This week, Sabina Urdes and several other board members resigned from the Lents Neighborhood Association. Her resignation letter is here. There is a huge amount of work that goes into organizing meetings and I have a huge amount of respect for everyone that volunteers their time to serve their community.

For more information, here’s the video and summary from this month’s LNA meeting.

At the next LNA meeting, the remaining board members will appoint enough members for a quorum, according to member Barbara Bader. So they’re looking for folks to step up and help, she said.


Roofs & Resources, a housing and houseless forum is Saturday and more details are below. For the panel, organizers have invited the currently and formerly houseless, local service providers, community advocates, and neighbors.

There was concern from some neighbors when John Rotter, public safety chair for the Montavilla Neighborhood Association announced there was talks with the City about starting a managed houseless camp in the neighborhood. He said there’d be more information on the plan at the forum.

I reached out to Rotter and Olivia Alsept-Ellis, forum organizer, to get some clarity. Until after the board meeting, Alsept-Ellis said she hadn’t heard about the possibility of a camp for the neighborhood, but it is a topic panel members have experience with and would be open to discuss.

Managed camps can be a marvelous model, she said, but it takes a lot of planning and community building— adding that the forum isn’t about what she thinks. The forum is about assembling experts to discuss a variety of topics related to the topic.

MNA members also said Rotter’s announcement at the meeting was the first time they’d heard anything about starting a managed camp in the neighborhood, and that the board hasn’t given any official support to the project. Alsept-Ellis said board members work on a lot of different projects, so sometimes misunderstandings happen. I reached out to Rotter to learn more about the potential for a managed camp, but didn’t hear back from him. Watch the video of Rotter’s announcement here.


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Portland Pickles! There are two games Friday, and a game on Saturday and Sunday. The schedule and tickets are here.

Walker Stadium, 4727 SE 92nd Ave * $5 – $13

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Live music at The Blue Bar at Cartlandia with Cody Weathers & The Men Your Mama Warned You About:

“The full band returns to East Portland’s #1 rock & roll smorgasbord. Grab something scrumptious from any of the approximately 1000 food carts at Cartlandia and bring it inside for an adult beverage and a salty groove from the boys. Our buddies in Budget Airlines open things up.”

Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 pm * free


“Lents community members are coming together to paint an intersection mural and have a block party… 

Organizers will provide all the necessary supplies, but feel free to bring your own brushes, rollers, pans, cardboard to sit on, and food/drink to share.

All ages and all skill levels are welcome!

They are still looking for people to help with the chalking/outline.  For more information, visit the Facebook event page.”

SE 84th Avenue & Schiller St * 10 am – 5 pm 
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Roofs & Resources – a Montavilla Neighborhood Association forum on housing and homelessness:
“This is a chance for us to discuss as a community on how to take care of each other and the barriers that stand in the way. Please join Montavilla Neighborhood Association (event) to add your voice. A real community dialogue about houselessness and housing – speaking to both the experiences in Montavilla as well the city-wide crisis we find ourselves in. For the panel, they have invited the currently and formerly houseless, local service providers, community advocates, and neighbors.
IRCO Community Center, 10323 NE Glisan St * 10 am – 5 pm 
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Black Storytime with Food: Sharing Nutrition Knowledge:

“Come join us for an exciting storytime featuring themes of food growth and preparation, and nutrition-related activities. We will read fun picture books and participate in a nutrition activity together.

We will be joined by a nutrition educator as a representative of OSU Extension Service SNAP-Ed program.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * noon – 1 pm


Lents International Market is Sunday! For a list of vendors and more information, go here.

If you haven’t made it to the market yet, here’s a story from East Portland News on its opening day.

Lents International Market, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 9 am – 2 pm 


If you haven’t noticed, I love small businesses. It’s so cool to see people step out on their own, and make their business exactly like they want. Do you like art and drinks and punk rock and Mexican food? You’ll like Misdemeanor Meadows, and very likely the awesome folks who founded the bar.

Praise The Loud Punk Rock Sunday at Misdemeanor Meadows (event) is on. Sounds great.

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