May 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.
Seeds of SE Uplift: Volunteer Appreciation Week 2013!

Our volunteer appreciation program is called Seeds of Southeast Uplift. In recognition of  National Volunteer Appreciation Week Southeast Uplift made a special effort to acknowledge and celebrate the impact and power of volunteers in our community.  


Five stories were shared during the week to highlight different neighborhoods, projects and people across our coalition. Read those stories here in our Seeds of Southeast Uplift: Volunteer Appreciation Spotlight series. You will be inspired by what our creative and dedicated neighbors are making happen. Thank you to everyone who steps up in whatever way they can to make our community a better place for all of us.


The North Tabor Mural Project

Hawthorne Area Civic Ecology 

Woodstock Plant Sale
SMILE's Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee
Foster-Powell Garden Tour


Neighborhood Cleanups Continue!

Cleanup season rolls on with seven neighborhood cleanups on the schedule during the month of May.  


Visit to see the dates and locations. Neighborhood 

Associations use their Cleanups to raise money for a variety of community projects - and you can contribute to those efforts by dropping off any and all unwanted bulky waste and hard to recycle items. Costs vary depending on neighborhood. All cleanup fees are less than fees associated with taking a load directly to the landfill. No hazardous materials will be accepted. Please reference your neighborhood website for materials accepted and the details of their event.


Need help finding a cleanup in your neighborhood? Please contact Ashe Urban or call her at 503-232-0010 x.313.


Richmond Neighbors Are Getting Prepared!

Starting in June the Richmond Neighborhood Association will host a series of four emergency preparedness workshops for the entire Richmond community thanks to a Small Neighborhood Grant from Southeast Uplift. Each workshop is geared to help Richmond neighbors prepare for any type of emergency in Portland. Each workshop will provide targeted, useful information that will be relevant to all - homeowners, renters, businesses and schools. Information presented will range from technical details from city authorities to DIY tips from neighbors. All four workshops are free and all venues are handicapped accessible. Children are welcome. The atmosphere will be a celebratory one as we get informed together! 

Workshop #1 - Every Plan Begins at Home
Saturday, June 1 9:00AM - 12:30PM
Central Christian Church
Topics will include:
Why Plan? - The importance of a plan and getting informed.
Household Plan - What steps to take to create your own household plan.
Local Resources and Information
Workshop #2 - The Kit
Sunday, June 23 1:00 - 4:30PM
Echo Theater
Topics will include:
Kit Basics - "Stay kit" and "Go kit" - What they are and what goes in them.
DIY Kits - Practical, affordable examples for your own kit and where to put them.
Sanitation! - How to build your own Twin Bucket Emergency Toilet.
Workshop #3 - Home Strengthening
Wednesday, July 10 5:30 - 8:30PM
Topics will include:
Secure Your Living/Work Space - What to secure and how.
Secure Your House - Seismic strengthening of your home to its foundation.

Workshop #4 - Neighborhood Network
Thursday, July 25 5:30 - 8:30PM
Topics will include:
Getting Prepared with Your Neighbors
Map Your Neighborhood
Block Connectors - Local neighbors share their experiences.
NET - What it is and how it functions, designated hubs and gathering locations.  



Eastside Forum Project Debuts Friday
An exciting interactive theater experience is underway with the goal of engaging the community in identifying the challenges and possibilities of neighborhood life along 82nd Avenue. The Eastside Forum Project, supported in part by the Montavilla Neighborhood Association, the Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Small Grants Program and the Regional Arts & Culture Council, opens Friday, May 3rd. Doors open at 7PM. Tamara Lynne, Artistic Director of Living Stages, practices Theatre of the Oppressed, a form of interactive theatre from Brazil, as a process of community action, reflection and transformation.

A troop of performers will be onstage in a series of scenes created out of the community's own experiences. Audience members can step onto the stage and take action to try and transform the outcome. Tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Visit Living Stages Eastside Forum Project for performance details and to reserve tickets. This performance takes place at Milepost 5 Studio Theatre, 850 NE 81st Avenue. Photo provided by PhoenixLotus Productions.
Mt. Tabor Art Walk

On May 18th and 19th, artists in the Mount Tabor neighborhood welcome the public into their homes and studios for the annual juried Mt. Tabor Art Walk, show and sale. Saturday and Sunday from 10AM - 5PM visitors can view paintings, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, fiber art and more from 40 artists. Walk to all of the sites and experience the natural beauty of the neighborhood along with the high quality art produced by local artists. Meet and chat with artists and purchase art directly from them. There is no admission fee. Maps will be available at each site. Visit Mt. Tabor Art Walk to learn about the artists involved, the community sponsors and to see a detailed map. 
Neighborhood Association Annual Elections

During the month of May, sixteen of the neighborhoods that make up the Southeast Uplift Coalition hold their annual elections. Two neighborhoods have their annual elections in June and two hold their annual elections in October. For more information on when your neighborhood is hosting elections, including the date, time and location, visit If you don't know which neighborhood you live in please call SE Uplift at 503-232-0010 and we can answer any questions you may have. See a map of the neighborhoods in the SE Uplift Coalition at

Neighborhood Association Happenings
Brooklyn Action Corps

The Brooklyn Action Corps is seeking neighbors who would like to be a part of a Volunteer Foot Patrol in the community. To learn more about the effort contact Matt McComas at 971-409-8269 or via email at  


Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Development 

A new group has formed called the Inner Division Tree Team (INDI Tree Team) to engage neighbors in creating and enhancing a beautiful and sustainable tree canopy for the future health, equity and liveability of the community. Join the next meeting, May 9th at 7PM, held in the deli seating area of the New Season's Market at 7 Corners. The focus for the year will be outreach to plant more street trees in the community and to assist with tree inventories in other neighborhoods. Contact Joanne Stainbrook if you have questions or would like more information. Email her at


Buckman Community Association

The Buckman Community Association invites you to a "Fluoride Forum" Thursday, May 9th, 7 - 9PM at 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard. Speakers from both "Healthy Kids/Healthy Portland" and "Clean Water Portland" will be presenting their views on the ballot measure that would add fluoride to Portland drinking water. Participation is encouraged and all are welcome to attend.


Woodstock Neighborhood Association 

The Woodstock Neighborhood Association holds their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 11th 9AM - 3PM.  The sale benefits the Woodstock Community Center and takes place there, 5905 SE 43rd Avenue. Learn more about this amazing effort featured recently by Southeast Uplift for their outstanding volunteer work at the Woodstock Plant Sale.


Neighborhood Associations submit event or workshop details here!
SE Uplift Coalition Happenings

82nd Avenue Community Forum 

Please participate in this forum to bring together neighbors, businesses, community groups and elected officials to discuss efforts to improve livability along the 82nd Avenue corridor. SE Uplift and Central Northeast Neighbors are helping to organize this forum. It takes place on Saturday, May 4th, 10AM to 1PM at Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Avenue. It is free and open to everyone. Registration is requested. To register or to find out more information, please visit:


Neighborhood Cleanups in the Coalition

Neighborhood Cleanups are ongoing in May. More information is available in the story posted earlier in this issue. For a list of Cleanups visit


Annual Elections
Consider joining your Neighborhood Association for its annual election. To learn more visit
Community Calendar
Our calendar is reserved for community; coalition; neighborhood; and city events, workshops and trainings. To submit an event or meeting to our calendar email

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