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Solutions to critical pubic issues like air quality, discarded syringes, and homeless services in East Portland are gaining the most ground at the neighborhood level.

At its November board meeting, the Lents Neighborhood Association had representatives from Multnomah County Health Department to discuss syringe disposal and the air quality near schools.

For more information on the air quality issue, the Tribune covered it this week. Learn more from the presentation at the LNA meeting (beginning @ 1:37:00).

The Montavilla Neighborhood Association is holding its monthly board meeting this Monday, December 11th. The meeting’s agenda is here.

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm
December 11th, 2017


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“Join the Montavilla Business Association in Downtown Montavilla for discounts and specials on drinking, shopping, tasting, and holiday merriment! In the spirit of the season, please bring canned food to donate to the United Methodist Church food pantry.”

Also on Saturday, Santa will be at Vino Veritas (7835 SE Stark). You can also create crafts, drink hot cocoa and have your photo taken with the jolly elf.

Donations for the United Methodist Food Pantry are gladly accepted both evenings.

SE Stark St * 5 pm – close 


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There’s an art opening at Milepost 5 this evening. There will be original art from Cooper Jamieson and usually snacks and drinks are served. It’s the last show from Artists Milepost art director and friend Lawrence Kirk.

Here’s a few artistically chosen words about the art of our artist:

“Cooper Jamieson is a 2016 Lewis & Clark alum who just does not know what he is looking for. Right now, Cooper’s looking for his notes for what to write. Cooper is a current PhD student at University of California, Los Angeles for theoretical and computational chemistry. He collaborates with the biochemistry and chemical engineering departments in order to elucidate pericyclase enzyme mechanics. Despite having such specificity in his education, it does not seem to help answer the question: what is Cooper looking for.”

“The work on view is a superimposition of altered images. Moments or emotions layered against one another. Adding all these layers together does not yield an obvious net moment, emotion, or story — these are not commutative operations. In other words, these images don’t know what they are looking for either.” 

Milepost 5 Gallery, 850 NE 81st * 6 pm – 8 pm 


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“We are proud to announce that the 7th annual NAYA Winter Marketplace will take place on Saturday, December 9th from 10am – 4pm in the NAYA gymnasium! Come support our community’s vendors for one-stop Christmas shopping. Arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more just in time for the holidays!”

NAYA Gymnasium, 5135 NE Columbia Blvd * 10 am – 4 pm 


KXL’s Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis (YouTube intro) will be at Invoke celebrating the grand opening of the Ground Zero store there. In the spirit of the season, there may be some Krampuses there as well…

“Clyde Lewis, radio host of Ground Zero will be there along with GZ items such as books, magazines, t-shirts, tote bags, decals, and more!”

Invoke, 414 SE 81st Ave * 2 pm – 6 pm 


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.”

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Boulevard * 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm * free 


“A resource and meal share hosted by Portland Assembly’s Montavilla and East Central NACs. Please share this invitation with your houseless neighbors.”

For volunteers or donors:

“We’re hoping to create a supply stock, that will allow us to make more cold weather kits, and to prepare for the opening of warming shelters, as we move into more severe weather. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for training and volunteer opportunities at the Montavilla NAC-hosted warming shelter.”

For a list of supplies needed go here. They’ll also be signing up volunteers for the warming shelter. The shelter will be hosted at St Peter & Paul Episcopal Church (247 SE 82nd Avenue).

SEUL, 3534 SE Main St * 2 pm – 5 pm 


“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) is the current film in Academy’s holiday series.

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors  * 12:00, 5:05, 9:35


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Check out a bunch of new stories at, including a look at the new mural at the 82nd MAX stop!


Canada provides 35 weeks paid family and medical leave, Mexico 12; while the United States remains with Papua New Guinea as the only nations in the world that don’t have a paid medical leave law. With interviews from leading policy makers, economists, researchers, and activists, “Zero Weeks” makes a compelling case that this is another critical social program where the US lags behind the rest of the world.

From the screening’s Facebook event:

“At some point in our lives, all of us will have a sick partner, an aging parent, a new baby or adopted child, or get sick ourselves. And since taking care of family is non-negotiable, we all need to be able to take time from work without worrying about losing our jobs or going into serious debt. This is why Oregon needs a paid family and medical leave insurance program and why Family Forward Oregon is bringing you this special screening of Zero Weeks, the fourth documentary by award-winning director, Ky Dickens. Dickens was inspired to make a film about paid leave, after facing financial depletion, emotional turmoil and guilt of having “not enough time,” due to a lack of paid leave, after the birth of her first child.”

