Husen Park expansion calls for new plan
A neighborhood Open House will be held later this month to address potential changes in the Master Plan for Jackie Husen Park, 10955 NW Reeves St. Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) recently acquired a second lot next to the original park lot, and the 2002 Master Plan needs to be updated to reflect that change (see April 2007 Cedar Mill News for more information).
Jackie Husen Park, named for a long-time local resident whose husband made the property available to the district, connects on the north side to Jordan Park, a stunning gem of old second-growth forest surrounding Cedar Mill Creek. In 2007, THPRD’s board approved $550,000 in funding for improvements to the park from the 2006 Metro Bond Measure.
At press time, the district hadn’t determined the place and time of the Open House. Neighbors within a small radius of the park will receive mailed invitations to the meeting, but others interested may contact Park Planner René Brucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-629-6305 ext.2933.
Rummage Sale at Leedy Grange
A community Rummage Sale will fill the Grange Hall on Friday, November 14 from 8 am-4 pm and Saturday, November 15 from 8 am -5 pm. Come by and find your treasures in someone else’s “trash.” Holiday decorations, home accessories, and more. Coffee and donuts will be available.
Ivy Removal at Cedar Mill Park
10385 NW Cornell, just west of Cedar Mill School
9 am–noon, Saturday, November 22
Join us as we continue to remove English ivy from the natural areas of Cedar Mill Park. Please bring heavy-duty work gloves, loppers, a round-tipped shovel and a reusable water bottle, if possible. Refreshments will be provided.
Volunteers will meet at the lower (tennis courts) parking lot of Cedar Mill Elementary School, near the picnic tables. All ages welcome!
French American International School Holiday Market
Make plans to stop and smell the croissants (and crêpes!) at the French American International School’s Holiday Market, Saturday December 6, from 9 am-4 pm. Check off each name on your shopping list while supporting local vendors and enjoying a festive environment with a distinctly European village flair! The Market takes place at the French American International School: 8500 NW Johnson Street near NW Cornell and Miller. Parking available, free admission.
The market is better than ever this year with 50 local vendors! Support unique and local vendors of homemade handbags, soy candles, bamboo clothing, French linens, gourmet foods, designer silk-screened t-shirts, children’s language CDs, soaps, knit hats, ponchos, jewelry, ceramics and crafts. Sit and sip with friends or neighbors in the Parisian Café by Petite Provence (sponsored by the Alliance Française de Portland). Taste a selection of wines from Oregon and France that are perfect for serving and giving this season. Sink your teeth into a grilled-on-the spot sausage from Fetzer’s or tuck into a luscious pastry, quiche, tart or baguette sandwich while enjoying a children’s choral performance, dance troupe, hammered dulcimer solo, and more. The Holiday Market can even make dinner a breeze: on your way out, sample and purchase a delicious family dinner-to-go from Dinner Delice, a gourmet/organic catering company owned by a FAIS parent.
The Holiday Market is a special project of the FAIS Parent Liaison Committee. In the past, proceeds have been used for the purchase of major equipment such as a sound system, for the maintenance and signage of the school’s nature trail, for sporting equipment, and to fund continued education for staff members.
Free leaf disposal and food drive
Saturdays, November 22 and December 6, 8 am-4 pm
Sunset High School parking lot
Drop off some food for the food drive and also your fall leaves, pine needles and grass clippings at Clean Water Services’ free event. Co-sponsored by the Oregon Food Bank, this event helps protect water quality while supporting families in need. Here are the simple rules:
- Limit bags to less than 50 lbs each
- No litter, rocks, sticks etc.
- Residential only, no commercial, please.
Last year, residents donated a record 3,200 pounds of food for needy families and prevented 111 truckloads of leaves from clogging neighborhood streets and storm drains. For more information, call 503-547-8116.
Boy Scout attacks ivy
Local Boy Scout Rishi Garg has taken on the ivy in Cedar Mill Park as his Eagle Scout project, and will be leading two events this month on November 8 and 22. He plans to get help from fellow students and other scouts, but the public is welcome to join in too. Both sessions will last from 9 am to 3 pm and volunteers can just show up during those hours.
Rishi will focus on the newest addition to the park, the former Brady property at the northwest corner. The forest in this area is covered with ivy that weighs down and can kill trees and crowds out native plants from the forest floor.
Once the ivy has been cleared, Rishi and his volunteers will be planting native bushes and trees to fill in the cleared areas. Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District will supply the plants.
Cedar Mill Park is located at 10385 NW Cornell Rd, just west of Cedar Mill Elementary. Park in the lower lot by the tennis courts if you’re driving.