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.

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Portland Clean Air Presentation at May 2nd Meeting

Portland Clean Air (PCA) will be in attendance at our May 2nd, 2019 public board meeting, presenting following board elections. Portland Clean Air has compiled the DEQ Cleaner Air Oregon Chemical Balance Sheets showing total emissions, separately for uncontrolled emissions, and ranked them using the DEQ level I screening of the known health effects of these emissions. Two professional computer programmers volunteered and DEQ checked the work. PCA has also mapped diesel particulate using ODOT 24 hour truck counts. Greg Bourget, Lead Researcher for PCA, will present the data and action planned by a cooperative effort of 35 Neighborhood Associations.

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!

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)

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.

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Clean-Up 2019!

Join us for our annual neighborhood clean-up event!

Bring your bulky waste, scrap metal and wood, furniture, yard debris, and more! NO COMMERCIAL LOADS!

Suggested Donation:
Car/Minivan $30
Truck/Van $40
Mattress $10
Trailer $35

We accept cash, checks, and cards. Please make checks out to, “BDNA.”  Look for our flier in the May issue of the The Bee to save $5! 

RSVP for this event on Facebook or NextDoor to stay up to date!

So what is “bulky waste”? Things like chairs, sofas, lamps, mattresses, old doors, piles of cardboard or bales of old newspapers, or anything else that cannot be left curbside for regular waste pick-up. We also accept scrap metal like washers, dryers, and dishwashers, old metal chairs, poles, wire, cable, ducts, and locks. Plus, drop off your yard waste that can’t go in the compost bin; like branches, vines, bushes, small trees, and stumps.

Please note, the list of prohibited materials was updated April 11, 2019 to reflect new rules.  

As per Metro, we cannot accept:

  • Building/construction/demolition materials, including:
  • Flooring: vinyl tiles, vinyl sheet, mastic
  • Walls: Painted wood, plaster, decorative plaster
  • Siding: cement siding, shingles, “Transite”
  • Ceilings: acoustical tiles, “popcorn” and spray-on texture
  • Insulation: spray-applied, blown-in, vermiculite
  • Electrical: wire insulation, panel partitions
  • Other: fire doors, fire brick, fire proofing
  • Home and office appliances
  • Computers/components, monitors or TVs
  • Food in any form, including kitchen garbage/food waste
  • Refrigerators/freezers or air conditioners (containing Freon or ammonia)
  • Hazardous waste
  • Batteries (all kinds)
  • Paint
  • Chemicals
  • Toilets
  • Tires
  • Railroad ties
  • Barrels
  • Propane tanks
  • Explosives
  • Lead containing materials
  • Oil, mercury, or PCBs
  • Fluorescent bulbs & ballast
  • Marijuana (in any form)