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Southwest Neighborhood Historical group announces new 'collections'

MULTNOMAH - 'Collections,' a new historical exhibit, is currently on display at the History Center.

In the exhibit, the Southwest Neighborhood Historical group entertains the question, 'What do you collect?' Drop by this new display for a walk down memory lane and tell organizers about your own collections.

Visitors are also encouraged to donate photos, memorabilia and historical items to the History Center, located at 2929 S.W. Multnomah Blvd., Suite 107. The center is open Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

The Multnomah Historical Association holds open board meetings the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at 2929 S.W. Multnomah Blvd. Visitors, donations and volunteers are encouraged.

For more information, visit www.multnomahhistorical.com/index.html or call 503-893-5549.

Holly farm Park honored as Frontline Park

WEST PORTLAND PARK - Holly Farm Park been named a Frontline Park by the national urban park advocacy organization City Parks Alliance.

Each month, City Parks Alliance recognizes two 'Frontline Parks' to promote and highlight inspiring examples of urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship across the country. The program also seeks to highlight examples of the challenges facing our cities' parks as a result of shrinking municipal budgets, land use pressures and urban neighborhood decay.

'We selected Holly Farm Park for recognition because it exemplifies the power of public-private partnerships to create and maintain urban parks that make our cities sustainable and vibrant,' said Catherine Nagel, executive director of City Parks Alliance. 'We hope that, by shining the spotlight on this park, we can raise awareness about both the necessity and the promise of these kinds of partnerships to spur investment in our nation's urban parks.'

Holly Farm Park was named as such for its previous use as a holly farm. When the owner of the 1.7 acre farm died, The Trust for Public Land worked with the family to secure an option agreement on the property in order to save the land for the future site of the neighborhood's only park. The Portland Parks Foundation created a way for Portland Parks and Recreation, The Trust for Public Land and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to join forces with the city of Portland to acquire the land.

In addition to state and city funding, park development was made possible by donations from hundreds of neighborhood residents, foundation donors and businesses contributing in-kind services and materials to build the park. Private support totaled more than $800,000 of the $2.1 million project.

Pack Square Park in Asheville, N.C., was also selected as a 'Frontline Park' in May.

To learn more, visit www.cityparksalliance.org.

Book donations wanted

HILLSDALE - It's time to clear out those piles and shelves of unread or already read books - all for a good local cause.

The annual Hillsdale Community Foundation Book Sale is coming up on Sunday, July 31 at the Watershed Building, 6388 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Collection of book donations begins Sunday, June 26 at the north end of the Hillsdale Farmers' Market, located in the parking lot of Rieke Elementary at 1405 S.W. Vermont St., and will continue on Sundays at the market through July 24. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Organizers ask that no dated manuals, textbooks or old almanacs be donated. CDs, DVDs and children's books are welcomed.

The non-profit Hillsdale Community Foundation is the parent organization of Hillsdale's Main Street Program.

For more information or to volunteer, call Rick Seifert at 503- 245-7821 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.