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Block Party Toolkit Document

Thanks to efforts of a few neighbors, in particular, Dan Hahn; there is now a link to a new document that helps one through the process of organizing a block party within our neighborhood. Go to the links page at bwna.us and click on Block Party Toolkit to review the steps and get ideas on how to facilitate an event to bring your neighbors closer together, strengthen the friendship bonds and make your immediate neighborhood safer.

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Taste of Beaumont, Monday, April 11th, 6:30 p.m., Beaumont Middle School Cafeteria

This free event combines a BWNA-sponsored spring celebration for the neighborhood (Taste of Beaumont) and the annual BWNA Board Elections General Meeting. Local eating establishments contribute cuisine samples for your noshing pleasure, and the Beaumont M.S. Band, under the direction of Cynthia Plank, provides entertainment. With respect to elections, there are 4 open Board positions to fill, and B-W residents are encouraged to step up to the plate to serve. The event concludes around 8:15.

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Alameda Stairs Planting

The weather cooperated on Saturday, March 5th as 20 or so volunteers from the Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood and Solve organizations planted over 500 natural plants within planting beds on the Alameda stairs that end near Wisteria and NE 43rd Avenues. An additional load of plants did not arrive in time and a second planting will occur , watch for postings to come and lend a hand. Enjoy the stairs as the plants mature and grow larger over the next few months. Thanks to all who contributed time and got their hands a little dirty for a great cause in beautifying a unique public space within our neighborhood.

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Taste of Beaumont

Our annual “Taste of Beaumont” and BWNA elections will again be held at the Beaumont Middle School cafeteria on Monday, April 11th. The meeting starts at 6:30 to allow attendees to sample the food supplied by local eateries and be entertained by the Beaumont Middle School band before the business meeting portion of the evening. Presently, there are open positions on the BWNA Board, so the event presents the opportunity to step forward and be directly involved in discussions and decisions effecting our neighborhood. If you have questions contact president@bwna.us .

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Feb. 29th free screening of MisLEAD at Hollywood Theatre

Let’s Take the Lead on Lead

In the wake of the contaminated water in Flint, Mich., and the documented high levels of toxic emissions from glass factories here in Portland, it’s worth noting that hundreds of homes will go down among us this year, in a cloud of dust sure to contain lead and other hazardous materials. The dust travels up to 400 feet, according to a federal study, free to be ingested by people and settle on yards, gardens, and play equipment.

Join us for a special engagement preview screening of MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic and join the front lines in protecting yourself and others from lead poisoning.

Free and open to the public

6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

Online RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-engagement-preview-screening-of-mislead-hollywood-theater-pdx-tickets-20834632948
A Q&A follows. The event is presented by Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association, Lead Safe America, and United Neighborhoods for Reform, and supported by a grant from Central Northeast Neighbors.

Background on Portland demolitions

Many homes in Portland were built before 1978, when up to 70 percent—or about 15 pounds—of a can of paint consisted of lead. Careless renovation or demolition releases lead particulates into the environment, posing irreversible health effects.

Children are most at risk. The Centers for Disease Control has said there is no amount of lead that is safe in children. Children, who are most susceptible to lead’s irreversible effects because of their developing systems, are least able to know to avoid contact with lead dust and how to protect themselves. They probably won’t think to wash their hands before eating after playing on a swing set coated in dust from a nearby demolition.

During demolitions, lead paint is pulverized and dust sent into the air, settling into soil and on play equipment in yards up to 400 feet away. Lead already is regulated in renovation projects of 6 square feet or more, but not for demolitions.

Margaret Davis
Ma Nao Books

manaobooks.com

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Two Free Workshops: Native Plants and Slough 101

Native Plant Workshop (Spanish speaker available)
Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants! This workshop will introduce you to common native plant communities in Portland, show examples of species that do well in similar growing conditions, share successful planting tips that will help them thrive and more! You’ll walk away with loads of information so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard.
**¡Aprenda sobre las plantas nativas a nuestra región y llévese consejos para ayudar a su jardín prosperar! Esta presentación destacara las mejores opciones y condiciones ambientales para que usted pueda utilizar las mejores especies de plantas en su jardín. Clase en inglés con hispanohablante disponible.

Date: March 2nd (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location:
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218

Registration and More Information: http://www.columbiaslough.org/index.php/events/event/352/
Questions? Contact Karen Carrillo at Karen.carrillo@columbiaslough.org or 503-281-1132

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1708719376081622/
Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/ColumbiaSlough #sloughlove #watershed

SLOUGH 101
Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council March 12 for Slough 101, a FREE workshop about the Columbia Slough watershed and its unique story. Slough 101 covers local history, water, wildlife, and current issues in the watershed with eight local experts. Explore watershed health, environmental issues and recreation opportunities in N-NE Portland, Gresham and Fairview.

Pre-registration is required. The workshop is free and presented with the sponsorship of the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau. Light refreshments will be provided. Suitable for adults and teens 14 & up.

Slough 101
Date: March 12th (Saturday)
Time: 9am – 12: 45pm

Location
Water Pollution Control Lab
6543 N Burlington Ave
Portland, OR 97203

Registration and More Information: http://www.columbiaslough.org/index.php/events/event/149/
(503) 281-1132
Questions? Contact Karen Carrillo at Karen.carrillo@columbiaslough.org or 503-281-1132

Karen Carrillo
Outreach & Events Director

Columbia Slough Watershed Council
7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218
503.281.1132
www.columbiaslough.org

To foster action to protect, enhance, restore and revitalize the Slough and its watershed

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Volunteer to beautify Alameda Stairs!

Thanks to a grant from the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District procured by BWNA Board member Dave Whitaker, this year’s stairway cleanup project will culminate in the planting of between 400 and 500 native plants! The stairway in question runs from N.E. Wistaria & 43rd to Alameda. Volunteers are needed to help with the cleanup on Saturday, Feb. 20th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and for the planting on Saturday, March 5th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you can assist, please notify Dave by e-mail (Dave.Whitaker@portlandoregon.gov). Thanks.

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