This weekend

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In this week’s post, we have a link to the story about the MNA meeting and:

ūüĆą Fix it fair, Exploring Housing, Thanksgiving market, and more… this weekend in East Portland.


This weekend

Perhaps we’ve become conditioned, and comfortable, with separate truths.¬†

In our nation’s political environment, it makes perfect sense. If there’s not a solid sense of “us”, a “them” will suffice.¬†

A fair price for time spent, or obstruction of public records laws? Cyber hacking or an appropriate sharing¬†of public records? An assault on an elder or mutual combat?¬†The questions are coming too fast and frequently to ignore the trend. I’d like top all this off optimistically, but I’m not there. Not even close.¬†

A starting point at least? And this goes directly to the Montavilla Initiative folk: come out of your separate space and share your concerns. 

It’s an assumption, but I think most everyone involved is open to honest criticism and wants to do right by all their neighbors… because no one has all the answers, and a concern worth holding is worth sharing.¬†Let’s have these difficult conversations and see where they lead.¬†


Leach Botanical Garden has reached their fundraising goal to build an Aerial Tree Walk, a enhanced green space for East Portland. For more information on the project, go here, or watch the video below.


Big Trouble in Little China (1986), My Little Pony The Movie, and six other second run movies are playing at Academy Theater this weekend.

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


There’s an art supply swap Saturday at Milepost 5… bring extra art supplies, get new stuff, or come to meet other artists in the neighborhood.

Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon * noon * free 


Shrek the musical, presented by David Douglas High School Theatre Department.

David Douglas Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97233 * Nov 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, @7:30 & 11/12 and 19 @2:30 *  adult $10, student & seniors $8


“Breathe deep and get dirty!¬†PP&R Urban Forestry’s Yard Tree Giveaway provides free trees for city dwellers to plant on private property.”¬†The invitation is¬†here.

“In¬†partnership with the¬†Johnson Creek Watershed Council, this event will be held in the Centennial neighborhood.¬†The first 50 trees have been reserved.¬†On the day of the event we will have¬†100 trees available on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Parklane Park, SE 152nd Avenue and Main Street * 10 am -12 pm: reserved pick up, 1 pm Р4 pm: first-come, first-served pick up (until trees are gone)


Native American Indian Storytelling and Drumming:

“These are traditional stories and songs of the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley. The stories portray the animal people and their adventures. Each story teaches lessons. Often, the stories involve audience participation. The stories are opened by traditional drumming that enhances the presentation. Drumming will also be a part of the closing of the program.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 m Р3 pm 


A day of Irish music at O’Neill Public House: Irish slow jam @ 2 pm; Mrs. Doyle & The Teapots @ 7 pm; Irish traditional session @ 9:30 pm.

O’Neill Public House,¬†6000 NE Glisan St * all day * free¬†

This weekend

The final curtain is closing on¬†Helen’s Pacific Costumers¬†soon… They invite the community to come by and buy some of their amazing collection. I went by last weekend before it was too busy… we had a great time.

KATU did a story yesterday, and I agreed to be interviewed. My¬†comments¬†didn’t make the final video, perhaps because I was wearing a giant beast head.


If you’re still looking for fall fun, the weathers going to be a lot nicer than last weekend:

Rossi Farms * Fazio Farms * The Growers Outlet * Liepold Farms * Bushue Farming

The City hosts several Halloween-themed carnivals too. Here’s the link (might be good to double-check dates, a few of the dates are off).


Horror classics Poltergeist (1982) & The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) are playing at Academy Theater as part of their Halloween series. Movies times are here.

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


Portland Parks & Recreation’s¬†No Ivy League welcomes volunteers across the region to take part in the¬†14th¬†annual No Ivy Day. Volunteers will focus on removing this invasive species from these Portland parks and natural areas:

Springwater Trail + SE 128th * Mt. Tabor Park * Gateway Green

For more information on each site, go here.

“Celebrate after you work, from 12pm-1:30pm with raffles, food, free native plant give-a-way and family fun at Mt. Tabor Park (across from visitor center at picnic area A).”

9 am – noon * free


“Join¬†The Community Alliance of Tenants¬†for our fall membership meeting ‚Äď free and open to the public!¬†What‚Äôs our next move? You decide. Show up and help steer the movement.”

“Childcare, food, and interpretation is provided to all, free of charge. And yes, vegan and gluten-free options will be available (just let us know your dietary needs and restrictions in your RSVP).”


The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St * 2:30 pm Р4:30 pm * free 


There’s a paranormal history lecture at Midland Library. Here’s the¬†link¬†to event.

“Ernest Harps, the 11-year-old resident of NW Marshall Street in Portland, appeared on the front page of newspapers in 1909 due to the unexplainable happenings that swirled around the child. Each report theorized on the source of the young man’s bizarre abilities.”¬†

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm Р4 pm * free 


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Blank Slate,  7201 NE Glisan St * ???


It’s the last market of the season for both the¬†Montavilla Farmers Market¬†and the¬†Lents International Market!

