Village Portland @ Montavilla

This weekend

Welcome to your weekend. If you missed it, there was a Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting this week… and at the meeting there was a presentation from Montavilla Co-op and SMART (Start Making a Reader Today).

Both are seeking volunteers from the neighborhood, as is the MNA board.

The story is here.


Live jazz (event):

Live jazz at Vino Veritas with Kathleen Hollingsworth.

This wine and bottle shop has live music regularly, including most Fridays and Sundays.

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

“Mary Queen of Scots”:

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


Portland Police body cam town hall (event):

Portland Police are have one of several town hall meetings to discuss beginning a pilot body camera program, Saturday morning.

East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave * 9 am – 11 am

Black Storytime:

“The African and African American experience comes alive for children from birth to age 6 (with a favorite adult and other family members). In a positive and affirming environment, have fun with books and stories, songs, and movement activities. Black Storytime builds language and literacy skills your child needs to be ready for kindergarten.”

Midland Library, * 11:15 am – 11:45 am

Live music at Eastside (website):

DeMure / Redeemers / PCR

Eastside Bar & Grill, 2530 NE 82nd Ave * 9 pm


Poetry in the garden:

AUTHORS TOP L to R: Omar El Akkad, Alicia Jo Rabins, Sam Roxas-Chua 姚 
BOTTOM L to R: Rachel King, Mary Milstead, Stevan Allrea

Why There Are Words features live author readings at Leach Botanical Garden.

The following six acclaimed authors will read on the theme of Peace and Justice. Omar El Akkad, Alicia Jo RabinsSam Roxas-Chua 姚 , Rachel King, Mary Milstead, and Stevan Allrea.

Leach Botanical Garden * 4 pm * $10 suggested donation

This weekend

It’s awesome to see so many new businesses pop up in the neighborhood!

Welcome PDXFit (7323 NE Glisan St), a community-focused gym, and White Pepper (1124 NE 80th Ave), a catering service, to Montavilla!


Milepost 5 art show (event):

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One of the inventive artists at MP5, Kim Bookman, is having an art show, and I don’t think we could say it any better:

“Vagina Interrupted: a Farewell Fundraiser show… ALL ABOUT VAGINAS! Come take a look and splash a cup of wine while celebrating, nature’s ultimate pocket! Let’s get up close and personal shall we. This is a graphic show with graphic imagery so let’s leave the kiddos at home. There will be snacks, wine, music and perhaps a performance or two and a very special appearance by Regina, Portland’s largest and plushiest vagina!!”

Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 6 pm – 9 pm

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Black history presentation:

Youth Curated Black History Traveling Museum STJ

“World Stage Theatre has partnered with Black Student Union groups from Portland metro high schools to create Black History Month displays. Each group has chosen a specific time period in history to highlight the African American experience to do collective research and curate pieces for the displays. Midland Library will host David Douglas High School’s display.” 

The display is part of a citywide Black History Festival (schedule) here in Portland.

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave

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, these are the show’s final showings.

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

Holiday screening at Academy:

You’ve seen it before, but “Groundhog Day” is worth trying again until you get it right.

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


Once Upon a Time Family Theatre:

“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: “The Princess & the Pea”

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

Ants Ants Ants Family Music:

Ants Ants Ants

“A fun sing-along family music band that kids of any age (1-100) will enjoy!  With their three-part harmonies and amazing guitar work, these ants put on a show that fans won’t soon forget. See them perform songs from their new album, ‘Why Why Why?'”

Holgate Library * 11 am – 11:45 am


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

Montavilla Neighborhood Association – January general meeting

@ 2:40 – A representative from the City of Portland‘s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability gives a presentation on a historical resources study planned for Montavilla.

It’s a pilot project, and the only one being done in Portland.

The board is also looking for more board members. For contact information, visit their website here.

@ 1:20 – The general meeting ends, and the MNA board meeting begins.

