Overlook neighbors will work to restore the oak habitat along the Willamette Bluff in North Portland.

The neighbors will add two 20-foot diameter plots to the field, which is home to a 200-year-old Heritage Oregon white oak tree.

They’ll mulch new areas with cardboard and burlap, spread compost, seed native bunch grasses, plant native bare rootstock, and weed established plots.

The efforts are part of a larger vision to conserve a corridor of natural area in North Portland that has ecological importance for the wildlife, watershed and the community. Groups also may adopt a plot. The event is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the oak meadow, 3900 block of North Overlook Terrace.

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Southeast Portland gets new paleo diner

Dick’s Kitchen will open a third Portland location in Woodstock this spring or early summer.

Owner Richard Satnick purchased the site from Marc Gaudin, founder and former owner of The Joinery, at Southeast 49th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard.

“We’re very excited about expanding to the Woodstock area, a progressive neighborhood with lots of families who are concerned about eating healthfully,” says Satnick, who also founded Laughing Planet Cafe 18 years ago.

The new location will include a commissary and a community kitchen for recipe testing and classes with health practitioners, authors and leaders in the healthy eating movement.

Dick’s Kitchen has two other locations, on Northwest 21st Avenue and on Southeast Belmont Street.

Southwest holds food drive

The eighth annual SW HOPE: Feed the Hungry campaign starts March 2 with the help of more than 75 faith, business and other community partners.

The collected food and funds go to the Neighborhood House’s Emergency Food Box Program.

With recent cuts in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits affecting more than 819,000 Oregonians, the need for emergency food assistance is great, organizers say.

By April 17, they aim to set a record of collecting 175,000 pounds of food or the cash equivalent.

For every dollar donated, Neighborhood House can purchase four pounds of discounted food such as canned fruits and vegetables and whole grains from the Oregon Food Bank.

Neighborhood House also will host a screening of “American Winter,” the award-winning documentary on hunger in America, filmed in Portland.

The event is set for 7 to 9 p.m. March 16, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Donations of food and cash will be accepted at the event. For more info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Goats, photos, gathering space set for Lents

By summer, Lents will be the new home to the Belmont Goats, a herd that will be monitored by their owners and accessible to the public.

The 14 goats will create “an oasis of calm amidst everyday life for both residents and visitors to Lents alike,” also known as “goat therapy,” according to the project leaders, who’ve kept the herd on Southeast Belmont Street since October 2012.

The herd will temporarily occupy the vacant lots at Southeast 93rd Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard, until they are moved to the Lents International Farmers Market site at Southeast 91st between Reedway and Foster.

The specially designed shelter is part of a temporary-use proposal for vacant sites in the Lents Urban Renewal Area, owned by the Portland Development Commission.

The PDC also green-lighted a photo art installation called “Lents Grown — Our Stories,” sponsored by Rose CDC; and a display of outdoor wire-mesh furniture intended to create a gathering space, designed by Propel Studio Architecture.

Those projects will be located at Southeast 88th Avenue and Foster Road.

Each organization will receive a $7,500 grant, and locate at the site from one to three years.

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