June 2013 Kerns Neighborhood Association
Greetings from the Kerns Neighborhood Association!

Our next meeting is next Weds. Details are below.

There's also lots of other great stuff going on in and around the neighborhood.

See you around the neighborhood!
Heather Waisanen
Communications Chair

Next Meeting: June 19 at 6 p.m.
Our June meeting will be held Weds., June 19 at 6 p.m. at Pacific Crest Community School. Address: 116 NE 29th Ave.

This month our agenda includes: Neighborhood Officer report, Changing Perceptions presentation, I-84 paving, picnic planning, Apartments at 20th and Couch and Sunshine Dairy.

Anyone who lives, works or owns property in the neighborhood is welcome to attend. Please check our website for additional information.

Summer KNA events
Mark your calendars for these two great events happening this summer in Oregon Park, at the corner of 30th & Oregon.

Kerns, in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation, will host Movies in the Park at Oregon Park on Thurs., July 11. This year we are showing "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30 with The School of Rock and River City Band. Movie starts at dusk. Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks. Free popcorn will be provided.

A special thanks to Foursquare Church, Meat and The Mattress Lot for their support in helping sponsor this year's movie.

We are selling ads to be played prior to the movie. Cost is $50 ($25 for non-profits). Sponsorships are also available. Please contact for more information.

Our annual National Night Out Kerns Neighborhood Picnic will be held Tues., Aug. 6 from 6 p.m. until dark. Enjoy food, live music, and the company of neighbors.

Exhibitor's wanted! Donations wanted! Volunteers wanted! We are looking for items to be auctioned and raffled at our picnic. For more information, please contact Heather at

Waterwise Summer Gardening
Rose Kelsch King, Regional Water Providers Consortium   RWPC summer water use picture
One of the things that makes Kerns such a great place to live is our beautiful lawns and gardens. Local residents also have a strong commitment to preserving the community's natural resources - and we frequently hear from Kerns gardeners who are looking for new and better ways to save water while keeping their gardens green and healthy in the dry summer months.

Good news: the Regional Water Providers Consortium has some great free resources to help Kerns residents do just that.

The first step is knowing how much water your garden actually needs. The Consortium makes that easy by posting a "Weekly Watering Number" that tells you exactly how many inches of water your lawn or garden needs for the week, based on the weather in your zip code. You can even sign up to receive the watering number by e-mail each week.

Another step to reduce outdoor water use is selecting low-water and native plants, and using smart watering techniques. The Regional Water Providers Consortium offers plant guides, information about lawn alternatives and how-to videos on waterwise irrigation on the Outdoor section of their website.

Here are the Regional Water Providers Consortium's "Top Five" waterwise tips for Kerns gardeners: 1. Water lawns and gardens early in the morning (before 10 am) or later in the evening (after 6 pm) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized. 2. Adjust your sprinklers so that they are watering your lawn and garden, and not the street. 3. Water in several short sessions rather than one long session to allow for better absorption and to prevent run-off. 4. Adjust your mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water. 5. Group plants with similar watering needs together, as different plants require different amounts of water.

Finally, the Regional Water Providers Consortium will offer free outdoor watering gauge kits from July 1 - August 10. The kits include a water gauge and timer to help you measure your sprinkler's water use and ensure that you're giving your lawn and garden the right amount of water. Kits are available while supplies last-one per customer-to metro-area residents who receive water service from one of the Consortium members. Visit our website to confirm your provider.

To receive a free kit, call 503-823-7528 or email Please include your mailing address, water provider name and how you heard about the offer.

Happy gardening!

About the Regional Water Providers Consortium: The RWPC is a group of 20+ local water providers plus the regional government Metro. Visit the Consortium website - - for more information and resources to help conserve water at your home or business.

KNA May Elections
The Kerns Neighborhood Association held elections at our May meeting and have a new roster for the board. Welcome to our new members and thank you to our returning members!

Chair: Angela Kirkman

Vice Chair: Brendon Haggerty (*Brendon is also our Bike/Pedestrian Committee Chair)

Treasurer: Megan O'Keefe

Secretary: Melissa Williams

Crime Prevention Chair: Emily Simon

Communications Chair: Heather Waisanen

Land Use Chair: Steve Russell

SE Uplift Board member: GT Melli; SE Uplift Land Use Rep: Jeff

SE Uplift Land Use Rep: Jeff

Picnic Chair: Steve Russell

Sustainability Chair: Sean

News from da Vinci Arts Middle School
Connie Cheifetz  
Twelf on the Twefth! Join us on the playground at 3 pm today (Weds., June 12) when the Original Practice Shakespeare troupe presents Shakespeare's Twelfe Night. Free, but we will pass the hat after the performance for the daVinci Foundation.

Promotion Ceremony at da Vinci The Emerson School will again be using the building this year for their promotion ceremony. It's Wednesday evening, so there will be extra traffic in the neighborhood.

da Vinci's Promotion Ceremony is Thursday at 4:30 Benson HS, with plenty of room for everyone. We have 153 8th graders moving on to the high schools throughout the city.

