This weekend

Office of Community and Civic Life director Suk Rhee was inteviewed on OPB‘s Think Out Loud this week. Listen to the interview here.

‘Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement is no more. It’s now the Office of Community and Civic Life. The bureau says it wants to be more inclusive, but some people are concerned about a shift away from a focus on neighborhood associations. What exactly has changed?”

FRIDAY

Live music with Michael Shay and The What 4:

A ‘jam band for grownups’, with an all-star lineup including Mark Shark on guitar and Chris Kee on bass, and probably special guests! See michaelshay.com.”

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

SATURDAY

Movies in Montavilla Park! “Paddington 2” (2018) and live music from The Alphabeticians ( family-friendly rock ‘n’ roll).

Montavilla Park, 8219 NE Glisan St * music @ 6:30 pm, movie @ dusk * free

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“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: “Jack & The Beanstalk”

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

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If you need a reason to check out the new  Gateway Discovery Park, check out “Cruising Gateway Cruise-in“. For more info on what’s in store visit their website.

Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services is hosting a Car Cruise-in, with proceeds benefiting Meals on Wheels People. Car aficionados are encouraged to bring their best rides to compete in Antique, Sports and Best in Show categories!”

SUNDAY

Read the vendor highlights from this week’s market here.

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

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Intercambio group

“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 

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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!

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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.

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

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

FRIDAY

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 

SATURDAY

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 

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Jade District Night Market:

Portland Community College Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave *  4 pm – 8 pm   
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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

SUNDAY

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 

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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 

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby

Hello! If you’re here for 2018 Portland Adult Soapbox Derby video, we’re working on finishing the editing. Check back in a few days, or you can subscribe to get our posts, including a weekly culture and arts events listing for East Portland.

To tide you over, here are the videos we’ve done over the past few years. I hope you enjoy them! Thanks to all the hard-working volunteers and organizers that make this event so amazing.

DIY, day drinking, one of Portland’s most beautiful parks, and a hint of danger… the derby truly is Portland at its best.

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The 2014 video featured Sandy V on the mic. He’s a software developer who’s not afraid to try new things… like interview strangers while day drinking.

I was there in 2015, but didn’t film anything. It was a good time still.

In 2016, we stuck to the basics. I blame my woo-ing on the boxed rosé.

At 2017’s race, I sorta asked / sorta didn’t ask my friend Jason S. help me narrate throughout the day.

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This weekend

The City of Portland‘s Planning and Sustainability Commission is updating its Neighborhood Contact Code.

A hearing on August 14th brought seven testifiers. You can watch the hearing here (the presentation begins @ 9:20), and read the Portland Mercury‘s take on it here.

Representing the Overlook Neighborhood Association and a group of nine North Portland NA chairs, Christian Trejabal testified @ 22:04. His input was a contrast to many of the others who opposed changes that they feel could slow developers from adding housing.

“You can adjust the rules and increase engagement with your residents without throwing away the current system that works in the places that it works,” Trejabal said. You can read his submitted testimony here.

BDS’s Neighborhood Contact Code Update Project home page is here.

Written testimony can be Map App here or delivered in hard copy to the BPS office (1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100) will be accepted until 5 pm on Friday, August 17.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission has a work session and will provide recommendations to the Neighborhood Contact Code Update on August 28th (agenda).

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Here’s video from the August meeting of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association. At this meeting, they discussed the future of artist community Milepost 5.

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“The Planning and Sustainability Commission voted to recommend the Manufactured Dwelling Park Project to City Council on July 10, 2018. Council will review the recommendation and consider public testimony before voting on the proposal on August 22, 2018.”

FRIDAY

“Zen Hunter’s music is an eclectic blend of mostly original tunes, combining heavy grooves with exquisite exploratory jams, often ending up in a funky place which encourages dancing and good energetic transfusion with their crowds.”

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

SATURDAY

The fifth annual Montavilla Jazz Festival is happening this weekend. celebrates Portland’s jazz scene and raise money for the Montavilla Schools Music Fund.

Buy tickets here.

Portland Metro Arts * 1:30 pm – 9:30 pm * $15

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Tonga Day 2018:  “The main event starts at 1 PM with family-friendly activities and cultural performances. The evening’s feature film is ‘Moana’ (2016) PG.

Pre-movie entertainment will be provided by Tongan 101 Tongan/Pacific Island music and dance. Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30 PM. Movie begins after dusk.”

Gateway Discovery Park, 10520 NE Halsey St * 1 pm 

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If you’ve never attended, the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby is a really good time. Dozens of groups build their own soapbox cars and race it down Mt. Tabor. It’s the best of Portland’s DIY artistic aesthetic, a relaxing day at Mt. Tabor Park, and just a dash of danger… some of those cars move pretty fast.

It’s a good event for kids, and as long as you post up away from the track, you can let the racers experience all the risks. Bring a lunch, bring your favorite beverage, I think you’ll have a good time.

