Monday, August 18, 2014

Neighborhood Nap Day

Saturday Sept. 6th, 2–6 pm
SE Reedway–Ramona Alley, between 57th and 60th

How often do you get time to think and daydream? Yet, arguably, idleness — and the time it affords one to reset and think — is critical for a democratic society. In this effort to “distribute leisure” to our neighbors, you are invited to participate in Community Nap Day. The alleys of SE Portland — these little slices of lazy wilderness that cut through our hood —  offer a unique backdrop for our reveries.

Hammocks, forts and other sleeping spots will be provided for napping but bringing/making your own is also encouraged.

Sleeping starts at 2pm and will be done in shifts until 6pm. In between naps, talk with neighbors about your thoughts on our neighborhood; provocative ideas; their gardens; or the weather.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Represent Historic Landmark Preservation - July 31, 2014 at 2pm!

The Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (PHLC) will be presenting their State of the City Preservation Report 2014 to City Council July 31st. A key priority for the PHLC and focus of the presentation will be protection and prevention of loss in our residential neighborhoods. Several organizations and individuals will be testifying regarding the demolition epidemic and related historic preservation issues. The public is encouraged to attend and show their support and numbers. Please help us make an impact!
Thursday, July 31, 2014
City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Council Chambers

State of the City Preservation Report at 2:00 pm
State of the City Design Report at 2:45 pm

Note: The Commission is hoping that a lot of people will attend this, even if they are not designated speakers, so that the City Council can see a big crowd of concerned citizens filling the room.  The Landmarks Commission might ask for the people who are there specifically because they are concerned about demolitions to stand up, or something along those lines, to reinforce the message to City Council.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Woodstock Wellness Temporary Location

FYI: They are temporarily seeing patients now  at 4615 SE Woodstock Blvd.  while they wait for their new space to be remodeled!  The new space will be announced in the coming weeks to stay tuned.


Woodstock Wellness Center
4615 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97206

Friday, June 27, 2014

SE Portland Showdown: Neighborhood Kickball Tourney!

Hats off to Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association for taking the lead on organizing this all-ages, all-for-fun kickball tournament for six Southeast neighborhoods with the help of a SE Uplift Creative Engagement Grant.

Woodstock kicks it off July 19th in Game #1 against Creston-Kenilworth.

This family-friendly tournament promises to be loads of fun. A $5 suggested donation per family or 18+ individual will go into a pot to be split 60/40 between competing teams' neighborhood associations.

If you want to sign up to play on the Woodstock Neighborhood kickball team, please send us a message at, or sign up via the Game #1 event page on Facebook.

  • Game #1 - Woodstock v. Creston-Kenilworth
    Saturday, July 19th: Woodstock Park, 2-4pm
  • Game #2 - FoPo v. Lents
    Sunday, July 20th: Kern Park, 2-4pm
  • Game #3 - Winner (Woodstock/C-K) v. Brentwood-Darlington
    Saturday, July 26th: Brentwood Park, 2-4pm
  • Game #4 - Winner (FoPo/Lents) v. Mt. Scott-Arleta
    Saturday, July 26th: Lents Park, 2-4pm
  • Game #5 - Championship Playoff between Winners of Games 3 & 4
    Saturday, August 2nd: Mt. Scott Park, 2-4pm
The tournament concludes with an ice cream social (supplied by Salt & Straw!) at the Championship Game on August 2nd at Mt. Scott Park.

WANTED: Woodstock Kickball Team Captain!

"Don't ask what your neighborhood can do for you, but what you can do for your neighborhood..."
The CAPTAIN role entails keeping track of sign-ups and helping coordinate players on the day of (July 19 plus possible playoffs on July 26 and Aug 2)), as well as any creative touches he or she might bring to the game.

Should we give our team a name? What about uniforms or team colors? Cheerleaders? Mascots? If you're interested in volunteering to head up the Woodstock Kickball Team, or just want to help out, kick us an email at

What's going on? C'mon out on July 2nd and find out.

7:00 pm at the Woodstock Community Center
(Doors open at 6:30 for pre-meeting socializing) 

WNA's general meeting, held once monthly on the first Wednesday of each month, is a great place to meet people, find out what's going on in Woodstock, and how you can help make your neighborhood one of the best places in the world to live!

The July meeting agenda includes a brief update from Rich Newlands on the status of the 20s Bikeway Project, which will be routed along Crystal Springs Boulevard, the southernmost border of Woodstock.

There will be another brief overview about the "Woodstock Charrette," an intensive, four-day community design process focused on our commercial strip, which is set for Oct. 16, 17, 18 & 20. WNA will be planning some activities in the near future to raise the funds for our contribution to the charrette.

We will also hear from a neighbor who has been experiencing problems at Woodstock Park related to dog owners letting dogs wander outside the defined off-leash area. Come on out and take part in the conversation!

For more information, send an email WNA Chair Becky Luening at

P.S. We're looking for a captain to head up our kickball team, as Woodstock is set to play Creston-Kenilworth on July 19th in the GAME #1 of the neighborhood kickball tournament organized by Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association. (Read more about the tournament in a separate blog post.)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Catio Tour -- Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mark your calendar for the second annual Catio Tour -- Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.! The tour, hosted by the Audubon Society of Portland and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, showcases 10-12 Portland-area outdoor cat enclosures -- from fancy to frugal.

Last year almost 600 guests went on the tour to get ideas and inspiration for building their own catios. It's just a $5 suggested minimum donation to attend. Visit to register!

Currently we're in search of catios to be part of the tour. If you or someone you know has a catio, submit yours by June 23 to be considered! Visit to fill out the form and send in your photos. We look forward to seeing your cool catio!

Thank you for your time and feel free to ask me any questions.


Olivia Hinton
Program Assistant
Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
503-797-2606 x103

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Woodstock Land Use Update

A message from Land Use Chair, Terry Griffiths:
Next WNA Land Use Committee meeting
Wednesday at 7:00 PM
Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Ave at Knight
• The hearing on the zone change/lot partition for 3936 SE Reedway is scheduled for 9:00 AM on May 28th, at 1900 SW Fourth, Suite 3000. Rachel Whiteside has now written her staff report. She is recommending approval. (So much for our arguments in opposition.) Rachel's report can be found by going to It is some 25 pages long(!). We are going to need to strategize about how we want to handle this. Some people from the Eastmoreland board have indicated a willingness to help.

• There is a very interesting land use case at 3925 SE Lexington. We have until May 23rd to comment.

• On April 25, Mary Kay Tetrault, Becky Luening, Patti Lewis, Doug Strickler, and I took a  walk through the neighborhood with Marty Stockton (SE District Liaison with Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability), first looking at the area surrounding 3936 SE Reedway and then continuing through the unimproved streets up to SE 49 and Martins. (Patti wanted Marty to visualize the half block behind The Joinery that will be proposed to be designated commercial in the Comp Plan Map coming out in mid-July.) The walk-thorough convinced Marty that the one block stretch along SE Chavez from Reedway north to a half block north of Harold should be down-zoned from designated R2.5 to R5. That will be proposed with the map that comes out in mid-July. Also, as a result of the walk-through, Marty has a rather radical new concept for commercial zoning along SE Woodstock from SE 50th through the intersection at SE 52nd. We all should be paying serious attention to what is being considered there.

• In addition to the above, there continue to be be plans being made for a Charette — an inclusive, intensive community design process focusing on Woodstock's commercial village — tentatively scheduled for October. Stay tuned for details.

In short, there will be more than enough to discuss on Wednesday. We hope many of you can make it.