Last Thursday- Community Hotline number (503) 974-6447

Rose City Vaudeville

*** NEW HOTLINE NUMBER *** (503) 974-6447


For neighborhood concerns, interests, complaints or ideas.

This number will be available from 2:00pm to 11:00pm each Last Thursday.


If there is an emergency, please call 911 and the Police Non-Emergency (503) 823-3333.


Read a Community Announcment from Friends of Last Thursday

Getting refocused on what makes Last Thursday on Alberta great!

  • Great art and artists showing off their stuff

  • Friendly cooperative space with the help of our Ambassador & Street Ops Teams

  • No registration or fee for vending during Last Thursday

  • NE Alberta Street is closed to vehicles from 6:00pm – 10:00pm


Friends of Last Thursday (FoLT) works with a broad spectrum of residents, businesses, vendors, performers & visitors to Last Thursday, as well as city, county and state agencies. FoLT is comprised of passionate people working to ensure community ownership and fiscal oversight of Last Thursday.

Our FoLT info boothlocated between 19th & 20this available to serve you during the event. Drop by and say hey!


Unthank Park Community Events: Music, Movies and more

Summer Free For All and Music Monday in the Park at Dr. DeNorval Unthank Park, 510 N Shaver St.



July 9

6:30pm Philadephia Baptist Prayer Group

7:15pm PARFAIT

July 16

6:30pm & 7:15pm

Asante Childrens Choir

July 23

6:30pm Ainsworth United Church of Christ, AUCC

7:15pm Up and Over Tour

July 30

6:30pm Allen Temple (Voices of Worship)

7:15pm Ed Mondaine Belief

August 6

6pm New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

6:30pm Darcelle Dance Childrens Choir

7:15pm Highland Community Church

August 13

6:30pm & 7:15pm

“VIP” Voices in Praise

Monday, August 20, 6:30-8 pm

Ocean 503- A soulful night of Reggae, R&B, and more!


Movie in the Park- Thursday, July 12

“Puss in Boots”

Pre-show entertainment @ 6:30

Movie begins at dusk.

Other Unthank Park Events

Traveling Rock Wall

July 12, 6:30-9:00pm

July 27, 3:00-5:15pm

August 3, 3:00-5:15pm

August 10, 3:00-5:15pm

Playground & Dinner

Mondays 3-9pm

Tuesday-Friday 3-7pm through Aug 15.

Dinner served at 5 pm.



Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

The Oregon Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

A Tool to Help Oregons Children Enter Kindergarten Ready for School

When children enter kindergarten, are they ready for school? How can the state help
more children start school with the skills and support they need? The state of Oregon
will implement the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) in the fall of 2012, to
assess every child entering kindergarten. Join us at a community forum where you will
participate in a work session at:

Self-Enhancement, Inc.
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Community Forum
Thursday, June 28, 2012
6:30  8:00 pm
3920 North Kerby Avenue
Portland, Oregon

The statewide Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) is a tool that will help the
Oregon Early Learning Council, a governor- appointed committee, assess whether a
child is prepared for school. It will also be used to track progress toward the goal of
having all at-risk children enter school successfully. The KRA will be appropriate for
all pre-kindergarten children, including those with high needs, and will be in line with
Oregons early learning and development standards.

The KRA will combine learning standards with teacher observations, in order to take a
snapshot of each childs readiness for school in the following areas:
” Academics: recognizing letters, shapes and colors; counting objects; writing
their name.
” Social-emotional development: curious and eager to learn; empathy for other
children; relates well to adults; able to express wants and needs.
” Self-regulation: able to pay attention, follow directions and control impulses;
able to handle frustration, find solutions and comfort themselves.

Input from the community forum will help to shape the Kindergarten Readiness
Assessment, as well as to assist our state to deliver the best support possible to
students who need it the most.

Solarize NE Registration Deadline Extended until June 26th

Deadline extended for Solarize NE campaign

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods extends deadline to June 26th, 2012, so homeowners can take advantage of discounts for the installation of a home solar electric system

Portland, Oregon- North and Northeast Portland homeowners still have the opportunity to take advantage of group-buy pricing through June 26th. Solarize Northeast is a grassroots, community-based project from Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods to bring affordable solar to homeowners.


“We decided to offer the group rate another two weeks in order to give more people a chance to sign up,” said Paige Coleman, Solarize Northeast is designed to simplify the process of going solar and bring significant cost reductions through volume purchasing. Many homeowners in Northeast Portland have already installed solar on their home and are happy they did.


“We got tired of the threat of higher electric bills, and wanted to take advantage of the tax incentives while they were still offered,” said Leslie Byster. “We like to look at the net metering and see how the battle between power use and power generation is going, and happily, power generation is winning and will continue to win through the summer!”


Byster’s system was installed in May. “We have been thinking of wanting to go green for a while,” said Byster. “We had done some research on it, and even tried the ‘green’ alternative offered by the utility company, but nothing is greener than growing (or generating) your own power.”


Byster said that the best thing about going solar is that “we have become a bit less reliant on the power utilities and that we can serve as a model as to how easy it was to go solar.”


