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Seventh Annual Buckman Summer Picnic – August 14, 2016

July 29, 2016


♫ “Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy”♫.

At least we guarantee it will be from 4-8pm on Sunday, August 14th, when the Buckman Community Association presents our 7th annual, “Buckman Picnic in the Park”. This all-inclusive, free event features live music, a delicious BBQ meal with hot dogs, potato salad and of course watermelon, kids activities, a bouncy house, fire truck tours, community service booth, the return of “Roho” the therapy llama and door prizes galore. We invite you to bring your family, friends and especially kids to Colonel Summers Park, SE 17th and Taylor St., that afternoon to enjoy all the fun!Of course we couldn’t do this event without volunteers and we need lots of them! We have two 1-2 hour shifts planned for the party where you can help serve food, help set up ‘n clean up, or come the day before to get the park ship-shape. Our new picnic volunteer coordinator, Rie Nakata is ready to help you get involved. Contact her directly at or by cell/text 503-830-4782.

Donations to the Picnic to ensure it remain free and accessible to all are needed and completely tax deductible. Send a check made out to: “SEUL: Buckman Picnic 2016” to: Katy Asher c/o Southeast Uplift 3534 SE Main Street, Portland 97214. We can also receive and value “in-kind” donations of goods and services from local businesses and professionals which we can use for door prizes.  All donors will be listed on our sign boards, receive a donation letter, and thanked at the event podium as well as in the September SE Examiner newspaper.  We would love your support and especially *you* joining us for the picnic.  So grab a blanket, brings some lawn games and make an evening of it! To contact the BCA Picnic Team:

This year’s sponsors include: Venerable Properties, Killian Pacific, Sera ArchitectsZupan’s, Sheridan’s Fruits, Portland SpiritBolliger Insurance, Beam Development, Wentworth Subaru, Coca-Cola, Michael’s Italian SausageMill Creek Residential Trust and several Buckman neighbors.  Your support helps ensure the picnic is an event the Buckman neighborhood can count on every year, so please volunteer!

Pre picnic park cleanup planned for Sat. August 13th, 9am-12pm at Colonel Summers. We’ll meet at the pavilion and will bring some snacks. Bring gloves…we’ll have grabbers and garbage bags.

Volunteers Beat The Heat To Paint The Street!

July 29, 2016

On Saturday and Sunday, June 4 & 5, the hottest days of the year so far, volunteers gathered to make Buckman more beautiful, more fun and to build community spirit.

The Fruit, Flower and Pollinator theme at SE 16th and Ash was renewed on Saturday lead by Jim Forristal after a one-year hiatus.

A newly-enhanced graphic at SE 15th and Alder, designed by Rebecca Jolli, depicting a vine coming out of the compost bin going around the traffic circle with colorful dots, leaves, lady bugs and butterflies, was painted on Sunday.  Both painting parties were followed by a Dinner Potluck.

These projects were supported by a SPACE Grant from the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, the BCA, City Repair, Southeast Uplift and enthusiastic neighbors.

Thanks to Matthew Simonet for all the great pictures!

Want to Start an Urban Farm? – Full Article

July 28, 2016

By: L. Leland

*Article appeared in print version of The Buckman Voice… Bolded section was unpublished*

Have you ever thought about raising hens or keeping bees? Sorting out the permitting issues can be intimidating at first, but let me get you pointed in the right direction.


For chickens, ducks, doves, pigeons, pygmy goats or rabbits if you plan to have three or less (of any combination) no permit is required!

If you do need a permit, don’t worry. It’s a relatively easy process and the rules are pretty common-sense. The inspector is going to want to see that there is enough secured space, ventilation, and light for the animals to stay healthy. In addition, the structure must be at least 15 feet from homes, not including your own. For hoofed or loud animals this is extended to 50 feet. You will need to have a feeding strategy that will not attract rats, which can become a problem in urban environments. For chickens, I tried many different things before discovering a koi feeder that solved this problem. Absorbent ground cover needs to be replaced often in order to keep smells down, straw tends to work very well for this. Your permit application, plus $31 will go to Multnomah County Health Department Vector and Nuisance Control.

