2020 Overlook Yard Sale Canceled

Amid all of the turbulence in 2020, we feel it is best to honor the ongoing social distancing guidelines and cancel this year’s neighborhood-wide yard sale, which typically occurs the 3rd weekend in July each year.

We do encourage you to consider participating in the Free Share during that weekend of July 18-19, in which you can place cleaned items curbside with a clearly-marked FREE sign, so that other neighbors may freely pick up and utilize items you no longer need or want. Please aim to pull back any remaining items by Sunday evening.

Home Solar Power Workshop

Learn about home solar power options

The nonprofit Solar Oregon will put on a Basics of Solar Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave). Solar Oregon will answer your questions about how solar works, share information about incentives available, and help you take the first step toward adding solar onto your home.

The event is free and open to everyone. Please register online if you’d like to attend.

This workshop is made possible with support from Energy Trust of Oregon.

Sustainable Overlook Yard Sale and Free Share 2019

Sustainable Overlook Yard Sale and Free Share 2019 – Saturday July 20, 10-4 pm and Sunday July 21

Spring cleaning? Get ready for the 2019 neighborhood yard sale and free share.

It’s a great way to meet your neighbors – and reduce, reuse and recycle! Registration is now open until July 12, please use the online form here to get registered. Households that sign up will be marked on the map and on our website, and in published listings. Suggested donation $10 to cover printing and advertising costs.

Wildflower and Pollinator Workshop

Saturday, March 30, 12-3 pm
Beach School Garden, 1710 N Humboldt St.

Willamette Valley native meadow plants at Beach School Garden

Sliding scale $10-25

Details and registration below.

Bees need habitat, and habitat needs tending. Engage the human impulse to tend the land in this hands-on workshop at the new 1,000 sq. ft. meadow garden at Beach Elementary. Explore the Willamette Valley native meadow plantings and see early season pollinators in action. You will learn:

Weed and native plant identification
Tending practices and a little about the background of this important ecosystem in our region – and how you can start your own low-maintenance/low-water use meadow patch to help bees.
Take home native wildflower seed!
Bring gloves and your favorite weeding/digging tool. Dress for the weather. Ages 10 and up.
Childcare provided at no cost for kids 5-10. Please register online.

Questions? mulysa@resiliencedesign.com

Instructor Mulysa Melco is an ecological landscape designer, horticulturist, and artist with a lifelong passion for plants and exploring our connection with the land. She teaches botany and ecology classes for the Portland Underground Graduate School.

 

Seed Swap Brunch!

Saturday, March 2
9:30 am Brunch, 10:30-1 pm Seed Swap
Alice Busch’s House – 2224 N Willamette. Portland OR 97217
Free! Register in the form below.

Get ready for spring and summer by joining our seed swap.  It is intended to help our up and coming gardener gather enough seeds from those of us saving – that they can SAVE money by sharing in our bounty!  Whether you have seeds to share – or are coming to collect seeds to plant for our coming gardening seasons – you are encouraged to join us and our crew of  aspiring and experienced gardeners. If you have seeds to share – bring them, if not, bring containers/envelopes to take home seeds you plan to nurture into bountiful crops of beauty and food 🙂

If folks will be joining us for brunch they should arrive by 9:30am and bring an a brunch item to share: French press ground coffee, cheese(what kind), a veggie (what kind), a syrup (kind), eggs, or fruit (what kind), non dairy milk/cream substitute (what kind),

Alice will provide: compostable plates, utensils, washable napkins, teas, half & half, bacon, potatoes, and pancakes (please let us know if you would like a gluten-free pancake option.)

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop – February 17

Fruit Tree Pruning and Care with April Jamison
Sunday, February 17, from 12-3 pm
Beach School Garden, 1710 N Humboldt St.
Sliding scale $10-25 Details and registration below!

Demystify winter fruit tree pruning with this hands-on workshop with orchard expert April Jamison of Garden Ecology. We’ll start by getting familiar with the basics, and then we’ll have a demonstration and practice time, giving the school garden’s two apple trees some thoughtful and loving care.