After the screening, a panel of leaders will share thoughts on what a paid family and medical leave insurance could mean for Oregon. This is a child friendly event.

Kelly Elementary School, 9030 SE Cooper St * doors @ 5 pm, screening @ 6 pm * free


There’s a fundraiser for the Montavilla cold-weather shelter, featuring a film on skinhead culture called “The Story Of Skinhead” and DJs spinning “best of Boss Reggae, Two Tone, and Antifascist Oi!”

From the Facebook invitation:

“The City doesn’t have enough resources to ensure our houseless population don’t suffer from the potentially fatal effects of our harsh winter weather. The Montavilla NAC (Neighborhood Action Council) which is part of Portland Assembly will be running a volunteer community led warming shelter for the second time this year.”

“RASH will be teaming up with the Montavilla NAC to help get much needed supplies for the warming shelter. If you are interested in volunteering your time or want to cook a meal please email, Thanks for supporting your local community!”

More info about Portland Assembly can be found here. Here’s the story I wrote last year about the awesome effort that was organized to make the Montavilla cold weather shelter a reality.

Cider Riot!, 807 NE Couch St * 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm * donations accepted 


Fall Social and Swap with the Gardeners of Montavilla:

“Bring your seeds, cuttings, yourselves, your desire to talk about plants, a dish to share – any or all of the above! Everyone is welcome.”

1563 SE 85th Ave * 2 pm – 5 pm 


“Support the garden while you kick off the holiday season! Our festive holiday event includes freshly made wreaths and swags, cut greens, baked goods and an Artist Market featuring work by local glass, ceramic, metal and fabric artists. Vendors this year include Barley Beads, Durham Arts, Smashed! Boozy Jams, Twig & Moth, Dick Brooks, Amy Griggs, Nicole Curcio, Kiss My Biscuit, and Shy O Jewelry.” 

“Experience the winter garden and sip hot cider in the Manor House while you shop.” 

Floral arranging workshops are being held from noon – 1 pm. Bring your own vase. $10 per person, $5 for members.

Leech Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * Fri & Sat, 9 am – 3 pm * free admission 


Winter Wonderland Bazaar! “Please join us for Portland Arthur Academy’s 5th Grade Winder Wonderland Fundraiser. Handmade gifts from local artists, food, raffles and more!! There will be free kids activities and pictures with Santa.”

Ascension Church basement, 7507 SE Yamhill St * 10 am – 3 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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The Montavilla East Tabor Business Association is encouraging everyone to shop local during the post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend. If you’re on Facebook, check out their event for deals and details.


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The Grotto’s 30th Annual Christmas Festival of Lights opens tonight!

Opening ceremony is at 5:15 pm, and there are four choir groups performing, the last beginning at 9 pm. There are multiple choirs performing every evening throughout the holidays (schedule).

“Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world.  The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.”

“New this year:  Improved parking, with an overflow lot (on busy nights) with free shuttle at St. Rita’s Church, near the intersection of NE 102nd and Prescott.”

8840 NE Skidmore St * 5 pm – 10 pm * adults: $11; seniors (65+) / military: $10; children (3-12): $6; children (2 & under): free


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The Montavilla Food Co-op is sponsoring a one-day market featuring local artisans and crafts people:

“In celebration of passing our 600 Member Owner milestone, we’re making our annual Small Business Saturday event a preview of what the co-op will be like once it opens!”

“This event will feature local artists, bakers, crafters, start up businesses, farmers and more! Promoting our neighbors with an event to feature their goods to the rest of the community is a good example of what the co-op will look like once we sign our lease.”

Wix Insurance Agency, 8037 SE Stark St * 11 am – 4 pm 


KingPins Cosmic Bowling is discounted on Saturday nights:

“When the lights go down for cosmic bowling, the fun goes up at KingPins! Bowl under black lights while the latest music videos play on our 16 foot wide projection screens and laser lights race across the lanes. It’s like no other bowling experience you’ve had!”

3550 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – 1 am * $11, all you can bowl 


EastSide Bar and Grill, 2530 Ne 82nd Ave * 9 pm – midnight * ??? 


“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.”

“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 Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 3 pm – 4:30 pm * free


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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 – 4 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 – 3 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 

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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 – free and open to the public! What’s 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 – 4:30 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 – 4 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 – 2 pm 

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 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 – 6 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.