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I think it’s fair to say there’s a lot of new things happening at Milepost 5. There’s new leadership in the coffee shop, new co-gallery directors, the garden’s being redone, and the board (that I’m serving on) has been reformed. A long-term resident of the condos said that after six years of existence, now is the best time to be living here. That’s good to hear.

First Friday is the time when we debut our new art installations and open the doors to the public. There are three galleries here, and residents Leviticus Appleton & Maxwell Rupert are showing this month.

Also, from 7 pm – 9 pm MP5 condos resident and pianist Theo Burk will be playing “jazz stylings, torch Noir jazz ballads, a little Talking Heads, Elton John, and maybe a gospel number”. Should be fun.

Come by and visit the show, or come by the Art Haus Coffee Shop (open Mon – Fri, 7 am – 7 pm). There’s a variety of art and crafts made by the residents in the coffee shop, and the galleries are open during the day as well.

First Friday @ Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon * 6 pm – 10 pm * free


The 2016 Village Building Convergence begins tonight. You’d know it best from the painted intersections all over town. The projects are a chance to meet your neighbors, and create gathering spaces for community to happen. Most of the projects are closer in, but there is one underway all weekend near 71st & Oregon. Here’s a link to the VBC map where you can find it. After working during the day, there are parties at night.

Most of the projects are for neighbors nearby, but every time I’ve been by the project coordinators welcomed the help. Visiting one would be a good way to see if you wanted to organize something for next year. Here’s a description of the project off 71st:

1) building an outdoor roof structure which will be embellished with bat houses, mason bee hives, and eventually native vines; 2) planting a 175′ long area of right-of-way with pollinator-friendly plants; 3) installing a permeable walkway for pedestrians on an unimproved road.


Saturday is the 6th annual Montavilla Food Co-op Pancake Breakfast. I missed the meeting earlier this month, but the co-op just reached 500 members and I’mScreenshot 2016-06-02 at 7.18.00 PM curious to learn more about their plan for the future. 

We’ll have great food for most diets (carnivores, vegetarians, gluten-free), music, a raffle, door prizes and more. 

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * 8 am – noon * $10 suggested donation, free for members 


Seasoned actors bring the magic of live theatre to children and families with Once Upon a Time Family Theatre’s production of Rapunzel. Tickets are available here.

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.

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

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The Montavilla Farmers Market is happening every Sunday until October!

7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 10 am – 2 pm * free 


TechnoHosts is free one-on-one computer help at the Midland Library. Pretty cool.

Friendly, trained TechnoHost volunteers can help you with basic computer issues such as creating and saving documents, printing, sending email, connecting to the library wi-fi, and getting started on searching the web and navigating the Library’s website and catalog.

 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 5 pm * free

Enjoy! And stay cool…