This weekend

FRIDAY

Cody Weathers & The Men Your Mama Warned You About, live at Cartlandia.

“America’s favorite scat-rockers bring their smorgasbord of musical influences to Portland’s ultimate smorgasbord, The Blue Room Bar at Cartlandia. Gorge yourselves.”

The Blue Room Bar at Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave 

SATURDAY

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“The first two candidate sections will be a more formal question and answer segment where candidates will be answering five questions, sourced from Southeast and East Portland neighborhood associations and organizations. At noon, candidates will stay for an informal meet and greet with light refreshments. (Please RSVP (here) to this event to help us plan for enough refreshments!)”

The Gathering Church, 5921 SE 88th Ave * 10 am – 1 pm 

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“But what is Participatory Budgeting (PB), how does it work, and how is it different from other forms of governing? What are the potential benefits for increasing government accountability, making participation more meaningful and equitable, and building trust and community? What can we learn from other cities as we experiment with PB in the Portland metro region?”

This is a free event, but registration (here) is requested. Lunch is provide, childcare and translation is provided upon request.

Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St * 9 am – 3:30 pm

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“Join us this Saturday at our pop-up park on SE Stark Street! We’ll be taking over two parking spaces for a “parklet” as part of Portland Design Week. We’ll have fun activities for kids and adults to celebrate our neighborhood, National Poetry Month, and using the streets to build community!”

8037 SE Stark St * 10 am – 7 pm 

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“Come celebrate the new playground at Ventura Park!

Join the party to celebrate your new playground; free cake and activities.”

Ventura Park, SE 113th Ave and Stark St * 2 pm – 4 pm * free 

SUNDAY

“Courageous Vulnerability ‘How Can Men Support Women to Speak Up and Be Seen?’

A Non-Profit Fundraiser in Honor of #metoo, #hertoo, #timesup. Featuring an Expert Conference Panel with Audience Q & A. Presented by Cafe de la Culture, Musical Ambassadors for Peace, and 100 Thousand Poets for Change (Tickets).”

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Foster Powell Community Garden Plant Sale:
“The time has come again for the annual Foster-Powell Community Garden Plant Sale and Fundraiser.
Swing by for dirt cheap prices on plants of many varieties.  We will also have snacks and raffle prizes from local business.  All proceeds go directly to the garden.”

SE 62nd Ave and Powell * noon – 6 pm
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This weekend

On Thursday, April 12th, Mayor Ted Wheeler will be giving his State of the City address— and he’s chosen Portland Community College Southeast on 82nd as its location.

It’s a nice gesture, but if you follow City politics you’ll notice a trend of facilities being sited in East Portland without respectful notice or even proper process. The shelter on Foster Rd and the bottle drop planned for 82nd Ave are two recent, glaring examples.

Choosing locations for services can be challenging, but starting the process should be very simple: follow your own rules and communicate. The hard work of reaching compromise is made even harder when the City does neither. Wheeler is asking for feedback, and his first question is: “How would you like to see our communities become even stronger?”

Follow your own rules and communicate with neighbors. It would be a good start.

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The community and gardening events are really starting to ramp up for the spring, and this weekend you’ll find some great art & music events like the Whitenoise Project and a preview of the Montavilla Jazz Festival.

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There’s a Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting on Monday, April 9th. Special guest for this meeting: Julia DeGraw, a candidate for Portland City Council position #2, and City Commissioner Nick Fish.

There’ll also be presentations from: Juliet Purcell, Portland Community College Adult Basic Education / GED program & a presentation about the development at 90th Ave & SE Hoyt. The agenda is here

Montavilla UMC, 232 SE 80th Ave * general meeting: 6:30 pm, board meeting: 8 pm 

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I got a good look at the site of the new community garden on Oregon Department of Transportation land this week… 🙂

There’ll be a dedication ceremony for Earth Day, I hear.

Location of the new garden in Lents on ODOT property: ✨🌱✨

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FRIDAY

“On Friday, April 6th the Whitenoise Project is thrilled to be able to host Michelle Peñaloza as our first visiting reader as well as the illimitable Samiya Bashir and Stacey Tran for a special reading to celebrate Stacey’s newly released ‘Soap for the Dogs’!

ADA accessible and all ages! No one will be turned away for lack of funds.”

