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You can’t ignore its problems, but without the Christian church there probably would not have been a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

If you’re inspired to build a better neighborhood and world, hear these words from Rev. Dr. W.G. Hardy, at Highland Christian Center‘s MLK Day tribute event:


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There are so many churches in East Portland, and it’s good to see an effort to help them organize their efforts.

“How can the church collaborate in a neighborhood or across a city? live music, drinks, food & community conversation. This is our first Parish Conversations gathering and we will place the emphasis on discussing collaboration.” (FB invitation).  

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St * 6:30 – 9 pm 


Taborspace also hosts multiple support and recovery events every day of the week, including Secular Sobriety @ 6:30 pm.

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St


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Eagle Eye is a rad, comfy, delightful bar… that has karaoke Friday through Monday.

Eagle Eye Tavern, 5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9-ish pm  


“Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors.

Meet the author! Read “The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir” by Ruth Wariner. The true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist family.”

Holgate Library * 10:30 pm – 12 pm 


Make a winter bird feeder: “Come create a bird feeder for wintering birds.”

Midland Library * 3 pm – 4 pm 


“Create your own personal desert oasis with Portland nursery employees, Jess, container crafting queen, and Roby, cacti expert and landscape architect. First they will provide an overview of different common kinds of cacti and how to care for these plants. Then they will guide the group through a creative hour of selecting, arranging, and planting cacti in a terra cotta pot to display indoors in a sunny spot. All materials provided. “

Register here.

Portland Nursery, 9000 SE Division St * 1 pm – 2:30 pm * $30


Live music with The Hot Tub Time Machine:
“This lively group of SE locals lights up the room, everywhere they play! The flavors range from honest gypsy, swing, New Orleans, blues, and latin music (The Sublime) to jug band favs and reefer/drinkin’ songs (The Ridiculous)!”
O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am 


So apparently there are two orchestras playing in East Portland today…

“The 45th season of the Oregon Sinfonietta offers the following opportunities to experience the orchestra’s lively performances with outstanding soloists under the baton of Dr. Donald L. Appert. The concerts are free and open to the public.”

Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10501 SE Market St * 3 pm * free, donations accepted


East County Community Orchestra is also having their winter concert:

“… (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. Operating funds come from donations in various forms as well as occasional grants.”

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


Why There Are Words PDX is coming to Leach Botanical Garden! This award winning literary series, originally founded in the Bay Area in 2010, is bringing the voices of new and established writers to Portland. Starting this winter, the Garden will host this quarterly event in the Manor House… ”

“Please join us for “Evolve”, our inaugural event, held at the Leach Garden Manor House with readings by six acclaimed authors: David Biespiel, Elyse Fenton, Jacqueline Keeler, Margaret Malone, Sara Quinn Rivara and Wendy Willis.”

Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 4 pm – 6 pm * $10 suggested 


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Big things are happening in East Portland!

This week the old furniture store at 82nd and SE Division was demolished this week, making way for a new APANO / ROSE community center and residential space (project page).

There’s a lot of excitement about what new businesses are planned for the Lent’s Town Center. Here’s a detailed breakdown from Prosper Portland on the initial plans, and I’ll confirm details on what’s going in all the ground floor retail available soon to be available in the town center.

Bella’s Italian Bakery & Market has announced that it’s opening at 5959 SE 92nd Ave in the Oliver Station building. Moving up from the Lents International Farmers Market to a sit-down restaurant, Bella’s is planning to open in the spring or summer, according to an Mercury article.

With new development comes the likelihood of increased rent. So it’s good to see Green Lents and ROSE Community Development establishing the Lents Strong Housing Team. They’ll have their first meeting Jan 27 at Leander Community Room, 4620 SE 122 Ave from 9:30 am – 2: 30 pm.


