This weekend

You can’t ignore its problems, but without the Christian church there probably would not have been a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

If you’re inspired to build a better neighborhood and world, hear these words from Rev. Dr. W.G. Hardy, at Highland Christian Center‘s MLK Day tribute event:


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There are so many churches in East Portland, and it’s good to see an effort to help them organize their efforts.

“How can the church collaborate in a neighborhood or across a city? live music, drinks, food & community conversation. This is our first Parish Conversations gathering and we will place the emphasis on discussing collaboration.” (FB invitation).  

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St * 6:30 – 9 pm 


Taborspace also hosts multiple support and recovery events every day of the week, including Secular Sobriety @ 6:30 pm.

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St


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Eagle Eye is a rad, comfy, delightful bar… that has karaoke Friday through Monday.

Eagle Eye Tavern, 5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9-ish pm  


“Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors.

Meet the author! Read “The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir” by Ruth Wariner. The true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist family.”

Holgate Library * 10:30 pm – 12 pm 


Make a winter bird feeder: “Come create a bird feeder for wintering birds.”

Midland Library * 3 pm – 4 pm 


“Create your own personal desert oasis with Portland nursery employees, Jess, container crafting queen, and Roby, cacti expert and landscape architect. First they will provide an overview of different common kinds of cacti and how to care for these plants. Then they will guide the group through a creative hour of selecting, arranging, and planting cacti in a terra cotta pot to display indoors in a sunny spot. All materials provided. “

Register here.

Portland Nursery, 9000 SE Division St * 1 pm – 2:30 pm * $30


Live music with The Hot Tub Time Machine:
“This lively group of SE locals lights up the room, everywhere they play! The flavors range from honest gypsy, swing, New Orleans, blues, and latin music (The Sublime) to jug band favs and reefer/drinkin’ songs (The Ridiculous)!”
O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am 


So apparently there are two orchestras playing in East Portland today…

“The 45th season of the Oregon Sinfonietta offers the following opportunities to experience the orchestra’s lively performances with outstanding soloists under the baton of Dr. Donald L. Appert. The concerts are free and open to the public.”

Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10501 SE Market St * 3 pm * free, donations accepted


East County Community Orchestra is also having their winter concert:

“… (known as “ECCO” to orchestra members) has been in existence since 1978. It was established by founder and first conductor Harold Webber as a venue for high school graduates and other interested parties to have a place to play. It operates as a non-profit organization, with a full board of directors in addition to the Music Director / Conductor. Concerts are offered free of charge to the community. Operating funds come from donations in various forms as well as occasional grants.”

David Douglas High School, 1400 SE 130th Ave * 3 pm * free, donations accepted 


Why There Are Words PDX is coming to Leach Botanical Garden! This award winning literary series, originally founded in the Bay Area in 2010, is bringing the voices of new and established writers to Portland. Starting this winter, the Garden will host this quarterly event in the Manor House… ”

“Please join us for “Evolve”, our inaugural event, held at the Leach Garden Manor House with readings by six acclaimed authors: David Biespiel, Elyse Fenton, Jacqueline Keeler, Margaret Malone, Sara Quinn Rivara and Wendy Willis.”

Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 4 pm – 6 pm * $10 suggested 


This weekend

If you missed it, the Montavilla Neighborhood Association met this week. Video and a meeting summary is here.

The board heard from the principal of the new middle school serving East Portland and discussed the grievances filed against the board.

There’s a lot of new development down in Lents, and with new development comes the likelihood of increased rent.

So it’s good to see Green Lents and ROSE Community Development establishing the Lents Strong Housing Team. They’ll have their first meeting Jan 27 at Leander Community Room, 4620 SE 122 Ave from 9:30 am – 2: 30 pm.


