Sunday, May 29, 2011

Emergency Preparedness - don't expect the city to rescue you

You've read about horrific natural disasters elsewhere but are you ready for "the big one" and the not-so-big ones closer to home?   Brenn Simonen is organizing sessions to help you prepare for emergencies right here in the Gulch.   The classes will start sometime in July.

The sessions will cover creating a communication, evacuation, shelter and needs plan.  Basic first aid and creating an Emergency Kit will be covered.

To be notified when the meetings will be held, please email Brenn at

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Farmers Market Returns Sunday May 29

The Irvington Farmers Market in Sullivan's Gulch returns to brighten up your weekend and stock your pantry beginning on Sunday, May 29.   Hours will be 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at its location on NE 16th Ave. between Broadway and Weidler between to Kitchen Kaboodle and the 1620 apartments.

It will be bigger and better than ever, says Brad Perkins, organizer.  In fact, he's expecting so many new vendors that it's expanding around the corner and is planning on closing off 2 lanes of Broadway to make room for more vendors.  

See you there.

Good in the 'Hood coming June 24 - 26

Not our 'hood but still close by...  The annual "Good in the Neighborhood" is set for the weekend of June 24-26 with live music, food and a parade.

Other activities include KidSpace, 3 point basketball shoot off,

Performers will be on the 2 stages during the weekend and  include Patrick Lamb, Chata Addy, Ocean 503, Any Stokes Band, Linda Hornbuckle, Ashley Minniweather and others.

There will be a kick off concert the Monday before at Kennedy School from 6 to 10 pm.

For details on the free event, see

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fred Meyer Expansion at Spring General Meeting - Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm

We have a full and interesting agenda for the Spring SGNA Neigbhborhood meeting this Thursday, May 19 from 7 to 9 pm. It will be held in the Penthouse of Holladay Park Plaza, 1300 NE 16th Ave.

The two main topics will be a presentation by Fred Meyer describing the remodeling and small expansion of their Hollywood West store - a maintain for Gulchers. They will have drawings and pictures and will be glad to answer our questions.

Also on the agenda is a historical presentation about Albina Mural Project by Joanne Oleksiak. She will show a short video and have photos of some of the historical murals from 1978 that used to be in the area. We hope to have one of the original painters to talk about the murals, as well.

In addition, there will be a short review of crime in our neighborhood from our neighborhood liaison at the Police Bureau, as well as reports from the various SGNA committee - Land Use, Lifestyles (update on Gulch A Rama), and Gulch Trail info.

Finally, we will nominate and vote on new representatives to the SGNA Board of Directors. If you're interested in getting involved be sure to come of the meeting or let SGNA Chair Craig Nyschins know of your interest.

If you haven't seen the view from the "top of the neighborhood" 12th floor of Holladay Park Plaza, you'll want to come a few minutes early.

Friday, May 13, 2011

SGNA Spring General Meeting next Thursday!

Hi Gulchers. The SGNA Spring General meeting is upon us. Join your friends and neighbor next Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Penthouse of Holladay Park Plaza(the residential tower at NE 16th & NE Multnomah).

We'll be discussing Fred Meyer's new expansion & renovation plans, hear a presentation from PSU's Andrew Yaden, holding elections for new Board members, and have a art exhibit and presentation from local artist Henry Frison on the Albina Mural Project's historic 1978 Display. Also learn what your SGNA community committees have been up to these past few months and what they have planned for the future. Refreshments served, come one and all!