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.

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.

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. 

Garden Work Party at Beach Elementary 

Sat. March 17, noon to 5 pm, 2018
Help Beach Garden get ready for spring! The garden has an Oregon native pollinator meadow, annual and perennial edibles and herbs and is the site for outdoor learning for K-5 students. Come help weed, mulch and tend the garden with students, families and neighbors! Tools provided or bring your favorites. Enjoy refreshments and harvest spring veggies to take home!

Yard Sale and Free Share, July 22 & 23

Our annual Yard Sale and Free Share weekend is coming up on July 22 and 23.

Through reuse 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 a great way to get to know your neighbors! Find all the details here. 

Beach School Native Plant Sale – May 11

 

A Gift From Mother Earth; Just in Time For Mother’s Day!

Support our neighborhood elementary school’s newly renovated gardens. The raised bed garden for annual vegetables, perennial food forest and native pollinator meadow are for use by students, after-school programs  like SUN and Girl Scouts and the community. Shop a variety of native plants for sun or shade.

Thursday, May 11, 3 to 6 pm

Beach Elementary School
1710 N Humboldt St, Portland, OR 97217

Plant Sale Flyer

Successful 2017 Overlook Sustainability Summit!

We had a fantastic turn out last week as neighbors within Overlook came together to Prepare Out Loud with The American Red Cross’ Steven Eberlein.

The afternoon was filled with tabling from organizations including Multnomah County’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Dove Lewis, PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human) and Portland State University’s Center for Public Service.

Big thanks to Kenny & Zukes for a ton of donated bagels and shmears, Blend Coffee on N Killingsworth for donating coffee for the day, and to Atomic Pizza for providing a delicious pizza lunch.  Also many thanks go out to the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program operating out of Beach School, led by Cinda Jackson, who helped us to secure the venue once again this year.  Every year we get stronger because of these tremendous partners!

 

Finally, one more quick note from Steven Eberlein and the Red Cross:

Mountain House has offered a two-week food supply available through the end of April –www.mountainhouse.com/redcross. The coupon code upon checkout is Redcross. Nearly $30 of every purchase supports the Red Cross, so we hope you’ll prepare yourself and support us at once.

If you’re on Facebook, please like our post, tag yourself, comment, like, upload a picture of your newly assembled kit or secured water heater or anything else you might have done. https://www.facebook.com/RedCrossCascades/photos/a.1542954529333550.1073741828.1538747963087540/1658859297743072/?type=3&theater

City Club’s Look at Portland Resilience

City Club of Portland has recently released a draft report that looks at economic, environmental, and social resilience on the scale of our city, with an eye to preserving this special place despite the great threat of a Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) Earthquake that looms on the horizon.  Here is a link to the report and a host of other information:

http://www.pdxcityclub.org/Files/Reports/Earthquake/EarthquakeResilienceExecSummary-CityClub.pdf

http://www.pdxcityclub.org/earthquake

If you’re interested in how we can make Portland more resilient at a neighborhood scale, check out our upcoming Sustainability Summit on Saturday February 25 that will be focusing on how we can respond together after an event has taken place.   Steven Eberlein from the American Red Cross will be on hand to deliver the keynote presentation.  While the quest for resilience can help to ensure our long term sustainability, a short term benefit is that we get to become even more socially connected as a community and build our own self-reliance at the community scale.  Hope to see you there!