Volunteer at Beach School Garden

The parents, students and staff at our neighborhood elementary have been partnered with community members over the past year on renovating their school garden and build over 1,000 sq. ft. of pollinator habitat. Food from the garden is going to the school’s community pantry and being harvested by kids in the after school Garden SUN program (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods, a project of Self Enhancement Inc.).

There are lots of ways to get involved!

Thursday, Dec. 7, 3-4:30 pm. Garden SUN wreath making. We need extra hands to help kids make wreaths and swags from materials on site.

2018 – help with after school programing, join a garden work party, help water and harvest over the summer or connect with us to lead a project in the garden.

And – you’re welcome to visit the garden anytime during non-school hours and enjoy the flowers, hummingbirds and pollinators!

Contact mulysa@resiliencedesign.com

 

Trillium School VBC project and Patton Park Block Party

Info from Planet Repair on The Trillium Schoolyard Project, part of the 2017 Village Building Convergence (VBC):

Trillium Schoolyard Project (map)

The Trillium Schoolyard Project is an ongoing effort to create a built environment that is safe, inviting and “resilient by design,” that is best suited to the flourishing of human community and ecological systems. To build community power around this cause, we want to make a big splash, with a small splash of color. So, we asked art students to create colorful designs that can be painted on the blacktop. One of three blacktop mural design finalists will be installed. Students at every K-12 level will have the opportunity to paint or participate in less-intensive projects, like planting or sign-making. The next day, we will open our schoolyard to the community at-large, in celebration of our block. Our adjacent neighbors will be invited to showcase their goods, services and community projects, and we will have maps available for a self-guided public art tour of the neighborhood.

We will hold two cleanup and groundskeeping events on May 12th and May 26th, from 12-2pm, to prep our site for painting and students for participating in a community build. Interested in a site tour and information about how to get involved during the VBC? Drop in! The installation and celebration are scheduled for June 1-2; all day on June 1st, and from 12-5pm on June 2nd. Community members at-large are welcome to our celebration, which falls on opening day of the VBC. Make us your first stop on your tour of North Portland VBC projects, because we will be handing out maps marked with all the rest. Our staff includes several local musicians, who will play a combined set, and we have invited the makers in our parent community to showcase their works, too; please stay tuned for the final schedule of arts & cultural programming as the date approaches.

https://www.facebook.com/TrilliumSchoolyard/

#trilliumschoolyard

Permaculture Learning and Work Party – Kid-Friendly!

Saturday, March 18, 11am-2pm

N. Concord Ave and N. Overlook Blvd.

Portland’s first traffic calming Placemaking Project is at the foot of North Concord Ave at Overlook Blvd, next to the big painted intersection. Come re-plant and refresh the groundbreaking planter project with sedums and other ecoroof plants that are low care, low water, high heat, low profile AND pollinator friendly plants. Kids welcome! Make wattle fencing, try honey tasting and have a bee hive visit! Tour the established, 6-year old food producing permaculture site next to the planters, and have fun getting dirty: sheet mulching, installing barriers for cane berries, hugelkultur terrace construction and more digging and planting.

Opportunities to dig and take home some plants (until they run out): Shasta daisies, blue Japanese iris, white iris, black currants, red currants, blackberries (shuksan), raspberries, rhubarb. Bring a shovel and carry home container to dig your own.

Bring the kids! Dress for weather (raingear, or sunscreen and hat if the sun comes out!), and bring your gloves and hand tools if you have them (some available), and a water bottle. Snacks provided.

Sponsored by The City Repair Project and Sustainable Overlook

Questions? Email sustainable @ overlook neighborhood. org

GPS: 3908 N Concord Ave 97227

Free Naturescaping Workshops

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is offering two great workshops in the neighborhood this spring. Both will be held at Trillium Charter School.

Natural Gardening Workshop: Naturescaping
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2016 from 9 to 1 p.m.
Trillium Charter School, 5420 N Interstate Ave
Registration is now open for this free and practical how-to workshop on how to make your yard eco-friendly.

Registration is required. For more detail and to register online visit http://emswcd.org/workshops-and-events/upcoming-workshops/.  Additional questions? Call 503-935-5368.

