PARKing Day in Sunnyside

Celebrate PARK(ing) Day and The Intertwine!

Parking spaces transform into mini-parks on September 17

Parking Day park in 2009

Get ready for a green invasion on Friday, September 17 as PARK(ing) Day takes to the streets in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area — and around the world! PARK(ing) Day demonstrates the need for urban green space and while it does get people’s attention for the day, all around our region many other green spaces and trails that make up The Intertwine can bring joy every day.

Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, created PARK(ing) Day in 2005. Since then, it has become an ongoing, worldwide, open-source experiment in reclaiming public space. Learn how Rebar combines design and activism at

Sunnyside will enjoy its park adjacent to the SE 33rd & Belmont bike corral. Thanks to the businesses Utopia and Dick’s Kitchen for being on board. And a big shout out to SNA’s Bill Stites for actively coordinating this yet again this year.

Rx Drug Turn-In Event. Turn in your unused prescription drugs!

Saturday September 18th, 10:00am-4:00pm at the Gateway Fred Meyer store at NE 102nd & Halsey. Look for the Portland Police Bureau Mobile Precinct.

The purpose of the one day event is to destroy unused and potentially dangerous prescription drugs in a manner that raises awareness about the abuse of prescription drugs among teens, while protecting our waterways. Community members will be able to turn in unused prescription medications, obtain information about keeping kids safe from the abuse of prescriptions drugs, and interact with Crime Prevention Coordinators and Portland Police Officers. Prescription medications turned in at this event will be incinerated.

What to Bring:

  • Expired or unwanted prescription medications.
  • Drugs that are no longer used
  • Medicine from desceased family members

Leave all medicines in their orginal containers if possible. Please do NOT bring thermometers, needles, or medical waste of any type. For more info contact Jenni Bernheisel at 503-823-2781 or

Gulliver’s Travels: A benefit for Sunnyside

Musicians, Voice Actors and Sound Effect Artists Bring Magic to Classic Animation Film Gulliver’s Travels in Benefit Fundraiser for Richmond and Sunnyside Neighborhood Associations

On Sunday, September 19, 2010, the Richmond and Sunnyside Neighborhood Associations and Filmusik will present a special showing of the 1939 animation film classic Gulliver’s Travels at the Bagdad Theater for a fundraising benefit for the two neighborhood associations.  A very special feature of the film is that the entire soundtrack to the film will be recreated live through a 20 person crew that will include 4 cartoon voice-over actors, sound effects (Foley) artists, and the Filmusik Chamber performing an original music score – – every line, song, and sound from the movie will be recreated live in front of the audience.

Filmusik presented this production for a 4-night run at the Hollywood Theater to rave reviews.  Due to the immense popularity of the Hollywood shows, the Sunnyside and Richmond Neighborhood  Associations will reprise this production for one more night  — don’t miss it.  McMenamins is donating the use of the Bagdad Theater for this benefit fundraiser.  Tickets will be $10. Buy Now!

Filmusik is a collaborative performance group of local musicians, composers and actors creating unique movie experiences by performing original soundtracks for classic films. Filmusik recently teamed up with the Richmond Neighborhood Association and Portland Parks and Recreation to show the silent film dinosaur classic Lost World in Sewallcrest Park as part of the Portland’s summer Movies in the Park program.

Crossing Belmont Street

From Darvel Lloyd, Chair  S.E. District Senior Advisory Council

Accident on August 11th

As you may know, another major pedestrian accident occurred on August 11th in front of our S.E. Multicultural Service Center, in which an elderly Loaves and Fishes client had just finished lunch and was struck by a car while attempting to cross Belmont St. He ended up in the hospital with a broken leg and other injuries.  This makes three serious accidents in that block in the last year-and-a-half.  We have waited a long time for a pedestrian safety improvement here (at least 8-9 years!!), but FINALLY  it is about to happen, thanks to all of your advocacy efforts (and patience)!

Construction timeline

Both the Mayor’s Office and Kyle Chisek (POBOT Engineer in charge) just told me that our project is “next on the list” and construction will begin within the next two weeks–as soon as a school project is finished.  Kyle said that a number of city transportation projects were delayed because of the cool spring and early summer.

Speed limit reduction on Belmont?

After this latest accident occurred, I e-mailed the Portland Bureau of Transportation, requesting their safety experts to seriously consider lowering the 30 mph speed limit in that 2-3 block stretch of Belmont Street (from 44th Ave. to 47th Ave.) to