Become an Alberta Main Street volunteer



Alberta Main Street is seeking passionate volunteers who want to get involved in community and economic development. We will be having a volunteer orientation at our office Thursday, June 11th at 6:30PM. Volunteering with Alberta Main Street is a great way to make an impact in your community, gain experience in a variety of areas and meet new friends.


At the orientation you will learn about Alberta Street’s past, present and future. With many exciting volunteer opportunities for people interested in both short and long term commitments – there is an opportunity perfect for you.

Committee volunteers: Meet volunteers currently serving on Alberta Main Street committees; learn what they have accomplished and what they hope to with your help. Alberta Main Street committees include promotion, design, business development, and equity.

Special events: Volunteering at special events is a great way to get your feet wet without a long-term commitment. Our annual events include Alberta Street Fair, Sidewalk Sale, Trick or Treat Alberta Street, Holiday Events and Earth Day.

Episodic volunteers: Volunteers remove graffiti and stickers from garbage cans, provide on-call office support, clean the office and other random and sporadic tasks.

Alberta Main Street Volunteer Orientation

When: Thursday, June 11th at 6:30PM

Where: Alberta Main Street

1722 NE Alberta Street // Portland, OR 97211

RSVP Online:


We would love to have you join us!

Portland’s mayor calls for BPS to study development, infill in neighborhoods.


Mayor Hales is seeking your support for his proposed budget request to fund a comprehensive review and update of the City’s single-dwelling zone development standards.

Mayor Hales has directed the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability to conduct this review. Responsive to neighborhood concerns about the compatibility of new development, the 18 month project will include:


  1. Evaluation of how the scale and pattern of single family development varies across neighborhoods.


  1. Proposals for changes to zoning code provisions that affect scale and design of new single-family dwellings:
  • lot coverage,
  • height,
  • setbacks, and
  • required rear yard area.


  1. Update to rules and policies related to infill development on “skinny” lots.


  1. Update to rules to increase the types of infill units in single-dwelling zones to allow more households and a greater range of incomes to find housing in single family neighborhoods.  This includes allowing flexibility that encourages innovative housing types and development.


  1. Evaluation of these proposals in terms of impact on housing supply, housing cost and development economics.


You may voice your support for funding this project in several ways:


  1. Contact Commissioner offices to share your support.


  1. Testify at the May 20 City Council budget public hearing at 6:30PM here in Council Chambers at City Hall.


  1. Letters to the editor of local media


We look forward to your engagement throughout the length of this project.


Matthew Robinson

Policy Analyst

Office of Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland


This week: King NA meeting, and our neighborhood clean-up!


On Wednesday, King NA’s monthly meeting happens, 6:30 pm,

at the offices of NECN, 4815 NE  7th.

This month’s meeting agenda:

introductions (5 mins)

fiscal sponsorship agreement (5 mins)

elections: Co-Chair, Treasurer, At-Large positions 2 and 4 (5 mins)

presentation re inclusionary zoning: Jon Ostar from Opal (20 mins)

tree inventory update (5 mins)

vote re bike parade budget (5 mins)

tree of merit (5 mins)

discussion regarding strategic planning: identifying priorities for the next 1 – 2 years (40 mins)

 Neighborhood Clean-up
Saturday, May 16th ~~ 9 am – 1 pm
                                            449 NE Emerson (N. Police Precinct Parking Lot)

Sponsored by the King Neighborhood Association
$5 – $25 based on size
Clean out your house and meet your neighbors! For a small donation, KNA will take your junk to the dump and recycling centers. We will also have a selection of re-usable items available for free in our swap corner. Accepted materials include:
-unwanted household goods such as mattresses, bikes, furniture, etc.

-e-waste (appliances/electronics)

-used batteries
-recyclable plastics
-reusable items
-scrap metal
-tires ($2/each and limit 4 per household)
Note: we cannot accept hazardous waste, medications, or yard debris

Cottonwood in the Flood: a staged reading of a play about Vanport, on May 25th. .


in honor of the 1948 Memorial Day Vanport Flood:

Westminster Cloisters Arts Ministry Presents
a staged reading of a new play

Cottonwood in the Flood

by Rich Rubin
directed by Damaris Webb
technical design by Lara Klingeman

An engrossing full-length drama about the African American experience in 1940’s Oregon and the rapid rise – – and even more rapid fall – – of the city of Vanport
Memorial Day, Monday May 25th at 2pm

Westminster Presbyterian Church

1624 NE Hancock Street

$5 suggested donation

or two canned food items to be donated to The NE Emergency Food Program ; no will be turned away for lack of funds
to reserve tickets please write to — by 5pm Thursday, May 21st
Stay to share stories with the artists and Vanport survivors


with:  Anthony Armstrong, Jeb Berrier, James Dixon,
Adrienne Flagg, Joe Gibson, Wrick Jones,
S. Renee Mitchell, Jocelyn Seid, PSM Cassie Skauge


“maybe the finest acting I’ve ever seen at a staged reading” – Brett Campbell Oregon Arts Watch
“It’s got that very particular quality
so often crowed about in art, so rarely actually seen: capital-I importance.” – The Portland Mercury’s Megan Burbank

Aging in Place: learn more about North Star Village, & the local Village Movement.


Remain in Your Home as You Age

with Support from an Aging-In-Place Village



If you are interested in remaining in your home as you age, now is the time to start planning. Whether you are a home owner, renter, share housing with family or others, the Village may be just what you’re looking for.


North Star Village is hosting Village at Home talks introducing the local Village Movement and how Villages support folks to remain in the homes they love and the familiar neighborhoods they cherish. It’s called “aging in place” and is a national movement responding to the need for services so folks can age comfortably and safely at home.


Invite your neighbors, friends, co-workers and reserve your seat for one of these living room talks:

Saturday May 9                           Saturday, May 30                  Saturday, June 6
2:00 – 4:00 pm                              2:00 – 4:00 pm                        2:00 – 4:00 pm

Find out what North Star Village will offer and how you can join others to shape the services and programs of our own virtual village.

Space is limited!  Call 503.978.0540 or go to to reserve your place and receive the location.