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This weekend

After a cold, snowy week, temperatures will be dipping back down near freezing Sunday night. The City’s emergency warming shelters were activated this week, a well as the volunteer-run warming shelter at St Peter & Paul Episcopal Church (247 SE 82nd Ave).

If you’ll notice on the map of shelters above, the (not listed) Montavilla warming shelter fills a big gap between inner Portland and Gresham / outer East Portland.

For the most updated information on warming shelters and how to volunteer and donate, visit 211.

Volunteers and supplies are also needed for the volunteer-run Montavilla shelter. Their last update said they were running low on supplies, and their Amazon wishlist is kept updated if you’d like to make a donation.

Contact the Montavilla shelter organizers here: montavillawarmingshelter@protoonmail.com.

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After a cold, snowy week, temperatures will be dipping back down near freezing Sunday night. The City’s emergency warming shelters were activated this week, a well as the volunteer-run warming shelter at St Peter & Paul Episcopal Church(247 SE 82nd Ave).

If you’ll notice on the map of shelters above, the (not listed) Montavilla warming shelter fills a big gap between inner Portland and Gresham / outer East Portland.

For the most updated information on warming shelters and how to volunteer and donate, visit 211.

Volunteers and supplies are also needed for the volunteer-run Montavilla shelter. Their last update said they were running low on supplies, and their Amazon wishlistis kept updated if you’d like to make a donation.

Contact the Montavilla shelter organizers here: montavillawarmingshelter@protoonmail.com.

 FRIDAY

Live music at Vino Veritas in Montavilla:

“Jake Khawaja is a formidable young pianist on the Portland scene. Jake is a School of Rock graduate who has turned his focus to jazz apprenticing with Grammy Nominee Randy Porter. He is in the top ensembles at Portland’s prestigious Alan Jones Academy of Music and Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra, and is one of this year’s Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble Grasshopper Composition finalist mentees.”

Vino Veritas * 7 pm – 10 pm * free

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It’s opening weekend of Madison High School Theater Department’s presentation of Disney’s “High School Musical”. The show runs for two weekends. For more information go here

Hibbard Theater, Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave  Fri & Sat @ 7 pm, Sun @ 2 pm * $15, students $8, seniors $10

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The mighty Montavilla Station has live bands on Friday and Saturday, and there’s alway a blues jam on Sunday. You’ll get some nice surprises occasionally, but most of the music ranges from blues rock all the way to blues, with a bit of classic rock mixed in.

417 SE 80th Ave * 9-ish * free

SATURDAY

On Jan 17, Portland City Council approved an ordinance to lower speed limits from 25 miles per hour down to 20 MPH. A pedestrian hit by a driver at 25 MPH is nearly twice as likely to die compared to someone hit at the lower speed, according to City data.

“FREE corrugated plastic yard signs (see image) reminding people driving that ’20 IS PLENTY’ will be available for community members to display in their yard.”

“PBOT plans to install approximately 2,000 new 20 mph speed limit signs. This will more than double the number of residential speed limit signs on Portland streets. As is the case today, not every residential street will have speed limit signs.”

More information on the change can be found here.

Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave * 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

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Cycling park Gateway Green is having a community gathering (event):

 Stop in to see a draft park design and tell us what you think. Share your ideas about:

“Natural habitat restoration; Improved pedestrian and bicycle access to and within the park; Expanded opportunities for a variety of recreation and outdoor activities for people of all ages and abilities.”

“We are working with the community to create a comprehensive park design. Efforts are underway to develop other recreational activities beyond cycling features, protect and restore natural habitat, and improve access to and within the park.”

Presentations are held at 10:30 am and noon.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, 10301 NE Glisan St * 10 am – 1 pm 

SUNDAY

Pete Seeger: The Man and the Music:

“Gather around for songs and stories of a folk hero! Together with the Pacific Northwest musical duo Hank and Claire, you will learn how Pete Seeger’s social activism on labor, civil rights, war and the environment inspired his music. We’ll share the stories of Seeger’s life, historic photos and sing-along songs. Join us and share the joy of singing in the community!”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 3:15 pm * free

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“Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants!We will introduce you to common native plant communities in Portland, show examples of species that do well in similar growing conditions, share successful planting tips that will help them thrive and more! A native plant slideshow will highlight characteristics and desired growing conditions of many local favorite native groundcovers, shrubs and trees. You’ll walk away with loads of information so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard.”