In this class you will learn:

• Tools of the trade
• When & why to prune
• Types of cuts & how to make them
• Step-by-step process
• Tips on training, restoration, and more!

Bring gloves and your favorite pruning tools such as hand pruners, folding saw or loppers if you have them. Dress for the weather.

2019 Workshop Series!

Happy new year everyone!

We’re gearing up for a great year with Sustainable Overlook. This year we are focusing on offering a series of monthly workshops on practical ways to relocalize our food system and help our pollinators. The series starts with seed saving, fruit tree pruning and native wildflower gardening. 

February

Fruit Tree Pruning and Care with April Jamison
Sunday, February 17, from 12-3 pm 
Beach School Garden, 1710 N Humboldt St. 
Sliding scale $10-25 Details and registration here.

Demystify winter fruit tree pruning with this hands-on workshop with orchard expert April Jamison of Garden EcologyWe’ll start by getting familiar with the basics, and then we’ll have a demonstration and practice time, giving the school garden’s two apple trees some thoughtful and loving care.

In this class you will learn:

• Tools of the trade
• When & why to prune
• Types of cuts & how to make them
• Step-by-step process
• Tips on training, restoration, and more!

Bring gloves and your favorite pruning tools such as hand pruners, folding saw or loppers if you have them. Dress for the weather.

March

Seed Swap Brunch

Saturday, March 2
9:30 am Brunch, 10:30-1 pm Seed Swap
Alice Busch’s House – 2224 N Willamette. Portland OR 97217
Free! Details and registration HERE.
Get ready for spring and summer by joining our seed swap.  It is intended to help our up and coming gardener gather enough seeds from those of us saving – that they can SAVE money by sharing in our bounty!  Whether you have seeds to share – or are coming to collect seeds to plant for our coming gardening seasons – you are encouraged to join us and our crew of  aspiring and experienced gardeners. If you have seeds to share – bring them, if not, bring containers/envelopes to take home seeds you plan to nurture into bountiful crops of beauty and food 🙂

If folks will be joining us for brunch they should arrive by 9:30am and bring an a brunch item to share: French press ground coffee, cheese(what kind), a veggie (what kind), a syrup (kind), eggs, or fruit (what kind), non dairy milk/cream substitute (what kind),

Alice will provide: compostable plates, utensils, washable napkins, teas, half & half, bacon, potatoes, and pancakes (please let us know if you would like a gluten-free pancake option.)

Wildflower and Pollinator Workshop

Saturday, March 30, 12-3 pm 
Beach School Garden, 1710 N Humboldt St.
Sliding scale $10-25 Details and registration here.

Bees need habitat, and habitat needs tending. Engage the human impulse to tend the land in this hands-on workshop at the new 1,000 sq. ft. meadow garden at Beach Elementary. Explore the Willamette Valley native meadow plantings and see early season pollinators in action. You will learn:

  • Weed and native plant identification
  • Tending practices and a little about the background of this important ecosystem in our region – and how you can start your own low-maintenance/low-water use meadow patch to help bees.
  • Take home native wildflower seed!

Bring gloves and your favorite weeding/digging tool. Dress for the weather. Ages 10 and up. 
Childcare provided at no cost for kids 5-10. Please register online.

Questions? mulysa@resiliencedesign.com

Instructor Mulysa Melco is an ecological landscape designer, horticulturist, and artist with a lifelong passion for plants and exploring our connection with the land. She teaches botany and ecology classes for the Portland Underground Graduate School. 

Upcoming workshops might be on worm composting, gardening with kids and more.

Have a suggestion for a topic you want to learn about in community? Email mulysa@resiliencedesign.com

Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale Saturday July 21 & Free Share Sunday July 22!

Our annual Yard Sale and Free Share weekend is coming up on July 21 and 22.

So far with 25 households participating, and more sure to join in the coming days…

By creating a new life for unwanted items, we are helping to minimize our neighborhood’s waste stream as well as reminding each other of the inherent value and embodied energy that all of these material “things” possess.

Every year lots of great deals abound as we turn unwanted items into newfound treasures.  Mark your calendars and come on out!

This favorite neighborhood tradition is also a great way to get to know your neighbors!

Find all the details here.