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The Spirit of Portland award ceremony is being held Tuesday, November 4th. Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly described the awards:
“This annual awards ceremony formally recognizes and honors some of Portland’s most active and engaged community members for their outstanding contributions and hard work in the arts & culture, environmental, equity, and social justice issues. This year also we are recognizing those Standing Up for Love against Hate”.
For the winners, visit this link. The only names I recognize is Rick Best, a former City employee who was killed this summer while defending a fellow Portlander, and Jennifer Young, a Lents Neighborhood Association board member and neighborhood advocate.
IRCO’s community center, 10301 NE Glisan St, * 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Applications for the East Portland Action Plan 2018 General Grants Program are due November 8th, 2017 at 5 pm. For more information on how to apply visit this link.
Applications for APANO place-making grants are due November 10th. For more information, visit this link.


This weekend, Helen’s Pacific Costumers is having its garage sale. After 127 years, the business is closing, and selling all of its costumes. It’s definitely the end of an era, and a great opportunity to build up your costume box.

Helen’s Pacific Costumers, 7501 NE Glisan St * Fri – Sun, 11 am – 5 pm 


There’s a First Friday art opening party at Milepost 5 with Saatchi & Geeta Lewis. There’s a lot of new events happening at MP5, visit the events calendar for more information.
Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 6 pm – 9 pm 


“Join and help the Jade District and Portland Community College SE Campus improve the health and safety of our neighborhood by picking up trash, working in our community garden and cleaning up graffiti tags. It’s a great chance to meet and greet people while doing good for our community! Check-ins, coffee and refreshments at 8:30 am and lunch will be provided after the event. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. All materials and training provided.”
Meet at Portland Community College Southeast Campus at the Great Hall in the Mt. Tabor Hall. (Event page.)
PCC campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave * 9 am – 12 pm
Friends of Trees planting:
“People like you are making Northwest neighborhoods greener every weekend! Join us in our first neighborhood planting of the 2017-2018 season by planting trees in the Montavilla, Mt. Tabor, and South Tabor neighborhoods as a volunteer tree planter!” 
“Please arrive to the staging site by 12 pm to enjoy a potluck lunch provided by our neighborhood volunteers. The planting starts promptly at 12:30 pm. We provide gloves and tools, so all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes.”
417 SE 80th Ave * noon – 4 pm 
Wilkes Community Group clean up is also Saturday. For more information and what cannot be taken, visit the invitation here.

“Open 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM or until dumpsters are full, SO COME EARLY!

It’a an All Volunteer service of Wilkes Community Group at no charge…       


it costs us $$$ so CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WELCOME!”


The East Portland Chamber of Commerce’s annual Turkey Bowl is today. For more information and registration, go here.

KingPins, 3550 SE 92nd Ave * 10:30 am – 1:30 pm


“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… “

Web page with pieces to be played here.

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


Bolt Upright blues jam is a long-running tradition on Montavilla… come enjoy some live music or step up and play.

417 SE 80th Ave * 9-ish pm * free


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Sponsored by the Montavilla East Glisan Business Association, it’s the second of three summer First Friday events on East Glisan and Stark Streets. For participating businesses, explore the streets or check here.


Movies in the park, with Disney’s “Moana” and the excellent Speaker Minds (Hip-hop, funk). It’s all sponsored by the City of Portland, Centennial Community Association, Rosewood Initiative, and the East Portland Rovers.

Village Square Parking Lot, SE 162nd and Stark St * free 



The Portland Pickles take on the Medford Rogues all weekend! Buy tickets here.

Walker Stadium, Lents Park, SE 92nd Ave & Holgate Blvd * Fri & Sat @ 7:05 pm; Sun @ 5:50 pm * $7 – $9



“As we experience an eclipse first-hand this summer, explore how humans have interpreted eclipses from our beginnings on the African savannas to modern times. We will examine some of the great myths and superstitions about eclipses immortalized in our earliest art and writings and then delve into the lives of the great scientists who helped humanity realize the actual science behind solar and lunar eclipses.”

Register here.

At the Holgate Library, there’s also a Total Solar Eclipse Party… and free eclipse glasses are being given away. First come, first served.

Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave * 1 pm – 2:30 pm 

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 pm – 3:30 pm * free 


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This looks great… Oregon Walkways: Lents Founders Fair (FB invitation). To volunteer go here. There’ll be a ring of activities focused on the SW corner of Lents Park. For a map of the event and more information, visit Oregon Walkways website.

“Join us for the second annual Oregon Walkways, an open-streets event that celebrates our communities and encourages walking. This year, we’re partnering with Lents Neighborhood Association and Green Lents to bringing the event to the historic Lents neighborhood, with 1.5 miles of free, family-friendly fun featuring craft and food vendors, live music and dancing, community booths, games, the Belmont Goats, and even a chicken beauty contest! Come explore Lents!”

