One of the best parts of publishing Village Portland is working with new contributors. People love creating, telling stories, investigating their world— and we love giving people a forum to share their work.

Please check out this essay from Drew Thorson about a Lents’ neighbor decision to push back from modern media. It’s called the “Brightest Distraction” and tells the story with his photography as well as words.

And below is another awesome contribution from Philip King.

I suggested casually: what sort of adventures would happen if a Pomeranian and a raccoon hung out? Here’s what they gave me.

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The process by which developers communicate with neighbors is being updated. The project’s website is here, and testimony is being accepted until April 24th.

The City Council accepted testimony on the issue this week, and you can watch the video of the meeting here. 

If you missed this month’s Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting with a guest presentation on recycling, the video is below.

There also was discussion about the board’s preparation for the 82nd Ave Parade this month.


Jazz Friday:

“Ryan Meagher’s earlier work was self-described as “modern jazz for the indie rocker.” While he still wields the same attitude now-and-then, his vision includes influences from Irish traditional music, Indian classical music, Brazilian music, funk, and Western classical music.”

Vino Veritas, 7835 SE Stark St * 9 pm


Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington St * 9 am – 2 pm

Women first responder career fair:

“This event is focused on encouraging women to pursue careers in public safety/criminal justice through hands on experience, facilitated conversations, Q&A opportunities to discuss topics relevant to women. Agencies participating will be focused on employment opportunities within the City of Portland.”

The event says its sold out, but you can check back on availability here. Portland Police are understaffed, and if you’re interested in applying, go here.

Portland Police Training Center, 14912 Northeast Airport Way 

Hula for the Family:

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“We invite all family members to join us to learn Hawaiian language, songs and a simple hula dance in a warm, welcoming environment. You will learn some basic hula steps, easy-to-learn language and songs, hand motions, and then we will put our hands and feet together to perform a hula. Join us for a great time while spending time with family and friends.”

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 4 pm – 5 pm

Bunnies in baskets:

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“All the bunnies you can bet for $10. Our annual Petting Party at Taborspace in SE Portland is coming up on Saturday April 13, 2019 from 2 pm – 4 pm! We will have all of our friendly therapy bunnies on site for petting and holding, “bunny tail” cotton candy, and raffles!”

Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St * 2 pm – 4 pm * $10


Live music, strings & brass:

“Combined concert: East County Community Orchestra and Portland Metro Concert Band”

David Douglas High School’s Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave * 3 pm