This weekend

The Montavilla Neighborhood Association is having their annual election this Monday, Oct 8th. Doors open at 6 pm. Annual meeting to commence at 6:30.

For more information on the election and candidate statements, go here. If you’d like to serve on the board, learn more at the link!

“As part of our annual meeting, we are asking people to bring food for Montavilla United Methodist Church’s Open Hearts Food Pantry as a way to thank our hosts and contribute to our community’s well-being. Thank you for participating!”

Montavilla United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 232 SE 80th Ave


Is there a neighborhood in Portland that has more passionate committed volunteers? It’s hard to determine because there’s no objective measure, but neighbors in Montavilla are putting in the work. Even if you disagree with someone’s stance, I think it’s worth respecting the fact that they’re taking the time to get involved. I hope we can keep the conversation going and find some solutions.

A group of neighbors are calling for a more compassionate response to homelessness in Portland. The Oregonian covered the story here, and the direct link to their list of suggestions is here.

The Oregonian articles also explores the conflicting approaches to homelessness Portland neighbors are requesting.


Portland Police Bureau‘s Sgt. Randy Teig is leaving his position on the Neighborhood Response Team, leading some neighborhood advocates to be concerned about the future of the livability initiatives he’s been spearheading in East Portland neighborhoods.


And if you missed Montavilla’s new mural:


“First Friday is here again! The subject of this months First Friday Newsletter is Exuviae, or the shell an insect leaves behind as it grows. Just as the vibrant colors of fall mark the cyclical progression of the seasons, so too do our own personal transformations contain beauty despite the difficulties of change. Festivals

A collaboration between First Friday PDX and the East Creative Collective, the First Friday Street Exhibition is a free event that takes place on the First Friday of every month from May to October. Featuring the work of local artists and vendors, the street exhibition provides visitors and patrons access to the independent Portland artists of the South East Industrial Arts District, as well as live music, and dance.”

First Friday Art Walk, along SE Madison St, between 2nd and 3rd Ave * 6 pm – 9 pm


DC National Cyber Security Awareness Event:

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Look for our Downtown Center event.

Play a game and win a prize. Find out whether your online identity is as safe as you think; Get information on how to protect your identity online and learn how to protect your mobile devices from viruses. Stop by and get to know your Information Security team.”

Event Contact Info:

Downtown Center, Rose Room, 722 SW 2nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm


“Come out this Saturday (10/6) and get some awesome pizza and support the Montavilla Neighborhood Association. 20% of food sales goes to the MNA, to support us in making our community a better place to live. Thank you to our wonderful neighbors at East Glisan Pizza Lounge.”

East Glisan Pizza, 8001 NE Glisan St * 4 pm – midnight 


Live music at O’Neill: 

Postwar Radio is a five-piece rock band that plays original indie rock with Americana, punk, and soul influences.

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


Harvest Tour & Lunch with Crew:

Tour the bustling winery and see the progression of harvest from fermentation to finished wine while tasting along the way.

After the tour, enjoy wine and lunch with our handworking harvest crew where you can learn firsthand about the wine making process.

Hosted by our Certified Specialist of Wine, Jonathan Lampe. $55/person, $45 for Wine Club Members”

Reserve your spot here.

REX HILL Tasting Room, 30835 N Hwy 99W Newberg, Oregon * 11am


67th Annual Portland Greek Festival:

“After six decades, The Greek Festival has become one of the largest festivals of its kind, sharing our Greek Orthodox faith and rich culture with over 15,000 guests annually. The festival is an iconic event in the Portland Metropolitan area and has been designated as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Commission. Each year a portion of proceeds from the festival go toward worthy philanthropic endeavors in the greater Portland community.”

There will be a RAFFLE too, click here to participate and you might win a trip to Greece or other prizes.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan St * 10 am – 10 pm


Want to learn a new recipe?

Tortilla, Sope & Gordita Making with Fresh Corn Masa at Gregory Heights Meeting Room

“The ingredients required will be; Three Sisters Nixtamal’s fresh, stone-ground organic corn masa, you will see how easy it is to make your own delicious masa creations. This hands-on class includes shaping and cooking tortillas, sopes and gorditas and finishing them with our favorite locally available Mexican ingredients. We share our favorite recipes and talk about the history of corn in Indigenous cultures throughout the Americas as well as the health benefits of this thousands-years old, traditional corn processing method called “nixtimalization.”

 Here is where you register to reserve your space. 

