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Being a Member-at-Large is a great opportunity and experience for any neighbor, whether you’ve been on a board before or you're considering the idea for the first time. No experience required.

New member will serve with a dynamic, enthusiastic, committed group of other volunteers who work hard on behalf of this neighborhood.

Annual Election of Officers
Elections are held during the November General Meeting.
All positions are up for election. No experience required.
Nominate yourself! Help shape our neighborhood. Become a board member!

We ask Board members to commit to about 5 hours a month of volunteer time, which includes attending a monthly Board meeting (2nd Monday of every month at 6:30-8pm) and at least one committee meeting per month (about 1.5 hour per month). Joining the board is a one year commitment where you'll gain knowledge that will be relevant even after your time on the Board.

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To learn more about joining the Board email info@wilkeseastna.org.

"Together WE can make a difference!"

Waterwise Gardening: 10 Simple Ways to Save Water and Money this Summer

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Landscapes add value, beauty and livability to our homes

Waterwise Gardening: 10 Simple Ways to Save Water and Money this Summer. Provided by the Portland Metro, Regional Water Providers Consortium. Info here!

With water use often doubling in the dry summer months due to outdoor watering, lawns and gardens also offer great potential to save time, money and water by making simple waterwise improvements.

In the Portland area, we receive 90 percent of our rainfall October through May. That means we use the most water during the very same months that we get the least rain. Being efficient with your water use makes sound economic and environmental sense, and helps our region meet its long-term water supply needs.

Waterwise gardening doesn’t have to look like a typical southwest cactus and rock landscape. Rather, waterwise gardening practices that incorporate efficient watering tips can create beautiful landscapes that are multi-colored, vibrant and bountiful, even during the hottest summer days.

Model Home Safety Tips at the Gresham Farmers Market: Sat May 17, 2014 8AM-2PM

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Model Home Safety Tips at the Gresham Farmers Market: Sat May 17, 2014 8AM-2PM. Info here!

Building to Code

When: Sat May 17, 2014 8AM-2PM
Where: Gresham Farmers Market
NW Miller & Third St
Historic Downtown
Gresham, OR
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Learn About Building Inspections
Join our City building inspectors at the Gresham Farmers’ Market to view our model home and discuss how building codes and permits safeguard public safety.

The small scale home offers residents a chance to peek inside the walls and under the floorboards of a typical home to see hidden piping, electrical and other systems. Market visitors will also be able to learn more about when and why building codes and inspections are required for safety.

State grant makes Nadaka Nature Park dreams a reality

Nadaka Nature Park, through a partnership with Gresham, is awarded a $523,000 grant for park improvements

State grant makes Nadaka Nature Park dreams a reality; awards $523,000 grant. Neighborhood park to be completed with community gardens, a nature-based play area, picnic shelter and improved walking trail. Info here!
OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK
Nadaka Park. Click to enlarge

Source: Gresham Outlook, August 2, 2013

The state has awarded a $523,000 grant to fund improvements at Nadaka Nature Park in Gresham’s Wilkes East neighborhood.

"It is unbelievable," said Lee Dayfieid, who cried, laughed and screamed when she heard the news last week that the park, through its partnership with the city of Gresham, won the $523,480 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The money means that the little-known and once-neglected forested area in the middle of the city can become a full-blown neighborhood park complete with community gardens, a nature-based play area, picnic shelter and improved walking trail.

What is the Dog Days of Summer?

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Dog Days of Summer:  July 3 - August 11

Everyone knows that the “dog days of summer” occur during the hottest and muggiest part of the season.

It's a dogs life, especially during summer. Learn the origin of dog days of summer here!
Dog Days of Summer?  Click to enlarge

The dictionary defines “dog days” as:

1:  the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere
2:  a period of stagnation or inactivity

But where does the term come from? Why do we call the hot, sultry days of summer “dog days?”

In ancient times, when the night sky was free from artificial lights people in different parts of the world drew images in the sky by “connecting the dots” of stars. These star pictures are called constellations, and the constellations as we know them came from our European ancestors.

Ancient star gazer's saw images in the stars of bears (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor), twins (Gemini), a bull (Taurus), and others objects, including dogs (Canis Major and Canis Minor). (Answer below...)

Questions about College? Attend ‘College Night’ at MHCC: Nov 14, 2012 6-8PM

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Questions about College? Attend ‘College Night’ at MHCC: Nov 14, 2012 6-8PM. Info here!

You can do this!

When: Wed, Nov 14, 2011 6PM-8PM
Where: Mt Hood Community College
Main Mall
(Downstairs past flag poles)
26000 SE Stark St
Get Map!

