It was kinda cold, but there’s nothing like starting your Saturday with some manual labor and good neighbors.

For the work party last weekend, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council has 487 registered volunteers across ten locations. About 5,000 plants were installed, and three large stacks of pizza were eaten afterwards.

For more information on the event, go here. Johnson Creek is one of those natural features that many people haven’t learned about… but it’s an opportunity for recreation and conservation right in many of our backyards.

The photos below are from work sites in Powellhurst-Gilbert, Lents, and Brentwood-Darlington:

Along the section of the Springwater Corridor in Sellwood, ten new stop signs are being installed, Bike Portland reports.

I saw this week that Lent’s Zoiglhaus Brewing Company announced that they are now serving bread from Fressen Artisan Bakery and Cafe. Fressen is a traditional German bakery, and that goes along great with Zoiglhaus’ German-style beers.

We’re working on a feature on Fressen, and it’s been fascinating learning more about the business and the tradition and history it represents. Every business and organization has a unique story, and we’re looking forward to telling more of them.


Dealing with toxic stress:

Kelly Elementary, 9030 SE Cooper St * 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Live rock:

Blue Room Bar, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 pm * ???


中国传统水墨画基础班 / Chinese Brush Painting Basics:

Chinese Brush Painting Basic

“This family painting workshop is suitable for parents and children. Participants will learn, step by step, how to select and hold Chinese brushes, paint with various types of paper, and practice the basic painting strokes.”

This event is part of a series that has sessions for the next four Saturdays. Registration must happen before the start of the first session, and you will be registered for the whole series.

For age 8 and above. Registration required.

Midland Library, * 3 pm – 4 pm * register here

QTPI Talanoa: Celebrate Micronesia (event):

“Come join us for our first QTPI (Queer and Trans Pacific Islander) Talanoa of the year in celebration and storytelling from our QTPIs from Micronesia. Experience love, joy, laughter and shed a few tears with food and refreshments provided. This event is free and family friendly. All are welcome.”

Orchards of 82nd, 8118 SE Division St * 4 pm – 7 pm

Bluegrass in B-D:

Josh Cole and Friends are playing at Brentwood-Darlington’s home for live music and Mexican food!

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


Community dinner (event):

“Community Dinners at Zenger Farm are a space to talk about issues that are impacting our community while sharing a meal together. This community dinner we will talk about how the legislative process works and how we can engage with it. We will also be talking about the Welcome Home bill that would support the resettlement of Refugees in Oregon.”

With community chef Lul Abdulle.

This is a family friendly event. We will have activities for kids 4+ and a full meal. Please let us know if you any dietary needs or allergies and translation needs. Register by emailing your name and group size to or call 503-282-4245.

Zenger Farm * 4 pm – 6:30 pm * $5-15 per family (no one ever turned away)