Fall means elections for both the Lents and Montavilla Neighborhood Associations.

There’s a MNA general meeting this week on Monday, Sept 11. The meeting’s agenda is here. At the meeting you can register, giving you the opportunity to vote in the October elections.

If you missed the last meeting, the audio is here.

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


In Lents, there’s a Pre-Election Candidate Meet & Greet on Sept 12. I’ll be going and will write a piece about the candidates if you’re unable to attend.

KingPins Portland, 3550 SE 92nd Ave * 6:30 pm


Uplift, Understand, Upskill Young Pacific Islanders at Midland Library (event):

“This is a storytelling event created for youth to share a space not only to listen but to exchange stories, narratives, and experiences in hopes to uplift, understand, and upskill each other. Our mission is to break the barriers of Pacific Islander youth by interchanging stories to help us realize our validity and get motivated to go above and beyond with schools and/or with our communities. 

In this event, we will be highlighting stories of the lifestyles of other young Pacific Islander students. Please feel free to invite your friends, families, and community members to join us listening and sharing our own narratives.”

Midland Branch Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 3:30 pm – 5 pm 
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On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, there’s always live music at Montavilla Station.
Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th Ave * 9:30 pm * free



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Taste of Latino America at Portland Mercado!

“Support more than 20 Latino start-ups while taking part in the food, drinks, and cultural activities from across Mexico, Central America, South America & the Caribbean Islands. Bring your familia out for a day of live music, dancing, art, kids activities, an open air bar, and more!”


International Literacy Day @ Midland Library:

“First come, first served.

Get help with:

  • Reading
  • Citizenship
  • GED preparation
  • Learning English

Meet over 15 community groups, including:

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 4 pm * free 


8th Annual Neerchokikoo Powwow & Community Honoring Ceremony (event):

“The Neerchokikoo Honoring Powwow has developed into a well-anticipated annual event at NAYA Family Center. … Each year the event honors members of our community for their contributions to the important work that NAYA does to enhance the lives of our youth, families, and Elders.”
11 am: Community Honoring Ceremony
1 pm: Grand Entry
6 pm: Community Meal
7 pm Grand Entry
Native American Youth and Family Center, 5135 NE Columbia Blvd * 11 am – 10 pm
Ascension Church is hosting an even with DePave. According to their website, they will be ripping up 3,200 square feet of asphalt to make way for a garden and trees. There’ll be live music and lunch provided. For more details, visit the invitation.
The organization is always looking for projects if you now a location that would benefit from trading pavement for green space.
Ascension Church, 743 SE 76th Ave * 8:45 am – 3 pm 


One of the market volunteers wrote a nice piece about the current vendors and produce available at the Montavilla Farmers Market. Market music with solo guitarist Art Viloria ( Nuevo Flamenco and Latin Jazz music).


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


There are four musical groups at the Lents International Farmers Market this Sunday (calendar for details) and the cooking class for this month: “Building Healing Soups & Sipping Broths with Tressa Yellig of Broth Bar Learn how to make bone broth with Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Broth Bar, Tressa Yellig.”

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