Ballots for the Portland City Council run-off election between Dan Ryan and Loretta Smith are due August 11th. Both were hosted on Oregon Public Broadcasting‘s Talk Out Loud earlier this week. Read about them and listen to the program here.


At July’s Lents Neighborhood Livability Association, Tremaine Clayton of Portland Fire & Rescue gave an update on Portland Street Response, a program to respond to non-emergency calls with trauma-informed care, freeing up police for other duties.

He said due to the pandemic, the program has been delayed. In a SE Examiner story, Clayton said he’s responding to calls with a social worker 40 hours a week now. But when PSR fully comes on-line, the program has been expanded to include 18 vans. It’s likely to begin in early 2021, he said.


Beginning next week, Portland Metro Arts presents “Brush Up Your Shakespeare Workshop”. This workshop helps teach students develop the skills of acting, improvisation, and stage presence (Ages 12 – 18).

Learn more, and register here.


Don’t Shoot PDX art exhibition:

“Stop Killing Us: A Black Lives Still Matter Exhibition” runs August 6–29 at Holding Contemporary. The gallery has social distancing rules in place, but much of the show can be seen from the street.

Read more about the exhibit and Don’t Shoot PDX’s work in PDX Monthly here.

916 NW Flanders St * Aug 6th – 29th, Thu – Sat, noon – 5 p.m. 



East Portland BLM march:

There’s a youth-led Black Lives Matter march in East Portland today. Organizers ask that participants wear a mask and practice social distancing.

There are more events listed for this weekend on the Portland BLM calendar here.

Berrydale Park, SE Taylor & SE 92ND * 3 p.m.


Organic fruit:

It’s become somewhat of a big deal in Montavilla… the arrival of the fruit folks. They’ll be setting up again at 74th & Clackamas at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

The peach varieties they’re selling are Sierra Rich and Suncrest. It’s certified organic, and they’re taking social distancing precautions.


Hip hop for African American teens:

Hosted by Sankofa Healing Center‘s ZaDora Williams, “Hip Hop & Mental Health for African American Teens”

The online class was scheduled for today, but cancelled due to lack of participants. It will be re-scheduled in September.

For more information, go here.


Farmers markets: 

The Montavilla Farmers Market is every Sunday during its season; learn more about their vendors here. They only have the vendor’s from last week on their site, but we’re in the full bloom of summer so expect berries, stone fruit, and plenty of vegis.

7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


Lents International Farmers Market is also on Sunday.

Learn more about the market here, including how to “double up” your SNAP benefits.

SE 92nd & Reedway, between Foster Rd & Harold St 9 am – 2 pm