FREE Covid Vaccines (2nd dose AND 1st dose also available) Friday, June 18, 11am – 6pm for ages 12 and older

By Desiree S. – University Park resident and Vaccine Event Promoter/Organizer

FREE Covid vaccines are available for ages 12 and up.

This event is for anyone needing their 2nd dose who attended the event back in May. ALSO, anyone else needing their 1st or 2nd dose of the PFIZER Covid vaccine is invited to attend.

This event at Holy Redeemer School (cosponsored by Immunize Oregon, Legacy Health, and Holy Redeemer School) is open to the general public and for those who are eligible for their 1st or 2nd Pfizer Covid Vaccine, ages 12 and up. 


There are many appointments still available. Also, walk-ins are welcome. This is not just for North Portland residents, ANY eligible persons who are interested in attending are welcome.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could share with your neighbors by any means (social media, email, etc.) 

Thanks, in advance, for your time and consideration!

Place: Holy Redeemer School Gymnasium , 107 N Rosa Parks Way

Date: Friday, June 18

Time: 11 am – 6 pm

Schedule your vaccine: Click HERE

Smokin’ Fire Fish Saved by Collaboration with Tamale Boy in their Ghost Kitchen

Chris Cha, the owner of Smokin’ Fire Fish was almost put out of business because of COVID-19, but the king of collaboration and kindness, Jaime Soltero of Tamale Boy offered his take on a ghost kitchen at the 668 N Russell location.

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Boise Eliot Native Grove Update: Happy Sunny Day!

By Andrine and Howard de la Rocha

After our snowy and icy February, it looks as if spring is coming our way! We’ve used some of our Patron funding to acquire wood chips from ChipDrop, which were in abundance after the ice storm knocked so many branches and trees down. Thanks to New Seasons for donating cardboard for the sheet mulching. 

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FREE Covid-19 Vaccines Available Friday May 28 10 am – 5 pm for Ages 12 and Up

By Desiree S. – University Park resident and Vaccine Event Promoter/Organizer

Wanted to share with you all from a neighbor/friend’s suggestion to help spread the word. This event at Holy Redeemer School (cosponsored by Immunize Oregon, Legacy Health, and Holy Redeemer School) is open to the general public and for those who are eligible for their 1st or 2nd Pfizer Covid Vaccine, ages 12 and up. 


There are many appointments still available. Also walk-ins are welcome. Not just for North Portland residents, any eligible persons who are interested in attending.


We would greatly appreciate it if you could share with your neighbors by any means (social media, email, etc.) 
Thanks, in advance, for your time and consideration!

Place: Holy Redeemer School Gymnasium , 107 N Rosa Parks Way

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Schedule your vaccine: Click HERE


Lonesome Pictopia – Modern Wallpaper with Historic, Botanical Flair

Does spring make you want to redecorate your house? Ever want to make your wall space pop with a design that speaks to you and honors the nature surrounding you? Melanie Nead accomplishes that with her company, Lonesome Pictopia. The custom wallpaper company has recently ramped up and the studio is in Lower Albina on N Russell Street.

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Gladys McCoy Memorial Garden Moves Forward with Clean-Up and 501(c)3 Designation

Well, progress is happening at the Gladys McCoy Memorial Garden. Kate Thompson, the organizer of the garden restoration, says, “John Barker, the garden designer got the Hardy Plant Society to approve the memorial garden as a 501(c)3 under their umbrella and the society has approved some funds for plantings but we will need more.”

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Ladybug Nature Walks for Kids 6 and Under – Spring & Summer Schedule

By Portland Parks and Recreation

2021 Ladybug Nature Walks have begun! Join us!

Walks resumed the first week of February 2021. The schedule is listed below. Please make sure to read all COVID-19 requirements if you plan to register for a walk this winter or spring!

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Righting a historical wrong, an update on the Legacy Emanuel property

By Vicki Guinn

HISTORY
The vacant land bordering N. Russell, Williams and Vancouver streets on the Legacy Emanuel campus was once part of a thriving community called Albina that housed most African Americans in Portland and Oregon during the 1940s and 50s. Institutional racism made it illegal and difficult to own land as a minority. With few options beyond Portland’s least desirable areas, African Americans primarily settled in the city’s northeast quadrant. 

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Better Half Sandwiches – Though you might want the whole thing

At 25 N Fremont, just north of New Seasons, sits a new sandwich shop with something for everyone. Better Half Sandwiches recently opened by first-time restaurant owners Alan Osborn and Kelly Haarsager. Alan grew up in Portland and Kelly moved here from Austin, Texas. The couple first met working at Whole Foods and both have experience in the restaurant industry and grocery retail.

