As OPAL and Bus Riders Unite celebrate our accomplishments from our organizing around the TriMet budget--including $1 million for a discount ticket program for low-income riders --we also need to start planning and strategizing our priorities for the coming months. 

A lot of different ideas have been suggested, including a campaign for an elected or locally appointed TriMet board, as well as establishing a Transit Equity Committee made of transit-dependent riders to hold TriMet accountable. Please join us at our next membership meeting to share your thoughts about Bus Riders Unite's next steps:
 Bus Riders Unite Membership Meeting
Tuesday, July 17 (6pm-8pm)

OPAL Office, 2407 SE 49th Avenue (off Division),
On Bus Lines #4, 14, and 71
Food, childcare, and Spanish translation will be provided. Food is served at 5:30pm, so please come early so you can get settled in. Please RSVP ( so we can plan accordingly and expect your participation. 

This summer, we'll be working with our awesome Summer Organizers-in-Training to do our East Portland Bus Stop Project. 

We want to hear your thoughts and ideas to keep Bus Riders Unite moving forward. Please join us Tuesday, July 17!

With appreciation and respect, 

Hector, Myrna, Khanh, Jared, Jon, and all of us here at OPAL

Zenger Farm is a working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food
systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all. For
more information about the farm and programs, visit
11741 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97266 |
Zenger Farm Workshops ~ Summer 2012
Food Preservation Series with Oregon State University Extension Service
Oregon State University Extension Service Faculty and Certified Master Food Preservers will offer a series of
hands-on food preservation classes for beginning food preservers or experienced canners who want to update
their knowledge and skills. Instruction is based in the most current, research-based information. Sign up for
one workshop or all four!
Introduction to Food Preservation: Jams & Jellies
This session will review basic techniques, necessary equipment, and up-to-date references and resources used
for all methods of food preservation. Make jams/jellies in class. Low sugar and freezer jam options included.
Taught by Oregon State University Extension Service.
Wednesday, June 27th, 6pm-9pm, $30 to $50 sliding scale
Fruits and Pie Fillings
Preservation of fruit products; canning, freezing and drying reviewed. Learn to control the amount of sugar,
to can fruit in juice and make pie fillings. Taught by Oregon State University Extension Service.
Wednesday, July 25th, 6pm-9pm, $30 to $50 sliding scale
Vegetables and Meats
Canning vegetables and meats requires use of a pressure canner. Learn safe use and care of a pressure canner,
try quick pickles and review freezing tips. Taught by Oregon State University Extension Service.
Wednesday, August 15th, 6pm-9pm, $30 to $50 sliding scale
Tomatoes, Tomato Products
Preserve your crop of tomatoes for year-round enjoyment. Review current, safe methods for tomato
preservation including “The Laws of Salsa,” and green tomato options. Taught by Oregon State University
Extension Service.
Wednesday, September 5th, 6pm-9pm, $30 to $50 sliding scale
Registration, Neighbor Discounts and Scholarships
• To learn more and register visit or call 503-282-4245.
• Residents of Powellhurst-Gilbert, Lents and Pleasant Valley Neighborhoods are offered a 15% discount.
• Scholarships are available.
Foster Corridor Investment Strategy
Open House #1
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Mount Scott Learning Center (6148 SE Holgate Blvd.)
DOORS ARE OPEN - 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Foster Corridor Investment Strategy is a coordinated, prioritized and implementable set of actions to improve economic, environmental, and social conditions in the neighborhoods and commercial areas along Foster Road.
(Hosted by Foster Lents Integration Partnership (FLIP), Foster Green EcoDistrict, and the Mount Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association.)
To Register:
For more information, contact:
Kevin Cronin, Senior Project Manager
Portland Development Commission
Those requiring translation service and/or childcare must RSVP by Friday, June 22, 5:00 p.m.
Juanita Swartwood, Public Participation Coordinator –
Soil Science Workshops



Tuesday, June 26th, 6 - 8:30pm

& Tuesday, July 10th, 6 - 8:30pm



Zenger Farm

11741 Southeast Foster Road, 97266


Please RSVP!