You can keep native mason bee houses without a permit, but all honey bee hives require a permit and some additional steps. You will need to notify all neighbors within 150 feet of your property. (It is no longer required to obtain their signatures.) Hives must be at least 15 feet away from any public walkways, streets, parks, public or private buildings (not including your own.) If the hive is closer than 150 feet to any of the aforementioned places, then it must be protected by a 6 foot high fence or hedgerow. Once you have met these requirements, you can submit your permit application along with $12 to Multnomah County Health Department Vector and Nuisance Control. If you plan to have more than 5 hives, you must also register with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. I’d also like to add please make sure that you have a reliable water source for your bees so that they don’t become a nuisance to your neighbors.

For any animal that you are thinking of introducing to your home or yard, please do research to find out what level of commitment it will to keep them happy and healthy. The Urban Farm Store and Bridgetown Bees are great resources in Buckman!


Portland is lucky to have our very own bee club! I’m Vice President of the Portland Urban Beekeepers. It is a great way to learn about beekeeping locally.

Spring and Summer are bee swarm weather! Bee colonies reproduce by sending some bees away to find a new home. If you see a bee swarm in Buckman (or anywhere else in the Portland area,) please call the swarm hotline to report it. The number is: (503) 444-8446. This hotline will call a list of beekeepers until someone is found that can save it.

Gardening for Pollinators

July 27, 2016

By: L. Leland

We have all read the news stories about the sad plight of pollinators today. Monoculture, pesticides, and loss of habitat are three big reasons they are having issues. With pollinators in decline, plants are suffering as well due to decreased reproduction. Maybe you are concerned, but you don’t know where to start? Luckily there are lots of options for ways you can help!

At a basic level, insects, birds, and mammals are attracted to certain flowers because they have food content. When they eat or collect pollen and nectar, they also pollinate the plant. Providing safe forage is key to their survival. Did you know that many stores carry plants that have been pre-treated with neonicotinoids? This is a class of pesticide that are systemic, causing the plant to produce the poison for years after your purchase! To avoid these, please find nurseries that carry untreated plants, buy organic, or start your own plants from untreated seeds.

One great way to help is to plant a perennial garden that provides flowers over the longest timeline possible throughout the year. If you search for “bloom calendars,” you can find some great resources for planning.

Not all flowers are created equal when it comes to providing food. Take some time to research great pollinator plants, there are some ideas to get you started below.

There are quite a number of native flowers that are great forage plants. A short list includes: Ceanothus, Rhododendron, Mock Orange, Red Osier Dogwood, Red Flowering Currant, and Oregon Grape.

Great perennials: Mint, Echinacea, Lemon Balm, Vitex, Hardy Fuchsia, Comfrey, Rosemary, Aster, Pincushion Flower, Penstemon.

Some fun annuals include: Borage, Poppies, Sunflowers, Crimson Clover, Calendula, Cosmos, Alyssum.

My favorite trees for forage include: Willows, Eucalyptus, Catalpa, Japanese Snowbell, Tulip Poplar, American Basswood, Sourwood, Maples, Magnolia.

Relax a bit about your lawn. (Or even replace it!) Weeds can provide great food, including Dandelions, Clover, Purple Dead Nettle, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

Adult butterflies will drink nectar from a wide variety of exotic plants, but to support the entire life cycle you have to do some research. For our Oregon State Swallowtail the caterpillars will munch on Arctic Sagebrush, plants in the Sunflower family, and some plants in the Parsley family. Please make sure to research what their eggs, young instars, caterpillars, and chrysalis’ look like so that you do not accidentally destroy the butterflies you are trying to help!

Beyond plants, you can also provide water for our friendly garden visitors. For bees, create a water source that does not move very fast and is filled with rocks and moss so that they do not drown. Butterflies prefer mud puddles because they obtain minerals when they drink (for male butterflies you can add a bit of salt for sodium).

