July  SJNA Newsletter

Willamette River Fest
This Weekend!

Sunday, July 30th | 1PM - 10PM

Cathedral Park Waterfront

Come celebrate the Lower Willamette, and connect with our awesome river.

This year's festival is one you won't want to miss! 
  • Live Band #1 - Shanghaied
    on the Willamette
  • Live Band #2 - Son de Cuba
  • Live Band #3 - The Normal Sylvester Band featuring LaRhonda Steele
  • PLUS - Evening Movie at Dusk
  • FREE Kayak Tours by Alder Creek
  • Family Friendly Activities
  • Food Venders & Ice Cream
  • Environmental Fair
  • Bicycle Registration
  • Adult Beverages at Occidental

Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe will allow the first signed up participants to get out on the water to experience the river first hand with expert guidance. Novices should sign up for the first paddle at 1:30pm that includes instruction.

The Movie in the Park showing at dusk is Upriver: A Film for the Willamette, that will have the river and Forest Park as a scenic backdrop

See you Sunday!
We Want You to Join SNJA!

St. Johns Neighborhood Association board elections are fast approaching* and the board wants you to think about joining the board! Elections are coming up in October.

  • Are you concerned about what impact increasd traffic has on pedestrian safety in the neighborhood?

  • Does new construction and St. Johns development have you more interested in Land Use issues?

  • Has the present housing crisis encouranged you to advocate for affordable housing and tenant rights?

Don't Miss the Next SJNA Meeting August 14th
7:00 PM - General Meeting at St. Johns Community Center
8:30 PM - Board Meeting at St. Johns Center for Opportunity

On the Agenda:
  • Community members have put pressure on PBOT for their recent reductions to the St. Louis/Fessenden improvement plan. Rich Newlands, Project Manager with PBOT will come with updates.
  • The new Central Hotel development designs have been drafted. Several community architects will present their input and concerns about the concept drawings.
  • SALT (Safety and Livability Team) will speak about other Land Use Updates and ongoing efforts to improve safety on our roads and in our community.
National Night Out in St. Johns
Double the Fun!

St. Johns takes back the night--twice! Apart of the annual National Night Out summer block party series, come out for 2 evenings of spectacular neighborhood focused fun!

  • Tuesday, August 1st - 6PM to 9PM - Join the St. Johns Center for Opportunity at St. Johns Wesleyan Church (8850 N St. Louis) for a community pot luck and live music. All are encouraged to prepare and share a dish that celebrates your identify.
  • Friday, August 4th - 3PM to 8PM - Head over to Cathedral Gardens (8652 N Swift Way) for a Community BBQ. In addition to delicious food, they'll have games, raffel prizes, face painting and more.

EVERYONE is welcome to both community events! Can't wait to see you there.
Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Month


  • Box of granola or power bars – 1 per person
  • 6 rolls of paper towels, 3 boxes of facial tissue
  • NOAA Alert Weather
  • Radio Box of N-95 or N-100 face masks – 1 per person
  • Make or obtain a twin-bucket emergency toilet (two, 5 gallon buckets, with seats - keeping solid and liquid waste separate


  • Check to see if stored water has expired and needs to be replaced
  • Put an extra pair of eyeglasses in the supply container
  • Find out about your workplace disaster plans and the disaster plans at your children’s schools
**Every six months, check to see if your stored food and water needs to be replaced.**
Farmer's Market In Full Swing
St. Johns Plaza at N Lombard & N Philadelphia
Saturdays | 9AM - 2PM

Come down and enjoy one of Portland's best seaso nal Farmer's Market--right in our back yard! Support local farmers and get the best in-season produce from the region every week. Live music and family-friendly activities are sure to be found as well
Community Corner
Conversation Project
"Mind the GAP - How Gender
Shapes Our Lives"
Tuesday, July 25th @ 7-8:30PM
St. Johns Center for Opportuinty | 8250 N Lombard

Join this free conversation with Jade Aguilar, associate professor at Willamette University, on Tuesday to understand and discuss the complexities of gender’s effects on our daily lives and identities.

This program is hosted by St. Johns Center for Opportunity and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.
North Neighborhoods Public Safety Action Committee Meeting
Wednesday, July 26th at 6pm
The Historic Kenton Firehouse at 8105 N. Brandon.

The first 30 minutes are an open house and the facilitated meeting begins at 6:30pm.
Cathedral Park Tree Inventory Even
Saturday, July 29th @ 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cathedral Park
Help the St. Johns Tree Team map, measure, and identify the park trees of Cathedral Park. Morning refreshments will be provided. No experience needed.
Portland Festival Symphony Concert
Sunday, July 29th @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Cathedral Park

Portland Festival Symphony will be at Cathedral Park on Saturday, July 29th! This FREE community concert organized by Portland Parks & Recreation will start at 6:30 p.m. Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets!!! 
Willamette River Festival
Sunday, July 30th @ 1:00PM
Cathedral Park Waterfront

The Willamette River Festival is a celebration on the waterfront with live music, food carts, an environmental fair, live birds from Audubon, live fish displays, dance troupes, walking tours & more.

National Night Out Block Party
  • August 1st | 6PM to 9PM - Join the St. Johns Center for Opportunity at St. Johns Wesleyan Church for a community pot luck (8850 N St. Louis).
  • August 4th | 3PM to 8PM - Join Cathedral Gardens for a Community BBQ (8652 N Swift Way).
  I mportant Resources 

:: Be neighborly with Nextdoor Android | iOS
:: Report issues to the city with PDX Reporter Android | iOS
:: Join the St. Johns volunteer dream team
:: St. Johns event calendar
:: SJNA's website
:: City of Portland's website
:: St. Johns' shared Google calendar
:: Important Portland phone numbers
:: PCC emergency response classes
:: NET Neighborhood Emergency Team meetings
:: Multnomah county crisis line 503-988-4888
:: PDX Women's Crisis Line 503-235-5333
:: Report traffic concerns, call PBOT 503-823-7233
:: City of Portland Slow Down Yard Sign lender program

Please join us at our next neighborhood meeting.
August 14th, 7pm at the St. Johns Community Center.

All are welcome.

The next Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association general meeting will be

August 15th, 7PM at the BES Water Laby (6543 N Burlington).

Please forward to your neighbors :-)

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