Art Haus at Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon St * 7  pm – 9 pm  * $5 – $10 suggested 

SATURDAY

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Leach Garden tour (invitation):
“First Saturday of the month: Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick will show you what’s blooming and of seasonal interest, provide useful and engaging information, and share fun stories about the adventurous creators of the Garden, Botanist Lilla Leach and pharmacist/civic leader John Leach.”
Meet in front of the Gift Shop, next to the Manor House. Limit 15, first come first served.

Leach Botanical Garden  * 11 am – noon

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Tonight is the Montavilla Jazz Festival‘s season reveal fund raiser (tickets):

“Now in its 5th year, Montavilla Jazz Festival is a two-day festival that celebrates the very best in original Portland jazz. This April, don’t miss our Season Reveal Fundraiser, which includes wine and bites from Vino Veritas, a sneak peak performance by our top secret 2018 festival headliner, and a celebration of the Portland jazz community!”
Includes drink ticket, hors d’oeuvres, and limited edition photobook highlighting three years of MJF photography by Kathryn Elsesser.”
The big show is August 18th & 19th this year. The festival is a fund raiser for Montavilla Schools Music Fund. Vino Veritas is also hosting jazz shows several days a week, visit their page for more details.
 Vino Veritas, 7835 SE Stark St * 6:30 pm doors, 7 pm show * $50

SUNDAY

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Green Lents Garden Swap (FB invitation):

“Calling all gardeners and plant lovers! This is the time and place to make something of your spare decorative pot, your extra seeds, your surplus plants, your half-used bag of compost, and well… you get the idea.

Embrace the season and meet us at Zenger Farm with your garden items, and hopefully you’ll find new treasures to swap them with. While you’re here you can enjoy some snacks, take part in our silent auction, and purchase a native plant or two to take home. 

This event is free and open to the public! We are thankful for our sponsors Portland Nursery and Bosky Dell Natives.”

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 1 pm – 4 pm 

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Monarch Tears of Joy

“The migration of the monarch is one of the most inexplicable phenomena in nature. From the tiny caterpillar traversing a world of miniature obstacles to the beautiful and brave butterfly who dares to fly for thousands of miles, Mon the Minnesotan Monarch takes you from Canada to Mexico and back up through the states again on this astonishing journey of determination and wonder, served up with a heapin’ hot dish of Minnesotan hospitality! Performed by Emily Alexander of Tears of Joy Theatre.”

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

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East County Community Orchestra and Portland Metro Concert Band play a combined concert.

This concert is made possible by a grant received by the Portland Metro Concert Band from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Horner Performing Arts Center, David Douglas High School, 1400 SE 130th Ave * 3 pm * free

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Lots of goodness going on in East Portland… enjoy your weekend!

This weekend

Under the radar of most people, there’s a lot of grassroots organizing happening in East Portland. Even the conflicts show that people care passionately about their neighborhoods and are committed to staying involved locally.

It’s interesting to see the variety of initiatives and events being organized by both neighbors, and the City, to help people take on the issues that matter to them. I do my best to help spread the word about cool organizing ideas happening in East Portland, and there are a few new ones:

Jennifer Young, a neighborhood organizer in Lents is hosting a fund raiser Saturday for several neighborhood projects (see below). I’m also curious to see how the new livability pilot program initiated by Portland Police’s East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team develops.

FRIDAY

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Live music at The Blue Room Bar at  Cartlandia with Steve Hale.

8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 pm – free

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SATURDAY

Fund raiser for Lents community projects (FB invitation):

“Please join us on Facebook Live-under my [Jennifer Young] profile— or what will be a fun filled telethon. We are raising money for a community garden project which will create a safe space for low-income families. We are also working on a community intersection mural project in Lents.

We will have an auction! We will take live on air pledges calls! We will have special guests! I will keep you posted about auction items and a link you can access to pledge/donate to these fantastic projects.

Please tell your friends! We would love to talk to you live or have you stop by to say hello. Share this widely. Let us entertain you for three hours!”

Jennifer Young’s FB page * noon – 3 pm

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It’s the last weekend of the Winter Farmers at Portland Mercado:

“Support Local Growers, Artisans and Entrepreneurs in our Indoor/Outdoor Farmers Market. Kids Activities, Live Music [by traditional Cuban band Ache Son], Food Demonstrations, Chef @ the Market Cooking & Education Program.”

Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Rd * 10 am – 2 pm 

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Sacred Lattice Collective presents a seed swap and medicinal plant start sale:

“Bring your seeds to exchange and prepare for your medicinal plant garden! This event is free and open to everyone.”

Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon St * 11 am – 2 pm 

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SUNDAY

“The Post”, “The Last Jedi”, and seven other second-run movies are showing this weekend at Academy Theater.

