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

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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 Spirit of Portland award ceremony is being held Tuesday, November 4th. Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly described the awards:
“This annual awards ceremony formally recognizes and honors some of Portland’s most active and engaged community members for their outstanding contributions and hard work in the arts & culture, environmental, equity, and social justice issues. This year also we are recognizing those Standing Up for Love against Hate”.
For the winners, visit this link. The only names I recognize is Rick Best, a former City employee who was killed this summer while defending a fellow Portlander, and Jennifer Young, a Lents Neighborhood Association board member and neighborhood advocate.
IRCO’s community center, 10301 NE Glisan St, * 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Applications for the East Portland Action Plan 2018 General Grants Program are due November 8th, 2017 at 5 pm. For more information on how to apply visit this link.
Applications for APANO place-making grants are due November 10th. For more information, visit this link.


This weekend, Helen’s Pacific Costumers is having its garage sale. After 127 years, the business is closing, and selling all of its costumes. It’s definitely the end of an era, and a great opportunity to build up your costume box.

Helen’s Pacific Costumers, 7501 NE Glisan St * Fri – Sun, 11 am – 5 pm 


There’s a First Friday art opening party at Milepost 5 with Saatchi & Geeta Lewis. There’s a lot of new events happening at MP5, visit the events calendar for more information.
Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 6 pm – 9 pm 


“Join and help the Jade District and Portland Community College SE Campus improve the health and safety of our neighborhood by picking up trash, working in our community garden and cleaning up graffiti tags. It’s a great chance to meet and greet people while doing good for our community! Check-ins, coffee and refreshments at 8:30 am and lunch will be provided after the event. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. All materials and training provided.”
Meet at Portland Community College Southeast Campus at the Great Hall in the Mt. Tabor Hall. (Event page.)
PCC campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave * 9 am – 12 pm
Friends of Trees planting:
“People like you are making Northwest neighborhoods greener every weekend! Join us in our first neighborhood planting of the 2017-2018 season by planting trees in the Montavilla, Mt. Tabor, and South Tabor neighborhoods as a volunteer tree planter!” 
“Please arrive to the staging site by 12 pm to enjoy a potluck lunch provided by our neighborhood volunteers. The planting starts promptly at 12:30 pm. We provide gloves and tools, so all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes.”
417 SE 80th Ave * noon – 4 pm 
Wilkes Community Group clean up is also Saturday. For more information and what cannot be taken, visit the invitation here.

“Open 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM or until dumpsters are full, SO COME EARLY!

It’a an All Volunteer service of Wilkes Community Group at no charge…       


it costs us $$$ so CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WELCOME!”


The East Portland Chamber of Commerce’s annual Turkey Bowl is today. For more information and registration, go here.

KingPins, 3550 SE 92nd Ave * 10:30 am – 1:30 pm


“The 45th season of the Oregon Sinfonietta offers the following opportunities to experience the orchestra’s lively performances with outstanding soloists under the baton of Dr. Donald L. Appert. The concerts are free and open to the public… “

Web page with pieces to be played here.

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


Bolt Upright blues jam is a long-running tradition on Montavilla… come enjoy some live music or step up and play.

417 SE 80th Ave * 9-ish pm * 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