On Thursday, April 12th, Mayor Ted Wheeler will be giving his State of the City address— and he’s chosen Portland Community College Southeast on 82nd as its location.
It’s a nice gesture, but if you follow City politics you’ll notice a trend of facilities being sited in East Portland without respectful notice or even proper process. The shelter on Foster Rd and the bottle drop planned for 82nd Ave are two recent, glaring examples.
Choosing locations for services can be challenging, but starting the process should be very simple: follow your own rules and communicate. The hard work of reaching compromise is made even harder when the City does neither. Wheeler is asking for feedback, and his first question is: “How would you like to see our communities become even stronger?”
Follow your own rules and communicate with neighbors. It would be a good start.
The community and gardening events are really starting to ramp up for the spring, and this weekend you’ll find some great art & music events like the Whitenoise Project and a preview of the Montavilla Jazz Festival.
There’s a Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting on Monday, April 9th. Special guest for this meeting: Julia DeGraw, a candidate for Portland City Council position #2, and City Commissioner Nick Fish.
There’ll also be presentations from: Juliet Purcell, Portland Community College Adult Basic Education / GED program & a presentation about the development at 90th Ave & SE Hoyt. The agenda is here.
Montavilla UMC, 232 SE 80th Ave * general meeting: 6:30 pm, board meeting: 8 pm
I got a good look at the site of the new community garden on Oregon Department of Transportation land this week… 🙂
There’ll be a dedication ceremony for Earth Day, I hear.
“On Friday, April 6th the Whitenoise Project is thrilled to be able to host Michelle Peñaloza as our first visiting reader as well as the illimitable Samiya Bashir and Stacey Tran for a special reading to celebrate Stacey’s newly released ‘Soap for the Dogs’!
ADA accessible and all ages! No one will be turned away for lack of funds.”
Art Haus at Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon St * 7 pm – 9 pm * $5 – $10 suggested
Leach Botanical Garden * 11 am – noon
Green Lents Garden Swap (FB invitation):
“Calling all gardeners and plant lovers! This is the time and place to make something of your spare decorative pot, your extra seeds, your surplus plants, your half-used bag of compost, and well… you get the idea.
Embrace the season and meet us at Zenger Farm with your garden items, and hopefully you’ll find new treasures to swap them with. While you’re here you can enjoy some snacks, take part in our silent auction, and purchase a native plant or two to take home.
This event is free and open to the public! We are thankful for our sponsors Portland Nursery and Bosky Dell Natives.”
Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 1 pm – 4 pm
“The migration of the monarch is one of the most inexplicable phenomena in nature. From the tiny caterpillar traversing a world of miniature obstacles to the beautiful and brave butterfly who dares to fly for thousands of miles, Mon the Minnesotan Monarch takes you from Canada to Mexico and back up through the states again on this astonishing journey of determination and wonder, served up with a heapin’ hot dish of Minnesotan hospitality! Performed by Emily Alexander of Tears of Joy Theatre.”
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 3 pm – 3:45 pm
East County Community Orchestra and Portland Metro Concert Band play a combined concert.
This concert is made possible by a grant received by the Portland Metro Concert Band from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Horner Performing Arts Center, David Douglas High School, 1400 SE 130th Ave * 3 pm * free
Lots of goodness going on in East Portland… enjoy your weekend!