Neighbors Helping Neighbors Age in Place 
Newsletter of
Northeast Village PDX  
Northeast Village PDX is a group of neighbors in Northeast Portland, Oregon, who are creating a membership organization that will help seniors in the area stay in their own homes as they age - by providing volunteers to help with rides, simple home repairs,  friendly visits, and light yard work, as well as professional services (plumbing, electrical, care giving and others). This newsletter will keep you up to date on the steps the Village is taking to achieve its goals.
September/October -- In This Issue:

September-October 2018
Introduction to NE Village 
The next Introduction to NE Village PDX session will occur  Sat., Sept. 8th from 1:00 to 2:30 at Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Village movement in general, and NE Village PDX in particular are urged to attend. No need to RSVP - just show up.
NE Village PDX Governing Council Elections Coming Up in September -- and we want you!  
Our second Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday September 12 at 7 pm at Rose City Park UMC, following the quarterly potluck scheduled at 6 pm. At the meeting we will give a "state of the village" report and hold elections for seats on the Governing Council for the coming year.

The Governing Council recently changed the by-laws to increase the number of seats on the council. We are interested in having more voices from our community helping us to shape policy and determine NE Village priorities. Members of GovCo serve two-year terms and attend a monthly meeting. Officers (co-chairs, secretary, treasurer) are appointed by GovCo members at the board meeting following the election.

Nonmembers are welcome, and we encourage volunteers and other village supporters to consider joining the NE Village Governing Council. If you are interested or have questions, please call Susan Bach at 503-281-1202 or Margaret Baldwin at 925-788-6526. 
Upcoming Programs & Events
Don't forget to check out the events happening in the Northeast Village in September - see our website calendar for full listing and  details.
Viva Village Hosts Presentations on Healthy Aging
Viva Village, a sister village in Beaverton, is hosting a series of lectures to help people grapple with the aging process. Admission to each lecture is $10.00 for anyone who is not a member of Viva Village. All presentations will be held at the Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd. Beaverton 97005.

* Sept. 22, 1:30-4:00 pm - Elizabeth Eckstrom M.D., director of geriatrics at OHSU and co-author of The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare, will talk about healthy brain aging and lessons learned from cultures with longevity.

* Oct. 13, 1:30-4:00 pm - Maureen C. Nash, M.D., medical director of Providence Elder Place, will talk about the role of mental and emotional resiliency in aging well.

* Oct. 27, 2:30-4:00 pm - A representative of the Nay & Friedenberg Elder Law Firm will cover key legal documents for family planning.
  I n Memoriam:  Edana Laine
Edana Laine, who was one of NE Village's first members, died peacefully in her home on August 26. She was 96.  

Edana enjoyed senior discount day at New Seasons and was welcomed by store manager Mike Oseland, as shown in the photo above.

A service in her honor will be held at the Hollywood Senior Center on Sunday, September 9.  Contact the Center for more details.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities Abound in Portland
The fall anticipation of back-to-school season isn't just for recent graduates. There are plenty of opportunities for Portland's elders to exercise their brains without taking on student loans:


Membership in the Senior Adult Learning Center (SALC) is open to anyone age 65 and above. There's a one-time $25.00 fee to join, which allows you to access the catalog and register to audit classes, with permission of the instructor.

PCC offers a 50% discount to enroll in community education classes for anyone age 62 and above. Fees and materials are extra. To apply for a grant to pay the extra charges, call Sharon Sibley, 971-722-2886. Seniors can audit classes for free when seats are available on the first day of class.


Portland Parks and Recreation offers many recreational, educational and wellness classes at minimal cost.

1820 NE 40th    503-288-8303

This hotbed of lifelong learning and social activities is in the heart of the Hollywood district. You can participate in dance, music, t'ai chi classes, movies and more.

4601 SE Belmont St. 503-294-7400

Offers classes and various services for those age 60 and above, especially for low-income seniors.

NE Village Member Witnesses Volcano

River of Lava

Volcanos enthrall me, so when Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii started erupting in May, I knew I needed to go. It would fulfill a decades-long dream, and I didn't know when I'd get another chance.

I arrived in early July when the eruption was fierce, the biggest in 200 years. Kilauea is considered by many to be the most active volcano in the world. Its current activity cycle dates back to 1983.

I decided to witness the volcano from a "doors off" helicopter. Shortly after our ascent, a monstrous plume spiraled straight out of Fissure 8 into the sky from a crack in the middle of the neighborhood where lava first exploded from the ground in May.

