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This weekend

There’s another Lents Town Center community conversation Monday, Feb 25th. This is the last opportunity for neighbors to weigh in on the project.

This meeting is about the four-plus acre lot at SE 92nd Ave and Harold Street between the Wattles Boys and Girls Club and Zoiglhaus Brewing. It’s a Prosper Portland owned lot, and the last phase of urban renewal for Lents.

Wattles Boys and Girls Club, 9330 SE Harold St * 6 pm – 8 pm

There’s also a Lents Neighborhood Association meeting this week. To learn more about what’s on the agenda, go here.

Lents Community Center, 8835 SE Woodstock Blvd * 7 pm – 9 pm

FRIDAY

DJ Count Daddy Presents Flashback Fridays:

“Count Daddy is at Southeast Portland’s favorite new dive every Friday, spinning nothing but the old school (and taking all requests!); Golden Age Hip Hop, Throwbacks, Funk, Soul, R&B, and even a sprinkle of Classic Rock.”

Misdemeanor Meadows, 6920 SE 52nd Ave * 7 pm – 11 pm * free

SATURDAY

Eat, Drink, and Get Crafty (events):

“Here’s your chance to get crafty with a cold brew in hand! We’ll provide all the materials, walk you through the process and you’ll go home with something you can show off to your friends!

Zoiglhaus is offering $3 beers and happy hour pricing for all event attendees.”

Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 3 pm – 5 pm 

Make a Nesting Ball for Birds! (events):

“Make a unique and beautiful present for your neighborhood birds to help them easily find the materials they need to build nests. Pinecone nesting balls, made with natural, found and recycled materials, offer essential supplies that ensure your avian friends can make a warm and cozy refuge to raise the next generation.”

Class size limited to 15.

9000 SE Division St * 11 am * $15

City of Portland Fix It Fair (event):

Exhibitors at Fix It Fair

At this event, there’ll be:

“Free lead blood testing; free giveaways; hourly door prizes; free professional childcare; free minor bike tune-ups and flat tire repair for students and families; and a free lunch”

As well as presentations on (schedule): “water and energy savings; safe and healthy home; food and nutrition; neighborhood and community resources; recycling; weatherizing your home; gardening and growing your own food; yard care and composting; and transportation”

You can also bring a counter top appliance or article of clothing to be repaired, while learning how to do it yourself.

Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington St * 10 am – 2 pm 

Stewardship Saturdays (event):

“We have been removing invasive blackberry from this site all summer it is ready to be replaced! Help plant native species along the Slough banks at this public boat launch and walking trail.” 

Water Bureau Groundwater Pump Station, 16650 Ne Airport Way * 9 am – noon

SUNDAY

Community cooking workshop (event):

With Chef Jeniffer Kirton-Bernard.

“Join us for an afternoon of community and cooking! We come together to cook a full meal in a family friendly space. There are activities for kids over 4 + and adult.  Chef Jeniffer will also be sharing about Black inventors and culture in honor of Black History Month.  Menu: Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken, Sweet Potato & Bean Casserole and bean stew.”

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 4 pm – 6:30 pm * $5 – $15 per group

File Taxes for Free (event):

VNCO

“Get free individualized tax preparation assistance in Vietnamese, Korean and English provided by IRS Certified Volunteers in partnership with Vietnamese Community of Oregon. Please bring photo ID and documented proof of Social Security number, last year’s W2/1099/1098, last year’s tax return, last year’s medical and educational receipts, as well as any current tax documents.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave *10 am – 4 pm

This weekend

Katie Penna gave us this report from an event about an urban renewal project in Lents:

On February 11th, Prosper Portland held an open house at the Wattles Boys and Girls Club and invited the Lents community to provide input for the second phase of the Lents Town Center buildout.

The lot in question is the SE 92nd and Harold Street lot, a 4+ acre lot situated between the Wattles Boys and Girls Club and Zoiglhaus Brewing is a Prosper Portland owned lot and slated for development.

Volunteers from Prosper Portland attended stations where they listened to and recorded ideas from community members regarding housing, retail spaces, and public community space.

There is one more opportunity for concerned members of the Lents community to voice their opinions regarding this development; on Monday, February 25th from 6 – 8 pm at the Wattles Boys and Girls Club (9330 SE Harold St).

This is the final listening session regarding development of the SE 92nd and Harold Street lot.    

The shelves of the Woodmere Elementary Food Pantry are uncomfortably bare, if you’d like to help by donating some non-perishable food.

