This weekend!

FRIDAY

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Roscoe’s is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this weekend! There will be special beers on tap (FB invitation with beer list)), and they will be giving away new 10th anniversary t-shirts. The party kicks off Friday @ 2 pm and runs through 1/1/17.

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Copper & Crow are at O’Neill Public House. Their first single “Love Wins in the End” is a nice sentiment to carry into the new year. 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm * free

SATURDAY

I thought it would be fun to do a lap around downtown Montavilla to see if any of the businesses has anything special planned for NYE It was fun: I bought a sticker from Montavilla Brew Works, had some kung pow tofu from Chinese Village, got to see the disco room on a short tour of Portland Tub & Tan, and sang some Bill Withers at Montavilla Station.

It’s business as usual at most restaurants and bars in the area, but Montavilla Station will have a champagne toast, party hats, and noise makers for their guests. Oh yeah. Bolt Upright, a rockin’ blues band, will be playing live. 417 SE 80th Ave * 9 pm? * free

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At Duff’s Garage for NYE: Ben Rice Colossal Group and Sister Mercy featuring April Brown. 2530 NE 82nd Ave *7 pm doors, 9 pm show *$12 w/ reserved table, $10 general admission

The new website is compete, so look forward to some new happenings early in the new year. Happy 2017!

This weekend

In this season of giving, it was nice to see the Montavilla Neighborhood Association approve $800 for two of the neighborhood’s struggling families this week.

With two free stores in East Portland Saturday, and a Friday food pantry at Highland Church (on Glisan, from 76th – 78th), and word that MNA board member serves at a local shelter… I’m grateful for the generosity of our neighbors and wonder what else is available.

Are you part of, or know of, a church or organization offering assistance to those in need? I’ll be reaching out to churches this week to see what’s available, and it’s be good to get a head start from readers.

FRIDAY 

In these days of winter weather and frozen streets, it’s a good time to explore your neighborhood venues.

It’s always a rowdy good time at Monavilla Station. On Friday Frankie West is on the stage, underneath the dangling musical instruments and 45 records. 417 SE 80th Ave * 9 pm? * free 

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St. Peter and Paul Church is hosting the Occupy PDX free store. *** because of the weather, the free store has been moved to Tuesday, 1 pm – 3 pm *** They’ll have free gift wrapping and are serving a free lunch the flyer says: “Occupy PDX Free Store: Bring / take home gifts / clothes / gloves / books / CDs DVDs / vinyl / gift soaps / games / toys / housewares / stuffed animals / coats. No $$ No Barter.” 247 SE 82nd Ave * 1 – 3 pm * free

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Lents Free Store, recently celebrating its first anniversary, is open Saturday. They’ve been open nearly every month and have distributed about 16,000 articles of clothing, according to this nice story in East PDX News. Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4244 SE 91st Ave * noon – 2 pm * free

SUNDAY 

Montavilla “Winter Stock Up” Farmers Market “Winter is on its way here but it doesn’t mean Montavilla’s farmers market is on its way out! The two hour stock-up markets are here for you and the vendors you love with an extended season for shopping farm direct and local throughout the winter” 7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 11 am – 1 pm 

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There’s a free showing of Elf at Academy Theater! It’s the last event of Frosty Fest and also the last day to vote for your Favorite Window Display on the Montavilla East Tabor Business Association Facebook page. METBA is also collecting winter clothes for JOIN. 7818 SE Stark * 5 pm * free

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It’s the third annual Funkin for the Oregon Food Bank, with Perk Portland Grooves, and Spun Honey. Blue Room Bar @ Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 9 pm –  midnight * ???

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More live music with: Swinging Doors (honky-tonk & western swing) and Joe Baker and The Kitchen Men (early jazz and blues). Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd  * 9 pm * $8

SATURDAY

A Community Healing Forum is being held by the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization: “A space for immigrant and refugee communities to come together to learn about our rights, take action, and support each other after the election.” Register hereIRCO Sokhom Tauch Community Center, 10301 NE Glisan St * 8:30 am to 12:30 pm * free

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Santa’s holding court at Wix Insurance in downtown Montavilla, delivered by Portland Fire Station 19 Santa at 11 am. There’ll be sweet treats by Luby Wind for sale, as well as crafts to benefit Montavilla Food Co-op, and Bridger Elementary School. 8037 SE Stark St * 11 am – 2 pm * free

