This weekend!


There’s a closing art show at Milepost 5 tonight. Two of my friends and neighbors, Leviticus Appleton and Maxwell, are hosting a closing party for their dual show “Alone Together”.

In the video below, Leviticus talks about his art, and goes on to explain how MP5 is available to serve community. Every organization and every business has its offerings and opportunities, and in the four months I’ve lived in Montavilla I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface.


For after the show, or any weekend, there’s karaoke options at both Chinese Village (520 SE 82nd Ave.) and Candlelight Lounge (7334 NE Glisan St.).


Portland Parks & Recreation is hosting a concert in Glenhaven Park featuring the Tony Ozier & the Doo Doo Funk All StarsNE 82nd & Siskiyou Street * 6:30 pm * free


Wow, this fella playing at Duff’s Garage sounds awesome: Rudy “Tutti” Grayzell (born in Saspamco, Texas on June 8, 1933) is a Rockabilly musician. He was born Rudolph Paiz Jimenez, and took his stage-name from his German great-grandmother. He first formed “The Buckles”, which became “Texas Kool Kats” and a popular local group. He also had a daily radio show in 1957. These groups were country-oriented, but he moved toward a more rockabilly sound with “Let’s Get Wild” or “Duck Tail.” In the 1950s he toured with Elvis Presley. He is an inductee of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. 2530 NE 82nd doors 7 pm, show @ 9 pm * ??


For the second night in a row, Glenhaven Park park offers free entertainment. Tonight “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is on the big screen. Before the show is All Together Now, a Beatles sing-along band. NE 82nd & Siskiyou Street * 6:30 music, movies @ dark * free


Along with the closer-t0-home Montavilla Farmers Market, there’s a Lents International Farmers Market that looks great. Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers. SE 91st and Foster Road * 9 am – 2 pm * free

Neighbors push back against new East Portland homeless shelter

Many neighbors aren’t happy about a 200-person homeless shelter planned for the Hansen Building at 122nd and Glisan, and tempers flared at a meeting Thursday (7/7) night.

It was good to see that both KOIN 6 and FOX 12 covered the meeting. Their stories focused on neighbors’ concerns about potential threats from homeless folks staying at the shelter and the fact that the neighbors weren’t involved in the decision.

In a tense exchange captured by FOX 12, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury didn’t answer a question about why neighbors weren’t consulted, responding that they are placing shelters everywhere around the county.

There isn’t a lot of detail in those stories, but you definitely got a sense that many neighbors are worried and angry. One neighbor who supported the shelter made the point that homeless are already in the neighborhood.

Many neighbors, including myself, were turned away from the meeting because the room was full. A person who worked at the building running crowd control said there were about 350 people packed into a room meant to hold 150. It looked like about 50 people were turned away. File_000 (2).jpeg

I received a mass email from Kafoury just after 5 pm. She apologized that there wasn’t enough room for everyone in the auditorium, and made assurances that neighbors and residents would be kept safe once the shelter opens, and the neighborhood would not be disrupted.

Slated to be open before the end of the month, the Hansen shelter is to be temporary, open for only about 12 to 18 months. “The shelter will cost an estimated $1.3 million annually with a staff of roughly a dozen people providing services, including access to housing, health and income resources, as well as referrals,” according to a release from Multnomah County.

The plan was announced officially Wednesday (7/6), but from what I could find it was first floated in a 6/28 Portland Tribune article. The story had no mention of the environmental problems with the building, but in a later Tribune/KOIN story included those concerns from Multnomah County board members Loretta Smith and Diane McKeel:

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There isn’t a working kitchen in the building. Will the residents have to travel 45 minutes to downtown for meals? According to the story, the building doesn’t have central air conditioning or heat, and the water runs brown and has a high bacteria count if you don’t let it run before drinking. Black mold, sewer flies, and asbestos are problems that have been remediated, officials said.

Smith and McKeel want to see the unused Wapato Jail re-worked to house the homeless. The Hansen shelter is supposedly temporary; as was downtown’s Peace shelter that opened January and is closing soon. A women’s shelter in Multnomah Village opened fall of 2015 and closed in May, based on a promise from Mayor Charlie Hales. A May KOIN news story said one women’s shelter will be opening up in the summer and another in the fall, but we don’t know how many or what category of the 267 (about 80 to 100 of those being men) displaced from the Peace shelter will be housed at Hansen.

Another big concern from neighbors: we don’t know anything about the people staying at the shelter. Peace’s rules don’t require identification, though they do forbid drugs and drug paraphernalia.  I’ve heard it will be the same set of rules for the new Hansen shelter, but I haven’t confirmed that yet.

I regret the way this has been handled by Kafoury— and I’m glad she’s acknowleged her mistake. I’m waiting on a few questions from Multnomah County officials, including how people can get on the email list for updates on this project.

