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If you’re reading this story, you’re probably very familiar with Portland’s neighborhood association system. And if you’re familiar with it, you know it isn’t alway smooth; isn’t always nice.

But should it be scrapped? And what will be lost?

That’s the question being considered by the City of Portland. In a partership with the fabulous listener-powered KBOO radio, I interviewed Christian Trejbal, chair of the Overlook Neighborhood Association.

Trejbal says that the City hasn’t been communicative or clear about what’s going to be changed, but if NAs lose their City-sanctioned powers, there will be a lot less opportunities for oversight and engagement.

This is a citywide-heavy post this week, but I’m just following the flow.

Portland activists are organizing for the fight for a better police union contract. It might sound wonky, but the union contract sets the frame for police oversight and accountability— and right now the contract heavily favors the police.

The rally was organized by Portland Resistance.


The Oregonian wrote an interesting piece on how the painting of the Southeast Steele Street footbridge— a really cool grassroots effort—- was almost “restored” (painted over) by Oregon Department of Transportation.


Lents baseball:

The Portland Pickles take on the San Francisco Seals all weekend! There are games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

The schedule is here.

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


Street painting at NAYA Generations (event):

“We’re very excited for this community art project where we will be painting a street mural on SE Steele and SE 86th Ct. The design was co-created by a local artist and the residents at NAYA Generations, and the day has come for it to come to life!”

NAYA Generations, 8510 SE Steele St * 9 am, painting begins, noon – 3 pm: party, food, and other activities

People of the Drum (event):

“Enjoy vibrant performances and free drumming workshops for youths in this special program designed to strengthen and celebrate our community!

Presented by Portland Taiko, sponsored by Portland Parks & Recreation, East Portland Community Office, and KBOO Community Radio. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, and The Collins Foundation.”

Gateway Discover Park, 10520 NE Halsey Street * 2 pm – 4 pm


Farmers market: 

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“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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This week, the Oregonian wrote about the City’s plan to, as the story says, gut the powers of the neighborhood associations

So what actual changes are coming? Details aren’t clear, but you can follow the project’s process here


Friday night, two Saturday, one on Sunday— there are Portland Pickles games all weekend! The schedule is here.

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


Movies in the park (event):

“Smurfs: The Lost Village” (2017) PG, in Arabic with English subtitles. With pre-movie entertainment by Georgina Band (classic Iraqi rhythmic music).

Floyd Light Park, SE 111th Ave & Holgate Blvd * 6:30 pm music, movie at dusk * free


Farmers market:

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“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 

APANO panel discussion (event): 

“‘Pending Approval: Now and Tomorrow for Korean Adoptees’ Focusing on Korean adoption through a historical lens, this pair of events support this year’s AMP theme: “Passages.” This second event, “Now and Tomorrow for Korean Adoptees,” will focus on the adult adoptee experience and cover themes such as identity, returning to Korea, birth searches, and parenting.”

Orchards of 82nd, 8118 SE Division St * 3 pm – 5 pm

This event is part of APANO’s Art + Media Project Summer Series. The flyer for all the events is below. 

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We had a good time this week at The Eagle Eye Tavern watching the first round of the debates. With all the acrimony in the media around issues, it’s instinctual to draw back from these discussions.

But there were some good connections happening and everybody seemed to have a good time. There are so many excellent gatherings happening around Portland as the season warms up— and it’s good to be reminded how IRL (in real life) discussions differ from those online.


Karaoke at Eagle Eye:

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The fine art of karaoke is on tonight at The Eagle Eye Tavern.

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 


Lents Bike Tour (event):

“The Lents Neighborhood Association and Green Lents are partnering to lead another bike ride around the Lents’ Green Ring.
It’s about a 5 mile loop, and we will begin and end at the Community Tool Library.

This event is free and open to all! Come join us for a fun ride to check out all the unique awesomeness Lents has to offer.”