As we approached the plume, electric red and orange bursts of lava from Fissure 8 made a fountain high in the air. It was so bright it looked unreal. A cinder cone had built up around the fissure like a small volcano. The raw power of it made me feel tiny. The heat of the lava penetrated through the open doors of the helicopter. Yikes.

Our pilot then flew us over the red lava river that ran eight miles to the ocean. Surrounding the river was an ever-widening scar of now-hardened lava. The flat black devastation was ugly. Lava had destroyed any home in its path.

As we turned towards the ocean, plume after plume of white smoke circled high into the sky. The plumes were the product of 2,000 degree-Fahrenheit lava spilled over high cliffs into the cold ocean. We flew out past the cliffs over the ocean to watch. The lava was fluorescent, its movement reminiscent of mercury. Even the steam it created was red.

As with many things, Kilauea's beauty comes at a high price - I 700 homes destroyed, 2,000 people displaced, staggering economic losses. I can't think of Kilauea without remembering the people whose lives have been so devastated.

A month later, I'm still filled with awe at the wild power and beauty of Kilauea in her longest eruption in recorded history. I feel like I've witnessed a miracle. After three months of eruption, Kilauea is now silent. I am so grateful I took the chance to fulfill a dream.

--Tracy McDonald
Yard Parties Will Continue This Fall
Are you in need of help with your yard this fall - raking, pruning or weeding? 

Full service members of NE Village are entitled to one yard party a year. If you haven't signed up for one yet, here are the available dates for scheduling a yard party at your place: 

* September 22 (morning)
* October 1 (morning or afternoon)
* October 20 (morning)
* November 1(morning or afternoon)
* November 17 (morning)

Full service members: Please call the office to sign up for your slot. There are limited spots available on each date so call as soon as you know the date that works for you. All full-service members may request one yard party per season.

Volunteers: If you have not signed up as a volunteer for NE Village, you can still participate. If you are a volunteer but did not choose yard work as one of your services, you can still participate. Just let the office know which date(s) you are available.

All yard party volunteers will receive an email from Michelle Ferroggiaro, Yard Party Coordinator, on how to sign up to volunteer to work a yard party and choose your time. 
Senior Resource Fair, Saturday, September 15 in Multnomah Village
River West Village, a sister Village in southwest Portland, is one of the sponsors of this event. Please see the flyer for more information. Call the office if you want to carpool- either you can provide a ride or you need a ride.
On the Nightstand: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Twenty-six year old Jean Louise Finch or Scout, the central character in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, returns to Maycomb, Alabama, in Lee's sequel novel and comes face to face with a changing South at the advent of the civil rights movement.

From the outset of Go Set A Watchman, Jean Louise feels uncomfortable on her return to Maycomb until a former classmate tells her, "I stayed away ten years, but the longer I stayed away the more I missed Maycomb. I got to the point where I felt like I had to come back or die. You never get it out of your bones."

Many of us who grew up in the '50s, '60s and '70s were influenced by the adventures of Scout and Jem and the trials of their father, Atticus Finch, who heroically stood up to the racist Jim Crow South in To Kill a Mockingbird. And, like Jean Louise's classmate, many of us never got Maycomb out of our bones.

The sequel novel starts slow. Give it time. The plot will thicken and the characters will develop. Let yourself become mesmerized by Ms. Lee's control of language and her empathy for the characters as she interweaves Jean Louise's current visit with stories of the past.  Her sharp wit keeps us entertained. On church: "There is nothing like a blood-curdling hymn to make you feel at home." The minister: "...he did not like people, he was quick with numbers, he had no sense of humor, and he was butt-headed."  
Scout soon learns that Atticus and her boyfriend, who is law partner to Atticus, are active members of Maycomb's racist Citizen's Council. The rest of the book takes us deeper into the psyche of Jean Louise, "Everything I have ever taken for right and wrong these people have taught me - these people, these very same people.  So it's me, it's not them. Something has happened to me."
Ms. Lee develops each character through clear-eyed description and empathy.  But, unlike To Kill a Mockingbird, in which the sides were clearly drawn, Ms. Lee paints the shades of gray of race, gender and class during the 1950s in the South.

To Kill a Mockingbird was a coming-of-age story for Scout.  In Watchman, Jean Louise must navigate more confusing times as she learns to be an adult. "I need a watchman to draw a line down the middle and say here is this justice and there is that justice and make me understand the difference." There have been times in all our lives when we all wanted that watchman, but like Jean Louise, we learn that there's a difference between knowing what justice is and acting on it.

-- Mark Oldani
PLEASE NOTE: The opinions expressed in this review column are those of the author, not NE Village PDX.
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