April 18

3rd Annual Spiffin’ Up Martin Luther King Blvd. Event

WHAT:
The  North / Northeast Business Association (NNEBA) and SOLV, with the support of sponsors and organizations and businesses located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, is organizing a clean-up event on Saturday, April 18, 2009.  Neighborhood businesses, community members, and citywide friends will pick up trash, clean graffiti, and remove street debris providing a public demonstration of the pride felt for this avenue where people work, shop, eat, and live.

Volunteers will register and have free coffee and pastries at Friends of Trees starting at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will disperse to one of five work areas along NE MLK Blvd. from Broadway to Lombard. At 12 p.m. volunteers will wrap up and head back to the registration site for a “thank you” lunch and bag of coupons and drawings for giveaways from event sponsors.

Northeast Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is a sponsored site for SOLV’s annual SOLV IT event.  Interested participants can register online at at http://www.solv.org/programs/solv_it.asp or call SOLV at 503-844-9571. Volunteers are asked to bring brooms and rakes with them to the event.

WHEN:
Saturday, April 18.  Volunteer sign up begins at 8:30 a.m.; work begins at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Register at SOLV.org or HandsOnPortland.org
Check in is at Friends of Trees, 3117 NE MLK Blvd. at Fargo St. Volunteers return at 12:00 for thank you lunch.

WHO:
The North / Northeast Business Association with the support of: the Portland Development Commission, SOLV, NE Coalition of Neighborhoods, Friends of Trees, Portland Trail Blazers, Safeway, Legacy Health Systems, For The Grill Of It, Brooks Staffing, and Albina Community Bank.

WHY:
Those who live, work, and do business on and nearby NE Martin Luther King, Jr.  Blvd. recognize the need for the entire community to care for the “soul” of the neighborhood.  This event will bring together the diverse community  of  inner North and Northeast Portland to take pride in the boulevard that is the center of the community, to celebrate Earth Day 2009, and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.