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The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, it feels like the great American small town parade and the best of 82nd Avenue:


This weekend

Hello all!

I don’t know if there’s still time for folks in Montavilla to bring this to our neighborhood, but either way it seems like a great event.

Paint the Town Green! is sponsored by SOLVE (originally Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) and it’s bringing together several Southeast / East Portland neighborhoods to pick up trash and paint over graffiti along 82nd Ave on June 16th. For more information, go here.


If you missed it, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) announced the lineup for Mic Check!, their summer cultural events series. The first event is the Queer APIs + Mental Health Roundtable on June 6th at Taborspace.



The Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the City bureau that oversees neighborhood associations and an assortment of other community-based programs, just completed a $25,000 re-branding, Willamette Week reports. It will now be called the Office of Community and Civic Life. It’s new website will go up on July 1st.


“Please join the Mill Park community as we dedicate our new preschool playground, and help us put the finishing touches on it. We will be holding this event from 1-3 p.m. Friday, May 25 at the new playground, which is located on the north side of the school.
We will have snacks, and you can help us paint and decorate the playground fence, as well as planting some sensory garden plants.”

Mill Park Elementary School, 1900 SE 117th Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm 


Vino Veritas is keeping the jazz coming with singer song writer Hayley Lynn.

7835 SE Stark St * 7 pm – 10 pm * free 




“Practique inglés o español y ayude a los demás que están aprendiendo en un ambiente amable. Los participantes hablan la mitad del tiempo en inglés y la otra en español. Están bienvenidos los principiantes.

Practice English or Spanish and help other learners in a friendly atmosphere. Participants speak half the time in English and half in Spanish. Beginners welcome.”

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 4 pm – 5 pm 


“Please join us while we host our first Iftar [breaking of the Ramadan fast] potluck with the community. This event is open to everyone that would like to join and share a food for thought.” (Invitation)
East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO), 1017 NE 117th Ave * 8 pm – 10 pm
Michelle Alany & the Mystics: 
“Journey through exotic lands with this fiddle-driven caravan of Klezmer, Balkan, Sephardic & original soul music all spiced up with a Texas twist. With her captivating band, Michelle Alany brings fresh interpretations of ancient melodies, hypnotic strings and wild improvisation with her energizing soulful music.”
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am 



1984’s “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” and five other second-run films are playing at Academy Theater.

7818 SE Stark St * show times *  $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors


Enjoy your holiday weekend!


This weekend

Hello all… the election wrapped up this week, but if you still have questions about the City Council election, both Jo Anne Hardesty and Loretta Smith spoke at this week’s Montavilla Neighborhood Assoication meeting (video).

There were also presentations from the Montavilla East Tabor Business Association; and Friends of Mt. Tabor Park at the MNA meeting.

And even though she was unable to unseat long-term incumbent Nick Fish for his City Council seat, Montavilla resident Julia DeGraw did win 30 percent of the vote.

The general election is November 6.


Yesterday, I happened upon Dao Strom, the founder of De-Canon: A Visibility Project, a pop-up library and web resource project showcasing literary art by writers/artists of color.

With support from a place-making grant from APANO, they’ve transformed the Milepost 5 cafe into a warm and comfortable place to enjoy their collection. Just across from Strom’s bench is a bunch of cozy couches and the plush-est rug I’ve ever seen.

“Thanks to the generosity of Artists Milepost, we’ll be in residency there from mid May to late July. … Through these three months, the exhibit space will be open as a reading library, workspace, and venue for 4 days a week, with the occasional weekend events.  We are expanding our archive and hope to have over 500 books available for visitors to read.

If you’re interested in running an event (reading, workshop, discussion) in the De-Canon space during the May – July block, email us [contact] and we’ll try to make it work.”

Milepost 5, 8155 NE 81st Ave * hours vary 


In July, the Belmont Goats (in Lents now) are needing a new home… Is there a lot in East Portland that would work? KGW reports.



Leach Botanical Garden 2018 Nature Fair:

“Chew Chomp Slurp: How Critters Eat! Come explore how the food an animal eats affects its body and behavior – including yours! There will be lots of skulls – bear, cougar, horse, alligator, gar, camel, beaver and many more! Also Lady Bug explorations, a salmon run game, critter boxes and mini-terrariums, magnifying glasses and nets, and of course, slug races. Make an animal mask, listen to a story, hear live music, try ikebana, slurp some ice-cream and chomp some popcorn.”

