This weekend!

FRIDAY 

I’m still exploring my neighborhood and East Portland in general. I want to focus on Montavilla, but I’m expanding my event listings to all of East Portland. Not sure what the official line between Portland and East Portland is, but I usually consider it to be Mt. Tabor. It’s worth a discussion. Regardless— the interests of this part of town have been neglected, and righting that wrong is a cause I’ll be championing as this site develops. So let’s celebrate all the wonderful things happening out this way!

It’s the Portland Pickles home opener in Lents Park! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the first season of Portland’s wooden bat league team gets going. This seems like something for East Portland to be proud of. The schedule’s here;  get tickets here.

If there’s not a guy in a giant foam pickle costume, I’m going to be very disappointed. (EDIT: Yes!! There is and his name is Dillon!)

Walker Stadium, NE corner of Lents Park, 92nd & Holgate * 7:05 pm & 5:05 pm * $6 – $12

SATURDAY

Powell Butte Nature ParkJoin The Nature Conservancy in restoring Powell Butte Nature Park… Powell Butte, an extinct cinder cone volcano, rises near the headwaters of Johnson Creek – an urban creek with remnant populations of native salmon and steelhead. Possible projects include trail work, ivy and other invasive species removal, fence work and mulching or watering native plants. After the three hour work party, volunteers are invited to stick around for a BYO sack lunch and informal hike.

Powell Butte, SE 162nd Ave. and Powell Blvd. * 9 am – noon * free

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I’ll say again: Duff’s Garage is an amazing resource for East Portland and Portland’s blues community. There are two shows on Saturday: Rocky Butte Wranglers (6 pm – 8 pm) and Gary Bennet / Leslie Beia & The Lowburners (8:30 – ???)

2530 NE 82nd Ave. * ??? (usually $10)

SUNDAY 

I’m gonna pump the Montavilla Farmers Market every Sunday until October! There are a few unique draws beyond supporting your region’s food producers, like doubling your EBT benefits, and teaching kids to love fruits and vegetables.

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

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The first time I’d ever heard of the Portland International Raceway was recently when neighbors complained about the noise. I’m not really into motorcycles, but I think this could be a fun afternoon.

Screenshot 2016-06-09 at 10.55.36 AMIt doesn’t get much more exciting that this. Big classes of fast motorcycles, a standing start and then knee-dragging through the corners and screaming speed in the straights — oh, and the chicane! The Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Assoc. is the host for two days of great racing. For more information go to www.omrra.com. 

The event listing says the sound limit is 103 decibels, so try to stay quiet, will ya?

1940 N Victory Blvd * 9 am – 5 pm * $10 

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