Spooktacular and Trunk-or-Treat TODAY!

Don’t miss our 3rd annual Spooktacular and Trunk-or-Treat happening TODAY, Sunday, October 22nd, 4:00-7:00PM at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center.  Bring a dish to share and gently used costumes for the Costume Closet, if you can.  For more information, view our event on Facebook.

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Register by October 17th to Vote in November Special Election

Register to Vote in Multnomah County’s November Special Election by October 17th

A November Special Election is only seven weeks away on Tuesday, November 7, for eligible voters in Multnomah County. Local ballot measures will be on the ballot and not any candidate races. Ballots are scheduled to be mailed on October 18 with November 2nd indicated as the last day to safely mail return a ballot.

The voter registration deadline for this election is October 17 and only eligible voters who live within the boundaries of the local districts on the ballot will receive a ballot. Portland Community College, Alto Park Water and Hillsboro School are the districts on the ballot.

Oregon voters may register online at www.oregonvotes.gov/myvote or fill out a paper Oregon Voter Registration Card available at the elections office, public library, Oregon DMV, or post office.

Further information about voting and how to track a ballot is available on the Multnomah County November Special Election webpage. The county’s Election Division website also offers information to check if one is registered to vote, voting opinions, a military and overseas voters’ guide and more election information.

Land Use Meeting – June 20th, 2017

Land Use Meeting TONIGHT!
We will be holding a special vote on supporting an effort by Portland Bureau of Transportation to apply for a Metro grant that would greatly benefit our neighborhood.  There will also be a discussion and possible vote on supporting the efforts of Portland Tenants United.  Everyone is welcome!

Brentwood-Darlingtonians apply for a record FIVE SE Uplift neighborhood grants in one cycle

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A mix of BDNA board members and neighbors collectively applied for a record five SE Uplift Small Neighborhood Grants in one grant cycle.  Watch out, Portland.  Brentwood-Darlington is on fire.  We’re moving and shaking and asking for MONEY.  We’re dreaming and visioning and planning and keeping our eyes on the prize: creating beauty and community in every corner of Brentwood-Darlington.

Meesa Long, BDNA board member, applied for a grant to put up banners with our name and logo in strategic places to create a sense of place and community and celebrate who and WHERE we are.  Yes.  We’re part of Portland.  Meesa Long is no stranger to grant writing, as she’s our fearless sidewalk champion who’s gone to bat for Brentwood-Darlington to get us millions in regional flexible funding by working closely with PBOT.  Stay tuned.  We should know more about that grant status February 2nd.  Fingers and toes crossed, please.

Kendall Palmer, long time BDNA board member and director of FEAST for Southeast, is also one of our fearless doers whose wanted to bring communication boards to BD for ever and probably a day.  She wrote a grant so we can purchase community communication boards and place them in strategic places.  Without a main street style business district and few gathering spaces in BD, we’ve been relying on the internet and word of mouth for announcing things to our beautiful community.  And probably some have illegally stapled things to light poles.  I’m not naming names.  This would add so much beauty, better reach to all our neighbors, and support all the hard work so many of us put into events by ensuring people actually ATTEND!  Good luck!

The Woodmere Multicultural Garden located at Woodmere Elementary on 78th and Duke is applying for a grant to help fund their Depave project, chunking up some of the asphalt and replacing it with soil, gardens, and so much more.  They are BIG dreamers and doers.  This is a project I’ve personally been advocating for since 2014 so I am thrilled and hope above hope they are selected.  Thank you Chris Samples, Xeandra Wescott, and Erin Robertson, and Carrie Collenberg Gonzalez. Go Dolphins!

Neighbor Dunja Marcum wrote a grant for VIBE of Portland to create Second Saturday Community Arts days at the Moose Lodge.  Creating space for all ages to enjoy crafting, painting, playing music, and sharing space together as a community.  BD neighbors have been clamoring for opportunities like this.  Since we don’t have access to our community center much, this will be a great way to be together, create, bond, and grow community.  Good luck!

Neighbor Julie Reardon ( you may know her from her work with SPAQ) is applying for a grant to create a communication board for her neck of the woods in BD.  We love the ingenuity of her plan and Julie’s tireless commitment to civic action.

On deck for future grants?  A seriously beautiful gathering space where all are welcome…more mom and pop businesses….gorgeous affordable housing…our own version of the Portland Mercado…more culture….more music…more access….more equity….we’re dreaming and growing and searching for funding!

Keep dreaming, Brentwood-Darlingtonians.  And when YOU ARE ready to bring your dream into reality, make a plan and get ‘er done!  Way to go, team.  And if you want to sponsor BDNA projects, these other great folks or in any way get involved, email us brentwood.darlington@gmail.com and we’ll happily connect!

Cheers,
Lesley L. McKinley
Chair

Learning Garden Labs adds a new demonstration garden

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Photo: Learning Gardens Laboratory site showing the Multnomah County Master Gardener’s present garden (bottom right) and proposed at top.

Announcing a Proposed New Garden and a Community Meeting

A new garden will soon be constructed at the north end of the Learning Gardens site, just east of the existing orchard. The Multnomah Master Gardener Demonstration Garden will be used two mornings a week and occasionally for daytime classes and workshops. The public will be encouraged to enroll in these classes. Gardeners and students will park on the east side of 57th Avenue where a proposed new pedestrian-only entrance will be opened. A proposed vehicle-only entrance will be opened on 58th Avenue for pickup and delivery only (no on-site parking). A greenhouse, approximately 30’ x 40’, will be constructed on the site. All existing trees will be preserved.

For more information, please join us
Saturday, January 14, 2017
10:00am
Learning Gardens Laboratory
6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland (across from Brentwood Park)

Or send your comments or questions to MCMGDemoGardenAnnex@gmail.com