This weekend

There’ll be a discussion on the possibility of People’s Co-op expanding into the neighborhood, and:
“State of schools in Lents, with guests Special guests: State Representative Jeff Reardon; Portland Public Schools (PPS) Board Member Michael Rosen; and David Douglas School District Chair Frieda Christopher.”
Lents Community Center 8835 SE Woodstock Blvd * 7 pm – 9 pm 

FRIDAY

2nd Annual East Portland Arts & Literary Festival:

“Through main stage performances, interactive workshops, an epic book & craft fair, kid-friendly activities, and more, EPALF will explore themes of healing, health, and wellness in alignment with this year’s MicCheck!

Suggested donation is $5, and no one will be turned away from lack of funds.”

PCC Southeast Fri: 6 pm – 9 pm; Sat: 10 am – 9:30 pm

SATURDAY

Wetland Restoration Planting at Powell Butte (event):

“Help us do an infill planting at a very special wetland corner of Powell Butte!”

SE Ellis St and SE 145th Ave * 9 am – noon

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Restoration Work Party with Friends of Errol Heights (event):

“Litter pick up, invasive species removal, and site prep!

No experience necessary! Wear long thick pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, warm clothes and a sunhat. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks provided. Children welcome, and must be accompanied by an attentive adult.”

Learn more about the plans for the park and results of the survey here.

SE 52nd & SE Tenino Dr * 9 am – noon

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“Come join us as we care for the Malden Court Community Orchard (event) together with neighbors! The orchard needs our love! Coffee, tools, gloves, and snacks always provided. See you there?”

Malden Court Community Orchard, 7677 SE 87th Ave * 9 am – noon 

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SUNDAY

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Lents International Farmers Market:

“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

The market is held every Sunday until Nov 18th.

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

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Community Cooking Workshop:

“We will be cooking a meal together led by one of our Community Chefs, and then having our meal together. This is a space for sharing food and knowledge with one another at a common table.

All ages welcome, childcare will be provided to support your participation.  Language interpretation provided for Spanish speakers.

Please let us know of your dietary restrictions and needs. Vegan/vegetarian options available.We encourage everyone to bring containers to take leftovers home with you!

Suggested cost $5 – $15, no one ever turned away for lack of funds.

Community Cooking Workshop, Zenger Farm Urban Grange, 11741 SE Foster Road * 4 pm – 6:30 pm

 

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This weekend

Until Oct 17th, you can offer comment (here) on a new permit for WestRock Recycling (6328 SE 100th Ave):

“WestRock Recycling submitted an application to Metro for a solid waste facility license to receive and sort materials such as paper, plastic and metal for recycling markets. This site has operated as a recycling facility under various ownership since at least 1993, and WestRock Recycling has operated this site since 2015.”

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Around the World in 82 Dishes (FB event):

“Get a passport at any participating restaurant during the promotion, collect stickers as you sample, and return your passport at any of your stops by October 21. Returned passports will be used for a raffle – winners get a gift card to the participating restaurant of their choice.”

See the participating businesses at the FB link.

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This week, the Portland Mercury took a look at why homeless folk may not want to go to a shelter.

FRIDAY

Sloughper Friday:

It’s a celebration to mark the completion of infrastructure upgrades in the Park Rose neighborhood. Sign up to volunteer for the cleanup here.  Neighbors will meet at River City Environmental, and the cleanup will take place around canoe launch at NE 11 Ave and Marx Street.

River City Environmental, 5410 109th Ave * 10 am – 2 pm 

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“Edge of Eether @ at Cartlandia.”

The Blue Room Bar, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 7 pm * free

SATURDAY

We told you about it a few weeks ago, so if you didn’t register then, we’re sorry to report: the yard tree give away has filled up!

Parkland Park, SE 155th Ave & Main St * 9 am – 1 pm 

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There’s two really cool events happening at the library:

Los Boricuas

From 2 pm – 4 pm:

“Come hear Los Boricuas, musicians performing Puertorican, Cuban, Brazil bossanova, Dominican Republic merengue, and bachata.”

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from noon to 1:30 pm:

Explore Recipes

“We will be showing you a variety of digital cooking resources that you can use at home. Bring your own ideas to share!”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd

SUNDAY

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Lents International Farmers Market:

“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

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Zero Waste Conference

“Learn How to Apply the 5Rs of Zero Waste both at Home and at Work.”

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St * 2 pm – 6 pm

This weekend

It seems we’re having the same conversations and conflicts over how to deal with homelessness across the city. And nowhere is that conflict more clear than in Montavilla.

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 article also explores the conflicting approaches to homelessness Portland neighbors are requesting.

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The draft of the proposed Lents Neighborhood Association bylaws is here.

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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.

FRIDAY

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Welcome The Dime Store to Lents by attending their block party!
“There will be a DJ, free cookout food, carnival games, and several vendor booths. Great prizes, smokin deals, and Friday is dollar joint day!” 
The Dime Store, 8218 SE Holgate St * 4:20 pm – 7 pm
 

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“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

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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: tracy.walstead@pcc.edu

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

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

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Lents International Farmers Market:

“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

This weekend

The Lents Neighborhood Association has their election this week.

