This weekend

The outdoor events that make Portland’s spring and summer are starting to crank up, and it’s been great seeing all the blooming trees and bulbs around town.

There’s another of Pat Sanders‘ regular feature “Montavilla Memories” this week. This article looks at the development of the streetcar, and how it spurred development in neighborhoods like Montavilla. Read it here.

The Montavilla Neighborhood Association is also having their meeting this week.

From the MNA site:

“We’re having a recycling themed meeting this Month! Master Recycler Liana Linhares will be there to discuss recycling in Portland and what we as citizens can do to better manage our waste. Then we will have updates on upcoming neighborhood clean up events including ‘Paint the Town Green‘ (Sponsored by Kink Radio and Portland’s SOLVE), and the Fall neighborhood clean up drive.”

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


Montavilla Station music:

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Live music at the fabulous Montavilla Station! They always have karaoke Wednesdays and Thursdays, live bands on Fridays and Saturdays, and a blues jam on Sunday.

The live bands range from blues all the way to blues rock… and it’s always a lively crowd.

Eastside Bar & Grill turns two:

Under different owners, their location on 82nd Ave has been a draw for live music in Portland for a while now, and it’s good to see Eastside Bar & Grill thriving in that role. They turn two this week!

On Friday night, there’s music by Classic Combo and The Juhalas ($5). There’s live music Saturday and Sunday too! See their website for more details.

Eastside Bar & Grill, 2530 NE 82nd Ave

Montavilla movies:

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is playing at Academy this week… and while the video above has spoilers— it’s a superhero movie, so you kinda know what you’re going to get.

This film is a visual delight, and a solid watch… and I’m not even that into super hero stuff.

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


Montavilla Co-op annual meeting:

Join us for our annual meeting! Get updates from the MFC board and committees, hear about our plans for the coming year, and participate in some discussion and activities. The meeting is open to the public, but members-owners will also get a chance to meet the candidates up for election this year and cast in-person election ballots.”

Threshold Brewing & Blending, 403 SE 79th Ave * 11 am – 1 pm

Spring Cleaning Day at Taborspace:

Mt. Tabor has been hosting community events for many years, and on Saturday they’re asking the community to help cleanup their historic church.

If you missed our story “The church’s greatest commandment”, on how several churches are reaching out into the community, it’s here. Pastor Carly Friesen from the church gives interesting insight on how churches can engage their community and why many don’t.

“A chance to give back to the historic Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church building and Taborspace where so many community connections happen every week! We will work together to do some deep cleaning and minor repairs throughout the building to help keep our space warm and inviting for everyone!”

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St * 11 am – 4 pm

Green Lents garden swap (event):

It’s a ways out of Lents, but if you want to meeting green-minded folks and shake soil-stained hands, it’d be a good place to be.

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“Bring your extra seeds, vegetable starts, indoor plants, soils, pots, tools, and other gardening materials to swap them with others in the neighborhood. Your unused items may be useful for somebody else and you may find new-to-you treasure! Come with your gardening questions and we’ll have experts on hand, education materials, and activities for kids.

We will also be selling plants and raffling off goodies donated by Portland Nursery.”

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 11 am – 3 pm

Enjoy your weekend!


This weekend

New businesses in Montavilla:

Last week, both DB Dessert Company (6824 NE Glisan St) and Smart Foodservice (8250 SE Stark St) opened for business in Montavilla.

Residential Infill Project:

For March’s general meeting, the Lents Neighborhood Association hosted a forum on the City of Portland‘s Residential Infill Project.

In a RIP Displacement Risk and Mitigation released by the City last month, city planners expect Lents, Brentwood-Darlington, and the eastern part of Montavilla are likely to experience the most displacement.

The report is here, and the Portland Tribune article about the study is here.