Are there any assurances that would make you comfortable with this shelter, or is it simply a hard no? So far it doesn’t look like much had changed since the meeting, but if you have any questions please let me know. I’ll do my best to keep up with this issue.

This weekend!


At Duff’s Garage: Theater of Sheep (@ 9 pm).  A 1980s American new wave band from Portland, Oregon that was popular locally. Musically, the band had much in common with stylish new wave and New Romantic bands of the day such as Echo & the Bunnymen. Warthog Stew begins the evening at 6 pm2530 NE 82nd Ave * ?? 


downloadJoin Unit Souzou for a free workshop exploring pedestrian safety, transit, neighborhoods, and community identity through “taiko” Japanese drumming, theater, and discussion. Get your bodies and voices engaged as we strengthen our neighborhoods! RSVP here. Jade/APANO Multicultural Space, 8114 SE Division St. * pm – 3 pm * free


There’s also a Powell Butte clean up today: Join Hands On Portland and Portland Parks & Recreation to rebuild and restore the trail and fence systems, maintain native plantings, and remove invasive species. Wear long thick pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Bring a backpack, water bottle, rain gear and sunhat. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided. RSVP here. meet @ SE Ellis and SE 145th  * 9 am – noon * free

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At Milepost 5, there’s Psychedelic Psynema, a new film event every second and fourth Sunday.

This week’s trip:
Alien Love, dir. Sissy Creamcheese and MWR (2016)
The Dark Crystal original cut, dir. Jim Henson (1981)
Logan’s Run, dir. Michael Anderson (1976)

If you haven’t seen the 1981 black and white original cut of the Dark Crystal, it is completely insane. You need to see it. If you think the theatrical release is weird, you are in for a very strange journey, friend. Companion piece Alien Love is a lovely and otherworldly recent work of stop-motion animation and poetry by local artists Sissy Creamcheese (Bacchus’ Boogiers) and Michael Roberts. And of course, Logan’s Run. You know Logan’s Run. Does the robot eat people? It bothers me every day. off NE Oregon, west of 82nd by courtyard6 pm * free


The Montavilla Farmers Market is on every Sunday until October! There are these opportunities to sweeten the deal, as well as supporting your local farmers. 7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 10 am – 2 pm * free

This weekend!


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Every first Friday, it’s a toddler dance party Friday morning with Micah and Me. Beanstalk, 8021 SE Stark St. * 10 am * free 

Also for First Friday, Montavilla Breworks will be tapping a keg of Bell’s Brewery Oberon American Wheat Ale (from Michigan) at 4 pm! 7805 SE Stark St

I’m not sure what else is going on for First Friday in Montavilla… but it’s a-happening! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates, or just show up and see.


ThunderFUNK is the hottest jazz/funk hybrid mini-big band experience to ever rock this corner of the world. Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd Ave.9 pm * ???

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There are eight rides for Pedalpalooza today and 11 Sunday! Pedalpalooza is 3+ weeks of bikey fun. With ~300 different events, most organized by individuals, bikers of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest. Nearly all events are free.


This month’s production is of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.

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


The Montavilla Farmers Market is on every Sunday until October! There are these opportunities to sweeten the deal, as well as supporting your local farmers. 7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 10 am – 2 pm * free




Montavilla crime calls: 6/20 – 6/26

There were at least three shootings in the Montavilla area last weekend: one between the passengers of two cars near 105th & NE Glisan Saturday (6/25) morning that ended in a single car crash; a second near 80th and Glisan early Saturday morning (about 2 am); and a third near Chinese Village (83rd & Washington) early Sunday morning at about 12:30 am.

The shootings Saturday morning led to a fiery car crash that was covered by the Oregonian, but the other two incidents I learned about by neighbors dutifully reporting on Facebook groups. I assume they also called 9-1-1. Neighbors were justifiably frightened, and said police were dispatched to both incidents.

An arrest was made in the shooting near 105th & Glisan Saturday morning, but I haven’t heard any more details about the other two shootings.

As part of a neighborhood news website I’m developing, I’ve been looking into how the City shares crime information in neighborhoods. So far have found to be the only official way— but this only tracks 9-1-1 calls. And as you can see from the map below, none of two shootings in Montavilla were listed on the map, neither was the third incident further east on Glisan.

Does anybody know why these incidents weren’t listed? I can’t say I’ve had a lot of success reaching out to Portland Police in my past requests for information, and before I reached out to them I wanted to see if anyone else has seen this happen before and gotten a satisfactory answer.

Citywide media will jump in to report big incidents (like a shooting / fiery car crash), but the daily crime incidents are harder to follow. Thanks for reading, I’m open to better ways to report crime information and would love your feedback.

