This weekend

You can’t ignore its problems, but without the Christian church there probably would not have been a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

If you’re inspired to build a better neighborhood and world, hear these words from Rev. Dr. W.G. Hardy, at Highland Christian Center‘s MLK Day tribute event:


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There are so many churches in East Portland, and it’s good to see an effort to help them organize their efforts.

“How can the church collaborate in a neighborhood or across a city? live music, drinks, food & community conversation. This is our first Parish Conversations gathering and we will place the emphasis on discussing collaboration.” (FB invitation).  

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St * 6:30 – 9 pm 


Taborspace also hosts multiple support and recovery events every day of the week, including Secular Sobriety @ 6:30 pm.

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St


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Eagle Eye is a rad, comfy, delightful bar… that has karaoke Friday through Monday.

Eagle Eye Tavern, 5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9-ish pm  


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

Meet the author! Read “The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir” by Ruth Wariner. The true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist family.”

Holgate Library * 10:30 pm – 12 pm 


Make a winter bird feeder: “Come create a bird feeder for wintering birds.”

Midland Library * 3 pm – 4 pm 


“Create your own personal desert oasis with Portland nursery employees, Jess, container crafting queen, and Roby, cacti expert and landscape architect. First they will provide an overview of different common kinds of cacti and how to care for these plants. Then they will guide the group through a creative hour of selecting, arranging, and planting cacti in a terra cotta pot to display indoors in a sunny spot. All materials provided. “

Register here.

Portland Nursery, 9000 SE Division St * 1 pm – 2:30 pm * $30


Live music with The Hot Tub Time Machine:
“This lively group of SE locals lights up the room, everywhere they play! The flavors range from honest gypsy, swing, New Orleans, blues, and latin music (The Sublime) to jug band favs and reefer/drinkin’ songs (The Ridiculous)!”
O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am 


So apparently there are two orchestras playing in East Portland today…

“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.”

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


East County Community Orchestra is also having their winter concert:

“… (known as “ECCO” to orchestra members) has been in existence since 1978. It was established by founder and first conductor Harold Webber as a venue for high school graduates and other interested parties to have a place to play. It operates as a non-profit organization, with a full board of directors in addition to the Music Director / Conductor. Concerts are offered free of charge to the community. Operating funds come from donations in various forms as well as occasional grants.”

David Douglas High School, 1400 SE 130th Ave * 3 pm * free, donations accepted 


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 bringing the voices of new and established writers to Portland. Starting this winter, the Garden will host this quarterly event in the Manor House… ”

“Please join us for “Evolve”, our inaugural event, held at the Leach Garden Manor House with readings by six acclaimed authors: David Biespiel, Elyse Fenton, Jacqueline Keeler, Margaret Malone, Sara Quinn Rivara and Wendy Willis.”

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


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If you missed it, the Montavilla Neighborhood Association met this week. Video and a meeting summary is here.

The board heard from the principal of the new middle school serving East Portland and discussed the grievances filed against the board.

There’s a lot of new development down in Lents, and with new development comes the likelihood of increased rent.

So it’s good to see Green Lents and ROSE Community Development establishing the Lents Strong Housing Team. They’ll have their first meeting Jan 27 at Leander Community Room, 4620 SE 122 Ave from 9:30 am – 2: 30 pm.


Johnson Creek Watershed Council crew leader training: 

Come train to become a Creek Crew Leader for volunteer groups during 3 or more restoration events during the 2018 planting season. During Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s one-day training they’ll cover all you need to know to support restoration events in the watershed including managing the registration table, leading safety talks, and hands-on tree planting. They will crown you with a rad JCWC Creek Crew beanie and send you home with a Creek Crew Leader manual!”
 1900 SE Milport Rd. Suite B, Milwaukie, OR * 1 pm – 5 pm


Live music from Andrea and the Enablers (FB page):
“Country influenced by George Jones, Merle Haggard, Faron Young, Ray Price, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, Amber Digby, Brennen Leigh, Waylon, Marty Stuart, and many, many new artists that keep the sound alive.”
O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am


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Come north to the Montavilla Farmers Market‘s monthly stockup market.
The market is also taking applications for new vendors! More information here.
Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


child at Slavic New Year

“Come and celebrate the most popular holiday in Slavic culture with music, folktales and traditional treats.”