Johnson Creek Watershed Council crew leader training: 

Come train to become a Creek Crew Leader for volunteer groups during 3 or more restoration events during the 2018 planting season. During Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s one-day training they’ll cover all you need to know to support restoration events in the watershed including managing the registration table, leading safety talks, and hands-on tree planting. They will crown you with a rad JCWC Creek Crew beanie and send you home with a Creek Crew Leader manual!”
 1900 SE Milport Rd. Suite B, Milwaukie, OR * 1 pm – 5 pm


Live music from Andrea and the Enablers (FB page):
“Country influenced by George Jones, Merle Haggard, Faron Young, Ray Price, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, Amber Digby, Brennen Leigh, Waylon, Marty Stuart, and many, many new artists that keep the sound alive.”
O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am


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Come north to the Montavilla Farmers Market‘s monthly stockup market.
The market is also taking applications for new vendors! More information here.
Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


child at Slavic New Year

“Come and celebrate the most popular holiday in Slavic culture with music, folktales and traditional treats.”

 There’s be music and cultural presentations from: Scarlet Sails Theater, Dragon Theater, and Irina Zatsepa.
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm 


Know Your Rights: Renter’s Rights, presented by Community Alliance of Tenants:

“Understand your rights and responsibilities at all stages of the renting process — searching for a home, filling out applications, paying deposits and fees, getting repairs made, moving out and more.”

To​ ​register,​ ​please​ ​call​ ​Thuy​ ​at​ ​503-329-8903​ ​or​ ​email Presentation in English and Vietnamese.

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 2:30 pm – 4 pm 


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Highland UCC will be hosting their 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr tribute. It’s been 50 years since he was assassinated.

This year’s theme: “Where do we go from here… ”

There’s not a lot online about the event, but I know there’s be informational booths including folks from the Albina Music Trust. This group is trying to preserve the musical history of funk in North Portland in the 1970s. Read more in this Willamette Week story.

Highland UCC, 7600 NE Glisan St * 11 am – 6 pm 

This weekend

The monthly Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting is Monday, Jan 8th. The general membership meeting begins at 6:30 pm and the board meeting is at 8 pm. The agenda is here.

This month’s guest speaker topics: Roseway Heights Middle School opening & the project to slow traffic speeds on Stark St. There also will be a discussion and possible motion concerning the MNA’s articles of incorporation.

Montavilla Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave 


Live music at O’Neill Pub:
Down Home Music (Facebook) plays everything from gypsy jazz to bluegrass to blues to folk with a lively spirit. 
O’Neill Public House,  6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free 


Portland Memory Garden

The Portland Memory Garden (website) hosts work parties on the first and third Saturdays of the month:

“If you’d like to get your hands dirty in the Memory Garden we have two teams that meet on the first and third Saturday of every month from 9:30-11:30 a.m.”

“All are invited to join one of these teams. Bring your favorite tools, gloves, and water, and dress for the weather.”

For information on Saturday’s volunteer session, contact Patty Cassidy @ 503-239-9174.

Portland Memory Garden, SE 104th Avenue and Powell Blvd * 9:30 am – 11:30 pm


“Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. There’s always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. Though simply produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have everyone fully absorbed in the interaction of live theatre.”

This month’s production: “Little Red Riding Hood”. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Buy tickets here.

Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St *  11:30 am * adults $2, children $1


Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * 11:20 pm, 4:30 pm * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 

Aaron Nigel Smith 

“Join award winning children’s educator and performer Aaron Nigel Smith as he gets the whole family moving, grooving and learning.” 

First come, first served.

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



There’s an awesome film series happening monthly at Milepost 5: This month it’s: Psychedelic Psynema XV: Glam Tragedies (FB page):

“Phantom of the Paradise” @ 6 pm

“Velvet Goldmine” @ 8 pm

Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon St * 6 pm * free 



“Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English.”

“¿Está aprendiendo inglés? Conozca otras personas que también están aprendiendo y practique hablando inglés.”

Gregory Heights Meeting Room, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 12:30 pm – 2 pm

This weekend

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to donate your $50 (or $100 if you’re married) to a political candidate or cause for a 100% credit. More information and instructions can be found here.


As of Friday morning, Cooper, one of the Belmont Goats who were moved to Lents, is doing well (FB update). He needed surgery for a blockage, and there’s a fund raiser to pay for it.

They’ve surpassed their $3,000 goal, but you can still donate here.


“Illusionist Mark Benthimer, who’s credits include performances at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts as well as casinos nationwide ,has also shared the stage with Blues Traveler, Sammy Hagar, and many more.”

Mall 205, 9994 SE Washington St * 2:05 pm * general admission $16; under 12 & seniors $8 


The new Blade Runner is finally at Academy!

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * see site for times * 1:35 pm, 6:35 pm$4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 


“Holgate Library’s chess group has been gathering on Saturday afternoons for many years. The faces have changed, but the idea that players of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels should get together is still thriving.

The group meets in the public area. This means that the participants are in a library that is busy and frequently has armloads of enthusiastic kids, but club volunteers and participants recognize that developing concentration is an important part of learning.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 1 pm – 4:30 pm


East Glisan’s new-ish cocktail bar, Blank Slate, is having a NYE event:

“New Year’s Eve is happening! Come celebrate with us. DJ Flasch Bach is bringing tunes. Midnight toast. Drink specials. Shenanigans. No cover. 🍾🥂🎉”

Blank Slate, 7201 NE Glisan St * free


The bar doesn’t really have a web presence, so I called Montavilla Station. The bartender said they’re having a blues party with a band called Jafco, and a champagne toast at midnight. Two years ago, they gave away NYE swag like horns and hats. It’s always a good time at the Station.


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Dukes free dance lessons at 8 pm, dinner specials. Email to reserve a table.


The O’Neill pub is having an events as well:

“JT Trawick from Well Swung and Rowdy Mountain leads an old fashioned country hoedown with some hot fiddlin, country singin and all kinds of dancin. Hope you can join us for the last party of 2017 (and the first of 2018)!” (FB event)

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * $5 


Is there any awesome East Portland venues or NYE events I’m missing? Let me know!



This weekend

MNA meeting was Monday. Read the story and see the video here. The board’s done tons of good work and many of the board members are spearheading an emergency shelter in the neighborhood.

They’re still looking for volunteers and supplies at the emergency shelter. They have a new Facebook page here, and a training for volunteers on Sunday 12/17. Or contact them by email:

 The Oregonian published a piece Friday 12/15 (here) about efforts to determine how to respect civil liberties without leaving people with mental illness to suffer in the harsh weather.


At Academy Theater (website), there are three, yes, three Christmas movies are playing tonight: “White Christmas” (1954) starring Bing Crosby; “A Christmas Story” (1983) about a boy whose only Christmas wish is a BB gun; and “The Star” (2017) about a group of animals who follow the star to Jesus’ manger.

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * see site for times * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 


Bonnie Lee is playing at Montavilla Station!

Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th Ave * 9:30ish * free


At Milepost 5, there’s a Holiday Artisans Market.There’ll be 50 vendors spread throughout the building. If you’re curious about the community, it’s a good time to visit. (FB page)

Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 11 am – 5 pm 


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“With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the Sunshine Division will pack and deliver 3,500 Holiday Food Boxes this December.”

The pack nights were fully filled by volunteers with a wait list. If you want to help deliver the boxes, email to arrange a RSVP.

From their website:

“Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 95-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.”

Go here to learn how to receive food or clothing from the Sunshine Division.

PPB East Precinct, 737 SE 106th Ave * 8 am 


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The Lents Holiday Bazaar brings together 80 vendors to benefit the Kelly Elementary PTA (FB page). The organizers made sure to accept a variety of craftspeople, so there’s not too much of one kind of item.


“In this seasonal hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican winter season traditions, which include a combination of indigenous and occidental traditions such as the posadas (parties), nativity scenes, and Día de Reyes. Participants will make their own ornaments and can use them to decorate for the season.”

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


December’s Winter Stock-Up market from the Montavilla Farmers Market is Sunday. Read about the awesome produce and products available here.

7700 block of SE Stark St * 11 am – 1 pm 


At O’Neill Public House there’s a bluegrass slow jam 2 pm – 5 pm, and an Irish traditional session from 9:30pm – 11:30pm.

