Posted By Adonay Solleiro on October 1, 2013
The Pearl District Neighborhood Association will be holding its annual meeting Thursday, October 10, 2013. All members of the PDNA (this means you’ve filled out a membership application) are invited to join us for an important vote on new board members.
This is a great opportunity to meet current board members and have your say in the future leadership of the PDNA. This event will be generously hosted by:
Portland Center Stage
128 NW 11th Avenue
Please join us starting at 5:00 PM. The following people have been nominated for board positions:
Current Board Members: Bill Dolan, Bruce Morrison, Joan Pendergast, Jason Starkey, Kate Washington.
New nominees: John Kirby, Betty Lou Koffel.
We hope to see you then!
From the Zimmerman Community Center Board of Directors: As a past supporter of the Zimmerman Community Center (ZCC), we wanted you to be among the first to know that we just completed an exciting transition. At the end of 2014, ZCC ceased to exist as a separate entity and started 2015 as part of Friendly House, which shares our vision of creating community in the rapidly growing Pearl neighborhood of Northwest Portland. As some of you will recall, the ZCC concept started in 1995, with a bequest from Isobel Zimmerman, a lifelong Portland resident who taught math and science at Franklin High School. Miss Zimmerman's grandfather homesteaded in Fairview, when it was a rural area east of Portland. She lived all her life in the Victorian farmhouse he built and her father expanded, which is now a Gresham City Park and museum that preserves the 20th Century life of one pioneer family (Zimmerman Heritage Farm at 171st and Sandy Blvd). Just as the Zimmermans were pioneers in East Multnomah County, so the Zimmerman Community Center was a pioneer in the River District, when it was just horse barns, rail yards and warehouses. As The Pearl grew up around us, we served the community first out of an office in Union Station, then sequentially in rented storefronts on Lovejoy, Hoyt and 10th Avenue, while we looked for a partner and permanent home. During those years, ZCC was guided by a talented and dedicated Board of Directors and ably led by Executive Directors Patricia Rumer, George Meier, and Nancy Davis, with Kristina Smock as strategic and tactical consultant. In February 2011 we moved into a permanent home on the ground floor of The Ramona, an affordable family apartment building on NW 14th and Quimby. Kris Moore succeeded Nancy Davis as Executive Director. Ed McNamara, our landlord, was a very supportive partner, as we provided programming for the families in the Ramona and the surrounding neighborhood. Over the years, we've sponsored community gardens, and offered Isobel's Clubhouse for preschoolers and their adults, after school ping pong and chess for middle schoolers, drama classes with the NW Children's Theater, and adult activities like yoga and Creative Outlet. Most recently we offered the popular After School Activities Program (ASAP) for the children from the Ramona and the Early Learner's Academy, a Portland Public Schools program also housed in The Ramona. When our center was not in use, it was available to rent by outside groups, like the Italian Preschool, and by families for birthday parties and other celebrations. Friendly House, a non-profit neighborhood center and social service agency located at NW 26th and Savier, has a long history of serving families, children and adults in NW Portland. For 85 years, they have offered quality educational, recreational and other life-sustaining services for people of all ages and backgrounds. Friendly House will now expand into The Ramona to serve the growing population around the Pearl. Initially, they expect to offer a toddler play group, exercise classes for all ages, support and education for older adults, after school enrichment classes for school age kids, and more, depending on interest and need. (See below for the link to an interest survey by Friendly House.) The facility will also be available for rent, when Friendly House programs are not being offered. To learn more, you are invited to attend an Open House at the community center (now called Friendly House in the Pearl) on Saturday January 31, from noon - 3 pm. It will be a family-friendly event with a musical puppet show by Red Yarn. Two former members of the ZCC board will ease the transition by serving on the Friendly House board. We know you will be interested in following the progress of Friendly House in the Pearl and perhaps responding to opportunities to become involved in their ongoing mission "building community, one friend at a time!" Thank you for all the past support you have provided for ZCC and our programs. It has been a pleasure to serve you and the community for 20 years! Friendly House wants your input. Please complete their survey by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FHP_NA15. Sincerely, Kim Sordyl, Chair, and the ZCC Board of Directors
About 60 Pearl District residents attended a safety information meeting on January 21 at the Eco Trust Building. Hosted by Friends of the Pearl, a subcommittee of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association’s Livability and Safety Committee, attendees learned about crime issues and how everyone can play a role in helping to combat criminal activity. Bill Dolan, Chair of the Livability and Safety Committee, spoke about the goals of establishing foot patrols and neighborhood watch activities. Mr. Dolan introduced Jacob Bostoff, Crime Prevention Coordinator from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), who spoke about various criminal activities, provided basic tips about awareness and reporting and described how the neighborhood can organize and communicate with each other. Mr. Dolan spoke about the need to have 20 people sign up for foot patrol activity and for six people to be community coordinators in gathering together groups of residential buildings and businesses to establish neighborhood watches. The Crime Prevention Bureau will provide training for these activities. A lively Q&A session ensued. Numerous handouts were provided including information about bicycle theft prevention, illegal drug activity, car prowl prevention and reporting suspicious activity. Detailed information is available at the ONI website: www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp For those interested in participating, please email Bill Dolan at Livability@pearldistrict.org Reported by Stan Penkin
Camerata PYP, the chamber orchestra of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, kicks off its sixth Music in the Pearl concert season at the Wieden+Kennedy building (224 NW 13th Ave., Portland, OR) on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 4 pm, with David Hattner, PYP Musical Director, as conductor. Camerata PYP marks its sixth season with music spanning nearly 300 years. The concert will open with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. The wind octet will be featured in a performance of Mozart’s Serenade No. 11 K.375 and later the strings section will shine in Georges Enescu’s Octet for Strings. “I am happy to feature music of Enescu alongside Bach and Mozart," says David Hattner, PYP Musical Director. "They are each among the greatest musicians in history. Enescu's Octet is a major work by a 19 year old prodigy, who was also a virtuoso performer on the violin and piano. It is also a major challenge for our performers. The Bach features our wonderful viola duo of Maia Hoffman and Samuel Zacharia, who have both won solo competitions for PYP. The Mozart gives our wind players a chance to shine in one of the most important works ever written for wind instruments.” Camerata PYP’s concerts feature a broad, adventurous range of programming in an intimate, engaging environment. Powerful programs take on a personal dimension in the cozy Wieden+Kennedy atrium, as audience members surround the musicians at such close range that they feel part of the ensemble. To purchase tickets, call the PYP office at 503.223.5939, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm or visit www.portlandyouthphil.org. CAMERATA PYP CONCERT – MUSIC IN THE PEARL January 25, 2015, 4 pm Wieden+Kennedy Building (224 NW 13th Ave) Concert Program: BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 MOZART: Serenade No. 11 K.375 for Wind Octet ENESCU: Octet for Strings Funding for PYP’s 91st Season is provided in part by the James and Marion F. Miller Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Work for Art. The Portland Youth Philharmonic, founded in 1924, is America’s first established youth orchestra. Members of the association range in age from 7-23, are accepted based on audition and come from 100 different schools throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. There are five ensembles under the PYP umbrella. The Philharmonic Orchestra presents a full concert series in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall that closely parallels that of a professional symphony orchestra. More information is available at www.portlandyouthphil.org.