This weekend

What an amazing display of neighborliness and organization last weekend!

I don’t know what it took to overcome all the barriers to making the warming shelter at St. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church, but I know compassion and coordination won the day.

These are the stories that need telling. These are the stories I want to tell. Thanks to all who made it work, I look forward to learning how it got done soon.

FRIDAY

Where’s the live music in East Portland neighbors? I must admit I haven’t explored too far beyond Montavilla, but there are still some awesome venues nearby: Montavilla Station (their show listing’s aren’t online), The O’Neill Public House, and Duff’s Garage. They each have their own flavor, with blues, rock, and Americana a common find.

Johnny Cash tribute band Counterfeit Cash plays O’Neill Friday. 6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * free 

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Dr. Strange is a Marvel Comics romp into the mystic. One Rotten Tomato reviewer calls it Harry Potter for adults, and it stars Benedict Cumberbatch, an actor who seems to pick projects well. Six other second run films are on at Academy Theater (movie times), and also classic horror film The Blob (1958).

7818 SE Stark * adults $4; seniors, kids $3

SATURDAY

East Portland Neighborhood Office is hosting a Earthquake / Severe Weather Preparedness Forum. “The panel members will include the American Red Cross,  Portland Fire and Rescue, and Portland Bureau of Emergency Preparedness.  There will be information sharing and questions/comments from the audience will be received and discussed.”

Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, SE 139th and SE Mill St * 10 am – 2 pm * free

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This looks fantastic: Fox and Rabbit, an original mini-musical by Penny’s Puppet Productions at Midland Library.

805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm * free

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SUNDAY

Planting a Terrarium at Portland Nursery: “Create your own arrangement from our glass vessels and plant selection in this hands-on workshop. Get guidance from Portland Nursery staff member, Cait, on how to select a combination based on plant needs and aesthetics, and learn how to plant them together in a vessel. Go home with tips on keeping your creation healthy and happy.” Register here.

9000 SE Division * 11 am – 12:30 pm  * $30

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Announced Thursday 1/12, the city is offering community centers (like the one at 82nd & Glisan) to be used as warming shelters if neighbors can volunteer to staff them. As you can see from the map below, there aren’t places to go anywhere near Montavilla. If you’d like to sign up for a shift, register here.

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If you see someone who looks unprepared for the cold, county officials encourage you to call 503-823-3333, or 911 if the situation looks dire.

Last night at about 11:30 pm, beds was still available in East County shelters, according to a regularly-updated map pulled from 211 data. All the west side shelters were full.

As I warmed up after the commute home it was a relief knowing warm beds were available, but it would be nice to have opportunities closer to the neighborhood.

FRIDAY

All original Americana with Radio Giants @ 9 pm; Warthog Stew 6 pm – 8 pm.

Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd Ave * ???

SATURDAY

There were several days of service planned to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. around town, including an event planned for the Columbia Children’s Aboretum, but they’ve been cancelled due to the winter weather.

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I’ve never seen this, or even stepped foot inside Mall 205 actually, but it looks pretty cool. All American Magic and Ventriloquist Show.

9994 SE Washington St * 1:30 pm doors, 2 pm show * $14 GA, $48 for 5

SUNDAY

Sunday is a Montavilla Farmers Market Winter Stock-Up market. MFM offers Double Up Food Bucks for all EBT shoppers. Spend $10 in EBT funds at the market and you’ll get an extra $10 to spend. 

Sunday is also the last day to submit a resume for MFM’s part-time Financial & Volunteer Coordinator position.

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

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“Love Chinese dim sum? Then you will love mantou! Come and learn how to make mantou (Chinese steamed buns) with Ashley Xu. Samples and instructions will be provided.” Register here, it’s required.

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 3:30 4:30 pm * free 

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My body is warm, but my spirit is still chilled by the cold-related death of 51-year-old Mark Elliot Johnson earlier this week. He died on a sidewalk in front of a business near 99th and East Burnside, not far from the eastern boundary of our Montavilla neighborhood.

It seems like it would be so simple to just open the doors of churches and community centers, but, for whatever reason, we don’t have warming options in or near Montavilla right now. I’ve been reaching out to churches and non-profits to learn more about their community service, and the cold temperatures and tragic death of Mark Johnson definitely highlights the need for a closer look at what’s available— and what it takes to provide more.

