Christmas Dinner at Memorial United Methodist Church

Hughes_web_ext_preferred_2011_XHKXSJWUJoin us on December 25 for dinner. Friends, community members, guests, travelers – all are welcome for an informal dinner and time of visiting friends and neighbors at Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church, 111 NE Failing St.

Our neighbors Michael and Matthew Little are hosting a Christmas Day potluck for all, from 11 am to 1 pm

If you have no family around, feel lonely, want some conversation , you are welcome to come and join the fun, or bring your family and come meet your neighbors!

We’ll have a variety of foods to meet a a diversity of dietary needs. We thank our neighbors, New Seasons and others who have so graciously donated some wholesome food. Bring a dish to share or just come and enjoy!

Hope to see you there! Pets welcome



Soul District Discount Buck: Shop small, and Localize this Holiday Season

Soul District Discount Buck
Shop small and Localize this Holiday Season




Beginning Nov. 29th, if you spend $25 at participating Soul District Business you’ll receive a Soul District Holiday Buck worth 10% off. This buck is redeemable at another local participating business.  Let’s boost our Soul District’s economy by circulating our dollars within our community this holiday season!  Soul District Bucks are available at participating retail locations. For a current list of participants visit

  Current participants include:

The Leotard
2432 NE MLK Jr. BlvdGoldrush Coffee Bar
2601 NE MLK

Queen of Sheba
2413 NE MLK Jr. Blvd

Local Lounge
3536 NE MLK JR BlvdEthnic Expressions
3609 NE MLK Blvd

Champions Barbershop
3827 NE MLK JR Blvd

Touch of Urban Apparel
2861NE MLK JR Blvd

In Other Words,
Feminist community center
14 North Killingsworth

JP Custom Framing
418 NE Killingsworth

Also redeemable at the
Soul District Bazaar – – – see below!

Soul District Holiday
Bazaar & Gospel Sounds
Dec 6 & 7

Featuring live gospel sounds & entertainment, up to 20 unique vendors will sell and display their services and wares alongside of some unique Soul District Branding items.
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‘Christmas Carol’ returns to Portland Playhouse this December

Christmas Carol

December 3-28th, at Portland Playhouse: Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Directed by Cristi Miles

Dickens’ classic ghost story returns after last year’s success in attracting a large, diverse, and enthusiastic neighborhood audience. This homemade, holiday treat that invokes the beauty of second chances will charm you in with what Portland Monthly called “an immersive musical wonderland that embodies the holiday spirit.” Join us for an authentic, music-filled journey to nineteenth-century London, in which greedy Scrooge learns his lesson and Tiny Tim has the last word.

Adaptation and original lyrics by Rick Lombardo
Original music by Anna Lackaff and Rick Lombardo
Music arrangements by Anna Lackaff

Ticket info here.


Team Leaders for the Tree Inventory at King – Summer 2015

EMinventory“I learned to identify trees, I participated in an activity in my neighborhood that gave me increased connections both to the physical environment and people in my neighborhood, I enjoyed every minute, and I learned about resources in Portland that are related to parks, trees, and environmental improvement.”

Walking around your neighborhood, do you see spaces to plant a tree, street trees in need of maintenance, and neighbors who are concerned about their trees but don’t know where to begin? Through the Tree Inventory Project, Urban Forestry is helping Portlanders take action to improve their community’s street trees, one neighborhood at a time.

The Tree Inventory Project began with a pilot neighborhood street tree inventory in 2010. Since then, the project has grown in leaps and bounds, and 17 neighborhoods have partnered with Urban Forestry so far to inventory street trees and create action-oriented neighborhood tree management plans. To date, volunteers have identified, measured, and mapped 70,000 street trees!

Active neighborhood groups interested in trees begin by gathering volunteers to help conduct a street tree inventory. Volunteers are guided by Urban Forestry staff, who provide training, tools, and event organization. Together, information is collected on tree species, size, health, site conditions, and available planting spaces. Data are analyzed by Urban Forestry staff, and findings are presented to neighborhood stakeholders at an annual Tree Summit  at the end of the season in November. At the summit, neighborhood groups begin developing tree plans: They form a working neighborhood tree group and set achievable strategies to improve existing trees, expand tree canopy, and connect the neighborhood with city and nonprofit resources. The resulting Neighborhood Tree Plan is based on the current status and health of neighborhood street trees and provides recommendations for specific neighborhood actions to improve canopy. In the past, neighborhood groups have organized pruning workshops, secured funding to widen small planting strips, and planted street trees.

More than just producing data and a tree plan, this project brings communities together. Participating in the tree inventory project is a great way to meet your neighbors and connect with others who value our green resources!

Please contact if you are interested in participate.

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