Friends of Trees are Coming!

Friend of Trees is coming to the Foster-Powell, Creston-Kenilworth, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Reed neighborhoods on Saturday 9-February to plant around 130 trees. You can support this project by volunteering. They are in particular need of Tree Planter and Truck Driver volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to help bring more beauty to our neighborhood.


Help plant many dozens of large-stock trees along the streets and in yards of the following SE Portland neighborhoods: Foster-Powell, Creston-Kenilworth, Mt Scott-Arleta, and Reed. Following the planting there is a warm potluck lunch for all volunteers provided by the hosting neighborhood groups — it’s a small way we say “thank you” for all your hard work!


Assemble by 8:45a and work will take place from 9:00a – 1:00p


Kern Park Church, 6828 SE Holgate Blvd (map)
Look for the “Friends of Trees” signs as you get close!
Reminder: be there by 8:45a!


Support Local Businesses with Foster Forward and Foster WinterFest

The Foster Area Business Association has organized two events, which are connected. The first is Foster Forward, where “this holiday season, when you visit any participating Foster Area business and spend more than $5, you’ll earn a Foster Forward Ticket to unlock special prizes, discounts and specials at other participating businesses.” The second is Foster WinterFest, where they say, “On Sunday, December 2nd, come down to Foster road for 6 family friendly winter magic events. Build a gingerbread house, sing carols, get free hot chocolate and more! And when you come to any of free WinterFest activity, you’ll get a Ticket for exclusive Foster Forward deals for food, drink and gifts up and down the street.”

And if you need more reasons on why to support local businesses, check out these Top 10 Reasons from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance!


Essex Park Mural Project

“I’ve stopped going to Essex Park.”

Have you ever heard this disheartening statement about Foster-Powell’s largest park? The park, located at SE 76th & Center Street, draws in a lot of children with its playground, splash pad, basketball and tennis courts, baseball field, and free lunch in the summer for all kids. But, in the past couple of years, Essex Park has seen an increase of crime and public safety hazards. Drug needles and garbage are often found. Gun violence has occurred twice. Now, after hearing this statement too many times, one resident has been working hard to make positive change.

A mural is coming to Essex Park this fall! The project is a collaboration between Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association, Marysville School, and artists Rather Severe. The artwork will be bright, bold, and colorful, inviting attention and positive activity into Essex Park.

The project is 100% grassroots and entirely funded by the community. The mural could possibly cover all four sides of the restroom building. We are raising money to make this happen! For more information about the project or to make a donation, click here.

Thank you to Local Realtor John McKay for his $500 match!
Thank you to Nurture Realty for matching up to $1,000 of what the community donates during the month of July!