Welcome to Village Portland

Welcome to Village Portland, neighborhood news & actions in East Portland. 

We’re here to bridge the gap between news & civic participation… and to encourage folks get involved with their community and support their neighbors. There are a million voices fighting for your attention, but we want to help you connect with your village, your neighborhood… where your power to connect and make change is the strongest.

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There are Village Portland sites for both Montavilla, Lents, and now Brentwood-Darlington:

Village Portland @ Montavilla

Village Portland @ Lents

Village Portland @ Brentwood-Darlington

For more frequent updates on news and actions that impact East Portland, follow our Facebook page: facebook.com/villageportland.

 

 

We’re most excited about the Village Portland @ Montavilla site. It has the space for more in-depth stories, as well as a more robust opportunity for local businesses to tell their story and reach their neighbors.

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If you’re an organizer or writer interested in bringing a Village Portland to your neighborhood, contact Andrew Wilkins, Publisher / Editor:

andrewtaylorwilkins@gmail.com

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Telling stories about neighborhood businesses shouldn’t really be that different than any other story. Neighbors invest so much time, energy, and money for the chance to build a business that reflects their values and serves their customers in a unique way.

Print and broadcast media both have limited space for promoting businesses, but on the web, space is limitless. We can put together an exciting mix of video, photographs, and words that will show your neighbors who you are, why you do what you do, and why they should support what you’re doing.

Take a look at the story of Montavilla Mini Farm, a neighbor who sells produce from her side yard garden. The full story is here, or you can watch the video below.

 

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Life’s a little different in East Portland. Meet some of the activist and artists working in their community through a mural by local artist Alex Chui:

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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:

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This weekend

There are so many of your neighbors working to serve their community and help the less fortunate, during the holiday season and year round. Hear Montavilla‘s radical service organization for women, Rahab Sisters, on KBOO.

This community radio station has been serving the community for 50 years, and are having their winter pledge drive now.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14TH

Live acoustic music with: Three for Silver w/Andrew Alikhanov.

The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH

Radical Craft Fair:

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If you’d like to learn more about this volunteer homeless shelter in the neighborhood, or if you’d like to get trained to help, go here

Sts Peter + Paul Church, 247 SE 82nd Ave * 6 pm -9 pm * $5

Holiday Gifts for Refugee & Immigrant Portlanders:

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“During this Holiday Season, are you giving away gifts to families in need? If so, please consider buying some gifts for Portland’s newest refugee and immigrant families to ensure they have enough resources to celebrate with their loved ones in their new homes. I am hoping to collect enough gifts for 30 families!”

“As a thank you for your generous offer, you will get to meet your sponsored family members & hear the authentic stories of coming to Portland! Also, you will enjoy diverse live performances and food while exchanging love and compassion with our newly arrived refugee and immigrant families!”

For more on the event, and a list of requested gifts, go here.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, 10301 NE Glisan St * 11 am – 1 pm

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16TH

Talk Time: 

Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. First come, first served.

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

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In this story, the NW Examiner looks at progress on work enhancing community service opportunities and strengthening transparency in Portland’s advisory bodies. The story points out that the project is actually reversing transparency by removing open meeting requirements for many City advisory bodies.

The head of the Office of Community & Civic Life, the City agency leading the reform project, hasn’t responded to the editor of the Examiner, but they have just issued a survey seeking feedback from the community. It can be found here.

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Developer Randy Rapaport is adding to the food cart pod on Stark Street in downtown Montavilla, according to reporting from Willamette Week. A stage, and a total of 13 carts, including an incubator cart with rotating chefs, will join the handful carts and art space there now. It shall be known as… Pegasus Landing.

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There’s a Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting next week. The agenda said there’ll be a presentation by the Oregon Department of Transportation and another from 82nd Ave Project, presented by Michael Sonnleitner.

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * Thurs, Dec 10th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH

Live music in Montavilla with: Dirty Uncle Rose, Nicholas Moon.
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free 
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Solve Volunteer Action Training:

“SOLVE is hosting a Volunteer Action training this December at the East Portland Community Center! Here’s your chance to learn how to make a difference in your community!

Join SOLVE for a free workshop where you’ll learn how to envision and lead successful volunteer projects to improve the environment in your community.

Help them prepare for your participation by registering online here.”

East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave * 10 am – noon

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Talk Time:

 

Midland Library * 3:30 pm – 5 pm

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9TH

East County Community Orchestra winter concert:

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Downbeat is at 3 pm.

David Douglas High School, 1001 SE 135th Ave * 3 pm 

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Tonight (Thursday, November 29th) there’s a community meeting about a public health assessment from Precision Castparts Corporation.

Here‘s more information on the report about the toxic threat from the manufacturer, and a story from Pamplin Media about how neighbors question the validity of the report.