Gresham City Hall Council Chambers, 1331 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham * 1 pm – 3:30 pm

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Portland Mercado is hosting a farmers market every Sunday until March 24, and I imagine it will be lovely.

“Support Local Growers, Artisans and Entrepreneurs in our Indoor/Outdoor Farmers Market. Kids Activities, Live Music, Food Demonstrations, Chef @ the Market Cooking & Education Program.”

7238 SE Foster Rd * 10 am

This weekend

If you missed it, on Tuesday the Lents Neighborhood Association hosted a livability town hall.

A wide range of issues were addressed, and Danielle Outlaw, Portland’s new police chief, gave a impromptu speech.

We livestreamed the event, and the video is here:

FRIDAY

White Noise Project 9 – Remembering Quanice Hayes:
“This month the Whitenoise Project is excited to partner with Don’t Shoot Portland, APANO and Artists Milepost for a special reading, our first of 2018.

On Friday Feb. 16th we will be remembering Quanice Hayes, taken from his family and the community too soon last Feb. 9th, and raising money for his family and the family’s legal fund.”
“The Whitenoise project is a reading and discussion series aiming to center voices from under-repesented communities (PoC, Queer, Femme, WoC, and people with disabilities).”

With: Teresa Raiford, Glenn Waco, Jamila Osman, Kalimah Abioto, Tanya Dickerson.

If you cannot attend, you can still donate here.

Milepost 5 Theater, 8155 NE 81st Ave * 7 pm – 9 pm * $5-20 suggested donation
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SATURDAY

Pageturners

“Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors.”

“‘Read Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream’ by Joshua Davis. This story of four Latino teens who win a prestigious national robotics competition is both inspirational and sobering.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 10:30 am – noon * free

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Why There Are Words PDX is coming to Leach Botanical Garden! This award winning literary series, originally founded in the Bay Area in 2010, is now bringing the voices of new and established authors to Portland. Please join us for “Evolve,” our inaugural event, with readings from six acclaimed authors: David Beispiel, Elyse Fenton, Jacqueline Keeler, Margaret Malone, Sara Quinn Rivara and Wendy Willis.”

Light refreshments will be served.

Leach Garden Manor House, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 4 pm – 6 pm * suggested $10 donation 

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“Open Mics at Arte Soleil are your time to showcase your talents to the community. Music, spoken word, comedy… are all welcome! Sign up at 6:30 pm with entertainment starting at 7 pm. Open art studio is also available, along with coffee, tea and light snacks for purchase.”

“In order to help keep the lights on 🙂 , we ask for your support, however that may look for you. Small donation, purchase of a beverage or shopping in our creative arts gift shop. All ages welcome.”

Arte Soleil Gallery,  5530 SE 122nd Ave * 6:30 pm – 10 pm 

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SUNDAY

Winter Farmers Mercado, every Saturday until March 24 at Portland Mercado:

“Support Local Growers, Artisans and Entrepreneurs in our Indoor/Outdoor Farmers Market. Kids Activities, Live Music, Food Demonstrations, Chef @ the Market Cooking & Education Program.”

7238 SE Foster Rd * 10 am

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World at Our Door: Music from Portland's Immigrant Communities

World at Our Door: Music from Portland’s Immigrant Communities:

“Embrace the beautiful sounds that are finding their way to Multnomah County through a vibrant immigrant community. We’ll introduce you to new and emerging musicians: Iraqi Ronny Hermiz, Somali Dino Mumun and Bhutanese Santi Rai. Come prepared to boogie!”

Midland Library,  805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 4 pm * free 

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Enjoy your weekend!

This weekend

This months’s Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting is Mon, February 12, from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. It’s held at  Montavilla United Methodist Church (232 SE 80th Ave).
Guest speakers this month are from: Boys & Girls Aid (a group established to end the cycle of foster care), and members of a group wanting to lower traffic speeds on Stark St in the Montavilla town center.
There will also be discussion of establishign a bylaws review commitee, and a proposal to add a method of suspending membership of members.
The meeting’s agenda is here.

