Welcome to Village Portland

Welcome to Village Portland, neighborhood news & actions in East Portland. 

We’re here to bridge the gap between news & civic participation… and to encourage folks get involved with their community and support their neighbors. There are a million voices fighting for your attention, but we want to help you connect with your village, your neighborhood… where your power to connect and make change is the strongest.

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There are Village Portland sites for both Montavilla, Lents, and now Brentwood-Darlington:

Village Portland @ Montavilla

Village Portland @ Lents

Village Portland @ Brentwood-Darlington

For more frequent updates on news and actions that impact East Portland, follow our Facebook page: facebook.com/villageportland.

 

 

We’re most excited about the Village Portland @ Montavilla site. It has the space for more in-depth stories, as well as a more robust opportunity for local businesses to tell their story and reach their neighbors.

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If you’re an organizer or writer interested in bringing a Village Portland to your neighborhood, contact Andrew Wilkins, Publisher / Editor:

andrewtaylorwilkins@gmail.com

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Telling stories about neighborhood businesses shouldn’t really be that different than any other story. Neighbors invest so much time, energy, and money for the chance to build a business that reflects their values and serves their customers in a unique way.

Print and broadcast media both have limited space for promoting businesses, but on the web, space is limitless. We can put together an exciting mix of video, photographs, and words that will show your neighbors who you are, why you do what you do, and why they should support what you’re doing.

Take a look at the story of Montavilla Mini Farm, a neighbor who sells produce from her side yard garden. The full story is here, or you can watch the video below.

 

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Life’s a little different in East Portland. Meet some of the activist and artists working in their community through a mural by local artist Alex Chui:

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The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, it feels like the great American small town parade and the best of 82nd Avenue:

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This weekend

It’s been awesome partnering with new contributors in new neighborhoods… some are experienced writers, while others are people who are interesting in writing and journalism but didn’t quite know how to get started.

There are several stories in the works, and the most recent completed piece came from Derrick McCormick in the Mississippi District. As a student of philosophy unsatisfied by the current state of discourse in the United States, he is developing a procedure to improve communication called Debate by Agreement.

He’s been testing it on the streets of Mississippi Ave, and is looking for more people willing to try out the process. Read more about Debate by Agreement here.

FRIDAY, NOV 16

Spaghetti dinner benefit for the Montavilla and Sunnyside warming shelters:

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3520 SE Yamhill * 6 pm – 8 pm * $5 – $15 sliding scale 

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Music Friday @ Vino Veritas:

“Association Muddy Award recipient Steve Kerin is a true student of the New Orleans style–his playing complex and dense, but also joyous and danceable. And his warm singing voice is suffused with an authentic New Orleans growl. He’s the real Louisiana deal, and the Northwest is richer for it.”

Vino Veritas, 7835 SE Stark St * 7 pm  – 10 pm * free 

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SATURDAY, NOV 17

North Montavilla trash pickup:
“Want to help pick up litter around JOIN this weekend? Join your neighbors for a quick pickup! We will be working with JOIN, SOLVe, and CCC to pick up the neighborhood and providing an opportunity for those living on the street to dispose of some their trash, if they want to, before it ends up as litter.”
Organized by Montavilla Mutual Aid (FB invitation).
1435 NE 81st Ave * 10 am – noon 
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East Portland Chamber of Commerce Turkey Bowl: 

“This family friendly event (Register here) is fun for all ages! Bring your family, friends, employees, coworkers, and potential new Chamber members to enjoy an early afternoon of bowling, socializing, and networking as we kick off the holiday season. This fundraising event for the East Portland Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. 

Your entry fee includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, beverages, dessert and bowling prizes. Raffle tickets are available for $1.00 each.”

Kingpins, 3550 SE 92nd Ave * 10:30 am – 1:30 pm * adult $24, child under 11 $18

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Fix-It Fair, from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability:

“Bring one item to be fixed by a Repair PDX volunteer, while learning how to do it yourself. (Volunteers will do their best, but do not guarantee a complete repair.) You may bring a small counter-top appliance, such as a toaster, or an article of clothing.”