Friday Fun! Our last school day is Friday, June 14th. From 1:00-3:00 on we will be Lunching on the Lawn, with yearbook signing, music, tug-of-war games and a dunk tank! After that the building will be pretty quiet, though on June 25th it will be hosting Albertina Kerr's annual meeting.

Have a great summer and thanks for your patience and support. This school means a great deal to the students and their families, but we know having a busy school like da Vinci in your neighborhood is not always pleasant.

Grieg Lodge - Sons of Norway
David Champion   Sons of Norway Logo
Grieg Lodge-Sons of Norway has several community partnerships with nonprofits in our neighborhood and, on their behalf, collects in-kind donations. For Jean's Place, a women's shelter in the Kerns Neighborhood, Grieg is gathering donations of toiletries like soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste and kitchenware like dishes and silverware. For Benson Polytechnic High School, Grieg is gathering dish-pan sized baskets for tables, scissors, wipe boards with graphs on one side and plain white on the other, student locks, and yard sticks. Because Grieg is also gathering Coke Rewards points, it is also gathering Coke bottle caps. If you can donate any of the aforementioned items, please drop them in the Grieg Lodge box at the Kerns Picnic on Tuesday, August 6th.

Grieg Lodge is very grateful to everyone who came to its Norway's Constitution Day celebration on May 17th, especially the parade, and invites the community to come to its Norway's Constitution Day bicentennial celebration on Saturday, May 17th, 2014. For more information about Grieg Lodge, please check out our website.

Grand re-opening of Lone Fir Cemetary
  Tues., June 27 @ 5 p.m.
Metro is hosting a freegrand re-opening event for Lone Fir Cemetery (SE 20th, SE Stark, SE 26th and SE Morrison) and invites neighbors to bring a picnic and enjoy an evening in Lone Fir Cemetery.

Festivities include live music, strolling actors telling stories of past Oregonians buried at Lone Fir, a preview of PAE's MacBeth, and a keynote by speaker Governor Barbara Roberts. See the invite for full details and to RSVP.

Pets and alcohol are not allowed. Call 503-797-1709 for details or email

Neighborhood Notes
A brief round-up of news from businesses in and around the neighborhood. Please email me at if you have business news!

Ch-ch-ch-changes Portland Food & Wine reports that The Bakery Bar sold their store on 2935 NE Glisan. "Apparently the owners signed the deal and laid off the entire staff the next morning." I happened by this week and asked about the rumor. Staff said there has been a change in ownership. Some changes were already visible...including furniture placement, new staff and menu changes. The space will remain Bakery Bar.

The 31st & Sandy building that was formerly home to the Teen Challenge Thrift Store has been under renovation for several months. It's being transformed into the Bindery, which will feature a winery and leased spaces that are "a highly curated, eclectic community of proprietors, entrepreneurs, artisans, winemakers, and creatives of all sorts "bound" together by their passion for excellence and love of sharing what they do." The winery, which is expected to open in Aug., will be the nation's first urban underground winery and tasting room.

Closed:After over 7 years in business, the Gypsy Rose Salon (1418 E Burnside) sold their furniture and closed their doors on May 31. Their hair stylists have moved to other eastside salons. Details for each are listed online.

Basa Basa, one of the first micro-restaurants to open in The Ocean at 24th and Glisan has closed for good. Read the article in Eater PDX.

Bookmark Neighborhood Notes to see more about land use notices & decisions, liquor licenses, and events.

Have any news or updates about neighborhood businesses? Please contact us at

Street Painting this weekend!
  Street painting day
Have you ever wanted to stop traffic? Have you ever wanted to paint the street? This weekend is your chance!

Neighbors will be repainting the street painting at 24th and Everett on Sun., June 16. Everyone is invited to help paint - the more the merrier...even if you only stop for 5 minutes.

Everett & 24th will be closed to vehicle traffic around 8 a.m. for clean-up and set-up. Painting will begin around 10 a.m. and goes until it's finished. The street will remain closed until the paint is dry that evening.

There will be some snacks and beverages. Crema has told us they are baking goodies for us!

We hope to see you there!

Kerns Neighborhood Online
  Official Website knacolorlogo
For more information about us visit our official Kerns Neighborhood Association website. You can also find us on Facebook and find out great news and happenings.

If you live between NE 15th-32nd and E Burnside - NE Sandy and NE Glisan, join Nextdoor NE Kerns, a private social network for the NE Kerns neighborhood in Portland, OR. Please note, this does not include all of Kerns and is moderated by a neighbor (not the KNA). It requires your address to join. Examples of how people are using Nextdoor: organize a community-wide yard sale, setting up playdates, get the word out about a break-in, ask for help finding a lost pet, or plan for an emergency.

Movies in the Park @ Oregon Park Thurs., July 11
  The Hobbit

Guess who's back at TriPro ... (Starting June 13)
  Ave. Q is back!


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