Adulting 102: 


“Being a grown-up can be hard: all those responsibilities just pile up with no help on the horizon! In the second class on how to become a responsible adult, learn some inexpensive tricks for making it suck a little less, including mending clothing, framing a picture, making at-home spa foot soaks, and cooking easy at-home romantic dinners with minimal ingredients.” 

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 4 pm – 5 pm

Coastlines and Crossroads: An AWP Offsite Reading:

Hosted by longtime friends and dynamic cultural organizing duo Traci Kato-Kiriyama and Candace Kita, this reading will feature Portland and Los Angeles-based poets speaking to movement along coasts and between borders.”

Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon St * 6 pm – 8 pm * free

Live jazz (event):

“Portland Jazz duo Rebecca Conner and Leon Cotter make music that is intimate and heartfelt, timeless and original. Leon’s virtuosic saxophone, clarinet and piano playing weaves soulfully around Rebecca’s sultry voice and guitar tone, enchanting their audience with unforgettable presence while blanketing them in warmth.”

Vino Veritas, 7835 SE Stark St * 7 pm – 10 pm * free


Weed Warriors (event):

“First Weed Warriors volunteer event of the season is this Saturday! Gloves are all clean and ready to go! Come join us in the beautiful spring weather to remove non-native plants and some other park maintenance projects.”

Mt Tabor Visitor’s Center, SE Salmon Way & SE Park Dr * 9 am – noon

Hora de Manualidades (Craft hour): 

“Agrega arte y color a tu vida con estas manualidades centradas en la alfabetización temprana. Todos los materiales serán proporcionados. Espacio para 20 personas.”

Holgate Library * 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Rockin’ Punk Invasion: a Showcase of Chaos (event):

“Punk Rockers and Rock n Rollers take over the Eastside for a full night of live music! Plan to arrive early and to stay late, we have a ton of music lined up and more to come!”

Bands performing:
All Hype
Dr Mouth and the Head Nurse
Davy Jones Locker Combo

Eastside Bar & Grill, 2530 NE 82nd Ave * 7:30 * $7


Talk Time (event):

“Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. First come, first served.”

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

Literary Lesbians present: Readings of Rapturous Romance and a bountiful book fair (event):

“Seven published lesbian authors will read from their work and field audience questions. This event is Free and open to all who appreciate lesbian literature. We’ll have a book raffle after every reader finishes, plus a drawing near the end for a grand prize basket of books and goodies. Half a dozen additional authors will be in attendance to showcase and sell their books. We provide snacks— especially chocolate!— and water. It’s a smorgasbord of fun and frivolity!”

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St * 1 pm – 5 pm

This weekend

For people who are committed to bettering their community, the Martin Luther King Jr Tribute event was one of those events that really refills your tank. We filmed this one song from Portland’s Bridge City Soul.

Foster Powell Neighborhood Association gives a detailed breakdown of the draft report of a 82nd Ave study. Read more about what’s being considered here.


Youth prisoner theatre (event):

Creating Life Inside @ Sellwood Playhouse, Portland [from 25 January to 2 February]

“Rogue Pack returns to Fertile Ground with “Creating Life Inside,” a devised play based on writings by young men ages 15-17 at Donald E. Long Detention Center [in Montavilla] who are awaiting trial.”

“Experience these youths’ account of life in prison, as well as their memories, and fantasies, heroes, and dreams. They describe their “heartless background”, present situation and their hopes for the future. Join us for talk-backs each night to discuss current issues around youth incarceration with people who work closely with the justice system.”

The play is being held Fri & Sat, this weekend and next.

Sellwood Playhouse, 901 SE Spokane St * 7:30 pm * $20 suggested, sliding scale

Live music at Eastside Grill (website):

9 pm – Drone Riders 

10 pm – Saint Jacks Parade

11 pm – Cherry Bomb 13

Eastside Bar & Grill, 2530 Ne 82nd Ave * 9 pm * $5


Stewardship Saturday (event):

“Johnson Lake has experienced a number of changes over the last century. It was a popular swimming hole until the Vanport flood of 1948 which flooded the lake and made it murky. Since then the lake has experienced pollution, but clean-up projects – in fact, the Council’s very first native planting – have helped to restore the property surrounding the lake.”

