Community & Outreach Classes & Events
You’re evolving…so should your garden.
Alissa Hartman, of Seed Garden Designs, leads a three-class series on how to adjust your garden space and methods to accommodate your changing body and abilities. Your body and its abilities may be chainging as time passes, or due to a physical condtion resulting from illness or accident. In this exciting and encouraging class series, Alissa focuses on what parts of the body benefit from gardening, proper postures and movements, ergonomic tools, safe work practices, and practical design modifications to best fit your individual needs.
FEE: Members: $30 | Non-Members: $40 – Registration deadline – March 20.
DATES: March 24, March 31 & April 7
Red Cross Blood Drive – April 9 – 1:00-4:00p
Give Blood – Save a Life! The Red Cross Blood Mobile will be at te NECC on April 9 from 1-4p. Donors may sign up on-line – https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive.
Walk-ins are welcome.
Red Cross First Aid/CPR
Learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies for Adults, Youth & Infants. This is a blended learning course including an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. Allow approximately 2 hours to complete the online portion, which must be completed prior to attending the in-class portion. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.
FEE: Members: $73 | Non-Members: $87
Sign Up – June 15 (2:30-4:30pm)
Adult Watercolor Class – Open Studio for Spring, 2019
Open studio is available for anyone who has previously taken the NECC Adult Water Color Class. Bring your own materials, help with table set up/tear down, and paint whatever you like. There will be no instructor present. NECC’s Adult ater Color Class will return.
DAY/TIME: Tuesdays, 12:30-3pm
FEE: Members: $25 | Non-Members: $30
Sign Up – April 2 – May 21
Workshop – Creating an Edible Landscape
This workshop will give you insight and tools for thoughtfully incorporating edible plants into your landscape – from annual veggies and herbs to perennial berries and fruit trees. We’ll discuss design tips, ways to build fertile soil, and how to conserve water while producing a harvest. You will also learn about native plants that feature edible fruit and nuts, as well as how to invite beneficial insects to your garden. You’ll walk away ready to assess your site and make a plan for a beautiful – and delicious – landscape! Presented by a volunteer from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.
DAY/TIME: Sunday, May 4, 1-3:30pm
FEE: Workshop is free for everyone, but participants must register in advance.
Parkinsons Exercise Class
In a supportive, non-threatening environment, this class uses a multi-disciplinary approach to improve muscle strength, agility, flexibility and balance, and to address most of the symptoms of Parkinson’s – from posture and movement to voice and facial expression. If you are new to this class, please contact the NECC front desk to be put in touch with the instructor prior to attending your first class.
Contact the NECC Front Desk at 503-284-3377 for additional information.
Silver & Fit Social Hour
Meet other Active Older Adults in the NECC Lobby for coffee and conversation! See Daily Calendar for schedule (usually held quarterly).
Community Programs and Connections
Part of our mission at NECC is to support the people and the work of the community. We do this through sharing our space with nonprofits or helping to organize community projects like clean-ups, informational campaigns, workshops, or even collaborative projects.
We believe that a strong community works together, and that NECC can lead the way through innovative partnerships, meaningful events, and lots of creativity. Please take some time to see more about our programs and find your place in the community through NECC.
Fine Art & Cool Craft Show and Sale
This unique one-day event occurs on the first Friday of November and attracts talented local artists who exhibit and sell their handmade items. Enjoy complementary wine and small bites while listening to live Jazz. This event is a wonderful opportunity for neighbors to gather, support local artists, and finish some early holiday shopping.
Oregon Food Bank
The NECC community fills an average of three to four 55 gal food barrels each year for the Oregon Food Bank.
Portland Rose Festival Jr. Parade
Each June, NECC members march in the parade. NECC also donates and sends volunteers to canvas local businesses for donations for the port-a-potties along the parade route, and NECC volunteers work as parade monitors and greeters in the Hollywood area during the parade.
Halloween Spirit Celebration
NECC’s Halloween Spirit celebration is a ghoulishly good afternoon of Halloween fun! The NECC’s gymnasium is transformed into an old-fashioned carnival full of booths and games for one frighteningly fantastic afternoon. Wear your best costume, we will provide the tricks and treats. Recommended for children up to age ten, and must be accompanied by an adult. Admission into the event is a can of food which will be donated to a local charity such as the Sunshine Division or Portland Backpacks. The event is generously supported by our Community Partners: Albina Bank, Spark Arts, Hollywood Library, and more.
Albertina Kerr Giving Tree
Each December, the NECC community donates gifts for local children and disabled adults. Many NECC members have received their “wings” from Albertina Kerr for giving to the group homes. Look for the Holiday Giving Tree in the NECC lobby each year after Thanksgiving.