Leach Botanical Garden, Upper Garden Meadow, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 10 am – 2 pm * free


Montavilla East Tabor Business Association hosts #GoLocal Montavilla Spring Block Party. There’ll be bands, food, and fun in the streets of Montavilla!

SE 81st Ave between Stark St – Oak St * 2 pm – 10 pm


“Join the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival for an interactive, improvisational, fun and funny performance of the best of Shakespeare and how his work has made our world a better world because of his plays.

First come, first served.”

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd, * 3 pm – 3:45 pm * free 



“Sacred, contemporary Christian, and gospel genres, and music from the pops and opera repertoire.”

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St * Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 7 pm * $12 adults $12, kids under 12 free (tickets



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“Montavillage Spring Festival: Come celebrate Creative Science School and the Montavilla Community! Free and fun for the entire family. Live music and entertainment, food carts, vendors, balloon art, bouncy house, arts & crafts, obstacle course, and dunk tank!”

Creative Science School, 1231 SE 92nd Avenue * 1 pm – 4 pm


Montavilla Kiwanis Club is having a pancake breakfast Sunday!

Colunbia Christian School, 9101 E Burnside St * 8:30 am – 1 pm * $5 individual, $20 family


“Celebrating cultures: Come join Midland’s Teen Council to celebrate some of the many cultures in our neighborhood. Activities will include an ambient playlist, volunteer-run informational displays, performances, food tasting, and a collaborative poetry workshop.

First come, first served.”

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


The market is open for business on Sundays!

East PDX News did a nice story on the Montavilla Farmer’s Market… here. They also included a link to when the market started in 2007.

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


Enjoy your weekend!

This weekend

There’s a Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting this week, May 14th. Four candidates for Portland City Council will present, as well as representatives from Montavilla East Tabor Business Association and Mt. Tabor Stewardship Fund.

The full agenda is here.

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave *  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm



National Public Gardens Day 2018:
“All across the country, America will be celebrating our public gardens today. Here at Leach Garden, some special activities are planned. The Stone Cabin will be open from 11 – 2; our Education Coordinator, JoAnn Vrilakas, will lead an Ethnobotany Tour at noon; Gavin Bell of Dragonfly Forge will be on hand to sharpen pruning shears from 11 – 2; and local author, Teresa Bergen, will be in the gift shop from noon – 2 signing copies of her new book, Easy Portland Outdoors, which includes an entry on Leach Garden. Come by and enjoy this annual celebration of gardens with us!” 
Included above, Leach has a great new video on their web site with a bit of its history and features.
Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am – 2 pm * free 



The Lents Community Pet Parade is Saturday! It’s open for anyone, with a few safety considerations, of course. For more info go here.

Boys and Girls Club, 9330 SE Harold St * 11 am – 2 pm 


Archives Roadshow

“We are taking the archives on the road and traveling to neighborhood libraries. Drop by and learn what you can find in the City’s collections and how you can do your own research. City archivists are ready to answer questions and get you started on your research projects. Even if you don’t have any specific questions, stop by to look at historic photos from the surrounding neighborhoods.

First come, first served.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 3 pm – 4 pm 


The always excellent Montavilla Farmers Market is in its second weekend this Sunday. For more information on what’s in store for this market… go here.

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


If you haven’t tried Lent’s Zoiglhaus, Mother’s Day is a good opportunity:

“The Zoigl-Chefs would like to invite you to a super special brunch in honor of all moms! And the best part?? A free Beermosa for every mom! 

From 11 am-3 pm on Sunday, May 13th we’ll be featuring a special brunch menu (regular menu also available!) Every mom gets a Beermosa on the house (with purchase of entree).”


Grilled Romaine Steak Salad
Crab Cakes w/ Roasted Potatoes, Asparagus and Lemon Aioli
Pesto Spatzle W/ Smoked Chicken and Parmesan
Veggie Frittata w/ Arugula Salad
Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 11 am – 3 pm 

Mrs. Doyle & the Teapots: 
“Piping hot Irish traditional music served the old fashioned way with a twist of native wit! Andrea Wild from The Stomptowners will be joined by Teresa Baker on keys & Preston Howard on his mighty pipes.”
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 7 pm – 9 pm * free
Enjoy your weekend!