Sabina Urdes is chair; Sarah Wines is vice-chair; Nick Christensen is the land use chair; Robert Schultz is the public safety chair; and at large members are Ray Hites and Katie Pena. Election results were provided by according to Pena.

They’re still seeking more board members, if anyone is interested!

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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.

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FRIDAY

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

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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

SATURDAY

The 6th Annual Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival:

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!

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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

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“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 

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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:  Info@DivisionMidway.org

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

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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.

9:30 am – 10:45 am * $20 / $15

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SUNDAY

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Lents International Farmers Market:

“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

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Harvest Moon Garden Party at Zenger Farm

“This is a season where peoples from many parts of the Earth are celebrating the harvest and giving thanks, including for many peoples of pan-Asian descent and cultures. We will be sharing stories around our cultural celebrations of thanksgiving, learning about the significance of the Mid-Autumn Moon to the Asian diaspora, and then harvesting the various and abundant foods and medicines that are growing in the IKG together! Afterwards, there will be time for folks who are interested in the IKG program to give us feedback and sign up for future IKG planning events.”

Thao@zengerfarm.org or call 503.282.4245

Zenger Farm Urban Grange, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 3 pm – 5 pm 

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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.

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On a related topic, the new syringe disposal boxes have been installed near the Fire Department location.

FRIDAY

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: Thao@zengerfarm.org or call 503-282-4245.

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

SATURDAY

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 

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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

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Save the Date: Harvest Party & Potluck:

“Come celebrate the changing of the seasons with the Foster-Powell Community Garden! We will have live music, kids crafts, and food. Bring a potluck dish to share if you can.”

SE 62nd Ave & SE Powell Blvd * 10 am – 2 pm

SUNDAY

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Lents International Farmers Market:

“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

This weekend

The annual Lents Neighborhood Association meeting with elections is on September 25th. Anyone who is a resident of Lents or the owner of a business located in Lents can run for a seat on the board.

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At the Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting this week, there was a presentation from Proud Ground (“Proud Ground creates permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers using the Community Land Trust model.”). The video is here.

SATURDAY

A Taste of Lents

AAAH “Taste of Lents” Festival:

“Live Music Performances by: Erotic City Prince Tribute Band, Kirk Green Band & more. Face Painting by Mystique’s Fancy Faces; youth activities and arts & crafts.”

Lents Park, Corner of SE 92nd and Holgate * noon – 6 pm

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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 

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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 

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“The monthly IMPACT! Hi-Fi gathering is coming back to Misdemeanor Meadows. The is a COMMUNITY DJ event so come through and bring your records! Take a turn on the tables and dance, dance, dance! Never a cover, always fire!”

Misdemeanor Meadows, 6920 SE 52nd Ave * 7 pm – 10 pm * free 

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SUNDAY

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Lents International Farmers Market:

“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

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“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

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Mooncake

“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

Lents Neighborhood Association – August general meeting

 

On Tuesday, August 28th, the Lents Neighborhood Association discussed a possible change in enforcing its code of conduct, a tree give-away program, changes to zoning near Johnson Creek. Also, board elections are next month.

@ 12:05 – The City of Portland’s Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry division is giving away 500 yard trees. On Nov 3rd they’ll be in Bloomington Park (SE Steele St & SE 100th Ave); on Oct 13th Parklane Park. Register here.

At the Holgate Library, a Cooking Around the World program begins on Sept 16th with mooncakes, a Southeast Asian dish. Also in the library, there will also be representatives from WorkSource Oregon and SNAP.

@ 16:00Jeff Reardon, a Oregon representative from District 48 gave an update on a law passed allowing Oregon Department of Transportation and the City to address unauthorized camping by co-manage property. Several groups are working on new rules (including the American Civil Liberties Union) to make sure protect people’s rights are respected, he said.

@ 17:30 – Neighbor Jason Bird called for volunteers for a Lents history project he’s organizing.

@ 19:20 – LNA members voted to post a draft of possible changes to LNA bylaws on the NA Facebook page after a discussion of the topic.

@ 34:40 – There was a discussion about the LNA switching neighborhood coalitions from East Portland Neighborhood Office to Southeast Uplift lead by at-large board member Katie Penna.

For full disclosure, Katie is a contributor to Village Portland, but has chosen not to write for us while she is on the board to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest.

@ 59:50 – There was a wide-ranging discussion on a proposed code of conduct and ethics enforcement process for the LNA. It was not adopted.

@ 1:37:50Mindy Brooks, with the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability spoke about a plan to change the environmental overlay zones along Johnson Creek.

@ 1:53:50 – Former LNA chair Nick Christensen made suggestions about what he wanted to see added to the declaration based on his experience working on Johnson Creek.

The LNA board election is next month. Paul Leistner from Office of Community and Civic Life said LNA needs to form a nominating committee to prepare for the election.

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