I hope this is enough to spark your interest and get you started! I teach a class called Gardening for Pollinators through the OSU Master Gardeners, so please let me know if your organization would like to host it!

Volunteers & Donors Needed for 2015 Buckman Summer Picnic

July 11, 2015

The Buckman Community Association needs your help to make its 2015 annual picnic a success. The event is scheduled for Sunday August 9th from 4pm to 8pm at Colonel Summers park and will feature live music, a bounce house, free hot dogs and cold drinks, kids activities, and more. This community event is 100% volunteer run and supported by the generous contributions of neighbors and local business partners. The sixth annual picnic promises to be a great event, but needs your assistance.


Sign Up for a Picnic Volunteer Shift

The BCA is seeking volunteers to work 2-hour shifts during the picnic, Sunday, August 9, 4–8 pm, Sign up to work in one of three areas: set-up, food service, and clean-up. Volunteers are also need to help organize and monitor kids activities.

By volunteering, you’ll have an opportunity to meet neighbors, have fun, and contribute to the Buckman community by donating your time to a worthy cause.

Please email if you are interested in helping out for a couple of hours on the 9th.  If you have a preference, please indicate a preferred duty (set-up, food service, clean-up, kids activities).

Join the Pre-Picnic Park Clean-up Party

Please also join us for a Pre-Picnic Clean Up the Park on Saturday, August 8,  9–11 am.  Bring gloves. Tools and rakes will be provided by Parks. No sign-up necessary, just drop by Colonel Summers Park.

Make a Donation

Businesses and neighbors, sponsor the picnic by making a cash or in-kind donation. Checks should be made by SEUL (SE Uplift) and please include “Buckman Picnic” in the memo line. Mail to: SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main Street, Portland, OR 97214.

Donations are tax deductible. All donors are recognized on the day of the event from the stage, on a large banner and in the next issue of the Buckman Voice, delivered to 4,300 homes and businesses.

Join the Picnic Team

The next Picnic Team meeting is Monday, July 20, 7pm at the Lucky Lab Brew House at 915 SE Hawthorne, and further gatherings will be announced on our Facebook page (Buckman Community Association group). All are welcome to come join the team and help plan all the fun!

Is there a Furball in Your Future?

July 11, 2015

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House of Dreams Cat Shelter is a long-standing, local 501(c)3 non-profit. Our mission is to provide shelter and care for abandoned and homeless cats, with the goal of finding them permanent homes or providing them a lifetime home in our facility. We are a free-roam, no-kill, all-volunteer cat shelter located in NE Portland. We are one of the only area shelters with facilities for Feline Leukemia Positive kitties and have been helping kitties and reducing our region’s euthanasia rate since 1999.

We have many wonderful kitties of all ages, sizes and colors looking for long-term, indoor, caring homes. Please contact us today to tour our residential free-roam shelter and meet your furry soulmate.

There are many ways to help: from cleaning the shelter or socializing with the cats to crafting for one of our fundraisers or donating professional services. We have over 85 active volunteers of all ages and interests.

Feeding time.

Mission: Adoptable

Current adoption specials:

  • Adopt a senior kitty (8+ years) for only $25 – a $40 savings.
  • Adopt a Feline Leukemia Positive kitty, any age, for only $25 – a $40 savings.
  • Through our Seniors for Seniors Program a senior (65+ years) can adopt a senior kitty (8+ years) for no cost.
  • All other kitties are $65 to adopt. Fee includes all vaccines, spay/neuter and home delivery within the Portland area.

Find out more at: or 503-262-0703

See great photos on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube!


HoD is a network partner of the Best Friends Animal Society and Guidestar Participant – Silver Level.