7818 SE Stark St * show times *  $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors

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This weekend

There was a Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting this week. Many ways to get involved were discussed, including a neighborhood history project. For the meeting summary and video, go here.

FRIDAY

“This will be a fun evening of LIVE STAGE PERFORMANCES about what it means to be a refugee, immigrant, and Muslim in Portland. There will also be performances of different cultural music and dances. We hope that you will join in, but you are welcome to watch and mingle.

We welcome all Portlanders, of all ages, especially refugee and immigrant families. We will have food carts on site serving throughout the evening. We invite you to have dinner here in the outdoor courtyard. This is not a fundraiser. There is no admission price.”

“Portland Parks & Recreation, via the Parks for New Portlanders program, also hosts events such as the Portland World Cup Soccer Tournament, and New Portlanders Cultural Celebration and Family Day. These events are often many newcomers’ first experiences with their City government, and helps people new to Portland access Portland Parks & Recreation offerings and other City services.”
East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave * 6 pm – 9 pm 
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Live music with MINT…
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The Blue Room Bar at Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 pm 
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SATURDAY

Story time for children from birth to three-years-old and their guardian: black story time ( noon – 12:30 pm) and Chinese (Cantonese) story time (2 pm – 2:45 pm).
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave
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Parkrose Sandy Blvd litter clean-up:
“Spring is nearly here! Let’s keep up the garbage clean ups we started last year and add some seeds to the bulbs we planted last fall. This cleanup will cover Sandy Boulevard between 99th and 121st Place.

Flower seeds will be handed out for planting in the planter strips between the sidewalk and the curb. We will also want to toss seeds in the vacant area between 121st and 122nd just south of Sandy and at Senn’s Dairy. If you have seeds or popsicle sticks to donate, please comment and we’ll be in touch.

City of Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Team will be joining us for this clean up as well, if you see any graffiti please comment here so that we can compile a list for them.

We will meet at Parkrose Hardware to begin our clean up. Parkrose Hardware has kindly offered their dumpsters to us so this is where we will likely end to get rid of the garbage collected :)”

Parkrose Hardware, 10625 NE Sandy Blvd * 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

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“The Portland Happiness Center invites you to the 1st MINI HAPPY FEST, to celebrate International Happiness Day! (Tickets)

The word Happiness has taken the world by storm…but what about our world – our beloved Portland. Join us to celebrate a happier life, where we can live in a place where people respect each other, support diversity, and have a beautiful and supportive community. Inspiring Talks and Performances from:

+Rodrigo Baena, Founder of the Portland Happiness Center

+Logan Sullivan, Humanitarian, Advocate, and IMPACTivist

+Lewis Child, Singer, Song-writer, Educator

+Katherine Calvert, LCSW, MSW, Teacher

+Stefano Laboni, Actor, Comedian, Laughter Therapist

+and many more!”

Tabor Space Sanctuary, 5441 SE Belmont St * 3 pm – 5 pm * * $20 donation recommended

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“Every Saint Patrick’s Day we have a blowout party all day (FB invitation), hosting music and dancing from noon to 1:30am!

SCHEDULE:
noon Elizabob
1:30 Sprygg
3:00 Kinvara
4:30 Humours of Circumstance
6:00 Stomptowners
7:30 Sky in the Road
9:30 Bilgerats & Pyrettes
11:30-1:30am Charlie Mopps”

The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * $10 * all ages until 9 pm 

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SUNDAY

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“This month, our Third Saturday guided tour is a bird walk with Brad Vrilakas. He’ll help you locate and identify birds using sight, calls, song and habitat.”

“Bring binoculars if you have them! Meet in front of the Gift Shop, next to the Manor House. First come, first served, limit 15.”

Leech Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am – noon * free

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This weekend

If you missed it, there was a Portland City Council candidates forum at Bipartisan Cafe in Montavilla. You can watch the forum here.

There’s a Montavilla Neighborhood Association membership and board meeting on Monday, March 12th.

According to the agenda, the board will discuss potentially supporting: a grant for LGBTQ defense organizing; a spring cleanup; a proposal for a Montavilla Oral History Project; and a budget for a Montavilla Homeless Forum. The agenda is here.

Montavilla Methodist Church,  232 SE 80th Ave * 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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MNA board members and a group of neighbors concerned about the honesty of last fall’s MNA election are scheduling an appointment to see neighborhood association records, one of the concerned neighbors said. This agreement was made and approved by a judge to settle those concerns about the election.