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Also the Montavilla Farmers Market is hiring a part-time financial & volunteer coordinator!
SATURDAY 

We’ll be opening the doors to the cafe / workspace at Milepost 5 today from 8 am – 1 pm. There’ll be $1 coffee and tea, and space to work on art. It’s mainly for residents, but part of MP5’s mission is outreach (I’m on the board), so feel free to come by and say hello. I’ll be hosting… cafe entrance on Oregon St. just west of 82nd

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At The O’Neil Public House from 6 pm – 8 pm: “If Florence & The Machine and Alabama Shakes had a baby, Kaiya On The Mountain would be their love child. This youthful band has the music, the energy and the looks to back up their passion to put on an unforgettable show and they’re all no older than 21. So if you like alternative folk music with a southern flare, stick around. You might just fall in love.”  From 9:30 pm – 1 am: gritty roots rock with Gravel6000 NE Glisan St * 6 pm – 8 pm * free

SUNDAY

The Montavilla Neighborhood Association Housing & Homelessness committee met Tuesday, and it’s good to see neighbors getting organized to help. The Hot Meal + Cold Weather Supply Share is an opportunity to help in the neighborhood. west side of NE 82nd, just north of the overpass, across from the 82nd Ave Max stop * noon – 3 pm 

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FRIDAY

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Roscoe’s is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this weekend! There will be special beers on tap (FB invitation with beer list)), and they will be giving away new 10th anniversary t-shirts. The party kicks off Friday @ 2 pm and runs through 1/1/17.

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Copper & Crow are at O’Neill Public House. Their first single “Love Wins in the End” is a nice sentiment to carry into the new year. 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm * free

SATURDAY

I thought it would be fun to do a lap around downtown Montavilla to see if any of the businesses has anything special planned for NYE It was fun: I bought a sticker from Montavilla Brew Works, had some kung pow tofu from Chinese Village, got to see the disco room on a short tour of Portland Tub & Tan, and sang some Bill Withers at Montavilla Station.

It’s business as usual at most restaurants and bars in the area, but Montavilla Station will have a champagne toast, party hats, and noise makers for their guests. Oh yeah. Bolt Upright, a rockin’ blues band, will be playing live. 417 SE 80th Ave * 9 pm? * free

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At Duff’s Garage for NYE: Ben Rice Colossal Group and Sister Mercy featuring April Brown. 2530 NE 82nd Ave *7 pm doors, 9 pm show *$12 w/ reserved table, $10 general admission

The new website is compete, so look forward to some new happenings early in the new year. Happy 2017!

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In this season of giving, it was nice to see the Montavilla Neighborhood Association approve $800 for two of the neighborhood’s struggling families this week.

With two free stores in East Portland Saturday, and a Friday food pantry at Highland Church (on Glisan, from 76th – 78th), and word that MNA board member serves at a local shelter… I’m grateful for the generosity of our neighbors and wonder what else is available.

Are you part of, or know of, a church or organization offering assistance to those in need? I’ll be reaching out to churches this week to see what’s available, and it’s be good to get a head start from readers.

FRIDAY 

In these days of winter weather and frozen streets, it’s a good time to explore your neighborhood venues.

It’s always a rowdy good time at Monavilla Station. On Friday Frankie West is on the stage, underneath the dangling musical instruments and 45 records. 417 SE 80th Ave * 9 pm? * free 

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St. Peter and Paul Church is hosting the Occupy PDX free store. *** because of the weather, the free store has been moved to Tuesday, 1 pm – 3 pm *** They’ll have free gift wrapping and are serving a free lunch the flyer says: “Occupy PDX Free Store: Bring / take home gifts / clothes / gloves / books / CDs DVDs / vinyl / gift soaps / games / toys / housewares / stuffed animals / coats. No $$ No Barter.” 247 SE 82nd Ave * 1 – 3 pm * free

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Lents Free Store, recently celebrating its first anniversary, is open Saturday. They’ve been open nearly every month and have distributed about 16,000 articles of clothing, according to this nice story in East PDX News. Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4244 SE 91st Ave * noon – 2 pm * free

SUNDAY 

Montavilla “Winter Stock Up” Farmers Market “Winter is on its way here but it doesn’t mean Montavilla’s farmers market is on its way out! The two hour stock-up markets are here for you and the vendors you love with an extended season for shopping farm direct and local throughout the winter” 7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 11 am – 1 pm 

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There’s a free showing of Elf at Academy Theater! It’s the last event of Frosty Fest and also the last day to vote for your Favorite Window Display on the Montavilla East Tabor Business Association Facebook page. METBA is also collecting winter clothes for JOIN. 7818 SE Stark * 5 pm * free

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It’s the third annual Funkin for the Oregon Food Bank, with Perk Portland Grooves, and Spun Honey. Blue Room Bar @ Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 9 pm –  midnight * ???

