It seems an agreement has been reached over the lawsuit about the October 2017 Montavilla Neighborhood Association election. A group of neighbors feared the ballot box was stuffed, and wanted to see the election records and member roles to prove that it wasn’t, but board members were reluctant to release them based on privacy concerns.

The deal stipulates the group of neighbors will be able to only see the MNA records, but Ben Kerensa said he and the concerned neighbors he’s spoken with are still suspicious. Other concerned neighbors want the MNA to follow the law requiring that the MNA member list be available to all members.

The deal was approved by the MNA at an emergency board meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28th, but a judge still needs to sign off on it.

Amanda Rhoads, MNA vice chair, gave me a statement Thirsday night, March 1st, detailing her thoughts on the situation. Late Thursday night, I also reached out to the concerned neighbors (through Kerensa) to offer their own detailed reply, and I hope they take the opportunity to respond.


On to the East Portland happenings this weekend:


Since I live here, I’m more clued in to all the goings on over here at Milepost 5. I scour the web looking for groups and venues putting on cool art and culture events in East Portland, but am always open to suggestions and tips!

“You are invited to the opening of Jamondria Harris’ & Stephanie Adams-Santos’ shows at the Denizen Gallery.  Jamondria Harris’ March exhibition, ‘priest/ess’, explores the construction of the sacred consciousness of a child of the Maafa centering african-diasporic spiritual traditions. priest/ess opens with a ritual & a reading & will have additional curated events.”

“Both exhibitions explore the construction of non-binary & syncretic holy spaces as a crucial technique of anti-kyriarchal spiritual praxis for queer people of color. In April, Stephanie Adams-Santos’ exhibition, “La Selva”, explores themes of spiritual pathfinding and entanglement.”

Denizen Gallery, 850 NE 81st Ave * 6 pm – 9 pm, ritual @ 7:30 pm * free


Along with making Willamette Week’s top ten IPAs this week with their East Glisan Mosaic, Montavilla Brew Works is debuting a new sour today:

“You asked for it, so we brewed a sour! This kettle sour ale is brewed with German Pilsner malt and hops, inoculated with Nancy’s yogurt and finished with 42# of Red Raspberry puree in the fermenter. Aromas of honey and soft fruit. Tartness reminiscent of “Original Spree Candy”. Get Sour!”

Montavilla Brew Works, 7805 SE Stark St * 3 pm – 10 pm 



Newell Briggs

Folk Songs & Stories from the Rural South:

“Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo. Raised by his grandparents, the first people in his family to be born free, Newel’s grandma sang songs such as “Loop de Loo,” “Miss Mary Mac,” “Ham Bone” and “Shortnin’ Bread.” Learn about the history behind the songs and the evolution of African American music through his stories.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * noon – 1 pm


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“Join us to help clean up 82nd Ave starting on the I-84 bridge and heading south. Litter grabbers, gloves, safety vests and bags provided.” 

Eastern Cathay, 1411 NE 82nd Ave * 10 am – noon


“Free yard signs promote 20 mph speed limits! The City is providing FREE “20 is plenty” yard signs and bumper stickers to raise awareness about Portland’s new 20 mph residential speed limit.”

 Parking lot of Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * noon – 4 pm  


Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. There’s always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. Though simply produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have everyone fully absorbed in the interaction of live theatre.”

“Sleeping Beauty” is this month’s production. Buy tickets online here.

Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St * 11:30 am * $1 children, $2 adults 



Winter Farmers Mercado, every Saturday until March 24 at Portland Mercado:

“Support Local Growers, Artisans and Entrepreneurs in our Indoor/Outdoor Farmers Market. Kids Activities, Live Music, Food Demonstrations, Chef @ the Market Cooking & Education Program.”

7238 SE Foster Rd * 10 am 


Enjoy your weekend.