Johnson Lake Property, NE 92nd Ave & NE Colfax St * 9 am – noon

Groundwater 101 (event):

“Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Groundwater 101 – a FREE educational workshop that teaches groundwater basics including local geology and hydrology, the role groundwater plays in our drinking water system, and what we can do to protect this important resource that lies beneath the cities of Portland, Gresham, and Fairview.” 

Mckinstry, 16790 NE Mason St * 9 am – 1 pm

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Portland Metro Arts winter showcase (tickets):

“Babes in Toyland”

“Join us for this wonderful retelling of Victor Herbert’s classic operetta. Music, sets, costumes and cast will combine to whisk you away to ‘the land you’ll oft recall as the best of all… TOYLAND!'”

Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St * Sat & Sun – 2 pm * $10 adults, $7 children & seniors


Talk Time:

“Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. First come, first served.”

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

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Montavilla Neighborhood Association general and board Meeting:

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Brandon Spencer-Hartle, from the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, will give an overview of the pilot Historic Survey of the Montavilla “Main Street”, explain volunteer opportunities, invite submissions of historical information and answer any questions.”

To learn more, see the City’s article on the project. If you’d like like to get involved email board member Patricia Sanders:

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * Mon, Jan 14th, 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Well, it’s sad to say… O’Neill Public House has closed for good. One of their bartenders said that it was the classic tale of raised rent.

O’Neill had music every night of the weekend, and their Sundays usually featured two Irish jam sessions and an Irish-inspired band. There’s still plenty of live music to be had in the area, but the venue will be missed. Here’s hoping something awesome replaces it.

Some things close, and others open…

Near 99th Ave and Powell St, Portland Central Church of the Nazarene is opening a warming shelter this weekend. A sign up page for warming shelter volunteers is here.

A tiny village is also being built on their site.


Now playing at Academy Theater all weekend:

“In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado.”

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

Live music at Eastside Grill (website):

“Punk Rock @ 9pm with The Wild Jumps, Ron Fast Banned, Erik Anarchy, The Living Skins, Feral Drollery”

Eastside Grill, 2530 NE 82nd Ave * 9 pm * ???


Vestal Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser:

“The money raised goes to support educational opportunities and experiences for Vestal students such as field trips, Playworks, and school events.”

Vestal Elementary School, 161 SE 82nd Ave * 9 am – 11 am * $3 for individuals, $10 for families 

Nigerian dance party:


“Dance and celebrate with Jujuba, a 10-piece afrobeat and juju ensemble featuring Nigerian master talking drum legend, Nojeem Lasisi.”

First come, first served.

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 3 pm – 4 pm

Snow Soup (event):

Snow Soup

Come enjoy Snow Soup, a musical arctic version of the old French folktale “Stone Soup,” in which hungry strangers convince the wary people of a town to each share a small portion of their food to make a meal for everyone to enjoy. Featuring a clever arctic fox, lemming, walrus, polar bear, and a magical narwhal! 

First come, first served.

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd* 2 pm – 2:45 pm


Winter market: 

Winter vegetables, new nut butters, pastries, elixers… and so much more at this month’s winter Montavilla Farmers Market. For the full list of producers and some of the special fall produce available, go here.

7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

Inside Gaza:

“Jewish Voice for Peace will present a firsthand account of the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip (event). Dr. Clyde Farris, an orthopedic surgeon from West Linn, recently returned from a trip to Gaza where he worked with a team of Palestinian orthopedic specialists.”

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St * 7 pm – 8:30 pm

MNA – December general meeting

Montavilla has been chosen for a one-of-a-kind historical inventory with planners from the City of Portland, Oregon Department of Transportation officials sought input about improvements at I-205 and Division St, and the Montavilla Neighborhood Association added a new board member.