Neighborhood Small Grant Applications Due Jan 5th

November 9, 2014
Do you have a small but powerful idea for strengthening your neighborhood? Perhaps you want to revive a forgotten city tradition? Host a civics workshop? Organize a tenant rights forum? Paint an intersection mural? Create a community garden?
SE Uplift invites ordinary Portlanders like you to shape and create your neighborhood by applying for a Neighborhood Small Grant. Grants range from $300-$4,000 and are intended to spur small, grassroots community efforts aimed at connecting and engaging residents, building community capacity, improving neighborhood livability, or increasing community impact on public decision making.
Attend one of the Grant Information Workshops at SE Uplift (3534 SE Main) to learn more!
Saturday, November 15th: 10 am – noon
Wednesday, November 19th:  7 pm – 9 pm
For more information and to RSVP for a workshop, visit

Ideas for Parking Policy in Buckman and Portland

October 28, 2014

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has a new project called “Centers + Corridors, Parking Toolkit and Analysis”, which is exploring options for changing parking policy.

Buckman resident William Gregg is serving on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and is looking for ideas:

“We will be developing several toolkits that can be used for varying situations and it will ultimately be sent to City Council for a vote.

While it seems like it is ultimately headed to the establishment of a new 24 hour area parking permit system and thus charging a monthly fee to park on the streets, I feel there are many other things that can also be implemented to increase the supply of spaces and reduce the demand for spaces.  I have come up with six ideas of my own, but would like to enlist the help of the community in coming up with some ideas of their own that I can present to the committee.
Building new parking garages is off the table.
Most any and all suggestions are fine and will be taken under consideration.   Feel free to send any ideas to William Gregg at:

Land Use meeting for Development at 1424 E Burnside

April 3, 2014

Parker McNulty of Ankeny Building, LLC has submitted plans for a new mixed use development at 1424 E Burnside.

The BCA’s Land Use Committee is hosting a public meeting with the architect, Brett Schulz, this coming Monday April 7th from 7-9 PM.  The meeting is at Brett Schulz’s offices at 1111 E Burnside St. on the 3rd floor.  If you need access to the elevator, please call Brett at (503) 222-9099.

The site currently has a retail space in front of a 1896 duplex, and includes a parking lot stretching back to Ankeny.  The proposed development calls for two retail spaces on Burnside, with 42 apartments and 18 parking spaces.  The developer is requesting adjustments related to the parking layout and loading zone, which requires a Type II proposal.  Public comments on the adjustments will be accepted until April 11th.  Click here to read the Type II proposal.

Please join us to share your feedback on this project.

20’s Bikeway Open House

March 11, 2014

A major addition to Portland’s bicycle network is being planned now. The NE/SE 20s Bikeway will extend 9 miles from the north end of the city to the south, running along streets generally between 26th and 29th avenues, connecting numerous neighborhoods more safely to schools and other local destinations. The Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee are holding Open Houses to discuss route alignment options, design options and issues, and crossing improvements at major streets.

The Open House in Buckman is Tuesday March 18th at Central Catholic High School. Please join us any time between 6 PM and 8:30 PM at any of the Open Houses.

The other Open Houses are Thursday March 13th at Fremont United Methodist Church, and Monday March 17th at Cleveland High School.

For more information, contact the BCA or Rich Newlands: or 503-823-7780. Online at

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Buckman Art Show and Sell

March 1, 2014

It’s almost time for the 24th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell! – a benefit for the Buckman PTA.print

This 24-year tradition features the original artwork of approximately 140 to 150 artists and craftspersons, including paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, textile and other wearable art, toys, and much more, in a fun festival setting. A student gallery showcases the work of Buckman students and alumni. Food carts, live music, dance performances and hands-on art activities for kids make the Buckman Art Show & Sell a fantastic event for the whole family. Don’t miss it!

Saturday, March 8, 11am to 7pmpainting2

Sunday, March 9, 11am to 5pm

Venue: Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School, 320 SE 16th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Admission: $2 suggested donation per person (children 4 and under free)

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Friends of Trees Planting on December 7th; DISCOUNT!

November 15, 2013

We recently received the following item from Jeff Burns at Friends of Trees and wanted to pass it along. We heart trees!


