Brentwood-Darlington Renaissance with Visioning Workshop

Brentwood-Darlington GardenNeighborhood lines get a little fuzzy out here in Fosterland, as our shared interests and concerns trump administrative boundaries any day. One of Foster-area neighborhood nearby is Brentwood-Darlington, which sits south of Duke St, below the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood.

Today, Brentwood-Darlington is seeing a renaissance in neighborhood organizing and advocacy. The neighborhood association, along with Southeast Uplift, is hosting a visioning session to capture this energy and turn it into lasting change. Do you live in or near Brentwood-Darlington? Organizers want to hear from you.

Brentwood-DarlingtonFlyerBrentwood-Darlington Neighborhood-Wide Visioning

April 4th, 7-9 pm
Brentwood-Darlington Community Center
7211 SE 62nd Avenue

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Is Foster the New Hub of Urban Agriculture and Permaculture in SE?

gardenWhether it’s a small backyard garden, an educational farm like Zenger Farms, or an intentional community of like-minded neighbors, it’s clear that something special is happening off Foster Road. Every year we see more and more events and opportunities to get your hands dirty to make a healthier neighborhood and city, and this year is absolutely rocking: (more…)

Foster United Previews the May Elections

The dust has settled from the November 2012 elections and we’re all settling in for a long, politics-free respite.

Well, no.

ballotsThere’s already another election coming up on May 21, and although we won’t have anything nearly as sexy as Obama-Romney, locals will want to pay attention. (more…)

East Portland Neighbors Ride The Woody Guthrie Trail

bikeRideMapTake a ride with your east Portland neighbors this Saturday, as a part of the spring EPAP bike ride series. This group represents you and your neighbors on bikes in East Portland, as a part of the East Portland Action Plan advocacy agenda.

The group starts the ride at the Main St MAX station at 10 AM, and heads south along the I-205 Path (nicknamed “the Woody Guthrie Trail” by some) to end at Clackamas Town Center. Along the way they’ll stop at the various art displays along the path, installed as a part of the MAX green line construction.

If you’re interested in public art, bikes, East Portland politics, or just want to get your bike out of the garage to take a spin with your neighbors, this ride is for you. If you’ve never been on the trail before, it’s a good opportunity to learn how easy it is to get around the neighborhoods without hopping in your car.

Think of it as a practice run for summer.

East Portland Bike Ride
Satruday March 16th, 10 AM
Main St MAX station
About 11 miles long, for all ages and abilities.

Arleta Playground Makeover: Revitalizing Our Play Space

Please join us in welcoming our newest contributor, Eric Kellon. Eric is one of the many parents on a mission to make our schools fun and safe. 


Over the past few months, Arleta has been collaborating with the nonprofit organization Depave on a very exciting opportunity to give our playground a much needed makeover. Input from Arleta parents and staff, in cooperation with the Boosters organization, has been used to develop a potential site plan which will remove portions of blacktop near the existing play structure. The intent of the plan is to populate these cleared spaces with trees, benches and other elements that will improve the appearance and functionality of the overall space. Arleta parents and staff are working closely with the PPS Facilities Department and Depave to develop a plan that meets the following goals:

  • Providing a fun and safe area for kids to play
  • Maximizing functionality of the existing play area
  • Adding educational elements
  • Increasing shade and seating areas
  • Reducing impervious surface area
  • Establishing easy, long-term maintainability


Small Businesses and Nonprofits: Funds for Energy Upgrades Now Available

Only weeks ago, the City of Portland announced its new Bucks for Buildings program, which will help small businesses and nonprofits make green improvements that save energy and make sense financially too. Now the program has proven so popular that 60% of the funds are already spoken for.


Funded by a grant from the US Department of Energy, the City is offering rebates of up to 50% of the costs of improving properties with energy efficient insulation, heating and cooling, lighting and food service equipment. Nonprofits are eligible for up to 75% of these costs. (more…)

What’s Your Soap Made Of?

Over the past few months, I’ve been writing about health-promoting events, people and tips for better health. Maybe you try to eat healthy.  Maybe you try to exercise.  One area of healthy living that’s often overlooked are household products and cleaners. Why should you care?  I’m glad you asked (and even if you didn’t, I’m going to answer anyways).


The most common cleaners around the house are soaps- for the body, dishes and laundry.  And believe it or not, the ingredients extend beyond rays of sunshine, flowers and butterflies.  To understand what’s in our products, let’s begin at the beginning.  What’s a soap?  It’s a surfactant, producing micelles to encapsulate soluble materials to be removed from you, your dishes and your clothes. (more…)

This is Totally up Your Alley


Neighborhood Alleys: Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Mill St. Planning wants to hear about it.

A group of graduate students from PSU’s Urban and Regional Planning program is working in the Lents, Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhoods this year to listen and learn from your about how these alleys affect your lives. (more…)

A Lesson on Community from my Cat Tabor

taborpics-001Nothing reminds me of spring more than Cricket doing her best pogo stick impression as she hops up and down, paws grasping at the door handle she so desperately wishes she could open.  For a mostly indoor cat, little Cricket is fearless outdoors, ambushing her large and savvy feline foes.  Her brother Tabor, on the other hand, is a strong muscular boy who communicates in high pitched soft chirps and holds a permanently alarmed look in his big round eyes.  Tabor is a true innocent; a sweetheart of a cat that loves to hug. (more…)