Lane Middle School Library, 7200 SE 60th Ave * 6 pm – 8:30 pm

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When it comes to supporting independent media, community media outlets like Open Signal and Metro East provide much to the Portland area including training, equipment, studio space, and an opportunity to broadcast on local cable stations.

A proposed regulation change could eliminate local oversight and funding for this community service. Until December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission is taking comment on the issue.

To learn more, read this. You can submit a comment by going here and clicking “+Express”.

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Portland City Council held a town hall on the Oregon 2019 legislative session. We have video of the meeting here, and Portland Mercury‘s reporting is here. Much of their story focuses on the plan to transfer 82nd Ave from state to city management.

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And if you still need a tree and want to support a good cause:

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH

Community Cooking Workshop w/ Community Chef Paula Hernandez: 

“Please join us and Community Chef Paula in cooking a community meal together, as Paula leads us in cooking the traditional foods of Mexico!  During our workshop we cook family style and then eat together.”

For more information and registration, go here.

Zenger Farms  * 6 pm – 8:30 pm * $5 – $15 sliding scale

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre:

“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: “Hansel & Gretel”

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

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Cooking Around the World Club: Favorite Holiday Recipe Swap:

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“Do you use any apps or other digital resources for your favorite holiday recipes? Come share those resources and recipes with us! In case you don’t, no worries. We will be showing you some of the most popular apps and other resources on the web, where you can find some of your favorite holiday recipes.”

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

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Live music from: Julay Brooks, Michael Shay, Chris Kee

The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND

Foster WinterFest:

“On Sunday, December 2nd, come down to Foster Road for 6 family friendly winter magic events. Build a gingerbread house, sing carols, get free hot chocolate and more! And when you come to any of free WinterFest activity, you’ll get a Ticket for exclusive Foster Forward deals for food, drink and gifts up and down the street.
Check out fosterarea.com or facebook.com/FosterAreaPDX for more details!”
Multiple locations here * noon – 5 pm 
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This weekend

With Thanksgiving behind us, now the Christmas holidays are really kicking off.

Little Boxes is a great opportunity to explore new local businesses, The Grotto is opening their lights and choir event, and Village Portland is hosting a Portland Timbers watch party at Eagle Eye Tavern on Sunday.

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Montavilla Farmers Market Everybody Eats fund raiser:

“Right now, 1 in 7 Oregonians are experiencing food insecurity. But this holiday season, you can help!

Everybody Eats helps households in need access fresh, quality produce through a dollar-for-dollar SNAP match. At the Montavilla Farmers Market, we’ve provided more than $60,000 of matching funds to families in our community.”

Donate here.

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Little Boxes, Portland’s 8th Annual Holiday Shopping Experience:

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On this Black Friday / Small Business Saturday weekend, learn raffle tickets for each of the 200 participating local businesses you visit, and earn more tickets for your purchases!

Check out the participating businesses here and prizes here.

FRIDAY,  NOVEMBER 23th

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights: 

The Grotto‘s Christmas Festival of Lights opens tonight at 5 pm. New for this year, they will be lighting their 150-foot cedar Christmas tree at 4:45 pm. From 6 pm to 9 pm, there are four caroling groups performing.

The choir schedule for the event is here.

The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St * 5 pm – 9 pm, nightly through Dec 30 * $12; senior(65+) / military: $11; children (3-12): $6 children (2 & under): free

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Eastside Bar and Grill is one of several spots in East Portland that hosts live music. There’s a show tonight, and you can keep up with their schedule on their Facebook site.

“Ah, Black Friday! The day after we supposedly reflect on what we’re thankful for and then shove a 5 year old out of the way at Target to get a discounted TV. After your shopping shenanigans, come out to see your favorite quirky indie rock, LIBIDO CORNUCOPIA, joined by CAT BATH & THE AFTERMATH and newcomers ALL HYPE!”

2530 NE 82nd Ave * 9 pm * $5 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24th

Black Storytime (event):

“The African and African American experience comes alive for children from birth to age 6 (with a favorite adult and other family members). In a positive and affirming environment, have fun with books and stories, songs, and movement activities. Black Storytime builds language and literacy skills your child needs to be ready for kindergarten.”

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25th

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The fine folks at Eagle Eye Tavern have allowed us to host a watch party for the Portland Timbers playoff run. They have a projector, good sound, and if you’re not familiar with the bar— it’s a comfortable, friendly place.

They’re playing Sporting Kansas City (the Wizards), and it’s the first of a two-leg match. (Yes, it’s complicated.) If you’re not into sports, just pretend it’s a thrilling combination of dance and theatre.

Eagle Eye Tavern, 5836 SE 92nd Ave * 4:30 pm 

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Sunday jam sessions:

The O’Neill Public House has music every weekend, and hosts jams on Sunday.