The Montavilla historical inventory project is being lead by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and they will be making a presentation Jan 14th at the MNA general meeting, said board member Patricia Sanders

The project will look at the history of the neighborhood’s development. Sanders said after the meeting that she has already heard some fascinating stories about the early days of Montavilla, and there’s more to explore.

Volunteers will be needed to help, she said, and training will begin in January. The work will begin in February. 

@ 3:00 – Officials from ODOT makes a presentation about the I-205 exit at SE Division St.

They said the are planning safety enhancements at the intersection, and are looking for input since they are still at the early stages of the project. 

Ron Thrasher, a long time Montavilla resident, was appointed to the board. He introduced himself and described his experience @ 52:50.

@ 30:20 – A representative from the 82nd Ave Improvement Coalition gave a presentation to the board. 

@ 48:15 – Former MNA chair Benjamin Kerensa stated his concern that the organization hasn’t been run according to the bylaws. 

John Rotter, who has served as public safety coordinator, said he was stepping down because he is moving out of the neighborhood soon. 

This weekend

There are so many of your neighbors working to serve their community and help the less fortunate, during the holiday season and year round. Hear Montavilla‘s radical service organization for women, Rahab Sisters, on KBOO.

This community radio station has been serving the community for 50 years, and are having their winter pledge drive now.


Live acoustic music with: Three for Silver w/Andrew Alikhanov.

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


Radical Craft Fair:

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If you’d like to learn more about this volunteer homeless shelter in the neighborhood, or if you’d like to get trained to help, go here

Sts Peter + Paul Church, 247 SE 82nd Ave * 6 pm -9 pm * $5

Holiday Gifts for Refugee & Immigrant Portlanders:

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“During this Holiday Season, are you giving away gifts to families in need? If so, please consider buying some gifts for Portland’s newest refugee and immigrant families to ensure they have enough resources to celebrate with their loved ones in their new homes. I am hoping to collect enough gifts for 30 families!”

“As a thank you for your generous offer, you will get to meet your sponsored family members & hear the authentic stories of coming to Portland! Also, you will enjoy diverse live performances and food while exchanging love and compassion with our newly arrived refugee and immigrant families!”

For more on the event, and a list of requested gifts, go here.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, 10301 NE Glisan St * 11 am – 1 pm

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Talk Time: 

Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. First come, first served.

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

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This weekend

In this story, the NW Examiner looks at progress on work enhancing community service opportunities and strengthening transparency in Portland’s advisory bodies. The story points out that the project is actually reversing transparency by removing open meeting requirements for many City advisory bodies.

The head of the Office of Community & Civic Life, the City agency leading the reform project, hasn’t responded to the editor of the Examiner, but they have just issued a survey seeking feedback from the community. It can be found here.


Developer Randy Rapaport is adding to the food cart pod on Stark Street in downtown Montavilla, according to reporting from Willamette Week. A stage, and a total of 13 carts, including an incubator cart with rotating chefs, will join the handful carts and art space there now. It shall be known as… Pegasus Landing.


There’s a Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting next week. The agenda said there’ll be a presentation by the Oregon Department of Transportation and another from 82nd Ave Project, presented by Michael Sonnleitner.

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * Thurs, Dec 10th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 



Live music in Montavilla with: Dirty Uncle Rose, Nicholas Moon.
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free 

Solve Volunteer Action Training:

“SOLVE is hosting a Volunteer Action training this December at the East Portland Community Center! Here’s your chance to learn how to make a difference in your community!

Join SOLVE for a free workshop where you’ll learn how to envision and lead successful volunteer projects to improve the environment in your community.

Help them prepare for your participation by registering online here.”

East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave * 10 am – noon


Talk Time:


Midland Library * 3:30 pm – 5 pm


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East County Community Orchestra winter concert:

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Downbeat is at 3 pm.

David Douglas High School, 1001 SE 135th Ave * 3 pm