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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

Earth Day Alberta Street clean-up: you’re invited! April 18th.



Join us for the fifth annual spring-cleaning of NE Alberta Street!

April 18, 2015 • 10 AM – 1:30 PM.
Check-in starts at 9:30 at 18th and Alberta.
Rain or Shine.

The Earth Day cleanup is more than just a day of litter and graffiti removal; it is a day to meet your neighbors, build community and celebrate at the Golden Garbage Awards. We will provide refreshments in the morning as well as a celebration with prizes from Alberta Street businesses and food at the end of the clean up!

You will be assigned a section of Alberta Street between MLK and 33rd Avenue when you check in the morning of the event at Alberta Central – the courtyard between Umpqua Bank (1745 NE Alberta St Portland, OR 97211) and Barista at NE 18th Avenue and Alberta Street.

Please bring your own water bottle, gloves and any tools that will aid in clean up – some helpful tools include step ladders, wheelbarrows, flat head screwdrivers, pliers, razor blade scrapers.

Sign up to volunteer here!

King Neighborhood Tree Inventory: you’re invited to help!

We’re gearing up for a tree inventory in the neighborhood this summer, and you’re invited to help! We need Team Leaders to help volunteers count and assess trees in small sections of the n’hood, and when summer arrives, we’ll be looking for your help making the inventory happen!

Next dates:

April 1: Sabin/King Tree Team meeting at the Freehouse at 6:30. Join and learn more about the inventory. We will be brainstorming site locations for each work date and plan on how to recruit volunteers. We will have the exact dates for the Inventory and will have to secure those before the next meeting.

May 1: Dead line for securing site locations for the specific dates.

May 2: Recruitment training with the City (optional). Learn what resources they will provide and learn how to get our community involved. We will brainstorm partners in the neighborhood for volunteer efforts.

June 10 or 13: Attend Team Leader Training. Choose an afternoon or morning session.

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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Easter Egg Hunt at Two Plum Park

twoplumeggThe Second Annual Egg Hunt at Two Plum Park, 4023 NE 7th Ave will be Sunday March 31st at 10:30am. The egg hunt is for ages 5 and under. Please bring a bag or basket to collect eggs in (5 eggs max per child)

We will be needing a few supplies so please keep your eye out for:

We’ll be getting a candy donation from the Alberta Co-op so no need for those kinds of donations. We’ll be looking for help stuffing eggs on the evening of Wedneday, March 27.

We will also need some volunteers so if you or anyone you know would like to help hide eggs and clean the park-up before the event (around 9:30) or clean-up afterwards let us know. Please help spread the word!

Thanks, everyone. Spring is on its way!
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