Lents Farmers Market, SE 92nd Ave & Reedway St, between Foster and Harold * 9 am ‚Äď 2 pm¬†

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


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“3rd Annual Parkrose TRUNK or TREAT, presented by the Parkrose Business Association and Historic Parkrose.”

“Exclusive Parkrose Business Coupons for Adults

Parkrose High School parking lot, 12003 NE Shaver St * 4 pm Р6 pm

The magic of Helen’s Pacific Costumers

Helen’s Pacific Costumers¬†is located in Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood at 7501 NE Glisan St.

They’re open from 11 am – 7 pm beginning today (Tuesday, October 24th), through Halloween, 2017.¬†For more information on hours, contact information, and their post-closing rummage sale, visit¬†Helen’s Facebook page.¬†Their phone number:¬†503-254-2005.

We went specifically to have a good time and do our best to capture the magic of the place. As you can tell in the video the folks there are fun, supportive, and more than willing to help you find the perfect costume.

If you need a costume for Halloween, or for any time, visit Helen’s¬†before the final curtain falls.

Learn more about the shop’s history¬†in¬†this great piece by OPB.

MNA special meeting

The newly elected Montavilla Neighborhood Association (website) board is reaching out to the community to fill its open seats. All three seats will most likely be filled at the next MNA meeting on November 13th.

Members who want to be appointed to a seat on the MNA board can contact the board here, or they can self-nominate themselves from the floor at the meeting. They’ll be a general meeting before the board meeting, so those who haven’t attended a meeting in the past three years can attend to be qualified as a member.

The current board votes to fill board vacancies.

The board also welcomed neighbors who want to serve in other ways to reach out. Visit the website for a list of committees.

At the special meeting Sunday afternoon, they also filled board roles:

Chair – David Linn

Vice chair – Amanda Rhodes

Treasurer – Jonnie Shaver

Secretary РBriar Rose Schreiber 

Southeast Uplift representative  РOlivia Alsept-Ellis

Seven of the eight elected MNA board members attended. Only Micah Fletcher was absent. Besides the board members, eleven MNA members attended.

In the video, it’s often hard to hear the discussion until I moved closer @ 10:30. Up until then the responsibilities of the board chair were discussed. I wish the sound had been better, it was hard to hear what was going on in the room too.

At 46:30, the board discusses filling the board seats. The bylaws require at least three members, but not more than eleven. On a reading of the rules, the board determined they weren’t required to fill all the seats.

Linn said that he wants to help MNA member be able to be involved without having to attend every meeting. Ogden asked why members come to the meeting, and neighbors answered that they attend to learn about the neighborhood, learn how to support the board and get involved, and for the social aspect.

My first camera’s battery powered down and my phone ran out of storage, so I missed the last ten minutes or so of the meeting. Reimbursements to Southeast Uplift were discussed.

This weekend

Hayride in pumpkin patch

Bushue’s Family Farm hay ride.

Haven’t gotten your fall fun fix yet but don’t want to fight the crowds on Sauvie Island? East Portland / East County has got you covered. Take a look at a few of the options below… fall attractions include corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin patches, and even a pumpkin sling.

If you can guess what decade they’re websites were¬†built¬†in, you get a free mini pumpkin (just kidding).

Rossi Farms * Fazio Farms * The Growers Outlet * Liepold Farms * Bushue Farming

The City hosts several Halloween-themed carnivals too. Here’s the¬†link¬†(might be good to double-check dates, a few of the dates are off).


Live music at The O’Neill Pub:

“The Smut City Jellyroll Society (video) is a wild and crazy bunch of fun loving musicians playing blues and early jazz from the 1920s and 1930s. With a unique sound somewhere between ragtime blues, early jazz and jugband music, the Jellyroll Society keeps it loose and lively with a driving syncopated swing that gets the dancers out on the floor”

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


All weekend, Academy Theater’s Halloween series continues with “The Evil Dead” (1981). For movie times, visit this link.

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark * adults $4, seniors and children $3


Another refurbished park for East Portland:

Luuwit View Park, 129th and NE Fremont * 11:00 am to 2:00 pm


Sponsored by¬†RACC, learn how to plan and host an artistic event¬†with a workshop called “Produce It”:

“Take your next event from idea to execution. In this workshop we’ll dive into the planning cycle of hosting an artistic event and come away with tangible work plans to make it happen. Through flash work sessions, brainstorming, and small group coaching, we’ll quickly hone key components like your artistic concept, venue planning, budgeting, fundraising, audience development, marketing, production management, staffing and more.”
Register here.
Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 1:30 pm Р4:30 pm * $30 
Public safety training:¬†“The training is designed to provide information, resources and materials available to mitigate public safety and livability issues in neighborhoods. This is not a problem-solving meeting for specific locations.”
If you want to attend email Yolanda Sanchez, City of Portland Crime Prevention Coordinator @
Portland Police Bureau East Precinct, Community Room, 735-737 SE 106th Ave * 10 am – noon
Bollywood Dreams Entertainment

A family-oriented dance party presented by Bollywood Dreams Entertainment:

“Make the world a better place, one move at a time. Come and have fun learning moves that will teleport you into a Bollywood world full of possibilities & big smiles, complete with the authentic Indian Head Shake. Everyone at every skill level is welcome!”