There’ll be workshops on sustainability, energy savings, and community resources, as well as: free lead blood testing; free giveaways; hourly door prizes; free professional childcare; free lunch; and free minor bike tune-ups and flat tire repair for students and families.

For more information, go here.

Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave * 9:30 am – 2:30 pm 

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Dance Mosaic:

“Metro Dancers’ annual repertory concert! Dance Mosaic features our company in works by gifted local choreographers, and spans a variety of styles from classical to modern, and from ballet to jazz. 

In addition, several guest companies will present their own works.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see local artists at their best!” (Tickets here)

 “Also! please join us between shows for our Italian Dinner fundraiser, catered by Olive Garden, Flying Pie Pizza, Stark Street Pizza & more!” (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm).

 Portland Metro Arts, * 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm * door: adult & HS $18, for children and seniors $13; presale: adults & HS $15, children & seniors $15

SUNDAY, NOV 18

The Montavilla Farmers Market Thanksgiving market: 

For the full list of producers and some of the special fall produce available, go here.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

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Talk Time:

This weekend

Generally we look at weekend events in this listing, and use the Facebook page for weekday events. But this event Wednesday sounds too cool not to share.

On Wednesday, 11/14: The Numbers: Screening and Community Discussion:

“The Numbers is a 2017 documentary by Sika Stanton and Donovan Smith where young people living in East Portland speak on their hopes and concerns for their community.  After the screening there will be a Q&A and community discussion on people-powered neighborhood identity! With a live performance with Manny Lopez!”

Canton Grill, 2610 SE 82nd Ave * 6 pm-9 pm

FRIDAY

” … you can make a ticket reservation for David Douglas High Schools Production of Thoroughly Modern Millie!!! Go To the following link for more information about the show: Go here.

“‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ tells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim in 1922, when women were just entering the workforce.”

David Douglas High School, Howard F. Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave * various times, through Nov 18th 

SATURDAY

Montavilla Food Co-op Annual Pancake Brunch – From 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., this soon-to launch food co-op is hosting their annual event.

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * $10 Adults,  $5 kids

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Native American jewelry class:

“In this class we will be using traditional items such as bone beads and leather to create various jewelry. Students will have the opportunity to make a beaded necklace, a choker necklace or, for the older students, beaded earrings.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 3:30 pm 

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Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings and other invertebrates that provide free pest control. You will discover ways to attract and sustain these friendly beneficial insects that help your garden thrive.
Register online here.”
4312 SE Stark St * 9 am – 11:30 am
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House of Dreams (free roam, no kill cat shelter) popular, colorful bazaar features handmade gifts for people and pets, many using recycled content and vegan materials. There is a silent auction, raffle, Second Time Around gently-used holiday décor, door prizes, baked goods – vegan too. Silent auction closes at 2p and raffle closes at 3p. We accept donations of quality, hand-crafted items and all bazaar proceeds go directly to the care of the cats at House of Dreams – an all-volunteer non-profit organization.”
Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St * 10 am – 4 pm 

SUNDAY

Zenger Farm community cooking workshop w/ Chef Roxanna:

“Please join us and Community Chef Roxanna in cooking a community meal together, as Roxanna leads us in cooking the traditional foods of El Salvador!  We will be making stuffed El Salvadoran corn cakes or Pupusas, curtido (a cabbage salad), and salsas. Vegan/veggie options available. Please register here.”

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 4 pm – 6:30 pm * $5 – $15  sliding scale

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It’s an Irish afternoon at O’Neill Public House

The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 2 pm – 11:30 pm * free

This weekend

One of the most rewarding elements of Village Portland has been helping neighbors tell their stories. We all have a vision and the tools to tell them, and it’s been great encouraging neighbors and offering them a platform to tell their stories and their neighbors’ stories.

Less than two months ago, I decided to broaden the call to service. I already knew that Portlanders had a lot of love for their neighborhoods, and I was pleased to learn that people outside my circle of neighborhood advocates also had the interest in writing about them. We have a great new group of contributors working on stories, and one of the first published is from the new batch of contributors is by Lisa Kendall about Mt. Tabor Park.

Also this month, I gave a guest lecture at Portland State University about neighborhoods and neighborhood journalism. The educational component has always been an important part of Village Portland, and excited about expanding on the work with PSU, and a collaboration with local grade schools in the works.

Again, if anybody reading has a story to tell or know someone who has an interest in writing or advocacy, we’d love to help you tell it. Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

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If you missed it, the East Portland Arts & Literary Festival was a great success for APANO. They said they had about 500 people attend over two days. I made it to the first night and took a bit of video of Joe Kye singing about finding connection.

FRIDAY

From the Parkrose High Theatre Department, it’s opening night for “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”:

“The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious ‘Stage Door Slasher’) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy ‘angel.’ The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people- all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous ‘slasher’ makes his reappearance and strikes again.”

Parkrose High School Theater, 12003 NE Shaver St * Oct 26, 26, Nov 1, 2, 3 @ 7 pm; Oct 27 @ noon * $7 adults, $5 students & seniors 

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“Local clarinetist heavyweight Andrew puts together a group with singer/guitarist of Debauche, a ‘Russian mafia band’ out of New Orleans! “
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am 

SATURDAY

No Ivy Day @ Gateway Green:

“Join Friends of Gateway Green in removing invasive species—primarily English Ivy and primarily in the wooded portion of Gateway Green (event & required registration). Additionally, we will do some litter removal, along the Multi-Use Path. Long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes recommended. Dress for the weather. We will provide tools and gloves but you are welcome to bring your own if you like. We will provide refreshments. Participants need to be aware that the walk/ride back to the Gateway Transit Center is a fairly long, uphill grade.”

I-205 Multi-Use Path, north of Gateway Transit Center * 9 am – noon 

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Montavilla / East Tabor Business Association is hosting a harvest festival:

Harvest Festival 2018

8028 NE Glisan St * noon  4 pm

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Henna

“Henna is used by many cultures as a form of artistic expression. Henna is not permanent, but it does temporarily stain the skin for about two weeks. In this hands-on cultural art program, artist Raina Imig will share information on the art of henna in India, and will create a brief, authentic, intricate henna design on your hand.”

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 2 pm – 3:30 pm

SUNDAY

Parkrose ‘Trunk or Treat’: 

“The Parkrose Business Association is hosting this safe, fun Hallowe’en themed event for area youngsters. Come dressed in costume for extra fun as you visit the companies and organizations providing treats.”

Parkrose High School, east parking lot, 12003 NE Shaver St * 4 pm – 6 pm

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It’s the last Montavilla Farmers Market of the regular season, but they’ll be back Nov 18th for a pre-Thanksgiving market. There’s also music all day: “10:30 am – noon “is the guitar stylings by Jeffrey Shapiro of Milshap Music; from 12-2 we’ll hear some funky Jumblehead!”

For the full list of producers go here.

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Making Calaveritas de Azúcar / Sugar Skulls:

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“In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Day of the Dead celebration and its traditions. Participants will paint their own edible sugar skull and dedicate it to an ancestor or loved one. Why sugar? Throughout Mexico, Day of the Dead is a celebration of joyful remembrance, and the sweetness of sugar reminds us of joy. Nuestro Canto will also explain the special place that sugar skulls have in honoring our ancestors.

This event is part of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 4 pm

 

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FRIDAY

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2nd Annual East Portland Arts & Literary Festival:

“Through main stage performances, interactive workshops, an epic book & craft fair, kid-friendly activities, and more, EPALF will explore themes of healing, health, and wellness in alignment with this year’s MicCheck!

