Category Archives: General Information

Urban Runoff and Green Neighbor Family Festival

You know it is spring when you see your neighbors running through the ‘hood! 

2018 Urban Runoff and Green Neighbors Family Festival

Join us on Earth Day with the City of Portland’s annual kick off for their Greener Neighborhoods Cleaner Streams program, which encourages residents to help keep Capisic Brook clean.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Deering High School, Stevens Avenue, Portland
Cost: FREE!

The Urban Runoff leads into the Green Neighbor Family Fest, where families and community members take part in hands-on activities about water, learn steps to becoming a green neighbor, and have an all-around good time!


Electronic Waste Recycle Day: April 14th

Electronic Waste Recycle Day
Saturday April 14th, 2018pexels-photo-247932.jpeg
9:00am – 1:00pm

In lieu of disposal costs, we are accepting donations for:
Cultivating Community

USM Woodbury CampusCenter,
35 Bedford Street,
Portland, ME

TVS, Computer Equipment,
VCRs, DVD Players, Home Entertainment,
Telephones,Cell Phones,
Cameras, Video Games,
Microwaves, & Small Appliances

NO Refrigerators
NO Humidifiers
NO Air Conditioners
NO Household Appliances
NO Batteries
NO Light Bulbs
NO Smoke Detectors
NO Mercury Devices
NO Thermostats

DCNA Annual Meeting: Nov. 13, 2017

Deering Center Community Church

The DCNA Annaul Meeting will be held on Monday, November 13 at the Deering Center Community Church, 4 Brentwood Street, from 7-9 p.m.

Please join us and city staff who will be on hand for a conversation to discuss first steps in implementing the City’s new comprehensive plan, Portland’s Plan 2030 (…/Comprehensive-Plan-Documents).The first steps for implementation of Portland’s Plan 2030, will include a re-write of the City’s Land Use Code, and the development of citizen planning toolkits. They want to hear your questions, concerns, and innovative ideas early in the course of these related projects.

We will also get an update on the mixed-use development at 502 Stevens, and will review the past year’s activities and plan for the next.

Please bring a canned good to donate to the Deering Center Community Church’s pantry.


Harvest Celebration and Cider Pressing: Nov 5 at Brentwood Farms

BFCG Harvest 17

4th Annual Porchfest ! Official Map & Schedule for 2017

It is that time of year again in Deering Center when music fills our streets! Here is  the official Printable Schedule 2017

and here you’ll find  the Map for all sets ! 


Sunday, September 10th, 2017 : Printable Schedule 2017


New! This year: 12:15 Kick off parade!  Welcome noisemakers of all ages! 137 Brentwood Street
12:50 Alba Street Orchestra
1:00 First set
2:00 Second set
3:00 Third and final set


The best way to get the Porchfest news and band descriptions is to follow Porchfest on Facebook

Porchfest is best by bike

The Colliders – Porchfest 2016

Ludlow pond meeting: Update



Update from Ethan Hipple, Parks Director re Ludlow Pond Neighborhood Meeting:
We had a very productive meeting where we discussed the history of the pond and current and future maintenance. Here is the complete slideshow:

Short term: We will continue to manage as an ice skating pond and stormwater detention facility, along with habitat around the edges. We are looking at expanding native meadow habitat surrounding the pond. We have numerous urban meadows around the city and are creating new habitat each year–for example a new meadow just was planted with butterfly weed and native wildlflower mix on Western prom yesterday! That will happen surrounding Ludlow Pond in the next few weeks.

Medium term projects: tree planting, expanded habitat. Tree planting season is almost over for this year, but we heard that folks would like to see more trees along Ludlow St, and we agree that is a good idea.

Long term: explore alternative locations for skating pond in the neighborhood. This would require funding and an appropriate location, not on an athletic field.

Take care,



Ludlow Pond Neighborhood Meeting
Thursday, June 15, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Wilde Chapel, Evergreen Cemetery

Ludlow Pond Neighborhood Meeting
Thursday, June 15, 5:30pm–7:00pm
Wilde Chapel, Evergreen Cemetery

You are invited to join Councilor Brenerman and Portland Parks Division for a neighborhood discussion on the past, present and future management of Ludlow Pond. Parks staff will share information on the original 1934 design of the stormwater detention and skating pond, as well as changes made in the 1950’s and 1980’s. Parks staff will talk about current maintenance practices, pond restoration efforts, recreation opportunities, and plans to create more pollinator and wildlife habitat in the area. We invite the public to attend to learn about the site, make comment, or ask questions.

We hope you can join us. More information at


Forest Ecology and Urban Forest Management Talk: May 24, 2017

wilde chapel Lecture:  Forest Ecology and Urban Forest Management. Presenter: Dr. Kevin Smith, US Forest Service and  Jeff Tarling, Portland City Arborist.

Wednesday, May 24th 5:00 – 6:30 pm

At Wilde Chapel, Evergreen Cemetery


Description: Join US Forest Service Plant Physiologist Kevin Smith and City Arborist Jeff Tarling as they give a talk on Urban Forest Management. The concept of conducting urban forest management is an often overlooked component of maintaining sustainable, long term forests. While the equipment used for this work is similar to timber harvesting on private or commercial lots, the urban forest management project has a focus on improving forest health, habitat, and recreation activities. Understanding the landscape history of New England and how our forests have evolved demonstrate the resiliency and human influences that shaped today’s remaining forested open spaces.