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Neighborhood Litter Pick up around Legacy Emanuel and Randall Children’s Hospital

By Legacy Emanuel/Legacy Randall

Please join us for a Neighborhood Litter pick-up around
Legacy Emanuel and Legacy Randall Children’s Hospital
May 8th, 2021 9:30 am-noon

Cleaning up Portland one Neighborhood at a Time


TO REGISTER: https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I00000QFRpQ


Project Description: Volunteer to help clean up the neighborhood surrounding Legacy and Randall medical centers. Both facilities are nestled in the Eliot Neighborhood, including nearby Dawson Park, Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church, and many historical homes and small businesses.


We have priority areas for clean-up. When you a finished, you will drop off your bagged litter in dumpsters at the Legacy Emanuel registration area.

Pre-registration required: Staff, physicians, family (13 and up) friends are welcome. No experience necessary. Many hands make light work. Use the link above to register.

Meeting and registration location: 2801 N. Gantenbein, main entrance of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Staggered check-in: To avoid a crowd, check-in is between 9:30 am and 10 am.

Free parking: on street or parking structure across from the main entrance.

Bathrooms: portable restrooms are available (ADA accessible). The clean-up is ADA assessable. It’s throughout the neighborhood, walking on sidewalks.

What’s provided: heavy-duty garbage bags, litter grabbers, high-vis vests, and gloves are provided to all volunteers who need them.

What to bring: Bring water, snacks. There will be some water and snacks at the Legacy Emanuel registration area. COVID-19

Safety: Please come wearing a mask. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A MASK ON TO PARTICIPATE.

Age: Youth 13 years and up with an adult. All participants must register and sign a waiver form (you’ll see this when you click the link)

What to wear: comfortable walking shoes, bring gloves if you have them. Dress for the weather.

Supplies: we will supply vests, gloves (or you can bring your own), bags, and tool for picking up garbage.

Contacts: Vicki Guinn and Linda Stanford: vguinn@lhs.org or Lstanford@lhs.org

Photo: courtesy of SOLVE.

Environmental Services Offers Eliot Neighborhood Grants for Raingardens, Native Plants and More

By Kira Smith

Do you have an idea for a project that will improve your community and the environment?  Environmental Services has resources to help fund your ideas for planting trees and native plants in the households, businesses, non-profits, schools, and local places of worship that you are involved in within the Eliot Neighborhood.

Students from Boise-Eliot-Humboldt Elementary School installing native plants at the Boise-Eliot Native Garden on Earth Day 2018. Photo credit Brittany Quale

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Join Adopt-a-Block Team: You and Eliot Will Reap the Benefits

By Jody Guth

Ahhh… Spring! Not many 6-letter words evoke as much joy and promise. It certainly was a long, cold, challenging winter, and picking up bag after bag of garbage isn’t particularly fun – not when it’s 35 degrees of rain, sleet, and wind…but like the postal service, the Eliot Adopt-a-Block gang persevered. Hard work, but the results are oh, so worth it when you walk down a sidewalk or street and don’t have to step over broken glass, tossed fast-food cups, straws, and wrappers, cigarette butts, abandoned face masks and, well…you get the picture. 

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One Street, Five Generations and Infinite Life Lessons

An abundance of history and personal stories are woven into the fabric of Portland. So, to make sure the stories are not lost as generations of our residents pass on and memories begin to fade, here is one family’s story and a bit of history with links at the end of this article to learn more.

Irene Shaw Wilson’s home at 2747 NE 7th Avenue at the corner of Graham Street. Photo from Google Maps

For many of the Black residents of Eliot, the family stories begin outside of Oregon. The great migration from 1917-1970 brought both Black and white residents of the South to states in the North, Midwest, and West. Looking for an opportunity and a better life, many people landed in Oregon during the swell of migration during WWII because of the rise of shipbuilding and other war-related industries. With the influx of people moving to Portland, the city had to find a place for all these new residents to live.

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SOLVE | Boise-Eliot / Irvington Neighborhood Cleanup (Se habla español)

Come together with SOLVE and community members for a cleanup in the Boise- Elliot/Irvington Neighborhoods starting at Irvington Park! This event will be entirely outdoors and will comply with social distancing guidelines. After a safety talk and getting cleanup supplies, we will spend a couple of hours picking up litter in the neighborhood to improve our community and protect our ecosystem.www.solveoregon.org

There’s an upcoming cleanup happening at Irving Park this Wednesday, March 31 from 10 AM – Noon. Volunteers will be given cleanup supplies, instruction, and then will be sent out to clean the park and surrounding neighborhood. We’d love it if you could share this volunteer opportunity with your association’s network! https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I00000QFQZp

An Open Letter from IPAC to the Community

At our Eliot Neighborhood Association Board meeting on Monday, March 15 IPAC was discussed and this letter was mentioned. We wanted to share it with our residents and businesses. IPAC is the Inter-Faith Peace & Action Collaborative (IPAC). IPAC is a group of faith leaders, activists, social workers, police officers, and community members. The group says it came together in July 2016 to address the crisis of violence in Portland, specifically violence impacting communities of color.