Suggested donation is $5, and no one will be turned away from lack of funds.”

PCC Southeast Fri: 6 pm – 9 pm; Sat: 10 am – 9:30 pm

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SATURDAY

Makerspace Adult Open Lab:

“What will you create? Bring your ideas, inventions and projects to share or to get help on.

To attend this program, you need to have basic computer skills and know how to use a computer with a mouse. If you are new to computers, there are entry-level computer classes and one-on-one assistance available at the library.”

Rockwood Makerspace, 17917 SE Stark St, Portland 10 am- noon

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The O’neill Public House is the place to be this weekend for lots of entertainment from the best artists in town.

I bet you’ll have fun with Catch 23 (rock, blues, jazz, fusion).

The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213 * 9:30 pm – 1 am

SUNDAY

The Montavilla Farmers Market is bountifully stocked with fresh produce as always!

You can be a volunteer too!

Our volunteers are the fuel that keeps our market running. If you have an interest in food, sustainability, community development, or farmers markets and would like to get involved, we’d love to have your help! We value our volunteers and have many ways that you can get involved and give back to the Market. Wherever your skills, talents and interests lie, the Montavilla Farmers Market would love to have you join our family.”

Cascadia blade works are on location at the Montavilla Farmers Market to cater for our sharpening needs:

“We sharpen tools for people to make their work more efficient, enjoyable, and safer. Prices range from $5 to $10 per item. Repairs may be extra.”

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

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Community Cooking Workshop:

“We will be cooking a meal together led by one of our Community Chefs, and then having our meal together. This is a space for sharing food and knowledge with one another at a common table.

All ages welcome, childcare will be provided to support your participation.  Language interpretation provided for Spanish speakers.

Please let us know of your dietary restrictions and needs. Vegan/vegetarian options available.We encourage everyone to bring containers to take leftovers home with you!

Suggested cost $5 – $15, no one ever turned away for lack of funds.

Community Cooking Workshop, Zenger Farm Urban Grange,11741 SE Foster Road * 4 pm – 6:30 pm

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Aromatherapy for Emotional Health

Register here for the session presented by Join Yiwen Yoga.

Participants will learn about the “3” brains in the body and how to connect all three to manage emotional health through aromatherapy techniques.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue Portland * 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This weekend

@ 49:00 the candidate introductions begin, and @ 55:05 you can hear from Dylan Peerenboom, the board’s new member!

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This week, the Portland Mercury took a look at why homeless folk may not want to go to a shelter.

FRIDAY

And on a similar topic:
Will (Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests [Forest Park] of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.”
Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * show times *  $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors

SATURDAY

straw dolls

“Participants will make two or three dolls of straw and learn about straw decorating traditions. First come, first served.”

Gregory Heights Library * 1 pm – 3 pm

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There’s two really cool events happening at the library:

Los Boricuas

From 2 pm – 4 pm:

“Come hear Los Boricuas, musicians performing Puertorican, Cuban, Brazil bossanova, Dominican Republic merengue, and bachata.”

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from noon to 1:30 pm:

Explore Recipes

“We will be showing you a variety of digital cooking resources that you can use at home. Bring your own ideas to share!”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd

SUNDAY

The fall market is in full swing… for a full list of producers go here.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm 

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Zero Waste Conference

“Learn How to Apply the 5Rs of Zero Waste both at Home and at Work.”

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St * 2 pm – 6 pm

This weekend

The Montavilla Neighborhood Association is having their annual election this Monday, Oct 8th. Doors open at 6 pm. Annual meeting to commence at 6:30.

For more information on the election and candidate statements, go here. If you’d like to serve on the board, learn more at the link!

“As part of our annual meeting, we are asking people to bring food for Montavilla United Methodist Church’s Open Hearts Food Pantry as a way to thank our hosts and contribute to our community’s well-being. Thank you for participating!”

