This weekend

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In this week’s post, we have a link to the story about the MNA meeting and:

ūüĆą Fix it fair, Exploring Housing, Thanksgiving market, and more… this weekend in East Portland.


This weekend

Perhaps we’ve become conditioned, and comfortable, with separate truths.¬†

In our nation’s political environment, it makes perfect sense. If there’s not a solid sense of “us”, a “them” will suffice.¬†

A fair price for time spent, or obstruction of public records laws? Cyber hacking or an appropriate sharing¬†of public records? An assault on an elder or mutual combat?¬†The questions are coming too fast and frequently to ignore the trend. I’d like top all this off optimistically, but I’m not there. Not even close.¬†

A starting point at least? And this goes directly to the Montavilla Initiative folk: come out of your separate space and share your concerns. 

It’s an assumption, but I think most everyone involved is open to honest criticism and wants to do right by all their neighbors… because no one has all the answers, and a concern worth holding is worth sharing.¬†Let’s have these difficult conversations and see where they lead.¬†


Leach Botanical Garden has reached their fundraising goal to build an Aerial Tree Walk, a enhanced green space for East Portland. For more information on the project, go here, or watch the video below.


Big Trouble in Little China (1986), My Little Pony The Movie, and six other second run movies are playing at Academy Theater this weekend.

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 


There’s an art supply swap Saturday at Milepost 5… bring extra art supplies, get new stuff, or come to meet other artists in the neighborhood.

Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon * noon * free 


Shrek the musical, presented by David Douglas High School Theatre Department.

David Douglas Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97233 * Nov 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, @7:30 & 11/12 and 19 @2:30 *  adult $10, student & seniors $8


“Breathe deep and get dirty!¬†PP&R Urban Forestry’s Yard Tree Giveaway provides free trees for city dwellers to plant on private property.”¬†The invitation is¬†here.

“In¬†partnership with the¬†Johnson Creek Watershed Council, this event will be held in the Centennial neighborhood.¬†The first 50 trees have been reserved.¬†On the day of the event we will have¬†100 trees available on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Parklane Park, SE 152nd Avenue and Main Street * 10 am -12 pm: reserved pick up, 1 pm Р4 pm: first-come, first-served pick up (until trees are gone)


Native American Indian Storytelling and Drumming:

“These are traditional stories and songs of the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley. The stories portray the animal people and their adventures. Each story teaches lessons. Often, the stories involve audience participation. The stories are opened by traditional drumming that enhances the presentation. Drumming will also be a part of the closing of the program.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 m Р3 pm 


A day of Irish music at O’Neill Public House: Irish slow jam @ 2 pm; Mrs. Doyle & The Teapots @ 7 pm; Irish traditional session @ 9:30 pm.

O’Neill Public House,¬†6000 NE Glisan St * all day * free¬†

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The Spirit of Portland award ceremony is being held Tuesday, November 4th. Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly described the awards:
‚ÄúThis annual awards ceremony formally recognizes and honors some of Portland‚Äôs most active and engaged community members for their outstanding contributions and hard work in the arts & culture, environmental, equity, and social justice issues. This year also we are recognizing those Standing Up for Love against Hate‚ÄĚ.
For the winners, visit this link. The only names I recognize is Rick Best, a former City employee who was killed this summer while defending a fellow Portlander, and Jennifer Young, a Lents Neighborhood Association board member and neighborhood advocate.
IRCO’s community center, 10301 NE Glisan St, * 6 pm Р8:30 pm
Applications for the East Portland Action Plan 2018 General Grants Program are due November 8th, 2017 at 5 pm. For more information on how to apply visit this link.
Applications for APANO place-making grants are due November 10th. For more information, visit this link.


This weekend,¬†Helen’s Pacific Costumers¬†is having its garage sale. After 127 years, the business is closing, and selling all of its costumes. It’s definitely the end of an era, and a great opportunity to build up your costume box.

Helen’s Pacific Costumers, 7501 NE Glisan St * Fri – Sun, 11 am – 5 pm¬†


There’s a First Friday art opening party at Milepost 5 with Saatchi & Geeta Lewis. There’s a lot of new events happening at MP5,¬†visit the events calendar¬†for more information.
Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 6 pm Р9 pm 


“Join and help the Jade District and Portland Community College SE Campus improve the health and safety of our neighborhood by picking up trash, working in our community garden and cleaning up graffiti tags. It‚Äôs a great chance to meet and greet people while doing good for our community! Check-ins, coffee and refreshments at 8:30 am and lunch will be provided after the event. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. All materials and training provided.”
Meet at Portland Community College Southeast Campus at the Great Hall in the Mt. Tabor Hall. (Event page.)
PCC campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave *¬†9 am ‚Äď 12 pm
Friends of Trees planting:
“People like you are making Northwest neighborhoods greener every weekend! Join us in our first neighborhood planting of the 2017-2018 season by planting trees in the Montavilla, Mt. Tabor, and South Tabor neighborhoods as a volunteer tree planter!”¬†
“Please arrive to the staging site by 12 pm to enjoy a potluck lunch provided by our neighborhood volunteers. The planting starts promptly at 12:30 pm. We provide gloves and tools, so all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes.”
417 SE 80th Ave * noon Р4 pm 
Wilkes Community Group clean up is also Saturday. For more information and what cannot be taken, visit the invitation here.

“Open 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM¬†or until dumpsters are full, SO COME EARLY!

It’a an All Volunteer service of¬†Wilkes Community Group¬†at no charge…¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†


it costs us $$$ so¬†CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WELCOME!”


The East Portland Chamber of Commerce’s annual Turkey Bowl is today. For more information and registration, go¬†here.

