Video from April 18th, 2019 Alternate Walkways Meeting with PBOT

Couldn’t make it to our April 18th, 2019 meeting on Alternate Walkways with Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)?  Here is partial video of the meeting to discuss types of alternative walkways, especially along Safe Routes to School, in Brentwood-Darlington!  Hosted by the Land Use and Transportation committee of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) with special guests from Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).

(We are aware the video quality is pretty bad, but felt the audio was important. We’re working on better technology to connect our community to advocacy opportunities. Are you great with video and want to volunteer with BDNA? Contact us at brentwood.darlington@gmail.com!)

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2019 Orange Egg Drop Sets New Donation Record!

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association is so grateful to neighboring Hopecity Church for donating over $3400 raised at their annual Orange Egg Drop event!  Our largest donation ever from this event!  For the third year, Hopecity Church has generously added a fundraising component to this community event.  We are incredibly appreciative of these funds and excited to put them towards more community events for our neighbors in Brentwood-Darlington.

May 21, 2019 Special District Election for Multnomah County

From Multnomah County Elections: 
The next election in Multnomah County is a local election. The Special District Election will be held on May 21, 2019 for local school district, water district, and rural fire protection district board members. There may also be local measures that include requests for local tax money or proposed changes to laws. Special District Elections are held every odd number year in May.

2019 Board Elections in May!

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Board elections are happening May 2nd, 2019 at our regular public monthly board meeting, 7:00-9:00PM, at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center.  Everyone is welcome!


What does a board member do?

  • Attend at least 10 monthly board meetings per year, held the 1st Thursday of every month from 7:00-9:00PM.
  • Volunteer at events like neighborhood clean-ups, Movies in the Park, and National Night Out.
  • Discuss and vote on neighborhood issues, appoint committees (as needed), and work on projects pertaining to Brentwood-Darlington.

What about elected positions?

The BDNA has four elected officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

  • The Chair is responsible for presiding over meetings, drawing up the agenda, and generally representing the board and neighborhood when necessary. (Average monthly time commitment ~20-30 hours)
  • The Vice Chair assists the Chair and steps in when the Chair is unable to perform their duties. (Average monthly time commitment ~10-15 hours)
  • The Secretary maintains non-financial records and a list of board members, takes minutes at meetings, and answers correspondence. (Average monthly time commitment ~10-15 hours)
  • The Treasurer is responsible for all funds belonging to the BDNA and must maintain records and report on those funds monthly. (Average monthly time commitment ~5-10 hours)

What if I don’t want to join the Board, but still want to volunteer?

You don’t have to be a board member to volunteer at events or be on a committee! We invite all neighbors to and participate in our four active committees:

  • Land Use and Transportation
  • Outreach and Events
  • Parks and Schools
  • Equity and Inclusion

Willing to attend a meeting and report back? 

Join us on May 2nd and help make YOUR neighborhood a great place to live, work, and play!

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Resources and Food for Thought

On March 19th, Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association and SE Uplift hosted a Community Conversation: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? How Relationships Affect the Places We Live.  Facilitator Jen Mitas led a wonderful conversation with a group of neighbors from around Southeast Portland.  If you missed this Conversation, you can check into the thought provoking resource list below.

Resource list for “Won’t You Be My Neighbor? How Relationships Affect the Places We Live”

Comic: This Is How Borrowing Things From Our Neighbors Strengthens Society

Birch, Eve, ‘The Art of Being a Neighbor’, NPR, 2009. <https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102961694>

Campbell, Alexia Fernández, ‘Neighborhoods Can Shape Success – Down to the Level of a City Block.’ The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 23 May 2016. <http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/05/how-a-neighborhood-block-can-affect-a-perso ns-success/483983/>

Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District, ‘Being A Good Neighbor in Farm Country,’ <https://conservationdistrict.org/resources/rural-property/being-a-good-neighbor-in-farm-country> Dunkelman, Marc J., The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community (New York: W.W. Norton, 2014)

Lorish, Philip and Sam Speers, ’On Politics and Neighborliness,’ 2016. <https://newcitycommons.com/culture-briefing/on-politics-neighborliness>

Mock, Brentin, ‘Toward Being a Better Gentrifier,’ CityLab. 2017. <https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/06/toward-being-a-better-gentrifier/531324/>