This weekend

The 11th Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade last Saturday was excellent, and really made me further appreciate all the diversity in East Portland. If you couldn’t make it, my video, and photos from The Portland Tribune are a fun representation.


The new Montavilla Neighborhood Association is out and I was featured in a story by board member Olivia Alsept-Ellis. It was unusual being on the other side of the questions, but I really appreciated the interview and how the story came out.


“Are you or someone you know a renter? Did you know renters have legal rights to protect them from discrimination, health hazards, no cause evictions and more? Join us Friday May 4th from 6-8 pm with The Community Alliance of Tenants to learn more in depth about your rights as a renter to protect yourself and your community members.

This event is FREE. Dinner, childcare, and Arabic translation will be provided.”

The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St * 6 pm – 8 pm


Friday Jazz at Vino Veritas:

Pete Krebs is a two-time inductee into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and a double cancer survivor. An in-demand performer, teacher and session musician, he lives in the NE Portland Cully neighborhood with his dog Dixie, who is a dingo and wears a little hat.”

Vino Veritas, 7835 SE Stark St * 7 pm – 10 pm * ??? 



Saints Peter and Paul Church, 247 SE 82nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm 


If you have junk to get rid of, this is one of the biggest fund raisers for the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association:

Suggested donation: car $20, truck / van $30, trailer $15, mattresses $5. There’s a $5 coupon in the May issue of The Bee.

No commercial loads will be accepted, and for a list of what cannot be accepted, go to the official BDNA invitation.

6801 SE 60th Ave * 9 am – 2 pm 



Free guided tours at Leach Botanical Garden:

“First Saturday of the month: Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick. will show you what’s blooming and of seasonal interest, provide useful and engaging information, and share fun stories about the adventurous creators of the Garden, Botanist Lilla Leach and pharmacist/civic leader John Leach.”

First come first served, limit 15.

Leach Botanical Garden * 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 


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The Montavilla Farmers Market opens today!

Their outreach materials are top-notch, so if you haven’t seen what’s new for this season, just go here. They’re also looking for more board members.

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


“Are you battling pests in your urban garden? Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings and other invertebrates such as spiders and centipedes that work around the clock to provide free pest control. You will discover plant types and management practices that provide habitat to attract and sustain beneficial insects that help your garden thrive.”

Register here.

Lents Village Apartments (Dining Room), 10325 SE Holgate Blvd * 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Enjoy the warm weather… and enjoy your weekend!


This year’s 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade

The 11th Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade is an excellent representation of the communities that make East Portland such a great place. And after a year off, it came back strong.

I didn’t have my good camera Saturday, but the parade was amazing so I still wanted to share what I filmed. If you want more details of the parade goers, check out these awesome photographs from The Portland Tribune.

I’m super proud of East Portland and all the activists who work so hard for their community and everyone who made the event happen!

I got a lil silly with the narration once the coffee kicked in, so I hope it’s received in the same spirit of love and support that drew me to the event.

The parade ran from 82nd Ave & Boise St to Yamhill & SE 78th Ave, beginning at 9:30 am. The announcement booth was at Eastport Plaza, the main sponsor of the parade.

There was a Community Vendor Fair from 10 am – 3 pm, with free pony rides, live music, balloon animals, caricature artists, clowns and more.

This weekend

The 11th Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade and Carnival is one of the biggest events of the year for East Portland! It’s definitely worth checking out. There’s also an Asian New Year festival and weekend-long meditation… all this weekend in East Portland.


Jess Schreibstein will speak with us about her weaving residency in Oaxaca and how her work as a painter influences her work with textiles.”

Taborspace,  5441 SE Belmont St * 6:30 pm- 8 pm, doors open at 6 pm  * sliding scale, $5 – $10


“The Smut City Jellyroll Society is a wild and crazy bunch of fun loving musicians playing blues and early jazz from the 1920s and 1930s. With a unique sound somewhere between ragtime blues, early jazz and jugband music, the Jellyroll Society keeps it loose and lively with a driving syncopated swing that gets the dancers out on the floor. The lyrics are fun and a bit on the risqué side. The music is from a variety of sources: Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, The Harlem Hamfats, Memphis Jug Band, Blind Boy Fuller and others.”

The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm * free 


 A Three-Day Group Practice and Devotion to Our Great Compassionate Mother Tara:
“The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce our 2018 Dzogchen Buddha Path Drupchen. This three-day gathering will be conducted by His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche and will be held at the Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association in Portland, Oregon.”
NWTCA, 4401 NE 122nd Ave * 10 am – 6 pm, Fri – Sun 

Free show at the Blue Room Bar located at Cartlandia with James Hawkins Trio & Fleeting Few.

