Friendly House goal met

Friendly House, the Northwest Portland community center, has raised the $40,000 it needed to match a $40,000 challenge grant from neighborhood-based freight company Con-way Inc.

The $80,000 will allow the community center to pay off its remaining mortgage and save $27,000 in annual interest and mortgage payments.

Con-Way offered its $40,000 grant in September, conditional on the community center raising its own $40,000.

Vaune Albanese, Friendly House executive director, said the community center had until the end of the year to raise the money and beat the deadline by one week. Donations came in from foundations and more than 200 individuals, he said.

Albanese said the money that would have gone toward mortgage and interest payments will allow Friendly House to reinstate staff positions that were cut this summer and that the community center's board of directors would consider possible new programs.


Plastics wanted

On Jan. 26, the Kaiser Permanente campus in the Overlook neighborhood will be one of two citywide locations where residents can drop off hard-to-recycle plastics.

Master Recyclers, a program administered by the city's Office of Sustainable Development, will collect the items, and Agri-Plas, a Brooks-based recycler, will transform the plastic into new products.

In five past roundups, about 7,000 residents have dropped off more than 73 tons of plastic to recycle and reuse.

Drop-offs will be collected from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente, 3325 N. Interstate Ave., and Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 S.E. Washington St. For information, call 503-823-7530.


Park plans presented

Residents of the parks-deficient Cully neighborhood will get a chance in two weeks to see some early design concepts for a new park that will be built in the neighborhood, on the site of a former landfill.

Portland Parks and Recreation is holding an open house to show residents the preliminary designs. The open house runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Word of Life Community Church, 4927 N.E. 55th Ave.

The park will be built on top of the former Killingsworth landfill, on land between Northeast Columbia Boulevard and Killingsworth Street near 72nd Avenue.

Park designers used ideas generated at a November workshop to prepare the two draft concepts to be presented. Park designers will use comments and ideas from the open house to further modify the concepts.


Activist gathers support

Tonight the Wilkes Community Group hosts a presentation by activist Bonny McKnight on the need for neighborhood associations to support $300,000 in city spending on groups dedicated to minority and diversity issues.

McKnight said that neighborhood associations had hoped to obtain additional support for their own efforts, to produce outreach and informational materials, as occurred last year for the first time.

Mayor Tom Potter has not released his proposed budget for next year, but after meeting with staffers under Potter, McKnight is advocating that activists plan to cooperate rather than compete - and hope to secure better funding next year instead.

'It's not a win or a loss, it's the building of a partnership,' she told the Portland Tribune. 'We want everybody in - the more the merrier.'

The meeting runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Teamsters Complex, Joe Edgar Hall, 1850 N.E. 162nd Ave.


Senior hikers recruited

Senior citizens can learn more about group hikes planned through March at an upcoming orientation. The free class is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

The class is designed for people older than 55 who would like to join an energetic group of beginning to advanced hikers. Registration for upcoming wilderness hikes follows the presentation.

People new to hiking are encouraged to attend the orientation. For information, call the senior recreation department at Portland Parks and Recreation, 503-823-4328.


Walkers hop on transit

A walk designed to use four modes of transportation in Southwest Portland is scheduled to begin 9 a.m. Saturday at the Wilson High School bleachers near Southwest Sunset Boulevard and Capitol Highway.

The SW Trails group's so-called 4T walk will include four to five miles of walking trails, riding the tram, trolley and train. Participants should bring money for transit tickets or TriMet passes.

For information, call Phyllis Towne, 503-223-3723.

-Tribune staff

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