Montavilla United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 232 SE 80th Ave

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Is there a neighborhood in Portland that has more passionate committed volunteers? It’s hard to determine because there’s no objective measure, but neighbors in Montavilla are putting in the work. Even if you disagree with someone’s stance, I think it’s worth respecting the fact that they’re taking the time to get involved. I hope we can keep the conversation going and find some solutions.

A group of neighbors are calling for a more compassionate response to homelessness in Portland. The Oregonian covered the story here, and the direct link to their list of suggestions is here.

The Oregonian articles also explores the conflicting approaches to homelessness Portland neighbors are requesting.

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Portland Police Bureau‘s Sgt. Randy Teig is leaving his position on the Neighborhood Response Team, leading some neighborhood advocates to be concerned about the future of the livability initiatives he’s been spearheading in East Portland neighborhoods.

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And if you missed Montavilla’s new mural:

FRIDAY

“First Friday is here again! The subject of this months First Friday Newsletter is Exuviae, or the shell an insect leaves behind as it grows. Just as the vibrant colors of fall mark the cyclical progression of the seasons, so too do our own personal transformations contain beauty despite the difficulties of change. Festivals

A collaboration between First Friday PDX and the East Creative Collective, the First Friday Street Exhibition is a free event that takes place on the First Friday of every month from May to October. Featuring the work of local artists and vendors, the street exhibition provides visitors and patrons access to the independent Portland artists of the South East Industrial Arts District, as well as live music, and dance.”

First Friday Art Walk, along SE Madison St, between 2nd and 3rd Ave * 6 pm – 9 pm

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DC National Cyber Security Awareness Event:

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Look for our Downtown Center event.

Play a game and win a prize. Find out whether your online identity is as safe as you think; Get information on how to protect your identity online and learn how to protect your mobile devices from viruses. Stop by and get to know your Information Security team.”

Event Contact Info: tracy.walstead@pcc.edu

Downtown Center, Rose Room, 722 SW 2nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm

SATURDAY

“Come out this Saturday (10/6) and get some awesome pizza and support the Montavilla Neighborhood Association. 20% of food sales goes to the MNA, to support us in making our community a better place to live. Thank you to our wonderful neighbors at East Glisan Pizza Lounge.”

East Glisan Pizza, 8001 NE Glisan St * 4 pm – midnight 

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Live music at O’Neill: 

Postwar Radio is a five-piece rock band that plays original indie rock with Americana, punk, and soul influences.

The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St, Portland,*9:30 pm – 1 am

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Harvest Tour & Lunch with Crew:

Tour the bustling winery and see the progression of harvest from fermentation to finished wine while tasting along the way.

After the tour, enjoy wine and lunch with our handworking harvest crew where you can learn firsthand about the wine making process.

Hosted by our Certified Specialist of Wine, Jonathan Lampe. $55/person, $45 for Wine Club Members”

Reserve your spot here.

REX HILL Tasting Room, 30835 N Hwy 99W Newberg, Oregon * 11am

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67th Annual Portland Greek Festival:

“After six decades, The Greek Festival has become one of the largest festivals of its kind, sharing our Greek Orthodox faith and rich culture with over 15,000 guests annually. The festival is an iconic event in the Portland Metropolitan area and has been designated as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Commission. Each year a portion of proceeds from the festival go toward worthy philanthropic endeavors in the greater Portland community.”

There will be a RAFFLE too, click here to participate and you might win a trip to Greece or other prizes.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan St * 10 am – 10 pm

SUNDAY

Want to learn a new recipe?

Tortilla, Sope & Gordita Making with Fresh Corn Masa at Gregory Heights Meeting Room

“The ingredients required will be; Three Sisters Nixtamal’s fresh, stone-ground organic corn masa, you will see how easy it is to make your own delicious masa creations. This hands-on class includes shaping and cooking tortillas, sopes and gorditas and finishing them with our favorite locally available Mexican ingredients. We share our favorite recipes and talk about the history of corn in Indigenous cultures throughout the Americas as well as the health benefits of this thousands-years old, traditional corn processing method called “nixtimalization.”

