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I hope you enjoyed the tiny taste of summer we got this week, it was a good reminder to plan for summer events. The City of Portland has a new online block party application form (here) and is waiving its fees for events held east of 82nd Avenue.


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The First Friday art show opening at Milepost 5 Gallery is from Jojo Lumiere. The exhibit will be hanging all month, and the gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 am – 5 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm.

“Hearts & Quarks” is a mixed media, multi-disciplinary art show that explores the intrigue of particle physics, heartbreak & shadow. Jojo uses vibrant color in her sculptural paintings, light, & darkness in her digital work and explores color/form in her t-shirt collection.” 

Milepost 5 Gallery, 850 NE 81st * 6:30 pm – 10 pm * free



Live music with Edge of Ether: “Rock and roll party with all your favorite songs to dance and have fun with!!!”

Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th * 9 pm – 1 am * free 


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“Montavilla Neighborhood Association will host its annual cleanup event where neighbors can get rid of junk at an affordable fee while supporting neighborhood activities and events throughout the neighborhood. We accept anything that is not curbside recyclable or otherwise possibly hazardous (anything that may have asbestos or other chemical compounds).”

If you have any questions about what’s okay to bring, see the FB event page.

Fees: Carload – $15, Truck Load – $25, Large Truck or Trailer – $40

Montavilla Baptist Church, 9204 SE Hawthorne * 9 am – 3 pm 


Imani Milele Children’s Choir: A voice for Ugandan orphaned and vulnerable children is performing at Midland Library.

“Imani Milele is a Swahili phrase meaning “Always Believe”. This is the message we give to our children, encouraging them to never give up. … The choir has been treating audiences to fun-filled, interactive and inspirational concerts since 2013. Expect to experience “True Africa”, which is showcased through culturally unique music, dance and well-crafted drum routines.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * noon – 12:45 pm * free


Portland Metro Arts’ Once Upon a Time Family Theatre presents: “Chicken Little” “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.” For more information and tickets, click here.

9003 SE Stark St * 11:30 am * adults $2, youth $1


Sunday is the opening day of the Montavilla Farmers Market. For a full list of vendors, and new choices at the market, click here. EBT is accepted and the Double Up Food Bucks program (learn more here) will match up to $10 per customer per day for fruits and vegetables.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

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Lentil Bowl, a Green Lents fund raiser:  “… bring the family to this event and get to know your neighbors.  It’s also a fundraiser and promotional activity for Greet Lents. One fee includes two hours of unlimited bowling and shoe rental. Proceeds from the event go towards sustaining Green Lents so that we can continue the services we offer to the neighborhood through our four core programs: the the Tool Library, Malden Court Community Orchard, pollinator habitats, and community listening projects.” Register here.

KingPins Family Entertainment Center, 3550 SE 92nd Avenue * 12 pm – 2 pm * $12 per person


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Taborspace, a project of, has gatherings throughout the week. See the schedule here. On Sunday, for example, the eleven events scheduled include: meditation, yoga, singing, and recovery programs for many different addictive behaviors.

Taborspace is an amazing example of a church that has pivoted and expanded its ministry to serve its community.

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont