This weekend

Roofs & Resources, a housing and houseless forum is Saturday and more details are below. For the panel, organizers have invited the currently and formerly houseless, local service providers, community advocates, and neighbors.

There was concern from some neighbors when John Rotter, public safety chair for the Montavilla Neighborhood Association announced there was talks with the City about starting a managed houseless camp in the neighborhood. He said there’d be more information on the plan at the forum.

I reached out to Rotter and Olivia Alsept-Ellis, forum organizer, to get some clarity. Until after the board meeting, Alsept-Ellis said she hadn’t heard about the possibility of a camp for the neighborhood, but it is a topic panel members have experience with and would be open to discuss.

Managed camps can be a marvelous model, she said, but it takes a lot of planning and community building— adding that the forum isn’t about what she thinks. The forum is about assembling experts to discuss a variety of topics related to the topic.

MNA members also said Rotter’s announcement at the meeting was the first time they’d heard anything about starting a managed camp in the neighborhood, and that the board hasn’t given any official support to the project. Alsept-Ellis said board members work on a lot of different projects, so sometimes misunderstandings happen. I reached out to Rotter to learn more about the potential for a managed camp, but didn’t hear back from him. Watch the video of Rotter’s announcement here.

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Portland Pickles! There are two games Friday, and a game on Saturday and Sunday. The schedule and tickets are here.

Walker Stadium, 4727 SE 92nd Ave * $5 – $13

FRIDAY

HiHat Matt and the Swing Set is a showcase of three featured acts:

The Colin Trio
Jake William Capistran
Mick Schafer

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

SATURDAY

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Roofs & Resources – a Montavilla Neighborhood Association forum on housing and homelessness:
“This is a chance for us to discuss as a community on how to take care of each other and the barriers that stand in the way. Please join Montavilla Neighborhood Association (event) to add your voice. A real community dialogue about houselessness and housing – speaking to both the experiences in Montavilla as well the city-wide crisis we find ourselves in. For the panel, they have invited the currently and formerly houseless, local service providers, community advocates, and neighbors.
 
IRCO Community Center, 10323 NE Glisan St * 10 am – 5 pm 
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Black Storytime with Food: Sharing Nutrition Knowledge:

“Come join us for an exciting storytime featuring themes of food growth and preparation, and nutrition-related activities. We will read fun picture books and participate in a nutrition activity together.

We will be joined by a nutrition educator as a representative of OSU Extension Service SNAP-Ed program.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * noon – 1 pm

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It’s a ways down in Lents, but a great example of a community project, and fun to know is happening.

“Lents community members are coming together to paint an intersection mural and have a block party… 

Organizers will provide all the necessary supplies, but feel free to bring your own brushes, rollers, pans, cardboard to sit on, and food/drink to share.

All ages and all skill levels are welcome!

They are still looking for people to help with the chalking/outline.  For more information, visit the Facebook event page.”

SE 84th Avenue & Schiller St * 10 am – 5 pm 

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Free life coaching workshop for life transition divorce / mid-life / library (event):

“Free workshop to educate people on the value of life coaching. How to move forward and build a new life after divorce or any life transition.” 

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St * 1 pm – 2:30 pm 

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SUNDAY

The growing season is “exploding”, according to the Montavilla Farmers Market folks. For more information on what’s available, go here.

 

This weekend

The Lents Neighborhood Association‘s June general meeting will focus on immigrant support. It’s not in Montavilla specifically, but area state representatives and immigration law experts will be presents to discuss their efforts and how neighbors can help. One of the main goals of Village Portland is to share efforts across neighborhood boundaries, so I figured people would want to know.

For more information on the meeting, go here. There’s also a community appreciation dinner before the meeting.

Lents Community Center, SE Woodstock Street * 7 pm meeting, dinner 6:30 pm 

FRIDAY

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“Ring the bell and cross over into a mysterious faerie world this summer solstice! Magic awaits those mortals brave enough to dance with the faeries.

Enjoy this immersive ALL AGES theatre experience in the beautiful backyard at Taborspace!

Tickets are only sold in ADVANCE! Please go to www.joyandwondertheatre.com/shows/

Taborspace, * Fri – Sun * $15 – $20

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Newport Nightingales is a three part harmony group ala Boswell Sisters that aspires to create an authentic sound that transports you back to the 1930’s and keeps you swinging on the dance floor.”
The O’Neal Public House * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free
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SATURDAY

The fifth annual Taste of Parkrose: There’s be a fun run from Rossi Farms through the new Luuwit View Park; food samples, beer tent, music stage, kids play area, local vendors, and more!

Still need convincing? Check out this sweet video with an animated barn, aerial drone footage, and EDM from last year:

Rossi Farms, 3839 NE 122nd Ave * 10 am – 4 pm 

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Re-Imagining Home: A South Asian Youth Panel:

“Through Visual Art, Spoken Word, Mini-Performances, and conversations, a diverse panel of local South Asian youth will unpack the nuances of their lives as recent immigrants to America. Come, learn, and engage with their experiences and journeys.