 There’s be music and cultural presentations from: Scarlet Sails Theater, Dragon Theater, and Irina Zatsepa.
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm 


Know Your Rights: Renter’s Rights, presented by Community Alliance of Tenants:

“Understand your rights and responsibilities at all stages of the renting process — searching for a home, filling out applications, paying deposits and fees, getting repairs made, moving out and more.”

To​ ​register,​ ​please​ ​call​ ​Thuy​ ​at​ ​503-329-8903​ ​or​ ​email Presentation in English and Vietnamese.

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 2:30 pm – 4 pm 


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Highland UCC will be hosting their 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr tribute. It’s been 50 years since he was assassinated.

This year’s theme: “Where do we go from here… ”

There’s not a lot online about the event, but I know there’s be informational booths including folks from the Albina Music Trust. This group is trying to preserve the musical history of funk in North Portland in the 1970s. Read more in this Willamette Week story.

Highland UCC, 7600 NE Glisan St * 11 am – 6 pm 

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The monthly Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting is Monday, Jan 8th. The general membership meeting begins at 6:30 pm and the board meeting is at 8 pm. The agenda is here.

This month’s guest speaker topics: Roseway Heights Middle School opening & the project to slow traffic speeds on Stark St. There also will be a discussion and possible motion concerning the MNA’s articles of incorporation.

Montavilla Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave 


Live music at O’Neill Pub:
Down Home Music (Facebook) plays everything from gypsy jazz to bluegrass to blues to folk with a lively spirit. 
O’Neill Public House,  6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free 


Portland Memory Garden

The Portland Memory Garden (website) hosts work parties on the first and third Saturdays of the month:

“If you’d like to get your hands dirty in the Memory Garden we have two teams that meet on the first and third Saturday of every month from 9:30-11:30 a.m.”

“All are invited to join one of these teams. Bring your favorite tools, gloves, and water, and dress for the weather.”

For information on Saturday’s volunteer session, contact Patty Cassidy @ 503-239-9174.

Portland Memory Garden, SE 104th Avenue and Powell Blvd * 9:30 am – 11:30 pm


“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.”

This month’s production: “Little Red Riding Hood”. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Buy tickets here.

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


Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * 11:20 pm, 4:30 pm * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 

Aaron Nigel Smith 

“Join award winning children’s educator and performer Aaron Nigel Smith as he gets the whole family moving, grooving and learning.” 

First come, first served.

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



There’s an awesome film series happening monthly at Milepost 5: This month it’s: Psychedelic Psynema XV: Glam Tragedies (FB page):

“Phantom of the Paradise” @ 6 pm

“Velvet Goldmine” @ 8 pm

Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon St * 6 pm * free 



“Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English.”

“¿Está aprendiendo inglés? Conozca otras personas que también están aprendiendo y practique hablando inglés.”

Gregory Heights Meeting Room, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 12:30 pm – 2 pm

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If you haven’t already, don’t forget to donate your $50 (or $100 if you’re married) to a political candidate or cause for a 100% credit. More information and instructions can be found here.


As of Friday morning, Cooper, one of the Belmont Goats who were moved to Lents, is doing well (FB update). He needed surgery for a blockage, and there’s a fund raiser to pay for it.

They’ve surpassed their $3,000 goal, but you can still donate here.


“Illusionist Mark Benthimer, who’s credits include performances at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts as well as casinos nationwide ,has also shared the stage with Blues Traveler, Sammy Hagar, and many more.”