Gregory Heights Meeting Room, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 3 pm – 4:30 pm


Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden:

“Learn about the bees, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that provide vital pollination services in urban gardens, and discover which plants can help attract and support them. We will go beyond the bloom so you can find out how to provide water, shelter, nesting, and overwintering sites

Discover ways to save time, money and energy on your property through our FREE workshops. From naturescaping to livestock management, our classes help you care for your land in ways that benefit people, water and wildlife.

Register for the workshop here.

SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main St * 1 pm – 3:30 pm


As always, keep in mind that the Montavilla Farmers Market is open every Sunday. Plenty of fresh produce will be available.

“The Montavilla Farmers Market exists because a group of Montavilla community residents and business owners got together and made it happen. In fact, that is still how it works! The Montavilla Board of Directors and the amazing MFM Staff and volunteers work hard to bring our community the market each week. We would love for you to join our Board of Directors”

You can also click here to be a market volunteer.

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



Portland police union host a meeting to discuss plans to make Wapato a shelter

The efforts to turn the Wapato Facility into a homeless shelter is still a possibility, and the Portland Police Association hosted a meeting Wednesday, Sept 26 to hear suggestions from the community about the plan.

The tens of millions of dollars spent on programs aren’t providing resources that are humane, compassionate, and fair, said Daryl Turner, president of the PPA, and he said he has lost faith in elected officials’ ability to do the job.

Willamette Week reported on Sept 25th, that Mayor Ted Wheeler reopened negotiations with facility owner Jordan Schnitzer about the possibility of a shelter. If a deal doesn’t happen soon, Schnitzer said he’ll demolish the facility. In the story, he address many of the concerns about the potential shelter.

Homelessness isn’t solvable, but Turner said opening Wapato would be a way to get help for the most vulnerable and improve livability for people in Portland’s neighborhoods. Most of the crowd of about 40 seemed to be neighborhood advocates.

At a press conference in early April, City Council candidate Loretta Smith talked about the idea. Oregon State representative Lew Frederick, an Old Town business owner, and a representative from Southeast Allied Communities also spoke in support of the Wapato plan.

The future of Wapato has become a dividing issue in this fall’s City Council election. Smith supports the plan, while her opponent Jo Ann Hardesty opposes it.

There was push-back from the few homeless advocates present, but it also seemed some were open to the idea. Ibrahim Mubarak, executive director of Right 2 Survive, suggested that there could be a tiny house village on the property, and another advocate thought it could be best run as a land trust. One homeless advocate said she was against the idea until she took a tour of the facility.

Another advocate, Ben Kerensa, noted that several shelters have closed recently, and the ones in use now aren’t all that nice a place to stay. While people criticize Wapato for being sterile, it’s cleanliness should actually be a positive point.

Portland Mercury reported on the meeting here. It’s a good point that while the meeting was pitched as an idea session, Wapato was the only solution on the table. There were several more than “one or two” homeless advocates present, as they reported, but it’s also true that the meeting wasn’t widely publicized.

The plan to turn Wapato into a shelter was originally rejected by Multnomah County officials because it was too expensive to retrofit, too far from the City, and that homeless wouldn’t want to stay in a place that was designed to be a jail.

Angela Todd with the Montavilla Initaitive said the plan is to offer the shelter as an alternative to jailing homeless people for low level crimes. The District Attorney is on board with the idea, she wrote.

“They want to make a center to rehab and help with medical needs, job training and so forth,” she said. “If we can agree on this solution, a petition will begin for 10,000 signatures to ask the city council to give an emergency order for permits to house 600 people, so the center can be up in about 60 days.”

At the meeting Turner said residency at the shelter would be voluntary, and that residents could leave any time.

There’s an online petition asking public officials to convert Wapato to a homeless shelter.  It has over 4,500 signees currently, and can be found here.

This weekend

It seems neighbors all over the City are coming to the same conclusion: officials aren’t doing enough to take on everyday crime in Portland.

Neighbors from Park Rose attended a City Council meeting this week to address the problem, and a Angela Todd from Montavilla Initiative was interviewed on KXL in the following clip.


Also this week was a meeting on converting Wapato Jail into a treatment center led by Daryl Turner president of the Portland Police Association.

I’ll have my take on the meeting soon, but here’s Portland Mercury’s take on it. There were several more than “one or two” homeless advocates in attendance as the story stated, and some of the advocates, including Right 2 Survive‘s Ibrahim Mubarak, seemed open to having a shelter at the Wapato location, providing ideas for its plan.



