Movie in the Park this Thursday, June 26th

All are welcome to a free outdoor screening of the youth-produced Peninsula Park documentary, Through the Years, Through Our Eyes: A Teen View of Peninsula Park, scheduled for Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Peninsula Park, N. Ainsworth& N. Albina. Special guests include the Portland School of Rock band and Chael Sonnen, mixed martial artist and wrestling champion, who will help showcase the vaunted Peninsula Wrestling Club.

WHAT: A free documentary screening of Through the Years, Through Our Eyes: A Teen View of Peninsula Park, with an appearance by mixed martial arts star Chael Sonnen, and a live performance from the Portland School of Rock teen band. The event is a fundraiser for the Peninsula Wrestling Club.

WHERE: Peninsula Park, N. Ainsworth& N. Albina, near the famous gazebo.

WHEN: Thursday, June 26; celebration begins at 6:15, movie at 9pm.

ADMISSION: Free; donations accepted. Free popcorn provided, picnicking encouraged.

The event, hosted by the Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden, the Piedmont Neighborhood Association and Portland Parks & Recreation, will start at 6:15 pm in the vicinity of the gazebo; the screening will begin at 9:00 pm. Free popcorn will be provided and attendees are encouraged to bring snacks and/or a picnic.

The documentary screening of Through the Years, Through Our Eyes: A Teen View of Peninsula Park will be a fundraiser for the Peninsula Wrestling Club (PWC). Since its founding by Coach Roy Pittman in 1970, the Peninsula Wrestling Club, has served 60,000 youth and adults. Many Club members have won state, regional and national titles and have been members of the US Olympic teams. Former PWC wrestler and Milwaukie High School graduate Kelsey Campbell took part in the 2012 London Olympic women’s freestyle wrestling competitions. There will be a wrestling demonstration prior to the movie showing.

The documentary explores the history of the 100 year-old Peninsula Park and adjacent community center. It was produced by a group of teens, under the guidance of instructors Billy Miller and Carlos Lasuncet, as part of the park’s Centennial celebration.

“The students put in a lot work to create this documentary,” said film instructor Billy Miller, who along with Carlos Lasuncet provided guidance to the young filmmakers. “I am incredibly proud of their efforts, how it turned out and what they learned along the way.”

Portland’s School of Rock band, made up of local teen musicians, will perform before the movie. Since 2006, the band has played with The Decemberists, The Thermals, Death Cab for Cutie, the Portland Cello Project and other well-known musical groups.

The event, hosted by the Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden, the Piedmont Neighborhood Association and Portland Parks & Recreation, will start at 6:15 pm in the vicinity of the Gazebo; the screening will begin at 9:00 pm. Free popcorn will be provided and attendees are encouraged to bring snacks and/or a picnic.

About the Peninsula Wrestling Club

The Peninsula Wrestling Club, which is housed in the Community Center, has been in existence for 40-plus years and has worked with more than 60,000 young people.  Wrestlers from the Club have won local, state and national titles and have been members of the US Olympic teams since the 1980s.  Coach Roy Pittman has led the Club for decades and has been a mentor and inspiration to scores of young people from North Portland and across the City.  Coach Pittman is a fixture in North Portland and has a prominent role in the documentary screening.  This event will be an opportunity to raise money for the Wrestling Club.  For more information about the Club, go to http://peninsulawrestling.org/.

About Portland’s School of Rock

School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. Believing that the best way to learn music is to play music, students are taken from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels. Since the Portland school opened in 2006, Portland students have played with well-known bands such as The Decemberists, The Thermals, Death Cab for Cutie, Steve Malkmus (Pavement), Frank Black (Pixies), Red Fang, Blind Pilot, Portugal. The Man, Blitzen Trapper, The Portland Cello Project, and many more. Their website is http://portland.schoolofrock.com/.

About Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden

Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden was formed in 2012 with a mission to preserve, protect and enhance the Rose Garden for all generations. The Garden is Portland’s first public rose garden. This formal French garden designed by Emanuel Mische, Portland’s first Parks Commissioner, contains more than 5,000 roses. For more information about Friends, send email to penrosevolunteers@gmail.com

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Contact: Judy Farmer
Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden (FPPRG)
512-663-3460 (c) jyhfarmer@gmail.com

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Photos from our Pancake Breakfast

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Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday morning to our annual Pancake Breakfast at the Rabbit Hill Community Garden. The turn-out was great and everyone left with a smile on their face, some good information about the neighborhood … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events: General Meeting & Neighborhood Cleanup

In the next 2 weeks the Piedmont Neighborhood Association will be holding two big events!

First up is our General Meeting on Thursday, April 24th @ 7pm in the Peninsula Park Community Center. We’ll have have a number of guests coming to talk to our neighborhood and will be talking about many important issues for our neighborhood.

Later that week is the Piedmont Neighborhood Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 26th from 9am to 1:30pm. This year we’ll be joining with the East Columbia Neighborhood Association to have a joint cleanup day. We’ll be accepting all kinds of waste that you’d normally have to take to the dump and it will only cost $5 a car load, $10 for trucks/vans and $15 for trailers or oversized loads. This is a great way to finish up your spring cleaning and get rid of some unwanted items. This year we’ll be collecting items at the Minit Mart parking lot at 630 NE Marine Drive near NE 6th and NE Faloma (see the map below).

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General Meeting, Thursday, January 30th at 7pm

The Piedmont Neighborhood Association will hold it’s quarterly January meeting this Thursday, January 30th at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the June Key Delta Community Center (5940 North Albina St. – just south of Peninsula Park).

Hear are a few of the featured topics:

  • Steve Buel, Piedmont Neighborhood’s elected member of the Portland Board of Education, will be present to talk about his work on the board, his views on education and anything else he’s inspired to address. He has been an active voice via editorials in The Oregonian and Willamette Week, and on his Facebook page. Expect him to provide a candid update on the negotiations between Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers.  We are allotting 15-20 minutes specifically for Q&A follow-up.
  • Jim Bittner, of Cascade Radon,will present information about the radon issues we face here in Portland. Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States, and this presentation can help clarify how to test for radon in your home and, if present, options for removing it. Jim will share a short slideshow presentation, then answer questions from the audience.

Please join us to learn more about your neighborhood!

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General Meeting & Board Elections – Thursday, Oct. 24th – 7pm

June Key Delta Community Center – 5940 North Albina St.

Green Zebra GroceryJoin your neighbors at our quarterly general meeting and annual board elections. We’ll have a meet and great starting at 6:30pm with snacks generously provided by Green Zebra Grocery. We’ll also have an update on public safety by our neighborhood police officer, introductions to some new businesses, a demonstration by students of The Portland Ninja School and much more!

We also will be voting in a the neighborhood board and we encourage and welcome all interested neighbors to run for a position on the board. The commitment isn’t huge (about 1 meeting a month) and the positive impact you can have on your neighborhood is HUGE!

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Block Party!

Come join the Piedmont Neighborhood Association for our annual Block Party on Thursday, August 29 from 6pm to 8pm.  We’ll be having the block party on N. Mississippi Ave between N. Rosa Parks Way and N. Ainsworth. We’ll have games, snacks, chalk, bubbles! Come meet your neighbors and bring your kids and dogs to get to know everyone! We’ll have news about the Piedmont neighborhood and we’ll be excited to hear your thoughts on the future of our neighborhood!

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Introducing the Piedmont Walkers

Taking a page out of the Kenton Neighborhood’s playbook – Piedmont Neighborhood Association wants to start a Piedmont Walkers group. A few people are needed to share neighborhood newsletters and other special events with their neighbors door to door. With about 4 hand outs per year, you would walk the flyer to about 15 homes near where you live.

Get to know your nearby neighbors and help us bring the neighborhood together when important information needs to be shared.  On our Piedmont Walkers page you can find out more about this program and figure out what blocks are available. You can even sign up to volunteer for your block!

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