Lents Tool Library, 9215 SE Ramona St * 10 am – 12:30 pm

World Refugee Day (event):

“Join us at this refugee celebration with performances, food, activities for kids, cultural displays and more! Free event. For more information, go here.  or contact

Cosponsors include EMO’s Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees, Catholic Charities, IRCO, and many other organizations in the Portland metro area.”

Lents Park, SE 92nd and Holgate Blvd * 11 am – 3 pm  

June liberation celebration w/ Community chef Rachelle Dixon (event): 

“Come learn about and celebrate Black hxstory, resilience, and freedom struggle! June 19th commemorates the date in 1865 when slaves in Texas were finally informed slavery had ended. 

To celebrate this day of emancipation, we are hosting a community event at the farm full of activities for all ages. Food & Drinks, Garden box painting, Kid’s Garden, Cooking Demonstration, Farm Tours, Arts & Crafts, and more!

We are prioritizing space for Black community members at this event.”

Zenger Farms, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 11 am – 4 pm * free


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.” 

SE 92nd Ave and Reedway St 9 am – 2 pm

Living While Dying: Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker (event): 

Living While Dying

“In a world that sees death as something to vanquish, the 45-minute documentary Living While Dying presents an alternative: people living with terminal illness who greet the inevitable with courage, humor, creativity and acceptance.

The program includes a discussion with the filmmaker and content experts.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave2 pm – 3:30 pm

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Last week, I attend a conference hosted by the University of Oregon Journalism Department. The topic was engagement in journalism, and it brought together educators and reporters from all over the country trying new ways to tell stories and connect communities.

A familiar theme was one of “extraction”, and how journalists can do more to serve their communities, rather than simply “extracting” stories from them.

One of the most powerful presentations was on study of how the media covered the 2015 mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. Reporters pounced on the small town, filling up voicemail inboxes, hounding residents with questions, and even breaking the news to parents about the death of their child… all in an attempt to get the story, and get it first.

On a much smaller scale, the same dynamic happens with citywide media. Reporters jump into an issue, and with tight deadlines and little time to educate themselves. Then they tell our stories that have the power to skew the conversation and ruin reputations.

I am incredibly proud of the work Lents resident Barbara Bader did on her story “Drama and resurrection of an iconic Lents landmark”, about the journeys of the New Copper Penny sign. The research was detailed, and also she took good care in acknowledging her role and interest in the story she was writing about.

We sorted of expected a backlash, but the story and the facts it presented have seemed to quiet the rancorous debate.

That’s always been one of my major goals for Village Portland: to be somewhat of a referee for these neighborhood conflicts (and cheerleader for getting involved). Nobody gets involved to fight with their neighbors, but this level of organizing seems especially ripe for conflict. Partially, I believe, because there’s rare independent accountability.

The NCP sign is still in storage, but it has found a home at The Eagle Eye Tavern. So even though we would have liked to have seen the Lents Neighborhood Association be more open and transparent about their relationship with the sign, we are glad the story had a happy ending.

It still doesn’t change the fact that the Willamette Week got it wrong when they wrote that the Tzantarmas family gave the NCP sign to the “I Love Lents” Facebook page. Nobody is angry or offended, and we all know journalism is a tough gig— even more so when you’re honestly trying to tell peoples’ stories fairly.

Yes, it’s been three years since the story was published, but the mistake has been ammo in the controversy around the issue and we want WW to acknowledge that they got it wrong.

We’re pretty sure giant glowing Abe Lincoln would want it that way.


Live music @ Cartlandia (event):

Cody Weathers & The Men Your Mama Warned You About headline an evening of soulful, powerful voices and top-flight original music, featuring Rainezra, Jason Henderson, and Justin Gardner. Food from Cartlandia is welcome inside. Music starts early and runs until the pumpkin hour.”

Blue Bar @ Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – midnight


Chicken swan song:

“The Violin Chicken has been performing around SE Portland and FoPo for several years now bringing joy and amusement and happiness to all. She is now moving out of state and is on her farewell tour. The Violin Chicken will grace Cartlandia with one of her final farewell performances.”

Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 11:11 am – 1:11 pm

Snack tour by bike (event):

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Montavilla City Park, NE 82nd Ave & NE Glisan St * noon – 3 pm

Taste of Parkrose (event):

“The Taste of Parkrose is a day-long community festival in East Portland hosted by Historic Parkrose and Parkrose Hardware.”

There’s a fun run, food and beer tastings, live music, on-site tattooing, and circus performers.

Rossi Farms, 3839 Northeast 122nd Ave* 10 am – 4 pm


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.” 

SE 92nd Ave and Reedway St 9 am – 2 pm

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It’s been a long, controversial journey, but the iconic sign from Lents’ New Copper Penny has finally found a home.

Even though we’ve come to a happy ending, there’s still disagreement about details, so Lents advocate and former LNA board member Barbara Bader wrote a deep, well-researched story about the sign.

Read the story here.


Shun Fat is now open! Check out video and photos from KOIN here

Karaoke at Eagle Eye:

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You can live your karaoke dreams four nights a week at the Eagle Eye Tavern.

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 


Kalmiopsis Day:

Leach Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 10 am – 2 pm * free


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.” SE 92nd Ave and Reedway St * 9 am – 2 pm

Drama and resurrection of an iconic Lents landmark


(Barbara Bader is a former Lents Neighborhood Association board member-at-large.)

Once upon a time, a flashy 14-foot neon sign presided over the Lents Town Center. For four decades, the red, luminous profile of Abraham Lincoln was the herald of The New Copper Penny’s (NCP) betting parlor, lounge, bar, restaurant, and Pantheon Banquet Hall.

Despite the New Copper Penny’s sometimes controversial reputation, its sign was a glowing beacon for residents. When the NCP was sold in 2016 and scheduled for demolition by Palindrome Communities, many Lents residents campaigned to save the sign for its historic value, as a symbol of Lents collective memory, and for its kitschy coolness.

The New Copper Penny dominated Lents’ central intersection at SE 92nd Ave and Foster Rd, until it was razed in January 2017 to make way for the Palindrome’s Oliver Station, a mix of apartments and retail space.


More than three years ago, the Tzantarmas family gave the sign to the Lents Neighborhood Association (LNA) to hold for the people of Lents until a new location to display it was found. Many, but certainly not all, community members had expressed in a variety of ways their hopes that the historic sign might be saved and repurposed for display in Lents.

Though I’d resigned from the LNA board in September 2018, I made my own unsuccessful inquiries, keeping the board in the loop, that fall to help find a new home for the NCP sign. To establish the chain of ownership necessary for anyone taking the sign from the LNA, I’d asked Deana Tzantarmas to send a letter to the board verifying that her family had given the sign to the LNA.

I bowed out of the process after I discovered that the board had created a committee to deal with the sign. I updated the LNA membership of my actions at the January 2019 general meeting (52:27). At the same meeting, LNA board chair Sabina Urdes explained some of the new committee’s suggestions deal with the sign. She stressed that they’d come to no conclusions and welcomed suggestions.

In January of this year, Deana Tzantarmas sent the letter on behalf of her family to LNA vice-president Sarah Wines confirming that they’d offered ownership of the sign to the LNA. Other LNA records and actions indicate that the organization had taken ownership.  

Current LNA board members decided by February and March this year that no evidence exists that convinced them the LNA owned the sign.

The LNA board then wrote to Cindy Martin, the owner of local business Tidee Didee Diaper Service & Natural Baby Boutique, shifting all responsibility for the sign onto her. Martin had granted the LNA the favor of temporary free use of outside space at Tidee Didee two years earlier to store the sign.

