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Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer 2021 Newsletter here!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer 2021 Newsletter here! Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together 'WE' can make a difference.

Summer 2021 Newsletter

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


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Summer 2021 Newsletter

Inside This Issue:

  • Trackers, Never Lose Stuff Again
  • New Special Needs Adult Program
  • Wilkes East Land-Use Update
  • Saving 267 Trees; Shaull Woods
  • Meet City Councilor Dina DiNucci

Download your copy here. (includes active web 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 3 times per year, timed to correspond with our general meetings.

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Wilkes East residents are encouraged to submit articles and tips for the newsletter. Articles should be limited to 300-400 words and may be subject to editing. Include a related photo. Send by email to chair@wilkeseastna.org, or by postal mail to: 17104 NE Oregon St • Portland OR 97230.

Volunteers Needed
Newsletters are hand-delivered to Wilkes East residents and businesses by neighborhood volunteers. There are always routes that need delivery people. Routes are small and many. We can always use your help.
To volunteer contact chair@wilkeseastna.org.

Free Workshop! Native Plants: Sun, Apr 11, 2021 1PM-3:30PM

04/11/2021 - 1:00pm
04/11/2021 - 3:30pm
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Native Plants: Sun, Apr 11, 2021 1PM-3:30PM. Free Workshop! Info here!

Free Workshop!

When: Sun, Apr 11, 2021 1PM-3:30PM
Where: Online workshop

Learn how to landscape for clean water and healthy habitat from the safety and comfort of home.

In this workshop, get to know common native plants from the Willamette Valley. You'll walk away with loads of information so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard.

Learn more and register.

These free online classes are offered by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. For more information, contact the EMSWCD office at 503-222-7645.

Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden: Sat, May 01, 2021 9AM-11:30AM

05/01/2021 - 9:00am
05/01/2021 - 11:30am
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Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden: Sat, May 01, 2021 9AM-11:30AM. Free Hands-On Event. Info here!

Free Hands-On Event

When: Sat, May 01, 2021 9AM-11:30AM
Where: Online workshop
Get Map!

Learn how to landscape for clean water and healthy habitat from the safety and comfort of home.

In this workshop, you will learn about the different kinds of pollinators that might be living in your garden. Discover a plant palette to help attract and support pollinators, and go beyond the bloom to consider ways to provide shelter, water, nesting, and overwintering sites.

Learn more and register.

These free online classes are offered by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. For more information, contact the EMSWCD office at 503-222-7645.

Senior Healthy Hikers, Oxbow Park Hike: Wed, Jul 29, 2020 10AM-2PM

07/29/2020 - 10:00am
07/29/2020 - 2:00pm
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Senior Healthy Hikers, Oxbow Park Hike: Wed, Jul 29, 2020 10AM-2PM. Let's Go Walking! Info here!

Let's Go Walking!

When: Wed, Jul 29, 2020 10AM-2PM
Where: Meet at trailhead in Oxbow Park
Get Map!

Hiking during COVID-19 pandemic

  • All participants must wear facial masks and practice social distancing during Senior Healthy Hikers group events.
  • We will no longer carpool to the trailhead. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.
  • Driving directions (with the beginning point at Gresham City Hall) will be distributed at least three days prior to the event.

Hike details

  • Distance: About 3.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy/moderate
  • Elevation gain: Approximately 200 feet
  • Trail conditions: Packed dirt through forest, some gravel
  • Round-trip travel: Approximately 18 miles
  • Park fee: $5 per car, or free with a Metro Parks Annual Pass

Big, old-growth trees typically have a few things in common: they grow in temperate climates with significant rainfall, they live on protected land and they are close to rivers. Oxbow Regional Park provides all of the above, and the trails we will be hiking will lead us into the heart of the old-growth forest of Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Big Leaf Maple, Red Alder, Black Cottonwood, and Western Red Cedar.

The beginning and end of our hike will be through the old-growth forest and, in-between, we.ll spend much of the time hiking along the Sandy River, with views of the water, sand, and perhaps even salmon jumping after a bug.

We.ll send more a detailed update, along with the driving directions, a few days prior to the hike. Hiking boots and walking sticks are recommended . especially in inclement weather. Most of the hike will be under the trees, so hats are optional, but are also recommended. Bring some snacks and water to enjoy during the hike. Our lunch will depend on the COVID-19 status. If we.re allowed to use the picnic tables, we will. If not, we.ll tailgate. In any event, bring a nice brown bag lunch to enjoy.

For more information about this hike please contact Steve or Micky Solcz at 503-367-8483 or steve.solcz@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

CANCELED. Wild Gresham: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 11AM-12PM

03/14/2020 - 11:00am
03/14/2020 - 12:00pm
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Wild Gresham: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 11AM-12PM. Info here!

Nature In Gresham

When: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 11AM-12PM CANCELED
Where: Gresham Library
385 NW Miller Ave.
Get Map!

Why do owls dance in Johnson Creek? What do frog eggs feel like? What is the Gresham ghost weasel?

Join our Natural Resources team and learn about the wild animals that call Gresham home at this family friendly event! There will be hands-on activities and a presentation of photos and videos of animals in Gresham from a City biologist and a local wildlife photographer.

For more information, contact Katie Holzer at 503-618-2377

Volunteer! Gateway Green Park Planting Event: Sat, Jan 11, 2020 8:45AM-1PM

01/11/2020 - 8:45am
01/11/2020 - 1:00pm
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Volunteer! Gateway Green Park Planting Event: Sat, Jan 11, 2020 8:45AM-1PM. Info here!

