Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association

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Taste of Beaumont, Monday, April 11th, 6:30 p.m., Beaumont Middle School Cafeteria

This free event combines a BWNA-sponsored spring celebration for the neighborhood (Taste of Beaumont) and the annual BWNA Board Elections General Meeting. Local eating establishments contribute cuisine samples for your noshing pleasure, and the Beaumont M.S. Band, under the direction of Cynthia Plank, provides entertainment. With respect to elections, there are 4 open Board positions to fill, and B-W residents are encouraged to step up to the plate to serve. The event concludes around 8:15.


Feb. 29th free screening of MisLEAD at Hollywood Theatre

Let’s Take the Lead on Lead

In the wake of the contaminated water in Flint, Mich., and the documented high levels of toxic emissions from glass factories here in Portland, it’s worth noting that hundreds of homes will go down among us this year, in a cloud of dust sure to contain lead and other hazardous materials. The dust travels up to 400 feet, according to a federal study, free to be ingested by people and settle on yards, gardens, and play equipment.

Join us for a special engagement preview screening of MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic and join the front lines in protecting yourself and others from lead poisoning.

Free and open to the public

6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

Online RSVP:
A Q&A follows. The event is presented by Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association, Lead Safe America, and United Neighborhoods for Reform, and supported by a grant from Central Northeast Neighbors.

Background on Portland demolitions

Many homes in Portland were built before 1978, when up to 70 percent—or about 15 pounds—of a can of paint consisted of lead. Careless renovation or demolition releases lead particulates into the environment, posing irreversible health effects.

Children are most at risk. The Centers for Disease Control has said there is no amount of lead that is safe in children. Children, who are most susceptible to lead’s irreversible effects because of their developing systems, are least able to know to avoid contact with lead dust and how to protect themselves. They probably won’t think to wash their hands before eating after playing on a swing set coated in dust from a nearby demolition.

During demolitions, lead paint is pulverized and dust sent into the air, settling into soil and on play equipment in yards up to 400 feet away. Lead already is regulated in renovation projects of 6 square feet or more, but not for demolitions.

Margaret Davis
Ma Nao Books


Two Free Workshops: Native Plants and Slough 101

Native Plant Workshop (Spanish speaker available)
Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants! This workshop will introduce you to common native plant communities in Portland, show examples of species that do well in similar growing conditions, share successful planting tips that will help them thrive and more! You’ll walk away with loads of information so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard.
**¡Aprenda sobre las plantas nativas a nuestra región y llévese consejos para ayudar a su jardín prosperar! Esta presentación destacara las mejores opciones y condiciones ambientales para que usted pueda utilizar las mejores especies de plantas en su jardín. Clase en inglés con hispanohablante disponible.

Date: March 2nd (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218

Registration and More Information:
Questions? Contact Karen Carrillo at or 503-281-1132

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Twitter Link: #sloughlove #watershed

Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council March 12 for Slough 101, a FREE workshop about the Columbia Slough watershed and its unique story. Slough 101 covers local history, water, wildlife, and current issues in the watershed with eight local experts. Explore watershed health, environmental issues and recreation opportunities in N-NE Portland, Gresham and Fairview.

Pre-registration is required. The workshop is free and presented with the sponsorship of the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau. Light refreshments will be provided. Suitable for adults and teens 14 & up.

Slough 101
Date: March 12th (Saturday)
Time: 9am – 12: 45pm

Water Pollution Control Lab
6543 N Burlington Ave
Portland, OR 97203

Registration and More Information:
(503) 281-1132
Questions? Contact Karen Carrillo at or 503-281-1132

Karen Carrillo
Outreach & Events Director

Columbia Slough Watershed Council
7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218

To foster action to protect, enhance, restore and revitalize the Slough and its watershed

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Volunteer to beautify Alameda Stairs!

Thanks to a grant from the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District procured by BWNA Board member Dave Whitaker, this year’s stairway cleanup project will culminate in the planting of between 400 and 500 native plants! The stairway in question runs from N.E. Wistaria & 43rd to Alameda. Volunteers are needed to help with the cleanup on Saturday, Feb. 20th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and for the planting on Saturday, March 5th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you can assist, please notify Dave by e-mail ( Thanks.


introducing new Beaumont-Wilshire nonprofit

Contact: Nicole Anne Reik

Tel. (831) 238-0861


Date: 5/19/2015


Nonprofit seeks to improve the lives of children by sharing the history and excitement of the game of pinball.

What:  The Pinball Outreach Project (POP) HQ will open its doors in Northeast Portland during the morning hours of May 20 when the Portland Public Schools has scheduled a “late start” opening.

The “Morning POP” will feature free play on a variety of games in a safe, family-friendly venue.

Who:  POP HQ welcomes children of all ages to the facility. Children under 13 play for free.  

Where: The Pinball Outreach Project HQ is located at 4605 NE Fremont, Suite 104, Portland near the Smallwares restaurant.

When: Morning POP runs from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m., May 20. A light snack will be provided.

Cost: The suggested donation for Morning POP is $5 per adult.

About Pinball Outreach Project (POP)

The Pinball Outreach Project opened its doors to the public in a family-friendly, brick-and-mortar space in April. The non-profit brings the family arcade experience directly to patients and their loved ones at children’s hospitals around the West Coast. The new POP Headquarters will make it easier for the public to support these efforts. In addition to free-play for children under 13 during specified hours, the public can play pinball games using tokens acquired through donations to the organization. The Pinball Outreach Project is a 501 (c) (3) public charity.


UNR Summit IV on April 9th

UNR Invitation for April 9th Demolition/Development Summit IV

Who is invited?

United Neighborhoods for Reform is based on wide public participation, and we’re hoping to have one or more residents from each participating neighborhood in attendance, be they authorized neighborhood association board members or simply concerned neighbors. Please RSVP to Al Ellis () by March 31st.

When and where?

Thurs., April 9th, 7-9 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, 4330 NE 37th Ave., 97211

(Located on corner of 37th & Skidmore, enter sanctuary on the 37th side of church.)

Why a Summit IV?

Last spring a small group of neighborhood activists from around the city met to explore the possibility of creating a grass-roots organization that could unite neighborhood associations in persuading City Council to address problems associated with the growing “demolition epidemic” in our neighborhoods.

That was Summit I.

After a summer of increased destruction of viable, affordable homes—often replaced by one or more expensive, out-of-scale “McMansions”—neighborhood association leaders and concerned residents from more than 25 neighborhoods came together in the fall for Summit II, then Summit III, resolved to bring about building code reform that could stem the “drive-by demolition” tide.

This was the genesis of UNR.

A volunteer committee formed at Summit III was charged with drafting a resolution based on input from Summit participants. Work was completed by November on a one-page resolution, which was then disseminated to the city’s 90-plus neighborhood associations for endorsement, with committee members attending as many meetings as possible to field questions and concerns. In the end, the resolution garnered over 40 endorsements and was presented to City Council at two hearings—one in December, the other in February—via orchestrated testimony. The purpose of Summit IV will be to review the progress that was made at these hearings and related meetings, discuss objectives for an action plan moving forward, and establish committees to provide input on specific UNR reform initiatives.

 Thanks for your continuing support!

 Al Ellis—UNR Steering Committee