It will be a beehive of activities at the Midland Library today.

For the story lovers, please click here for the exact Midland Library Events timings. This will range from

  • Toddler Storytime
  • Family Storytime
  • English Class
  • E-books & Audiobooks: Hands-on Help at

First come, first served.

Midland Library, 17917 SE Stark St * all day


The Makerspace Teen Gaming Club will be happening at the Rockwood Learning Center

On Fridays we play computer games like Minecraft and Scratch.”

Rockwood Learning Center, *3:00 – 5:30


From his Wikipedia page:

“Of Kaw and Creek heritage, Pepper also achieved notoriety for his compositions combining elements of jazz and Native American musicDon Cherry and Ornette Coleman encouraged Pepper to reflect his roots and heritage and incorporate it into his jazz playing and composition. He was musical director for Night of the First Americans, a Native American self-awareness benefit concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in 1980 and played also at numerous powwows. Pepper supported the American Indian Movement.”

The Jim PepperFest 2018 lineup is set!

Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver St * Sat 11 am – 9 pm; Sun 10 am – 2 pm


“Looking for the perfect place to dump bulky waste like old vacuum cleaners, mattresses, furniture, scrap wood, or empty paint cans? Save money over the dump while supporting the MNA!

Bring household waste to the  on Saturday, September 29, pay a fee to support the waste disposal and the Montavilla Neighborhood Association, and enjoy your newfound space! More information here.”



Recycle Art:

It will be lots of fun this Saturday for the art lovers at Holgate Meeting Room.

“Bring your imagination, creativity, and unique vision to the library as we transform a pile of dull recyclables into dynamic artistic treasure!

Make houses and other things out of milk cartons!

First come, first served.

Holgate Meeting Room, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2:00 – 3:00


“What will you create? Bring your ideas, inventions and projects to share or to get help on at the Makerspace Adult Open Lab, 

Register here, its required. Rockwood Makerspace, 17917 SE Stark St * 10 am – noon 


There will be a Bhutanese Language class at Division Midway Alliance

Division Midway Alliance (DMA) was formed in 2012 as a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing the commercial district and improving the community along outer SE Division Street from 117th to 148th Avenues. DMA partners with the community and its businesses to make this district a better place to live and do business.”

To reserve your space, contact:

Division Midway Alliance,11721 SE Division St.  * 12pm – 1pm


Yoga + Beer at Level Beer

“Join us for a Saturday morning yoga practice, followed by a pint at Level Beer. This detox + retox class will be led by Yoga + Beer founder, Mikki Trowbridge in Level’s greenhouse patio space. Practice will feel like it’s outside, but still a bit protected from the elements. After class, yogis are invited to stay and enjoy a pint in the taproom! Your registration includes a 75 minute yoga class and your first beverage.”

Cost: $20 for Yoga + Beer, including practice and your first pint. $15 for Yoga Only. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early, if possible. Please bring your own mat if you can, although we always have extras to borrow.

Click here to register.

Level Beer, 5211 NE 148th Ave 9:30 am – 10:45 am * $20 / $15


Folks, remember that the Montavilla Farmers Market is open every Sunday.

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


Slabtown’s Ghosts and Murders:

For all the book lovers, especially those who are fascinated by reading books about the paranormal, well, let’s have a date this weekend since, Tanya Lyn March, ghost historian, has gathered several ghost narratives and crime stories from homeowners, alienists, ephemera collectors and ancient newspapers. Prepare for a kaleidoscopic view of Slabtown in search of the unusual murders and the unexplainable encounters with the other side. Learn where the residents of the Pest House were interred. Speculate about the seven-day wonder Ernest Harp and his poltergeist playmate.

Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.”

First come, first served

Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook St * 3 pm – 4:30 pm 


This weekend

In the Portland Tribune, Montavilla Initiative and East Portland neighborhood activists launched a new campaign called “Enough is Enough”, calling on the City to pay better attention to homeless camps and the impact they have on neighborhoods.

It’s clear that many aren’t satisfied with the current state of law enforcement and homelessness support, but what about solutions? It’s been a year since Right 2 Dream Too has moved into their new location.

Earlier this month, OPB interviewed representatives from the neighborhood and the 100-bed rest camp who have worked together to make it a success for all involved.


Community Cooking Workshp w/ Chef Paula Hernandez:

“At this workshop Community Chef Paula will be leading us in a cooking workshop featuring cultural dishes from her home in Oaxaca, Mexico. Menu to be updated! Family-friendly and childcare will be provided.  Language interpretation provided for Spanish speakers.

