It’s been a beautiful fall— but it’s hard to ignore winter is coming.

As Cory Elia reported earlier this week, the City’s new permitting system for parks will definitely make harder for Portland’s food insecure to be fed.

Hopefully a solution can be found; a solution that doesn’t cost money and more hassle for the people who volunteer their time to feed their hungry neighbors.

For me, this issue has helped spotlight another element of the hard work neighbors are doing to serve their community.

Volunteer labor also keeps Portland’s emergency shelters running. We’re working on a story about some advocates’ concern that we don’t have enough emergency shelter space.

Find links in Elia’s story if you’d like to get involved, and enjoy Philip King‘s look at kindness and food security in their cartoon “Life in the Village” below.


You can testify in writing about City of Portland Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) until Nov 15th here. The changes aim to “improve the design review process, standards and guidelines”.

Learn more about what’s being proposed at the link, or this article from SE Examiner.

And here’s our interview with Heather Flint Chatto, director of PDX Main Streets, an advocacy group that helps, “raise design literacy and empower community members to manage growth and change.”


Introduction to mushrooms (event):

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“In this class, local mushroom enthusiast Leah Bendlin will teach the basics of mushroom identification for beginners, including physical features, ecology and anecdotes about mushroom oddities and beauty.”

Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 10 am * ???


Gentrification film:

“Exploring the complexities and contradictions of gentrification, “Priced Out (2017) is a heartbreaking vision of the history of housing discrimination in the nation’s whitest city, and the personal impact it has had on residents.”

There’ll also be a table discussion and Q&A following. Light refreshments will be served.

Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 4:45 pm * free

Enjoy your weekend!