This event is part of the Collins Gallery exhibition at Central Library and the South Asian Arts Festival happening March 8th – 11th.”

Midland Library * 2:30 pm – 4 pm 

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Live music with The Boondock Boys (“classic rock, southern rock, and blues”).

The Blue Room Bar, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 pm 

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SUNDAY

The summer vegetables are starting to show up at the market… for more information on what’s available, go here.

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

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Enjoy your weekend!

This weekend

There was a Montavilla Neighborhood Association on June 11. There was discussion of street murals, emergency preparedness, and also a plan to have sanctioned houseless camps in Montavilla. For the meeting summary and video, go here.

Other Montavilla neighbors have expressed concern about the sanctioned homeless camp plan, and started a petition (here) to oppose the plan. It’ll be modeled after a Seattle program. Assistance in helping with the sanction camp program has been requested, for more information contact John Rotter, MNA public safety chair. (john.rotter [at] montavillapdx.org)

We’d also like to welcome Maria Jayne, a reporter who’s stepped up to help with stories and organizing! She wrote this month’s meeting summary.

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A proposed recycling center in Lents is drawing concerns from neighbors.

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This week, the Portland City Council authorized an agreement to accept $2 million from the Oregon Department of Transportation for the design and construction of the Seventies Neighborhood Greenway. It will run north to south, just east of 82nd Ave.

And if you’re fired up about cycling, there are dozens of themed rides this weekend and throughout the month with Pedalpalooza!

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FRIDAY

As of Thursday, Academy Theater is back open after a fire earlier this month!

An excellent slate of second-run films are playing now, including “Lu Over the Wall”, both “Back to the Future” films, “A Wrinkle in Time”, “Black Panther”, and several other great films.

7818 SE Stark St * show times *  $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors
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“This June the Whitenoise project for our second event in the De-Canon Residency and Pop Up Library is excited to host powerhouse out of town poets Sokunthary Svay, Do Ngyuen Mai and Hari Alluri as they visit our fair city, as well as local favorite Armin Tolentino!
The Whitenoise Project is a reading and discussion series aiming to center voices from underrepresented communities (PoC, Queer, Femme, WoC and people with disabilities), and is supported by a Jade-Midway Placemaking Grant from APANO.”  
Milepost 5, 8155 NE 81st Ave * 7 pm – 9 pm
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SATURDAY

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Paint the Town Green! is sponsored by SOLVE (originally Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) and it’s bringing together several Southeast / East Portland neighborhoods to pick up trash and paint over graffiti along 82nd Ave on June 16th.

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood

Foster-Powell Neighborhood

Lents Neighborhood

Mt. Scott- Arleta Neighborhood

Richmond (Division and Hawthorne) Neighborhood

For more information on the program, go here or choose your neighborhood above.

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The beautiful game; the world’s game… Portland Mercado is showing World Cup games. For more details and a specific schedule, visit their Facebook page.

Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Rd * all weekend

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“The Midway Business Association is sponsoring a new family-friendly event to celebrate community, business and nature in East Portland at Powell Butte (161st and SE Powell) on Saturday, June 16th from 8 am – Noon. Activities include a scavenger hunt, service project, bird watching tour, wildlife rescue exhibit featuring raptors (falcons and owls), disc golf demonstration, presentations from local businesses and a raffle to benefit area non-profits.”
Powell Butte Nature Park, 16160 SE Powell Blvd * 8 am – noon 
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Live music at Cartlandia:
“It’s the Capacitors’ maiden voyage! Wear your dancin’ shoes and please tip your bartender.”
Blue Room Bar @ Cartlandia * 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm -11 pm
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SUNDAY

Early cherries, strawberries, and plenty of other goodness at Montavilla Farmers Market. For more information on the vendors, go here.

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

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Eid is Islamic holiday celebrating the end of the month of Ramadan. The celebration is sponsored by the Somali Women Coalition of Portland.

East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 NE 117 Ave * 6 pm – 10 pm
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Enjoy your weekend!

MNA – June meeting

by MARIA JAYNE 

The June Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting addressed 82nd avenue
improvement, emergency preparedness, public murals, and temporary homeless
shelters.

@ 3:16 – Liz N, 82nd Avenue Improvement Coalition steering committee member, requests
the neighborhood association’s support in getting a jurisdictional transfer from
Oregon Department of Transportation to Portland Bureau of Transportation. She said their goals is to, “make it more of a street that people can live with rather than one that people just drive through the neighborhood on.”

The group wants Portland to have jurisdiction to start projects on paving streets, improving sidewalks and creating better and more frequent crosswalks.