Midland Library, 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 3 pm * free


This is the second-to-last Montavilla Farmers Market of the Season. For info on the producers, visit this¬†link. So you know: there’s a new cranberry producer featuring cranberry pico de gallo and cranberry chutney.

Live music with Thin Rail from noon – 2 pm:

“A unique blend of the music that makes music truly American: the literate folk of Mitchell, the haunting blues of Hopkins, the country howl of Prine, the rock snarl of the Truckers, and the soulful moan of Pickett. It all adds up to a little bit of self-reflection peppered with the spice of a rollicking good time.”

7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am ‚Äď 2 pm


Montavilla Neighborhood Association is having a special meeting Sunday (agenda) to assign roles to newly-elected board members; discuss filling the board’s three remaining seats; discuss communications; and other business.

If you missed the KBOO profile on the new board, it’s¬†here.

My last word on the election: there were some questions going around about the possibility that ballots were thrown out / spoiled because diligent voters took notes on them. I reached out to a Southeast Uplift official who said they they all were counted. Small detail, but I though it was worth passing along.

Flying Pie event room, 7804 SE Stark St * 3 pm Р5 pm

Bolt Upright blues jam @¬†Montavilla Station… always a good time, always a big crowd.
417 SE 80th Ave * 9 pm * free

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I saw a lot of neighbors’ reflections on the¬†Montavilla Neighborhood Association election this week, here’s mine: firstly, thanks to everyone who helped me connect to the candidates, offered suggestions, and made corrections. I need the input and feedback as Village Portland finds its shape, please keep it coming.

Even though¬†the media spotlight has moved on, I’ll still be here to¬†fill my self-appointed role as¬†reporter, cheerleader, and referee¬†for¬†Montavilla and East Portland‚ÄĒ especially¬†about the organizations and small businesses¬†that make this neighborhood a great place to live.

I’m¬†excited¬†to seeing the priorities the new board chooses, and am looking forward to helping amplify their work. I especially appreciate the candidates¬†(elected and not) who were willing to answer difficult questions, graciously understanding my effort to help them explain themselves to their neighbors and advocate for a fair¬†process.

I hope¬†the enthusiasm¬†and idealism expressed in the election can lead the way, while the effort is made to build bridges and bring everyone along. We need bold solutions, and I think the NAs are a good place to¬†work out¬†new ways of solving problems. Let’s get to work!


Beginning Friday, “The Omen” (1976) is showing at Academy Theater. It’s part of the theater’s Halloween series.

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


To balance out the horror movie, live music at¬†The O’Neill Public House:¬†Band of Comerados¬†plays acoustic music that makes you feel good.”

6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm ‚Äď 1 am * free


Celebrate your new park! Free cake and activities at the playground and soccer field. The refurbished Lents Park was paid for by the park bond passed in November 2014. For more information on the park, go here.

Playground Schedule

  • 1:00pm:¬† Event Kick-off with Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz and the PP&R Rangers Pledge
  • 1:20pm:¬† Cupcakes, Bubble Fun, and Photo Booth
  • 2:00pm ‚Äď 3:00pm:¬† Magician Show

Soccer Field Schedule

  • 1:30pm ‚Äď 2:00pm:¬† Carnival Style Games
  • 2:00pm ‚Äď 3:00:¬† Pick Up Soccer and Drills

Lents Park, 4808 SE 92nd Ave * 1 pm Р3 pm * free 


Calaveritas de Az√ļcar / Decorate your own Sugar Skull for Day of the Dead at the¬†Holgate Library:

“Participants will paint their own edible sugar skull and dedicate it to an ancestor or loved one. Why sugar? Throughout Mexico, Day of the Dead [Tuesday,¬†October 31] is a celebration of joyful remembrance, and the sweetness of sugar reminds us of joy.”¬†

7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 pm Р4 pm * free 


Learn more about your¬†Montavilla Farmers Market¬†here, including the producers and details of this week’s kids cooking classes. Carving pumpkins are available at the market this week, and you can find carving stencils at the link. Tag your creation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ #MFMVeggolantern.

7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am ‚Äď 2 pm


Lents International Market,¬†music at the market with Bob Masters and¬†Ray Mann¬†(11 am¬†–¬†2 pm).

SE 92nd Ave & Reedway St, between Foster and Harold * 9 am ‚Äď 2 pm¬†


Throughout Portland Metro, folks are wanting more say in how their community grows:




East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District¬†is hosting a class called “Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden”.

“Mostly familiar with European honey bees, few of us are aware of the many flies, beetles, moths and butterflies at our doorsteps that also provide critical pollination services. In this workshop you will learn about the different kinds of pollinators that might be living in your garden, discover a plant palette to help attract and support pollinators, and go beyond the bloom to consider ways to provide shelter, water, nesting, and overwintering sites.”

Register here.

Troutville Police Station, 234 SW Kendall Ct * 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm