Neighborhood Connections: Apr 2009

City of Gresham: Neighborhood Connections Apr 2009

City of Gresham
News, Community Activities, Workshops & More

Neighborhood Connections is a publication from the City of Gresham Communications & Community Outreach offering City of Gresham news, Public Safety information, Community Activities & Events, Training & Workshops, Volunteer Opportunities, and more.

Inside this Issue...

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Meet the Mediators: May 14

East Metro Mediation invites you to enjoy refreshments, meet the mediators, and learn how to recommend mediation to people stuck in a conflict. Mediation is a way to talk about virtually any neighborhood or housing dispute with the help of a trained, neutral mediator. The open house is in the office of East Metro Mediation on the third floor of Gresham City Hall, on Thursday, May 14, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Read more

Community Information Fair

You are invited to the 2nd annual Community Information Fair in East Gresham. East Gresham neighborhood associations are hosting this year's fair on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Gordon Russell Middle School. It's a "one stop shopping" opportunity to get information on organizations and programs in the community. Exhibitors include most departments from the City of Gresham, schools, and service organizations. Invited guests include local, regional, and state elected officials. Read more

Neighborhood Safety Training

Neighborhoods are only as safe as their residents make them. This three-hour workshop will give you insight into some of the safety issues neighborhoods are facing, and tools and techniques for dealing with those issues. The event will be held Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Gresham City Hall Conference Center. Read more

Workshop: Tools for Resolving Conflict

People problems can come up at any time, and they’re more frequent when people lose their jobs, or their homes, or their savings. Learn problem-solving tools and communication tips for resolving issues during lean times. Instructors from East Metro Mediation will hold a free, interactive workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 at the Rockwood Library. Read more

Free Recycle Event: April 18

From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, City staff will host a free recycle event for Gresham and Wood Village citizens and businesses in honor of Earth Day. Staff will collect computer electronics and televisions, block Styrofoam, fluorescent bulbs and lights, cell phones and shred paper (two-box limit) free of charge. Read more

AmeriCorps Earth Day Symposium

Meet the City’s AmeriCorps volunteers and learn about their environmental projects. Build a bird house to take home and watch a movie, too! Learn about restoration, rain gardening, composting, and more from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 in Council Chambers. From 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. watch The Silent Invasion, with popcorn.
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Kane Drive Preconstruction Meeting: April 23

The City has selected a contractor to complete the improvements to SE Kane Drive between SE Division Street and SE Powell Valley Road. Work is scheduled to begin mid to late May 2009 and be completed in fall 2010. A public meeting on Thursday, April 23 at Gordon Russell Middle School will provide construction details including the contractor’s project schedule, work staging, and traffic control ideas. Read more

Volunteer! Bird Survey Orientations: May 2 and 9

Calling all bird lovers – we need you to volunteer for the City’s Bird Survey. Enjoy birds and the outdoors? Practice your bird watching skills by participating in the bird survey. Sign up for orientation today. Read more

Natural Gardening Fair and Plant Sale: May 9

Tour Gresham’s brand-new demonstration wildlife and rain garden and purchase plants for your garden just in time for Mother’s Day. Event sponsored by City of Gresham, Metro, and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Read more

Volunteer! Help Count Bicyclists and Pedestrians: May 12-17

On May 12, 13, 14, 16, and 17, the City’s Transportation Planning division will be conducting bicycle and pedestrian counts, and we need your help! We are recruiting volunteers to join us in counting the number of cyclists and pedestrians at various locations around Gresham in two-hour shifts. Volunteer today to count in your neighborhood. Read more

Wetlands 101 Class and Tour: May 16

Curious about water quality and wildlife habitat in your area? This free workshop at Gresham City Hall includes a tour of wetland sites in Gresham and education about wetland functions and values, what makes up a wetland, and recreational and stewardship opportunities. Read more

SOLV Take Care of Oregon Days: May 16

Join the Parks and Recreation Volunteer Program and SOLV with a Down by the Riverside volunteer event to beautify the Springwater Trailhead by removing invasive blackberry, ivy, and holly along the trail and river. Read more

Volunteers Needed to Help Survey Neighborhood Sidewalks

Help us record missing sidewalk links. The Transportation division is undertaking a large-scale effort now through August to inventory the City’s sidewalk facilities and is asking for the community’s help. Read more

Hershey’s Track and Field Games for Youth: June 13

Boys and girls ages 9 to 14 may compete in Hershey’s Track and Field Games at Gresham High School on Saturday, June 13. Gresham Parks and Recreation is assisting with the event and is seeking 20 to 30 volunteers to help with time keeping, registration, and measuring throws. Read more

Meet Quarg: Free DVD Features Environmentally-Savvy Puppets

A free DVD and coloring book produced by the Department of Environmental Services is available in English and Spanish to Gresham teachers and residents. The DVD features puppets in action teaching four valuable environmental lessons. Read more

Transit Boards Promote Public Transportation in Our Community

Residents and visitors of local senior centers, residencies, and other agencies have recently benefited from customized transit boards. Ride Connection, a local nonprofit that provides transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities, began the task of creating and distributing transit boards in the hopes of making transportation more accessible. Read more