Mt Tabor Park * 10 am – 4 pm 

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“Come celebrate the end of summer with a water balloon free-for-all on the Holgate Library lawn. All water balloons provided. Participants should expect to get soaked. Bring your own towel!”

Group A: K-5 grades, 2-2:20 pm * Group B: 6-12 grades, 2:30-3 pm

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 pm – 3 pm 

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Jade International Night Market:

“The Jade International Night Market is a crucial tool to help support local small businesses in the Jade District neighborhood. The annual summer event provides a space to celebrate and recognize the diversity and culture of the communities who live and work in the Jade District and sheds light on the issues impacting a neighborhood in transition.”

 Portland Community College Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave

SUNDAY

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Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways: 

“In 2018, Sunday Parkways is returning to Outer Northeast with new attractions and new parks/marketplaces. This route that begins after Gateway green will bring you home or introduce you to life in the Outer NE. This 6.4 miles route will take you to Knott, East Holladay and debut the newly constructed Gateway Discovery Park. These parks will be overflowing with music, food, and fun finds. Come see for yourself on August 19, 2018!”

If you’d like to volunteer, sign up here.

Outer Northeast Portland * 11 am – 4 pm 

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Walk with Refugees and Immigrants:

“Join community members and elected leaders as they gather at Gateway Discovery Park for in a one-mile walk to Knott Park, alongside our refugee and immigrant neighbors in a show of support. This event recognizes the unique experiences of new Portlanders, of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Hear refugee and immigrant stories
  • Enjoy diverse music, food, and other family activities”

Gateway Discovery Park, 10520 NE Halsey St * 11 am 

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FRIDAY

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Pickles baseball! These are the last games of the regular season… Friday, Saturday, and Sunday if needed.

The schedule here.

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“RGB”, “Solo”, “The Lord of the Rings” (1978), and four other second-run movies at Academy Theater.

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

SATURDAY

Learning Gardens Laboratory teaches garden-based education to youth, students, and community members. 

They’re hosting a farm-to-table event this weekend. It’s sold out, but still worth knowing about:

“The evening includes:A guided, edible tour through the garden; a multi-course meal prepared by PSU Eats Executive Chef Matt Steele; each dish includes freshly grown produce from LGL, along with wine and beer pairings; live entertainment; storytelling by PSU students.”

Learning Gardens Laboratory, 6801 SE 60th Ave

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“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, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 11:15 am – 11:45 pm 

SUNDAY

From 1 pm – 4 pm, Montavilla Initiative will be hosting a park cleanup at Montavilla Park. At 4 pm, they’ll be a potluck dinner.

After the dinner, Montavilla Initiative is hosting a press conference @ 7:30 pm in the parking lot of Montavilla Park. They will be meeting the press to discuss chronic crime and livability issues.

The group has become a non-profit and want people to join their organization for $25 a year. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

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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 

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It’s an Irish afternoon at O’Neill Public House… jams and featured Cary Novotny Band feat. Bronnie, Preston, Conor, Kelsey from 7 pm – 9 pm. 

“Cary Novotny (Cul an Ti) brings his band with special guest Bronnie Griffin, Irish step dancer Kelsey Wilson — who will sing as well — and Preston Howard and Conor O’Bryan!”

The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 2 pm – 11:30 pm * free
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Enjoy your weekend!

This weekend

SATURDAY

We just wanted to pop in and let y’all know about the National Night Out in Montavilla tonight. There’s so many awesome events going on in Portland’s summer…

“Come to Montavilla Neighborhood Association’s National Night Out Picnic this Saturday 4-7 pm at Montavilla Park! Food, entertainment and kids’ activities will be provided. Come down and hang with some of your neighbors!”

Montavilla Park, NE 82nd and Glisan * Saturday, August 4 * 4 pm – 7 pm 

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Over in Brentwood-Darlington:

The excellent advocates at the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association are hosting the national night out:

“Join us for our annual National Night Out Event on Saturday, August 4th, 3:00 – 7:00 PM.  Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association will be grilling up hot dogs (beef, turkey, and veggie) with all the fixings, so bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share and join the neighborhood fun!  This FREE family-friendly event is designed to encourage neighbors to get to know each other. Live music (local band: Babylon Star Destroyer), delicious food, fun for the kids, and hanging with your awesome neighbors make this a must attend summer event!”

7211 SE 62nd Ave * 3 pm – 7 pm 

SUNDAY

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The fourth annual Lents Fair is here again… there’s be live music, prizes, a chicken beauty contest, and more!

Music lineup:

11 am – Daves Killer Granddaddies

12 pm – Rainbow Electric

1 pm – The Stone Hollers

2 pm – The Cabin Project

3pm – Portland Kora Project

Here’s the video we put together from last year:

We’ll be back next week with a full buffet of happenings in East Portland! Enjoy your weekend and enjoy your summer!

We’ll be back next week with a full buffet of happenings in East Portland! Enjoy your weekend and enjoy your summer!

This weekend

FRIDAY

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 
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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 

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“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

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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 

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“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.

SUNDAY

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 

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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 

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“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

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Enjoy your weekend!