When: Sat Nov 21, 2015 9AM-1PM Where: Troutdale Community Police Bldg
234 SW Kendall Ct
Troutdale, OR Get Map!
Learn how to build your own rain garden! Explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.
You will learn how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will also receive a comprehensive manual that guides you through all the steps in constructing your rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden.
A rain garden is a sunken garden bed that captures stormwater runoff from hard surfaces like rooftops, sidewalks and driveways, and allows it to soak back into the ground naturally. They are planted with hardy, native perennials that filter pollutants commonly found in stormwater runoff. This helps reduce the overall amount of runoff and pollution that gets into our streams, and maintains the natural hydrology (the movement and distribution of water in the area, as it would be under natural conditions) so streams don’t go dry during the hot summer months.
Why build a rain garden? When a landscape is covered in natural vegetation, most rainfall soaks into the ground. As we start adding roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and streets to the landscape, much of the rainfall can’t soak into the ground anymore. This can create a lot of problems for people and for our streams.
Rain gardens hold stormwater runoff and allow it to soak into the ground naturally. This prevents pollution from entering our local streams and wetlands, and helps recharge our groundwater. By planting a rain garden with native plants, you can create a beautiful, low-maintenance and drought-tolerant landscape feature, while also providing habitat for beneficial wildlife. You can see examples of stormwater-managing features in the Rain Garden gallery
When: Tue Nov 24, 2015 3PM-5PM Where: Gresham City Hall
Conference Room 3A
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Gresham, OR Get Map!
Council Roundtable meetings are informal sessions for Councilors to discuss issues of interest on a monthly basis. Council members suggest their own agenda for the meetings, leaving enough time for open, informal dialogue. No public comment is taken during these meetings. Contact the City Recorder for more information: 503-618-2697.
When: Sat Nov 28, 2015 5PM-6:30PM Where: Arts Plaza
401 NE Second St
Historic Downtown Gresham Get Map!
The 24th Annual Spirit of Christmas tree lighting – one of the community’s most popular events – rings in Gresham’s holiday season with a family-friendly program that includes music, photos with Santa, refreshments and the lighting of the 60-foot ponderosa pine on the Arts Plaza. The program gets underway at 5PM, with the tree-lighting at 6PM.
Downtown Gresham will also be hosting a full day of other holiday activities. (Schedule TBA)
Contact Event Coordinator Shannon Chisholm at 503-750-3785.
Deadline: Fri Sep 18, 2015 5PM Position: Citizen Volunteer in Policing
City of Gresham
Citizens making a positive difference in our community
The Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizen Volunteers in Policing(CVIP) program until 5PM Sep 18, 2015.
Interested citizens can download a volunteer application or pick up an application at the Police Department. Completed applications should be submitted to the Police Department.
Gresham’s Citizen Volunteers in Policing are the eyes and ears of the Police Department and create a visible presence in our parks, trails, residential areas and commerce centers. Volunteers do not carry weapons, confront suspects, or participate in altercations; they observe and report.
Must be 21 years of age and older.
Must live or own a business within the city limits of Gresham.
Wilkes East Neighborhood would like express our gratitude to the following for their generous contributions & continued support:
• Jazzy Bagels, Main St & Powell
• Parkrose Hardware, 106th & Sandy
• Growers Outlet, 162nd & Glisan
• SOLV, Bringing Oregon together
• Albertsons, 181st & Glisan
• And, all the many volunteers!