LNA board’s decision

On May 3, I sent the first of several requests for comment for this story to Urdes. On May 26 she emailed the following:

“After much research, neither the LNA, nor anyone else, has provided documentation showing a clear owner of the sign. It is our understanding that Tidee Didee has the strongest legal claim to ownership of the sign. We, as a community organization, can not simply declare ownership of the sign. Additional details are available in our meeting minutes, which can be found at”

In the email, Urdes writes that the statement is on “behalf of the LNA.” In effect, it seems the LNA board shed its responsibility for the sign without membership discussion of that decision and action, without giving LNA members a chance to vote, or even publicizing an announcement of intent. A request for the letter sent to Martin was acknowledged by the LNA secretary, but has not been provided.

Travels & travails of the NCP sign

The one-ton sign had been moved twice by the LNA since Palindrome removed it for preservation October 26, 2016, finally spending two years stored in the Tidee Didee parking lot. A couple of Lents residents threw a tarp over the sign, which was built to survive decades of outdoor conditions outside the New Copper Penny, in the mistaken belief that the LNA had abandoned it to deteriorate in the Portland weather. The covered sign attracted vandals who threw barrels on it, breaking many of the neon tubes hidden by the tarp.

Public awareness

A concerned LNA member directed me to a few lines written about the board’s decision in the February and March 2019 board meeting minutes. In turn, I reported that information in the “I Love Lents” Facebook group. “I Love Lents” is a closed and moderated group with more than 3,000 members. I am one of five admins.

Gauging from discussion threads there, concerned Lents folks were unaware of the board’s decision and the letter to Martin shifting all responsibility for the sign’s future onto her. I am one of those who expressed indignation on “I Love Lents” at the board’s actions in the name of the LNA membership.

It seemed as if the board ignored years of direct and indirect evidence, including a financial statement, funds paid, correspondence, references in available meeting minutes, and some members’ recollections from meetings where no minutes had been filed— which all point to the NCP sign as an LNA responsibility.

(Link to LNA 2017 Financial Statements – screenshot below is from Page 9 of the document. The sign is listed as “3. Property and Equipment”.)

Though the board did not add a discussion of their decision about the sign to an agenda for a general membership meeting, Autumn West and I spoke up at the April 2019 general meeting (15:45 and 17:35 below) to express our shock at the LNA board’s lack of integrity and transparency for forcing Martin to deal with the destiny of the sign.

Martin did not want to be interviewed for this article. She expressed to me that the sign had to go, but wanted to avoid trashing it. She preferred to save the sign for the people of Lents as originally intended by the LNA.

Within days of receiving the letter from the LNA board shifting the burden of the sign to her, Martin had found four credible potential homes for the sign. She discussed the situation with a lawyer and with Deana Tzantarmas before giving the sign to Erin Wagner, who stepped up to give the iconic landmark a safe home in the neighborhood.

“Cindy contacted me to explain her idea and make sure we were okay with it,” Tzantarmas wrote. “There’s a lot of honor in this approach and I greatly appreciate her respect and integrity. She has my blessing.”

Future at The Eagle Eye

Wagner plans to refurbish and display the sign in her Lents tavern, The Eagle Eye, at 5836 SE 92nd Ave. That’s just around the corner from the sign’s original location near the entrance to the New Copper Penny.

Wagner hopes to fit the sign in the karaoke room by opening up a false ceiling there. “If it won’t fit inside the karaoke room once the false ceiling’s removed then an outside patio would be my next option.”  

The Eagle Eye Tavern’s karaoke room.

She has experience working with other neon signs she’s collected. “I estimate neon repairs to be a couple grand based off past repairs I’ve had done.” Once the sign is installed, Wagner estimates that keeping the neon turned on might double The Eagle Eye’s electricity bill.

There’s no timetable yet for refurbishing and displaying the sign. Wagner says her immediate goal was “to relieve Tidee Didee of the burden this sign had caused and hopefully put an end to any neighborhood disputes surrounding it.”

New Copper Penny history

Some of the NCP sign drama is rooted in the history of the controversial New Copper Penny itself. Some with deep roots in Lents recall good times when the NCP was a gathering place for family dinners, dancing, and events. Others saw the NCP only as a dangerous and decrepit magnet for an unsavory crowd, which led to at least one shooting, a death, and many police calls.