@ 14:41 – Ernest Jones, coordinator of Basic Earthquake Emergency Communications Node (BEECN), is seeking to double the number of volunteers at BEECN sites. Training is 90 minutes and teaches volunteers how to help their neighbors in event of an earthquake.

@ 35:51 – Mark Leben, co-leader of Monatvilla’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) is looking to expand and establish continuity among NET groups.

“Sometimes it’s a matter of knowing one street or two, you don’t have to know your entire neighborhood to be an asset,” he said. “…The community is what helps everyone thrive and survive.”

@ 1:03 – Alex Chu, local artist and painter and illustrator of the 82nd Max Station Mural, said his primary focus is to work with local communities and execute public art projects. His goal is to foster the understanding of the community by getting to know not only the other people in it but also the resources that are available.

@ 1:26 – Tiffany Conklin, director of the Portland Street Art Alliance, said the alliance was started in 2012 due to confusion on mural laws and it has become a large network of artists and resources for mural painting. They are looking to find more business spaces to paint on and donations for future murals.

@ 1:54 – Land Use is focusing on murals and updating bylaws and membership language. The proposal for the new bylaws is slated to go up for vote around August or September.

@ 1:58:00 – John Rotter, MNA Public Safety Chair, is working on a sanctioned homeless shelter to aid against camp frequency and expansion. His project is to focus city resources to that site inspired by a similar sanctioned program from Seattle. He said this shelter would be “very temporary but very doable.”

There was no action taken by the board, and Rotter said he plans to bring a resolution about the camp next month.

There will be a Homelessness Forum on June, 30 from 11 am – 2 pm Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (10301 NE Glisan St) to address the model.

@ 2:05 – Although May has passed, The Clean Up Day project is still a possibility for Fall date not just next Spring.

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This weekend

Hello all!

There’s a Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting this week. The focus will emergency preparedness and murals in the neighborhood!

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * Monday, June 11 * 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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It’s also great to see a conversation on housing and houselessness organized by the MNA. It’s set for June 30th. For more information, and to see a video of a housing forum in Lents last month, go here.
The neighborhood level is the perfect place to have these conversations, to share ideas and experiences. We should all be grateful for all the work done to create this space for dialogue.
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FRIDAY

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Rojo ™ “World’s Most Beloved Llama” visits Cartlandia.

“Incredibly touchable, and unusually people-friendly, Rojo is recognized as a local celebrity as he participates in many local parades and charity events, and makes regular visits to schools, hospitals, and adult-care facilities throughout the Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA area.”

Cartlandia beer garden, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 6 pm – 7 pm * free

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Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Portland Pickles are back in town this weekend!

Buy tickets here.

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Tibetan Buddhist Meditation practices:

“An evening of Buddhist meditation practices. mindfulness, visualization, chanting, recitation of mantra, contemplation. clear guidance and explanations by Lama Jacqueline Mandell, Buddhist meditation teacher. Following in the footsteps of revered ancient teachers.

All levels welcome including beginners. Suggested Donation, $10. No one turned away for financial reasons.”

 

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SATURDAY

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“Come give feedback on the draft final design for the new
playground. Find us at Gilbert Park School’s free community
barbecue from 3 pm – 5 pm. Kids welcome!”

Gilbert Park Elementary, 13132 SE Ramona Street * 3 pm – 5 pm

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Live music with Ripe Red Apple:

“Description: R. L. Burnside, Karen Dalton, PJ Harvey, The Velvet Underground, Johnny Thunders, Billie Holiday, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Caetano Veloso, The Band, Lou Reed…” 
If you watch the video, it’s a little shaky, but you can spot at least one Montavilla landmark.
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am 
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SUNDAY

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The Montavilla Farmers Market is on every Sunday! For a list of the vendors and more information, go here.

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

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Botanical Printing on Paper with artist Anna Zell:

“Botanical printing uses historical methods to capture colors, textures, and shapes found in nature– resulting in stunning plant portraits. In this class, leaves are layered onto paper, optionally adding some natural plant dyes, then steamed or boiled. This environmentally gentle process permanently transfers botanical pigments without synthetic dyes, inks or paints. Cost includes paper and dying materials.

Artist Anna Zell will lead you step-by-step through the eco-printing process. At the end of the day, you’ll take home your own printed papers and cards. You’ll also be given a kit to dye more papers – for yourself or as spectacular gifts for others.” 

Register online  or contact JoAnn Vrilakas, education coordinator, at jvrilakas@leachgarden.org. Limit twelve.

Leach Botanical Garden, * 1 pm – 4 pm * $75, Leach Garden Member $65

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A celebration of Yotsofa and marketfest, organized by the Lao community in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

“This historic event will feature Lao community Buddhist ceremonies, Marketfest and a variety of activities. Booths from businesses, organizations and individuals will be set up to offer information, arts and crafts, items for sale, food and beverages, music and videos.”

