Portland Arts Tax does good things but you might be exempt

Did you know that every Portland elementary school now has an arts teacher, thanks to the arts tax?  Portland Arts Tax revenue restores arts & music to schools and brings the arts to life citywide.
Every Portland resident age 18 and older is expected to pay the tax of $35.  But there are exemptions for individuals who are on restricted incomes.  Elders in Action is working with the City of Portland Revenue Division to identify those people and help them apply for their exemption.

These residents may be exempt for the Arts Tax:

  1. You are at least 70 years old or permanently disabled  AND
  2. Your household income is below the federal poverty guidelineOR 
  3. Your only income is social security.

Still uncertain if you qualify?

Then call Elders in Action

at 503-235-5474 or email by

clicking here.  One of our staff or volunteers will help you determine your status.  Do not ignore this tax because penalties can be significant!

Summer may be ending but the Action has not

Catch the Orange Line with 
Elders in Action
Date: September  12
Time:  9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
PLACE: Lincoln Station
229 SW Lincoln St., Portland, OR
It’s a historic day with a party to match!
On September 12, 2015, we’re coming together as communities, neighbors, families and riders to celebrate the opening of the MAX Orange Line. There’ll be fun events and activities happening along the new line, and rides on MAX, TriMet buses, Portland Streetcar and the Aerial Tram will be free all day.  Come to Elders in Action’s booth at Lincoln Station where you’ll see:
9:10 a.m.   First train arrives Lincoln Station
11:00 a.m. Oregon Symphony Brass Quintet
1:30 p.m. The SlimJims: party to five decades of American Roots Music
3:30 p.m. Portland Pride Marching Band
4:00 p.m. The American Music Project Pacific Jazz Crest Orchestra: award winning 18-piece student jazz band under the direction of Thara Memory

Housing Advocacy with 

East County Action Plan
DATE:  Saturday, August 29, 2015
TIME: 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: David Douglas High School, 1001 SE 135th Ave.
Every day we get calls from older adults who are losing their housing to rising rents, gentrification and people moving to Portland to enjoy it’s quality of life. Some of these trends are positive while others are having profound negative impacts on our local older adults and other minority communities. Join advocates this Saturday to learn about how we can work to ensure our community grows in a positive way without displacing our current residents and communities.
Free Lunch and Childcare provided
For questions, email Lore Wintergreen or call 503.823.4035 .  For a copy of the agenda click here.
Sponsored by:  East Portland Neighborhood Office

2015 Aging Well Conference
DATE: October 3, 2015
TIME: 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
PLACE: OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building 2730 S.W. Moody
Refreshments provided

Topics include:

  • Brain Health and Volunteering
  • Housing and Aging in Place
  • Active Living and Movement
  • Finding Resources For Yourself or a Loved One
  • Nutrition and Cooking on a Budget
Registration will open in September. For questions, email oraarp@aarp.org
Sponsored by: AARP-OR, Multnomah County, Portland State, OHSU, Natonal Hardford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, and Elders in Action.

WHAT ARE OLD PEOPLE FOR?
Building a community for all ages!
DATE:  October 16, 2015
TIME: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
PLACE: Warner Pacific College
2219 SE 68th Avenue ? Portland
Join us to learn about the progress of the Age-Friendly Portland initiative and how you can be a part of this  community engagement effort!
The event will feature Dr. Janet Taylor. Dr. Janet is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City. She is a frequent contributor to the CBS ” The Early Show,” NBC “The Today Show”, CNN, MSNBC and ABC.com’s regular webcast’, “Mom’s Get Real”, Her column in Family Circle magazine is titled, “Ask Dr. Janet”  She will be discussing a national perspective on the value of older adults as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion. Registration will begins in September.  For questions, email info@eldersinaction.org
Sponsored by:  AARP-OR, Elders in Action, and PSU Institute on Aging.