Johnson Creek Watershed Council crew leader training: 

Come train to become a Creek Crew Leader for volunteer groups during 3 or more restoration events during the 2018 planting season. During Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s one-day training they’ll cover all you need to know to support restoration events in the watershed including managing the registration table, leading safety talks, and hands-on tree planting. They will crown you with a rad JCWC Creek Crew beanie and send you home with a Creek Crew Leader manual!”
 1900 SE Milport Rd. Suite B, Milwaukie, OR * 1 pm – 5 pm


Live music from Andrea and the Enablers (FB page):
“Country influenced by George Jones, Merle Haggard, Faron Young, Ray Price, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, Amber Digby, Brennen Leigh, Waylon, Marty Stuart, and many, many new artists that keep the sound alive.”
O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am


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Come north to the Montavilla Farmers Market‘s monthly stockup market.
The market is also taking applications for new vendors! More information here.
Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm



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“Come and celebrate the most popular holiday in Slavic culture with music, folktales and traditional treats.”

There’s be music and cultural presentations from: Scarlet Sails Theater, Dragon Theater, and Irina Zatsepa.
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm 



Know Your Rights: Renter’s Rights, presented by Community Alliance of Tenants:

“Understand your rights and responsibilities at all stages of the renting process — searching for a home, filling out applications, paying deposits and fees, getting repairs made, moving out and more.”

To​ ​register,​ ​please​ ​call​ ​Thuy​ ​at​ ​503-329-8903​ ​or​ ​email Presentation in English and Vietnamese.

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 2:30 pm – 4 pm 


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Highland UCC will be hosting their 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr tribute. It’s been 50 years since he was assassinated.

This year’s theme: “Where do we go from here… ”

There’s not a lot online about the event, but I know there’s be informational booths including folks from the Albina Music Trust. This group is trying to preserve the musical history of funk in North Portland in the 1970s. Read more in this Willamette Week story.

Highland UCC, 7600 NE Glisan St * 11 am – 6 pm 

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Since the homeless shelter proposed for Foster Powell (@61st & Foster Rd) brought attention and inspired verse, I thought I’d note that the neighborhood association’s meeting is Monday, Jan. 8th. The agenda is here.

Wild Lilac, 3829 SE 74th Ave * 6:30 – 8:30 pm 


Live music at O’Neill Pub:
Down Home Music (Facebook) plays everything from gypsy jazz to bluegrass to blues to folk with a lively spirit. 
O’Neill Public House,  6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free 


Portland Memory Garden

The Portland Memory Garden (website) hosts work parties on the first and third Saturdays of the month:

“If you’d like to get your hands dirty in the Memory Garden we have two teams that meet on the first and third Saturday of every month from 9:30-11:30 a.m.”

“All are invited to join one of these teams. Bring your favorite tools, gloves, and water, and dress for the weather.”

For information on Saturday’s volunteer session, contact Patty Cassidy @ 503-239-9174.

Portland Memory Garden, SE 104th Avenue and Powell Blvd * 9:30 am – 11:30 pm


“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: “Little Red Riding Hood”. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Buy tickets here.

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


Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * 11:20 pm, 4:30 pm * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 

Aaron Nigel Smith 

“Join award winning children’s educator and performer Aaron Nigel Smith as he gets the whole family moving, grooving and learning.” 

First come, first served.

Midland Library,  805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 3 pm



There’s an awesome film series happening monthly at Milepost 5: This month it’s: Psychedelic Psynema XV: Glam Tragedies (FB page):

“Phantom of the Paradise” @ 6 pm

“Velvet Goldmine” @ 8 pm

Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon St * 6 pm * free 



“Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English.”

“¿Está aprendiendo inglés? Conozca otras personas que también están aprendiendo y practique hablando inglés.”

Gregory Heights Meeting Room, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 12:30 pm – 2 pm






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If you haven’t already, don’t forget to donate your $50 (or $100 if you’re married) to a political candidate or cause for a 100% credit. More information and instructions can be found here.


