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As part of this community journalism project, I’m compiling a list of organizations hosting events and workshops in East Portland. It’s not quite in East Portland, but Taborspace (5441 SE Belmont) is an interesting organization.

They host a variety of events and classes, serve coffee, and are a good example of a church who has pivoted its mission to better server its community. Taborspace’s calendar of events is here.

For spring break next week, the Leach Botanical Garden is hosting  classes for youth ages 9 – 14. Zenger Farm also has spring break classes for youth K – 6th grade. At Taborspace, Mr. David’s School of Film is also hosting several green screen and stop motion Lego classes (registration). If you’ve run across other good spring break ideas, feel free to post them in the comments.


The Jumptown Aces (jump blues) swing it at Duff’s Garage. From 6 pm – 8 pm: Bridgecreek (acoustic).

2530 NE 82nd Ave * 9 pm * $5


There’s only a few seats left for this adult class: Start Here – Learning to Program with Games, at Holgate Library. Registration (required) here.

“Do you have no experience programming? Are you curious about what it’s like? This is the class for you. We will be learning some of the basics of programming by writing code for a game!”

7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 pm – 4 pm * free


Tax help, Black Storytime, and Read to the Dogs are all at noon at Midland Library. There are so many great events at your local libraries. Find other Midland events here.

805 SE 122nd Ave * free 


Touting Trillium – Facts & Falacies is a class hosted at Leach Botanical Garden (website): “Russell Graham, from Purveyor of Plants, will separate facts from fallacies concerning Trillium, one of our favorite NW native early bloomers! He’ll address the nomenclature, identification, culture, and propagation of trilliums while exploring some of the myths, lore and reality surrounding the genus, with most of the emphasis on our western species.”

Register here.

6704 SE 122nd Ave * 10 am – 11:30 am  * $10 LGF member, $15 nonmember 



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It’s a double feature movie night at the Milepost 5 Theater with Psychedelic Psynema (FB page)!  Movies start at 6:30 pm, with a short introduction from our esteemed host.


MP5 Theater, 8155 NE Oregon * free 


Outbound Traveler (upbeat campfire music, FB page) at the O’Neill Public House, with a traditional Irish jam afterwards.

6000 NE Glisan * 7 pm * free

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Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) presents the Portlanders Stand with Refugees (FB event): “All are welcome to the free, multicultural community gathering to celebrate people new to Portland – and to the United States – and to help them feel welcomed.”
East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave * 6 pm – 9 pm * free


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St. Patrick’s Day at O’Neill’s Public House: “Every Saint Patrick’s Day we have a blowout party all day, hosting music and dancing from noon to 1:30 am! $10 cover. All ages until 9 pm.”

6000 NE Glisan * noon – 1:30 am * $10 



Community Gardening for New Portlanders: A program to engage immigrants and refugees, individuals and families, in gardening in Portland’s community gardens

Vestal Community Garden, 161 NE 82nd Ave * 10 am – 12 pm 


Get involved by volunteering your time and help beautify the Jade community. Polish the Jade is a community clean-up event that brings volunteers together to clean, repair and improve public spaces that have been neglected or misused. Get ready to pick up trash, take down graffiti and plant some vegetables.

Harrison Park School, 2225 SE 87th Ave * 10 am – 2 pm 

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“The Vestal Middle School PTA is hosting the Rock Paper Soirée Saturday for its Playworks program.

“We have lots of great raffle and auction items this year, including many handmade by talented Vestal parents and community members such as a table, metal garden trellis, artwork, a scarf and a skirt! We also have items like a stay at Marriott, golf tickets, a Bob Red Mill basket, and more.”

Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st * 6 pm – 9 pm * $25 for 21+ 



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“These Shining Lives” is based on the true story of four women in 1920s America who sued their employer after being poisoned by radium in the clock factory where they worked. The play is presented by David Douglas High School Theatre Department.

“Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits— or endanger the lives of those who come after them.”

Reserve tickets here or by calling 503-261-8270.

Howard Horner Performing Art Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave * 3/9 – 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 @ 7:30 pm, 3/12 & 19 @ 2:30 pm * $10, $8 students & seniors 


Along with a fine viewer-chosen selection of second-run films, Academy Theater is playing “My Own Private Idaho” this week: “Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.”

7818 SE Stark * 3/10 – 16, 2:45 pm, 9:15 pm  * $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and children



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There are two walk & talks along 82nd today. Sponsored by the Oregon Department of Transportation, it’s a chance for East Portlanders to offer feedback about safety and development along 82nd Ave. Tours are available in English and Spanish.

Take ODOT’s 82nd Ave. survey here. For more information on the projects planned, click here.

Roseway: meet at Namaste Indian Cuisine (8303 NE Sandy Blvd) @ 10 am

Montavilla: meet at Flying Pie Pizzeria (7804 SE Stark St) @ 2 pm – 4 pm (FB invitation)


Sponsored by Vibe of Portland, it’s the monthly community art and music at the Portland Moose Lodge:

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“Odell’s Mystery Trio plays funky, groovin’, New Orleans style swamp boogie — covers and originals.”

