This weekend

FRIDAY

Live music with Bahttsi: “Slamfunkingroovingreengrass, Moozik that Swings and Snorts” Music samples are available here.

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

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Rahab Sisters are hosting their weekly meal: “We offer ‘radical hospitality’ to vulnerable and exploited women every Friday night … We serve a nutritious meal, personal hygiene products and a warm, safe and companionable environment with no questions asked!”

Volunteers are welcome, and are asked to arrive at 6:20 pm.

 Sts. Peter & Paul, 247 SE 82nd Ave * 7 pm – 10 pm * free

SATURDAY

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The Columbia Gorge Express starts this weekend, offering a direct route to both Rooster Rock and Multnomah Falls. The bus service operates Friday through Sunday and federal holidays (like Monday’s Memorial Day).

There are twelve departures a day from Gateway Transit Center, and at $5 per person round trip, it’s a great way to get out of the city. Purchase tickets and learn more here.

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“Story360: Knowing Who You Are”:

“Community members from many cultural backgrounds learn the skills of storytelling and practice with other learners to connect with their own heritage and the wisdom of our shared humanity. We learn stories from our families and communities or from books and online sources and weave them into our everyday lives. We are practicing our cultures, connected to one another and our ancestors. All ages and cultures welcome.”
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am – 2 pm * free 

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Academy Theater is showing “Born in China”, “Dumb and Dumber” and five other second run films. It’s schedule is here.
“”Born In China” follows the adventures of three animal families the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard. Featuring stunning imagery, the film navigates the vast terrain from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest on the wings of a red-crowned crane, showcasing remarkably intimate family moments captured on film for the first time ever.”
Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark * 3:50 9:30 pm * adults $4, seniors and children $3
SUNDAY

Montavilla Farmers Market is on again Sunday. Due to the late spring, market manager Amanda Cross wrote that berries will be ready in a week or two. Lent’s Farmers Market opens June 4th!

For a full list of vendors, and new choices at the market, click here. EBT is accepted and the Double Up Food Bucks program (learn more here) will match up to $10 per customer per day for fruits and vegetables.

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

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“Vanport, the Musical” at the Midland Library (event):

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“They came from all over the country: men, women, children, families. They came mostly by train during WWII to serve their country, not only to survive but to obtain the American Dream. After the war many left returning to their hometown of Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and beyond but some stayed making the city their home until the flood of 1948 washed it away. In this musical for the whole family, members will smell the opportunity, touch the dream, hear the music, taste the victory and see the canvas of Vanport.”

805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 2:45 pm * free

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Spring’s definitely springing, and there are tons of great events happening.

I’m also excited to roll out the next iteration of Village Portland soon. I’ve been mostly unable to write more significant stories while developing the new site, but after the upgrade I’ll be able to do more than my simple weekly event cheerleading.

It’s been hard to sit on the sidelines as so much unfolds, but know that my heart is with you and I hope my work can serve the forward movement of East Portland.

FRIDAY

Playing their first show @ The O’Neill Public House is Tara Velarde. (Their bio, though interesting reading, it doesn’t really say what kind of music they play,. Give the video a spin if you’re curious.) The show’s from 6 pm – 8 pm.

Afterwards, Counterfeit Cash, a Portland-based Johnny Cash tribute band preforms (9 pm – 1 am).

6000 NE Glisan * free

SATURDAY

RACC Workshop: Grant Writing is for Everyone: “This interactive workshop will offer you an opportunity to learn both how to set yourself up for success before you write the grant and how to write an effective proposal.” More information and registration here.

Milepost 5 cafe space, 8155 NE Oregon * noon – 4 pm * $30, MP5 residents get a 50% discount, no one turned away for lack of funds

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The 12th annual Mt. Tabor Art Walk is both Saturday & Sunday. Download the map here, and visit nearly 40 local artists.

10 am – 5 pm

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If you’re looking for gardening fun down in Lents, there is a planting party (event) at Malden Court Community Orchard from 9 am – noon, and at Leach Botanical Garden, there’s a free Children’s Nature Fair (event)  from 10 am – 2 pm that looks excellent:

“This year’s theme — “Traveling Seeds”— will include learning about seeds of all kinds including those that disperse by “traveling”. Also find interactive booths, arts/crafts, seed activities, nature walks, music, and 25 cent ice cream… “

SUNDAY

“Join Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines for our Solidarity Open House! At this family-friendly gathering we will share some delicious food, honor our community, and discuss ways we can build together.”

Please RSVP to the organizers for any access or childcare needs.

EPNO, 1017 NE 117th Ave * noon – 2 pm

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Okay, this looks amazing: “FREE & fun community celebration honoring all people & pets who call this neighborhood home! Come rally around a shared love of animals, learn about helpful resources and connect with your neighbors through laughter and kindness. Parade walk starts at 3 pm: The Belmont Goats will lead the parade and any friendly pets (or teddy bears!) are encouraged to participate too! People of any ability, age, language, orientation, status, and whether dog-lover, cat-lover or allergic to both… you are enthusiastically welcomed. Get the details on all the activities, guidelines and opportunities at:
www.lentscommunitypetparade.com

Meet at: Boys and Girls Club, 9330 SE Harold St * 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm * free 

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It’s a bit outside the realm of East Portland, but  is an event worth checking out. Car free streets are always a nice opportunity, and the music, yard sales, and other shenanigans Sunday Parkways attracts makes it a great experience. FB page.

