The Lents Neighborhood Association had a smooth and successful election this week (our story). Along with the results, former LNA Chair Nick Christensen wrote an essay on what he would like to see from the NA and neighborhood. It’s inspiring to anyone who cares about East Portland.

The Montavilla Neighborhood Association is having its elections October 9th. There was some questions about eligibility, but there will be a general meeting before the election. So anyone who attends that meeting— or has attended an MNA meeting in the past three years— is eligible to vote.

More details on the election are in this story, and here’s the official MNA announcement (though the date is wrong). I’ll be putting together an election guide, like I did for the LNA election.


Live music at O’Neill Pubic House:

“The Smut City Jellyroll Society is a wild and crazy bunch of fun loving musicians playing blues and early jazz from the 1920s and 1930s. With a unique sound somewhere between ragtime blues, early jazz and jugband music, the Jellyroll Society keeps it loose and lively with a driving syncopated swing that gets the dancers out on the floor.”

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


Portland’s Native community celebrates the life of one of their most celebrated musician at the 5th annual Jim PepperFest. This is one of those times where words fail me and I’m thankful to be able to point to the source… just watch the video and spend some time on the website. The love is undeniable.

Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver St * 11 am – 7 pm * free 


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This looks awesome… Oktoberfest in East Portland! A traditional buffet is included in the admission price, and there’ll be live entertainment, traditional dance, a sing-along, and wine and beer available for purchase (website).

Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 NE Halsey St * $15 for adults, $20 for families, $10 for seniors & children * 4 pm – 7 pm 


A fundraiser to build wells in Africa, at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (website):

“Bring hope & health to a forgotten community! Help us finish our ten well project in the town of Dungu, DR Congo! The town is being deluged with refugees from South Sudan, after suffering itself at the hands of the LRA from 2008 – 2012. 

Our wells cost only $5,000 -$6,000 when other international charities budget $10,000 per well! These wells are bringing hope to the people of Dungu as well as restoring community health. We only have three more wells to go!”

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Africa House, 10301 NE Glisan St *  6 pm – 9 pm 


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Charged with a mission of helping people care for the land and water, the East Multnomah Soil & Water District (website) has several workshops every week (events page), and their website has lots of information on conserving water and planting native plants.

On Saturday, they’re hosting a class called Naturscaping Basics. Registration is required (only 8 of 45 remain), and you can register here. Details on the class from the invitation:

“Naturescaping is the practice of designing (or redesigning) your landscape so that it reduces water use and decreases stormwater runoff while saving you time, money and energy. This introductory workshop introduces the core concepts of naturescaping, and also explores:

  • pollution prevention through the reduction/elimination of chemical use
  • how native plants naturally resist pests & tolerate drought conditions while attracting native birds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your garden
  • basic site planning principals, and many other great natural gardening & design tips”

Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4244 SE 91st Ave * 9 am – 1 pm


Vietnamese Mid Autumn Festival is also Saturday.

Look at all those sponsors on the flyer, another great East Portland community effort.


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At the Lents International Farmers Market, there’s live music with Bullets & Belles. Here’s a list of vendors and amenities of the market.

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm, music from 11 am – 2 pm 


Learn about some of its vendors here, or attend Montavilla Farmers Market food demonstrations:

“Buying chicken whole is an economical way to buy meat at the farmers market. This Sunday, October 1st, 2017, two of our vendors are taking the stage to share their products and cooking expertise in this area. Red Bird Acres and Felton & Mary’s Artisan Foods hope to show you some new ways to cook chicken and to demystify how to deal with a whole bird once you get it home.”

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm, demos begin @ 10:30 am * free