Find out how you can participate in your community through volunteer opportunities in the NWDA.

Volunteer for a Neighborhood Spring Clean-Up!

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Neighborhood Spring Clean-Up!

Join Friendly Streets and the Northwest District Association (NWDA) and help cleanup up the neighborhood just in time for spring. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter, remove graffiti and collect abandoned grocery carts throughout the Northwest neighborhoods.  The cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 9-11am. It will begin at the Northwest Community Garden on NW 16th between Johnson and Kearney. Meet there for light snacks, instructions, maps, and all necessary supplies. The cleanup will end at the Lucky Labrador Brewery, 1945 NW Quimby Street for free pizza and raffle prizes.

Please dress for the weather. The event will be held rain or shine and is open to all ages.

To learn more and register, visit either website for more information and registration:

This cleanup is organized by Friendly Streets and the NWDA and is one of the many SOLVE IT Earth Day events. For more information, contact

Candidates Sought for Board Election

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Upcoming Annual Meeting and Elections

Help shape our great neighborhood!  There is lots going on and your help is needed!

 Date: Monday, May 19, 2014           

Time: 6:00 PM

Place: Wistar Morris Room, Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, 1015 NW 22nd Avenue, Portland, OR

 If you reside in or represent a business in NWDA, you are eligible to run for the NWDA Neighborhood Board of Directors. View a map at: Be a part of the change you seek to sustain. There are several ways you can help:

·         Become a member, attend the Annual Meeting and vote for the best candidates.

·         Consider running for the neighborhood Board of Directors. Terms are two years.

·         Nominate someone who you think offers great enthusiasm, talent and experience to the Board.

·         Extend your engagement by coming to meetings and serving on a committee.

 The deadline for declaring your candidacy in writing (e-mail is accepted) is 5:00 PM, Friday, April 18, 2014. You must be a member of the NWDA to run for office. To register for membership, download a membership application by clicking “Join Us” at Send declarations of candidacy to: NWDA Elections Committee, 2257 NW Raleigh Street, Portland, OR 97210 or email to

 There are eight (8) open board positions plus the presidency. A description of expectation of a Board director is at: NWDA Director Role Description . The description for the Board President is at: NWDA President Role Description. Following the deadline to declare candidacy, there will be a public meeting of the Elections Committee to declare the official slate of candidates at Neighbors West-Northwest, 2257 NW Raleigh Street. For more information, call Mark Sieber: 503 823-4212,

Thursday Night! Meet Your Neighbors!

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Date:   Thursday, February 13, 2014

Time:   6:00 – 8:00 PM

Place:  Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, 1945 NW Quimby Street,

Come meet your neighbors, Northwest District Association Board Members, and committee members at the NWDA Meet & Greet event. Northwest neighbors and businesses are invited to an evening to share concerns and learn about the latest community updates! A brief presentation is scheduled at 7:00 p.m. Light fare hosted and enjoy a drink on us.

Northwest Street Tree Opportunity

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Friends –

With the arrival of 2014, we might be thinking of ways to improve our properties, our neighborhoods and the environment. With this in mind, we call your attention to a street tree planting program, described below and in more detail with: itreepdx@portlandoregon.govNW – Goose Hollow letter 2013-14 (draft) offered by the City’s Bureau of Environmental Services. While our community is pretty well “forested”, there are many holes to be filled in. Consider adding a tree to your street frontage or pass this to a friend or neighbor who might be interested. Note that the deadline for signing up is January 10th.

Best wishes for a healthy and “green” new year!

Phil Selinger

NWDA Board President

December 23rd, 2013

City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services is offering free street trees to properties in the Northwest District and Goose Hollow neighborhoods.

Street trees offer many benefits to you and your community.  Tree canopy captures stormwater, calms traffic, cleans the air, and reduces the urban heat island effect.  Trees also increase property resale value and help make greener and safer places to live and work.  You can be part of a large-scale effort to restore our city’s urban forest and to enhance watershed health.  Join your neighbors and local businesses by signing up for trees!

Tree types and locations will take into consideration sight lines along with various setbacks and clearances for proper spacing.  Environmental Services will select hardy, urban-tolerant trees that fit the space available.  The goal is Right Tree, Right Place.

Tentative timeline:

             January 10th, sign-up deadline

Jan 13th – 24th, street tree inspections, property owner follow-up

Jan 31st, opt out deadline

early Feb, tree list finalized, trees ordered, trees assigned to properties

late Feb - mid March, tree planting

To learn more about this special offer to have free street trees planted adjacent to your property, please call or email the tree program today. The deadline to sign up is Friday, January 10th.  You can cancel later on but if you don’t sign up now, you miss the opportunity to see your tree potential.