SE Portland * 11 am – 4 pm * free

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FRIDAY

Conterfeit Cash, Portland’s Johnny Cash Cover band is back at the pub.

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * free

SATURDAY

Midway Business Association Earth Day (event): “Join us for Earth Day in Midway! We’ll meet at 10 am near Powell Butte Visitor’s Center to help beautify the Butte and then explore on several guided tours. The first 25 people receive a FREE garden + seed gift package.”

Powell Butte Visitors Center, 16160 SE Powell Blvd. * 10 am

Rummage sale benefiting Portland Arthur Academy a charter school since 2002:

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Portland Arbor Day: ” … this event will feature multi-cultural performances, music and storytelling, to celebrate the many communities of Portland and our many wordly connections to trees. … “Explore natural objects from burls to bee hives, participate in an ecological scavenger hunt, print botanical cards, learn about the history of Portland’s Urban Forest and connect with our many community and environmental partners. Additionally, we will be giving away tree seedlings, offering bucket truck rides into the tree canopy and demonstrating the art and science of tree climbing!”

Mt Scott Park, SE 72nd Ave and Harold * 10 am – 3 pm * free

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The David Douglas Education Foundation is celebrating its 25th Anniversary benefiting  the CTE (Career Technology Education) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programs. Deadline for registration, is passed but you can still make a donation (here).

Airport Sheraton, 8235 NE Airport Way  

SUNDAY

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There are plenty of spots left for this six-week course at Midland Library (event), “Seed to Supper: Beginning Gardening on a Small Budget”, sponsored by Oregon Food Bank: “Growing and harvesting your own food can be both an economically and emotionally rewarding experience, a visual and savory demonstration of your own labors.” 

805 SE 122nd Ave * 10:30 am – noon * free 

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Earth Day at Gateway Green (event): “Help us pull out invasive ivy and remove litter in our first phase of habitat restoration at Gateway Green, a new community park being developed in east Portland.”

NE 99th Ave & NE Pacific St * 8 am – noon 

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Showing at Academy Theater are six second-run movies and Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film Brazil: “a surrealist nightmare of a low-level bureaucrat in a dismal world of the near future.”

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark * 3:50 9:30 pm * adults $4, seniors and children $3

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FRIDAY

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“These Shining Lives” is based on the true story of four women in 1920s America who sued their employer after being poisoned by radium in the clock factory where they worked. The play is presented by David Douglas High School Theatre Department.

“Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits— or endanger the lives of those who come after them.”

Reserve tickets here or by calling 503-261-8270.

Howard Horner Performing Art Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave * 3/9 – 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 @ 7:30 pm, 3/12 & 19 @ 2:30 pm * $10, $8 students & seniors 

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Along with a fine viewer-chosen selection of second-run films, Academy Theater is playing “My Own Private Idaho” this week: “Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.”

7818 SE Stark * 3/10 – 16, 2:45 pm, 9:15 pm  * $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and children

 

SATURDAY

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There are two walk & talks along 82nd today. Sponsored by the Oregon Department of Transportation, it’s a chance for East Portlanders to offer feedback about safety and development along 82nd Ave. Tours are available in English and Spanish.

Take ODOT’s 82nd Ave. survey here. For more information on the projects planned, click here.

Roseway: meet at Namaste Indian Cuisine (8303 NE Sandy Blvd) @ 10 am

Montavilla: meet at Flying Pie Pizzeria (7804 SE Stark St) @ 2 pm – 4 pm (FB invitation)

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Sponsored by Vibe of Portland, it’s the monthly community art and music at the Portland Moose Lodge:

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“Odell’s Mystery Trio plays funky, groovin’, New Orleans style swamp boogie — covers and originals.”

6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * free

SUNDAY

So many awesome events are held at the local libraries, including cheese making, a citizenship course, and cooking class. These, unfortunately are filled. The Chinese (Cantonese) Storytime @ Holgate Library is free, however.

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2:15 pm * free 

 

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Is there a new focus from the City of Portand on East Portand safety?

Today, City Council lowered the speed limit on Southeast Division from 35 to 30 miles per hour between 82nd and 174th Aves.

Take the ODOT survey (at the link below) and join the walk & talk to add your voice to the plans.

FRIDAY

For the kids, there’s the Micah and Me Music Show at kid’s consignment store Beanstock.

8021 SE Stark St * 10 am – 11 am * free

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Milepost 5 has it’s March art show opening tonight, with Kim Bookman, one of the extraordinary resident artist. Follow the link to the Facebook invitation for a sneak peek of her work.

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“The Ladies and I are back at it again to serve up all things fabulously macabre and disturbing! Come join us and splash a cup of wine on First Friday and gasp at the beheadings, hangings and maybe a stabbing or two… Oh and did I mention GLITTER!!!!. DEATH BY GLITTER!!! If you gotta go out you might as well do it in style.”