The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Energy Trust of Oregon, Solar Oregon, Umpqua Bank, Clean Energy Works Oregon and Neil Kelly have all partnered with the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods to support their Solarize Northeast initiative. The partners have provided technical, strategic, outreach and workshop presentations in an effort to help expand Portland’s market for solar and create green jobs.


Solarize Northeast was initiated by Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. This is their second project. In 2010, Solarize Northeast installed solar on over 200 homes. The project is structured to help homeowners go solar together by selecting a contractor through a community led selection process, hosting group workshops, and offering competitive prices by running group sales and marketing that in tern lower the contractor’s installation costs. Group purchasing through Solarize campaigns create a 15-25 percent savings below current prices. This group discount, in addition to current available tax credits and Energy Trust cash incentives, gives Solarize Northeast participants significant cost savings.


If you would like to register for the extended Solarize NE program, please email your contact information to or call 503 823 4223 to register. Please include name, phone number and home address.


About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

To create and enhance a vibrant city, BPS combines the disciplines of planning and sustainability to advance Portland’s diverse and distinct neighborhoods, promote a prosperous and low-carbon economy, provide a forum for community engagement and education and help ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape. With a city full of partners, BPS develops creative and practical solutions on issues as far ranging as comprehensive, neighborhood and environmental planning, urban design, waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency, food and solar technologies.


About the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods

The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) serves as one of seven district coalitions advancing neighborhood livability through highly inclusive civic engagement. The organization is set up as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit for more opportunities to respond to community needs. NECN believes in creating healthy communities by engaging citizens to become directly involved in determining how their neighborhood evolves.

How to Throw a Block Party in 5 Easy Steps

How to Throw a Block Party in 5 Easy Steps
By Signe Todd, Concordia Neighborhood

Neighborhood block party is an excellent way to enjoy a warm summer day, socialize with
your neighbors and meet new people who live on your street. When I lived in the Irvington
neighborhood, my neighbor Dana Griggs taught me the nuts and bolts for planning a successful
block party in 5 easy steps.

Step 1) Plan Ahead!

Block parties require a street closure permit and liability insurance from the neighborhood
coalition. When selecting a date for your event, you will want to allow 4-6 weeks for completing
the application and to ensure you give the City two weeks advance notice of your permit request.
The application process is not as daunting as it may sound and speaking from experience, the
folks at the neighborhood coalition really support block parties and are available to help. Other
points to consider are: Permits are typically not issued for parties that are longer than 1 block
or extend past 10 pm. You cannot have a block party on a street that is on a bus route, has a bus
layover, or is a signalized traffic intersection. Also, the City wont allow alcohol in the street,
so plan for drinking to take place on neighbors private property. Finally, if youre planning
to have amplified music that someone could hear (and possibly complain about) more than 10
houses away, be prepared to also fill out a noise variance application, found at:
noisepermit .

Step 2) Contact your District Coalition, such as Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods

Once you have decided upon a date, visit NECNs website, (Services
> Neighborhood Social Support > Host a Block Party or click here) to download two sets of forms you
will need in order to get your permit:

1. NECNs Event Application Packet (This serves as a request for NECN to provide
insurance coverage for your event. NECN requests a $15-35 sliding scale donation for
insurance coverage.)

2. Block Party application packet. (This serves as your permit application)

NECN staff is available to answer questions about the application process. Call (503) 823-4575
or email or katy (at) necoalition (dot) org if you get stumped along the way.

Step 3) Fill Out the Petition

Your block party application will include a petition, which must have signatures from all the
residents and/or businesses on the street you wish to close. This is the fun part of the application
process because it gives you a positive talking point to greet neighbors without asking them
for money. If a house is vacant, indicate that on the petition. You need to account for all of the
houses on the block and its adjacent properties, including side yards.

Once you have all of the signatures, mail or drop-off your completed applications (Event and
Block Party packets) to NECN; upon approval, NECN will submit your application to the City

and the City will send you your street closure permit.

Step 4) Rent Barricades

For our block parties we rented from American Barricade Company, located at 173 NE
Columbia Blvd and can be reached at (503) 285-6616. Barricades (ask for six, Type 1
barricades) should be placed at both ends of the street with a copy of the permit attached.

Step 5) Coordinate Entertainment and Food

Distribute a flyer two weeks in advance of the event to remind neighbors and request donations
of food, beverages, tables, chairs etc. Consider having an activity especially if there are young
children in the neighborhood. Inviting the local fire department to bring one of their fire trucks
is always a big hit with the little ones plus they hand out cool stickers!! If you decide to rent a
bouncy house or climbing wall you need to be aware that NECNs insurance will not cover these
items. Instead you will need to have the vendor to supply NECN with a copy of their insurance.
Alternatively, you can have the bouncy house on your property and your homeowners insurance
will cover injuries.

Another great option is to hold your block party in a park. To begin, you need to reserve a park
and obtain a park permit for a modest fee. Parks can be reserved by calling (503) 823-2525. If
have your party in the park, you can skip steps 1 and 2 on this list.

Really it is that easy!! I have coordinated two block parties and the rewards of building social
connections with my neighbors far outweigh the time spent in planning. Dana, if you are reading
this, thanks for teaching me how to throw a block party.