
    2001 Washington St., Oregon City
    Directions: Take I-205 to the Molalla/Oregon City exit (exit 10). At the first traffic light, turn right onto Washington. Facility is on the right.

SOLV IT Earth Day 2009 Nadaka Nature Park cleanup: Apr 18 9AM-1PM

04/18/2009 - 9:00am
04/18/2009 - 1:00pm
SOLV IT Earth Day 2009 Nadaka Nature Park cleanup: Apr 18

Get a little dirty, have fun!

Celebrate Earth Day 2009 at Nadaka Park

Working together for this treasure called Oregon

When: Saturday Apr 18, 2009 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
NE 175th Av & NE Pacific St
Gresham, OR


From I-84: Take the 181st exit, travel south, turn right on NE Pacific St.
From Glisan (eastbound): Turn left on NE 172nd Av, turn right on NE Pacific St.

Help beautify our park!

Join other volunteers to clear invasive plants & beautify Nadaka Nature Park, a beautiful 10-acre natural area.

Bring you own work gloves & water bottle if you have them.

Project Activities: Volunteers will clear underbrush and lift the canopy in Nadaka Nature Park. It is a beautiful 10-acre natural area, but it is overgrown. Cleanup will make the park safer and more inviting. Activities include: Cleanup, Invasive Plant Removal, Pruning.

Bagels, muffins, coffee, & water will be provided!

Click here to register with SOLV for this event.

For more information contact Brett Lyon, SOLV Coordinator 503-844-9571 x332, or email

Earth Day 2009 Free Recycling Event. Gresham City Hall: Apr 18 9AM-2PM

04/18/2009 - 9:00am
04/18/2009 - 2:00pm
City of Gresham, Earth Day 2009 Free Recycling Event: Apr 18, 2009
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City of Gresham Earth Day 2009

Free Recycling Event

When: Saturday Apr 18, 2009 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy
Click here for directions

Expanded Recycling

The City is offering an expanded recycling collection event in honor of Earth Day from 9:00AM to 2:00PM Saturday, April 18 (rain or shine). The recycling event is free to Gresham and Wood Village residents and will be held in the City Hall parking lots, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway.

  • Collection Items
  • Computer Electronics and TVs
  • Block Styrofoam
  • Paper Shredding
  • Fluorescent Tubes and Lights
  • Cell Phones

Compost Bins For Sale

Interested in composting? Purchase The Earth Machine compost bin for $35 at the recycling event. Cash or check made out to City of Gresham. Normal retail price is $80.

Please vote! Help Save Park Place Coffee

Park Place Coffee, Gresham OR. Your source for good food, friends, and information


Voting ends April 24th


A plea from Park Place Coffee's owner:

"I'd like to ask for your help in helping me win a business grant for the cafe. As you may know, I'm looking at closing at the end of the lease unless something changes monetarily. THIS COULD BE IT! I've applied for a business grant, and the winner will be partially determined by the number of votes my submittal receives. Anywhere from $10-25,000. There are so many more things Park Place Coffee can do for the community if I could get this business grant."

How you can help

"When you click on the link above, it will take you to the contest page and my submittal."

"At the bottom it will ask if you find the story INSPIRATIONAL/USEFUL. When you choose one, it will ask you to register by setting up an identity. (It is their way of making sure all votes are valid. This contest is through INTUIT - the makers of Quickbooks and TurboTax - not a fly-by-night.). I know sometimes people are wary of registering, but the process doesn't require much information and it could make a HUGE DIFFERENCE!"

"PLEASE take the time to vote and possibly keep Park Place Coffee in the Rockwood community -- and please ask everyone you know to vote too! I suggest you vote for the CATEGORY: Inspirational and Useful."

Dina DiNucci


Recently seen in The Oregonian:

Rockwood coffee shop about more than profit
by Melody Finnemore
Special to The Oregonian Thursday November 20, 2008

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