Join Your Neighbors

When: Sat Jan 11 2020 8:45AM-1PM
Where: Gateway Green Park
Gateway Transit Center
1249 NE 99th Ave
Portland, OR
(I-205 Multi Use Path north to the park)
Get Map!
(No access from I-205. Park is only accessible by bike or foot traffic)

Volunteers Needed!
Your help is needed at this work party where we will be removing weedy introduced plants and planting native trees and shrubs at the newly developed Gateway Green! Gateway Green offers 25 acres of bike adventure fun. Opening in 2017 and offering a variety of bike trail options, we are excited to be part of the multi-partner efforts to help revegetate the forested slope that borders the eastern edge of this area.

Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and enjoy some breakfast treats and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. The planting starts at 9:00am. We provide gloves, tools, and planting guidance -- all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather wearing sturdy shoes or boots, and be ready to have fun!

Please note: this park is only accessible via the I-205 Multi-Use Path. There is an approximately 10 - 15 minute walk from the Gateway Transit Center. Volunteers are encouraged to bike to the planting or take public transportation to the transit center and walk from there. Thank you for supporting an alternative approach to arriving at this community event!

Under age 18? A signed youth waiver is required for you to volunteer: www.friendsoftrees.org/youthwaiver. We ask that youth 15 years and younger are accompanied by an adult.

This event is in partnership with Friends of Gateway Green and Portland Parks & Recreation with support from REI.

More Info
Please contact Jenny, Pablo, and Carey at (503) 595-0213 or email volunteer@friendsoftrees.org if you have questions or need any further information. We look forward to seeing you out there!

Volunteer! MLK Day Planting Event, Nadaka Nature Park & Garden: Mon, Jan 20, 2020 8:45AM-1PM

01/20/2020 - 8:45am
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Volunteer! MLK Day Planting Event, Nadaka Nature Park & Garden: Mon, Jan 20, 2020 8:45AM-1PM. Info here!

Join Your Neighbors

When: Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:45AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Garden
17615 NE Glisan St
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

MLK Day of Service
Join this special event on a Monday to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's legacy of service and justice by planting trees! We are excited to be hosting this work party where we will be removing weedy introduced and planting native trees and shrubs at Nadaka Nature Park. Nadaka Park is a 12 acre park that serves the diverse residents of East County with a community garden, natural play area, and picnic shelter, providing important access to nature.
Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and enjoy some breakfast treats and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. The planting starts at 9:00am. We provide gloves, tools, and planting guidance -- all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather wearing sturdy shoes or boots, and be ready to have fun!

Under age 18? A signed youth waiver is required for youth to volunteer: www.friendsoftrees.org/youthwaiver. We ask that youth 15 years and younger are accompanied by an adult.

This event is in partnership with Friends of Nadaka Nature Park and with support from the Nature Conservancy and the Boeing Company.

More Info
Please contact Jenny, Pablo, and Carey at (503) 595-0213 or email volunteer@friendsoftrees.org if you have questions or need any further information. We look forward to seeing you out there!

Volunteer! Friends of Trees, Nadaka Nature Park Work Party: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9AM-1PM

11/23/2019 - 9:00am
11/23/2019 - 10:00pm
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Volunteer! Friends of Trees, Nadaka Nature Park Work Party: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9AM-1PM. Gloves, tools and refreshment provided. 176th & NE Glisan, Gresham. Info here!

Volunteers Needed!

When: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens
(Meet at Picnic Shelter)
17615 NE Glisan St
Gresham Or 97230
Get Map!

Join Your Neighbors!
We are teaming up with Friends of Trees to so some major habitat restoration work at Nadaka!

We need help removing invasive weeds and planting hundreds of young native trees and shrubs throughout the park. Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and enjoy some breakfast treats and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

We provide gloves, tools, and planting guidance. Please dress for the weather!

See ya there!

Volunteers Needed. Nadaka Nature Park, SOLVE Clean-Up: Sat Sep 21, 2019 9AM-12PM

09/21/2019 - 9:00am
09/21/2019 - 12:00pm
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Volunteers Needed. Nadaka Nature Park, SOLVE Clean-Up: Sat Sep 21, 2019 9AM-12PM. Tools, gloves, coffee, and snacks will be provided. Sign-up here!

Come Lend A Hand!

When: Sat Sep 21, 2019 9AM-12PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Garden
(Meet at picnic shelter)
17615 NE Glisan St
Portland OR
Get Map!

Join Friends of Nadaka, SOLVE, and your neighbors in restoring a healthy habitat at Nadaka! We will be picking up litter and removing invasive plants. Tools, gloves, coffee, and snacks will be provided.

Register online at HERE!

More Info
Contact 503-956-8558 or email info@friendsofnadaka.org

Volunteer! City of Gresham Wetland Planting at Wisteria: Sat, May 18, 2019 9AM-12PM

05/18/2019 - 9:00am
05/18/2019 - 12:00pm
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City of Gresham Wetland Planting at Wisteria: Sat, May 18, 2019 9AM-12PM. Info here!

Wetland Planting Event

When: Sat, May 18, 2019 9AM-12PM
Where: Wisteria Lane
Springwater Trail
Get Map!

Join the City of Gresham and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council for a fun day of planting at Wisteria Lane. We will plant native species in the wetland area. These plants are vital for water filtration and habitat for some of nature's most vulnerable animals and wildlife.

The Wisteria Lane project site is located along the Springwater Trail just north of Dowsett Lane. To get to the site, park on SE Roberts Avenue, before it intersects with Dowsett Lane. Follow Dowsett Lane to the Springwater Trail.

Please RSVP for this event

For more information visit Johnson Creek Watershed Council or contact Courtney Beckel at 503-652-7477 or courtney@jcwc.org " title="Courtney@jcwc.org ">Courtney@jcwc.org

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