At 2 pm is the bluegrass slowjam, and at 10 pm there’s an Irish traditional session.

The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * free

 

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It’s been awesome partnering with new contributors in new neighborhoods… some are experienced writers, while others are people who are interesting in writing and journalism but didn’t quite know how to get started.

There are several stories in the works, and the most recent completed piece came from Derrick McCormick in the Mississippi District. As a student of philosophy unsatisfied by the current state of discourse in the United States, he is developing a procedure to improve communication called Debate by Agreement.

He’s been testing it on the streets of Mississippi Ave, and is looking for more people willing to try out the process. Read more about Debate by Agreement here.

FRIDAY, NOV 16

Spaghetti dinner benefit for the Montavilla and Sunnyside warming shelters:

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3520 SE Yamhill * 6 pm – 8 pm * $5 – $15 sliding scale 

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Music Friday @ Vino Veritas:

“Association Muddy Award recipient Steve Kerin is a true student of the New Orleans style–his playing complex and dense, but also joyous and danceable. And his warm singing voice is suffused with an authentic New Orleans growl. He’s the real Louisiana deal, and the Northwest is richer for it.”

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

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SATURDAY, NOV 17

North Montavilla trash pickup:
“Want to help pick up litter around JOIN this weekend? Join your neighbors for a quick pickup! We will be working with JOIN, SOLVe, and CCC to pick up the neighborhood and providing an opportunity for those living on the street to dispose of some their trash, if they want to, before it ends up as litter.”
Organized by Montavilla Mutual Aid (FB invitation).
1435 NE 81st Ave * 10 am – noon 
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East Portland Chamber of Commerce Turkey Bowl: 

“This family friendly event (Register here) is fun for all ages! Bring your family, friends, employees, coworkers, and potential new Chamber members to enjoy an early afternoon of bowling, socializing, and networking as we kick off the holiday season. This fundraising event for the East Portland Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. 

Your entry fee includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, beverages, dessert and bowling prizes. Raffle tickets are available for $1.00 each.”

Kingpins, 3550 SE 92nd Ave * 10:30 am – 1:30 pm * adult $24, child under 11 $18

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Fix-It Fair, from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability:

“Bring one item to be fixed by a Repair PDX volunteer, while learning how to do it yourself. (Volunteers will do their best, but do not guarantee a complete repair.) You may bring a small counter-top appliance, such as a toaster, or an article of clothing.”

There’ll be workshops on sustainability, energy savings, and community resources, as well as: free lead blood testing; free giveaways; hourly door prizes; free professional childcare; free lunch; and free minor bike tune-ups and flat tire repair for students and families.

For more information, go here.

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

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Dance Mosaic:

“Metro Dancers’ annual repertory concert! Dance Mosaic features our company in works by gifted local choreographers, and spans a variety of styles from classical to modern, and from ballet to jazz. 

In addition, several guest companies will present their own works.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see local artists at their best!” (Tickets here)

 “Also! please join us between shows for our Italian Dinner fundraiser, catered by Olive Garden, Flying Pie Pizza, Stark Street Pizza & more!” (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm).

 Portland Metro Arts, * 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm * door: adult & HS $18, for children and seniors $13; presale: adults & HS $15, children & seniors $15

SUNDAY, NOV 18

The Montavilla Farmers Market Thanksgiving market: 

For the full list of producers and some of the special fall produce available, go here.

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

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Talk Time:

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Generally we look at weekend events in this listing, and use the Facebook page for weekday events. But this event Wednesday sounds too cool not to share.

On Wednesday, 11/14: The Numbers: Screening and Community Discussion:

“The Numbers is a 2017 documentary by Sika Stanton and Donovan Smith where young people living in East Portland speak on their hopes and concerns for their community.  After the screening there will be a Q&A and community discussion on people-powered neighborhood identity! With a live performance with Manny Lopez!”

Canton Grill, 2610 SE 82nd Ave * 6 pm-9 pm

FRIDAY

” … you can make a ticket reservation for David Douglas High Schools Production of Thoroughly Modern Millie!!! Go To the following link for more information about the show: Go here.

“‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ tells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim in 1922, when women were just entering the workforce.”

David Douglas High School, Howard F. Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave * various times, through Nov 18th 

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Montavilla Food Co-op Annual Pancake Brunch – From 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., this soon-to launch food co-op is hosting their annual event.

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * $10 Adults,  $5 kids

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Native American jewelry class:

“In this class we will be using traditional items such as bone beads and leather to create various jewelry. Students will have the opportunity to make a beaded necklace, a choker necklace or, for the older students, beaded earrings.”

