February and March Events at Leach Botanical Gardens

YOGA CLASS: Tuesdays, 1:00-1:50PM, Manor House. Optimize your overall well-being with yoga. All levels welcome. Taught by Jill Russell or Kelly Carsley. $10 LBG Friends, $12 non-members.

WINTER INTEREST WALK: Saturday, Feb. 9, 11:00AM-12:00PM. Join Gardener/Curator Courtney Vengarick on a winter garden highlights walk. Free for LBG Friends/$5 non-members. Pre-registration requested

WHY THERE ARE WORDS PDX: Sunday, February 17, 4:00-6:00PM. Six acclaimed authors will read from their work on the theme of Peace & Justice. WTAW is an award-winning national reading series that we are fortunate to host at the Garden, thanks to Virginia Brandabur and Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. The $10 requested donation benefits the garden.

BEDROCK THEATRE: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:00-8:00PM. An evening of live music and storytelling with Bedrock Band. This inaugural Bedrock Theatre event kicks off the Garden’s partnership with Bedrock in presenting seasonal events that connect audiences with the environment. Suggested $5-25 donation; no one turned away. Proceeds benefit the garden. Click here to learn more!

BENEFICIAL INSECTS WORKSHOP: Sunday, March 3, 1:00-3:30PM. EMSWCD is presenting this workshop at the Garden on how native insects keep gardens healthy and thriving. Click here to register!

SPRING GARDEN FAIR: Saturday, March 16, 10:00AM-2:00PM. Seed Exchange, Tool Sharpening, Kid’s Nature Walk at 11:00AM, Ethnobotany Tour at 1:00PM, Stone Cabin Open House, and mini-cupcakes while they last!

NATIVE PLANTS WORKSHOP: Saturday, April 6, 9:00-11:30AM. EMSWCD will provide information on the benefits of gardening with native plants, which ones do well together, and other tips on growing natives. Click here to register!

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Be Extreme: Show Your Love for the Stream!

From Johnson Creek Watershed Council: 

Interested in getting hands-on experience in wildlife monitoring? Come to our Lamprey and Steelhead Surveyor Orientation to learn how you can help us document the distribution of native fish species throughout the watershed.

Want to improve habitat quality? We have several invasive removal and native species planting restoration work parties this month, all leading up to our largest event of the year- our 21st annual Watershed Wide Restoration Extreme! Choose from ten locations to help us weed, plant, and mulch our way to a healthier watershed. To thank you for your hard work rejuvenating this unique watershed, there will be free pizza parties at two locations. Register soon before your ideal restoration destination fills up!

Restoration Work Party at Tideman Johnson

  • February 2, 9 am – 12 pm
  • 4401 SE Johnson Creek Blvd, Portland, OR 97222
  • More details HERE

Bare Root Planting

  • February 9, 9 am – 12 pm
  • 16160 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97236
  • More details HERE

Lamprey and Steelhead Surveyor Orientation

  • February 16, 10 am – 12:30 pm
  • 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202
  • More details HERE

Restoration Work Party at Errol Heights

  • February 16, 9 am – 12 pm
  • SE 52nd and Tenino Drive, Portland, OR 97206
  • More details HERE

21st Annual Watershed Wide Restoration Extreme!

  • March 2, 8:45 am – 12 pm
  • 10 Restoration work parties to choose from throughout the watershed
  • More details HERE

Questions? Please contact courtney@jcwc.org

Tree Recycling – One Day Only!

Recycle your tree with Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association and Pack 523! Drop off your undecorated tree on January 5th, 9:00-11:00AM at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (parking lot) and support two local organizations at once! Thanks to local business The Green Man Tree Care, who provides this service to the neighborhood free of charge. This year, we are asking a suggested donation of $5, with 100% of proceeds going to benefit Pack 523 and Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association.

Helmets Needed for Woodmere Unicycle Club

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Help Mr. Stultz at Woodmere Elementary give his Unicycle Club students helmets! 

Woodmere Elementary School offers unicycling to boys and girls in grades 2-5. These kids are awesome! They are hard working, committed and focused, often performing at school and neighborhood events.  This great sport was introduced to them in a physical education class.  Students gain confidence in their abilities and improve their skills. Unicycling is hard, helping students develop their perseverance, patience, and focus.

Many of the students wishing to participate in Unicycle Club do not have helmets at home and are unable to afford one.  Students will earn the responsibility of borrowing a unicycle for the entire school year.  Those who forget their helmet at home will be able to borrow one from school, ensuring that safety remains the top priority.

Students attend weekly practice and those that learn to ride earn a t-shirt and have the opportunity to ride in the Junior Rose Parade in June. They also are part of the school-wide performance in June.

Ready to support Woodmere Elementary’s Unicycle Club?

Click here and donate at DonorsChoose.org!

Hazeltine Park Planting and Ribbon Cutting

After a summer of radical landscape alteration, Hazeltine Park is looking fantastic and we need your help to complete this beautiful naturescape.

Join the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and Portland Parks & Recreation to install hundreds of native, pollinator-friendly plants and cut the ribbon on the new natural landscape with our guest of honor and park namesake, Dick Hazeltine.  We will also be planting a tree to honor Mr. Hazeltine’s late wife, Opal Hazeltine, who was instrumental in the development of the original park.  (There will be a second event to finish spring planting on March 23rd.)

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WHEN: Saturday, December 1st, from 9am-12pm
(Everyone is welcome! Arrive at 8:45am for orientation, or feel free to join in as a second wave later on.)
WHERE: Hazeltine Park – 5416 SE Flavel Driv
Parking: on street parking available nearby in the neighborhood
Transit: Nearby bus stops on lines 71 and 75
Dress for the weather. We’ll have gloves, tools, and refreshments.

Please RSVP to attend the planting here!

Learn about the project here

Sign up on Facebook here

Click below to download and print a flier to share with your neighbors:

Spooktacular and Trunk-or-Treat 2018!

Join the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association for our annual Spooktacular and Trunk-or-Treat on October 27th, 3:00-5:00PM!  This FREE family-friendly outdoor event is open to everyone!  Children and their accompanying adults are encouraged to dress up and trick-or-treat at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center parking lot (7211 SE 62nd Ave, 97206).  Bring gently used costumes and dress-up pieces for our free costume exchange. We will be gathering non-food items for the Lane Middle School Food Pantry.  See the list below and donate if you can!  Children under 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian!

What is a “Trunk-or-Treat”? Cars are parked in a closed lot with their trunks decorated. Costumed children trick-or-treat the decorated vehicles.  Interested in participating in our Trunk-or-Treat event with your vehicle? Sign-up here!

Interested in volunteering or donating?  Email us

RSVP to this event on Facebook by clicking here!

Lane Middle School Food Pantry Non-Food Items Wish List:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Hand soap
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Deodorant
  • Dish soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper towels
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton balls
  • Makeup wipes
  • Tissues
  • Dental floss
  • Laundry soap
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Rubber gloves
  • Toilet scrubbers
  • Sponges
  • Mops/brooms/dustpans
  • Washcloths
  • Pens/pencils
  • Notepads
  • Garbage bags
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Bandaids
  • Neosporin
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Dog and cat food
  • Cat litter
  • Ziploc storage bags
  • Aluminum foil

SEUL 50th Anniversary Celebration

From Southeast Uplift:

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of SE Uplift is just weeks away! Please join us and spread the word far and wide!

Come enjoy music, food, fun, and activities right here at the SE Uplift building, 3534 SE Main Street.

We will be honoring several long-serving volunteers, and have activities related to our five-decade history of building healthy neighborhoods and promoting community involvement. Please RSVP by clicking here.