Hello all… we have to start with some sad news about the passing of Jo Lynne Cooper-Nearing. Barbara Bader wrote this up and let me to share it.

Life is short and precious… let us value it in every moment and every interaction.

“Jo Lynne Cooper-Nearing died May 2 from complications from strokes and lung cancer. She touched many lives and saved more than a few.

Jo worked hard to improve livability in Lents as the LNA Board’s Public Safety Chair until her resignation following a stroke in January. Her concern for all things Lents continued as she worked hard to recover during months of therapy and rehab.

There will be a celebration of her beautiful life the second week of June. Details to come.

Jo Lynne: you are missed.”

Thank you for your work, Jo Lynne. 🙂


“All across the country, America will be celebrating our public gardens today. Here at Leach Garden, some special activities are planned. The Stone Cabin will be open from 11 – 2; our Education Coordinator, JoAnn Vrilakas, will lead an Ethnobotany Tour at noon; Gavin Bell of Dragonfly Forge will be on hand to sharpen pruning shears from 11 – 2; and local author, Teresa Bergen, will be in the gift shop from noon – 2 signing copies of her new book, Easy Portland Outdoors, which includes an entry on Leach Garden. Come by and enjoy this annual celebration of gardens with us!” 
National Public Gardens Day 2018:
Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am – 2 pm * free 
Community Cooking Workshop, with Chef Jennifer:

“Community Chef Jeniffer Kirton will be sharing her views on human compassion as she leads this cooking workshop, with a menu featuring: Jamaican chicken curry, tofu and veggie stir fry, and Callaloo (a delicious and nutrient-dense popular Jamaican leafy vegetable that is often mistaken for a weed in our region!) Come learn and share experiences, cook a delicious meal together, and enjoy a fun evening with loved ones and community members at our workshop! Vegetarian/vegan options available. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions!

Please contact thao@zengerfarm.org or at 503-282-4245 x108 for more information regarding the workshop and registration information.

The Zenger Farm Community Chef program supports women food leaders who nourish and strengthen communities by sharing food, knowledge and building solidarity, so that we can shape a just food system together.”

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 6 pm – 8:30 pm 



The Lents Community Pet Parade is Saturday! It’s open for anyone, with a few safety considerations, of course. For more info go here.

Boys and Girls Club, 9330 SE Harold St * 11 am – 2 pm 


Archives Roadshow

“We are taking the archives on the road and traveling to neighborhood libraries. Drop by and learn what you can find in the City’s collections and how you can do your own research. City archivists are ready to answer questions and get you started on your research projects. Even if you don’t have any specific questions, stop by to look at historic photos from the surrounding neighborhoods.

First come, first served.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 3 pm – 4 pm 


“The Zoigl-Chefs would like to invite you to a super special brunch in honor of all moms! And the best part?? A free Beermosa for every mom! 

From 11 am-3 pm on Sunday, May 13th we’ll be featuring a special brunch menu (regular menu also available!) Every mom gets a Beermosa on the house (with purchase of entree).”


Grilled Romaine Steak Salad
Crab Cakes w/ Roasted Potatoes, Asparagus and Lemon Aioli
Pesto Spatzle W/ Smoked Chicken and Parmesan
Veggie Frittata w/ Arugula Salad
Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 11 am – 3 pm 

The always excellent Montavilla Farmers Market is in its second weekend this Sunday. For more information on what’s in store for this market… go here.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm 


Mrs. Doyle & the Teapots: 
“Piping hot Irish traditional music served the old fashioned way with a twist of native wit! Andrea Wild from The Stomptowners will be joined by Teresa Baker on keys & Preston Howard on his mighty pipes.”
The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 7 pm – 9 pm * free
Enjoy your weekend!