 Here is where you register to reserve your space. 

Gregory Heights Meeting Room, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 3 pm – 4:30 pm

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Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden:

“Learn about the bees, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that provide vital pollination services in urban gardens, and discover which plants can help attract and support them. We will go beyond the bloom so you can find out how to provide water, shelter, nesting, and overwintering sites

Discover ways to save time, money and energy on your property through our FREE workshops. From naturescaping to livestock management, our classes help you care for your land in ways that benefit people, water and wildlife.

Register for the workshop here.

SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main St * 1 pm – 3:30 pm

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As always, keep in mind that the Montavilla Farmers Market is open every Sunday. Plenty of fresh produce will be available.

“The Montavilla Farmers Market exists because a group of Montavilla community residents and business owners got together and made it happen. In fact, that is still how it works! The Montavilla Board of Directors and the amazing MFM Staff and volunteers work hard to bring our community the market each week. We would love for you to join our Board of Directors”

You can also click here to be a market volunteer.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

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Portland police union host a meeting to discuss plans to make Wapato a shelter

The efforts to turn the Wapato Facility into a homeless shelter is still a possibility, and the Portland Police Association hosted a meeting Wednesday, Sept 26 to hear suggestions from the community about the plan.

The tens of millions of dollars spent on programs aren’t providing resources that are humane, compassionate, and fair, said Daryl Turner, president of the PPA, and he said he has lost faith in elected officials’ ability to do the job.

Willamette Week reported on Sept 25th, that Mayor Ted Wheeler reopened negotiations with facility owner Jordan Schnitzer about the possibility of a shelter. If a deal doesn’t happen soon, Schnitzer said he’ll demolish the facility. In the story, he address many of the concerns about the potential shelter.

Homelessness isn’t solvable, but Turner said opening Wapato would be a way to get help for the most vulnerable and improve livability for people in Portland’s neighborhoods. Most of the crowd of about 40 seemed to be neighborhood advocates.

At a press conference in early April, City Council candidate Loretta Smith talked about the idea. Oregon State representative Lew Frederick, an Old Town business owner, and a representative from Southeast Allied Communities also spoke in support of the Wapato plan.

The future of Wapato has become a dividing issue in this fall’s City Council election. Smith supports the plan, while her opponent Jo Ann Hardesty opposes it.

There was push-back from the few homeless advocates present, but it also seemed some were open to the idea. Ibrahim Mubarak, executive director of Right 2 Survive, suggested that there could be a tiny house village on the property, and another advocate thought it could be best run as a land trust. One homeless advocate said she was against the idea until she took a tour of the facility.

Another advocate, Ben Kerensa, noted that several shelters have closed recently, and the ones in use now aren’t all that nice a place to stay. While people criticize Wapato for being sterile, it’s cleanliness should actually be a positive point.

Portland Mercury reported on the meeting here. It’s a good point that while the meeting was pitched as an idea session, Wapato was the only solution on the table. There were several more than “one or two” homeless advocates present, as they reported, but it’s also true that the meeting wasn’t widely publicized.

The plan to turn Wapato into a shelter was originally rejected by Multnomah County officials because it was too expensive to retrofit, too far from the City, and that homeless wouldn’t want to stay in a place that was designed to be a jail.

Angela Todd with the Montavilla Initaitive said the plan is to offer the shelter as an alternative to jailing homeless people for low level crimes. The District Attorney is on board with the idea, she wrote.

“They want to make a center to rehab and help with medical needs, job training and so forth,” she said. “If we can agree on this solution, a petition will begin for 10,000 signatures to ask the city council to give an emergency order for permits to house 600 people, so the center can be up in about 60 days.”

At the meeting Turner said residency at the shelter would be voluntary, and that residents could leave any time.

There’s an online petition asking public officials to convert Wapato to a homeless shelter.  It has over 4,500 signees currently, and can be found here.