After owner Saki Tzantarmas sold the New Copper Penny to Palindrome Communities in April 2016, many in the community hoped the large red neon Lincoln-head penny might be saved when the NCP was demolished to make way for the new development, Oliver Station. Ideas circulated about its historical value, and how it might be displayed or repurposed.

At the Tzantarmas family’s request, Palindrome removed the sign intact. The family, in turn, gave it to the LNA to store until the association found a way to display it in the community.

Saki was well-known and well-loved by many in Lents. People remember his big personality and generosity to neighborhood individuals, as well as his support for beloved local events and institutions, such as Founder’s Day, Concerts in the Park, and the Wattles Boys & Girls Club.

He supported the LNA, for example, by putting on free dinners. Its treasury grew because of proceeds from fundraisers. Back when every Founder’s Day included a party in Lents Park, Saki was there feeding the crowd. Saki died July 20, 2017.

It’s important to note that community support for saving the sign has always been mixed. Some thought it should be demolished along with the New Copper Penny, given their feelings about the disreputable aspects of the business. Others loved the sign. In keeping with years of fond family memories of good times at the New Copper Penny, they were enthusiastic about saving it.

On behalf of the Tzantarmas family, Saki’s daughter Deana offered the sign to the LNA as a gift to the people of Lents. The LNA took responsibility for storing the sign until the community decided how and where to display it.

Transport and storage

In late summer and fall 2016, Palindrome Communities’ head of development, Robert Gibson, and the LNA’s Land Use Chair, Cora Potter, coordinated the initial removal, transport, and storage of the sign. The sign was never Potter’s actual responsibility, but she ended up managing the project for the LNA board. Despite her repeated requests for help throughout the sign’s long saga with the LNA, Potter recalls that no board or community member followed through with assistance.

Gibson offered the LNA free storage for the sign in the basement of Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave. ZHaus was Palindrome’s first investment in Lents. “The sign would not fit in the freight elevator at Zhaus, and therefore could not be stored in the basement. This was the original plan for storage,” he said.  

At the August 2016 LNA board meeting, Potter informed the group that Commissioner Nick Fish had volunteered a staffer to arrange storage space with the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) in its Troutdale warehouse. Other board members approved and thanked her for her efforts, she recalls. May through September 2016 board meeting minutes were not filed.

Security Signs removed the sign from the soon-to-be-demolished New Copper Penny on October 26, 2016. Palindrome shouldered the $4,700 fee for its removal and relocation to the OHS warehouse, according to Gibson.

OHS sent a storage agreement in November to the LNA board. It warned the LNA that the warehouse would be closed up in April 2017. As that deadline approached, a community member who volunteered to search for new storage space had not followed through.

The rush was on for the LNA to arrange transport to an unknown new space for the weighty landmark. Potter stepped back in to fix the problem. “I felt a responsibility for ensuring that we didn’t dump the sign for OHS to deal with as they closed their warehouse,” she recalls.

Community help appeared in the form of Martin, who called Potter when she heard about the concerned board member’s many social media requests for help. Cindy came to the rescue of the LNA by storing the sign for free in the large parking lot of Tidee Didee, her business at the corner of SE 92nd Ave and Woodstock Blvd, a stone’s throw from the old New Copper Penny site.

Security Signs had been booked to move the heavy 14-foot sign from Troutdale to Tidee Didee at an hourly rate approved by the LNA board via email. As it turned out, the company added a second employee for the job, which still took two hours longer than predicted. The cost ballooned to $1,260 from the original quote of $350 to $600, thanks to the extra time and doubled cost of labor. The bill was paid to Security Signs by the treasurer, according to April and May 2017 LNA general meeting minutes.

Ownership Controversy

Neighborhood drama escalated when a discontented LNA member convinced himself and some others that the Tzantarmas family had given the sign not to the LNA, but to the “I Love Lents” Facebook group. It seems obvious that the Facebook page “I Love Lents,” is not a physical entity, is not owned by anyone except Facebook, and can’t own anything.

The LNA member based his notion on a nonsensical statement falsely attributed to Deana Tzantarmas by Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week’s July 12, 2016 article “Portland’s Best Giant Neon Gift Is the Copper Penny Sign in Lents“.

Mesh wrote “… Saki’s relative Deana Tzantarmas sent a Facebook offer to the “I Love Lents” neighborhood group: They could keep the giant neon penny, gratis.”

Willamette Week’s inaccurate statement, and some people’s stubborn belief in it despite rebuttals, fueled the final destiny of the sign.

Deana actually wrote, “I have expressed to my family the neighborhood’s repeated comments about your desire to keep the iconic Penny around after the NCP building demolition. It’s with much love for this neighborhood that we would like to donate it to our Lents community. If someone from LNA (?) could contact me so we know how to proceed, I’d be grateful.”

As recently as the January 2019 LNA membership meeting (1:04:55), a member continued to suggest that ownership of the sign was unclear.

During the February 2019 LNA board meeting, even board members questioned whether the Facebook group owned the sign. According to its meeting minutes, the board “Still [has] questions on ownership since it’s not a registered asset, uncertainty over whether it was donated to LNA or the I Love Lents group.”

The board had already received Deana Tzantarmas’ confirmation that the sign was offered to the LNA, not to a facebook group, in her letter to the board. It was signed by 10 family members, including Deana.

“I understand there is some confusion about the New Copper Penny sign’s ownership and thought I would write to clarify things,” Tzantarmas wrote in her January letter. “When my father Theodosios “Saki” Tzantarmas sold the New Copper Penny property to Palindrome Communities, we asked the neon sign remain ours. After some discussion with Cora Potter, I offered the New Copper Penny sign to the Lents Neighborhood Association (LNA) on behalf of my father and siblings.”  

Once the LNA board’s final decision and actions became widely known this year, Tzantarmas wote, “My family donated the sign to the community, via the LNA, because we heard from so many people how much they thought the sign was a neighborhood landmark and should stay in Lents. I’m disappointed in how the LNA has handled this situation and how much controversy the sign has raised as a whole. Particularly, making the sign Cindy’s responsibility is shameful. Neighborhood kindness should never be taken advantage of like this.”

This weekend

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.


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


Tool library:

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): 

Robbi K - Osebo's Drum

“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 Ave2 pm – 2:50 pm 

Live music:

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


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.” 

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This won’t come as a surprise to neighborhood advocates, but Multnomah County’s District Attorneys Officerecently testified that they don’t have the staff to prosecute the cases being brought to court in a timely manner.

The issue came to light during budget hearings earlier this week. Read more about it in the story from Fox 12 here


Village Building Convergence (there’s no connection to this site) is one of those events that involved hundreds of neighbors working on multiple projects across the city— but you’ll never hear about it in the news.

Maybe it’s not edgy enough, but it’s great to know neighbors are coming together all over the city to get to know each other and work on a project everyone can be proud of.

There are events all over the city and three in / near Lents. Learn more about the project here from Village Portland @ Richmond reporter Leah Bell-Johnson.


Karaoke at Eagle Eye:

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You can live your karaoke four nights a week at the Eagle Eye Tavern.

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 


Learning Gardens Laboratory Placemaking Celebration (event):

This is also part of City Repairs’ Village Building Convergence. Find the schedule at the link above.

“Join us for the Learning Gardens Laboratory Placemaking Celebration! Morning yoga, a guided walk around the property, visioning, hands-on tasks to improve the space and tend to seasonal needs, arts and crafts and a potluck! Come celebrate the beautiful space of Learning Gardens Lab, along with all the many people who make up this wonderful community.”

Learning Gardens Lab PSU, 6801 SE 60th Ave * 9 am – 2 pm


Lents farmers market opening day (website):

“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.”

SNAP card holders can double their purchases up to $10 with the Double Up Food Bucks program.

