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.

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

Pancake Day – Sat., Nov. 17th from 11 to 1


Eden Pictures, from Flickr

Photo by EdenPictures, Flickr

This Saturday from 11 to 1 at Swapnplay, 7535 N. Chicago, St. Johns Village Project invites teen parents from North Portland high schools to eat pancakes and get to know other NoPo families.

If you want to attend, volunteer, or get involved, please contact Amy, amy [at] st. johnsvillage.org. Register for Pancake Day at http://pancakedays.eventbrite.com


Halloween Party Hit!

Almost 50 Halloween costumes for kids to choose from!Today we celebrated Halloween and the launch of the St. Johns Village Project. Lots of teen & adult parents. Partners Kim Filla, Ayla, and Megan from Rosemary Anderson High School; and Crystal from Pathfinder came. We had over 20 little tykes too!!

Check out our Halloween costumes and pumpkin giveaway — photos by Rebecca Mair Lowery.


Anna Bananas + Leisure Public House fundraiser to benefit St. Johns Village Project

This Sunday, Oct. 24th, and “high noon” join us for a dodgeball throwdown at the brownfield site (approximately 8735 N Lombard Avenue) in St. Johns featuring the folks from:

  • Anna Bananas & Leisure Public House and
  • Slims Bar.

Winner takes the Golden Toilet Seat Award and proceeds this year go to the St. Johns Village Project, thanks to the generosity of Anna Bananas owner Sarah Anderson and partners, and the kind words of swapnplay mom Amber Gauntlett.

From Sarah’s email:

Its a fun, funny event that we have been doing for two years, lots of “smack talk” and lots of antics, but we are all friends and in the end we raise some cash for a good cause! We enjoy raising awareness of community groups like yours that are doing good things, but lots of folks in the neighborhood haven’t heard of it yet.

I can’t find any more information about the event including how much it costs to attend. Sarah says they will try to get the St. Johns Boosters to match revenue from the dodgeball game.

Halloween Launch Party

Oct. 30 — 10:30 am to noon — the St. Johns Village Project invites teen parents and their kids to a Halloween party that marks the launch of our weekly playgroup.

We’ll get together with other families from the neighborhood for a pancake breakfast, and you can pick out a Halloween costume for your child to bring home with you.

Want to join the fun? Email coordinator [at] stjohnsvillage.org for details!