Wat Buddhathammaram, 4350 N.E. 133rd Ave * 8 am – 6 pm 

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Enjoy your weekend!

This weekend

There was a fire this week at Academy Theater. The theater is closed until further notice, at least through Sunday, June 3rd, according to their website.

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East Portland and not close in Portland share many of the same issues. One of the major goals of Village Portland is to share ideas and advocacy across neighborhood boundaries.

At May’s Lents Neighborhood Association meeting, a housing forum was held (beginning @ 21:00 in the video linked in the meeting summary). Attending were representatives from: Green Lents; ROSE Community Development, The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; a representative from Mayor Ted Wheeler‘s office (who referenced the 2017 State of Housing Report); Living Cully (part of the Anti-Displacement PDX coalition); Palindrome (developer of Oliver Station @ 37:15 an update is given); Lents Strong housing team; and Tenants Priced Out working group.

Many initiatives were proposed to help, but most of them rely on property taxes. And, in my opinion, the forum’s question of the night was: since East Portland and low income home owners bear the heaviest burden of tax increases… is property tax reform coming?

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FRIDAY

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In Lents, the Portland Pickles take on the Port Angeles Lefties (tickets). It’s the season opener and there are games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets were still available for opening day on Thursday afternoon.

Walker Stadium, 4727 SE 92nd Ave * 7:05 pm * $5 – $13 

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Weekends mean live music at both Vino Veritas (7835 SE Stark St * Sunday Jazz, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm) and Montavilla Station (417 SE 80th Ave * Friday and Saturday night, 9ish pm).

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SATURDAY

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day:

“This festival is an opportunity for families to kick off the summer riding season — and celebrate Northwest Trail Alliance’s 30th anniversary — at our urban mountain biking festival, which includes Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day! Enjoy the newly-revamped riding at Gateway Green, food and drinks, coaching for adults and youth, new bike demos, plus loaner bikes and fun races for kids. There’s plenty of single-track, skills courses (one just for kids!), a pump track, and an advanced jump line to keep everyone entertained all day long. Plus, for kids, we’ll have free Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day t-shirts and a helmet give-away while supplies last!”

This event is hosted by Northwest Trail Alliance.

Gateway Green (directions) * 10 am – 3 pm * free

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Once Upon a Time Family Theatre presents “Rapunzel”:

“Friends! Princes, Princesses, and even Evil Witches find their happy endings in this story of growing hair and growing up.” (Tickets)

“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.”   

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

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SUNDAY

East County Community Orchestra Spring Concert:

“The East County Community Orchestra (known as “ECCO” to orchestra members) has been in existence since 1978. It was established by founder and first conductor Harold Webber as a venue for high school graduates and other interested parties to have a place to play. It operates as a non-profit organization, with a full board of directors in addition to the Music Director / Conductor. Concerts are offered free of charge to the community.”

David Douglas High School, 1400 SE 130th Ave * 3 pm 

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The Montavilla Farmers Market is on every Sunday! For a list of the vendors and more information, go here.

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

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Enjoy your weekend!

This weekend

Hello all!

I don’t know if there’s still time for folks in Montavilla to bring this to our neighborhood, but either way it seems like a great event.

Paint the Town Green! is sponsored by SOLVE (originally Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) and it’s bringing together several Southeast / East Portland neighborhoods to pick up trash and paint over graffiti along 82nd Ave on June 16th. For more information, go here.

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If you missed it, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) announced the lineup for Mic Check!, their summer cultural events series. The first event is the Queer APIs + Mental Health Roundtable on June 6th at Taborspace.

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The Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the City bureau that oversees neighborhood associations and an assortment of other community-based programs, just completed a $25,000 re-branding, Willamette Week reports. It will now be called the Office of Community and Civic Life. It’s new website will go up on July 1st.

FRIDAY

“Please join the Mill Park community as we dedicate our new preschool playground, and help us put the finishing touches on it. We will be holding this event from 1-3 p.m. Friday, May 25 at the new playground, which is located on the north side of the school.
 
We will have snacks, and you can help us paint and decorate the playground fence, as well as planting some sensory garden plants.”

Mill Park Elementary School, 1900 SE 117th Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm 

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Vino Veritas is keeping the jazz coming with singer song writer Hayley Lynn.

7835 SE Stark St * 7 pm – 10 pm * free 

 

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SATURDAY

“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.”

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 4 pm – 5 pm 

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“Please join us while we host our first Iftar [breaking of the Ramadan fast] potluck with the community. This event is open to everyone that would like to join and share a food for thought.” (Invitation)
East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO), 1017 NE 117th Ave * 8 pm – 10 pm
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Michelle Alany & 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.”
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am 

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SUNDAY

1984’s “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” and five other second-run films are playing at Academy Theater.

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

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Enjoy your holiday weekend!