For more information and how to donate, learn more here at the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association website.

FRIDAY, FEB 17TH

Karaoke at Eagle Eye:

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You can live your karaoke four nights a week at the Eagle Eye Tavern.

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 

SATURDAY, FEB 16TH

Portland Police body cam town hall (event):

Portland Police are have one of several town hall meetings to discuss beginning a pilot body camera program, Saturday morning.

East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave * 9 am – 11 am

Black Storytime:

“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, * 11:15 am – 11:45 am

SUNDAY, FEB 17TH

Poetry in the garden:

AUTHORS TOP L to R: Omar El Akkad, Alicia Jo Rabins, Sam Roxas-Chua 姚 
BOTTOM L to R: Rachel King, Mary Milstead, Stevan Allrea

Why There Are Words features live author readings at Leach Botanical Garden.

The following six acclaimed authors will read on the theme of Peace and Justice. Omar El Akkad, Alicia Jo RabinsSam Roxas-Chua 姚 , Rachel King, Mary Milstead, and Stevan Allrea.

Leach Botanical Garden * 4 pm * $10 suggested donation

This weekend

The shelves of the Woodmere Elementary Food Pantry are uncomfortably bare, if you’d like to help by donating some non-perishable food.

For more information and how to donate, learn more here at the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association website.

And if you missed the meeting, video from the BDNA February meeting is here:

FRIDAY

Karaoke at Eagle Eye:

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You can live your karaoke four nights a week at the Eagle Eye Tavern.

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 

SATURDAY, FEB 16TH

Portland Police body cam town hall (event):

Portland Police are have one of several town hall meetings to discuss beginning a pilot body camera program, Saturday morning.

East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave * 9 am – 11 am

Black Storytime:

“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, * 11:15 am – 11:45 am

SUNDAY, FEB 17TH

Poetry in the garden:

AUTHORS TOP L to R: Omar El Akkad, Alicia Jo Rabins, Sam Roxas-Chua 姚 
BOTTOM L to R: Rachel King, Mary Milstead, Stevan Allrea

Why There Are Words features live author readings at Leach Botanical Garden.

The following six acclaimed authors will read on the theme of Peace and Justice. Omar El Akkad, Alicia Jo RabinsSam Roxas-Chua 姚 , Rachel King, Mary Milstead, and Stevan Allrea.

Leach Botanical Garden * 4 pm * $10 suggested donation

This weekend

Lents Town Center meeting:

This Monday, there’s a town hall on Lents Town Center Phase 2. The development involves a 4.4-acre site owned by Prosper Portland on SE 92nd between SE Harold and SE Ramona. Palindrome Communities was chosen to develop the site in 2014. 

Here’s our story on the last meeting. For more information on the project, go here. Currently, there are 129 responses to the survey.

Wattle’s Boys & Girls Club, 9330 SE Harold St * Feb 11, 6 pm – 8 pm 

Since there’s a serious winter storm headed our way, before you head out to any of these events it would be a good idea to make sure it hasn’t been cancelled.

KPTV weather believes the snow will start after 7 pm Friday, and that the roads will be icy Saturday.

11pm Thurs WX Blog

If you know anyone’s who is sleeping outside, help them find shelter by calling 211 on your phone. The Montavilla Emergency Warming Shelter (website) has been open all week, and is seeking volunteers and supplies.

Portland Central Church of the Nazarene near 99th and Powell is also open, in a partnership with Agape Village. This shelter can house up to 150 folks.

APANO has chosen Chi Nguyen as their new executive director. According to their newsletter, they’ll have an event to welcome her at their new building on SE Division and 82nd Ave in late April:

Here’s a paragraph from the release about her background:

“During Chi’s seven-month interim period, she greatly expanded the capacity of APANO’s internal administrative systems while leading the organization through an extremely successful election cycle and responding to the humanitarian crisis in Sheridan, where 123 asylum-seekers, most from SE Asia, were detained in a federal prison. Chi brings a unique combination of business, political, education, and social justice experience, as well as important perspectives key to APANO’s work — as a Vietnamese immigrant and refugee, parent, member of the LGBTQ community, former elected official, and successful business owner. Before joining APANO, Chi started the socially-minded company AutoMedic and served as a city councilor in King City, Oregon. She also teaches at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management.”

You can subscribe to APANO’s newsletter here.