FRIDAY

“A new music series is born! Come to Vino Veritas each and every Friday for live music by some of Portland’s best. This week: Neil Mattson’s 3 Good Dogs featuring Shao Way Wu on upright bass, and Brent Follis on drums.”

Vino Veritas, 7835 SE Stark St * 7 pm * free 

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SATURDAY

Native Gathering Garden Planting:

“Come learn about this first of its kind feature in a Portland Park and help plant culturally significant plants for food and medicine. Everyone is welcome! Lunch and all tools provided.”
This event is part of a initiative to build a new park in the Cully neighborhood. Check out their web site here.
“Let Us Build Cully Park! transforms a former landfill into a new 25 acre park for Portland’s most diverse, park deprived neighborhood. Cully Park is a catalyst for neighborhood improvement and a symbol of what the Cully neighborhood can be.”
Thomas Cully Park, * 3 pm – 6 pm
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Valentine Needle Felting for Teens

Valentine Needle Felting:

“Teens: Make a sweet for your sweetheart (or yourself) this Valentine’s Day! Using needle felting techniques, we’ll create beautiful and intricate soft sculpture cakes, cookies and other confections that you can take home at the end of class. Great for beginners.”

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

SUNDAY

Montavilla Farmers Market Winter Stock-up Market:

“Shop here for your sweetie’s favorite Valentine’s Day recipe or stock up for the month on fresh produce, fruit, cheese, meat, wine, honey, preserves, breads, and the like. Show your love for local food and farmers by coming to the farmers market… “

The market is looking for a new location, and I saw recently in a Facebook post that the Pegasus Project art space (the former Beets Auto body location), has been offered by the owner / developer Randy Rapaport.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 SE Stark St * 11 am – 1 pm 

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Winter Farmers Mercado, every Saturday until March 24 at Portland Mercado:

“Support Local Growers, Artisans and Entrepreneurs in our Indoor/Outdoor Farmers Market. Kids Activities, Live Music, Food Demonstrations, Chef @ the Market Cooking & Education Program.”

7238 SE Foster Rd * 10 am

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This weekend

FRIDAY

Beer and tacos and tamales anyone? You can get ’em both at Food truck Friday at Montavilla Brew Works, featuring Mixteca Catering.

7805 SE Stark St * 5 pm – 10 pm 

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Not Your Folk’s Folk Show at The Blue Room Bar at Cartlandia.

“Brother Blackfoot & I are takin’ to the stage again for night of fast finger pickin’ folk, beers and banter. Hope to see yah there.”

8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 pm * ??

SATURDAY

“Celebrate a New Year of the Arts at the Discover the Arts Week of free classes! Children and families will have an opportunity to meet our staff, try classes  and tour the school! On Saturday, enjoy a free performance of Once Upon a Time Family Theatre [“Puss ‘n’ Boots”]. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.”

503) 408-0604  Please enroll to attend here.

Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St * free * play @ 11:30 am * free

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Beer yoga at Zoiglhaus Brewing Co. It’s exactly what it sounds like:

“This Yoga + Beer event will begin with a 60 minute all-levels, flow yoga class taught by Beer Yogi and Yoga Instructor, Seville Strickler. Class will be held in a private room next to the taproom/restaurant, before Zoiglhaus opens for business to the public. After class, yogis are invited to stay and enjoy lunch and a pint.”

Zoiglhaus, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 10 am – 11 am * $20 for class & pint, $15 for class only

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Winter Farmers Mercado, every Saturday until March 24 at Portland Mercado:

“Support Local Growers, Artisans and Entrepreneurs in our Indoor/Outdoor Farmers Market. Kids Activities, Live Music, Food Demonstrations, Chef @ the Market Cooking & Education Program.”

7238 SE Foster Rd * 10 am 

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Tax help at the library:

 “Get free individualized tax preparation assistance provided by trained AARP volunteers. Please bring photo ID, documented proof of Social Security number and last year’s return, as well as any current tax documents.”

Registration required; call 503.988.5123.

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * noon – 4 pm 

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It’s exciting to find another East Portland business that has regular art events.

The Mom & Pop Wine Shop is having an art opening tonight, featuring the work of William Hernandez.