NOW is the time!
Mt Hood Community College (MHCC) will host College Night, Wednesday Nov 14th 6-8PM, one of several such events held this time of year throughout the state.

College Night is an annual event to inform high school juniors and seniors (and their parents /guardians) about strategies for accessing, attending and paying for college. The information shared is not specific to MHCC and is open to all high school juniors and seniors, regardless of their desired college destinations.

Scholarships Drawing Tonight!
Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC), the event sponsor, will award four $500 scholarships to attend any post-secondary institution in the U.S. that participates in Title IV programs. The drawing will be held close to 8PM.

Wilkes East Neighborhood newsletter now available for download

Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community - Together we can make a difference!

The Wilkes East Newsletter has arrived. Find out what's happening in your neighborhood. Inside this issue: East County Courts Open in April, Is There Radon In Your Home?, New Police Precinct Coming 2013, Reynolds Seeks Superintendent, Rosewood Applies for PDC GrantNadaka Update, SOLV Earth Day and Earth Day Recycling Event Apr 21. Click here!<br />
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • East County Courts Open in April
  • Is There Radon In Your Home?
  • New Police Precinct Coming 2013
  • Reynolds Seeks Superintendent
  • Rosewood Applies for PDC Grant
  • Nadaka Update, SOLV Earth Day
  • Earth Day Recycling Event Apr 21

Download the full-color edition here. Now with clickable links!

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, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

Looking for a past issue? Check out the newsletter archive.

Got a story to share?
Wilkes East residents are encouraged to submit articles for the newsletter. Articles should be limited to 300 words and may be subject to editing. Send articles by email to: info@wilkeseastna.org, or by postal mail to: PO Box 536 • Fairview, OR 97024.

Spring Vegetable Garden; Easy, Fun & Rewarding

As winter transforms into early spring, there are many fantastic vegetables that grow best in cooler seasons.

Spring Vegatable Garden; Easy, Fun & Rewarding. As winter transforms into early spring, there are many fantastic vegetables that grow best in cooler seasons. Info here!

 The first vine ripened tomato may still be a few months away, but there’s still plenty to keep you busy in the vegetable garden. Take advantage of the cool, wet weather of spring to put in multiple crops of nutritious vegetables.

Spring Favorites
Here's a list of great choices along with their days til harvest that are carefree & easy to grow:

Arugula (30), Beets (45), Broccoli (70) Brussels Sprouts (80), Carrots (50), Peas (60), Kale (75), Onions: seeds (125), sets (100), Potatoes: 2-3 eyes (90), Radish (25), Spinach (55).

It Doesn’t Get Easier
Choose a sunny location, sow seeds in loose well drained garden soil as soon as the soil can be worked and let nature take its course. Plant a second crop two weeks after the first for a sustained Spring harvest. We prefer to plant garlic and shallots in the fall, but both do fine as spring crops, so go ahead and plant them too!

Got Radon? The only way to know your home’s Radon level is to test

Got Radon? The only way to know your home’s Radon level is to test. Info here!

Radon gas occurs naturally.

It is present in nearly all soil and rock; you can't see, smell or taste it - but it's there.

Radon forms when uranium breaks down to radium, which in turn breaks down to form radon. As radon decays, it releases radioactive byproducts that are inhaled. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking -- and the number one reason why non-smokers die of lung cancer. It's estimated to be responsible for over 21,000 deaths annually in the United States.

Radon enters a home through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundations and other openings. Once inside, radon can become trapped and build up to unsafe levels, especially in areas below ground-level. Nationwide it's estimated that 1 in every 15 homes has elevated radon levels. In the Portland / Vancouver area that number can skyrocket to 1 in 4 homes.

Fall 2011 Wilkes East Neighborhood newsletter now available

Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community - Together we can make a difference!

Fall 2011 Wilkes East Neighborhood newsletter. Download here!
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Fall 2011 Newsletter is here.
Download your copy today.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • Training Center Breaks Ground
  • Weatherization Rebates Available
  • HB Lee MS Awarded State Grant
  • Center Helps At-Risk Familes
  • Cypress Park joins Nat’l Night Out
  • Rosewood, A Community Unites
  • Nadaka Next Step, Events & More

Download the full-color edition here!
(Includes clickable links to more information)

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, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.
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Looking for a past issue? Check out the newsletter archive.

Got a story to share?
Wilkes East residents are encouraged to submit articles for the newsletter. Articles should be limited to 300 words and may be subject to editing. Send articles by email to: info@wilkeseastna.org, or by postal mail to: PO Box 536 • Fairview, OR 97024.

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