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“The East Portland Holiday Bazaar is a fun-filled single-day holiday market … where you will find local, affordable, hand-made holiday gifts, such as crafts, art, greeting cards, jewelry, zines, beauty products and much more! This bazaar centers around the 100+ independent creators of East Portland, as well as providing a community-focused holiday arts and crafts festival in the Jade District.” APANO/Jade Multicultural Space, 8114 SE Division St * 10 am – 5 pm * free

SUNDAY

 

All weekend at Academy Theater,  you can catch one of the finest, strangest holiday films ever: National Lampoon’s Holiday Vacation. Enjoy the season! 7818 SE Stark St * 11:55 am, 5:05 pm, 9:55 pm * $4 adult, $3 seniors and children under 12

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Irish traditional session at O’Neill’s Public House: “Anyone with an interest in playing Irish traditional music would be welcome!” 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm * free

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There’s awesome events happening all week in East Portland, but since this is a amateur (from Latin through French meaning lover) offering, I don’t cover events during the week. Since the topic shapes and explains so much about East Porland, I’m including this talk about East Portland’s annexation in the 1980s held Monday, 11/5. Here’s presenter and researcher Sabina on OPB’s Think Out Loud discussing the issue.

“How and why has Portland’s urban core, this paragon of sustainability become more white and affluent, while its outer eastside has become more diverse and low income. What are the disparities between “two cities side by side” and how can Portland become a livable city for all.”  Jade/APANO Community Space, 8114 SE Division St * 6 pm * free

FRIDAY

There’s always live local music at Montavilla Station. It’s usually blues rock, rock, and if you’re lucky rock AND roll. I didn’t make it by this week to see the chalk board, but it’s reliably a good time. 17 SE 80th Ave * 10 pm? * free

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Meet Rojo the Llama, a therapy llama for Llama Libations (7 – 8 pm) at Cartlandia. There’ll be carrots, kisses, ornaments, books and t-shirts. Choose from 30 international food carts at Cartlandia and classic rock ‘n’ roll from Speaker Thief and The Boondock Boys at the Blue Room Bar. 8145 SE 82nd Ave * free

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Help plant native trees and shrubs with Friends of Trees and Johnson Creek Watershed Council at a new restoration site at Veteran’s Creek, a tributary of Johnson Creek. “We provide breakfast snacks and hot chocolate/coffee, as well as gloves, tools and guidance. Please come dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy, closed-toe shoes and get ready to have fun!” 9795 SE Mt Scott Blvd * 8:45 am – 1 pm * free

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David Douglas High School PTSA 15th Annual Holiday Bazaar This annual event hosts more than 80 vendors with their unique merchandise. This is our largest fundraiser to support our college scholarships to our departing senior class. We have everything from personalized holiday decorations, stained glass art, presents for your pets, gift baskets, home made goodies, fine art, jewelery and more!!! You don’t have to stop shopping, we have food right in the bazaar at the Jingle Bell Cafe!” 1001 SE 135 Ave * 9:00 am – 4 pm * free

SUNDAY

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Prism House PDX is having their second annual DIY open house (FB event). “Join us in our festive 101 year old farm house to get creative & make gifts for loved ones, or yourself! This is a free and all ages event open to the public where we will have many themed craft rooms to create things like: fresh wreaths, ornaments, paper crafts and personalized cards, cookies, gift baskets and more! Oregon Hemp works will even have a special edition customizable label for their incredible soaps!” Check out photos from last year here4105 NE 112th Ave * 2 pm – 6 pm * $5 suggested donation

 

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East County Community Orchestra Winter Concert at David Douglas High School. Some of the pieces presented are the theme from 2001, Space Odyssey, South Pacific, and an Austrailain folk song called Country Gardens. A meet and greet with the musicians and director (with complimentary coffee and cookies), will be held at intermission.  1400 SE 130th Avenue * 3 pm * free

 

 

This weekend

FRIDAY

Kerry Stickler is playing at Montavilla Station. The Station has live music Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and karaoke Thursday. 417 SE 80th Ave * ??? * free

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Roscoe’s Black Friday Holiday Summit will be celebrating all of the flavors and beer styles that are favorites during the holidays. The Summit will kick off at noon on Black Friday, November 25h. The beers will be flowing all weekend long!” 8105 SE Stark * Fri, Sat, Sun

