Errol Heights Park Community Open House

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Portland Parks and Recreation has launched their online community survey for Errol Heights Park.  Until September 22nd, 2018, CLICK HERE to take this survey!

Join Portland Parks and Recreation at Errol Heights Park (SE 52nd Ave and SE Tenino Court) for a Community Open House!  They are seeking neighbor input on two park designs, park programming and guiding principles.  The open house runs Saturday, September 8th from 10:00AM – 1:00PM and will include guided trail walks.  Refreshments provided.

For more information contact Christine Egan, christine.egan@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5596. Project information: portlandoregon.gov/parks/errolheights

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4th of July Parade and Party!

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!

TriMet Listening Sessions

From TriMet: 

TriMet General Manager, Doug Kelsey, will host a series of town hall listening sessions and he’d love to meet you, hear your ideas and concerns, and answer questions about TriMet. Come by the session of your choice, have a snack and get a free $5 Hop card (supplies limited). You can also meet the TriMet board member who represents your neighborhood.

We have in-depth workshops planned as well. Learn more and RSVP at trimet.org/hello or respond directly to listeningsessions@trimet.org.

BDNA NOTE: 

The closest listening session to our neighborhood is in Lents.  Information from TriMet’s website below.

Tuesday, June 5
TEAM Events Center
9201 SE Foster Rd., Portland
5–6 p.m.

Share your thoughts with TriMet’s new general manager, Doug Kelsey, and board member Lori Irish Bauman.

Help Shape a New Errol Heights Park

From Portland Parks and Recreation:

We are recruiting a diverse group of community advisors!

Are you interested in creating a new Errol Heights Park? Portland Parks & Recreation is recruiting community members for a new advisory committee to help refresh the vision for Errol Heights Park and guide a $5 million improvement project.

Errol Heights Park is located at SE 52nd and SE Tenino Court in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. The new park will include areas for play, sports, picnics, and gardening.

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We want to hear from you!

Do you live, work or play nearby? Are you enthusiastic about parks, natural areas, sports, gardens, and your community? Apply by telling us about your experiences and interests.  To apply for the Advisory Committee CLICK HERE. Deadline is April 29, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Meetings and Schedule

The first meeting of the Advisory Committee is Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7:00-9:00pm, at the Woodstock Community Center. The committee will meet 5 more times on weekday evenings in 2018. A light dinner will be provided, and TriMet passes and childcare will be provided upon request.

White Ally Toolkit at SEUL

From Southeast Uplift:

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There is increasing scientific evidence that shows that empathy-based dialogues are the way to go if you want to have a chance to change adults’ minds. According to this research, the best way to foster “debiasing” is to first listen empathetically to skeptics so they feel heard, and after that, raise experiences and facts that invite them to a broader and more nuanced perspective.

But you don’t have to simply take this on faith. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Have you ever observed situations where someone’s views were hardened after they experienced a private lecture from someone who thought they knew “the truth”?
  2. Have you ever observed situations where someone’s views were authentically changed for the better after they experienced a private lecture from someone who thought they knew “the truth”?
  3. Have ever been times when you someone listened to you empathetically (not necessarily about race) and this experience helped expand your view of a situation?
  4. Have been times when you listened to someone closely and empathetically (not necessarily about race) and this experience helped someone else expand their view of a situation?

If anti-racism allies are going to change any minds, empathetic listening will likely be important. But, the anti-racism movement should not expect POCs to empathetically listen to white racism skeptics. White people are in a much better position to execute listening-based strategy with people who are skeptical about whether racism is real.

On a daily basis, POCs must endure the indirect expression of white skepticism that racism really matters, and they must do so as they are they are experiencing overt and subtle racism in many parts of their lives. Some people of color might want to choose to have conversations where white people’s racial skepticism is consciously expressed. But it would not be fair to expect people of color to endure this.

This is a workshop for anyone in the who believes racism still exists and has questioned how to approach the topic of race with other white people in their communities. For more info, check out this website: https://www.whiteallytoolkit.com/

RSVP REQUIRED

If you are unable to pay the $10 cost for the training please contact Muz, muz@seuplift.org, (503) 232-0010 ext 319, for information on how to obtain a scholarship to cover the cost of attending the training.

*Contact Muz at muz@seuplift.org or call (503)232-0010 ext 319 if you require special accommodations.

LGL Spring Updates

From Learning Gardens Lab:
Spring is finally upon us, and our staff is gearing up for warmer weather and transformation in the garden! Our first work party of the spring season is happening two weeks from today on Saturday, April 14th, from 10am-1pm. We recommend you bring your own water bottle and a light snack to stay energized. Please watch for a follow up email from us next week for details on work party projects.
Other work parties for the season to add to your calendar:
  • Saturday, May 12th, 10:00AM-1:00PM
  • Saturday, June 2nd, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Interested in volunteering more with us this spring? We will be holding a volunteer orientation on Wednesday, April 11th, from 12pm-1pm for anyone interested in learning more about what we do and how to get involved with us! If you are already familiar with LGL, please feel free to join us for our weekly volunteer drop-in hours:
  • Mondays, 9:30AM-12:30PM with Isabelle
  • Tuesdays, 9:00AM-12:00PM with Isabelle
  • Thursdays, 12:00-3:00PM with Brittnee
  • Fridays, 9:00AM-12:00PM with Brittnee
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinators with any questions or concerns you may have regarding volunteering at lglvolunteer@gmail.com.

LGL February Work Party

The Learning Gardens Lab is having a work party on Saturday, February 24th, from 10:00AM-1:00PM. Join them as they prepare for spring growth! Opening circle will begin promptly at 10:00AM.
There are several projects on the agenda for this work party, some of which will be dependent on the weather:
  • Fruit tree pruning
  • Tool care & organization
  • Washing pots for seed starts and the spring plant sale
  • Seed propogation
  • Moving compost into Hügelkultur location
  • Transplanting asparagus
Please dress accordingly, and bring a snack and water to keep yourself energized. The next work party will take place on Saturday, March 10th.