Moran, Lauren, ‘Scores for a Block Party,’ 2018. <http://files.cargocollective.com/185228/ScoresforaBlockParty.spreads-ilovepdf-compressed–1-.pdf > Pfister, Carolina, ‘I See You,’ 2018. <https://www.carolinapfister.com/i-see-you>

Putnam, Robert D., Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000)

Rosenblum, Nancy, Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America (Princeton & Oxford: Princeton UP, 2016)

Rodney, Seph, ‘A Public Art Project Invites Gentrifiers To Confess Their Sins,’ Hyperallergic. 2016. <https://hyperallergic.com/300831/a-public-art-project-invites-gentrifiers-to-confess-their-sins/>

Rothman, Joshua, ‘Red Neighbor, Blue Neighbor,’ The New Yorker. November 7, 2016. <https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/07/red-neighbor-blue-neighbor>

Warnick, Melody, This is Where I Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live (Viking, New York, 2016)

VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project

At our April meeting, we were joined by Marvin Peña, Grassroots Engagement Coordinator at VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project.  Read below to learn a little more about VOZ, then visit portlandvoz.org to hire a worker!


What is Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project?

Our Mission

Voz is a worker-led organization that empowers diverse day laborers and immigrants to improve their working conditions and protect civil rights through leadership development, organizing, education and economic opportunity.

Our Work

We fight for justice for day laborers through three major programs: the MLK Jr. Worker Center, Internal Organizing, and External Organizing.

MLK Jr. Worker Center

The MLK Jr. Worker Center connects approximately 600 day-laborers per year to over 4,000 local employers. In 2016, day laborers earned almost $400,000 in wages through jobs found at the Worker Center. The Worker Center is a safe, dignified space for the day laborer community to gather in search of work. We offer workforce development skills, health, and safety training. We also guarantee labor protections such as a $15 minimum wage, and resources for victims of wage theft.

Leach Botanical Gardens April/May 2019 Events

Leach Botanical Gardens April/May 2019 Events

The bridge at SE 122nd Ave is OPEN!

PLANT SALE, Saturday, April 13th, 9:00AM (LBG Friends), 9:30AM (general) to 2:00PM at Floyd Light Middle School.

SPRING BIRDS IN THE GARDEN with Laura Whittemore, April 21, 9:00AM- 12:00PM This workshop takes the mystery out of bird observation and identification by giving you the tools to see the whole bird—not just its color, but its shape, size, pattern, behavior, and more. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress for the weather. Meet at the Manor House. $30 General/ $25 LBG Friends

SHINRIN YOKU TOUR, Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11:00AM – 12:00PM Leach Garden is a powerful place of respite in bustling SE Portland. Join us for a soothing, expansive walk through the forest, meadow, and creek side.

BOTANICAL ECO-DYEING, April 28, 9:00AM – 4:00PM Textile artist Anna Zell will lead you step-by-step through the eco-printing process and you’ll take home your own eco-printed silk noil and either crepe de chine or charmeuse silk scarf. Cost: $125 general/$115 LBG Friend. Includes all silk fabric and dying supplies.

CREATING WILDLIFE HABITAT TREES, Saturday, May 4, 11:00AM-12:30PM More than a quarter of woodland wild-life species use dead and dying trees for food, shelter, and cover. Learn how snags can be coaxed into critical habitat with Board Certified Master Arborist and PCC instructor Anne LeSenne. Meet at the entrance to the Claybourne Parking Lot. $25.00 General/$20.00 LBG Friend

NATIVE BEE WORKSHOP Saturday, May 11, 1:00-4:00PM Join Jess Tyler for an overview of Oregon’s native bees, an examination of bees through dissecting scopes, followed by a chance to catch and release some as we take a guided tour through the Garden. $20 general/$15 LBG Friend

CHILDREN’S NATURE FAIR, Saturday, May 18, 10:00AM-2:00PM  Please let Annie Winn know if you’d like to volunteer!

LILLA LIT, Sunday, May 19th, 4:00-6:00PM. We’re thrilled to announce Lilla Lit, a new signature literary reading series held at Leach Botanical Garden. Please join us for the inaugural Lilla literary event on the East Terrace to hear from these six acclaimed Portland authors: Justin Hocking, Apricot Irving, Keetje Kuipers, Nastashia Minto, Liz Prato, and Liz Scott. $10 suggested donation at the door.