Start planning your summer block party

The City of Portland and the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association made planning a block party this summer easier (and cheaper) than ever before. If you plan ahead, you can take over the street for a few hours of games, cookouts and connecting with neighbors.

There are numerous resources for making your block party easy to organize, full of ways to build community, and easy on our environment, too!

Use the resources out there now
Check the great party planning and permitting resources provided online by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation that make it easy (and now, free!) to close your street for your block party. Start by visiting PBOT’s Block Party website (www.pbotblockparty.com) to get the basics down, and apply for your free permit online. Southeast Uplift, our Neighborhood Coalition, has some great resources too.

Borrow the barriers instead of renting
If you’re in the MSANA Neighborhood Boundaries, sign up to borrow the barriers the City requires for closing a street. (No rental fees, just return them when you’re done!)  Currently, they’re available almost every weekend this summer. Fill out our online signup form to reserve the barriers.

PBOT also began offering its “Pink Barricade” lending program to our neighborhood this year.  If the MSANA’s are already committed on your date, you have another option.  Learn more about PBOT’s lending program…

Make the gathering green! 
Cut the waste, prevent the plastic, and incorporate things that get the kids enjoying the nature our neighborhoods afford — use this Green Block Parties guide for some fun ideas. The City of Portland also has ideas from a local artist

Be part of National Night Out
If you want to host your block party as an official National Night Out event, this year it’s on August 6th; host your NNO party anytime between Aug. 2 – 11. The deadline to sign up your event is Tue., July 23rd.  The City of Portland has instructions on how to do that at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/nno.  This is a great option if you want police/firefighters to stop by your event to meet neighbors, want to have amplified music or something else that would normally require a noise permit, or want our city Crime Prevention staff to share information with neighbors.

Litter and Graffiti Clean-Up

MSANA Graffiti Clean-upJoin your neighbors in a day of service painting over graffiti and picking up litter on 82nd – our Avenue of Roses!

Meet the Mt. Scott-Arleta team at 7738 SE Ellis St to pick up supplies, get trained, and have some morning snacks before heading to 82nd and Foster, where we’ll change the stretch from Foster Road to Duke Street from messy to marvelous.

Following the clean-up, we’ll meet fellow teams from Brentwood-Darlington, Foster-Powell & Lents for a thank-you lunch at one of our neighborhood parks.

Sign Up Here!

 

2018 Neighborhood Cleanup – Saturday, May 5th

Click here to volunteer

Do you like to smash? Does shattering household items provide you with a deep sense of satisfaction?

Well, now you can smash and shatter for your neighborhood! In fact, your neighborhood NEEDS you to smash and shatter…and throw and stomp and crush at the Neighborhood Cleanup!
The Mt. Scott-Arleta and Foster-Powell Neighborhood Associations will host our joint annual cleanup event on May 5th, and we need 50 volunteers to help unload cars, throw household items, and smash stuff to fit it in the bins.

If you’d rather repair, repurpose, and reuse, well, we need you too! The cleanup isn’t just about sending bins full of garbage to the dump. It’s also about finding the treasure in the trash, and volunteering means you get first pick of all of that beautiful treasure.
Volunteers also get to deliver a load of trash for FREE. And they get fed. Last year we had tons of Henry Higgins bagels, Arleta Library Cafe pastries and coffee, sandwiches, chips, and a bunch of other stuff. This year will be even better.

Food, free stuff, and smashing for your hood. Does volunteering get any better than this?
Date: May 5th, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 2:30pm
Location: Arleta School, SE 66th and Mitchell
Click here to volunteer, and we’ll send you a couple updates and reminders along the way and see you on May 5th!

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