Throughout Lents * 11 am – 4 pm * free 



Last Sunday, the Montavilla Street Fair was lovely. We went out and took some photos and video, if you missed the piece it’s here.

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The Montavilla Neighborhood Association board has changed the general meeting time to the first Sunday of the month. Several key members have resigned from the board, so now could be a good time to get involved.

The meeting’s agenda is here.

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave, west side entrance * 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Montavilla Street Fair 2017


Organizers said 13,000 attended the Montavilla Street Fair on Sunday, July 30, and it seemed like a great time was had by all.

The street fair had 140 vendors, up from 100 last year, and were able to increase the payment to the musicians too, said Stephen Rice, president of the Montavilla East Glisan Business Association, who organized the street fair.

My friend and I randomly met Rice and Lukas Strong, event organizer, after the street fair at Redwood (7915 SE Stark St) enjoying happy hour drinks and the air conditioning. We started talking after I asked Strong for a photo of his amazing turquoise Montavilla shirt. Strong said the event took 15 to 20 volunteers to put on, and Rice added that it needed a budget of $20,000.


My favorite thing about publishing on a website is the flexibility it gives me. Words, photos, video, audio, web links… I can choose the best mix to tell the story most effectively.

This kind of event is best told with visuals, and I hope we were able to capture some of the sweet scenes and relaxed atmosphere of the street fair. My friend Erik Hadland helped out with video and photography.


Here’s a few video clips from the festival, backed by music from the excellent Denny Bixby band. There were three stages and music all day. If you want to find one, the music schedule is here.

I saw a lot of interesting businesses and organizations, and what looked like several new ones including: Nature Commode, a composting portable toilet company; Cold as Ice Creamery (411 SE 81st Ave), an ice cream shop; and Vino Veritas (7835 SE Stark St), a neighborhood wine bar and bottle shop.

A lot of the business owners looked too busy to talk, but I was able to catch Dana Cofer, the owner of Vino Veritas, which I think is the newest business on SE Stark.

Small businesses have always excited me, and I enjoy learning about their owners and the story and values motivating all the hard work it takes to be successful. That’s one of the main goals of Village Portland: to help neighbors learn more about and support neighboring businesses and organization.

It was great meeting Dana and several other small business owners, and I look forward to helping share their stories.

We ended the evening at Montavilla Station (417 SE 80th Ave) for the Sunday blues jam with Bolt Upright… a neighborhood tradition that’s been happening weekly for over five years.


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Enjoy the fine art of karaoke at Chinese Village (520 SE 82nd Ave @ Stark) and Candlelight Restaurant and Lounge (7334 NE Glisan St).

9 pm-ish * free


East Portland neighborhood cleanup events:  Hazelwood, Mill Park, Centennial Neighborhood Clean-up Event & Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association Clean-up.

Bring good, clean reusable items to drop off that others may take — and your bulky waste items. Follow the event link to see location and what items cannot be accepted.

To find your neighborhood association, enter your address here.

9 am – 1 pm 


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At Leach Botanical Garden: “Come visit the Stone Cabin at Leach Garden on National Public Garden Day! … Take the footbridge across the creek and peek into the cabin that was once used for a Grimm setting.” 

6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am – 2 pm * free, contributions are welcomed


Citizen Advocacy 101 – We Can Make Change Happen (event“Want to improve life for yourself and your neighbors or have a concern about local, state or federal laws? Learn about strategies for change and more: -Information and misinformation -Examples of successful advocacy -Choosing your battles: What matters to you? Who makes the rules? -Getting heard: tools for change -“Tracking” civic/political issues.”

Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Ave * 3 pm – 4:30 pm 




Sunday is the second Sunday of the Montavilla Farmers Market. Lent’s Farmers Market opens June 4th!

For a full list of vendors, and new choices at the market, click here. EBT is accepted and the Double Up Food Bucks program (learn more here) will match up to $10 per customer per day for fruits and vegetables.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


Intercambio / Language Exchange at Midland Library:

“Practique inglés o español y ayude a los demás que están aprendiendo en un ambiente amable. Los participantes hablan la mitad del tiempo en inglés y la otra en español. Están bienvenidos los principiantes.”

And now in English: “Practice English or Spanish and help other learners in a friendly atmosphere. Participants speak half the time in English and half in Spanish. Beginners welcome.”

Midland Libary, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 3 pm – 4:30 pm * free

There’s also an event with a Vietnamese author and political prisoner (presented in Vietnamese), Chinese Storytime, and Black Storytime on the Midland Library event calendar.




