I’ve seen this band around for years, and never actually seen them. Tonight may be the night. Afro-Latin blues with Ojos Feos. Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th * 9 pm * free

From their website: “Mastered in the Pacific Northwest but with roots in Africa, Mississippi, Cuba, Jamaica, Spain and the Andes, Ojos Feos plays all original compositions which blend minor blues and flamenco progressions with Afro-Latin rhythms and jazz chords.  The music is structured with an upbeat and driving tempo incuding world music arrangements such as guaguanco, cumbia, samba, cha cha cha, songo, reggae, son Cubano and flamenco tangos.” Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th * 9 pm * free


I’m still learning the neighborhood, and there are plenty of fantastic events are happening at the Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave.) I’m not surprised, Portland’s library system is great, and it’s good to see the Midland location is hosting events (May calendar) for the immigrant / minority communities of east Portland.

At Black Storytime, the African and African American experience comes alive for children from 0 – 6 years, noon – 12:30 pm (with adult). Chinese (Cantonese) Storytime for children ages 0 – 6 years is presented from 2 – 2:45 pm (with adult).

Also at the library Saturday, the Igbo Masquerade will be held from noon – 12:45 pm.
Enjoy drums, flutes and dance with Nzuko Ndi Igbo. Follow the link to hear their music and learn about the Nigerian immigrant experience in Oregon.

There’s also Vietnamese story time on Sunday and Russian story time during the week! Check the linked library events calendar for these and other literacy- and culture-related events.

East Portland’s Midland Library

Who knows what will transpire Saturday night? I’ve been feeling the need for karaoke, and while there are many choices, I like Candlelight quite a bit. Here’s what I’m thinking of singing. I’ve been known to crash and burn on songs, but no permenant damage was done. 7334 Ne Glisan St * 9ish? * free


The 10th season of the Montavilla Farmers Market begins Sunday at 10 am! Follow the link to check out all the farmers and orchardists; flowers and start growers; fishers and ranchers; cheesemakers; baker and confectionist, processor and preservers, brewers, distillers and vinters; and restraunteurs available! It’s quite an extensive list. 7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 10 am – 2 pm * free

Further south, people power takes over a loop of streets during the East Portland Sunday Parkways. It’s a great event if you’ve never tried it. Bands, booths, and yard sales take advantage of the event, making it a fun way to explore new neighborhoods or learn more about your own. Get inspired by all the cheery cyclists on it’s Facebook page11 am – 4 pm  * free 

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Of course I’m leaving things out.. Feel free to turn me on to any resources or opportunities I’m missing as I get more familiar with fabulous East Portland. Enjoy your weekend!