Free Family Friday Concert Series Returns

October 15 marks the first fall concert at the Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis Street, featuring Whistlin’ Rufus. All concerts are FREE with a suggested donation of $5 and $15 for a family.

The second concert in the 2010 series is on November 2, featuring Chinook Winds. More concert dates for winter and spring are scheduled.

Thanks to a grant from Southeast Uplift, the concerts are free and run by volunteers. All proceeds benefit scholarships that enable students with limited economic means to pursue music, as well as other programs at the Community Music Center (CMC), which is why a donation of some kind is appreciated.

The CMC is a Portland Parks & Recreation facility in partnership with an all-volunteer non-profit organization that raises money to help subsidize tuition fees at the school. It serves families across the Portland area and supports those with limited economic means by increasing access to music performances and educational opportunities. For more information call 503.823.3177 or visit

Applications for New Portland Housing Advisory Committee Due October 15

Photo courtesy of Portland Housing Bureau
Photo courtesy of Portland Housing Bureau

Portland Housing Bureau
(PHB) is looking for a few good women and men to become volunteer members of the new Portland Housing Advisory Committee (PHAC). The committee will be made up of no more than 15 members who will advise the Director of PHB, the Housing Commissioner, and City Council on housing policy and program issues. As a group, the PHAC will promote improvements within PHB and the larger housing system, increase the profile of PHB in the community, and:

  • Provide a sounding board on significant housing policy issues.
  • Advise on strategies for investment of public resources in service of PHB’s mission.
  • Press PHB to implement its commitment to equity in all facets of its work.
  • Assist PHB to extend and deepen its community partnerships.
  • Help make the case for new resources.
  • Review PHB’s broader public involvement strategy and implementation to make sure that community members and stakeholders have many opportunities to participate in PHB’s work.

PHB is looking for new perspectives to policy work so a broad range of experience, education and skills are encouraged. You must live or work in Portland to apply.

If this sounds intriguing act now! Applications are due on October 15, 2010.
For more information contact Beth Kaye at 503.823.2393 (TDD 503.823.6868) or visit the PHB web site.

Grow an Ecoroof, Save Some Green

Photo courtesy of Bureau of Environmental Services

The City of Portland continues to offer an incentive for ecoroofs on private property. Starting October 1 through December 1, earn up to $5 per square foot for approved ecoroof projects. If you have a project underway or are considering an ecoroof on your property, apply now! Visit Ecoroof Incentive for more information.

If hands on learning is what you need to get you started check out the Ecoroof Seminars. This year, the seminars will consist of two separate one-day workshops, one for interested property owners, and one for aspiring or practicing professionals. Seminar participants receive certificates of completion and may be eligible to receive city funding to support ecoroof construction.

The next Ecoroof Seminar for DIY private property owners is October 30th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Multnomah County Central Library, US Bank Room, 801 SW 10th Avenue. Material covered in this seminar will include:

  • Introduction to Ecoroofs in Portland
  • The Ecoroof Guide for Property Owners and DIYs
  • Ecoroof Incentive
  • Technical Resources Available

The Ecoroof Seminar for Professionals is Tuesday, November 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Ecotrust in the Billy Frank Jr Conference Room (2nd Floor), 721 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 200.

This seminar is designed for practicing or aspiring professionals interested in getting involved in the ecoroof industry. Material will be specific to Portland and will cover technical information on the following topics:

  • Ecoroof fundamentals
  • Ecoroof design, construction, and permitting
  • Ecoroof structure and materials
  • Vegetation and soil
  • Operations and maintenance

To register for either seminar, send an email to and indicate your interest in the ecoroof seminar for property owners or professionals. You can also register by phone: 503.823.7863.

Hike in Solar Voltaic System Permits

Hike in Solar Voltaic System Permits

While we’re on the topic of roofs, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) announced they will return to charging standard permit fees for prescriptive solar PV systems. In other words, expect a substantial increase. Permit fees for prescriptive solar hot water permits will remain at their current rate, however.

The current lower permit fees are part of an incentive program that proved to be hugely successful. Within two years the number of permits for voltaic systems went from less than 60 to over 300. Apparently because of its success, BDS “concluded that it was necessary” to return to the higher permit fees.

If you were toying with the idea of getting a permit now is the time to make the leap. On October 18, permit fees will increase to $347.02. On January 17, 2011, they will increase to $447.50.

Learn more about the permit increase on the BDS blog.