SATURDAY

There are many ways to support Small Business Saturday, including Craft Sale for the Benefit of the Montavilla Food Co-op. Wix Insurance Agency, 8037 SE Stark * 10 am – 4 pm 

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Native American Marketplace is being held Saturday. Crafts, rollerskating, and swimming is on the schedule. Food available is frybread and Indian tacos. Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave * 10 am – 5 pm * free

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At Midland Library, Black Storytime: “The African and African American experience comes alive for children from birth to age 6 (with a favorite adult and other family members). In a positive and affirming environment, have fun with books and stories, songs, and movement activities.” (noon). Chinese (Cantonese) Storytime: “Storytime presented in Cantonese for children ages 0-6 years with adult.” (2 pm). 805 SE 122nd Ave * free

 

This weekend

If you missed it, the outpouring of support for Montavilla’s Muslim community and two mosques has been great to see. Read and sign the letter (here), and read some of the messages on the FB post here. The Montavilla Neighborhood Association approved a letter of support as well, and is having it translated and distributed to the neighborhood’s immigrant communities.

FRIDAY 

David Douglas High School‘s fall play is classic musical tale of Mary Poppins. Reserve tickets here.

David Douglas High School, 1001 SE 135th Ave * Nov 11 – 19 @ 7:30 pm, Nov 13 & 20 @ 2:30 pm * $8 students & seniors, $10 adults

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There’s always goodness happening at the Jade/APANO space:

“The first annual East Portland Holiday Bazaar (FB invitation) will be a fun-filled single-day  holiday market, where you will find local, affordable, hand-made holiday gifts, such as crafts, art, greeting cards, jewelry, zines, beauty products, and much more! This bazaar centers and celebrates the diversity of independent creators of East Portland, as well as provides a community-focused holiday arts and crafts festival in East Portland’s Jade District.” 

Jade/APANO Multicultural Space, 8114 SE Division St * 10 am – 5 pm * free

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At Midland Library, a Native dance performance: Native American Music and Dance: Yesterday, Today & Forever from Painted Sky.Painted Sky is an organization that honors Native American culture by building awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and education. Painted Sky’s primary goals are to engage youth in the study and performance of Native American music, dance and song. Come join Painted Sky for a lively and educational experience.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 3 pm – 3:45 pm * free


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Montavilla Farmers Market (website) is back for their Thanksgiving market Sunday. They’ll also be hosting a food drive for Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers, also tabling at the market. Customers can buy food to donate, and vendors can donate their seconds or what didn’t sell. Market volunteers are still needed (sign up here). “Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers support self-help efforts of low-income working people organizing to fight for living wages and to develop year-round benefit programs in their communities.”

7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 10 am – 2 pm * free

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FRIDAY 

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Opening Friday night is David Douglas High School‘s fall play. This year’s production is classic musical tale of Mary Poppins. Reserve tickets here. 1001 SE 135th Ave * Nov 11 – 19 @ 7:30 pm, Nov 13 & 20 @ 2:30 pm * $8 students & seniors, $10 adults

SATURDAY 

Introduction to Seed Saving at Midland Library. Presented by Grow Portland, a non-profit dedicated to growing food in the city. “Come learn to save your favorite fall crop seeds! Each participant will receive a printed seed saving guide.” Registration (here) is required. The event is on a waiting list at the Holgate Library. 1 pm – 4 pm * free

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Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry is proud to present the Fall Neighborhood Tree Steward Training Program begins Saturday. The cost of the course is $25, and scholarships are available. “This seven session course will provide an overview of: tree biology, tree identification, tree pruning and maintenance, proper planting technique, ecosystem services, pests and pathogens of the urban forest, and urban forest management and policy.” For more information visit the program’s web page.

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At Duff’s Garage, one of East Portland’s best places for live music, The Wanna Be-52’s are performing Saturday night. Spicy Tuna (surfy, mod, doo-wop, soulful, beachy) from Seattle are opening the night @ 9:30 pm. 2530 NE 82nd Ave * $10

SUNDAY 

There’s a wide variety of films playing at Academy Theater now, including The Magnificent Seven, The Secret Life of Pets, the most recent Jason Bourne release, and two dramas based in feudal Japan.