The meeting begins at 7:00 at Bethany Lutheran Church, located on the corner of N.E. 37th Ave. and Skidmore St. (Enter on Skidmore side of the church, down the walkway to the basement meeting room.) Attend if you can and support our neighborhood.
At our NNO picnic in August we initiated a fundraiser by offering the neighborhood, iron on patch for donations of $5. This is great way for you and your children to show our neighborhood spirit and contribute to on-going efforts on newsletter quality and neighborhood wide event support. Contact Katy Fackler at email@example.com for patch information.
Our annual BWNA August picnic enjoyed a larger turnout than had been experienced the last few years, even had us running out for a few extra hotdogs to make sure everyone had enough to eat – and that was a good thing! While the food line stretched out for a 10-15 minute wait at times, musical entertainment from the talented Scott White made the time pass quickly. Requests for some 60’s music from a few of us who grew up with vinyl were well covered, along with some original songs from Scott.
The pleasantly cool evening air caused a few sweaters to be donned; but kept the dedicated grill crew a bit more comfortable. It sure didn’t detract from the water balloon fun near end of evening, where “kids” big and tall got into the act. Treasure bowls of prizes allowed all the “wee” game participants to walk away winners.
Of course, neighborhood safety is always the main theme of the evening, and visits by two police units (including a K-9 team), along with fire truck and crew (including the Fire Chief, Mike Myers), offered neighbors the opportunity to personally thank them for their service in keeping Beaumont Wilshire such a secure and safe place to live and raise a family. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) Crime Prevention group supplied a variety of information pamphlets along with “Portland” wrist bands to help build community that is essential to any neighborhood’s fight against crime. The picnic also presented a first look at the “Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood” patch that BWNA will be selling as a fund raising activity at meetings and future events.
The continued generous support of local businesses to this key neighborhood association event cannot be overstated –from ice and beverages donated by Beaumont and Everest M markets and wonderful dessert cake provided by Whole Foods of Hollywood; to the many gift certificates given in support our picnic raffle — our whole-hearted thanks goes out to all. Contributors included: Foot Traffic, Green Dog Pet Supply, Yo Choice, Alameda Brewhouse, The Arrangement, Beaumont Florist, Batter, Fire on the Mountain, Pips, Blackbird Wine Shop and Fire&Stone. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the ongoing help of BSA Troop 107 for transporting the extra chairs and tables loaned by the Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship in support of our picnic, great group of young men and adult leaders.
So once the trash was bagged, picnic areas picked-up and to returned original condition, leftovers donated, grill and park keys returned and unused materials placed back in inventory — The BWNA Board could breath a sigh of relief and enjoy a sense of satisfaction for another successful picnic – don’t miss next year’s !
BWNA annual NNO picnic is Tuesday, August 2nd at Wilshire Park with food service beginning at 6:30 pm. Grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers will be supplied by BWNA along with cold beverages; while everyone attending is encouraged to bring a side-dish, dessert or snack to add to the potluck buffet table. A raffle of prizes donated by local businesses and kids games will be part of the entertainment, as well as visits by police and fire department units ( as available at time of picnic). Come out and enjoy the evening of fun and food among the firs of Wilshire Park.
By all accounts, the July 4th Children’s Parade on Wistaria Drive was another great success. The pictures sure attest to this fact, as lots of smiling children and adults decked out in red, white and blue make for an awesome patriotic statement. A big thank you goes out to Mimi Farley and her group of helpers for making this event such a fun time enjoyed by so many over the last 10 + years !
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.
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.