Community & Outreach Classes & Events
The NECC is currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. We will be unable to begin our community programming as regularly scheduled, and it is unclear when we will be able to resume programming. Check back here for updates on programming and join us on Facebook to stay connected to the NECC community.
Annex+ Family Fitness Workout
Families that gym together, stick together! Come and workout as a family at this age-appropriate workout lead by our certified personal trainers. This class is FREE and open to all in the community. Dress appropriately. Ages 8 and up.
Friday, March 6th from 5-6pm
Learn to Play Bridge!
Learn to play the world’s greatest game with these lessons that designed for players with little or no previous knowledge of bridge. Pick up the basics in this three class series with instructors from Portland Bridge Club, and start playing in no time!
Sundays from 1-3pm, March 15-March 29
$25 Members | $30 Non-Members
Enjoy a Day in the Garden!
Alissa Hartman from Seed Garden Designs is leading a free class about safe and easy modifications to your gardening practice that will change your experience and outlook. Learn tips and tricks to adjust your garden space and methods, so you and your garden thrive together; including proper posters and movements, ergonomic tools, safe work practices, design modifications, maintenance strategies and more. This class it FREE and open to all in the community.
Monday April 6th from 1-2:30pm
Pollinators Workshop presented by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
Gardens are pollinated by a variety of insects that help flowers set seed and help fruit & vegetable plants produce an edible harvest. Mostly familiar with European honey bees, few of us realize the numerous flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that might literally be at our doorsteps, providing critical pollination services. In this workshop you will learn about the different kinds of pollinators that might be living in your garden, discover a plant palette to help attract and support pollinators, and go beyond the bloom to consider ways to provide shelter, water, nesting, and overwintering sites.
Sunday, May 3rd from 1-3:30pm
This free workshop is open to the community and presented by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Everyone must register, all registration is done through www.emswcd.org
Foundations of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
The conversation around diet and inflammation in the media can be overwhelming to sort through. Join nutritionist Maya Rose, MScN, and get grounded in.a foundation of anti-inflammatory eating principles that are tried and true. This event it FREE and open to all in the community.
Thursday, May 14th 10:30-11:30am
Soul Box Session in the Lobby
The mission of Soul Box Project is to raise awareness of the U.S. gunfire epidemic by counting and honoring victims, offering healing participation to those seeking solace and providing dramatic visual support for all initiatives working for a safer, more civil society. Each Soul Box represents a life lost to gunfire, approximately 40,000 souls each year in the United States. Member Susan Ferguson will be in the lobby from 9-11am demonstrating how to make a Soul Box. Free and open to all in the community.
Tuesday, February 11th
Wednesday, April 8th
Thursday, June 11th
Wednesday, August 12th
Community Coffee Hour
Come enjoy coffee and fruit in the lobby while getting to know your fellow NECC Members!
Monday, March 9th from 9:30-10:30am
Tuesday, June 9th from 10:30-11:30am
Wednesday, September 9th from 9:30-10:30am
Thursday, December 10th from 10:30-11:30am
Please join us for the first Northeast Community Center Hootenanny, a sing-along for everyone! All ages and all musical abilities welcome for an afternoon of singing and fun. Bring acoustic string instruments and music stands if you have them. Sheet music will be provided. We’ll sing campfire songs and folk music and make new friends at this free event.
Nov 23 from 3:15-4:45pm
Jan 11 from 3:15-4:45pm
March 14 from 3:15-4:45pm
Adult Watercolor Class
Have you ever wanted to paint a thin wash of pale blue sky over a landscape? What about adding the look of texture to a painting using water color paints? Do you yearn to pick up a brush and replicate the sights in front of you? Start with our basic watercolor class taught by a professional artist. Learn the simple and basic skills needed to progress to become a skilled painter. Beginner and intermediate painters welcome! Materials not included.
Tuesdays from 12:30-3pm
DATES: Jan 14-Mar 17
FEE: $72 Members | $90 Non-Members
Parkinsons Exercise Class
Research suggests that exercise can help delay and improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and enhance quality of life for individuals with Parkinson’s. This class uses a multi-disciplinary approach to address most of the symptoms of Parkinson’s, from posture and movement to voice and facial expression, in a supportive, non-threatening environment. Taught by certified professionals, this program uses a variety of activities such as Tai Chi, Pilates, strength training, stretching and functional movement to improve muscle strength, agility, flexibility and balance.
All participants must be able to get up and down from the floor with a chair and walk 100 feet independently with or without an assistive device.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Adult Fitness Coordinator, Meli Kirkwood, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Part of the S.T.A.R.S. mentoring program that provides mentorship and programming for at-risk alternative school students, STAR Cheer focuses on serving young women of color between the ages of 4-18.
Oregon Mandolin Orchestra
Oregon Mandolin Orchestra is an all-volunteer community orchestra based in Portland, Oregon. Since 2018 they’ve utilize our Annex for rehearsal and treated us to a free concert twice a year.
WomenStrength is a program of the Portland Police Bureau that since 1979, has provided free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area. They’ve been using our Annex to hold classes since 2016.