The Blue Room Bar at Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm * free


On Saturday April 28th, The 11th Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade & Carnival Days is back on for 2018!

The parade runs from 82nd Ave & Boise St to Yamhill & SE 78th Ave, beginning at 9:30 am. The announcement booth will be at Eastport Plaza.

There’s a Community Vendor Fair from 10 am – 3 pm, with free pony rides, live music, balloon animals, caricature artists, clowns and more.

It’s good to see the parade back on after it was cancelled last year.


“Fourth Annual New Year in the Park Festival… event celebrating Cambodian, Lao, Thai and Burmese cultures. Experience cultural performances and music, food vendors, traditional games and more.”

Also at the park that day: Glenhaven Park: Playground Design Reveal.

Glenhaven Park, 7900 NE Siskiyou Street * noon to 4 pm 


“After a couple years off… neighborhood cleanup is back! Start gathering your junk! North Tabor and Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Associations are working together again this year to host our joint cleanup event. In addition to being a very convenient way to get rid of your junk, this event is also our major fundraiser. Please tell your neighbors and friends! Anyone can bring stuff to the cleanup.”

(More information here, including what can be dropped off.) The cost is $10 to $30 per load.

Mt. Tabor Middle School Parking Lot, entrance at SE 57th and Oak * 9 am – 1 pm


“This lively Mariachi band includes trumpets, violins, guitars, guitaron and vihuelas to create lively, spirited music. First come, first served.

Los seis integrantes de la banda de Mariachi usarán trompetas, violines, guitarras, guitarrón y vihuela que creará un ambiente musical festivo y vivaz.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm * free

More details emerge on the new shelter planned for Foster Road

More details are coming to light about the new women and couples shelter planned for 6144 SE Foster Rd, including the fact that it’s planned to be a low barrier shelter. Since the beginning, neighbors involved have criticized the process around opening this shelter— and are still asking for more collaboration and clarity

The Foster Shelter Steering Committee meeting begins at about the @ 8:00 mark. Whether you’ve been following the issue or not, there’s several insightful comments on the Facebook livestream, and you can read the comments in realtime as you watch the video.

If you’re new to the issue, here’s a story from when the shelter was approved by the Multnomah County Commission in January, and a more recent piece from a meeting on the shelter in March.

I want to thank Gray Ayer for filming the meeting and allowing me to use it in this story. If you’re interested in getting involved in the planning process around the shelter, visit SouthEast Allied Communities web page.

To recap the last meeting, reviewed the program and building design.

@ 12:30 – April, from the Joint Office addressed questions from the last meeting:

In the last meeting, she said the committee wasn’t asked to vote on what population would be served, rather it was a “straw poll” or “check in”. The shelter would serve the most vulnerable homeless and those who “haven’t be able to engage in more traditional shelters”.

Said there wasn’t a budget for public safety, and that would be based on the good neighbor agreement.

@ 19:40 – April said it wouldn’t be humane to site shelter facilities far from neighborhoods they’ll have to integrate into eventually. If a person’s criminal history precludes them from being within a certain distance from a school, they wouldn’t be able to stay at the shelter.

@ ~25:40 – Willamette Center (a shelter similar to the one planned for Foster Rd) has a good neighbor agreement, but when pressed said that it wasn’t an actual written agreement. But it was clarified that a written agreement was offered, but not requested because things were going smoothly.

The neighbor who asked for a good neighbor agreement, bringing applause from many in attendance. He was told he’s get a good neighbor agreement.

@ 33:24 – A neighbor said that the current low barrier plan is at the different end of the spectrum from what Mayor Ted Wheeler said. His staffer said Wheeler didn’t understand the terms meant, but does now.

@ 50:32 – Officers from the Portland Police Bureau addresses public safety concerns around the 120-person shelter. The comments on the FB livestream are insightful during their presentation.

It’s good these meetings are happening, but this all exists within the context of a top-down process that didn’t include neighbors until the decision was already finalized. Early in the livestream, one neighbor criticized the steering committee modelpreferring to pursue a lawsuit against the City.

This isn’t an endorsement, but Loretta Smith, a candidate for next month’s City Council election, address the issue in the video below: