Party with other de-nailers

Here’s something constructive, er ... deconstructive, to help you work off that holiday ham: Join The Rebuilding Center for a December De-Nailing Party.

Volunteers will help take apart building materials to keep them out of the waste stream and prepare them for re-use.

The Rebuilding Center, a project of the nonprofit Our United Villages, diverts about eight tons of building material from landfills each day. Used building materials are sold to the public or donated to community projects.

The de-nailing party takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the center on 3625 N. Mississippi Ave., in North Portland. To sign up, go to and apply as an event volunteer.

For more information, contact Dave Lowe, volunteer coordinator, at 503-467-4986 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Birds count

Join a one-day volunteer “bird count” with the Portland Audubon Society between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.

Spend the day or even just an hour watching birds to help broaden our knowledge of bird life in the Portland area.

It’s part of an annual Christmas Count tradition started in Portland in 1926. Similar bird counts will occur around the country between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. It’s the longest-running “citizen science project” in North America.

In last year’s Portland bird count, 238 volunteers observed birds in the field, and another 152 watched visitors to local bird feeders. Together, they counted 130 species, a record number here. Those 390 participants made the Portland bird count the largest in the United States, second only to Edmonton, Canada in the Americas.

Beginning birders are welcome.

To sign up or learn more:

A respite from shopping

Looking for some community service, instead of another day at the mall, before Christmas?

Try a community cleanup and graffiti removal project in Northwest Portland, as part of SOLVE’s Third Saturday Cleanup on Saturday, Dec. 21, from

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Meet at Elephant’s Deli, at 115 N.W. 22nd Ave., next-door to the Goodwill.

Volunteers are invited to stick around after the event for some coffee and conversation.

For more information, and to register in advance, check out

Ivy removal squad

Join a No Ivy League work party at Portland’s venerable Forest Park, from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Dec. 21.

Volunteers will take a short hike to an off-trail site to remove English ivy. This is a dirty job, so be prepared with grubby, long-sleeved clothing and boots. Gloves and tools provided.

Meet at the Lower Macleay Field House at the park, 2960 N.W. Upshur Ave.

For more information:

Down and Dirty offers ways Portland-area residents can take part in environmental stewardship and related activities.

If your organization has an activity to promote, please email stevelaw, and use a subject line of Down and Dirty.

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