Halloween Pumpkin Giveaway

Jeremy Seitz Flickr Creative Commons

Jeremy Seitz Flickr Creative Commons

Farrell Realty is holding its 8th annual Halloween Pumpkin Giveaway Saturday morning, just before St. Johns Village Project’s 5th annual Halloween Party and Costume Giveaway for the children of North Portland’s young parents!

This Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm at Farrell — 4772 N. Lombard St. — kids ages 12 and under are welcome to bring their parents to Farrell and pick out a pumpkin.

They will also have crafts.

Nikki DelGiudice and colleagues from Farrell have pulled together a sweet collection of costumes to share with us, too, so if you go, say THANK YOU!

By Amy Potthast Posted in News

Halloween Costume Donations Needed

Next Saturday 10/24 from 1-3 pm at Swapnplay, St. Johns Village Project and Rosemary Anderson High School will hold its annual Halloween party and costume “shop” for young parents and their kiddos. The children get to pick out their own Halloween costumes so a wide variety is helpful, so everyone leaves happy.

Do you have a gently used Halloween costume you are ready to pass along to another child?

We are especially looking for costumes for children ages 3-10 this year.

Please email me at amy [at] stjohnsvillage.org  if you have a costume to donate. Thank you!

Roosevelt HS Hosts Free Clothes Closet

Roosevelt Clothes ClosetOnce a month Roosevelt High School opens its doors to the community to host a community clothes closet, for free adult and kids clothing.

The next event is today, Dec. 10th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Please stop by to do some “shopping” if your family needs clothes.

Upcoming Dates

5:30 to 7:30 pm

  • Jan. 14
  • Jan. 28
  • Feb. 11
  • Feb. 25
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • Apr 22
  • May 13
  • May 27

The Clothes Closet is in the red brick building at the corner of N. Ida and N. Smith on the RHS campus, in St. Johns. Apparently a line forms early, so bundle up!

Holiday Craft Fair at Swapnplay

Open to All!

Open to All!

Saturday, December 14th, Swapnplay will host our third annual Holiday Craft Fair, featuring local handmade goods and food. Kids are welcome in the playspace! 10 am to 3 pm. 

Call for Crafters! If you would like to table at this event, please email walkskiprun@gmail.com. Cost is $25.

Next Pancake Day – this Saturday, Nov. 16

Parents, young & old, will come together Saturday to network and eat. If you are interested in joining us, please email Amy Potthast, amy [at] stjohnsvillage.org for more information. Let me know your reasons for wanting to join us!

By Amy Potthast Posted in News

Costume Drive – pass along used costumes to help out local young parents

St. Johns Village Project is collecting costumes for boys and girls, in all themes.

Once again we are gearing up for our annual Halloween Party!

At the party, Oct. 23, we aim to give away costumes to kids ages 0-10 whose parents are teens or transitioning to adulthood.

If you have spare costumes, please consider passing them along to us!

Girls, boys, all themes.

How to donate

Please email amy [at] stjohnsvillage.org for details. If you are a member of Swapnplay or Red Sea Church, drop costumes in the St Johns Village Project donation bin in the Swap Room.

Thank you!

By Amy Potthast Posted in Requests

Safe Routes to School free community event 10 am to 2 pm, Sat. 4/6

Join Portland Safe Routes to School for the 3rd Annual Safe Routes to School Spring Kick-offSafe Route to Schools Kickoff

Saturday April 6th
Cesar Chavez School
5103 N Willis Blvd Portland, OR 97203

Celebrate walking and biking to school at the Safe Routes Spring Kick-off. This is a family-fun event that celebrates health, safety, and physical fitness.

There will be activities for parents, students, and younger children:

• Bike activities and walking games
• Walk and bike art projects
• Bike Rodeo
• Map reading and safe route planning activities
• Learn to ride a bike class
• Free bike repair
• Helmet fitting and giveaway
• Free healthy lunch
• Community bike ride (with bikes and helmets available to borrow)
• Raffle
• …and more, all for FREE!

For more information, email saferoutes@portlandoregon.gov, or call 503-823-1189!