6908 NE Sandy Blvd * 4 pm – 7 pm 

SUNDAY

Psychedelics in Ancient Orthodox Christianity, a class:

“Primary source material show Church leaders discussing and debating the merits of psychedelia in the ancient and medieval worlds!”

“There was no ‘cover up’ at all. Now it is time to hear their forgotten voices.”

Sekhet-Maat, Ordo Templi Orientis, 7950  SE Foster Rd * 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm * donation-based event

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Open Jam hosted by Mike Beaver of the Beaver Boogie Band. A back line is provided. There’s also a regular Sunday blues jam at Montavilla Station (417 SE 80th Ave).

EastSide Bar and Grill, 2530 NE 82nd Ave * 5 pm – 9 pm * free

This weekend

You can’t ignore its problems, but without the Christian church there probably would not have been a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

If you’re inspired to build a better neighborhood and world, hear these words from Rev. Dr. W.G. Hardy, at Highland Christian Center‘s MLK Day tribute event:

FRIDAY

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There are so many churches in East Portland, and it’s good to see an effort to help them organize their efforts.

“How can the church collaborate in a neighborhood or across a city? live music, drinks, food & community conversation. This is our first Parish Conversations gathering and we will place the emphasis on discussing collaboration.” (FB invitation).  

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St * 6:30 – 9 pm 

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Taborspace also hosts multiple support and recovery events every day of the week, including Secular Sobriety @ 6:30 pm.

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St

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Eagle Eye is a rad, comfy, delightful bar… that has karaoke Friday through Monday.

Eagle Eye Tavern, 5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9-ish pm  

SATURDAY

“Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors.

Meet the author! Read “The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir” by Ruth Wariner. The true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist family.”

Holgate Library * 10:30 pm – 12 pm 

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Make a winter bird feeder: “Come create a bird feeder for wintering birds.”

Midland Library * 3 pm – 4 pm 

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“Create your own personal desert oasis with Portland nursery employees, Jess, container crafting queen, and Roby, cacti expert and landscape architect. First they will provide an overview of different common kinds of cacti and how to care for these plants. Then they will guide the group through a creative hour of selecting, arranging, and planting cacti in a terra cotta pot to display indoors in a sunny spot. All materials provided. “

Register here.

Portland Nursery, 9000 SE Division St * 1 pm – 2:30 pm * $30

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Live music with The Hot Tub Time Machine:
“This lively group of SE locals lights up the room, everywhere they play! The flavors range from honest gypsy, swing, New Orleans, blues, and latin music (The Sublime) to jug band favs and reefer/drinkin’ songs (The Ridiculous)!”
O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am 

SUNDAY

So apparently there are two orchestras playing in East Portland today…

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

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

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East County Community Orchestra is also having their winter concert:

“… (known as “ECCO” to orchestra members) has been in existence since 1978. It was established by founder and first conductor Harold Webber as a venue for high school graduates and other interested parties to have a place to play. It operates as a non-profit organization, with a full board of directors in addition to the Music Director / Conductor. Concerts are offered free of charge to the community. Operating funds come from donations in various forms as well as occasional grants.”

David Douglas High School, 1400 SE 130th Ave * 3 pm * free, donations accepted 

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Why There Are Words PDX is coming to Leach Botanical Garden! This award winning literary series, originally founded in the Bay Area in 2010, is bringing the voices of new and established writers to Portland. Starting this winter, the Garden will host this quarterly event in the Manor House… ”

“Please join us for “Evolve”, our inaugural event, held at the Leach Garden Manor House with readings by six acclaimed authors: David Biespiel, Elyse Fenton, Jacqueline Keeler, Margaret Malone, Sara Quinn Rivara and Wendy Willis.”

Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 4 pm – 6 pm * $10 suggested 

This weekend

If you missed it, the Montavilla Neighborhood Association met this week. Video and a meeting summary is here.

The board heard from the principal of the new middle school serving East Portland and discussed the grievances filed against the board.

There’s a lot of new development down in Lents, and with new development comes the likelihood of increased rent.

So it’s good to see Green Lents and ROSE Community Development establishing the Lents Strong Housing Team. They’ll have their first meeting Jan 27 at Leander Community Room, 4620 SE 122 Ave from 9:30 am – 2: 30 pm.

