Eliot Neighborhood Safety Collaborative Meeting – May 24th 6pm

Dear Eliot Neighbors,

We would like to invite you to a Community Safety Discussion and Working Session on Tuesday, May 24, from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Some of you may have attended an in-person listening session on March 30, facilitated by Lisa Freeman of the Community Safety Division and Andre Miller of Jo Ann Hardesty’s office (see meeting notes attached). There was a lot of momentum and energy at that event that we would like to carry forward.

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Albina Soul Walk—Experience a Tour of the History of Musicians and Clubs Eliot  

From Albina Music Trust website

The late 20th century was a vibrant time for music in Albina. From the roots of gospel, blues, and jazz sprang new forms of soul, funk, disco, and electrified R&B.

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Randall Children’s Hospital opens new Family Birth Center

By Kristin Whitney

Generous community and employee donors raised close to $1 million to support the new Family Birth Center at Randall Children’s Hospital. Photo courtesy Kristin Whitney

On July 7, Legacy Health announced the opening of a new Family Birth Center at Randall Children’s Hospital, the most ambitious center of its kind in a generation and the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art birth center in Oregon. 

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Autumnal Greetings from Boise Eliot Native Grove

By Andrine de la Rocha and Howard Patterson

Grandson Dominic on the stump with Howard Patterson at the Grove. Photo courtesy Andrine de la Rocha

The summer heat brought some challenges to the Grove this year and many plants were defeated by the Heat Dome event. Our Oregon White Oak in the meadow gave up the ghost, but we were able to reserve another from Friends of Trees that we will plant sometime this fall. (The remains of the old oak are being transformed into a piece of art inspired by an epic dream in the hands of resident Healing Artist, Andrine de la Rocha.)

All of the remaining trees have survived so far and in their third year seem to be flourishing, despite the heat. Some of our less established shrubs did not fare as well and we will likely replace them during the wet season to give them a good head start on next year. 

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Cool Options Including Matt Dishman Pool to Refresh and Relax

Monique Gaskins

Portlanders experienced extreme temperatures this summer. During the last week of June, local temperatures hit 112 degrees, the highest temperature recorded. In mid- August, another heat wave rolled through the city pushing temperatures higher than usual. Along with the heat, this has also been a dry summer. As of this writing, the warm temperatures and sparse rainfall haven’t retreated yet.

However, the city has options to help keep Portlanders cool this summer. Eliot residents are primed to take advantage without having to leave the neighborhood. During designated heat warnings, all libraries have bottled water on hand to distribute. Albina Library is participating and scheduled to fully open on August 24th. Throughout the summer, the interactive fountain / splash pad is open at Dawson Park. For residents looking to exercise or play in a pool, Portland’s public pools, including Matt Dishman Pool, are open. 

Portland Parks & Recreation opened its eleven pools on June 22. The pools are dispersed around the city and include indoor and outdoor options. Eliot is home to one of the indoor pools at the Matt Dishman Center at 77 North Knott Street. The pools do not all share the same schedule. Availability of lap swim, aqua fitness, and play periods also vary by pool and by day, so be sure to check the schedule by calling ahead or looking online before planning a visit. The outdoor pools are scheduled to close for the summer at the end of August. Indoor pools should remain open.

At the time of writing, face coverings are required within city facilities to help curb the spread of Covid. The drop-in price for Adults age 18-59 is $4. For seniors and youth, the drop-in price is $3, and children 2 and under get in free. 20 visit punch passes and “Pay what you can” discounts are also available. Check https://www.portland.gov/parks/matt-dishman-indoor-pool for more details and current schedule or call 503-823-3166.

Historic Billy Webb Elks Lodge Devastated by Fire, Needs Help from Community

By Sue Stringer and Restore Oregon

Fire damage from Fire on September 11 at the Billy Webb Elks Lodge. Photo credit Restore Oregon

The following is a press release by Restore Oregon which includes the history of the Billy Webb Elks Lodge that sadly was the victim of a fire recently. The Eliot Neighborhood Association has donated funds to the Elks Lodge for restoration. We hope that others will join us in helping this organization restore the historic building that has meant so much to our neighborhood for so many generations.

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ODOT Teases New Highway Covers Options

For many years, The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been planning to do a major widening of I-5 through the “Rose Quarter” (underneath the Flint, Broadway, Weidler, Williams, and Vancouver bridges). This project will be at least $800 Million and cause severe disruption to the southern Eliot Neighborhood if built. Recently,

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Dawson Park FREE Concert #3 of 4 this THURSDAY, September 16 5pm

  • Live music by Blue Blazes with MC Joe Bean Keller
  • Family-friendly event
  • Raffle prizes from the Nike Community Store on MLK
  • Learn about Eliot’s history and tell us your story – Storytelling booth
  • Covid Vaccine Clinic offered by REACH of Multnomah County Health Department
  • Variety of vendor booths
  • Food options:
    • Food cart
    • Hot Dogs by Eliot NA
  • Sponsor notes:

This is the Third of FOUR(4) events this summer/fall. UPcoming: October 7

Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening at Dawson Park. Food available for purchase on-site or pack a picnic and snacks, don’t forget a blanket or low lawn chairs.

