Nov 28, 2010

29 New Street Trees to be planted on December 11th.

Saturday, December 11th:

Come help with our Planting! We will be planting 29 street trees on SE Woodstock and SE Martins Street,, between SE 80th and SE 82nd Ave!

You can help with physical planting, refreshments, snacks, sandwiches...or whatever!


                           Please email Terah Beth at to Volunteer!       

 We want to thank Friends of Trees for working with us to make this Tree Planting a reality!

Plant It Portland! 


Nov 11, 2010

Our Happy Block in The Oregonain (Oct 23rd Paper)

View the Article on Our Happy Block in The Oregonian!


Pastor Carl Stenzel and Terah Beth B. Varga stand in the middle of the Calvary Lutheran Church parking lot that will be transformed next year. Over the summer, Varga mobilized residents in a pocket of Southeast Portland's Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood and created a plan that won a Portland Development Commission grant.

I, Terah Beth,  just want to add this:
The article focuses mostly on PDC...but  SE Uplift, Depave and Friends of Trees have been AMAZING for our grassroots group...they've made the process so much easier!
I want to give big shout-outs to them!

Oct 4, 2010

DePave is officially involved in our Project!

DePave is bringing $4,190 to the project and $4,000 of volunteer in-kind donations for work parties (work parties will involve depaving & planting)

This is exciting news...because DePave is very experienced with turning 'Parking Lots into Paradise.' and who doesn't want that?
Depave has been created to inspire and promote the removal of unnecessary concrete and asphalt from urban areas. Depave is a project of City Repair, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon.
We'd like to thank Ted Labbe, at DePave, for his interest in O.H.B.'s mission.

See the Grants & Donations Page to see the money we've raised to sustainably uplift our community!
So far we've raised $12,088! WOW!

Sep 21, 2010

Meet at Lion's Eye on Wednesday, July 22nd! (10% profits go to OHB!)

Please join Our Happy Block for a
Casual Neighborhood Social Meeting at
our local Lion's Eye Tavern
SE Woodstock Blvd & 82nd Ave
September 22nd (Wed) at 6pm.

(or just show up)


10% of Tavern Sales will be donated to Our Happy Block
Thanks, Lion's Eye!

Other topics to be discussed:
* Fund-raising Ideas
* Neighborhood Watch
* Mural & Parking Lot Project
* Livability Issues / ideas for future


Let's celebrate the Grants we've been awarded
and talk about the bright, vibrant future of our Neighborhood!
21+ and Cash Only
* Calvary will host another yard sale before the end of the year.
Begin gathering sale-able items to donate!

Lion's Eye (facebook)

Sep 10, 2010

Neighborhood Yard Sale Raised $500!

Calvary Church hosted a Community Yard Sale on Sept 10th and 11th!
They raised $500, which will be matched by PDC, equaling $1,000!
Thanks Calvary! (This money will go towards Parking Lot improvements and Street Trees!)

Calvary Plans to host another yard sale in October.
Begin gathering your sale-able items to donate!

Pictures of Event:

Sep 6, 2010

WOW! SE Uplift awarded Our Happy Block!!!


Very exciting news....Our Happy Block coalition has been selected by SE Uplift to receive funds to construct a neighborhood Mural!  Link to SE Uplift

from SE Uplift's website:
Amount requested:  $2500. Funded $2250.
Grant funding will be used to produce a mural on the wall of a chronically tagged building near SE 80th & Woodstock. In addition to supplies to create the mural, funds will also be used to purchase a graffiti-proof sealant and light fixtures to deter future tagging and make the mural more sustainable.  The mural is an integral component of the grassroots/ community-driven organization’s efforts to build community and make positive livability changes in the neighborhood.

Aug 2, 2010

We Submit our SE Uplift Graffiti Abatement (Mural) Grant Today!

I'm biking it down to SE Uplift to submit
Our Happy Block Mural
grant application today!
We'll find out if we are awarded Sept 1st!

Jul 30, 2010

Ice Cream Social

 Drop by Our Happy Block's 
Ice Cream Social!
tueday...august 3rd!

Jul 14, 2010

We Submitted our Initiative to PDC!

We've Submitted our PDC Community Livability Application!
We are on our way to making our community Safer and more Livable!