As of Friday morning, Cooper, one of the Belmont Goats who were moved to Lents, is doing well (FB update). He needed surgery for a blockage, and there’s a fund raiser to pay for it.

They’ve surpassed their $3,000 goal, but you can still donate here.


“Illusionist Mark Benthimer, who’s credits include performances at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts as well as casinos nationwide ,has also shared the stage with Blues Traveler, Sammy Hagar, and many more.”

Mall 205, 9994 SE Washington St * 2:05 pm * general admission $16; under 12 & seniors $8 


The new Blade Runner is finally at Academy!

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * see site for times * 1:35 pm, 6:35 pm$4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 


“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.

The group meets in the public area. This means that the participants are in a library that is busy and frequently has armloads of enthusiastic kids, but club volunteers and participants recognize that developing concentration is an important part of learning.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 1 pm – 4:30 pm


East Glisan’s new-ish cocktail bar, Blank Slate, is having a NYE event:

“New Year’s Eve is happening! Come celebrate with us. DJ Flasch Bach is bringing tunes. Midnight toast. Drink specials. Shenanigans. No cover. 🍾🥂🎉”

Blank Slate, 7201 NE Glisan St * free


The bar doesn’t really have a web presence, so I called Montavilla Station. The bartender said they’re having a blues party with a band called Jafco, and a champagne toast at midnight. Two years ago, they gave away NYE swag like horns and hats. It’s always a good time at the Station.


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Dukes free dance lessons at 8 pm, dinner specials. Email to reserve a table.


The O’Neill pub is having an events as well:

“JT Trawick from Well Swung and Rowdy Mountain leads an old fashioned country hoedown with some hot fiddlin, country singin and all kinds of dancin. Hope you can join us for the last party of 2017 (and the first of 2018)!” (FB event)

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * $5 


Is there any awesome East Portland venues or NYE events I’m missing? Let me know!



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The closing of the Fred Meyers at 82nd & Foster St and how it will shape development was a big topic of conversation this week. What you might not have heard is that People’s Food Co-op is looking into either moving or opening a new location.

Lents or Milwaukie or Montavilla, or another location within inner Southeast are all on the list, and Freddy’s closing could tip the scales in Lents’ favor. Read more about People’s deliberation here, and think about reaching out; People’s is awesome and would be a huge win for East Portland.

There was also a Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting this week. Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson spoke, and an update from a Trimet about the Division Transit Project was given. The story and video is here.



There are still tickets for “The Last Jedi” available at Century Eastport 16 (buy tickets).

Century Eastport 16, 4040 SE 82nd Ave 


At Academy Theater, there are three, yes, three Christmas movies playing tonight: “White Christmas” (1954) starring Bing Crosby; “A Christmas Story” (1983) about a boy whose only Christmas wish is a BB gun; and “The Star” (2017), a film about a group of animals who follow the star to Jesus’ manger.


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




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The Lents Holiday Bazaar brings together 80 vendors to benefit the Kelly Elementary PTA (FB page). The organizers made sure to accept a variety of craftspeople, so there’s not too much of one kind of item.

Word is there will be food carts and a visit from Santa Claus.

For questions or more information email the organizer:

Kelly Elementary School, 9030 SE Cooper St * 10 am – 6 pm


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“With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the Sunshine Division will pack and deliver 3,500 Holiday Food Boxes this December.”

The pack nights were fully filled by volunteers with a wait list. If you want to help deliver the boxes, email to arrange a RSVP.

From their website:

“Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 95-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.”

Go here to learn how to receive food or clothing from the Sunshine Division.

