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


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


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 



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


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


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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.


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


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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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


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


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.


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


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. 

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At Milepost 5, there’s a First Friday art show from Luke Buser called Details. Featured will mp5
be ten fumage (smoke paintings on canvas) and 35 concrete poetry-style pieces: “each piece consists of one swear word with the letters being collaged in a way to make the word unrecognizable up first look and somewhat pretty compared to its meaning!” 850 NE 81st Ave * 6 pm – 8 pm * free 

First Friday in downtown Montavilla… I can’t find anything specifically going on, but generally according to the Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association: “Stark Street businesses stay open later featuring art, music and fashion on the first Friday of each month in Montavilla.”


Happy hour (6 pm – 9 pm) Americana / country / rock n roll with Lynn Conover & Little Sue at O’Neil Public House. Later in the evening (9:30 pm) is Tenebrook, music born out of “good times and porch pickin'”. 6000 NE Glisan St * 6 pm – 8 pm * ???


nativeamericanart_nisgaamaskThere’s a lecture on Native American Art of Oregon at Midland Library:Portland State University scholar-in-residence Dr. Tracy J. Prince uses historical photos to demonstrate how Oregon’s tribes showed artistic expression via basketry; canoes; longhouses; beadwork (on clothing, necklaces, headdresses, and cradleboards); burial platforms; and rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs).” 805 SE 122nd Ave * 3 pm – 4:30 pm * free

Holgate Library, not too far down 82nd from Montavilla, is also hosts events throughout the week, with Chinese and Vietnamese story time on Saturday. 7905 SE Holgate Blvd


Saturday, Kris Deelane and The Hurt, a ten-piece soul band, are performing at Duff’s Garage530 NE 82nd Ave * 9 pm* ???

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As part of their October film series, Academy Theater is playing both Halloween I (4:55 pm, 10:45 pm) and Halloween II (3:10 pm, 9:00 pm) through Thursday, 11/3. 7818 SE Stark * $4


And if you’d prefer something less homicidal, there’s only two more productions of The disneyMagical Music of Disney by the Portland Musical Theater. Buy tickets online here. From the director:

“With 65 Disney Songs in 90 minutes, nine Sold Out performances, and nine talented vocalists bringing these songs to live, don’t you deserve a break from every day life to experience a little magic, hope and joy?” Chapel Theater Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon St. * Fri Sat, 7 pm * $18


The Midland Library is hosting black storytime at noon and Chinese (Cantonese) storytime @ 2 pm. 805 SE 122nd Ave * free


Live music is hosted at Montavilla Station Friday and Saturday, and at Duff’s Garage Saturday:

“The Sportin’ Lifers are first and foremost a Jump Blues and Rhythm band, but they don’t stop there. Rhythm, jive, swing, reefer tunes, jump blues, boogie woogie—it’s all here. They can swing from hip, sweet mood-setting background music to irresistible high-test dance hall energy without missing a beat.” Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd Ave.  * 9 pm * ???


“October 30th is the last weekly market! But Montavilla Farmers Market is here for you and the vendors you love for 29 weeks of the year. We have several opportunities for shopping farm direct and local throughout the winter. Tell everyone you know! The Thanksgiving Market is Sunday, November 20th.”  7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 10 am – 2 pm * free


There’s more Halloween fun at Psychedelic Psynema, a trippy film series hosted at Milepost 5’s Chapel Theater. Suspira (1977) at 6 pm and Japanese horror film House (1977) at 8 pm. 8155 NE Oregon St * free

You might have noticed, this is the second event from Milepost 5 on the calendar. I’m doing my best to keep up with all the events and happenings in the neighborhood, but since I live here and am on the board of the non-profit our events definitely on my radar.

We’re working on hosting more events here, and being a resource for neighborhood gatherings and arts education—  for neighbors as well as residents.

I’m more than pleased to feature and am more than happy to promote neighborhood gatherings… so if your business, church, or group is hosting events, please let me know.


“Montavilla East Glisan businesses wil be handing out candy Halloween day to all costumed ghouls and goblins during business hours!” NE Glisan St, 68th – 82nd * 9 am – 8 pm

At Cornerstone Lodge : “Come by and visit candy for the children. Coffee, hot chocolate, cider and cookies for all.” 157, 202 SE 84th Ave * 5 pm to 8 pm

“We are using Halloween AGAIN as a means by which to meet and get to know better our neighbors! If you are out Trick-or-Treating, please feel free to stop by our home for a hotdog, a beer (for grown-ups!) or soda, and lots of candy!” Christ Church of Portland 10 NE 72nd Ave, Portland * 6 pm – 9 pm

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The Lumberyard, an indoor bike park, is hosting a benefit for Gateway Green, planned to be Portland’s first outdoor bike park. 25% of admission and 15% of sales at Pulehu Pizza will help fund the project. 2700 NE 82nd Ave * 5 pm – 10 pm 

The 25-acre strip of land in the interchange of I-84 and I-205 will also have hiking trails, a kids play area, animal habitat, bird watching area, and bike infrastructure for all levels of riders. Construction began this week as well on this awesome addition to East Portland.

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fullsizerender-2It’s good to see Academy Theater get into the Halloween holiday spirit!