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I hope you enjoyed the tiny taste of summer we got this week, it was a good reminder to plan for summer events. The City of Portland has a new online block party application form (here) and is waiving its fees for events held east of 82nd Avenue.


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The First Friday art show opening at Milepost 5 Gallery is from Jojo Lumiere. The exhibit will be hanging all month, and the gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 am – 5 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm.

“Hearts & Quarks” is a mixed media, multi-disciplinary art show that explores the intrigue of particle physics, heartbreak & shadow. Jojo uses vibrant color in her sculptural paintings, light, & darkness in her digital work and explores color/form in her t-shirt collection.” 

Milepost 5 Gallery, 850 NE 81st * 6:30 pm – 10 pm * free



Live music with Edge of Ether: “Rock and roll party with all your favorite songs to dance and have fun with!!!”

Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th * 9 pm – 1 am * free 


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“Montavilla Neighborhood Association will host its annual cleanup event where neighbors can get rid of junk at an affordable fee while supporting neighborhood activities and events throughout the neighborhood. We accept anything that is not curbside recyclable or otherwise possibly hazardous (anything that may have asbestos or other chemical compounds).”

If you have any questions about what’s okay to bring, see the FB event page.

Fees: Carload – $15, Truck Load – $25, Large Truck or Trailer – $40

Montavilla Baptist Church, 9204 SE Hawthorne * 9 am – 3 pm 


Imani Milele Children’s Choir: A voice for Ugandan orphaned and vulnerable children is performing at Midland Library.

“Imani Milele is a Swahili phrase meaning “Always Believe”. This is the message we give to our children, encouraging them to never give up. … The choir has been treating audiences to fun-filled, interactive and inspirational concerts since 2013. Expect to experience “True Africa”, which is showcased through culturally unique music, dance and well-crafted drum routines.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * noon – 12:45 pm * free


Portland Metro Arts’ Once Upon a Time Family Theatre presents: “Chicken Little” “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.” For more information and tickets, click here.

9003 SE Stark St * 11:30 am * adults $2, youth $1


Sunday is the opening day of the Montavilla Farmers Market. For a full list of vendors, and new choices at the market, click here. EBT is accepted and the Double Up Food Bucks program (learn more here) will match up to $10 per customer per day for fruits and vegetables.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

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Lentil Bowl, a Green Lents fund raiser:  “… bring the family to this event and get to know your neighbors.  It’s also a fundraiser and promotional activity for Greet Lents. One fee includes two hours of unlimited bowling and shoe rental. Proceeds from the event go towards sustaining Green Lents so that we can continue the services we offer to the neighborhood through our four core programs: the the Tool Library, Malden Court Community Orchard, pollinator habitats, and community listening projects.” Register here.

KingPins Family Entertainment Center, 3550 SE 92nd Avenue * 12 pm – 2 pm * $12 per person


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Taborspace, a project of, has gatherings throughout the week. See the schedule here. On Sunday, for example, the eleven events scheduled include: meditation, yoga, singing, and recovery programs for many different addictive behaviors.

Taborspace is an amazing example of a church that has pivoted and expanded its ministry to serve its community.

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont 

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The Pepper Grinders @ O’Neill Pub: “Using the cream of the crop of amazing Portland players, the band is dedicated to the sound of the jump blues bands and the screaming sax greats from the late 40’s and early 50’s. The set list will include covers by the likes of Big Jay McNeely, Earl Bostic, Willis Jackson and more.”

Is there more live music I’m missing in East Portland? Sadly, Duff’s Garage closed, and Montavilla Station (video) only advertises its bands Friday and Saturday bands on their chalkboard, so I’m thinking there are other musical

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * free


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New Year in the Park – Celebrating Cambodian, Lao, Thai, and Burmese cultures, with cultural performances, food, traditional games, and more. The schedule is here.

Glenhaven Park, NE 82nd Avenue and Siskiyou Street * 9:30 am – 6 pm 


A Neighborhood Emergency Teams training begins this weekend. “NETs are Portland residents trained by PBEM [Portland Bureau of Emergency Management] and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods.”

Saturday’s class is full, but there are slots open later in May. Neighbors must complete this form before registering here. Three classes and a hands-on final field evaluation are required for graduation.
 You probably heard the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade was cancelled due to threats of violence, when Portland activists promised to keep some people with awful tactics from marching with the Multnomah Republican Party. Now it seems the clash is moving to Montavilla Park.
James Buchal, chairman of the Multnomah Republican Party, said in a WW article that they can’t vet everyone who marches with them, but actually they can and they should have.