PPB East Precinct, 737 SE 106th Ave * 8 am

There’s a Johnson Creek Watershed Council winter planting and restoration event with the Friends of Errol Heights (event).
“The group will be planting 100 native shrubs, removing invasive species and improving the habitat of this special cold water springs and wetland. Take a walk after the event and check out the cool beaver dams, wetlands, and wildlife.”
“Volunteers should come dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy, closed-toe shoes and get ready to have fun! JCWC will provide hot drinks, gloves, tools, and guidance.”
Errol Heights City Park, SE 52nd Ave & Tenino St * 8:45 am – 12 pm

“In this seasonal hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican winter season traditions, which include a combination of indigenous and occidental traditions such as the posadas (parties), nativity scenes, and Día de Reyes. Participants will make their own ornaments and can use them to decorate for the season.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 4 pm 


Since your market is closed for the season, consider coming north to the Montavilla Farmers Market. Read about the awesome produce and products available at December’s Winter Stock-Up market here.

7700 block of SE Stark St * 11 am – 1 pm 


At O’Neill Public House there’s a bluegrass slow jam 2 pm – 5 pm, and an Irish traditional session from 9:30pm – 11:30pm.

In between, is Stringed Migration (FB page) a quartet that performs a lush synthesis of Celtic and international roots music with a twist of jazz. They play from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * free



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Solutions to critical pubic issues like air quality, discarded syringes, and homeless services in East Portland are gaining the most ground at the neighborhood level.

The Multnomah County Health Department is considering siting disposal boxes for syringes in Lents. Take the survey on the issue here. For more information, watch a discussion of the issue at the Lents Neighborhood Association meeting here (beginning @ 1:20:00).



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“Join the Montavilla Business Association in Downtown Montavilla for discounts and specials on drinking, shopping, tasting, and holiday merriment! In the spirit of the season, please bring canned food to donate to the United Methodist Church food pantry.”

Also on Saturday, Santa will be at Vino Veritas (7835 SE Stark). You can also create crafts, drink hot cocoa and have your photo taken with the jolly elf.

Donations for the United Methodist Food Pantry are gladly accepted both evenings.

SE Stark St * 5 pm – close 


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There’s an art opening at Milepost 5 this evening. There will be original art from Cooper Jamieson and usually snacks and drinks are served. It’s the last show from Artists Milepost art director and friend Lawrence Kirk.

Here’s a few artistically chosen words about the art of our artist:

“Cooper Jamieson is a 2016 Lewis & Clark alum who just does not know what he is looking for. Right now, Cooper’s looking for his notes for what to write. Cooper is a current PhD student at University of California, Los Angeles for theoretical and computational chemistry. He collaborates with the biochemistry and chemical engineering departments in order to elucidate pericyclase enzyme mechanics. Despite having such specificity in his education, it does not seem to help answer the question: what is Cooper looking for.”

“The work on view is a superimposition of altered images. Moments or emotions layered against one another. Adding all these layers together does not yield an obvious net moment, emotion, or story — these are not commutative operations. In other words, these images don’t know what they are looking for either.” 

Milepost 5 Gallery, 850 NE 81st * 6 pm – 8 pm 


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“We are proud to announce that the 7th annual NAYA Winter Marketplace will take place on Saturday, December 9th from 10am – 4pm in the NAYA gymnasium! Come support our community’s vendors for one-stop Christmas shopping. Arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more just in time for the holidays!”

NAYA Gymnasium, 5135 NE Columbia Blvd * 10 am – 4 pm 


KXL’s Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis (YouTube intro) will be at Invoke celebrating the grand opening of the Ground Zero store there. In the spirit of the season, there may be some Krampuses there as well…

“Clyde Lewis, radio host of Ground Zero will be there along with GZ items such as books, magazines, t-shirts, tote bags, decals, and more!”

Invoke, 414 SE 81st Ave * 2 pm – 6 pm 


Build a City That Sparks

“Create a cityscape that sparks! Use beautiful glowing paper collages, cardboard, copper tape, LED lights and batteries to light up your city in this amazing interactive art piece.  At the same time you’ll learn a little something about electrical circuitry.”

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Boulevard * 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm * free 


“A resource and meal share hosted by Portland Assembly’s Montavilla and East Central NACs. Please share this invitation with your houseless neighbors.”

