News from around the city's neighborhoods
Hawthorne fixes on way
A yearlong construction project along Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard will begin Monday.
The Portland Office of Transportation project is designed to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and traffic flow on Hawthorne. It also will include new and upgraded traffic signals, intersection realignments, improved bus stops, covered bicycle parking areas and a neighborhood plaza. The project will involve blocks on Hawthorne between 20th and 55th avenues.
The construction contractor will be required to have at least one lane on Hawthorne open in each direction at all times. From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., both westbound lanes of Hawthorne will remain open. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., both eastbound lanes of the street will remain open.
The project is scheduled to be completed by July of next year.
School dedicates wing
The West Hills Christian School - an independent K-8 school founded in 1949 - has dedicated a newly completed educational wing.
It's the first stage of an improvement plan that also will include a library media center and expanded administrative and conference space above the existing gym.
'The Children: Our Reason for Growth' expansion plan is set at $2.59 million, with funds coming from families, fundraisers, loans and grants from various foundations and trusts, including the Robert D. Randall and Marcia H. Charitable Trust, the Jeld-Wen Foundation, the Juan Young Trust and the Marin Community Foundation.
The school, at 7945 S.W. Capitol Hill Road, is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International. The current enrollment is 440 students.
Clark, Dixon on board
The neighborhood association representing Northwest Portland gained some clout at its recent election when Bud Clark, one-time mayor of Portland, agreed to serve on the board.
At the Northwest District Association elections held June 19, only eight candidates had filed for the 10 board positions as of the filing deadline.
But once the write-in votes were counted, the two other positions were filled by Clark and Frank Dixon, who had served two previous terms as association president.
Neither Clark nor Dixon had campaigned for the positions, but after the vote they agreed to serve one-year terms.
Mississippi fair set
The annual Mississippi Street Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
The North Portland street will be closed to make way for booths exhibiting the work of local artists and craftspeople, as well as information about nonprofit and community groups. A main stage will feature musicians and children's dance performances.
Fair events also include a best of ribs contest, a community garage sale, kids carnival, dunk tank, casino, horse-drawn trolley and more. In addition, businesses along the street will host a number of activities both inside and outside their establishments.
Theater marks 80 years
The Hollywood Theatre celebrates its 80th birthday - and the refurbishment of its iconic sign - with backstage tours Saturday and a sign-relighting ceremony that night.
American Express, through the National Trust for Historic Preservation, donated $60,000 to restore the original neon and steel 'Hollywood' sign that has adorned the front of the theater since 1934.
The donation also went to the repair of leaks in the building's roof that were causing interior damage.
Saturday's events at the Hollywood will include backstage tours of the historic theater from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., along with live theater organ music and newsreels in the theater's main auditorium.
Northeast Sandy Boulevard between 40th and 42nd avenues will be closed for the relighting ceremony at 10 p.m.
The Hollywood Theatre, for which the Hollywood neighborhood is named, opened with silent movies in 1926.
Creek cleanup organized
The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is providing a good excuse to get wet and have fun with a watershedwide cleanup event Sunday.
Greg Ciannella, an organizer with the nonprofit council, says the group is looking for donations and volunteers, and plans to organize 100 hoped-for attendees into teams to remove trash from the creek at four locations.
Though the council has done cleanups in the past, this is the first one in the summer, when waders can access trash that's in the water.