SATURDAY

Johnson Creek Watershed Council crew leader training: 

Come train to become a Creek Crew Leader for volunteer groups during 3 or more restoration events during the 2018 planting season. During Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s one-day training they’ll cover all you need to know to support restoration events in the watershed including managing the registration table, leading safety talks, and hands-on tree planting. They will crown you with a rad JCWC Creek Crew beanie and send you home with a Creek Crew Leader manual!”
 1900 SE Milport Rd. Suite B, Milwaukie, OR * 1 pm – 5 pm

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Live music from Andrea and the Enablers (FB page):
“Country influenced by George Jones, Merle Haggard, Faron Young, Ray Price, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, Amber Digby, Brennen Leigh, Waylon, Marty Stuart, and many, many new artists that keep the sound alive.”
O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am

SUNDAY

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Come north to the Montavilla Farmers Market‘s monthly stockup market.
The market is also taking applications for new vendors! More information here.
Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

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child at Slavic New Year

“Come and celebrate the most popular holiday in Slavic culture with music, folktales and traditional treats.”

 There’s be music and cultural presentations from: Scarlet Sails Theater, Dragon Theater, and Irina Zatsepa.
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm 

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Know Your Rights: Renter’s Rights, presented by Community Alliance of Tenants:

“Understand your rights and responsibilities at all stages of the renting process — searching for a home, filling out applications, paying deposits and fees, getting repairs made, moving out and more.”

To​ ​register,​ ​please​ ​call​ ​Thuy​ ​at​ ​503-329-8903​ ​or​ ​email thuy@oregoncat.org. Presentation in English and Vietnamese.

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 2:30 pm – 4 pm 

MONDAY

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Highland UCC will be hosting their 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr tribute. It’s been 50 years since he was assassinated.

This year’s theme: “Where do we go from here… ”

There’s not a lot online about the event, but I know there’s be informational booths including folks from the Albina Music Trust. This group is trying to preserve the musical history of funk in North Portland in the 1970s. Read more in this Willamette Week story.

Highland UCC, 7600 NE Glisan St * 11 am – 6 pm 

This weekend

The monthly Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting is Monday, Jan 8th. The general membership meeting begins at 6:30 pm and the board meeting is at 8 pm. The agenda is here.

This month’s guest speaker topics: Roseway Heights Middle School opening & the project to slow traffic speeds on Stark St. There also will be a discussion and possible motion concerning the MNA’s articles of incorporation.

Montavilla Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave 

FRIDAY

Live music at O’Neill Pub:
Down Home Music (Facebook) plays everything from gypsy jazz to bluegrass to blues to folk with a lively spirit. 
O’Neill Public House,  6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free 

SATURDAY

Portland Memory Garden

The Portland Memory Garden (website) hosts work parties on the first and third Saturdays of the month:

“If you’d like to get your hands dirty in the Memory Garden we have two teams that meet on the first and third Saturday of every month from 9:30-11:30 a.m.”

“All are invited to join one of these teams. Bring your favorite tools, gloves, and water, and dress for the weather.”

For information on Saturday’s volunteer session, contact Patty Cassidy @ 503-239-9174.

Portland Memory Garden, SE 104th Avenue and Powell Blvd * 9:30 am – 11:30 pm

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“Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. There’s always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. Though simply produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have everyone fully absorbed in the interaction of live theatre.”

This month’s production: “Little Red Riding Hood”. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Buy tickets here.

Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St *  11:30 am * adults $2, children $1

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Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * 11:20 pm, 4:30 pm * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 
SUNDAY

Aaron Nigel Smith 

“Join award winning children’s educator and performer Aaron Nigel Smith as he gets the whole family moving, grooving and learning.” 

First come, first served.

Midland Library,  805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 3 pm

 

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There’s an awesome film series happening monthly at Milepost 5: This month it’s: Psychedelic Psynema XV: Glam Tragedies (FB page):

“Phantom of the Paradise” @ 6 pm

“Velvet Goldmine” @ 8 pm

Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon St * 6 pm * free 

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“Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English.”

“¿Está aprendiendo inglés? Conozca otras personas que también están aprendiendo y practique hablando inglés.”

Gregory Heights Meeting Room, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 12:30 pm – 2 pm