Gresham seeks help determining future housing needs

Residents are invited to provide input on a new project that will provide the foundation for a long-term strategy to meet the community’s housing needs.

The Housing Policy Project is part of the 2013 Council Work Plan and calls for studying a variety of aspects of the local area’s needed housing supply. The first chance for the community to provide input on the plan is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Gresham City Hall, conference room 3A, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

The project will study how Gresham has changed and how the area will be expected to change in terms of its housing needs, said Laura Shepard, Gresham spokeswoman.

It also will study how needed housing can help with economic development, what the city can do with housing to increase vitality throughout the city — specifically in Rockwood, Civic Neighborhood and downtown — and how Gresham can continue to promoting good quality housing and design.

How the city will be involved in housing issues in the future also will be addressed.

For more information on the meeting or the project, call Principal Planner Ann Pytynia at 503-618-2859 or visit the project page at

Gresham Farmers’ Market opens May 11

The Gresham Farmers’ Market will open for its 2013 season Saturday, May 11. Located at Northeast Third Street and North Main Avenue in downtown Gresham, the market has more than 110 vendors offering plants, produce, food and crafts. It is open 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday from May 11 to October. Contact the market manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-341-4153 with any questions, comments or concerns.

How do generations view the workplace?

The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center will hold an April Learn at Lunch session focused on generational differences in the work place.

The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at in the Rock Room of Building A, at Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 N.E. Division St., Gresham.

The discussion will look at how generations view things differently.

Topics include what you look for in a company, how long you stay in a position before switching to a new role, and what a perfect manager looks like.

Speakers will include Amber Cochran and Danielle Gonzalez of Little Genius Montessori; Dawn Loomis and Paul Wild of Mt. Hood Community College; and Richard Nowacki of Ricoh Business Solutions.

Registration is required for the brown bag lunch event. There is no charge for members and a $15 for non-members. 

Visit to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-665-1131.

Master Gardener program scheduled

A Clackamas County Master Gardener program will be held from 7-8 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie.

The program, “Sowing Seeds with Sarah Patterson,” is free and open to the public.

Patterson is an attorney, an Oregon Master Gardener and director of the nonprofit Lettuce Grow Garden Foundation.  

She will speak about the foundation, established to develop and transform vegetable gardens inside Oregon correctional facilities. 

Using the OSU Extension Master Gardening program and the Oregon Food Bank’s Seed to Supper classes, more than 50 inmates graduated in 2012.

In 2011 the prison gardens produced more than 150,000 pounds of food for their own kitchen and an additional 60,000 pounds went to local food banks.

For more information, call 503-653-8100.

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