We usually try to pull together a few things happening in the neighborhood to introduce This Weekend,  and there is a long list this week:

Portland Central Church of the Nazarene near 99th and Powell will be opening its warming shelter Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights beginning at 7 pm, partnering with Agape Village. This shelter can house up to 150 folks.

We put together a long list of amazing groups where you can volunteer in 2019! The post is here.

Don’t miss Montavilla’s great Martin Luther King Jr Day celebration at Highland Christian Center. More details at the end of the post.

Office of Community & Civic Life gave an update to Portland City Council on how it has shifted resources and its approach to outreach.

OPB‘s Think Out Loud hosted Jeff Church from Montavilla Initiative and David Linn former chair of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association chair to discuss the homelessness. Listen here.

The Oregonian tracked down the owner of the building, and found out it wasn’t a rent hike that led to The O’Neill Public House‘s closure. Apparently, they weren’t able to pay their rent and were let out of their lease.

Threshold Brewing & Blending is now open at 403 SE 79th Ave! They craft beer, have a snack menu, and allow you to bring your own food. They’re kid friendly too!

For more information, visit their website here.


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Montavilla Station has karaoke Wednesdays and Thursdays, and live music all weekend! This weekend’s musical offerings are above. The chalk board is the extent of their marketing, and it’s kind of refreshing.

Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th Ave * 9-ish * free


Tree planting:

The Lents, Powellhurst-Gilbert Pleasant Valley planting for Friends of Trees is full, but a planting for Madison South, Rose City Park, Sumner, and Woodland Park still have space if you want to help out and beautify Portland.

Sign up to volunteer here, or click here to purchase a tree for your household.

Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 NE Alameda St * 8:45 am – 1 pm

Live music at Eastside Bar & Grill:

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Iron Circus / Cruella / Atomic Terror 

Eastside Bar & Grill, 2530 NE 82nd Ave * 9-ish * ???


Oregon Sinfonietta Concert (website):

Mozart – Overture to Don Giovanni
Debussy – Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet 
Esther Kwak, Concerto Competition winner
Butterworth – Two English Idylls
Ethel Smyth – Serenade in D Major

Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10501 SE Market St * 3 pm * free

Talk Time:

“Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. First come, first served.”

Gregory Heights, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 12:30 pm – 2 pm

Beekeeping work parties with Portland Urban Beekeepers (event):

“Beekeepers from PUB will be onsite working on the hives in the Zenger Farm apiary. This is a great opportunity to learn about beekeeping from some of the local experts. Appropriate for all levels of experience. Equipment is available for use, but please wear close toed shoes, weather appropriate clothes, and bring your own water bottle and sunscreen.

Zenger Farms, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 10 am – noon * donation based

Cooking Around the World Club: Soup and Salad:

“Kick off the new year by eating healthy! Allison Dominic will demonstrate how to make a pesto pasta salad, spiralized vegetable salad and a basic green salad, along with a tasty minestrone soup, using fresh herbs and local vegetables.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm


MLK Day Celebration (event):

“Join World Arts Foundation, Inc. as we celebrate the 34th Anniversary of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr! This year’s theme: “We’ve Come This Far…”

In light of current events, now more than ever, is a time for Beloved Community! Join us for a day filled with celebration, recognition, music, culture and much more!”

Highland Christian Center, 7600 NE Glisan St * 11 am – 6 pm