This weekend

In this story, the NW Examiner looks at progress on work enhancing community service opportunities and strengthening transparency in Portland’s advisory bodies. The story points out that the project is actually reversing transparency by removing open meeting requirements for many City advisory bodies.

The head of the Office of Community & Civic Life, the City agency leading the reform project, hasn’t responded to the editor of the Examiner, but they have just issued a survey seeking feedback from the community. It can be found here.


The State of Oregon completed their study of health effects at Precision Castparts Corporation, finding no likely harm, but many neighbors are dissatisfied that the limited scope of the study. 

Read our story about the issue here


Solve Volunteer Action Training:

“SOLVE is hosting a Volunteer Action training this December at the East Portland Community Center! Here’s your chance to learn how to make a difference in your community!

Join SOLVE for a free workshop where you’ll learn how to envision and lead successful volunteer projects to improve the environment in your community.

Help them prepare for your participation by registering online here.”East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave * 10 am – noon


Talk Time:“Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. First come, first served.”

Midland Library * 3:30 pm – 5 pm


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East County Community Orchestra winter concert:

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Downbeat is at 3 pm.

David Douglas High School, 1001 SE 135th Ave * 3 pm 



Recent action on Portland air quality— and how you can get involved

Nearly two and a half years after news reports about toxic air emissions shocked Portland, action from state health officials is finally coming to fruition. 

The State of Oregon released a report about emissions from Precision Castparts Corporation at the end of October, and passed rules to better protect neighbors who live close to industrial polluters on Nov 15. 

The Precision Castparts Corp. plant is located at 4600 SE Harney Drive. 

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association is hosting the Oregon Health Authority at their monthly board meeting held at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Ave) on Thursday, Dec 6th from 7 pm – 9 pm. OHA officials will be making a presentation on the PCC public health assessment.

Pamela Hodge, a BDNA board member who’s been following this issue, said that most people who attended a meeting on the report at the end of November were skeptical of the state’s methodology and findings.

Even though the plant has been in operation for 30 years, the state’s conclusions were taken from only seven months of testing in 2016 and 2017, she wrote in an email. The testing began one month prior to the installation of a pollution control device called a bag house, and seven months after, she wrote. 

Hodge wrote that the state disregarded older information about toxic releases from the facility. “Earlier data from Toxic Release Inventory dating back to 1987 was considered ‘unreliable’ even though OHA stated that TRI data suggests health risks could have been 10 – 100 times higher during that period… ” 

There was no data available from the first 30 years of the plant’s operation (1957 – 1987), she added. 

Read more about the report in this story from Pamplin Media. In the piece, neighborhood health advocates criticized the state for not considering long-term exposure and not consulting reported cancer cases nearby. 

The facility makes metal parts for the aerospace, defense and medical industries, and has 162 plants worldwide. Precision Castparts was sued by neighbors for the plant’s alleged impact on their health in 2016. 

Neighbors can give public comments about the report until Jan. 15th. Those comment can be sent via email to You can find the full report here

New emission rules for Oregon

Cleaner Air Oregon was passed by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission to allow state officials to regulate new categories of toxic emissions. 

“Today’s vote marks the most significant step towards ensuring Oregonian’s right to clean air in 30 years,” said Governor Kate Brown in a Nov 15th press release

The law will grant the public greater access to air toxics emissions data, as well as change emissions standards. In 2019, the DEQ will launch a pilot project in Portland that will regulate the various kinds of toxic pollution released by multiple facilities in a single neighborhood.

Read more about the law in a story from Cascadia Times here, and below there’s a video from the state offering background on the new rules. It was released in the summer of 2018 to inform neighbors about the final comment period for the rules change.  

If you’d like to receive email updates from Cleaner Air Oregon’s process, go here. You can file a complaint about pollution in your community here

To stay informed on the campaign against toxic emissions, follow South Portland Air Quality and Neighbors for Clean Air on Facebook.


This weekend

Tonight (Thursday, November 29th) there’s a community meeting about a public health assessment from Precision Castparts Corporation.

Here‘s more information on the report about the toxic threat from the manufacturer, and a story from Pamplin Media about how neighbors question the validity of the report.

Lane Middle School Library, 7200 SE 60th Ave * 6 pm – 8:30 pm


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When it comes to supporting independent media, community media outlets like Open Signal and Metro East provide much to the Portland area. Their support includes training, equipment, studio space, and an opportunity for folks to broadcast on local cable stations.