Natural Gardening Workshop: Urban Weeds
Thursday, March 2, 2016,from 6:30  to 9 p.m.
Trillium Charter School, 5420 N Interstate Ave
Registration is now open for this free and practical how-to workshop on weeds and how to identify them and how to effectively deal with them without pesticides.

Registration is required. For more detail and to register online visit http://emswcd.org/workshops-and-events/upcoming-workshops/.  Additional questions? Call 503-935-5368.

 

 

Overlook Preparedness Summit, 2017

Overlook Preparedness Summit, 2017

Come join us this year to talk through how we will all respond when the unexpected strikes.  While last year’s summit was focused on how to prepare as a household before disaster strikes, this year will focus more on the likely challenges and resources that we will see following an event such as an earthquake, extreme weather event, or other large scale incident. By mapping out a framework of neighborhood response, we will all benefit by knowing a bit of what we can expect along with the kinds of resources that will be available following a disaster.

Organized through a collaboration of Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET), Beach School’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and Sustainable Overlook.

Learn more and RSVP for the Event at http://www.sustainableoverlook.org/summit-2017

The Economics of Happiness

Join Sustainable Overlook for an inspiring documentary right before the election.

Sunday, November 6th at the Lucky Lab Taproom on N. Killingsworth Ave. 

Film starts at 7 pm. Discussion afterwards. Free! All are welcome. Food and drinks available for purchase.

This film produced by Helena Norberg-Hodge “features many voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. While government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power, people around the world are resisting those policies and working to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm: an economics of localization.” (Wikipedia)

“An award-winning documentary film, The Economics of Happiness, spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today’s global economy. Importantly, the film also highlights the many benefits of a shift towards the local, and showcases some of the steps people are already taking worldwide.” (Local Futures.org)

Fall Film Series!

Join Sustainable Overlook for four great documentaries that will change the way you look at food, the economy and community. 

Free! All are welcome.

At New American Restaurant, 2103 N. Killingsworth St.:

Wednesday, Oct. 12    Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective

Tuesday, Oct. 25       The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

At Lucky Lab Tap Room, 1700 N. Killingsworth St.:

Sunday, Nov. 6         The Economics of Happiness

Tuesday, Nov. 22       Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

Films start at 7 pm. Discussion afterwards.

Food and drink available for purchase.

www.sustainableoverlook.orgeconomics-happiness-film

Sustainable Overlook 2106 Film series Poster 

2016 Overlook Yard Sale and Free Share, July 23-24!

 

This year’s Yard Sale will be held on Saturday July 23. By registering here, your home will be included on an anonymous map that will be physically printable and made available online via Google Maps. This map will be advertised via the Oregonian and Craigslist so that visitors and neighbors alike can quickly identify each participating sale in Overlook. This helps boost traffic and makes everyone’s sales more effective.The Free Share will happen the next day on Sunday the 24th. Set out any items that didn’t sell the day before, and offer up as free to neighbors. As in years’ past, we’ll only advertise the yard sale, this way the free share is preserved as more of an open exchange of used items between neighbors.

This event is sponsored by Sustainable Overlook, a group of neighborhood volunteers interested in building community and resilience.

Register here to be on the map.

Carbon Footprint Workshop

My Basic Carbon Footprint: A Free Workshop

Saturday, June 18, 2016  10am-noon  1905 N. Alberta St.
How much carbon are you personally dumping into the air? Figure out what your carbon footprint is (individual or household) at this free workshop. Instructor Mike O’Brien was for 10 years the city of Portland’s expert on green building, and built a showplace low-energy house right here in Overlook.  

Everyone welcome. Max 20 participants, please register below.

Gather and bring five pieces of information to the workshop. All of the electricity, natural gas and heating oil consumption figures can be gotten from your utility.
1. 12 months total of electricity used

PGE Customer Service: 800-542-8818

Pacific Power Customer Service: 888-221-707
2. 12 months total of natural gas consumed (if gas heat) or 12 months total of heating oil consumed (if oil heat)

Northwest Natural Customer Service: 800-422-401
3. 12 months total auto miles traveled (each car)
4. automobile gas mileage (each car)
5. 12 months total air miles travelled

Air travel distances: http://www.worldatlas.com/travelaids/flight_distance.htm

Register here

Questions? Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org

Presented by Sustainable Overlook