Spring’s definitely springing, and there are tons of great events happening.

I’m also excited to roll out the next iteration of Village Portland soon. I’ve been mostly unable to write more significant stories while developing the new site, but after the upgrade I’ll be able to do more than my simple weekly event cheerleading.

It’s been hard to sit on the sidelines as so much unfolds, but know that my heart is with you and I hope my work can serve the forward movement of East Portland.


Playing their first show @ The O’Neill Public House is Tara Velarde. (Their bio, though interesting reading, it doesn’t really say what kind of music they play,. Give the video a spin if you’re curious.) The show’s from 6 pm – 8 pm.

Afterwards, Counterfeit Cash, a Portland-based Johnny Cash tribute band preforms (9 pm – 1 am).

6000 NE Glisan * free


RACC Workshop: Grant Writing is for Everyone: “This interactive workshop will offer you an opportunity to learn both how to set yourself up for success before you write the grant and how to write an effective proposal.” More information and registration here.

Milepost 5 cafe space, 8155 NE Oregon * noon – 4 pm * $30, MP5 residents get a 50% discount, no one turned away for lack of funds


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The 12th annual Mt. Tabor Art Walk is both Saturday & Sunday. Download the map here, and visit nearly 40 local artists.

10 am – 5 pm


If you’re looking for gardening fun down in Lents, there is a planting party (event) at Malden Court Community Orchard from 9 am – noon, and at Leach Botanical Garden, there’s a free Children’s Nature Fair (event)  from 10 am – 2 pm that looks excellent:

“This year’s theme — “Traveling Seeds”— will include learning about seeds of all kinds including those that disperse by “traveling”. Also find interactive booths, arts/crafts, seed activities, nature walks, music, and 25 cent ice cream… “


“Join Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines for our Solidarity Open House! At this family-friendly gathering we will share some delicious food, honor our community, and discuss ways we can build together.”

Please RSVP to the organizers for any access or childcare needs.

EPNO, 1017 NE 117th Ave * noon – 2 pm



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Okay, this looks amazing: “FREE & fun community celebration honoring all people & pets who call this neighborhood home! Come rally around a shared love of animals, learn about helpful resources and connect with your neighbors through laughter and kindness. Parade walk starts at 3 pm: The Belmont Goats will lead the parade and any friendly pets (or teddy bears!) are encouraged to participate too! People of any ability, age, language, orientation, status, and whether dog-lover, cat-lover or allergic to both… you are enthusiastically welcomed. Get the details on all the activities, guidelines and opportunities at:

Meet at: Boys and Girls Club, 9330 SE Harold St * 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm * free 



It’s a bit outside the realm of East Portland, but  is an event worth checking out. Car free streets are always a nice opportunity, and the music, yard sales, and other shenanigans Sunday Parkways attracts makes it a great experience. FB page.

SE Portland * 11 am – 4 pm * free