Here are the 9-1-1 calls reported for last week:



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priority assault – 82nd & Broadway, 6/20 @ 1:52 pm; Washington near I-205, 6/21 @ 3:02 pm

Quality of life

suspicious subject, vehicle or circumstance – 80th south of Holliday; 82nd near Pacific; 86th & Taylor

vice – drugs, liquor, prostitution, gambling: 90th near Flanders

unwanted person: 93rd near Oak ; 82nd & Stark; PCC Campus; 92nd near Division


missing – person lost, found, runner: Halsey near 81st

undescribed incident: 82nd & Division


accident – injury: 2 in multiple incidents

accident – hit and run – priority: Stark near I-205

non-injury accident: 82nd & Glisan

Proactive policing

welfare check – cold: I-84 & Halsey; 82nd & Burnside; 82nd & Stark; 78th & Morrison

assist – citizen or agency: I-84 & 84th; 94th & Glisan

traffic stop: 94th near Holiday; 92nd & Washington; 82nd & Mill; 82nd & Harrison; 84th & Division

premise check: 81st & Ash

person contact (86): 81st & Stark

area check: 86th & Alder

Multiple incidents

82nd & I-84: 2 injury accidents




This weekend!


Johnny 7 & The Black Crabs, with The Jumptown Aces is at Duff’s Garage. A [Johnny 7] Rock n’ Roll band that blends the rules of vintage 50s rhythms and modern sounds. Front man Johnny 7 slings songs straight from the heart, or the pelvis, depending on his mood. He even plays a little guitar. Stand-up slap bass of Wes Amundsen and the crazy antics of drummer Mike Daugherty complete the picture! 2530 NE 82nd Ave. * 9 pm * $7


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The third annual Taste of Parkrose is happening Saturday. There will be a 5k run; food samples and treats from Parkrose restaurants and vendors; live music; a street fair with art clothing, goods, and local services; a community tent with resources, clubs, and information from neighborhood non-profits; and a carnival games with prizes and craft-making activities. Parkrose Hardware parking lot, 10625 NE Sandy Boulevard * 10 am – 4 pm * free

You might want to attend, you might want to avoid it… either way, it’s a win that the World Naked Bike Ride is coming to East Portland. Over 10,000 people rode last year, so expect delays. The ride is six miles long, and isn’t a loop. Mt. Scott Park, 5530 SE Harold St. * ride meets @ 8 pm, begins @ 9 pm * free


Chinese (Cantonese) Storytime at the library. Midland Library, * 2 pm – 2:45 pm * free


The Montavilla Farmers Market is on every Sunday until October. There are a Check out these opportunities like doubling your EBT benefits, and teaching kids to love fruits and vegetables. 7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 10 am – 2 pm * free


Montavilla crime calls: 6/13 – 6/19


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Screenshot 2016-06-21 at 12.07.01 AMpriority theft: 81st & Burnside, 6/16 @ 11:27 pm; 82nd & Division, 6/13 @ 12:21 pm

Quality of Life

shots fired: 82nd & Holladay

suspicious subject, vehicle or circumstance: 69th & Halsey; 82nd & Hassalo; 80th near Oregon; 79th & Oregon; Glisan near 76th; 83rd & Stark; Ash near 92nd (1 more in multiple incidents)

unwanted person: 82nd & Multnomah; 82nd & Pacific; 76th near Glisan; Burnside near 81st; 82nd & Ash; 79th & Stark; 78th & Alder (5 more in multiple incidents)

vice – drugs, liquor, prostitution, gambling: 76th near Glisan (1 more in multiple incidents)


warrant: 77th near Ash

flagdown: 81st & Stark; 88th & Alder


All listed are hazard – hazardous conditions (1 more in multiple incidents)

Proactive Policing

traffic stop: 80th & Halsey; 68th & Pacific; 75th & Glisan; 92nd & Glisan; 80th & Stark; 82nd & Stark (3 more in multiple incidents)

welfare check – priority: 79th & Clackamas; 82nd & Multnomah; 82nd & Glisan; 92nd & Stark; 82nd & Market; I-205 & Division

welfare check – cold: 82nd & Halsey

community policing: 82nd & Oregon

premise check: 71st & Glisan

area check: 82nd & Davis; 87th & Taylor (1 more in multiple incidents)

assist – citizen or agency: 82nd & Davis; I-205 & Market

Person contact (86): 93rd near Division (2 more in multiple incidents)

animal problem – 1 in multiple incidents


accident – non-injury: 78th near Glisan; 86th & Glisan; 95th & Stark (1 more in multiple incidents)

accident – injury: 80th & Burnside; 92nd & Marker

accident – hit & run – priority: near Berrydale Park

Multiple incidents

I-84 & 82nd: accident – non-injury; hazardous condition

81st & Halsey: 2 unwanted person; suspicious – priority

Montavilla Park: unwanted person; person contact (86)

78th & Glisan: 2 unwanted person

82nd & Burnside: traffic stop; person contact (86)

76th & Morrison: area check; vice – drugs, liquor, prostitution, gambling

82nd & Mill: traffic stop; animal problem

82nd & Division: medical assist; traffic stop