Dive In! Parkrose Movie Night Kick-Off 2/29/08

March 11, 2008

We had a great time with over 150 community members and students of the Parkrose School District partying in the pool while PRIDE (2007) starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac played on a big screen projection system.

Our next movie night is Thursday, April 24th at 7pm in the PHS Community Room. Free admission for everyone in the Parkrose School District.

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Slideshow from New Year’s Volunteer Fair!

January 29, 2008

Mural Dedication: July 28 at Noon

July 18, 2007

Veteran muralist Larry Kangas has created a vibrant 1600 sq ft mural- a frieze with the working title of “Horses Through History and World Cultures” (The Broncos are the PHs team mascot). More than 20 feet of mural is already installed on the wall (east side of PHS). Completion of the mural installation will be in stages, with the final sections scheduled to be placed on the wall during the first week of August, 2007.

The mural dedication party is planned for Saturday, July 28th, from noon- to 2pm.

Parkrose High School Community Center is located at NE 120th and Shaver Streets.

You are invited to view the mural, meet artist Larry Kangas and the mural crew and celebrate with the Parkrose community on that day. Enjoy food, music and a few surprises.


MURAL PROJECT underway in FAB

July 5, 2007

 Students, neighbors and other volunteers welcome most weekdays in the Fine Arts Building on the PHS campus. Here is Isaac Song at work.

isaac at work


Labyrinth in the News

June 20, 2007

The Parkrose Community Peace Labyrinth is in the news again. Read the story in the June 20, 2007 edition of The Oregonian.

Celebrate the First Day of Summer by helping to create this new community park.

  • WHO: Everyone is welcome!
  • WHAT: Dig the labyrinth path, paint rocks for the path, meet new and old friends, enjoy refreshments too.
  • WHERE: 115th & NE Shaver on the PHS campus.
  • WHEN: Thursday, June 21 ~ drop by between 9 am – 1 pm.
  • WHY: It will be fun and when the park is complete you’ll know that you helped create this neighborhood treasure.


Win/Win:Argay Neighbors + Varsity Soccer Team

June 18, 2007

An Open Letter from the Argay Neighborhood Association President.

June 7, 2008

Greetings to all:

We’d like to share an upbeat story…

The Argay Neighborhood Association (ANA) presently consists of a small group of “older” neighborhood volunteers, (at the moment all females) who work hard for their community and who organize periodic special services for the neighborhood…. such as a Neighborhood Clean-up Day.

Neighborhood Clean-up Day requires that large and small loads of household items and yard debris be put into very large dumpsters, and some of those making use of this service are more “senior” than the ANA board. This year the neighborhood provided no muscular, agile, energetic young volunteers, and we were facing a serious problem.

When Parkrose High School soccer coach Damian Califf heard via Community Connections Coordinator Joanne Oleksiak that volunteers were needed, the Coach contacted Bonnie Scott, the ANA board member coordinating the event, to report that his soccer team had volunteered to help us out.

Under the watchful eye of Coach Damian’s wife Brittaney, 11 healthy young dynamos unloaded, tossed, pitched, slung, arranged, crammed, stacked and tamped down trash and yard debris, making full use of dumpster space. They worked virtually non-stop for over 4 hours, keeping the line of vehicles (more than 100) moving efficiently. And they did it all in high good humor.

We’d like to name those who saved the day for Argay: Matt, Josh, Connor, David, John, Jacob, Nathan, Josh (No. 2), Nick, Jose, and Christian. Gentlemen, our heartfelt thanks.

And our thanks to Coach Damian and Brittaney, Joanne Oleksiak, and other steadfast neighborhood volunteers Clare & Sharon Mershon, Dana McCray, Alice Ford, Tina Scarborough, Jane Roffey-Berry, Gary Scott, and coordinator Bonnie Scott for making this a successful event.

With gratitude…

Valerie Curry, ANA President

(Enclosure: Donation to Parkrose High School Boys Soccer Team)


PHS Parents Teach Photography

June 15, 2007

Collaboration works! Community Connections and the SUN Community School utilized a grant from the East Portland Neighborhood Office to partner with two Parkrose parents to offer a photography class during the spring of 2007.

Thanks to PHS parent and professional photographer Patrick F. Smith for his inspiration and leadership on the project. Parkrose dad Jeffrey Simon is another photographer who contributed his time to the class. And hooray for the sixteen students who learned about photography during the five week class!

Read more about the project and see pictures from the May 17th exhibit and reception for the participants at East PDX News: http://www.eastpdxnews.com/index.php?mod=article_detail&id_art=489