Pay-what-you-can with a suggestion of $5 – $15 per group. No one ever turned away due to lack of funds.”

To reserve your place contact: or call 503-282-4245.

Zenger Farm Urban Grange, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 6 pm – 8:30 pm


Saturday’s going to be a proud day in Portland, because it will be IRCO Citizenship Day
If you are interested in citizenship, please call Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) for more information to determine your eligibility and to schedule an appointment on Saturday, September 22nd. “Promote the common good.”

10301 NE. Glisan St. * 9 am – 3 pm


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Leach Botanical Garden is a small but powerful place of respite in bustling SE Portland. Come join us for a soothing, expansive walk through the forest, meadow and creek side.

Free. First come, first served. Meet in front of the Manor House. 

Shinrin-Yoku… combines leisurely walks on gentle paths under forest canopy with guided activities and meditations to help you open your senses, hone your intuition, and experience the forest as you never have before. Developed in Japan in the early 1980s as an antidote to the stress of modern life, on-going scientific research shows that ‘Forest Bathing’.”

Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am – noon 

PDX Insectarium

“Learn about insects and their relatives by observing live bugs and then make your own paper bug doll to take home! This program is an activity-based class for ages 2 and up. 

First come, first served.”

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


Scott Steele Band“Rock, fusion, blues. Scott plays guitar and sings. Bill Larimer plays keyboards and sings. Christopher Ingold plays drums.”

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


It’s an abundant time of the year, and for a full list of producers go here.

“So much is in season right now! Herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro and dill. Nightshades like eggplant, tomato, potatoes and peppers. All kinds of brassicas (broccoli, kale, chard, cabbage).  Summer squash and winter squash. Turnips, ground cherries, garlic, shallots, melons, the last of the corn, some shell beans, cucumbers, fennel, beets, parsnips, onions… “

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

This weekend

There was a Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting this week, and we published the video here.

The board is preparing for the elections next month and had a presentation from Proud Grounds (“Proud Ground creates permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers using the Community Land Trust model.”).

The MNA is seeking board members, so if you’re a member consider running get in touch with them here.


The Flat Nines: Funky jazz with originals and vocals.”
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm -1 am * free


Artes Soleil Block Party:

Arte's Soleil's First Annual Block Party @ Arte Soleil, Portland [15 September]

“We are celebrating Community!!! Please join Arte Soleil in partnership with Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association, Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association, and Lents Gilbert Church for our First Annual Block Party. There will be art demonstrations, music, kids activities, food and much more.

5530 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am – 6 pm 


Outgrowing Hunger is hosting this event for their gardeners, friends, and curious onlookers to help celebrate another fruitful year. They’ll start with harvesting fresh produce, then members of the various communities they serve will lead preparing favorite dishes right in the garden. Following a short workshop on preparing your garden for the winter, participants will have a chance to taste and share food from all over the world. This will be a hosted potluck style event; they will have a few dishes with enough food for everyone, and you are also invited to bring a favorite food to share.”

Neighborhoods Community Gardens, 835 SE 162nd Ave * 2 pm – 5 pm 


Teens, Launch Your Own Podcast Today!:

Free tickets available 15 minutes in advance.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 3 pm – 4:30 pm


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 


“The fourth annual Festival of Nations, Portland’s largest multicultural event east of I-205 featuring local performers and ethnic foods, will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16th at the future Planned Parenthood location (prior Dukes Bar & Grill), 14601 SE Division St, in Portland. This free community festival celebrates the diversity of East Portland with music, food and activities. Healthy dishes from around the world will be available in the Taste of Nations tent. Food vendors also will offer tips for healthy eating and recipes – the ingredients of a healthy lifestyle. Other Portland vendors will sell their wares, many reflecting the area’s diversity.
The Division Midway Alliance is dedicated to helping improve Southeast Division Street, between 117th and 148th. It provides an array of grants and services to businesses and community members. DMA and Treadway Events, a local event production company, have partnered to expand and improve the festival.
Organizers are expecting as many as 2,000 guests, or more.”
14601 SE Division St * 11 am – 5 pm



“Prepare mooncakes to honor the Mid-Autumn Festival. Come and learn how to make mooncakes – samples and instructions will be provided. We’ll also explore digital resources for learning how to cook Southeast Asian cuisine.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 3:15 pm

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?”


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”

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


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


“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 


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!”


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

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


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 

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