Annual Eliot Spring Clean Up

2016 Eliot Cleanup

It’s that time of year again when we get the urge to do a bit of spring cleaning and get rid of all that clutter that has been gathering in our closets, basements and garages.  How convenient that the Eliot Neighborhood Association is organizing it’s annual spring clean-up event where you can bring  items that you no longer want that someone else may have been pining for and throw away that broken chair that’s taking up valuable real estate in your shed.

When: Saturday, May 13 from 10 am -2 pm
Where: Legacy Emanuel parking lot at N Graham and Williams

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Just Call Me Darcelle

Darcell and Sue
Darcelle and Sue Stringer at the Darcelle XV 86th birthday bash

“Just call me Darcelle,” says the new Guinness Book of World Records holder as we get started with our interview. Darcelle, born Walter Cole, has brought fame to our Eliot neighborhood and the city of Portland in the form of a world record for being the world’s oldest, still performing Drag Queen. However, before he was Darcelle XV, Cole was an entrepreneur. His business ventures survived urban renewal multiple times in rapidly changing city.

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Legacy Emanuel Partnership Helps Students with Disabilities

Amelia Acala
Amelia Acala working at the 24-Hour Heart Beat Cafe

A good work ethic, a job, and a savings plan paid off for Amelia Acala. Before her senior year started, she was rolling in a car purchased with money saved from her customer service job with Legacy Emanuel’s Food and Nutrition Services.

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Winter Activity – People’s Yoga

A series of posts about winter activities to keep you busy until spring featuring exciting business and organizations located in and around our amazing neighborhood.

There are many yoga studios in Portland but none are quite like The People’s Yoga.  A free class for riding your bike 10 times to the studio, family memberships at a reasonable price, multiple locations, workshops and special events.

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Winter Activity – McConnell’s Boxing

A series of posts about winter activities to keep you busy until spring featuring exciting business and organizations located in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

Ready to take on the new year and try something new with your fitness regimen?  Right at the corner of NE Broadway at NE 7th Avenue above Cotton Cloud Futons is McConnell’s Boxing Academy. McConnell’s offers a variety of classes for those 13 years and up.  Personal training and private lessons are also available and are geared towards men and women.

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One of the Hottest Neighborhoods in 2017!

2017 Hotest Neighborhoods

Redfin predicts Eliot as the 5th Hottest Neighborhood in the Country for 2017!

Redfin, the next-generation real estate brokerage, has announced its annual list of neighborhoods across the country it predicts will be the hottest this year. To rank the neighborhoods that are heating up the most, the brokerage analyzed hundreds of millions of pageviews to and homes that users saved to their favorites to monitor for price and status changes. The analysis also takes into account insights from local Redfin real estate agents who specialize in the local neighborhoods.

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Winter Activity – Fremont Theater

A series of posts about winter activities to keep you busy until spring featuring exciting business and organizations located in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

In the Irvington neighborhood, at NE 24th Avenue and Fremont Street sits the The Fremont Theater. It is mostly used as a concert venue with concerts for kids during the day and for ages 21 and over in the evening.  One event not to miss is The Cherry Blossom Orchestra.   According to The Fremont’s website, one hundred years ago, on February 26, 1917, The Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded “Livery Stable Blues and Dixie Jass Band One-Step” and was available for sale on March 17, 1917 at a cost of 75 cents.

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…And the Survey Says

surveyHere’s what Eliot Residents Like about Our Neighborhood and What the Future Looks Like.

First of all, thank you to all who participated in our Eliot resident survey. We had close to 75 responses and they came from a mixture of new and long time residents of our neighborhood.

Here’s a recap about who we are as a neighborhood, what we like, what we’d like to change and also what events you’d like to see us work on organizing so we can get to know each other better and make Eliot an even better place to live!

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Letter from the Eliot News Editor

Happy New Year Eliot! With 2017 upon us it is time to reflect on what we were able to accomplish and experience in 2016 and make some resolutions and plans for this new year.  I find January a month I look forward to as a sort of reboot after all the busyness  of the holiday season.  Now well into winter, we are able to take some time to start a few new habits, take up a new exercise routine, focus on a new skill, try a new entertainment venue and also meet some new friends in the process.

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Adopt a Block Neighbors

The Adopt-A-Block initiative is gaining some traction, adding new folks slowly but surely. Below is a list of your neighbors who are interested in making Eliot a safer and more pleasant environment in which to live. Let me know if you are interested in keeping your block free of litter and the storm drains flowing and I’ll add your name to the list which will be published periodically.

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