I saw a lot of neighbors’ reflections on the Montavilla Neighborhood Association election this week, here’s mine: firstly, thanks to everyone who helped me connect to the candidates, offered suggestions, and made corrections. I need the input and feedback as Village Portland finds its shape, please keep it coming.

Even though the media spotlight has moved on, I’ll still be here to fill my self-appointed role as reporter, cheerleader, and referee for Montavilla and East Portland— especially about the organizations and small businesses that make this neighborhood a great place to live.

I’m excited to seeing the priorities the new board chooses, and am looking forward to helping amplify their work. I especially appreciate the candidates (elected and not) who were willing to answer difficult questions, graciously understanding my effort to help them explain themselves to their neighbors and advocate for a fair process.

I hope the enthusiasm and idealism expressed in the election can lead the way, while the effort is made to build bridges and bring everyone along. We need bold solutions, and I think the NAs are a good place to work out new ways of solving problems. Let’s get to work!


Beginning Friday, “The Omen” (1976) is showing at Academy Theater. It’s part of the theater’s Halloween series.

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 


To balance out the horror movie, live music at The O’Neill Public HouseBand of Comerados plays acoustic music that makes you feel good.”

6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free


Celebrate your new park! Free cake and activities at the playground and soccer field. The refurbished Lents Park was paid for by the park bond passed in November 2014. For more information on the park, go here.

Playground Schedule

  • 1:00pm:  Event Kick-off with Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz and the PP&R Rangers Pledge
  • 1:20pm:  Cupcakes, Bubble Fun, and Photo Booth
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm:  Magician Show

Soccer Field Schedule

  • 1:30pm – 2:00pm:  Carnival Style Games
  • 2:00pm – 3:00:  Pick Up Soccer and Drills

Lents Park, 4808 SE 92nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm * free 


Calaveritas de Azúcar / Decorate your own Sugar Skull for Day of the Dead at the Holgate Library:

“Participants will paint their own edible sugar skull and dedicate it to an ancestor or loved one. Why sugar? Throughout Mexico, Day of the Dead [Tuesday, October 31] is a celebration of joyful remembrance, and the sweetness of sugar reminds us of joy.” 

7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 pm – 4 pm * free 


Learn more about your Montavilla Farmers Market here, including the producers and details of this week’s kids cooking classes. Carving pumpkins are available at the market this week, and you can find carving stencils at the link. Tag your creation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ #MFMVeggolantern.

7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


Lents International Market, music at the market with Bob Masters and Ray Mann (11 am – 2 pm).

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


Throughout Portland Metro, folks are wanting more say in how their community grows:




East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a class called “Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden”.

“Mostly familiar with European honey bees, few of us are aware of the many flies, beetles, moths and butterflies at our doorsteps that also provide critical pollination services. In this workshop you will learn about the different kinds of pollinators that might be living in your garden, discover a plant palette to help attract and support pollinators, and go beyond the bloom to consider ways to provide shelter, water, nesting, and overwintering sites.”

Register here.

Troutville Police Station, 234 SW Kendall Ct * 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm