Six Teams Enter, One Team Wins: Southeast Kickball Tournament

Kickball FlyerSometimes a little friendly competition is all you need to bring people together. Well, it's ON!

The brainchild of the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association, and funded via a Creative Engagement Grant through SE Uplift, the area-wide event sets up an SE Portland competition of kickball skills.

SE_PDX_Kickball_MAP_600pxThe  Bracket:

Arranged in an east vs west setup, Creston-Kenilworth will face off against Woodstock on Saturday, July 19th from 2-4 pm at Woodstock Park . The winner will take on Brentwood-Darlington a week later in the bid to represent the western teams on Saturday, July 26 from 2-4pm at Brentwood Park.

To the east, we'll see Lents and Foster-Powell battle on Sunday, July 20th from 2-4pm at Kern Park. The winner will compete with Mt. Scott-Arleta on Sunday, July 26 from 2-4pm at Lents Park.

It all comes to a head on Saturday, August 2nd from 2-4 pm at Arleta School, when the championship match names a winner. 

Want to compete but don't know what neighborhood you live in? Here's a general map above, but if you live on the dividing lines you may need to check out the details on portlandmaps.com

It looks like there will be a $5 suggested donation to help defray some of the costs to the neighborhood associations. No one will be turned away.

FAN fun

Foster Art Night is back this Saturday. If you have the energy after a day of Garden Tour bliss, we urge you to take the FAN stroll and pick up your Foster Street Card.

CoverCard-01The discount card is free for neighbors and friends to frequent and discover shops, services, and restaurants along the Foster Strip. Salon Mojo is generously hosting our open house to kick off the FAN season. Stop in for refreshments, chit chat, and pick up your street card while you're at it. 

We are looking forward to another great Summer of neighborly fun, art, and inspiration.

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Lents Grown – Our Stories: Deadline this week to nominate a local business

Every small business has a story, and now Rose Community Development and local architects Propel Studio are teaming up with the PDC to tell some of them.

Lents_Grown_-_Our_Stories-2This Friday is the deadline to nominate a local business to be featured in the Lents Grown - Our Stories project. The project involves a temporary art and public-gathering space on a PDC-owned vacant lot at Foster and 88th Ave.

Young people working through Portland Youth Builders will create the installation, which will feature photos and stories that focus on local small businesses. PDC kicked in $7500 to help make the project happen.

Rose staffer Luke Bonham says that locals are encouraged to nominate their favorite local small business or farmer's market vendors to be featured in the installation.

Nominations can be submitted here.

Streetscape Approved 5-0

Yesterday the City Council approved the Foster Streetscape Plan, greenlighting $5.25 million in pedestrian safety improvements for Foster Road between 50th and 90th Avenues.

The unanimous vote comes after more than a decade of activism by neighborhood leaders and small business people seeking to make Foster Road safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users.

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The most controversial element of the plan is the "road diet" that would shrink the street's profile for 24 blocks of the 40 block project area. The current configuration has two travel lanes in each direction. Once completed, the new profile would have a single travel lane in each direction, plus a center turn lane. The additional space would also allow bike lanes in both directions.

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Major Development Coming to NW Lents

NAYA-site-PlanA major new development is coming to Lents, and the neighborhood association wants you to learn more about it.

Tucked into a sleepy corner of NW Lents is the shuttered Foster Elementary School (EDIT: the school site is at SE 86th & Steele). The school has been sitting vacant for years (last used as a public school in 1982, and occupied periodically since then), but it’s about to get a big dose of energy in the form of new complex of housing, education, and services provided by the Native American Youth Family Center (NAYA).

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