This weekend

FRIDAY

The Pepper Grinders @ O’Neill Pub: “Using the cream of the crop of amazing Portland players, the band is dedicated to the sound of the jump blues bands and the screaming sax greats from the late 40’s and early 50’s. The set list will include covers by the likes of Big Jay McNeely, Earl Bostic, Willis Jackson and more.”

Is there more live music I’m missing in East Portland? Sadly, Duff’s Garage closed, and Montavilla Station (video) only advertises its bands Friday and Saturday bands on their chalkboard, so I’m thinking there are other musical

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * free

SATURDAY

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New Year in the Park – Celebrating Cambodian, Lao, Thai, and Burmese cultures, with cultural performances, food, traditional games, and more. The schedule is here.

Glenhaven Park, NE 82nd Avenue and Siskiyou Street * 9:30 am – 6 pm 

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A Neighborhood Emergency Teams training begins this weekend. “NETs are Portland residents trained by PBEM [Portland Bureau of Emergency Management] and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods.”

Saturday’s class is full, but there are slots open later in May. Neighbors must complete this form before registering here. Three classes and a hands-on final field evaluation are required for graduation.
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 You probably heard the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade was cancelled due to threats of violence, when Portland activists promised to keep some people with awful tactics from marching with the Multnomah Republican Party. Now it seems the clash is moving to Montavilla Park.
James Buchal, chairman of the Multnomah Republican Party, said in a WW article that they can’t vet everyone who marches with them, but actually they can and they should have.

Organizers of this FB event, complete with burning American flag photo, are promising to shut down the Patriot Prayer event, a Vancouver, Washington based group who planned the march after the cancellation to protest what they think are free speech restrictions.

If you like pro wrestling, this PP video is worth a watch. And then there’s also this other  counter event (FB event) that prioritizes food and dancing, and asks participants not to engage with the Bible Believers. Make your own choices, but it seem like an unproductive and possibly violent way to spend your day.

Even though the parade is cancelled, Montavilla Co-op is still having a volunteer appreciation gathering (FB event) with Mexican food from Mixteca Pdx, bubbles, candy, their parade banner. I’m really excited to know when the co-op’s opening.

8104 SE Morrison St * 11 am – 3 pm

SUNDAY

“Get to know Zenger Farm and learn all about our Summer Camps! The whole farm will be open for exploration and we’ll have some of our favorite camp activities set up so you can see what camp is really like! Our Camp Counselors will be on hand to answer all your burning questions and to help you sign up on the spot, if you’re ready. Free food will be provided!”

The event is free, but they request that you register (here).

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Road * 1 pm – 4 pm * free 

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“Join Representative Hernandez and Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson on Sunday, April 30th (FB event) to hear about the work they are doing in Salem and here locally around housing, education, transportation, pedestrian safety and more.”  RSVP here.

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

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“Join board members of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association and fellow neighbors for a tea or coffee on us! Come discuss neighborhood activites, issues and events! Event open to all residents of the Montavilla Neighborhood!”

Townshend’s Tea Company, 7940 SE Stark St * 6 pm – 8 pm 

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Community Bonding with Food: “Chance for communities to unite using food as a means of sharing love and respect.”

This is the Hispanic church whose service was interrupted by the Bible Believers in January, the group that set off all this mess with the parade. (FB event)

St. Peter Catholic Church PDX, 8623 SE Woodstock Blvd * 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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I’d love to promote your organization’s event as much as I promote Milepost 5 events (I’m on the board). Psychedelic Psynema, is a free monthly film event. Be on time for the introduction by host Chris Peregrine. It’s always the best part.

“Always FREE. Come watch two bizarre rock operas. You get extra points if you can explain Tommy to me.

Darktown Strutters (1975) it’s a funk opera, it’s a blaxploitation film, it’s a biker movie, it’s a feminist treatise, the costumes rock, and the violence is all slapstick. What more could you ask for? Quite possibly the perfect film.” 8 pm, The Who’s “Tommy”.

MP5 Theater, 8155 NE Oregon * 6 pm * free 

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