We’re happy to present another edition of Pat Sander’s column, “Montavilla Memories”. In this one, she researches the history of Montavilla’s original fire station— and the cataclysmic fire that convinced City officials it was needed.
One of the most interesting things about these articles is the community efforts supporting new programs and infrastructure in Montavilla. The neighbors that lived here before us were organized, focused, and willing to demand more from local government.
Read the article here.
I didn’t see any Earth Day events in this part of town, but down in Lents and Brentwood-Darlington, there are events with SOLVE!
SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH
MTPC egg hunt!:
“Join us for the annual egg hunt in the Taborspace Yard!”
Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St * 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Earth Day volunteering on the Springwater Trail:
“Join PGE employees as we clean up the Springwater Trail for Earth Day! The Springwater Trail winds through Southeast Portland is heavily used by families, runners, and bicyclists. Additionally, the surrounding natural areas along nearby Johnson Creek provide valuable wildlife habitat and help protect water quality.”
Sign up here.
8925 SE Flavel St * 10 am – 1 pm
Earth Day volunteering in Errol Heights Park:
“Planting native plants & removing invasive species provides cleaner air for community members and cleaner water in Johnson Creek, which supports salmon and other fish. Picking up litter keeps our waterways clean. Keep your eye out for beaver, ducks, and other wildlife as you volunteer alongside other community members— everyone welcome, and no experience necessary!”
Sign up here.
Errol Heights Park, SE 45th Ave & Harney Dr * 9 am – noon
Reuse, Recycle: Displacement Electronic Recycling Drop-Box (event):
“Trash Bash, Haul-Away, Collection Event, Cleanup – whatever you call your event, this is your one-stop-shop for helping neighbors get rid of bulky items like old vacuum cleaners, mattresses, furniture, scrap wood, empty paint cans and cat castles upholstered in blue carpet taking up valuable space in their homes.”
Rosewood Initiative, 15126 SE Stark St * 2 pm – 6 pm
Live music at Eastside (event):
Creature Society / Tribe of the Outcast / Mojo Roller
EastSide Bar and Grill, 2530 NE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11:30 pm
SUNDAY, APRIL 21ST
Talk Time (event):
“Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. First come, first served.”
Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 12:30 pm – 2 pm
You make a great point about civic participation. Up until the mid-20th Century, the purpose of education was to produce good citizens for society, that is, people who would participate in society by being co-contributors in it. This was not done thru work, but rather thru cooperation and free association. When Alexis De Tocqueville came to America to study our fledgeling democracy, (the French Revolution happened right after ours) he was amazed at the level of civic participation in most towns. To him it seemed like everyone volunteered for some public office or service. That people were always engaged in “res publica,” the Republic, the business of the people. But it was John Dewey’s vision to create a worker’s society, and to reform education to that end. He coined the phrase, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” He made life about work (and consequently shopping), instead of associating with your neighbors to accomplish things for your community. This was followed by television and what it sold – crass consumerism. People quit visiting, quit talking and quit associating. They stayed in their homes and gathered around the TV. We became an alienated culture as a result. The people are the government, but don’t know it and so do not take hold of the power our Montavilla ancestors had.
Great article ðOur current one is station 19. ð¥
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