SATURDAY, FEB 9TH

IRCO seed swap with Outgrowing Hunger:

“Bring extra seed you have saved in your garden to share with others and discover new varieties. Local gardeners and farmers will have the opportunity to learn about seed saving and take home seeds. If you do not have any seed to share, you are welcome to come too— we normally have plenty of seeds.”

IRCO Community Room, 10323 NE Glisan St * 2:30 pm – 4 pm

Pay It Forward fundraiser:

“Don’t miss out on buying your special valentine a special gift from a local vendor. The gift means more when it comes from a local vendor. We will have a variety of special gifts for your loved ones. Come out and shop. Also, while you are shopping, we will be having a Raffle drawing throughout the day.”

Pay It Forward Store, 16126 SE Stark St * 10:30 am – 5 pm

Black Storytime:

“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.”

Live music:

SoL Riddim at The Blue Room Bar.

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

This weekend

If you’d like to offer your opinions on the urban renewal in the Lents Town Center Phase 2, take the survey here.

The deadline to submit the survey is Feb 6th. Also at the link, is more information on the open house meeting to be held Feb 11th.

At this month’s Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association meeting State Representative Karin Power will be the featured speaker. 

Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave * Feb 7th, 7 pm – 9 pm

This is an interesting story of how our new City Council representative Jo Ann Hardesty made sure  the public knew about impropriety in the Portland Police Department. Much respect to Hardesty for her stand and the officers who turned in their supervisor for making racist remarks. 

SATURDAY, FEB 2ND

Restoration Work Party at Tideman Johnson:

“Want to improve habitat quality? We have several invasive removal and native species planting restoration work parties this month, all leading up to our largest event of the year– our 21st annual Watershed Wide Restoration Extreme! 

To thank you for your hard work rejuvenating this unique watershed, there will be free pizza parties at two locations. Register soon before your ideal restoration destination fills up!

More details HERE.

4401 SE Johnson Creek Blvd * 9 am – 12 pm

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Black history presentation:

Youth Curated Black History Traveling Museum STJ

“World Stage Theatre has partnered with Black Student Union groups from Portland metro high schools to create Black History Month displays. Each group has chosen a specific time period in history to highlight the African American experience to do collective research and curate pieces for the displays. Midland Library will host David Douglas High School’s display.” 

The display is part of a citywide Black History Festival (schedule) here in Portland.

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave

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Misdemeanor Meadows, 6920 SE 52nd Ave

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre:

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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: “The Princess & the Pea”

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

Ants Ants Ants Family Music:

Ants Ants Ants

“A fun sing-along family music band that kids of any age (1-100) will enjoy!  With their three-part harmonies and amazing guitar work, these ants put on a show that fans won’t soon forget. See them perform songs from their new album, ‘Why Why Why?'”

Holgate Library * 11 am – 11:45 am

SUNDAY, FEB 3RD

Lunar New Year Celebration:

With community chef Gloria and APANO (event):

“Join us for an afternoon of community and celebration! Cantonese, Mandrin, Vietnamese, and Spanish interpretation provided. Childcare and food provided (vegan options). ADA Accessible.Please RSVP here or contact thao@zengerfarm.org or by calling 503-282-4245.

Cost: $5-$15 per group (no one is turned away for lack of funds)”

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

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Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This weekend

Last week, People’s Co-op gave an update on their plans for adding a new location in the Lent’s Town Center.

Long story short, they still haven’t decided and will be providing more information this spring.

Foster Powell Neighborhood Association gives a detailed breakdown of the draft report of a 82nd Ave study. Read more about what’s being considered here.

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For people who are committed to bettering their community, the Martin Luther King Jr Tribute event was one of those events that really refills your tank. We filmed this one song from Portland’s Bridge City Soul.

SATURDAY, JAN 26TH

Chess at Holgate Library:

“Holgate Library’s chess group has been gathering on Saturday afternoons for many years. The faces have changed, but the idea that players of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels should get together is still thriving.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Portland Metro Arts winter showcase (tickets):

“Babes in Toyland”

“Join us for this wonderful retelling of Victor Herbert’s classic operetta. Music, sets, costumes and cast will combine to whisk you away to ‘the land you’ll oft recall as the best of all… TOYLAND!'”

Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St * Sat & Sun – 2 pm * $10 adults, $7 children & seniors

SUNDAY, JAN 27TH

Lents Clean Air Forum:

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Asian Health & Service Center, 9035 SE Foster Rd * 3 pm – 6 pm