East Burnside Safety Project

September 26, 2013

From Clay Veka at PBoT, here is a chance to learn more and weigh in on potential changes to East Burnside:

The Buckman and Kerns neighborhood associations and the Burnside East Business Alliance, in partnership with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, invite you to… 

East Burnside (14th – 32nd) Safety Project Public Meeting

Sept. 30 (Mon), 2013 – 6:30-8:00 PM

Albertina Kerr Center

424 NE 22nd Ave, 97323

 Expressing a desire for improved transportation safety on East Burnside Street, the Buckman and Kerns neighborhood associations and the Burnside East Business Alliance asked the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s High Crash Corridor program to partner in identifying potential safety improvements on East Burnside.   Due to safety needs and strong community partnership, the HCC program responded by establishing an East Burnside Working Group to understand the crash data, and identify specific safety concerns and solutions.

Through that process, several potential engineering improvement projects have been identified, including:

  • Speed reader board on E Burnside westbound around 30th/31st.
  • Moving bus stops far-side at some marked crosswalks.
  • Traffic signal changes at 20th, 28th and 32nd, such as pedestrian push buttons and leading pedestrian intervals.
  • Posted speed reduction to 30 MPH.
  • Consideration of alternative travel lane options. 

NOTE: Due to updated modeling projections, feedback will be requested on a few different travel lane configurations.

  • Curb extensions.
  • Pedestrian median islands at select unsignalized intersections.

Now we would like community-wide feedback on the potential projects.  Please join us!  For more information on the Burnside High Crash Corridor, please visit our website here

Buckman Picnic in the Park, Sunday August 11th

August 3, 2013



Join us! The Buckman Community Association hosts its fourth annual BUCKMAN SUMMER PICNIC at Colonel Summers Park. Everyone is welcome to join us Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 4pm – 8pm for food, fun and music. The Picnic is a great opportunity to interact with the local community and to meet your neighbors. We have something for everyone to enjoy, including inflatable activities for the young and old alike, several picnic activities for everyone to enjoy, the opportunity to win door prizes from businesses in the local area, and music from local Portland artists.

The picnic is funded through private donations from community members and local businesses, including Honest 1 Autocare, Keep Buckman Free, and BCA Board members Brandon Sanders and Susan Lindsay.  We are continuously looking for more donations to keep the Picnic free and fun for all.

If you would like to contribute any donations or volunteer for the event, please contact Jamie Vann at More information can be found at


SE Uplift Weatherization Workshop

June 22, 2013

Join SE Uplift on Saturday the 29th to connect with neighbors about ways to reduce energy use.

Join us for an interactive workshop focusing on innovative, neighborhood-level weatherization initiatives!

With soaring energy prices and a global climate emergency at hand, the time to create a community energy initiative is now.

If you are at all interested in working with your neighbors to take collective action to reduce energy use, save on energy spending, and increase home comfort – this is the workshop for you!
Attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn about and discuss creative neighborhood-level weatherization projects, connect with other passionate community members, and gain practical tools to create a energy-efficiency project in their own neighborhoods!

Register for the workshop

When: Saturday June 29, 2013 from 10am to 12pm

Where: SE Uplift is at 3534 SE Main St Portland, OR, 97214

Take a Survey on a Potential New Charter School in SE Portland

February 10, 2012

We recently received an e-mail from Lynden Evans, who is with an organization called PHC Northwest. According to their website, PHC Northwest provides “broad-based educational, training and job opportunities (with full union benefits) for thousands of people with developmental, physical and mental disabilities”.

Lynden’s e-mail indicated that they are exploring the possibility of partnering with Portland Public Schools to open a charter middle school in SE Portland. They are currently in the public comment phase of the process. As part of that process, they have put together an online survey, and are looking for members of the SE Portland community to respond to the survey so that they can gather feedback. If you’re interested, you can take the survey here:


Opening for Citizen-at-Large on the Noise Review Board

January 23, 2012

We recently received an e-mail from the city about an opportunity to serve on the Noise Review Board. Read on for details.

Portland’s volunteer Noise Review Board currently has a  position the City is looking to fill.  One seat is open for a “Citizen at Large” community representative on the board.

The Board is comprised of five members including:  three citizen at large positions, a representative from the construction industry, and a professional in the field of acoustics.  Appointments to the volunteer Noise Review Board are made for a three-year period.