Free health fair — March 3rd @ St. Charles Church in NE Portland

You’re invited:

Photo of a young woman getting her blood pressure taken

Photo by Adelphi Lab Center, Flickr

Sunday, March 3rd, from 9 am to 2 pm
at St Charles Church, 5310 NE 42nd  — on 42nd, just south of Killingsworth.

A free health & screening fair is taking place in early March at St. Charles Church in NE Portland. Bring your children, parents & friends to chat with health practitioners about questions and concerns — and fun kids’ activities like a fire engine to explore & face painting.

To look forward to:

  • Free vaccines for ages 11 and up (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Pneumonia, Influenza)
  • Testing for diabetes, glaucoma, vision, hearing and blood pressure
  • Healthy living demonstrations with lots of new ideas for you and your family
  • Health education by experts
  • Referral information especially for people without health insurance
  • Free minor bike repairs
  • Bike helmets for only $5, fitted for you by professionals
  • Free acupuncture (it’s not painful!)
  • Fun activities include face painting, a city of Portland fire truck to explore, a visit from “The Nose”, relaxing massages and prizes.

Sponsored by the Northeast Neighborhood Nurses

For information contact:
Alice McCarthy, RN
503-282- 8828

Stay Fit for Free during the Winter

Asian woman doing exercise on gym floor with the help of a personal trainer.

Photo by familymwr, Flickr

Exercising for free during the winter can be a challenge. The following are some ideas about how to stay active!  

Fitness DVDs from the library.

Exercise along with the experts using pilates, yoga, aerobics, or other fitness DVDs from the library.

Search the Multcolib.org website and put items you’d like to use “on hold” — select your branch for pickup, and when they are ready, you’ll get an email or phone call letting you know.

If space is limited, choose yoga or pilates — where you can do most things on the space of a mat.

Use phone apps.

For smart phone owners — a ton of free phone apps available in iPhone and Android  app stores feature videos of how to do toning and other exercises, including yoga poses and pilates. Also check out podcasts like Podrunner, which feature music with a stong beat to energize your running.

Walk in the mall.

Take your child and the stroller down to Lloyd Center and walk around each floor — without stopping to shop.

Walk or run on a high school track.

On days when the weather is tolerable, go for a walk or run on the nearest public track. If the track is well enclosed, you can let your little one toddle after you (or take the stroller!).

General exercise tips.

  • Whatever you choose, be safe, drink enough water, and wear the right gear.
  • If you’re exercising outdoors, meet up with a friend — both to help you stay motivated, and to stay safe.
  • Remember to drink water throughout the day, not just while you’re exercising.
  • Clothes made out of manmade materials (not like cotton) will tend to keep you dryer and warmer.
  • Wear supportive shoes that were made for action.
  • And wear bright or fluorescent clothes to stay visible!

Celebrate the holidays on a dime

Ways to celebrate the Holiday season affordably.homemade gift

Here are some ideas for giving gifts that are valuable — but not expensive.

Consider holding a White Elephant party for family and friends. At a white elephant party, everyone brings something they already own — often something funny like an old piece of clothing that is really outdated, or a silly photograph. This is also a great way to “re-gift” something that you received in the past but that you’ve never used. The time you spend together laughing is really the best gift you’ll give or get this year!

Agree to do something together.  Instead of wrapping a gift, share an invitation to go someplace special together. A walk in the park, a picnic, a ride around a neighborhood with Christmas lights. Decorate the invitation so it feels like a gift — you can even put it in a box or gift bag.

Hold a toy, clothes and/or book exchange for kids. Get together with friends and family to exchange kids’ clothing, toys and books. Limit the exchange to items that are “gently used,” and have some extra parents on hand to watch the kids in another room. Alternately visit the Garage Sale on NE Martin Luther King to find affordable second-hand gifts.

Create a personalized coupon or coupon book. Offer to watch a friend’s child, wash your mom’s car, paint your aunt’s nails, or give your niece a makeover.

Teach someone a new skill. Do you text? Use Facebook? Have an email account? Teach an older relative how to get started using modern communication! Show them how to create a profile, select a hard-to-guess password, and strike the right tone.

Make something.  Draw a picture, write a letter, bake a mini-loaf of bread. melt old crayons and mold them into candles, or a create heart-felt card. Find art supplies dirt cheap at Scrap on NE Martin Luther King.