For more background and a statement from one of the board members, see the most recent This Weekend post. I offered an opportunity for the concerned neighbors to make a statement about the issue, and Evelyn Macpherson, one of the concerned neighbors, responded here.

FRIDAY

“The David Douglas High School is proud to present this hilarious farce comedy! When the locals in a small Russian hamlet learn that an undercover government inspector is coming for a surprise visit, an unfortunate case of mistaken identity sends the whole village spiraling into a world of panic and greed. Witty, smart and wildly satirical, this timely and spirited adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s classic play exposes the corruption of a provincial town with biting hilarity.”

Buy tickets online and find times for Sat & Sun here.

Howard F. Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave * 7:30 pm * $8 students & seniors * $10 adults
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SATURDAY

Learn how to engage government agencies at this neighborhood training program:

“The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program is working with the Portland Police Bureau in educating the community on community engagement with the City of Portland. The Crime Prevention Program’s crime prevention coordinators will be attending and speaking about services and training available to the community to organize and support community partnerships in preventing crime and the fear of crime.”

Limited seating is available. Please RSVP to: cassondra.rosales@portlandoregon.gov

737 SE 106th Ave * 10 am – noon

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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.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 pm – 5 pm * free 

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Shinrin-Yoku… combines leisurely walks on gentle paths under forest canopy with guided activities and meditations.”

“Developed in Japan in the early 1980s as an antidote to the stress of modern life, on-going scientific research shows that ‘Forest Bathing’: boosts immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body’s Natural Killer (NK) cells; reduces blood pressure; reduces stress; improves mood; increases ability to focus, even in children with ADHD… “

Leach Botanical Garden,  6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am * free

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SUNDAY

Winter Farmers Mercado, every Saturday until March 24 at Portland Mercado:

“Support Local Growers, Artisans and Entrepreneurs in our Indoor/Outdoor Farmers Market. Kids Activities, Live Music, Food Demonstrations, Chef @ the Market Cooking & Education Program.”

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Mrs. Doyle & the Teapots: Piping hot Irish traditional music served the old fashioned way with a twist of native wit! Andrea Wild from The Stomptowners will be joined by Teresa Baker on keys & Preston Howard on his mighty pipes.” 
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 7 pm – 9 pm * free 

This weekend

It seems an agreement has been reached over the lawsuit about the October 2017 Montavilla Neighborhood Association election. A group of neighbors feared the ballot box was stuffed, and wanted to see the election records and member roles to prove that it wasn’t, but board members were reluctant to release them based on privacy concerns.

The deal stipulates the group of neighbors will be able to only see the MNA records, but Ben Kerensa said he and the concerned neighbors he’s spoken with are still suspicious. Other concerned neighbors want the MNA to follow the law requiring that the MNA member list be available to all members.

The deal was approved by the MNA at an emergency board meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28th, but a judge still needs to sign off on it.

Amanda Rhoads, MNA vice chair, gave me a statement Thirsday night, March 1st, detailing her thoughts on the situation. Late Thursday night, I also reached out to the concerned neighbors (through Kerensa) to offer their own detailed reply, and I hope they take the opportunity to respond.

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On to the East Portland happenings this weekend:

FRIDAY

Since I live here, I’m more clued in to all the goings on over here at Milepost 5. I scour the web looking for groups and venues putting on cool art and culture events in East Portland, but am always open to suggestions and tips!

“You are invited to the opening of Jamondria Harris’ & Stephanie Adams-Santos’ shows at the Denizen Gallery.  Jamondria Harris’ March exhibition, ‘priest/ess’, explores the construction of the sacred consciousness of a child of the Maafa centering african-diasporic spiritual traditions. priest/ess opens with a ritual & a reading & will have additional curated events.”

“Both exhibitions explore the construction of non-binary & syncretic holy spaces as a crucial technique of anti-kyriarchal spiritual praxis for queer people of color. In April, Stephanie Adams-Santos’ exhibition, “La Selva”, explores themes of spiritual pathfinding and entanglement.”

Denizen Gallery, 850 NE 81st Ave * 6 pm – 9 pm, ritual @ 7:30 pm * free

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Along with making Willamette Week’s top ten IPAs this week with their East Glisan Mosaic, Montavilla Brew Works is debuting a new sour today:

“You asked for it, so we brewed a sour! This kettle sour ale is brewed with German Pilsner malt and hops, inoculated with Nancy’s yogurt and finished with 42# of Red Raspberry puree in the fermenter. Aromas of honey and soft fruit. Tartness reminiscent of “Original Spree Candy”. Get Sour!”