A proposed regulation change could eliminate funding for this community service. Until December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission is taking comment on the issue.

To learn more, read this. You can submit a comment by going here and clicking “+Express”.


Portland City Council held a town hall on the Oregon 2019 legislative session. We have video of the meeting here, and Portland Mercury‘s reporting is here. Much of their story focuses on the plan to transfer 82nd Ave from state to city management.



Southeast Community Tree Lighting at the Vibe Studio & Night Market:

“There will be a community tree lighting, artisan fair night market, food cart, & collaborative community art project. Kaleidoscope will be the first in a series of quarterly events where our community will come together for common humanity through art, music in a safe space to learn and grow together. Tree Lighting at 7 pm!”

Vibe Studio’s website.

Vibe Studio, 5633 SE Division St * Fri, 5 pm – 9 pm: Sat, noon – 4 pm 


Community Cooking Workshop w/ Community Chef Paula Hernandez: 

“Please join us and Community Chef Paula in cooking a community meal together, as Paula leads us in cooking the traditional foods of Mexico!  During our workshop we cook family style and then eat together.”

For more information and registration, go here.

Zenger Farms  * 6 pm – 8:30 pm * $5 – $15 sliding scale


Hazeltine Nature Patch work party:

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“Help us plant 1000s of beautiful and flowering pollinator-friendly plants to finish off this park improvement. Everyone is welcome. We’ll provide tools, gloves, and snacks. Please dress for the weather, and let’s dig in the dirt!”

Hazeltine Park, 5416 SE Flavel Drive * 9 am – noon


Errol Heights Park community open house:

“Help review and refine the final recommended design for Errol Heights Park!”

Lane Middle School (Cafeteria), 7200 SE 60th Ave * 10 am – 1 pm


Once Upon a Time Family Theatre:

“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: “Hansel & Gretel”

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


Habitat for Humanity House Dedication:

“Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East at an upcoming home dedication ceremony in SE Portland. We are inviting you and the rest of your neighborhood to join us in celebrating the completion of Brooklyn Pines, a 10-unit affordable home development in Southeast’s Jade District.”

8416 SE Brooklyn St * 10 am – 11 am


Camp Pancake: A Night of Music And Shenanigans:

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“The Pancake Underground is turning 1 year old! Come celebrate with us at the Blue Room Bar at Cartlandia where we will be hosting a night of music and shenanigans, featuring tunes from Ben & Sara (of Young Hunter) and Texarkana Kid vs Alexander Hamilton, a pancake eating contest, raffle prizes, and more!”

Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm



Foster WinterFest:

“On Sunday, December 2nd, come down to Foster Road for 6 family friendly winter magic events. Build a gingerbread house, sing carols, get free hot chocolate and more! And when you come to any of free WinterFest activity, you’ll get a Ticket for exclusive Foster Forward deals for food, drink and gifts up and down the street.
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Multiple locations here * noon – 5 pm 

This weekend

With Thanksgiving behind us, now the Christmas holidays are really kicking off.

Little Boxes is a great opportunity to explore new local businesses, The Grotto is opening their lights and choir event, and Village Portland is hosting a Portland Timbers watch party at Eagle Eye Tavern on Sunday.


On Tuesday, the Lents Neighborhood Association is holding their monthly general meeting. Here’s what’s on the agenda, from their Facebook site:

“Main agenda items include a WestRock Recycling license update from Metro, a new development proposal for 18 single-family homes on the vacant land around Mt. Scott Church of God, and community announcements. 

We will provide refreshments and childcare, and we can provide interpretation upon request.”

Here’s a story from KOIN about the WestRock Recycling facility.

Lents Community Center, 8835 SE Woodstock Blvd * 7 pm – 8:30 pm


Little Boxes, Portland’s 8th Annual Holiday Shopping Experience:

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On this Black Friday / Small Business Saturday weekend, learn raffle tickets for each of the 200 participating local businesses you visit, and earn more tickets for your purchases!

Check out the participating businesses here and prizes here.


The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights: 

The Grotto‘s Christmas Festival of Lights opens tonight at 5 pm. New for this year, they will be lighting their 150-foot cedar Christmas tree at 4:45 pm. From 6 pm to 9 pm, there are four caroling groups performing.

