It’s definitely worth mentioning: the Portland City Council is coming back to East Portland this week.

This is just over three months since they met in Lents for a town hall. I’ve heard som grumbling about some of the issues and promises made at that first meeting, so I’m glad they’re returning.

This week we’re going to get an update on all the promises and possibilities laid out in that town hall to assist with keeping them accountable.

Jade/APANO Multi-Cultural Space, 8114 SE 81st Ave * 5:45 pm – 8 pm


FirstFridayPoster-website.pngTonight is the first First Friday in Montavilla! A bunch of businesses are hosting special arts & music events, I’ve seen. And includes both Glisan St and Stark St. And what a beautiful flyer…

“It’s a great excuse to get outside, explore local businesses, and have some fun with neighbors, friends and family.”

“This year, we are providing First Friday passports. Passport holders will get stickers when they visit participating businesses. After September’s event, a winner will be drawn from submitted passports. The winner will receive a basket of Montavilla treats valued at upwards of $500.”


“Playing a mix of old R&B, Dixie, NOLA, and gypsy jazz, the Hot Club Time Machine comes from the past to show the future how to Swing! Included are drums, bass, horn, guitar, and accordion/keys.”
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free


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New to the United States, or know someone who is?

East Portland’s Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization “supports immigrants, refugees and mainstream community members to become self-sufficient. We strive in our programming, outreach and education to foster understanding, compassion and communication between Oregon’s established communities and newest arrivals.”

IRCO is hosting a Community Needs Assessment Conference to identify needs of immigrant communities, set goals to reach those needs, and provide progress updates and resources to those communities. If you’re an immigrant or refugee, here’s the form to register.

If you and your ancestors been here a while and you’d like to volunteer to help the newly arrived get settled, their sign up form is here.

Sokhom Tauch Community Center, 10301 NE Glisan Street * 8 am – 4 pm 


The Midland Park Tree Inventory: “Join community volunteers in identifying, mapping, and measuring every tree in the park to help us better understand and utilize the amazing resource that is Portland’s urban forest!” Register here.

Midland Park, SE 122nd Ave & Morrison St (east side of park, next to Midland Library parking lot) * 8:30 am – noon


When I was up on Alberta Street for the first Last Thursday of the season, I got to thinking. Last Thursday, First Thursday, First Friday aren’t just events, they’re neighborhood development tools. Tools that can be mapped over to new and upcoming communities. It’s cool to see more street fairs and other interesting events pop up, and see neighborhoods learning from nearby neighborhoods.

Or maybe I just wanted you to watch my Last Thursday video… When I first moved to Portland Last Thursday was awesome, then it got too crowded to see art and appreciate the music… but somehow it’s been restored to its old glory.


Over on Foster, this is going on Saturday:

“A Family friendly tasting tour that coincides with Second Saturday! (Website) Come out for tastes of everything from booze to board games. Participating businesses along Foster Road will have specials for the day and there will be presentations by non-retail businesses as well; the event is family friendly, other than a few bars that are 21 and over. The event coincides with the Second Saturday Art Walk, so there will be galleries showing a wide range of art as well.”
SE Foster Rd & 66th-ish, 2 pm – 10 pm * free


More goodness from IRCO, celebrating 40 years of service :

“You and your family are welcome to enjoy free lunch, fun activities, games, and FREE community center passes! Plus, we’ll tell you how you can stay cool – and SAFE – this summer at our pools (both outdoors and indoors), park splash pads and fountains for water play fun, and the new Poet’s Beach, which opens Thursday, July 13, 2017!”

IRCO’s Sokhom Tauch Community Center, 10301 NE Glisan Street * 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm


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Both the Montavilla and Lent Farmers Market are open Sundays!

Lents Farmers Market, SE 92nd Ave & Reedway St, between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

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