For volunteers or donors:

“We’re hoping to create a supply stock, that will allow us to make more cold weather kits, and to prepare for the opening of warming shelters, as we move into more severe weather. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for training and volunteer opportunities at the Montavilla NAC-hosted warming shelter.”

For a list of supplies needed go here. They’ll also be signing up volunteers for the warming shelter. The shelter will be hosted at St Peter & Paul Episcopal Church (247 SE 82nd Avenue).

SEUL, 3534 SE Main St * 2 pm – 5 pm 


“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) is the current film in Academy’s holiday series.

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors  * 12:00, 5:05, 9:35

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Canada provides 35 weeks paid family and medical leave, Mexico 12; while the United States remains with Papua New Guinea as the only nations in the world that don’t have a paid medical leave law. With interviews from leading policy makers, economists, researchers, and activists, “Zero Weeks” makes a compelling case that this is another critical social program where the US lags behind the rest of the world.

From the screening’s Facebook event:

“At some point in our lives, all of us will have a sick partner, an aging parent, a new baby or adopted child, or get sick ourselves. And since taking care of family is non-negotiable, we all need to be able to take time from work without worrying about losing our jobs or going into serious debt. This is why Oregon needs a paid family and medical leave insurance program and why Family Forward Oregon is bringing you this special screening of Zero Weeks, the fourth documentary by award-winning director, Ky Dickens. Dickens was inspired to make a film about paid leave, after facing financial depletion, emotional turmoil and guilt of having “not enough time,” due to a lack of paid leave, after the birth of her first child.”

After the screening, a panel of leaders will share thoughts on what a paid family and medical leave insurance could mean for Oregon. This is a child friendly event.

Kelly Elementary School, 9030 SE Cooper St * doors @ 5 pm, screening @ 6 pm * free


There’s a fundraiser for the Montavilla cold-weather shelter, featuring a film on skinhead culture called “The Story Of Skinhead” and DJs spinning “best of Boss Reggae, Two Tone, and Antifascist Oi!”

From the Facebook invitation:

“The City doesn’t have enough resources to ensure our houseless population don’t suffer from the potentially fatal effects of our harsh winter weather. The Montavilla NAC (Neighborhood Action Council) which is part of Portland Assembly will be running a volunteer community led warming shelter for the second time this year.”

“RASH will be teaming up with the Montavilla NAC to help get much needed supplies for the warming shelter. If you are interested in volunteering your time or want to cook a meal please email, Thanks for supporting your local community!”

More info about Portland Assembly can be found here. Here’s the story I wrote last year about the awesome effort that was organized to make the Montavilla cold weather shelter a reality.

Cider Riot!, 807 NE Couch St * 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm * donations accepted 


“Support the garden while you kick off the holiday season! Our festive holiday event includes freshly made wreaths and swags, cut greens, baked goods and an Artist Market featuring work by local glass, ceramic, metal and fabric artists. Vendors this year include Barley Beads, Durham Arts, Smashed! Boozy Jams, Twig & Moth, Dick Brooks, Amy Griggs, Nicole Curcio, Kiss My Biscuit, and Shy O Jewelry.” 

“Experience the winter garden and sip hot cider in the Manor House while you shop.” 

Floral arranging workshops are being held from noon – 1 pm. Bring your own vase. $10 per person, $5 for members.

Leech Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * Fri & Sat, 9 am – 3 pm * free admission 


Winter Wonderland Bazaar! “Please join us for Portland Arthur Academy’s 5th Grade Winder Wonderland Fundraiser. Handmade gifts from local artists, food, raffles and more!! There will be free kids activities and pictures with Santa.”

Ascension Church basement, 7507 SE Yamhill St * 10 am – 3 pm 


Bolt Upright blues jam @ Montavilla Station… always a good time, always a big crowd.
417 SE 80th Ave * 9 pm * free