The Miracles Club, a social club for people in recovery from drug addiction on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. is due to see ground broken on its new facility on the east side of the boulevard soon. In connection with the move, a Good Neighbor Agreement between the club, the immediate neighbors and King Neighborhood Association was in the works for many months. After negotiations broke down between the immediate neighbors, Miracles, and city planning officials last winter, the process was sent to mediation. So far, one meeting has been held between mediators, an immediate neighbor, members of Miracles, NECN, and KNA. A court ruling last year prohibited the blocking of all traffic from the site to Grand Avenue. The working group hopes to identify the remaining negotiable issues and prioritize them so that negotiations can proceed constructively.
Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette’s new facility will celebrate it’s opening on February 14th. The organization has requested a street closure for the event on Garfield Avenue behind the building. As a result of the controversy over the availabilty of abortion services at Planned Parenthood, Bill Diss on behalf of Precious Children of Portland and Knights of Columbus is requesting to close Beech Street from Garfield to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. next to the building. Notification of the requests, as usual were sent to the neighborhood association for comment. If you would like KNA to give input to Portland Department of Transportation, we will accept comments at our Wednesday meeting or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oregon Convention Center Urban Renewal Advisory Committee will meet at the King Facility next week for their quarterly meeting. The OCC URAC, how’s that for an acronym, is resposible for advising PDC on their efforts to rejuvenate the Convention Center area, most of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and part of Alberta Street. Visit PDC’s website for more info: http://www.pdc.us/ura/occ.asp
Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 4 – 6 PM
Contact: Joleen Jensen-Classen, 503-823-3352
Location: King Facility 4815 NE 15th Avenue
Champions Barbershop, a business owned and operated by men who value the importance of building community, is currently sponsoring a toy drive for the holiday. Bring your unwrapped toys to the shop at 3827 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
To contact the shop, call 971-255-1288 or visit their website: http://championsbarbershop.biz
From the Press Release:
“Local Beanery and Bakery Combo Opens With A Conscience
Like a little ambiance with your Americano? A little panache with your pastry? A little social consciousness with your sweet tea?
Sweet Thing Bakehouse & Coffee Bar® is all that and more. Locally owned and operated, Sweet Thing® (http://www.sweetthingpdx.com/) brings together a unique blend of that good old neighborhood hangout feel, baking talent and innovation, and the finest of the world’s coffee beans — all in a setting that invites friends to linger in comfortable conversation.
Built on a foundation of support of local and global community, Sweet Thing® is dedicated to values rooted in an “act locally, think globally” line of thought. Visitors to the bakery will immediately be taken with the architecture of the “conversation space”, purposefully arranged to encourage conversation, either tête-à-tête or on a grander scale. Or just pull down their free Wi-Fi and surf, share photos, movies or music with friends.
Owner Shawna Marshall is realizing a dream of being able to aid the community, serve neighborhood dwellers, and support a worthy cause by opening this well-appointed, family-owned and operated, full-service coffee bar and bakery. The fare is full and varied featuring coffees, teas, smoothies, fruit parfaits, soups, salads, paninis, specialty cakes and more.
As many products as possible are sourced locally. Some of the products used in crafting a variety of delicious paninis are taken straight from a local, hand-kept garden. With an eye toward sustainability, the drink cups, plastic ware and straws are all 100% bio-degradable. All coffee beans are organically grown, fair traded, and a percentage of profits from coffee sales returns to the Café Feminino foundation (http://cupoftheworld.com/html/cafe_feminino.html) to help support women and children in coffee-growing communities of South America.
All in all, Sweet Thing Bakehouse and Coffee Bar® is the kind of place you can hang with friends, or just enjoy your own personal space knowing you’re part of local and global community.”
So there you have it!