The choir schedule for the event is here.

The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St * 5 pm – 9 pm, nightly through Dec 30 * $12; senior(65+) / military: $11; children (3-12): $6 children (2 & under): free


Eastside Bar and Grill is one of several spots in East Portland that hosts live music. There’s a show tonight, and you can keep up with their schedule on their Facebook site.

“Ah, Black Friday! The day after we supposedly reflect on what we’re thankful for and then shove a 5 year old out of the way at Target to get a discounted TV. After your shopping shenanigans, come out to see your favorite quirky indie rock, LIBIDO CORNUCOPIA, joined by CAT BATH & THE AFTERMATH and newcomers ALL HYPE!”

2530 NE 82nd Ave * 9 pm * $5 


Black Storytime (event):

“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.”



The fine folks at Eagle Eye Tavern have allowed us to host a watch party for the Portland Timbers playoff run. They have a projector, good sound, and if you’re not familiar with the bar— it’s a comfortable, friendly place.

They’re playing Sporting Kansas City (the Wizards), and it’s the first of a two-leg match. (Yes, it’s complicated.) If you’re not into sports, just pretend it’s a thrilling combination of dance and theatre.

Eagle Eye Tavern, 5836 SE 92nd Ave * 4:30 pm 


Sunday jam sessions:

The O’Neill Public House has music every weekend, and hosts jams on Sunday.

At 2 pm is the bluegrass slowjam, and at 10 pm there’s an Irish traditional session.

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


This weekend

It’s been awesome partnering with new contributors in new neighborhoods… some are experienced writers, while others are people who are interesting in writing and journalism but didn’t quite know how to get started.

There are several stories in the works, and the most recent completed piece came from Derrick McCormick in the Mississippi District. As a student of philosophy unsatisfied by the current state of discourse in the United States, he is developing a procedure to improve communication called Debate by Agreement.

He’s been testing it on the streets of Mississippi Ave, and is looking for more people willing to try out the process. Read more about Debate by Agreement here.


Zoiglhaus turns 3!:

“We’re rolling back beer to 2015 prices which means each pint will be $4.50 all day long PLUS a free basket of fries with your first pint! And we’ll have a special menu featuring some of our favorite dishes from yesteryear. (Facebook event

Face Painting for the kiddos from 1 pm – 3 pm!”

Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 11 am – 10 pm 


East Portland Chamber of Commerce Turkey Bowl: 

“This family friendly event (Register here) is fun for all ages! Bring your family, friends, employees, coworkers, and potential new Chamber members to enjoy an early afternoon of bowling, socializing, and networking as we kick off the holiday season. This fundraising event for the East Portland Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. 

Your entry fee includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, beverages, dessert and bowling prizes. Raffle tickets are available for $1.00 each.”

Kingpins, 3550 SE 92nd Ave * 10:30 am – 1:30 pm * adult $24, child under 11 $18


Fix-It Fair, from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability:

“Bring one item to be fixed by a Repair PDX volunteer, while learning how to do it yourself. (Volunteers will do their best, but do not guarantee a complete repair.) You may bring a small counter-top appliance, such as a toaster, or an article of clothing.”

There’ll be workshops on sustainability, energy savings, and community resources, as well as: free lead blood testing; free giveaways; hourly door prizes; free professional childcare; free lunch; and free minor bike tune-ups and flat tire repair for students and families.

For more information, go here.

Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave * 9:30 am – 2:30 pm 


Dance Mosaic:

“Metro Dancers’ annual repertory concert! Dance Mosaic features our company in works by gifted local choreographers, and spans a variety of styles from classical to modern, and from ballet to jazz. 

In addition, several guest companies will present their own works.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see local artists at their best!” (Tickets here)

 “Also! please join us between shows for our Italian Dinner fundraiser, catered by Olive Garden, Flying Pie Pizza, Stark Street Pizza & more!” (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm).

 Portland Metro Arts, * 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm * door: adult & HS $18, for children and seniors $13; presale: adults & HS $15, children & seniors $15


Cooking Around the World Club: Apple and Pumpkin Pies:

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“Learn to cook a different dish each month. 

This month, you will get a demonstration on how to make apple pie and pumpkin pie, just mention that we will simplify how to make two classic holiday pies from scratch. People will learn how to make the crust, and filling and take one small pie home to finish baking and have a slice of both to try. 

