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



child at Slavic New Year

“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