Mall 205, 9994 SE Washington St * 2:05 pm * general admission $16; under 12 & seniors $8 


The new Blade Runner is finally at Academy!

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * see site for times * 1:35 pm, 6:35 pm$4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 


“Holgate Library’s chess group has been gathering on Saturday afternoons for many years. The faces have changed, but the idea that players of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels should get together is still thriving.

The group meets in the public area. This means that the participants are in a library that is busy and frequently has armloads of enthusiastic kids, but club volunteers and participants recognize that developing concentration is an important part of learning.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 1 pm – 4:30 pm


East Glisan’s new-ish cocktail bar, Blank Slate, is having a NYE event:

“New Year’s Eve is happening! Come celebrate with us. DJ Flasch Bach is bringing tunes. Midnight toast. Drink specials. Shenanigans. No cover. 🍾🥂🎉”

Blank Slate, 7201 NE Glisan St * free


The bar doesn’t really have a web presence, so I called Montavilla Station. The bartender said they’re having a blues party with a band called Jafco, and a champagne toast at midnight. Two years ago, they gave away NYE swag like horns and hats. It’s always a good time at the Station.


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Dukes free dance lessons at 8 pm, dinner specials. Email to reserve a table.


The O’Neill pub is having an events as well:

“JT Trawick from Well Swung and Rowdy Mountain leads an old fashioned country hoedown with some hot fiddlin, country singin and all kinds of dancin. Hope you can join us for the last party of 2017 (and the first of 2018)!” (FB event)

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * $5 


Is there any awesome East Portland venues or NYE events I’m missing? Let me know!



This weekend

MNA meeting was Monday. Read the story and see the video here. The board’s done tons of good work and many of the board members are spearheading an emergency shelter in the neighborhood.

They’re still looking for volunteers and supplies at the emergency shelter. They have a new Facebook page here, and a training for volunteers on Sunday 12/17. Or contact them by email:

 The Oregonian published a piece Friday 12/15 (here) about efforts to determine how to respect civil liberties without leaving people with mental illness to suffer in the harsh weather.


At Academy Theater (website), there are three, yes, three Christmas movies are playing tonight: “White Christmas” (1954) starring Bing Crosby; “A Christmas Story” (1983) about a boy whose only Christmas wish is a BB gun; and “The Star” (2017) about a group of animals who follow the star to Jesus’ manger.

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * see site for times * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 


Bonnie Lee is playing at Montavilla Station!

Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th Ave * 9:30ish * free


At Milepost 5, there’s a Holiday Artisans Market.There’ll be 50 vendors spread throughout the building. If you’re curious about the community, it’s a good time to visit. (FB page)

Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 11 am – 5 pm 


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“With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the Sunshine Division will pack and deliver 3,500 Holiday Food Boxes this December.”

The pack nights were fully filled by volunteers with a wait list. If you want to help deliver the boxes, email to arrange a RSVP.

From their website:

“Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 95-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.”

Go here to learn how to receive food or clothing from the Sunshine Division.

PPB East Precinct, 737 SE 106th Ave * 8 am 


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The Lents Holiday Bazaar brings together 80 vendors to benefit the Kelly Elementary PTA (FB page). The organizers made sure to accept a variety of craftspeople, so there’s not too much of one kind of item.


“In this seasonal hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican winter season traditions, which include a combination of indigenous and occidental traditions such as the posadas (parties), nativity scenes, and Día de Reyes. Participants will make their own ornaments and can use them to decorate for the season.”

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


December’s Winter Stock-Up market from the Montavilla Farmers Market is Sunday. Read about the awesome produce and products available here.

7700 block of SE Stark St * 11 am – 1 pm 


At O’Neill Public House there’s a bluegrass slow jam 2 pm – 5 pm, and an Irish traditional session from 9:30pm – 11:30pm.

In between, is Stringed Migration (FB page) a quartet that performs a lush synthesis of Celtic and international roots music with a twist of jazz. They play from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * free

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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