In between, is Stringed Migration (FB page) a quartet that performs a lush synthesis of Celtic and international roots music with a twist of jazz. They play from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * free

Montavilla Neighborhood Association December meeting

So much interesting and important information about your neighborhood comes to the neighborhood associations first— especially if you’re someone like me who wants to know what’s going to happen and be a part of the process, rather than learn about what’s already happened.

The December Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting was held December 11th, and about 30 neighbors attended. Board members Jonnie Shaver, Antigonus Garret, and Micah Fletcher were absent.

Since being elected two months ago, it’s clear the board’s been working hard lately. There are four active committees (contacts here): land use & transportation, housing & homelessness, outreach & communications, and public safety; there’s a beautiful new website (with the events calendar here); a newsletter; and captioning for the hearing impaired was secured.

Members of the board are also spearheading a emergency warming shelter (the likely explanation for the board members’ absences from the meeting), and if you’d like to volunteer, offer supplies, or have your church or building considered for an emergency shelter, contact the housing & homelessness committee.

I keep thinking the MNA is past it, there’s still a lot of conflict surrounding the organization.

There is a MNA board member who said she armed herself because she thinks her life is threatened by white supremacists and bigots organizing in the neighborhood.

There are neighbors who still think the MNA election was stolen, and that members of the MNA board are guilty of misconduct.

The death threats are clearly most alarming and deserve more immediate attention, but all these accusations are important to anyone who has concern for this organization or this neighborhood.

I think at this point the best thing I can do, if you didn’t want to attend or watch a two-hour YouTube video, is identify the conflicts and quote Carl Sagan: extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.


As part of the neighbor introductions, Julia DeGraw introduced herself and her campaign for Portland City Council (FB campaign page).



The first presentation was from Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson (website with contact). She talked about (@ 7:30 in the video) her work on issues like homelessness, mental health, safe streets, and pushing back against federal deportation policies. She also said her office helped secure a grant to assist women with addiction and spearheaded a tiny house project for homeless families.

Since the City of Portland doesn’t have districts and the County does, she said she feels a special responsibility for East Portlanders and issues that impact them. She encouraged neighbors to reach out to her or her assistance or if they have any questions.

Afterwards, TriMet’s Wendy Serrano gave an update on the Division Transit Project (@ 20:05). Scheduled to begin service in 2021, the project plans to bring longer buses and faster service from downtown all the way to Gresham.

Committee reports were next (@ 51:00).

SE Uplift representative Olivia Alsept-Ellis said the SE Uplift grant applications were due January 8th.

Public safety chair John Rotter said the public safety committee was working on training neighborhood patrols and helping people learn how to report issues with the PDX Reporter App. Meetings will be held every two months, he said.

Land use chair Amanda Rhoads said there’s a new development on SE Alder between 77th and 78th, and the developer attended the first meeting of the committee.

Board secretary Briar Rose Schreiber said six grievances and two records requests have been submitted to the board. She said (@ 1:01:01) that she feels threatened by white supremacists and bigots organizing in Montavilla. Her story is hard to hear but it definitely needs to be heard and addressed.

At 1:06:00, new board member Brad Donahue expressed concern with Schreiber’s claims and asked for evidence for claims of the bigotry and white supremacy directed towards neighbors.


After the general meeting, the floor was open to questions (@ 1:09:25) and neighbors asked about the grievances filed against the board and another neighbor expressed an interest in having hard conversations about homelessness.

Among other issues, the board considered starting a accessibility committee and using an online forum called Loomio to have discussions on community proposals.

@ 1:45:30 David Linn, board chair said he would address the grievances filed with the board. The issue was discussed after that, and Linn said they would likely schedule a special meeting to discuss it.

@ 1:55:10, Linn said that there is a Facebook group fraudulently impersonating the MNA. Since an administrator of that group is the neighbor who filed a records request, he said he thinks that request should be rejected.