Montavilla Brew Works, 7805 SE Stark St * 3 pm – 10 pm 

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SATURDAY

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Folk Songs & Stories from the Rural South:

“Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo. Raised by his grandparents, the first people in his family to be born free, Newel’s grandma sang songs such as “Loop de Loo,” “Miss Mary Mac,” “Ham Bone” and “Shortnin’ Bread.” Learn about the history behind the songs and the evolution of African American music through his stories.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * noon – 1 pm

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“Join us to help clean up 82nd Ave starting on the I-84 bridge and heading south. Litter grabbers, gloves, safety vests and bags provided.” 

Eastern Cathay, 1411 NE 82nd Ave * 10 am – noon

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“Free yard signs promote 20 mph speed limits! The City is providing FREE “20 is plenty” yard signs and bumper stickers to raise awareness about Portland’s new 20 mph residential speed limit.”

 Parking lot of Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * noon – 4 pm  

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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.”

“Sleeping Beauty” is this month’s production. Buy tickets online here.

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

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SUNDAY

Winter Farmers Mercado, every Saturday until March 24 at Portland Mercado:

“Support Local Growers, Artisans and Entrepreneurs in our Indoor/Outdoor Farmers Market. Kids Activities, Live Music, Food Demonstrations, Chef @ the Market Cooking & Education Program.”

7238 SE Foster Rd * 10 am 

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Enjoy your weekend.

This weekend

If you missed it, on Tuesday the Lents Neighborhood Association hosted a livability town hall.

A wide range of issues were addressed, and Danielle Outlaw, Portland’s new police chief, gave a impromptu speech.

We livestreamed the event, and the video is here:

FRIDAY

White Noise Project 9 – Remembering Quanice Hayes:
“This month the Whitenoise Project is excited to partner with Don’t Shoot Portland, APANO and Artists Milepost for a special reading, our first of 2018.

On Friday Feb. 16th we will be remembering Quanice Hayes, taken from his family and the community too soon last Feb. 9th, and raising money for his family and the family’s legal fund.”
“The Whitenoise project is a reading and discussion series aiming to center voices from under-repesented communities (PoC, Queer, Femme, WoC, and people with disabilities).”

With: Teresa Raiford, Glenn Waco, Jamila Osman, Kalimah Abioto, Tanya Dickerson.

If you cannot attend, you can still donate here.

Milepost 5 Theater, 8155 NE 81st Ave * 7 pm – 9 pm * $5-20 suggested donation
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SATURDAY

Pageturners

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

“‘Read Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream’ by Joshua Davis. This story of four Latino teens who win a prestigious national robotics competition is both inspirational and sobering.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 10:30 am – noon * free

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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 now bringing the voices of new and established authors to Portland. Please join us for “Evolve,” our inaugural event, with readings from six acclaimed authors: David Beispiel, Elyse Fenton, Jacqueline Keeler, Margaret Malone, Sara Quinn Rivara and Wendy Willis.”

Light refreshments will be served.

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

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“Open Mics at Arte Soleil are your time to showcase your talents to the community. Music, spoken word, comedy… are all welcome! Sign up at 6:30 pm with entertainment starting at 7 pm. Open art studio is also available, along with coffee, tea and light snacks for purchase.”

“In order to help keep the lights on 🙂 , we ask for your support, however that may look for you. Small donation, purchase of a beverage or shopping in our creative arts gift shop. All ages welcome.”

Arte Soleil Gallery,  5530 SE 122nd Ave * 6:30 pm – 10 pm 

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SUNDAY

Winter Farmers Mercado, every Saturday until March 24 at Portland Mercado:

“Support Local Growers, Artisans and Entrepreneurs in our Indoor/Outdoor Farmers Market. Kids Activities, Live Music, Food Demonstrations, Chef @ the Market Cooking & Education Program.”

7238 SE Foster Rd * 10 am

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World at Our Door: Music from Portland's Immigrant Communities

World at Our Door: Music from Portland’s Immigrant Communities:

“Embrace the beautiful sounds that are finding their way to Multnomah County through a vibrant immigrant community. We’ll introduce you to new and emerging musicians: Iraqi Ronny Hermiz, Somali Dino Mumun and Bhutanese Santi Rai. Come prepared to boogie!”

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

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Enjoy your weekend!