November Newsletter

06 Nov

PBA November Newsletter

Monthly Member Luncheon Gets Delicious New Digs
Thursday, 11/16 11:30-1:00

Hello Parkrose!

We are thrilled to announce that our Member Luncheon has a new home—Elmer’s Restaurant on Sandy! What’s more, thanks to a new grant from Venture Portland, from now until June 2018, lunch will only cost you $5! This is a great opportunity to meet some new folks and make some valuable connections within the Parkrose business community and learn about what’s happening in the district.

As we announced at the October Luncheon, we will be having our board elections, so come help us kick off the first member meeting in our new location with a dash of small business civics at the new improved Parkrose member luncheon.

Spook-tacularly Successful Trunk or Treat

Parkrose was the site of some serious paranormal activity, with over 2,000 confirmed sightings of ghosts, ghouls, witches, vampires, and monstrous food items, all under horrifyingly warm blue skies.

Rob from Grocery Outlet looks like he might be in trouble

None of this would have been possible without the help of our sponsors.

A big shout-out to our Costume Contest sponsors, Parkrose Grocery OutletBrown’s Point S TireArgay Square, and Parkrose Hardware, who helped us recognize and reward the oddity, creativity, and hard work of our Parkrose community.

And we can’t forget our candy donors, who helped us keep the sweet treats flowing and made the 5:00 emergency candy run possible. Elmer’s Restaurant ParkroseNorthwest Pest Control, Norwest EngineeringHistoric Parkrose Association, and Parkrose Burgerville all came through in a big way for the collective sweet tooth of Parkrose kids (and their adults). We estimate that Parkrose businesses gave out over 50,000 pieces of candy to more than 2,000 trick or treaters, nearly twice as many as last year!

Just a few more. An event like this doesn’t happen unless a lot of community members pitch in.
American Sani Can very kindly donated the portable toilets—indispensable for 2,000 people in that tight space.
Portland Disposal and Recycling donated the trash service—so nobody had to go home with pockets stuffed full of candy wrappers.
Parkrose Hardware helped out with the generator, without which there is no DJ, music, or costume contest.
Sir Kenneth DJ donated his time, gear, expertise and a pretty sweet pumpkin suit.

Check out a full list of participating businesses as well as a gallery full of cute costumes here

What manner of fiendish gathering is this?

We love how much these businesses give back to the community, and we hope you will keep your hard earned dollars home for the holidays by shopping in Parkrose this holiday season.

It’s never too early to start thinking about next year, so if you would like to participate as a trunk, sponsor candy or costumes, or you have some ideas on how we can make Trunk or Treat even better, email

PBA Receives New $3,000 Grant to Strengthen District Through Advocacy

Parkrose Business Association is thrilled to announce that we have secured a new Strong Membership Benchmark grant, thanks to our partners at Venture Portland. This will allow us to enhance some of our programming, upgrade our website and offer new member benefits which we will roll out in the coming months. The first thing you will notice is that the monthly member luncheon now only costs you $5 and is  located at Elmer’s Restaurant on Sandy! Expect increased attendance, more networking, guest speakers, and of course delicious food! We’ll keep you updated as we move into the grant period. In the meantime, come meet some of your neighbors at the new and improved membership luncheon Thursday, November 16.

Updates on Advocacy in Parkrose

Thank you to those of you who filled out our Advocacy Survey – the results will help us set our priorities in the coming year. We know how difficult it is to witness crime on our streets, which is why we continue to advocate for adequate resources and the rights of residents and business owners. Several other business associations have followed PBA’s lead on crime prevention, sending out their own letters to City Hall and rolling out Crime Reporting Tool Kits modeled after PBA’s. If you weren’t able to pick a Tool Kit up at one of our luncheons or mixers, you can download it here

Upcoming Dates

Monthly Membership Luncheon
Thursday, 11/16
NEW LOCATION! Elmer’s Restaurant (10001 NE Sandy Blvd.)
Lunch: 11:30
This month only: annual board electionHoliday Party and Annual Meeting
Friday, 12/8
Holiday Inn (8439 NE Columbia Blvd.)
Featuring photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus

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