This weekend

We usually try to pull together a few things happening in the neighborhood to introduce This Weekend,  and there is a long list this week:

Portland Central Church of the Nazarene near 99th and Powell will be opening its warming shelter Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights beginning at 7 pm, partnering with Agape Village. This shelter can house up to 150 folks.

We put together a long list of amazing groups where you can volunteer in 2019! The post is here.

Don’t miss Montavilla’s great Martin Luther King Jr Day celebration at Highland Christian Center. More details at the end of the post.

Office of Community & Civic Life gave an update to Portland City Council on how it has shifted resources and its approach to outreach.

OPB‘s Think Out Loud hosted Jeff Church from Montavilla Initiative and David Linn former chair of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association chair to discuss the homelessness. Listen here.

The Oregonian tracked down the owner of the building, and found out it wasn’t a rent hike that led to The O’Neill Public House‘s closure. Apparently, they weren’t able to pay their rent and were let out of their lease.

Threshold Brewing & Blending is now open at 403 SE 79th Ave! They craft beer, have a snack menu, and allow you to bring your own food. They’re kid friendly too!

For more information, visit their website here.


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Montavilla Station has karaoke Wednesdays and Thursdays, and live music all weekend! This weekend’s musical offerings are above. The chalk board is the extent of their marketing, and it’s kind of refreshing.

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


Tree planting:

The Lents, Powellhurst-Gilbert Pleasant Valley planting for Friends of Trees is full, but a planting for Madison South, Rose City Park, Sumner, and Woodland Park still have space if you want to help out and beautify Portland.

Sign up to volunteer here, or click here to purchase a tree for your household.

Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 NE Alameda St * 8:45 am – 1 pm

Live music at Eastside Bar & Grill:

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Iron Circus / Cruella / Atomic Terror 

Eastside Bar & Grill, 2530 NE 82nd Ave * 9-ish * ???


Oregon Sinfonietta Concert (website):

Mozart – Overture to Don Giovanni
Debussy – Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet 
Esther Kwak, Concerto Competition winner
Butterworth – Two English Idylls
Ethel Smyth – Serenade in D Major

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

Talk Time:

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

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

Beekeeping work parties with Portland Urban Beekeepers (event):

“Beekeepers from PUB will be onsite working on the hives in the Zenger Farm apiary. This is a great opportunity to learn about beekeeping from some of the local experts. Appropriate for all levels of experience. Equipment is available for use, but please wear close toed shoes, weather appropriate clothes, and bring your own water bottle and sunscreen.

Zenger Farms, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 10 am – noon * donation based

Cooking Around the World Club: Soup and Salad:

“Kick off the new year by eating healthy! Allison Dominic will demonstrate how to make a pesto pasta salad, spiralized vegetable salad and a basic green salad, along with a tasty minestrone soup, using fresh herbs and local vegetables.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm


MLK Day Celebration (event):

“Join World Arts Foundation, Inc. as we celebrate the 34th Anniversary of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr! This year’s theme: “We’ve Come This Far…”

In light of current events, now more than ever, is a time for Beloved Community! Join us for a day filled with celebration, recognition, music, culture and much more!”

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

This weekend

Summer brings more growth, summer brings more life.

In the past few weeks, we’ve sounded the call for more contributors. And a host of filmmakers, writers, activists, and people just interested in getting involved in their community have stepped up to help.

Plenty of neighbors are making conscious choice about the media they consume, and choosing where they put their attention and effort. As more people come to this realization, we believe they return focus to their neighborhoods— the place where they can have the greatest impact.

There’s a lot of voices out there competing for your attention. There are lots of highly paid engineers working around the clock to keeping you in their app. Some weeks are busier than others, but I hope we can make this weekly round up an opportunity to filter out much of the media noise and check back in with your neighborhood.

Thanks for your time and attention… enjoy your weekend!


As the Oregonian reported that this week, Portland City Council is considering an ordinance that would limit what landlords can charge for security deposits and restrict how the credit and criminal conviction history of applicants can be used.


