Solutions to critical pubic issues like air quality, discarded syringes, and homeless services in East Portland are gaining the most ground at the neighborhood level.

At its November board meeting, the Lents Neighborhood Association had representatives from Multnomah County Health Department to discuss syringe disposal and the air quality near schools.

For more information on the air quality issue, the Tribune covered it this week. Learn more from the presentation at the LNA meeting (beginning @ 1:37:00).

The Montavilla Neighborhood Association is holding its monthly board meeting this Monday, December 11th. The meeting’s agenda is here.

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm
December 11th, 2017


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“Join the Montavilla Business Association in Downtown Montavilla for discounts and specials on drinking, shopping, tasting, and holiday merriment! In the spirit of the season, please bring canned food to donate to the United Methodist Church food pantry.”

Also on Saturday, Santa will be at Vino Veritas (7835 SE Stark). You can also create crafts, drink hot cocoa and have your photo taken with the jolly elf.

Donations for the United Methodist Food Pantry are gladly accepted both evenings.

SE Stark St * 5 pm – close 


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There’s an art opening at Milepost 5 this evening. There will be original art from Cooper Jamieson and usually snacks and drinks are served. It’s the last show from Artists Milepost art director and friend Lawrence Kirk.

Here’s a few artistically chosen words about the art of our artist:

“Cooper Jamieson is a 2016 Lewis & Clark alum who just does not know what he is looking for. Right now, Cooper’s looking for his notes for what to write. Cooper is a current PhD student at University of California, Los Angeles for theoretical and computational chemistry. He collaborates with the biochemistry and chemical engineering departments in order to elucidate pericyclase enzyme mechanics. Despite having such specificity in his education, it does not seem to help answer the question: what is Cooper looking for.”

“The work on view is a superimposition of altered images. Moments or emotions layered against one another. Adding all these layers together does not yield an obvious net moment, emotion, or story — these are not commutative operations. In other words, these images don’t know what they are looking for either.” 

Milepost 5 Gallery, 850 NE 81st * 6 pm – 8 pm 


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“We are proud to announce that the 7th annual NAYA Winter Marketplace will take place on Saturday, December 9th from 10am – 4pm in the NAYA gymnasium! Come support our community’s vendors for one-stop Christmas shopping. Arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more just in time for the holidays!”

NAYA Gymnasium, 5135 NE Columbia Blvd * 10 am – 4 pm 


KXL’s Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis (YouTube intro) will be at Invoke celebrating the grand opening of the Ground Zero store there. In the spirit of the season, there may be some Krampuses there as well…

“Clyde Lewis, radio host of Ground Zero will be there along with GZ items such as books, magazines, t-shirts, tote bags, decals, and more!”

Invoke, 414 SE 81st Ave * 2 pm – 6 pm 


Build a City That Sparks

“Create a cityscape that sparks! Use beautiful glowing paper collages, cardboard, copper tape, LED lights and batteries to light up your city in this amazing interactive art piece.  At the same time you’ll learn a little something about electrical circuitry.”

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Boulevard * 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm * free 


“A resource and meal share hosted by Portland Assembly’s Montavilla and East Central NACs. Please share this invitation with your houseless neighbors.”

For volunteers or donors:

“We’re hoping to create a supply stock, that will allow us to make more cold weather kits, and to prepare for the opening of warming shelters, as we move into more severe weather. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for training and volunteer opportunities at the Montavilla NAC-hosted warming shelter.”

For a list of supplies needed go here. They’ll also be signing up volunteers for the warming shelter. The shelter will be hosted at St Peter & Paul Episcopal Church (247 SE 82nd Avenue).

SEUL, 3534 SE Main St * 2 pm – 5 pm 


“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) is the current film in Academy’s holiday series.

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors  * 12:00, 5:05, 9:35