It’s awesome to see all the new growth in Lents— as it is also awesome to remember what came before us.
Based on that sentiment, we are finalizing a story about the saga and fate of the New Copper Penny. The story is being written and researched by long-time Lents resident and volunteer Barbara Bader.
Do you have any (good or bad) stories about the New Copper Penny that you’d like to share? Do you have any insight / recollections on its chain of ownership, and if it was ever owned by the Lents Neighborhood Association?
It’s very good to hear that the sign has found a home in the fabulous Eagle Eye Tavern.
Expect the story to be published this week! And if you have a story you’d like to get help telling (words, audio, or video), we want to help empower all residents to share their stories with their neighbors!
The last Lents Neighborhood Association had another presentation about an important issue for East Portland: vehicle crash trends in and around Lents, and ways to reduce serious crashes.
Get some of the statistics presented at the meeting here, or watch the video below.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH
Farm to table meal (event / tickets):
“Join us at Zenger Farm’s beautiful Urban Grange for an evening of incredible food, wine, and community. Our 2019 Chefs’ Dinner brings together an incredible lineup of Black leaders from the local culinary and beverage community, led by award-winning chef Gregory Gourdet of Departure.”
Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 6 pm – 9 pm * $85
SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH
Have any home improvement work you need finishing, but don’t have the right tool? Visit the Green Lents Community Tool Library, it’s open today.
Contact them here. They’re open every Wednesday (6 pm – 8 pm) and Saturday this month.
9215 Southeast Ramona St * 10 am – 1 pm
African drums (event):
“Parents’ Choice Award winner Robbi K’s spirit is contagious as the entire audience is soon singing and clapping along with Osebo’s Drum.”
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 2:50 pm
The Blue Room Bar, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 pm * free
SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH
Farmers market (event):
“Lents International Farmers Market (LIFM) is the only one in Portland with an intentional international focus. LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally appropriate produce to the diverse community of Lents neighbors. Founded in 2006 by a community volunteers and then run by Zenger Farm, it is an important sales outlet for immigrant and new farmers, and new small food business owners too.”
There are so many false stories out there about the New Copper Penny sign it will be interesting to see what Ms. Bader comes up with. If you want some truth to your story contact the LNA who did their homework and could not find anything in their minutes that the sign was every donated to them. This is backed up by an article printed in the Willamette Week where Saki’s daughter gave the sign to the “I Love Lents” group. There are also FB posts where she contacted Cora to see if she wanted the sign. I hope you do your do diligence to make sure this article has accurate information in it. These false narratives are starting to remind me of our government.
Hey Char, nice to hear from you again. Yes, all those points are addressed with diligent, primary-source research in our story.
As publisher, I’m always open to answer any questions, and I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the comments.
We’re always looking for interesting, community-affirming stories to tell, as well as challenging issues (like the controversy with the NCP sign) to explore. And I’m humbly aware that community advocates like yourself are the best source for that. Thanks again for your work in Lents.