General Information

The Kerns Neighborhood Association Board meets monthly on the third Wednesday except for August (annual picnic month – First Tuesday) and December.  Food and beverage (pizza and drinks) are provided.   Board elections and general meeting takes place in May.  Neighbors, property and business owners are always welcome to attend our meetings.

Meeting schedule:

Our montly  meetings are held at the Pacific Crest Community School at the corner of NE 29th and Davis St from 6 – 8pm. We meet on the third Wednesday of every month, except for August and December.

Please contact if you’d like to request time on next month’s agenda.

Next meeting: Wed, July 20th at 6pm

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August 2nd – Annual National Night Out Picnic

Planning is underway for our annual National Night Out picnic on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6pm – dark.

The Kerns picnic has been a splendid success year after year, drawing over 600 attendees – everyone from your neighbors in Kerns to City Commissioners and Portland Police Chiefs. The evening includes live music, a delicious free dinner, raffle, displays by area businesses and organizations, and entertainment for all ages.

The picnic is made possible by the generous contributions of neighborhood businesses and individuals. Dozens of Kerns businesses regularly participate through donations of cash, food, or simply by attending and exhibiting. We are in need volunteers to help set up and break down the park.  We are counting on you & our wonderful community to help us make this the best picnic ever! Check out this donation / volunteer form if you are interested in supporting the picnic this year.

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May 2016 – Board Elections

Welcome new board members!  At our May elections, we elected our board members for the upcoming year — thanks to all of you who keep the neighborhood association going strong. Your time and dedication is much appreciated. 


Kerns / Buckman Community Collection Event – Success!

Our annual “spring cleanup” was held on April 16th at Hinson Baptist Church who has graciously hosted this event for the past 4 years. The event is sponsored by Metro, SOLV and the Portland Bureau of Sustainability.  Thanks to all of our neighborhood and Central Catholic student volunteers who helped unload three containers of bulky waste and one container of yard debris. Also, thank you to the local businesses who donated food for the event, including Staccato Gelato, Delicious Donuts, Starbucks, and Whole Foods. Thanks to Coca Cola for providing water.  

Overall, it was a successful event that provided a convenient place for our neighbors to dispose of their unwanted stuff!  Also, the donations we collected will help Kerns and Buckman fund their annual events.


The Kerns neighborhood is located in Central/Southeast Portland, just on the East side of the Willamette River, North of Burnside Street. It is bordered by the Buckman, Lloyd, Sullivan’s Gulch, Laurelhurst and Sunnyside neighborhoods.



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