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


Second night gang 12.17.14

“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