Oregon International Air Show July 17-19, 2015

The Oregon International Air Show is July 17-19, 2015, at the Hillsboro Airport.

The Blue Angels are making a return, as are the National Guard and many other specialty planes doing demonstration flights and air gymnastics.

Traffic will be heavy in the area during prime show times such as the opening night fireworks and Saturday and Sunday. Brookwood and Cornell are closed or have restricted traffic during most of those days. While most of the noise will be restricted to the airport area, expect extreme noise and vibration over us during the Blue Angels exhibition times.


2105 Summer Festival at Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

2015 Summer Fest Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals Poster

The Annual Summer Fest at the Rice Northwest Rocks and Minerals Museum is August 1-2, 2015. They will be a variety of special events all weekend long at the museum including Fred and Wilma Flintstone and the Flintstone Mobile, a visit by Mrs. Oregon, and more than 25 vendors and exhibits featuring handmade jewelry and lapidary work and educational programs for kids and family.

This year is expected to be the biggest ever after the museum was featured on a local travel television show.

Please note that Brookwood exit will be closed to West Union so access the museum from Jackson School or Cornelius Pass Road via West Union to Groveland.

Lavender Festival 2015

lavender festival 2010 – Lorelle VanFossen
(Photograph by Lorelle VanFossen)

The Lavender Festival in Washington County and neighboring counties is July 11-12, 2015, only this year. The list of locations, maps, and a tour filter is available on the Oregon Lavender Destinations site.

Be sure and stop by the many lavender festival locations including those in Helvetia and our own Jackson School Lavender farm where they are offering cut-your-own lavender for home use and culinary use now.

18th Annual Elephant Garlic Festival August 7-9, 2015

Elephant Garlic Festival 2011 North Plains Oregon – photo by Lorelle VanFossen

It’s that time when fun stinks! August 7, 8, and 9th is the Annual Elephant Garlic Festival at Jessie Mays Community part in North Plains, Oregon.

There will be music, food, and vendors with arts and crafts and all things garlic all day.

The event is being heavily promoted so expect traffic along Glencoe and West Union into North Plains to be busy and clogged during high volume times of the day.

Brookwood Road Closure

Brookwood Exit off Highway 26 will be closed and have restricted traffic starting the end of July as they complete the new interchange. It will be closed from Highway 26 to West Union either fully or partially through the end of August. For updates, see the Oregon DOT page on the project.

Photograph of sun coming through…

Photograph of sun coming through trees near pallet mill at Shadybrook and Jackson School Roads by Brent VanFossen

Great 4th of July Party

Thank you to everyone for coming to the 4th of July party at Max and Landon’s place. What a great opportunity for neighbors to meet and connect as well as reconnect.

Many shared their ideas for future neighborhood activities, so I’ve put together this free site on WordPress.com to help us stay in touch. The goal of the site is to let us all know what is going on in the neighborhood and surrounding communities such as events, road closures, changes in county and state laws and land rights, and updates on how we are all doing and what we are doing.

Currently, what my husband, Brent, is calling the North Plains North neighborhood has no specific boundaries. Many consider us part of the Helvetia area west along the Highway 26 north corridor. For some of us, our community reaches up Skyline Drive to the east and others toward Dixie Mountain to the west.

What matters is we are all neighbors and we chose to live in this community because of its proximity to services and employment and its distance from those as well. We love our trees, wildlife, and the quiet that comes from living in the south foothills of the Oregon Coast Mountain Range.

There are two levels of participation.

  1. Comment: To respond and comment on this site, you do not have to be a site member or register for anything. Just hit the REPLY or RESPOND link or button and have your say on the post of interest.
  2. Contributor: A contributor is someone who adds content to the site as posts. It would be great to have everyone in the neighborhood have the ability to post to the site. If you would like to do so and haven’t been directly contacted, use our contact form to let us know.

Currently the site is open to the public but not indexed by search engines, keeping it slightly hidden from spammers and from the public in general, our little private spot on the web without restricting public access. This could change at any time if enough people would like to restrict access or open it up to search engines.

This is your neighborhood site. We can do with it whatever you wish. I’m an expert in WordPress and web publishing, so I’ve set it up to be VERY easy to use. Let me know if you have any questions about how it works.

Thanks again for being such a great part of our neighborhood and being so friendly and welcoming. We are in this together, so let’s do it together.