6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * free


So many awesome events are held at the local libraries, including cheese making, a citizenship course, and cooking class. These, unfortunately are filled. The Chinese (Cantonese) Storytime @ Holgate Library is free, however.

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2:15 pm * free 


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Is there a new focus from the City of Portand on East Portand safety?

Today, City Council lowered the speed limit on Southeast Division from 35 to 30 miles per hour between 82nd and 174th Aves.

Take the ODOT survey (at the link below) and join the walk & talk to add your voice to the plans.


For the kids, there’s the Micah and Me Music Show at kid’s consignment store Beanstock.

8021 SE Stark St * 10 am – 11 am * free


Milepost 5 has it’s March art show opening tonight, with Kim Bookman, one of the extraordinary resident artist. Follow the link to the Facebook invitation for a sneak peek of her work.


“The Ladies and I are back at it again to serve up all things fabulously macabre and disturbing! Come join us and splash a cup of wine on First Friday and gasp at the beheadings, hangings and maybe a stabbing or two… Oh and did I mention GLITTER!!!!. DEATH BY GLITTER!!! If you gotta go out you might as well do it in style.”

Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 5 pm – 9 pm * free


Oregon Department of Transportation is giving East Portlanders a chance offer feedback about safety and development along 82nd Ave.

Take ODOT’s 82nd Ave. survey here. For more information on the projects planned, click here. Next week the ODOT walk and talk is in Montavilla!



Through publishing this site, it’s been great seeing some of the amazing service work happening in East Portland. St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church has been a hub of activity, and the free store is one of the many regular events to serve those in need.


St. Peter & Paul Episcopal Church, 247 SE 82nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm * free


Register here for a gardening class at Midland Library.

“Growing and harvesting your own food can be both an economically and emotionally rewarding experience, a visual and savory demonstration of your own labors. In this six-week course from the Oregon Food Bank, participants will learn the basics of abundant produce gardening — from preparing your soil, planting and maintaining your crop, managing pests sustainably, and planning for a fruitful harvest throughout the summer and fall. Participants should plan to attend all six classes.”

Midland Library, 805 NE 122nd * 10:30 am * free

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If you drive, ride a bike, or even take the bus, you probably have noticed: Portland’s roads took a beating during the recent winter weather.

The City is dedicating more crews and resources to fix potholes in what they are calling a Patch-a-thon. “Portlanders are encouraged to report potholes by sending a detailed description and photos to PBOT dispatchers by email or by using the PDX Reporter App.

The City’s pothole map is here, where you can see where potholes are reported and when they are filled.

There are plenty of important things happening Saturday. I couldn’t leave any of these events out.


Professor Gall (junkyard folk and steampunk jazz).performs at the O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free



Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is hosting a town hall meeting from noon to 2 pm at David Douglas High School. Wyden is hosting eleven town hall meetings around the state through the end of February. This is the only one in Portland.

1001 SE 135th Ave * noon – 2 pm



A Fix-It Fair is being held at Madison High School. Get information on health, safety in the home, and lead poisoning prevention, home repair, and gardening. You can also bring a small appliance or article of clothing to be repaired by Repair PDX volunteers. Some classes will be help in Spanish. Lunch and child care is provided. For a full list of offerings, click here.

2735 NE 82nd Avenue * 9:30 am – 2:30 pm



It’s the annual East Portland planting with Friends of Trees including: Argay, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Russell and Wilkes neighborhoods. Click here to purchase a tree.

“We provide gloves and tools, so all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes. Our neighborhood volunteers will also provide a potluck lunch for all volunteers after the planting is complete.

Due to wide community support, this event is closed to more groups signing-up. Please consider our Happy Valley planting just down I-205 happening this same day/time. RSVPs are not required for individuals or groups of 4 or fewer — you can simply show up!”

Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 NE Halsey St * arrive @ 8:45 am, planting starts @ 9 am

“Division Midway Alliance and the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Associaton are sponsoring a combined Community/Neighborhood Recycle, Reuse and Clean-up event.” 
For more information, contact Lori Boisen at or click here.
West Powellhurst Elementary School, 2921 SE 116th Ave * 9 am


Foster Powell Community Garden Fruit Tree Planting“Join your neighbors and help plant some fruit trees in the garden!” 62nd & Powell Blvd * 10 am – 2 pm

The next edition of Milepost 5’s film and lecture series!
“Come hang out with your best forest friends. 6pm, we’ll finish our hero’s journey with Return of the Jedi, in which a band of small furry indigenous people throw off the shackles of space fascism. Next, at 8, stay tuned for My Neighbor Totoro, the story of two children who become increasingly aware of the adorable yet creepy spirits that live in the woods by their house. Catbus.”
Psychedelic Psynema @ Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon * free

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Along with a bunch of awesome second-run films, a documentary called Loving is being shown at Academy Theater. Click here for movie times.

“Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga) spent the next nine years after they were married fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.”

I just noticed you could vote (at the bottom of the page) for what movies to bring to Academy. Awesome.