We can’t wait to see you at the event!

To become a volunteer, sponsor, or vendor visit the Concerts page… we’d love you to be a part of this event or one of the 3 upcoming events!

Now Open: Jerusalem Rose Market

A new corner market and deli have opened in Eliot at the corner of MLK Jr. Blvd and Morris Street. The Jerusalem Rose Market sells staples from Southwest Asia and North Africa, focusing on Palestinian products and hoping to celebrate Palestinian culture through the lens of the country’s food.

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Dawson Park FREE Concert #2 of4 THURSDAY, August 26 5pm

  • Live music by The Brotherhood (Funk) with MC Joe Bean Keller
  • Family-friendly event
  • Raffle prizes from the Nike Community Store on MLK
  • Learn about Eliot’s history and tell us your story – Storytelling booth
  • Covid Vaccine Clinic offered by REACH of Multnomah County Health Department
  • Variety of vendor booths
  • Food options:
    • Food cart
    • Hot Dogs by Eliot NA
  • Sponsor notes:

This is the SECOND of FOUR(4) events this summer/fall. UPcoming event dates: September 16 (Harmony Four performing) , October 7

Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening at Dawson Park. Food available for purchase on-site or pack a picnic and snacks, don’t forget a blanket or low lawn chairs.

We can’t wait to see you at the event!

To become a volunteer, sponsor, or vendor visit the Concerts page… we’d love you to be a part of this event or one of the 3 upcoming events!

Cliffs PDX: Come for the Food and Cocktails, Stay for the Southern Charm and Midwestern Friendliness

Co-owners Josh Luebke and Sierra Luebke (center of photo) and family at Cliff’s

A few different businesses have occupied the bar under the Wonder Ballroom on NE Russell Street. Since I have been in the neighborhood, it has been Trigger and Bunk Sandwiches. Cliff’s PDX is the newest tenant, but Josh Luebke has been around for all three of the recent iterations of this space.

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Adopt-a-Block update – We’re making Progress, but still need your help

By Jody Guth

It’s a beautiful day in our neighborhood – the skies are blue, the sun is shining, and the streets are looking better all the time.  Many thanks and kudos to all involved with Eliot’s adopt-a-block team.  While they may not take credit for the blue skies and sunshine, they most certainly can for the improved look to our streets and avenues.  

We’ve had quite a few people sign-up this past quarter, and the ranks of trash-ridders are reflected in things looking as good as they are….mostly.   And, because we’re greedy and can always use more volunteers, we’re seeking out more.  Maybe yourself?  You know you want to be a part of helping Eliot look its best, and I can show you how it’s done. 

All you do is contact me, Jody, at jodyguth@gmail.com or call 971-320-8594, and I’ll get you set up with trash bags and gloves – plus, I have just a few more picker-uppers as well. If you’re one of the first two lucky winners to contact me, they’re yours.  We’ll decide what block you’d like to “adopt,” you care for it like the adoptee it is, and then you’ll even be entered into a contest every three months where you could win a $100.00 gift certificate to your friendly New Season’s market. 

 What?!….crazy simple, right?….and prizes to boot!  So what are you waiting for?….. 

But before you do, let me announce the current winner of this quarter’s New Season’s gift certificate.  Come on down, Laura and Michael Livingston!  Laura and Michael take care of parts of Williams near Tillamook and around other areas as they walk their dogs.  It can’t be overstated how grateful we are for all those critters who get their humans out for cleaning.  Thanks, Dot and Pipa.. 

Please consider joining Laura and Michael, and the 6(!) other exemplary volunteers who joined this quarter….. big shout out to Richard DeWolf, Moses Wrosen, Laura Atkinson, Pamela Sery, Linda Kading, and Tyler Brunhart.  You do Eliot proud.  

NEW Details: Dawson Park FREE Concert this THURSDAY, July 22 5pm

  • MC is the one and only Joe Bean Keller
  • Live jazz music by the Yugen Music Project
  • Family-friendly event including kids activity area provided by Irvington Co-operative Preschool
  • Raffle prizes from the Nike Community Store on MLK
  • Learn about Eliot’s history and tell us your story – Storytelling booth
  • Give your input for a new intersection/street painting
  • Food carts
  • Picnic Box offered by Lottie and Zula’s at 120 NE Russell St, 503-333-6923 to order and bring to the event check out the link here: https://checkout.square.site/buy/6UXV2YEQZCDKD5KGTWIAILYO
  • BBQ by Eliot Neighborhood Association with meat provided by Cason’s Fine Meats
  • Covid Vaccine Clinic offered by REACH of Multnomah County Health Department
  • Variety of vendor booths
  • After Concert at Ex-Novo at 2326 N Flint and a portion of the Eliot IPA beer sales will go to the Eliot Neighborhood Association

This is the first of 4 events this summer/fall. (Other event dates: August 26, September 16, October 7)

Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening at Dawson Park. Food available for purchase on-site or pack a picnic and snacks, don’t forget a blanket or low lawn chairs.

We can’t wait to see you all at the event!

To become a volunteer, sponsor, or vendor visit the Concerts page… we’d love you to be a part of this event or one of the 3 upcoming events!