4th of July Parade and Party!

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Don’t miss our annual Brentwood-Darlington 4th of July Parade!  This Wednesday, July 4th, join us at 10:00AM at Lane Middle School for bike/scooter decorating. Then march with us at 11:00AM as we wind our way around the neighborhood.  This all ages and abilities parade is for EVERYONE!  Following the parade, we’ll have games and snacks at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center.  Bring a snack or drink to share, if you can. Can’t march in the parade? Set up along the route and cheer us on!  Please note: Children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Childcare is NOT provided!

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July Meeting!

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Don’t miss our meeting July 5th, 2018, 7:00-9:00PM!  We’ll be updating on the Hazeltine and Errol Heights Park projects, talking about the work plan results, and more!  Check out our agenda and join us!

Please note: We are no longer able to offer translation at our meetings, as the City of Portland has eliminated the Special Accommodations Fund that paid for these services. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

Movies in the Park 2018

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The Force is with Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association as we host our annual FREE Movies in the Park event! The droids you are looking for will be shown in Brentwood Park on July 27th at Dusk as we watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13). Come early and join the party as we rock out to local band Mars Rovers.

Please note: Childcare not provided! Children under age 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult!

National Night Out 2018

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Join us for our annual National Night Out Event on Saturday, August 4th, 3:00-7:00PM.  Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association will be grilling up hot dogs (beef, turkey, and veggie) with all the fixings, so bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share and join the neighborhood fun!  This FREE family-friendly event is designed to encourage neighbors to get to know each other. Live music, delicious food, fun for the kids, and hanging with your awesome neighbors make this a must attend summer event!
Please note: Childcare not provided! Children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult!

RSVP via Facebook or NextDoor

Thank you to Advantis Credit Union and New Season Market (Woodstock) for donating to our event!

Are you a business and would like to contribute refreshments or entertainment? Contact us at brentwood.darlington@gmail.com.

Committee Meeting Agenda for July 2018

Join us for committee meetings on Tuesday, July 17th, 7:00-9:00PM at Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Ave, 97206)!  Land Use and Transportation, Events and Outreach, Equity and Inclusion, and Parks and Schools committees will all meet to discuss current and upcoming projects.  You do not have to be a board member to be on a committee!  Please see our agenda below. Doors open at 6:30PM.

Agenda:

  1. Introductions
  2. Committee Updates
    1. Land Use and Transportation
    2. Events and Outreach
    3. Equity and Inclusion
    4. Parks and Schools
  3. Break out into individual committee groups
  4. Return and update
  5. Meeting concludes

First Annual LGL Farm to Fork Dinner

From Learning Gardens Lab:

SAVE THE DATE!
Please join us for the Learning Gardens Laboratory first annual Farm to Fork Dinner!

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 6:00-9:00PM  at Learning Gardens Laboratory (6801 SE 60th Ave, Portland, OR 97206)

The evening includes:

  • A guided, edible tour through the garden
  • A multi-course meal prepared by PSU Eats Executive Chef Matt Steele
  • Each dish includes freshly grown produce from LGL, along with wine and beer pairings
  • Live entertainment
  • Storytelling by PSU students

All proceeds raised at the Farm to Fork fundraiser will support programming and development of the Learning Gardens Laboratory, including innovative garden-based education projects with Lane Middle School and Portland State University Capstone students. The mission of Learning Gardens Laboratory is to support academic achievement, leadership development, and local sustainable food systems by providing multicultural, interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and experiential garden-based education for public school students and their families, university students, and community members.  Please join us in celebrating the bounty of summer at this special event!

A vegan/gluten-free dinner option will be provided.

Portland summer casual party attire and garden-friendly footwear are encouraged.

Reserved sponsorship tables available, please contact Brittnee Gilbert.

Admission: $75 per person. Limited tickets are available, so please reserve your tickets now: Purchase Tickets

 

BDNA Letter of Complaint to PPS

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) voted on June 7th, 2018 to send a formal letter of complaint regarding the disrespectful and unprofessional behavior of Portland Public Schools (PPS) during the recent decision to co-locate ACCESS to Lane Middle School and Vestal Elementary School.  Please view the full letter below, sent to PPS and the Board of Education via email on June 25, 2018.  For a PDF version, click here.

June 25, 2018

Dear Portland Public Schools and Board of Education,

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) voted on June 7th, 2018 to send a formal letter of complaint regarding the disrespectful and unprofessional  behavior of Portland Public Schools (PPS) during the recent decision to co-locate ACCESS to Lane Middle School and Vestal Elementary School. As a community partner, the Neighborhood Association works closely with its neighborhood schools to advocate for our families and students. The BDNA is extremely concerned about the alarming  lack of communication with parents and staff before, during, and after this decision was voted on by the Board of Education. The blatant disregard with which the Board of Education treated the parties in question must be addressed.

The Board vote to co-locate ACCESS to Lane and Vestal occured on May 30th, 2018.  Less than twenty-four hours before the meeting on May 29th, an email was sent out to parents and staff stating that there would be a “work session,” but that no vote or testimony would be taken. The following day, less than six hours before the meeting, a second email went out, stating that there would be a secondary “brief regular meeting” immediately following the work session and that select testimony would be taken, and a vote would in fact be held.  This recklessly insufficient notice effectively prevented parents, staff, students, and community members from attending the meeting to voice their concerns.  By holding the vote on improperly short notice, and at a time of day (afternoon, rather than evening) when stakeholders were in school, working, or simply unaware of what was transpiring, the Board demonstrated deep disrespect to multiple communities.  

By leaving all of us out of the conversation, PPS is actively damaging the future education of children across Portland.  This decision has created an early education vacuum in Brentwood-Darlington. The co-location of ACCESS removes four classes of Head Start from the heart of our neighborhood.  This is the only Head Start program in our area with a dedicated and age appropriate play structure. This 50% reduction of free or reduced-cost early education will cause many families in our diverse neighborhood to self-select out of this vital service.  The offer of priority enrollment for displaced families at neighboring Head Start programs only intensifies the problem, straining an already underserved region and negatively impacting the most vulnerable populations.

This letter constitutes a request by the BDNA for a formal written apology within five (5) business days from PPS and the Board of Education to each of the involved entities.  We call upon PPS and the Board of Education to reach out to the communities they have wounded and have a meaningful dialogue to address the concerns and needs of all affected parties.  We expect better than this from our education system and will be holding PPS and the Board of Education accountable for making vast improvements in a timely manner.

Sincerely,

Chelsea Powers, Board Chair

Meg Van Buren,  Equity & Inclusion Chair

Shannon Kane, Member at Large

Tina Biornstad-Szafranski, Member at Large

Lynn Reck, Treasurer

Jean Blackmore,  Vice Treasurer

Stephenie Frederick, Transportation Chair

Esther Crowell-Duncan, Member at Large and Lane Middle School PTA President

Rob Hanifin, Vice Chair

Paul Willey, SE Uplift Liaison and SE Uplift Secretary