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

SATURDAY

Oregon Department of Transportation is giving East Portlanders a chance offer feedback about safety and development along 82nd Ave.

Take ODOT’s 82nd Ave. survey here. For more information on the projects planned, click here. Next week the ODOT walk and talk is in Montavilla!

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Through publishing this site, it’s been great seeing some of the amazing service work happening in East Portland. St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church has been a hub of activity, and the free store is one of the many regular events to serve those in need.

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St. Peter & Paul Episcopal Church, 247 SE 82nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm * free

SUNDAY

Register here for a gardening class at Midland Library.

“Growing and harvesting your own food can be both an economically and emotionally rewarding experience, a visual and savory demonstration of your own labors. In this six-week course from the Oregon Food Bank, participants will learn the basics of abundant produce gardening — from preparing your soil, planting and maintaining your crop, managing pests sustainably, and planning for a fruitful harvest throughout the summer and fall. Participants should plan to attend all six classes.”

Midland Library, 805 NE 122nd * 10:30 am * free

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Welcome to your weekend! I comb the vast wasteland of the Internet to bring you the best and brightest events happening in East Portland as a way to get involved in the betterment of your community. Enjoy~

Can we talk about potholes?: “The Portland Bureau of Transportation has begun the planning process to develop policies and funding options specific to residential side streets. Your input on this survey will help us understand where to focus efforts and what to prioritize in the new Neighborhood Streets Program.” Offer your feedback here: PDOT survey.

FRIDAY

Pepper Grinders are live at O’Neill Public House: “Using the cream of the crop of amazing Portland players, the band is dedicated to the sound of the jump blues bands and the screaming sax greats from the late 40’s and early 50’s. The set list will include covers by the likes of Big Jay McNeely, Earl Bostic, Willis Jackson and more. This band is sure to get you into a dancing frenzy!” 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free

SATURDAY

You’re promoting your app through community service? Sure, I’ll bump it.

At Foster Carts (5205 SE Foster Rd) Saturday, What the Trucks, an online food truck ordering service, will donate a meal to Portland Rescue Mission for every meal ordered through their app at these Foster Carts: Mauna Kea Bari Food CartRoad Runner BBQYear of the FishChicken Coop.

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Its future is jeopardized by a recent court ruling, but still: Northwest Trail Alliance and Friends of Gateway Green are hosting a work party for the East Portland bike park. “Dig new trail, pull ivy, and help beautify our community-supported park. Come see the great work taking shape, and help us plan for the future!”

Gateway Green, 1/2 mile north of the Gateway Transit Center on the I-205 multi-use Path * 10 am – 3 pm 

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This was C + V (copy + pasted) from the Multnomah County Library website, so we’ll have to assume their Vietnamese is on point: Giờ đọc truyện song ngữ (tiếng Anh/tiếng Việt), và ca hát cho trẻ em. In Anh hóa, (Vietnamese for English): “Bilingual storytime presented in Vietnamese and English for children ages 0-6 with adult.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm * free 

SUNDAY

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Montavilla Farmers Market is having a Winter Stockup Market Sunday. MFM is also accepting members of its CSA program. Community supported agriculture is a great way to have a consistent source of produce and further invest in your local farmers, give it a look.

7700 block of SE Stark St, in the gravel lot across the street from Mr. Plywood * 11 am – 1 pm 

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Craft a Valentine and spread the love to your neighbors in need at your Midland Library. “Along with the ribbons and glue, there will be an opportunity to make a small donation to an organization [Snowcap] helping people in need. Donations are optional and are not required for participation.” 805 SE 122nd Ave * 1 pm – 1:45 pm * free

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SATURDAY

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It’s the first annual seed swap from  Grow Portland. “Share extra seed you have saved in your garden with others and discover new varieties. Local gardeners and farmers will have the opportunity to learn about seed saving and take home free seed.” 

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 1 pm * free

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“The Aarun & Jonathan Country Band play traditional, original & more featuring a national fiddle champion!”

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * free

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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley invites his constituents to a town hall meeting (invitation) in East Portland. “Senator Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C. and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America. Also, if you are running into red tape accessing veterans’ benefits or dealing with Social Security or Medicare, or having trouble getting what you need from other federal agencies, I will have a constituent services worker on hand who may be able to help.”

Franklin High School Cafeteria, 3905 SE 91st Ave * 2:30 pm * free

SUNDAY

There’s another awesome presentation at the Midland Library this weekend. To honor Black History Month is a presentation called The Underground Railroad:From Tragedy to Triumph. Register here. Presented by Dr. William Thierfelder.

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 3:30 pm * free

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I’d love to promote your awesome organization’s events as much as I promote the happenings at Milepost 5 Theater (where I live and serve on the board). Sunday evening is a free double feature brought to you by Psychedelic Psynema (FB event) featuring sci-fi classics The Empire Strikes back (6 pm) and Flash Gordon (8 pm). It’s a casual, family-friendly event, that should be a lot of fun.

8155 NE Oregon St * free