-         FREE, with donations encouraged

-         Family friendly, everyone welcome

-         Language interpretation by request


June 26th we’ll discuss:

·        Soil science basics. What’s going on in the dirt and why does it matter?

·        How to amend and care for your soil


July 10th we’ll cover:

·        How to assess and test your soil

·        How to read a commercial soil test and use the results to improve your soil


Guest instructor Heather Havens has a degree in agriculture and is passionate about healthy soil.



The Lents International Farmers Market is starting this Sunday! Please help us spread the word, if able. We are matching up to $20 in SNAP (previously known as Food Stamps) on opening day, so any SNAP participants can purchase up to $20 worth of tokens using their EBT card and receive up to $20 in matching tokens to spend on produce at the market. They can also keep the tokens to spend at future markets.


Here’s a few more details:


Lents International Farmers Market OPENING DAY

Sunday, June 17th, 11am - 4pm, SE 92nd & Foster Road


Come to the Lents International Farmers Market to help celebrate our Opening Day! A program of Zenger Farm, the Lents International Farmers Market is Portland's ONLY internationally focused market. LIFM provides farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant farmers and features fresh, culturally unique, healthy food at affordable prices. Live music, kids entertainment, a community table where you can sell your garden's bounty, and delicious ready-to-eat food are even more reasons to come out and celebrate the start of a great season! For more information contact


We can also bring market posters and fliers to your site (in multiple languages). Just let me know how many and which languages are best.


Hope to see some of you on Sunday!

As I woke up bright and early Saturday morning on January 14th, I grabbed a cup of coffee on my way out of the house, rubbing my eyes with my face meeting a dark wintery morning.  I was on my way to the Friends of Trees planting day for the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods.  It was a busy morning of directing volunteers, brewing up coffee, washing dishes and enjoying the company of neighbors and Friends of Trees staff.  I have the pleasure of being one of the several Neighborhood Coordinators for Friends of Trees for Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods.  Our neighborhoods combined planted 100 trees that day.

As I walked around the neighborhood admiring the newly planted trees I thought about the other areas of the neighborhood  that I volunteer with, a Founding member of Green Lents, a Coordinating Committee and Steering Committee member of the Foster Green EcoDistrict and how they are connected.  The organizations I volunteer with influence and help each other meet one another’s goals.  

Planting trees can do all of the things a homeowner wants, make a beautiful landscape and create shade for the summer sun.  All of these personal reasons are great but there is so much more that trees can do for the environment as well.  When planting a tree in your yard or parking strip it is reducing the use of energy, it gives us clean air, it supports a thriving habitat and ecosystem, and it helps maintain a healthy watershed.  All of these listed reasons in planting a tree help meet the some of the 2050 Foster Green EcoDistrict performance goals.  The EcoDistrict has nine performance goals, five of the performance goals are helped in reaching their long term goal by planting trees.  The more we plant trees the more we are helping bring a healthier and vibrant community around us.

This led me to wonder, Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert are not the only neighborhoods in the Foster Green EcoDistrict, how many trees were planted this year within the Foster Green EcoDistrict with Friends of Trees?  The neighborhoods that are included in the Foster Green area are: Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, Brentwood-Darlington, Lents, Powellhurst-Gilbert and Pleasant Valley.  All the neighborhoods put together planted 523 trees! 

I would like to thank all of the Friends of Trees staff, volunteers, crew leaders and neighborhood coordinators for all of the hard work you have done this planting season.  I would also like to honor and remember David Odom, a Friends of Trees staff member that passed away on January 14th.  Your hard work will be remembered in what you had done for Lents and the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods.

As I reflect, I think about the new season before us of meeting neighbors and inspiring them to plant trees this next planting season.  If you feel inspired please sign-up at!

-Jessica Anders