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More live music with: Swinging Doors (honky-tonk & western swing) and Joe Baker and The Kitchen Men (early jazz and blues). Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd  * 9 pm * $8

SATURDAY

A Community Healing Forum is being held by the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization: “A space for immigrant and refugee communities to come together to learn about our rights, take action, and support each other after the election.” Register hereIRCO Sokhom Tauch Community Center, 10301 NE Glisan St * 8:30 am to 12:30 pm * free

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Santa’s holding court at Wix Insurance in downtown Montavilla, delivered by Portland Fire Station 19 Santa at 11 am. There’ll be sweet treats by Luby Wind for sale, as well as crafts to benefit Montavilla Food Co-op, and Bridger Elementary School. 8037 SE Stark St * 11 am – 2 pm * free

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“The East Portland Holiday Bazaar is a fun-filled single-day holiday market … where you will find local, affordable, hand-made holiday gifts, such as crafts, art, greeting cards, jewelry, zines, beauty products and much more! This bazaar centers around the 100+ independent creators of East Portland, as well as providing a community-focused holiday arts and crafts festival in the Jade District.” APANO/Jade Multicultural Space, 8114 SE Division St * 10 am – 5 pm * free

SUNDAY

 

All weekend at Academy Theater,  you can catch one of the finest, strangest holiday films ever: National Lampoon’s Holiday Vacation. Enjoy the season! 7818 SE Stark St * 11:55 am, 5:05 pm, 9:55 pm * $4 adult, $3 seniors and children under 12

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Irish traditional session at O’Neill’s Public House: “Anyone with an interest in playing Irish traditional music would be welcome!” 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm * free

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There’s awesome events happening all week in East Portland, but since this is a amateur (from Latin through French meaning lover) offering, I don’t cover events during the week. Since the topic shapes and explains so much about East Porland, I’m including this talk about East Portland’s annexation in the 1980s held Monday, 11/5. Here’s presenter and researcher Sabina on OPB’s Think Out Loud discussing the issue.

“How and why has Portland’s urban core, this paragon of sustainability become more white and affluent, while its outer eastside has become more diverse and low income. What are the disparities between “two cities side by side” and how can Portland become a livable city for all.”  Jade/APANO Community Space, 8114 SE Division St * 6 pm * free

FRIDAY

There’s always live local music at Montavilla Station. It’s usually blues rock, rock, and if you’re lucky rock AND roll. I didn’t make it by this week to see the chalk board, but it’s reliably a good time. 17 SE 80th Ave * 10 pm? * free

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Meet Rojo the Llama, a therapy llama for Llama Libations (7 – 8 pm) at Cartlandia. There’ll be carrots, kisses, ornaments, books and t-shirts. Choose from 30 international food carts at Cartlandia and classic rock ‘n’ roll from Speaker Thief and The Boondock Boys at the Blue Room Bar. 8145 SE 82nd Ave * free

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SATURDAY

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Help plant native trees and shrubs with Friends of Trees and Johnson Creek Watershed Council at a new restoration site at Veteran’s Creek, a tributary of Johnson Creek. “We provide breakfast snacks and hot chocolate/coffee, as well as gloves, tools and guidance. Please come dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy, closed-toe shoes and get ready to have fun!” 9795 SE Mt Scott Blvd * 8:45 am – 1 pm * free

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David Douglas High School PTSA 15th Annual Holiday Bazaar This annual event hosts more than 80 vendors with their unique merchandise. This is our largest fundraiser to support our college scholarships to our departing senior class. We have everything from personalized holiday decorations, stained glass art, presents for your pets, gift baskets, home made goodies, fine art, jewelery and more!!! You don’t have to stop shopping, we have food right in the bazaar at the Jingle Bell Cafe!” 1001 SE 135 Ave * 9:00 am – 4 pm * free

SUNDAY

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Prism House PDX is having their second annual DIY open house (FB event). “Join us in our festive 101 year old farm house to get creative & make gifts for loved ones, or yourself! This is a free and all ages event open to the public where we will have many themed craft rooms to create things like: fresh wreaths, ornaments, paper crafts and personalized cards, cookies, gift baskets and more! Oregon Hemp works will even have a special edition customizable label for their incredible soaps!” Check out photos from last year here4105 NE 112th Ave * 2 pm – 6 pm * $5 suggested donation

 

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East County Community Orchestra Winter Concert at David Douglas High School. Some of the pieces presented are the theme from 2001, Space Odyssey, South Pacific, and an Austrailain folk song called Country Gardens. A meet and greet with the musicians and director (with complimentary coffee and cookies), will be held at intermission.  1400 SE 130th Avenue * 3 pm * free