 Environmental Services Urban Tree Canopy Program

503-823-TREE (8733)


Get Involved – Help Clean Up the Neighborhood

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Northwest District Association 2nd Saturday of every month Neighborhood Cleanup – Litter clean up and graffiti removal, 9am-10:30am, Rain or Shine!
Volunteers receive pastries and coffee!
Meet by the front door: Food Front Coop, 2375 NW Thurman St
Contact Phil Sellinger,

Northwest District Association 3rd Saturday of every month Neighborhood Cleanup – Litter clean up and graffiti removal, 9am-10:30am, Rain or Shine!
Meet by the front door: Elephants Deli, 115 NW 22nd Ave.
Contact Fran Goldstein,

Thanks to Food Front, Elephants Deli, Trader Joes and Legacy Good Sam Hospital for local sponsorship.
Thanks to SOLV for supplies.
Thanks to Neighbors West Northwest and the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement for financial support.

NW Neighborhood Tree Group Forming Now!

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The results of the 2012 NW Portland Street Tree Inventory detailed the benefits of the neighborhood’s extensive tree canopy ( However, the study also exposed specific weaknesses that will ultimately affect the health of the community. What can be done to overcome these deficiencies? How does a neighborhood insure a healthy street tree canopy for future generations?

A NW Neighborhood Tree Group is forming now to develop short term and long term strategies and to turn those strategies into actions.

The group’s first meeting will be Thursday, November 29, 10-11:30am at Friendly House. If you are interested in trees and would like to help with this effort, please join us. Everyone is welcome. To learn more and get involved, please contact Mary Ann Pastene,

Central City 2035: West Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee Being Formed

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The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is accepting applications through Thursday, November 15, 2012, for positions on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Central City 2035 West Quadrant Plan (WQP). The West Quadrant includes a small portion of the North West District.

If you live within the gold area in the map above, you may be eligible to participate in the Stakeholder Advisory Committee. To learn more visit:

2012 Tree Inventory Summit

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2012 Tree Inventory Summit

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N. Central St.

Tree inventory volunteers spent the summer sporting yellow safety vests, working a diameter tape, and seeking the answer to the never ending “opposite or alternate?” leaf arrangement question. Undeterred by heat, rain, curious bystanders, and shrubs posing as trees, volunteers collected thousands of tree data points in Hosford-Abernethy, NW District, and Sunnyside neighborhoods. Now it’s time for the fun part – unveiling the results! Answers to all of your questions about stocking level, species diversity, and health of your neighborhood’s trees will be revealed at the Tree Inventory Summit.

Join us to explore results of the inventories and compare findings among neighborhoods. We will also share the largest trees and most unusual finds. And most importantly, we will begin creating neighborhood tree plans with your guidance and vision.

Tree teams, neighborhood association members, tree stewards, Friends of Trees coordinators, and neighbors are encouraged to attend, along with anyone interested in crafting a plan and taking action to improve the urban forest.


8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration

9 am – noon: Inventory findings, analysis, and recommendations from Urban Forestry staff

Noon – 1 pm: break for lunch

1 – 4 pm: Tree Plan work session: setting goals and priorities, working with partners, and gearing for action

Cost: Free! Please register prior to November 3.

Registration: Click here to register.

Inventory Reports: Inventory reports will be distributed via email prior to the summit. Urban Forestry is working hard to complete data entry and analysis, and as soon as results are ready they will be distributed.

Inventory Reports:  Inventory reports will be distributed via email prior to the summit. Urban Forestry is working hard to complete data entry and analysis, and as soon as results are ready they will be distributed.

If you have questions about the Summit, please contact, Angie DiSalvo, Botanic Specialist II, Urban Forestry, Portland Parks & Recreation | City Nature, 503-823-4484,

If you are interested in working on the NWDA tree plan, but are unable to attend the Summit, please contact Mary Ann Pastene at



Volunteers Needed – Collaborative Graffiti Cleanup

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Please Lend a Hand at Our -  7th Annual Neighborhood-Business Area Collaborative Graffiti Cleanup

The City of Portland Graffiti Abatement Program along with the Northwest District Association and the Goose Hollow Foothills League will sponsor a graffiti removal day. We’d love your help!

This cleanup will be Saturday, September 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. We will meet at the top level of the Fred Meyer parking garage located at 100 NW 20th Place. This cleanup will be a combined effort with City-contracted graffiti removal crews and neighborhood volunteers.

The contractor-crews will focus on painting and power-washing private properties. Volunteers will remove graffiti from in the public right-of-way. Supplies will be provided by the Graffiti Abatement Program. No experience or RSVP required. For more information visit

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete these forms and bring them to the cleanup:

If you are a property owner and would like to have graffiti removed from your property during this cleanup, please contact

Graffiti Cleanup Thurs. June 28, 2012

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Join the NWDA, the City of Portland Graffiti Abatement Program, Bridgetown Ministries and the Central City Concern Volunteer Corp as we remove graffiti throughout the neighborhood on Thursday, June 28, 2012, 10am-2:30pm.

We will meet at the top level of the Fred Meyer parking garage, 100 NW 20th Place. No experience necessary. Instructions, supplies and snacks provided.

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