March 2013
SE Uplift e-News 
Keeping you up-to-date with the coalition!

The new SE Uplift e-Newsletter brings you stories and news about our neighborhoods and happenings in the coalition. You will also be able to find event listings for our neighborhood associations in the newsletter and community-wide listings on our events calendar. Learn more about submitting news, stories and events here.
Friends in the Neighborhood Project is Underway

Friends in the Neighborhood Friends in the Neighborhood is a new project occurring in the Montavilla neighborhood that invites families with children ages approximately 6-12 for a fun evening of mini-challenge courses and a neighborhood team game at the end of the evening. These activities take place at the Montavilla Community Center every second Friday of each month in 2013. Academy Sports, Konko Church and the Montavilla Neighborhood Association have partnered to make this project possible. In addition, the project was the recipient of a 2013 Small Grants Award from SE Uplift and the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement. The goals of the project include building safer and closer knit neighborhoods for children to play in, by bringing neighboring families together through fun activities and games that also emphasize teamwork.


Upcoming sessions are planned for Friday, March 8th and Friday, April 12th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Participation is free for families in Montavilla and surrounding neighborhoods. To learn more or to sign up, contact Project Manager Lisa Uzunoe at or 971-221-8196. Interested families need to add their names to a first-come, first-served sign up. Families that are new to the event are given priority over families that have already attended.


Plans are also being made for additional family-oriented community gatherings through the year including a picnic in the spring and outdoor games in the park during a summer evening.


SE Area Art Walk this Weekend!

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The 10th annual SE Area Art Walk takes place this weekend, March 2nd and 3rd. The Art Walk is a much-loved, free, self-guided tour taking art and community enthusiasts into 80+ studios, home workspaces, galleries, host homes and businesses within "walkable/bikeable/busable" boundaries of SE 9th-SE 41st and SE Hawthorne to SE Powell Boulevard.  


This multifaceted weekend of art began to take shape in 2002. The mission of the SE Area Art Walk is to establish a community-focused event showcasing artists in Southeast Portland. Their effort would strengthen the art community, encourage cultural awareness and provide the opportunity for human interaction with our neighborhoods. All of their goals have come to fruition.  


This year, nearly 100 artists will display colors, shapes, textures and visual stimuli throughout Southeast Portland neighborhoods. Artists show their work in their own creative space or are hosted by local residents and businesses allowing visitors to enjoy a wide variety of studios, homes, and businesses throughout the weekend. Visit for information. Thank you to everyone who makes this event possible.

Johnson Creek Watershed Wide Volunteer Event
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Looking for an opportunity to volunteer and to learn more about our environment? Watershed Wide is a one-day volunteer event to improve the habitat at 12 green spaces along Johnson Creek. Johnson Creek flows 26 miles from its headwaters near the Sandy River to its confluence with the Willamette River. It passes through five cities (Gresham, Portland, Milwaukie, Damascus and Happy Valley) and many Southeast Portland neighborhoods. The web site of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council includes maps, videos and a wealth of information on how to enjoy and protect this wonderful resource. This event takes place Saturday, March 2nd from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM at numerous locations. Come out to plant thousands of native trees and remove hundreds of pounds of invasive plants. Visit or call Amy Lodholz 503-652-7477 for more information. Photo by Bruce Macgregor Photography.
Participate and Show Your Support!
This is an especially challenging year for the City of Portland's budget. Citywide budget hearings are scheduled for March and April. The budget for the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) includes all ONI programs and services including funding to coalitions like Southeast Uplift and to other partner organizations such as Diversity and Civic Leadership for their community engagement programs. There will definitely be cuts to the ONI budget. Working with the City, ONI, Coalitions, Neighborhood Associations and community members, the goal has been to increase community involvement. Although great progress has been made, impending budget cuts make that effort all the more challenging. Consider attending one of these upcoming budget hearings to show your support for the neighborhood system. Hearings are currently scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, Tuesday, March 12, and Thursday, April 11. Sessions run from 6:30-8:30 PM. Locations for these hearings is to be announced. Check for updated times and locations posted by the City of Portland.


For more information, here is a recent article from The Oregonian

Powell Little League

Kids in the family want to play baseball or softball? Learn more about how 8-18 year olds can participate in the Powell Little League. Registration is open. To help place kids in the appropriate level there is an assessment event on Saturday, March 2nd at Abernethy Elementary School, 2421 SE Orange, from 10 AM-1 PM. Learn more about Powell Little League and the many southeast neighborhoods that are included within its boundaries at


Neighborhood Association Happenings
Brooklyn Action Corps
Brooklyn Community Garden hosts their Seed Starting Workshop and Garden Work Session on Saturday, March 9th. Location, start times and more information can be found here Brooklyn Community Garden event.

The SMILE Transportation Committee is holding their meeting on March 11th at the SMILE Station from 6-7:30 PM. Click here for the agenda.   


 Eastside Village, PDX 
"Village 101" Informational Presentation on Monday, March 11th at 7 PM at SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main Street.

Pick-Me-Up Kick-Off Event 
Help promote community building and neighborhood beatification by participating in the first in a series of monthly neighborhood cleanup events! Saturday, March 23 from 10 AM - 12 PM. Meet at the Madison House, 1932 SE Madison Street.


Mt. Tabor and South Tabor

Mount Tabor and South Tabor Neighborhood Associations are working to engage community members in a discussion of issues related to safety along the Division Corridor specifically from SE 60th to 80th Avenues. This section of Division Street is a part of the High Crash Corridor program in the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Interested parties are invited to attend Neighborhood Association meetings in March to learn more and to join the discussion. Meetings dates, details and materials can be found here SE Division Street.


Neighborhood Associations submit event or workshop details here!
SE Uplift Coalition Happenings
SE Uplift Land Use and Transportation Committee convenes on Monday, March 18th, from 7:00-9:00 PM. The SE Uplift Transportation Subcommittee meeting at 5:30-6:45 PM precedes it. These meetings take place at SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main. Contact for more information.


Efforts to impact high crash corridors across the city are on going. You can attend a High Crash Corridor Open House focused on Sandy Boulevard, March 6th. The details are here Bureau of Transportation.

Community Calendar
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