KingPins, 3550 SE 92nd Ave * 10:30 am Р1:30 pm


“The 45th season of the Oregon Sinfonietta offers the following opportunities to experience the orchestra‚Äôs lively performances with outstanding soloists under the baton of¬†Dr. Donald L. Appert. The concerts are free and open to the public… “

Web page with pieces to be played here.

Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10501 SE Market St * 3 pm 


Bolt Upright blues jam is a long-running tradition on Montavilla… come enjoy some live music or step up and play.

417 SE 80th Ave * 9-ish pm * free

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The final curtain is closing on¬†Helen’s Pacific Costumers¬†soon… They invite the community to come by and buy some of their amazing collection. I went by last weekend before it was too busy… we had a great time.

KATU did a story yesterday, and I agreed to be interviewed. My¬†comments¬†didn’t make the final video, perhaps because I was wearing a giant beast head.


If you’re still looking for fall fun, the weathers going to be a lot nicer than last weekend:

Rossi Farms * Fazio Farms * The Growers Outlet * Liepold Farms * Bushue Farming

The City hosts several Halloween-themed carnivals too. Here’s the link (might be good to double-check dates, a few of the dates are off).


Horror classics Poltergeist (1982) & The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) are playing at Academy Theater as part of their Halloween series. Movies times are here.

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 


Portland Parks & Recreation’s¬†No Ivy League welcomes volunteers across the region to take part in the¬†14th¬†annual No Ivy Day. Volunteers will focus on removing this invasive species from these Portland parks and natural areas:

Springwater Trail + SE 128th * Mt. Tabor Park * Gateway Green

For more information on each site, go here.

“Celebrate after you work, from 12pm-1:30pm with raffles, food, free native plant give-a-way and family fun at Mt. Tabor Park (across from visitor center at picnic area A).”

9 am – noon * free


“Join¬†The Community Alliance of Tenants¬†for our fall membership meeting ‚Äď free and open to the public!¬†What‚Äôs our next move? You decide. Show up and help steer the movement.”

“Childcare, food, and interpretation is provided to all, free of charge. And yes, vegan and gluten-free options will be available (just let us know your dietary needs and restrictions in your RSVP).”


The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St * 2:30 pm Р4:30 pm * free 


There’s a paranormal history lecture at Midland Library. Here’s the¬†link¬†to event.

“Ernest Harps, the 11-year-old resident of NW Marshall Street in Portland, appeared on the front page of newspapers in 1909 due to the unexplainable happenings that swirled around the child. Each report theorized on the source of the young man’s bizarre abilities.”¬†

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm Р4 pm * free 


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Blank Slate,  7201 NE Glisan St * ???


It’s the last market of the season for both the¬†Montavilla Farmers Market¬†and the¬†Lents International Market!

Lents Farmers Market, SE 92nd Ave & Reedway St, between Foster and Harold * 9 am ‚Äď 2 pm¬†

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am ‚Äď 2 pm


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“3rd Annual Parkrose TRUNK or TREAT, presented by the Parkrose Business Association and Historic Parkrose.”

“Exclusive Parkrose Business Coupons for Adults

Parkrose High School parking lot, 12003 NE Shaver St * 4 pm Р6 pm

The magic of Helen’s Pacific Costumers

Helen’s Pacific Costumers¬†is located in Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood at 7501 NE Glisan St.

They’re open from 11 am – 7 pm beginning today (Tuesday, October 24th), through Halloween, 2017.¬†For more information on hours, contact information, and their post-closing rummage sale, visit¬†Helen’s Facebook page.¬†Their phone number:¬†503-254-2005.

We went specifically to have a good time and do our best to capture the magic of the place. As you can tell in the video the folks there are fun, supportive, and more than willing to help you find the perfect costume.

If you need a costume for Halloween, or for any time, visit Helen’s¬†before the final curtain falls.

Learn more about the shop’s history¬†in¬†this great piece by OPB.

MNA special meeting

The newly elected Montavilla Neighborhood Association (website) board is reaching out to the community to fill its open seats. All three seats will most likely be filled at the next MNA meeting on November 13th.

Members who want to be appointed to a seat on the MNA board can contact the board here, or they can self-nominate themselves from the floor at the meeting. They’ll be a general meeting before the board meeting, so those who haven’t attended a meeting in the past three years can attend to be qualified as a member.

The current board votes to fill board vacancies.

The board also welcomed neighbors who want to serve in other ways to reach out. Visit the website for a list of committees.

At the special meeting Sunday afternoon, they also filled board roles:

Chair – David Linn

Vice chair – Amanda Rhodes

Treasurer – Jonnie Shaver

Secretary РBriar Rose Schreiber 

Southeast Uplift representative  РOlivia Alsept-Ellis

Seven of the eight elected MNA board members attended. Only Micah Fletcher was absent. Besides the board members, eleven MNA members attended.

In the video, it’s often hard to hear the discussion until I moved closer @ 10:30. Up until then the responsibilities of the board chair were discussed. I wish the sound had been better, it was hard to hear what was going on in the room too.

At 46:30, the board discusses filling the board seats. The bylaws require at least three members, but not more than eleven. On a reading of the rules, the board determined they weren’t required to fill all the seats.

Linn said that he wants to help MNA member be able to be involved without having to attend every meeting. Ogden asked why members come to the meeting, and neighbors answered that they attend to learn about the neighborhood, learn how to support the board and get involved, and for the social aspect.

My first camera’s battery powered down and my phone ran out of storage, so I missed the last ten minutes or so of the meeting. Reimbursements to Southeast Uplift were discussed.