@ 2:00:00 Linn and board members talked about the Facebook group in question, and a  (unidentified) moderator for the group joined the conversation. At about 2:02:00, he said he is not a white supremacist and that he got involved to help encourage a “level-headed” balance because he’s not seeing that on either side.


This weekend

Solutions to critical pubic issues like air quality, discarded syringes, and homeless services in East Portland are gaining the most ground at the neighborhood level.

At its November board meeting, the Lents Neighborhood Association had representatives from Multnomah County Health Department to discuss syringe disposal and the air quality near schools.

For more information on the air quality issue, the Tribune covered it this week. Learn more from the presentation at the LNA meeting (beginning @ 1:37:00).

The Montavilla Neighborhood Association is holding its monthly board meeting this Monday, December 11th. The meeting’s agenda is here.

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm
December 11th, 2017


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“Join the Montavilla Business Association in Downtown Montavilla for discounts and specials on drinking, shopping, tasting, and holiday merriment! In the spirit of the season, please bring canned food to donate to the United Methodist Church food pantry.”

Also on Saturday, Santa will be at Vino Veritas (7835 SE Stark). You can also create crafts, drink hot cocoa and have your photo taken with the jolly elf.

Donations for the United Methodist Food Pantry are gladly accepted both evenings.

SE Stark St * 5 pm – close 


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There’s an art opening at Milepost 5 this evening. There will be original art from Cooper Jamieson and usually snacks and drinks are served. It’s the last show from Artists Milepost art director and friend Lawrence Kirk.

Here’s a few artistically chosen words about the art of our artist:

“Cooper Jamieson is a 2016 Lewis & Clark alum who just does not know what he is looking for. Right now, Cooper’s looking for his notes for what to write. Cooper is a current PhD student at University of California, Los Angeles for theoretical and computational chemistry. He collaborates with the biochemistry and chemical engineering departments in order to elucidate pericyclase enzyme mechanics. Despite having such specificity in his education, it does not seem to help answer the question: what is Cooper looking for.”

“The work on view is a superimposition of altered images. Moments or emotions layered against one another. Adding all these layers together does not yield an obvious net moment, emotion, or story — these are not commutative operations. In other words, these images don’t know what they are looking for either.” 

Milepost 5 Gallery, 850 NE 81st * 6 pm – 8 pm 


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“We are proud to announce that the 7th annual NAYA Winter Marketplace will take place on Saturday, December 9th from 10am – 4pm in the NAYA gymnasium! Come support our community’s vendors for one-stop Christmas shopping. Arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more just in time for the holidays!”

NAYA Gymnasium, 5135 NE Columbia Blvd * 10 am – 4 pm 


KXL’s Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis (YouTube intro) will be at Invoke celebrating the grand opening of the Ground Zero store there. In the spirit of the season, there may be some Krampuses there as well…

“Clyde Lewis, radio host of Ground Zero will be there along with GZ items such as books, magazines, t-shirts, tote bags, decals, and more!”

Invoke, 414 SE 81st Ave * 2 pm – 6 pm 


Build a City That Sparks

“Create a cityscape that sparks! Use beautiful glowing paper collages, cardboard, copper tape, LED lights and batteries to light up your city in this amazing interactive art piece.  At the same time you’ll learn a little something about electrical circuitry.”

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Boulevard * 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm * free 


“A resource and meal share hosted by Portland Assembly’s Montavilla and East Central NACs. Please share this invitation with your houseless neighbors.”

For volunteers or donors:

“We’re hoping to create a supply stock, that will allow us to make more cold weather kits, and to prepare for the opening of warming shelters, as we move into more severe weather. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for training and volunteer opportunities at the Montavilla NAC-hosted warming shelter.”

For a list of supplies needed go here. They’ll also be signing up volunteers for the warming shelter. The shelter will be hosted at St Peter & Paul Episcopal Church (247 SE 82nd Avenue).

SEUL, 3534 SE Main St * 2 pm – 5 pm 


“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) is the current film in Academy’s holiday series.

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors  * 12:00, 5:05, 9:35