Organizers of this FB event, complete with burning American flag photo, are promising to shut down the Patriot Prayer event, a Vancouver, Washington based group who planned the march after the cancellation to protest what they think are free speech restrictions.

If you like pro wrestling, this PP video is worth a watch. And then there’s also this other  counter event (FB event) that prioritizes food and dancing, and asks participants not to engage with the Bible Believers. Make your own choices, but it seem like an unproductive and possibly violent way to spend your day.

Even though the parade is cancelled, Montavilla Co-op is still having a volunteer appreciation gathering (FB event) with Mexican food from Mixteca Pdx, bubbles, candy, their parade banner. I’m really excited to know when the co-op’s opening.

8104 SE Morrison St * 11 am – 3 pm


“Get to know Zenger Farm and learn all about our Summer Camps! The whole farm will be open for exploration and we’ll have some of our favorite camp activities set up so you can see what camp is really like! Our Camp Counselors will be on hand to answer all your burning questions and to help you sign up on the spot, if you’re ready. Free food will be provided!”

The event is free, but they request that you register (here).

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Road * 1 pm – 4 pm * free 


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“Join Representative Hernandez and Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson on Sunday, April 30th (FB event) to hear about the work they are doing in Salem and here locally around housing, education, transportation, pedestrian safety and more.”  RSVP here.

Midland Branch Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 3:30 pm 


“Join board members of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association and fellow neighbors for a tea or coffee on us! Come discuss neighborhood activites, issues and events! Event open to all residents of the Montavilla Neighborhood!”

Townshend’s Tea Company, 7940 SE Stark St * 6 pm – 8 pm 


Community Bonding with Food: “Chance for communities to unite using food as a means of sharing love and respect.”

This is the Hispanic church whose service was interrupted by the Bible Believers in January, the group that set off all this mess with the parade. (FB event)

St. Peter Catholic Church PDX, 8623 SE Woodstock Blvd * 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm


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I’d love to promote your organization’s event as much as I promote Milepost 5 events (I’m on the board). Psychedelic Psynema, is a free monthly film event. Be on time for the introduction by host Chris Peregrine. It’s always the best part.

“Always FREE. Come watch two bizarre rock operas. You get extra points if you can explain Tommy to me.

Darktown Strutters (1975) it’s a funk opera, it’s a blaxploitation film, it’s a biker movie, it’s a feminist treatise, the costumes rock, and the violence is all slapstick. What more could you ask for? Quite possibly the perfect film.” 8 pm, The Who’s “Tommy”.

MP5 Theater, 8155 NE Oregon * 6 pm * free 

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Live music with Bahttsi.

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free 


Malden Court Community Orchard planting party: “They provide tools, materials, coffee and snacks; and ask that you bring water, closed-toed shoes, as well as friends, families and neighbors! No RSVP is required. Questions? Want to get involved in orchard leadership? Contact Michelle at”

7677 SE 87th Avenue, south of SE Flavel Street, next to the Springwater Corridor Trail, park on Flavel Street * 9 am – noon 


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“PORTLAND MERCADO CELEBRATES 2 YEARS OF BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER! (Event) For the last two years Portland Mercado has transformed the block on 72nd and Foster into a vibrant place for over 50 small businesses, neighbors and cultural communities to gather and support each other. It’s time to celebrate that!” Food, drinks, face painting, live music, and community.

7238 SE Foster Rd * 12 pm – 7 pm * $5 suggested donation

Live music with Edge of Eether at Montavilla Station. “An escape from reality. Three guys looking to make your night amazingly awesome. Rock out to the sounds of some of your favorite songs!”

417 SE 80th Ave * 8:30 pm * free 


Mancala: An African Counting Game: “Learn about the origins of Mancala, the rules of the game, and strategies for winning. Players will then have the opportunity to compete. Best for kids ages 8 and up.” For more information, call 503-988-5123.

Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave * 1 pm – 2 pm * free 


The Foster-Powell Community Garden (site)  has their only fundraiser of the year this weekend:

“Happy Spring, Happy Weekend, Happy Easter, Pesach Sameach (Happy Passover)! … Sunday … is our annual plant sale and raffle, and the garden is open for the public to visit. The plants, gathered from neighbors, are at yard sale prices. There will be hidden eggs with candy and a painting project to add more flowers to the fence. We’ll have some refreshments, too.”

Saturday the garden is accepting donations of extra plant starts and divisions (no large shrubs or trees, please).

Foster-Powell Community Garden, 62nd Ave & Powell Ave * 9 am – 3 pm



Along with several other second run movies, Academy Theater is showing 1999’s “The Matrix”.

“A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.”

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark * 4:10 pm, 9:25 pm * adults $4, seniors and children $3