Welcome to fall, y’all… Along with the website, I’ve started a Facebook page for Village Portand. The stories I share are about Portland-based neighborhood issues, along with other stories featuring ways to build community.

This week I shared a story I wrote on police accountability and biased-based policing; one on the effort to protect neighbors against lead during home demolitions; and another on the 69 percent jump in vehicle thefts in Portland.

I won’t really be looking at day-to-day crime, it’s important— but there are other places to find those stories. I will be looking at systematic ways to address crime and improve livability. And as always, I’m open to your suggestions.


The Montavilla Mini Farm is open from 11 am – 7 pm today! I’m curious to visit the farm and learn about how to maximize space for growing food.

7700 NE Oregon * 11 am – 7 m


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East Portland Arts & Literary Festival:

Join APANO for this full-day festival (artist schedule) led by artists of color exploring what it means to immigrate, migrate, and find home. This festival is the LAST public event at the Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS) before it is demolished and transformed into a mixed-use development and affordable housing!

JADE/APANO Multicultural Space, 8114 SE Division St * 11 am – 6 pm


The 9th Annual Bike Legislative Town Hall with Oregon State legislators (Facebook invitation). This four-hour long event features State Representative Smith Warner, Representative Keny-Guyer and Senator Dembrow, and Rep. Barbara Smith Warner. This year we’ll also be joined by Rep. Diego Hernandez, Rep. Janelle Bynum, and Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson.

“We will explore the amazing work happening in the Gateway Neighborhood. We’ll have a variety of stops where community leaders will share recent triumphs and continued needs to support this historically underserved neighborhood.”

“The ride will be easy enough for riders of all skill levels and abilities, including kids.”

The Outer Rim Bike Shop, 10625 NE Halsey Ave * 10 am – 2 pm


Vibe of Portland‘s 10th Birthday Celebration, where you can tour the studio, participate in family art projects, yard games, a raffle. Food carts will be available for purchase.

“It has been an incredible year at Vibe of Portland. Come join as they unveil their new Studio AND celebrate their 10th year empowering Portland’s youth through art. Since programming began in 2008, Vibe has grown to work with 10 schools and serve over 3,000 kids.”

Vibe of Portland, 5633 SE Division Street * 10 am – 2 pm


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“And the BAN played on…” explores the history of censorship:

“Many rulers and societies throughout history have attempted control who is remembered, what is to be seen and heard, and how we are to behave. In our country, where the First Amendment remains a nearly sacred document, there’s always been heated debate regarding exactly how “free” creative minds really are when it comes to expressing feelings and ideas”

Registration is required. Register here.

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


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Music at the Montavilla Farmers Market with Tess Creasy @ 11 am, and a traditional Irish trio featuring market neighbor Joe Reidy @ 12:30 pm.

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


The Lents Farmers Market is on this weekend as well. It runs through the end of October.

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