The third movie in their October repertory series for this month 1988’s Child’s Play, the gold standard of killer doll movies. This was the first horror / slasher film I’d ever seen in the theater, and I saw it with my church youth group leader, oddly enough. (Hint: the trailer gives away too much, just go and enjoy the ride.) 7818 SE Stark St * 9:05 pm, 10/14 – 20 * $4


Help beautify 50+ park locations including natural areas, neighborhood parks, and community gardens, many in East Portland. Go to (get it?) to register. Fri & Sat


It’s going to rain all weekend… I hope you have your rain gear or indoor projects all lined up. Midland Library has a great line up of events, and this one looks interesting:

” Lucha Libre wrestlers “luchadores” traditionally create their characters and design their masks based on animals, fiction characters, and public personalities that have attributes that they admire and want to be recognized with.In this workshop, participants will create their own Lucha Libre mask with craft materials modeling the traditions of inspiration of the “luchadores.” 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2:30 – 3:30 * free

According to this story in the Oregonian from last year you can sometimes find lucha libre matches here in Portland.


Portland Chamber Music is hosting a free show:


St. Peters and Paul, 247 SE 82nd * 7 pm – 10 pm *  free


I don’t know anything / couldn’t find anything about Beats Working, Saturday’s band, but Montavilla Station‘s booker has earned my trust at this point. Robin Gibson (Friday) and were excellent and the blues jam has been solid too. 417 SE 80th Ave * 9ish? * free



It’s so wonderfully phrased, I’ll quote it again this week: “The beginning of October is the best of fall and still some of summer: tomatoes, melons, peppers, zucchini, plus winter squash, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, it’s a great time to be at the market!” PDX Environmental Services and Feed the Mass are tabling this market. 7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 10 am – 2 pm * free

The season’s last regular Sunday market is 10/30, and there’ll be a Thanksgiving market 11/20.

At annual meeting, MNA lists achievements, adds three new board members

All five neighbors who wanted to serve the Montavilla Neighborhood Association board were affirmed in an election Monday night, with three new members added.

The board is still hoping to find a neighbor who can fill the Public Safety committee chairmanship.

Nineteen neighbors were present at Montavilla United Methodist Church, including board members and those who didn’t meet voting requirements. Board chair Michael Sonnleitner joked that attendance was high quality if not high quantity.

After listing the MNA’s long list of achievements in the 2016 Annual Report and before the vote, the five neighbors, who are now board members with two-year terms, introduced themselves.

The three new members are: Nick Mira is an architect who has been in the neighborhood since 2009. He said he wants to work on land use and transportation issues. Justine Scannell is a mother of two who said it’s important to teach her children to know and be invested in their community. Jenny Shaver, a mother of a Vestal Elementary student, said she is finishing up a degree at Portland State University and wants to use what she learned to help with housing and homeless issues.

Returning board member Victoria Swink got involved to help clean up an abandoned (or zombie) home near hers. The house was sold just recently, she was happy to report. Paula Funatake has been on the board for a year, and said she wanted to continue to work on communications, after working on transportation previously.

After the election, the board assigned board members roles:

Benjamin Kerensa, Board Chair
Michael Sonnleitner, Vice Chair
Justine Scannell, Secretary
Elaine Hakala, Treasurer
Nick Mira, Land Use & Transportation Chair
Jennifer Tamayo, SEUL Delegate

Highlights of the MNA Annual Report include:

MNA participated in over 17 meetings about Public Safety and provided a resource for neighbors to learn about crime prevention and reporting. A few neighborhood cleanups were organized, and the board dedicated over 300 hours of engagement with neighbors and public safety partners.

In Communications, through social media, word of mouth, and print, the MNA said they connected with 10,000 to 15,000 residents in 2016. Pretty good for a neighborhood of 16,000, Sonnleitner noted. The MNA hosted multiple meetings around Land Use & Transportation concerning infill, historical preservation, and development.

The third year of the Montavilla Jazz Fest raised over $15,0000 in revenue, using that money to make donations to the music programs of Madison and Franklin High School and Vestal Elementary School. The MNA also raised money through the National Night Out, Neighborhood Recycling Event, and Burgerville Fundraiser Night.

The MNA also advocated for the protection of a historic house on SE Alder St, and led dialogue between neighbors and the developer. The board also advocated for the continuing of a literacy program at Portland Community College and weighed in on transportation and public safety issues.

Sonnleitner, who is a retired PCC political science professor, said the board is creating a strategic plan and he said he hopes the board will be far more functional in the year ahead. They’re also planning a board retreat.

A neighbor who identified himself as Greg asked the board to do better outreach to the neighbors who don’t come to the meetings. Sonnleitner said even though the board has meetings, events, a Facebook page, and does advertising, only about 100 neighbors are signed up. Ben Kerensa, vice chair, added that the board is doing more networking with other organizations including Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon and the Montavilla East Tabor Business Association.

Neighbor Louise Hoff, who volunteered with the Jazz Fest, said that in a recent meeting a representative from Southeast Uplift and organization said Montavilla is one of the most active neighborhood associations among the 20 they cover.

MNA meetings are generally held on the second Monday of the month, according to the bylaws.