The Noise Review Board normally meets once a month on the second Wednesday evening of the month.  The Board is charged with making decisions on Noise Variances for projects that range from nighttime construction projects to large outdoor concerts.  The Board also works to develop long term objectives for achieving reduction of sound levels in the community.

If you have further questions regarding the Noise Review Board, contact the City’s Noise Control Officer, Paul van Orden at (503) 823-5829.  Interested parties are encouraged to file an official application for the City of Portland Noise Review Board and attend a Noise Review Board meeting (next scheduled meeting is February 8th, 2012 at 6 PM).  Applications can be acquired from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement.   Completed applications should be filed by no later than Friday February 15, 2012 .

For applications please see the web at:

Or contact:
Kathy Couch, Office of Neighborhood Involvement
1221 SW 4th Ave Suite 110  Portland, Oregon 97204
Phone: (503)-823-3992    E-mail:


Change in City E-mail Addresses

January 11, 2012

For anyone who regularly communicates with city employees via e-mail, read on for some recent changes:

I’m sure most of you are aware of the fact that the City of Portland government e-mail addresses have changed and now use the new format:

What you may not have known is that up until December 1, 2011 the old city e-mail addresses (for example, would forward, but after 12/1/11 they no longer do. So at this point it is very important to make anyone attempting to communicate with city staff via e-mail are aware of the new e-mail addresses. We encourage you all to spread the word concerning this to any persons or groups that you know of that communicate with the city in this way.

Below is an announcement that we posted on our ONI Website that you may wish to use all of or part of if you want to help us get the word out to interested parties you may be aware of.


City of Portland e-mail address changes now in effect

Starting Dec. 1, 2011, City of Portland government e-mail addresses now use the format:

Examples of the old e-mail addresses that no longer work include addresses that end in:


The City of Portland starting using the new e-mail address format in March 2010, but still allowed messages in the old address format to be received during a long transition period (March 2010 through November 2011).


Individuals and neighborhood and community organizations that send emails to City of Portland leaders and staff should check their address books and e-mail distribution lists and update any addresses that still are in the old format.

Example:  One neighborhood district organization sends out a monthly e-newsletter through Constant Contact. After December 1, they found that all their mailings to city staff were bouncing back.

Update the City of Portland e-mail addresses in your address book to be sure your communications get through!

John R. Dutt
City/County Information and Referral Manager

Liquor License Application: Dig A Pony

December 8, 2010

On Monday, December 6th, the BCA received notice of a liquor license application for an establishment in the Buckman neighborhood. Any comments or concerns with this application can be forwarded to Theresa Marchetti at Theresa.Marchetti(at) or at (503) 823-3092, by January 6th, 2011.

Establishment: Dig A Pony

License Type: Applied under new ownership for a Full On premises sales license (which allows the sale of liquor, malt beverages, wine and cider for consumption on the premises).

Address: 736 SE Grand Avenue

Seating capacity: 90 (24 outside included)

Entertainment: Recorded Music, Live Music, DJ Music

Menu: NW Cuisine

Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 4pm – 2:30am

Getting Creative with Fire Station No. 7

December 3, 2010

Interesting article on the recently renovated Fire Station No. 7 at SE 11th Avenue & Stark:

The adjacent shop addition was completely revamped to become the new headquarters for Bremik Construction, while the original Fire Station has become home to a variety of companies, including a salon, a research and development group, a marketing company, and a designer of smart phones apps.

“There’s an authenticity of the history that’s also been reinvented too,” Emerick said. “I think that’s an appealing combination. And southeast is a hotbed of creativity. It seems a lot of the artists and the providers for the building trades have moved over. It’s funny: people look to places like South Waterfront for growth, but the Central Eastside is what’s interesting to me.  Part of the transformation is being driven by the changes in the industry itself. It’s still an industrial sanctuary, but most heavy industry isn’t able to use that kind of property effectively. Many of them have moved out to the ‘burbs. The B&O warehouse was full of artists working there without heat even before they renovated it.”

via Portland Architecture.