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

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Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings and other invertebrates that provide free pest control. You will discover ways to attract and sustain these friendly beneficial insects that help your garden thrive.
Register online here.”
4312 SE Stark St * 9 am – 11:30 am
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House of Dreams (free roam, no kill cat shelter) popular, colorful bazaar features handmade gifts for people and pets, many using recycled content and vegan materials. There is a silent auction, raffle, Second Time Around gently-used holiday décor, door prizes, baked goods – vegan too. Silent auction closes at 2p and raffle closes at 3p. We accept donations of quality, hand-crafted items and all bazaar proceeds go directly to the care of the cats at House of Dreams – an all-volunteer non-profit organization.”
Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St * 10 am – 4 pm 

SUNDAY

Zenger Farm community cooking workshop w/ Chef Roxanna:

“Please join us and Community Chef Roxanna in cooking a community meal together, as Roxanna leads us in cooking the traditional foods of El Salvador!  We will be making stuffed El Salvadoran corn cakes or Pupusas, curtido (a cabbage salad), and salsas. Vegan/veggie options available. Please register here.”

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 4 pm – 6:30 pm * $5 – $15  sliding scale

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It’s an Irish afternoon at O’Neill Public House

The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 2 pm – 11:30 pm * free

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One of the most rewarding elements of Village Portland has been helping neighbors tell their stories. We all have a vision and the tools to tell them, and it’s been great encouraging neighbors and offering them a platform to tell their stories and their neighbors’ stories.

Less than two months ago, I decided to broaden the call to service. I already knew that Portlanders had a lot of love for their neighborhoods, and I was pleased to learn that people outside my circle of neighborhood advocates also had the interest in writing about them. We have a great new group of contributors working on stories, and one of the first published is from the new batch of contributors is by Lisa Kendall about Mt. Tabor Park.

Also this month, I gave a guest lecture at Portland State University about neighborhoods and neighborhood journalism. The educational component has always been an important part of Village Portland, and excited about expanding on the work with PSU, and a collaboration with local grade schools in the works.

Again, if anybody reading has a story to tell or know someone who has an interest in writing or advocacy, we’d love to help you tell it. Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

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If you missed it, the East Portland Arts & Literary Festival was a great success for APANO. They said they had about 500 people attend over two days. I made it to the first night and took a bit of video of Joe Kye singing about finding connection.

FRIDAY

From the Parkrose High Theatre Department, it’s opening night for “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”:

“The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious ‘Stage Door Slasher’) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy ‘angel.’ The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people- all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous ‘slasher’ makes his reappearance and strikes again.”

Parkrose High School Theater, 12003 NE Shaver St * Oct 26, 26, Nov 1, 2, 3 @ 7 pm; Oct 27 @ noon * $7 adults, $5 students & seniors 

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“Local clarinetist heavyweight Andrew puts together a group with singer/guitarist of Debauche, a ‘Russian mafia band’ out of New Orleans! “
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am 

SATURDAY

No Ivy Day @ Gateway Green:

“Join Friends of Gateway Green in removing invasive species—primarily English Ivy and primarily in the wooded portion of Gateway Green (event & required registration). Additionally, we will do some litter removal, along the Multi-Use Path. Long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes recommended. Dress for the weather. We will provide tools and gloves but you are welcome to bring your own if you like. We will provide refreshments. Participants need to be aware that the walk/ride back to the Gateway Transit Center is a fairly long, uphill grade.”

I-205 Multi-Use Path, north of Gateway Transit Center * 9 am – noon 

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Montavilla / East Tabor Business Association is hosting a harvest festival:

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8028 NE Glisan St * noon  4 pm

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Henna

“Henna is used by many cultures as a form of artistic expression. Henna is not permanent, but it does temporarily stain the skin for about two weeks. In this hands-on cultural art program, artist Raina Imig will share information on the art of henna in India, and will create a brief, authentic, intricate henna design on your hand.”

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 2 pm – 3:30 pm

SUNDAY

Parkrose ‘Trunk or Treat’: 

“The Parkrose Business Association is hosting this safe, fun Hallowe’en themed event for area youngsters. Come dressed in costume for extra fun as you visit the companies and organizations providing treats.”

Parkrose High School, east parking lot, 12003 NE Shaver St * 4 pm – 6 pm

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It’s the last Montavilla Farmers Market of the regular season, but they’ll be back Nov 18th for a pre-Thanksgiving market. There’s also music all day: “10:30 am – noon “is the guitar stylings by Jeffrey Shapiro of Milshap Music; from 12-2 we’ll hear some funky Jumblehead!”

For the full list of producers go here.

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Making Calaveritas de Azúcar / Sugar Skulls:

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“In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Day of the Dead celebration and its traditions. Participants will paint their own edible sugar skull and dedicate it to an ancestor or loved one. Why sugar? Throughout Mexico, Day of the Dead is a celebration of joyful remembrance, and the sweetness of sugar reminds us of joy. Nuestro Canto will also explain the special place that sugar skulls have in honoring our ancestors.

This event is part of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.”

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