7818 SE Stark * Loving @ 11:25 am, 7:15 Friday * $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and children


At Duff’s Garage: Jumptown Aces (blues & swing), with the Dahlharts opening at 9 pm. Bridgecreek plays from 6 pm – 8 pm. 2530 NE 82nd Ave * ???


The African American Read-In follows black story time at noon at Midland Library. Presented by writer and educator Rene Watson.

“Join us as community leaders, teachers, students, and local celebrities read from their favorite works by African American writers. Fiction and nonfiction for children, teens and adults will be featured in a special gathering of good words from great writings. Community members are also encouraged to come and share words from their favorite works.”

805 SE 122nd Ave * 1 pm * free


The monthly work party at the community orchard in Lents is Saturday. Tools, materials, coffee and snacks are provided, and the organizers ask that you wear closed-toe shoes and bring your own water.

The Malden Court Community Orchard opened in the fall of 2016, (article on opening), turning an under-used lot near the Springwater Corridor into a place where fresh fruit can be grown and shared with the neighborhood. From the website of Green Lents, the project’s non-profit sponsor:

“MCCO also serves as a publicly accessible green space, and helps improve public safety, the watershed health of Johnson Creek, neighborhood livability and provides environmental education opportunities for local schools and the surrounding community. MCCO is now a young food forest with over 250 native and fruit-bearing plants, with much room for development and growth!”

7677 SE 87th Ave.9 am – 12 pm * free, no registration required



“In this hands-on training PDXActNow will cover what community defense is, successful examples of community defense and how to identify and organize your community against threats and challenges to your safety and well being. Childcare will be provided. Space is accessible.” Register here.

6401 SE Foster Rd * 2 pm – 4 pm * free 


At The O’Neill Public House: “Stringed Migration is a quartet that performs a lush synthesis of Celtic and international roots music with a twist of jazz.” After the show, there’s an Irish traditional session.

O’Neill’s Public House * 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm * free



On Monday, President’s Day, APANO has an event to meet with state legislators in Salem. It’s full, but I’m still thankful it’s happening: “Join APANO on this collective Day of Action as we advocate for issues important to Asian and Pacific Islanders. We believe that anyone can add their voice to influence policy and gain more knowledge of the political process. Last year, community members made a difference in passing laws to provide health care coverage for COFA residents, and raise Oregon’s minimum wage. Be part of a powerful movement to advance racial justice in Oregon!”

APANO is also gathering stories about Asian Pacific immigrants resistance. Read what they’ve collected and submit your story here!



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Welcome to your weekend! I comb the vast wasteland of the Internet to bring you the best and brightest events happening in East Portland as a way to get involved in the betterment of your community. Enjoy~

Can we talk about potholes?: “The Portland Bureau of Transportation has begun the planning process to develop policies and funding options specific to residential side streets. Your input on this survey will help us understand where to focus efforts and what to prioritize in the new Neighborhood Streets Program.” Offer your feedback here: PDOT survey.


Pepper Grinders are live at O’Neill Public House: “Using the cream of the crop of amazing Portland players, the band is dedicated to the sound of the jump blues bands and the screaming sax greats from the late 40’s and early 50’s. The set list will include covers by the likes of Big Jay McNeely, Earl Bostic, Willis Jackson and more. This band is sure to get you into a dancing frenzy!” 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free


You’re promoting your app through community service? Sure, I’ll bump it.

At Foster Carts (5205 SE Foster Rd) Saturday, What the Trucks, an online food truck ordering service, will donate a meal to Portland Rescue Mission for every meal ordered through their app at these Foster Carts: Mauna Kea Bari Food CartRoad Runner BBQYear of the FishChicken Coop.



Its future is jeopardized by a recent court ruling, but still: Northwest Trail Alliance and Friends of Gateway Green are hosting a work party for the East Portland bike park. “Dig new trail, pull ivy, and help beautify our community-supported park. Come see the great work taking shape, and help us plan for the future!”

Gateway Green, 1/2 mile north of the Gateway Transit Center on the I-205 multi-use Path * 10 am – 3 pm 



This was C + V (copy + pasted) from the Multnomah County Library website, so we’ll have to assume their Vietnamese is on point: Giờ đọc truyện song ngữ (tiếng Anh/tiếng Việt), và ca hát cho trẻ em. In Anh hóa, (Vietnamese for English): “Bilingual storytime presented in Vietnamese and English for children ages 0-6 with adult.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm * free 



Montavilla Farmers Market is having a Winter Stockup Market Sunday. MFM is also accepting members of its CSA program. Community supported agriculture is a great way to have a consistent source of produce and further invest in your local farmers, give it a look.

7700 block of SE Stark St, in the gravel lot across the street from Mr. Plywood * 11 am – 1 pm 


Craft a Valentine and spread the love to your neighbors in need at your Midland Library. “Along with the ribbons and glue, there will be an opportunity to make a small donation to an organization [Snowcap] helping people in need. Donations are optional and are not required for participation.” 805 SE 122nd Ave * 1 pm – 1:45 pm * free