From KPTV: On August 27th, Portland Homeless Family Solutions opens its new family shelter at 92nd Ave and Tolman St in Lents.


Portland City Council approved a new property zone to protect manufactured home parks, OPB reported.


Montavilla Mini Farm Friday Farm (website) sale! Learn more about the farm in the Village Portland video from last season.

7700 NE Oregon St * 1 pm – 7 pm 


Fall Montavilla Gardens Tour:

“As a progressive tour, only one garden will be open at a time for approximately 45 min., allowing hosts to close up their gardens and join the tour. Bike, walk or drive from garden to garden to get inspired, ask questions and connect with other gardeners in the community!”

Registration (here) is required, and you’ll receive a map by email after you register. Garden previews are available here.

Sat: 9 am – 1:30 pm, Sun: 9 am – 12:45 pm 


Jade District Night Market:

Portland Community College Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave *  4 pm – 8 pm   
Live at O’Neill’s:
“Rich Landar from the Hillwilliams, Campfire Boys, GBB, and countless others brings a night of music! We’re not sure what kind, but we know it’ll be good!”

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


We’re deep in the summer produce… for the current summer roster, go here.

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


Read to the Dogs

“Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The dogs and handlers are from Pet Partners®. Call 503.988.5123 to register.”

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

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Live music with Michelle Alany and the Mystics:

Journey through exotic lands with this fiddle-driven caravan of Klezmer, Balkan, Sephardic & original soul music all spiced up with a Texas twist. With her captivating band, Michelle Alany brings fresh interpretations of ancient melodies, hypnotic strings and wild improvisation with her energizing soulful music. Hot off a tour in Spain, bandleader, violinist & vocalist Michelle Alany is a dynamic performer & ambassador of world folk traditions, specializing in Sephardic, Mediterranean & Eastern music.”  
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am 

Zenger Farm Hoedown:

“Hoedown is Zenger Farm’s festive celebration at the height of summer! This event brings guests together to eat, dance, drink and play, while also helping Zenger promote access to good food for all.  Your ticket includes dinner, a drink ticket for ages 21+ and fun activities for the whole family.” 

There’ll be four bands, farm games, ice cream, and adult beverages. Buy tickets here.

Zenger Farm, * $25 general admission, $15 for youth, free for kids 5 and under * 4 pm – 9 pm 


“It’s a Block Party! Grab your painting clothes and lawn chairs and join us to bring a little more art and fun to the Parkrose Community! We’ll be painting a street mural in the intersection of NE 109th and Skidmore between 10 am and 2 pm, but the streets will be closed from 7 am to 5 pm. When you’re not painting, feel free to enjoy the car-free streets with your family. Bring a game or a food item to share if you wish. Last Call Delivery Boyz, owned by a Parkrose resident, will be serving food around noon.”

Special thank you to Parkrose Hardware, Historic Parkrose and everyone who has contributed to making this event happen! Donations are accepted here.

NE 109th Ave and NE Skidmore St * 10 am – 2 pm



Portland Slavic Festival is this weekend. There’s not a lot of information on their site, but there’s a lot of great photographs.

Ventura Park, 460 SE 113th Ave * 9 am – 10 pm 


“An experiential holistic event sharing information based on the wisdom of the ancients that will improve your health and strengthen your immune system!

Learn how to find and self-massage the most commonly applied pressure points in the Traditional Chinese Medicine system for everyday care and optimal health

Teach yourself how to massage and trigger these pressure points using essential oils”

Register here.


Every Sunday during the growing season the Montavilla Farmers Market is on. Here’s the vendor roster for this week!

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


Happy hour jazz at Vino Veritas:

Come enjoy live jazz Sunday afternoon along with all day Happy Hour. A wonderful way to wind down the week.

7835 SE Stark St * 5 pm – 7 pm 


“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”, and four other great second-run films at Academy Theater.

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


Enjoy your weekend!