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

Theatrical reading (event):

Bedrock Garden Party: A Staged Reading of “Persephone”.

“Bedrock’s original adaptation of the epic classic tells the tale of the maiden Persephone; her abduction by Hades, King of the Underworld; her mother, Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest; six fateful pomegranate seeds; and a painful compromise that is the genesis for Earth’s seasons.”

Leach Botanical Garden, East Terrace, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm * suggested donation: $5 – $25


Joint Concert with Portland Metro Concert Band and East County Community Orchestra. 

David Douglas High School, Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400
SE 130th Ave * 3 pm

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Every business, every organization, and yes— every person— has a story.

How a business develops and the role it fills in a market and community truly fascinate me. The amount of time, trouble, and resources that goes into building a small business almost always means it’s more then just about making money.

When I was out one day talking to people about the platform, I stopped into a thrift store to look around. Most of my clothes come from thrift stores— I reusing clothing makes sense ethically, and I prefer one-of-a-kind pieces that often surprise and delight.

After a short conversation with the very friendly and helpful fella behind the counter, I knew PNW Adult & Teen Challenge’s Resale and Donation Center on 82nd Ave would make a good feature. It’s a fascinating mix of business and community service that offers a new perspective on how society sees recovery and getting people back into productive lives.

On Village Portland @ Montavilla, we featured Fressen Artisan Bakery and Cafe— it’s a really cool place, and a great example of the intersection of small business, culture, and community.


Mural Workshop with PSAA (event):

The BDNA will be hosting the Portland Street Art Alliance (PSAA) during its all committees meeting on May 21st, 7 pm.

“PSAA will provide an overview of the mural commissioning process and City’s mural permitting process as well as highlighting projects from their three main programming areas: engagement, education, and empowerment.”

The PSAA helps pairs business owners with willing artists and are responsible for many wonderful murals throughout Portland.

Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave * May 21st, 7 pm


5k Series Fun Run at Lents Park (event):

Fun run… 5 kilometers is just over three miles for those interested. Walkers are welcome.

Lents Park, 4808 SE 92nd Ave * $10, youth under 17 free

Nature Fair 2019 (event):

Play games, work with plants, mask making, and pet goats, chickens, birds, and slug, ice cream, and hikes.

Music from: Possum 6-Pack & The Marian Street Ramblers

Leach Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave, Far East Meadow * 10 am – 2 am * free


Sunday Parkways Southeast (event):

To encourage bicycling and non-motorized transportation, the City shuts down a ring of streets several Sundays a year, with booths, bands, and other interesting events.

This route will explore the neighborhood greenways of Ankeny, Clinton, Lincoln, Salmon, Taylor streets and more. While you’re at it, don’t forget to dance, grab a bite to eat and learn something new.”

Southeast Portland * 11 am – 4 pm

Oregon Sinfonietta concert (event):

“The award-winning Oregon Sinfonietta, now in its 46th season and conducted by Dr. Donald L. Appert, is a full symphony orchestra of about sixty musicians that draws together community musicians from the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area.”

Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10501 SE Market St * 3 pm * free

This weekend

The City of Portland is asking residents to its 2019 Portland Community Insights Survey. The survey is here.

“Insights from the survey will be shared with City Bureaus and Commissioners to help them make decisions… “


Earth Day:

Vibe Studio Earth Day!

Vibe Studio, 5633 SE Division St * 12:30 pm – 6 pm

Native bee workshop (event):

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“Native bees are essential for pollinating 85% of the world’s flowering plants, and their conservation is vital to environmental and human health. They’re also fascinating and beautiful– well worth an up-close look. Join us for an overview of Oregon’s native bees, and an examination of some bees through dissecting scopes, followed by a chance to catch and release some as we take a guided tour through the Garden.”

Leach Botanical Garden * 1 pm – 4 pm * $20 general / $15 Leach Garden Friend

Chess club:

“Have fun playing chess! We provide the chess equipment. All ages welcome. First come, first served.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 1 pm – 3:30 pm