The City of Portland‘s Planning and Sustainability Commission is updating its Neighborhood Contact Code.

A hearing on August 14th brought seven testifiers. You can watch the hearing here (the presentation begins @ 9:20), and read the Portland Mercury‘s take on it here.

Representing the Overlook Neighborhood Association and a group of nine North Portland NA chairs, Christian Trejabal testified @ 22:04. His input was a contrast to many of the others who opposed changes that they feel could slow developers from adding housing.

“You can adjust the rules and increase engagement with your residents without throwing away the current system that works in the places that it works,” Trejabal said. You can read his submitted testimony here.

BDS’s Neighborhood Contact Code Update Project home page is here.

Written testimony can be Map App here or delivered in hard copy to the BPS office (1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100) will be accepted until 5 pm on Friday, August 17.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission has a work session and will provide recommendations to the Neighborhood Contact Code Update on August 28th (agenda).


“The Planning and Sustainability Commission voted to recommend the Manufactured Dwelling Park Project to City Council on July 10, 2018. Council will review the recommendation and consider public testimony before voting on the proposal on August 22, 2018.”


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Enjoy the fine art of karaoke at the Eagle Eye Tavern.

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 


The fifth annual Montavilla Jazz Festival is happening this weekend. celebrates Portland’s jazz scene and raise money for the Montavilla Schools Music Fund.

Buy tickets here.

Portland Metro Arts * 1:30 pm – 9:30 pm * $15


Tonga Day 2018:  “The main event starts at 1 PM with family-friendly activities and cultural performances. The evening’s feature film is ‘Moana’ (2016) PG.

Pre-movie entertainment will be provided by Tongan 101 Tongan/Pacific Island music and dance. Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30 PM. Movie begins after dusk.”

Gateway Discovery Park, 10520 NE Halsey St * 1 pm 


If you’ve never attended, the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby is a really good time. Dozens of groups build their own soapbox cars and race it down Mt. Tabor. It’s the best of Portland’s DIY artistic aesthetic, a relaxing day at Mt. Tabor Park, and just a dash of danger… some of those cars move pretty fast.

It’s a good event for kids, and as long as you post up away from the track, you can let the racers experience all the risks. Bring a lunch, bring your favorite beverage, I think you’ll have a good time.

Mt Tabor Park * 10 am – 4 pm 


“Come celebrate the end of summer with a water balloon free-for-all on the Holgate Library lawn. All water balloons provided. Participants should expect to get soaked. Bring your own towel!”

Group A: K-5 grades, 2-2:20 pm * Group B: 6-12 grades, 2:30-3 pm

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 pm – 3 pm 



Jade International Night Market:

“The Jade International Night Market is a crucial tool to help support local small businesses in the Jade District neighborhood. The annual summer event provides a space to celebrate and recognize the diversity and culture of the communities who live and work in the Jade District and sheds light on the issues impacting a neighborhood in transition.”

 Portland Community College Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave


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Lents International Farmers Market:

“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 


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Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways: 

“In 2018, Sunday Parkways is returning to Outer Northeast with new attractions and new parks/marketplaces. This route that begins after Gateway green will bring you home or introduce you to life in the Outer NE. This 6.4 miles route will take you to Knott, East Holladay and debut the newly constructed Gateway Discovery Park. These parks will be overflowing with music, food, and fun finds. Come see for yourself on August 19, 2018!”

If you’d like to volunteer, sign up here.

Outer Northeast Portland * 11 am – 4 pm 


Walk with Refugees and Immigrants:

“Join community members and elected leaders as they gather at Gateway Discovery Park for in a one-mile walk to Knott Park, alongside our refugee and immigrant neighbors in a show of support. This event recognizes the unique experiences of new Portlanders, of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Hear refugee and immigrant stories
  • Enjoy diverse music, food, and other family activities”

Gateway Discovery Park, 10520 NE Halsey St * 11 am 


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Ghost Heart (“Melodic Post Hardcore / Post Rock from the Pacific Northwest”) and Blast Point

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