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This weekend

Generally we look at weekend events in this listing, and use the Facebook page for weekday events. But this event Wednesday sounds too cool not to share.

On Wednesday, 11/14: The Numbers: Screening and Community Discussion:

“The Numbers is a 2017 documentary by Sika Stanton and Donovan Smith where young people living in East Portland speak on their hopes and concerns for their community.  After the screening there will be a Q&A and community discussion on people-powered neighborhood identity! With a live performance with Manny Lopez!”

Canton Grill, 2610 SE 82nd Ave * 6 pm – 9 pm * free 


Here’s pre-leasing information on Orchards at Division and 82nd if you know someone looking for affordable housing in East Portland.


A recent story from KOIN details neighbors’ concerns about the Westrock Recycling Plant.


” … you can make a ticket reservation for David Douglas High Schools Production of Thoroughly Modern Millie!!! Go To the following link for more information about the show: Go here.

“‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ tells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim in 1922, when women were just entering the workforce.”

David Douglas High School, Howard F. Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave * various times, through Nov 18th 


Native American jewelry class:

“In this class we will be using traditional items such as bone beads and leather to create various jewelry. Students will have the opportunity to make a beaded necklace, a choker necklace or, for the older students, beaded earrings.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 3:30 pm 


Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings and other invertebrates that provide free pest control. You will discover ways to attract and sustain these friendly beneficial insects that help your garden thrive.
Register online here.”
4312 SE Stark St * 9 am – 11:30 am
House of Dreams (free roam, no kill cat shelter) popular, colorful bazaar features handmade gifts for people and pets, many using recycled content and vegan materials. There is a silent auction, raffle, Second Time Around gently-used holiday décor, door prizes, baked goods – vegan too. Silent auction closes at 2p and raffle closes at 3p. We accept donations of quality, hand-crafted items and all bazaar proceeds go directly to the care of the cats at House of Dreams – an all-volunteer non-profit organization.”
Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St * 10 am – 4 pm 


Zenger Farm community cooking workshop w/ Chef Roxanna:

“Please join us and Community Chef Roxanna in cooking a community meal together, asRoxanna leads us in cooking the traditional foods of El Salvador!  We will be making stuffed El Salvadoran corn cakes or Pupusas, curtido (a cabbage salad), and salsas. Vegan/veggie options available. Please register here.”

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


Punk Rock Sundays at Misdemeanor Meadows! This week, hosted by Bastard Salt.

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



This weekend

Ballots are due for this election on Nov 4. It’s too late to mail your ballot, but you can drop it off at any of the locations listed here.

If you’ve lost your ballot, you can still get a replacement ballot at Multnomah County Elections Building (1040 SE Morrison St) and vote— even on Tuesday.


Tonight! From 3 pm – 7 pm, The Dime Store (82nd & Holgate) is hosting a pizza block party for the customers and the Lents community. They’re new to the neighborhood and want to do what they can to get involved.

There will be four vendors from cannabis retailers, a live DJ, and $1 joints. Come say hello!


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Karaoke four nights a week at the Eagle Eye Tavern.

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 


Autumn Fungi at Leach Botanical Garden (event):

“Explore these amazing beings with instructor Gradey Proctor. You’ll learn some basic mushroom anatomy, and a few of the major genera in our region. Then stroll through the Garden to see what’s up and fruiting, evidence of the vast interconnections beneath our feet. Come away with some useful identification tips, harvesting and cooking advice, and much more.”


Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 5 pm * $25  


“Meet at 9am to volunteer and pick up litter on 122nd Ave from Division to Stark. Supplies and refreshments will be provided! Register at:

Drop off donations anytime from 9am – 12pm. New or used: coats, scarves, hats, gloves, socks. New only: toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, and other personal hygiene items.”

Plaza 122, 1515 SE 122nd Ave * 9 am


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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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Edible Native American Plants (event):

“Take this opportunity to  learn about traditional Native American food plants like huckleberry, cedar, sweetgrass and other plants used for basketry and medicine.

This presentation is delivered by Stephanie Craig, Santiam and Yoncalla Kalapuya tribal member.”

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



Oregon Sinfonietta

“The 46th 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…”

Sunday performance is “Symphony No. 4 in G Major”.

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