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    This weekend

    January 12, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    If you missed it, the Montavilla Neighborhood Association met this week. Video and a meeting summary is here.

    The board heard from the principal of the new middle school serving East Portland and discussed the grievances filed against the board.

    There’s a lot of new development down in Lents, and with new development comes the likelihood of increased rent.

    So it’s good to see Green Lents and ROSE Community Development establishing the Lents Strong Housing Team. They’ll have their first meeting Jan 27 at Leander Community Room, 4620 SE 122 Ave from 9:30 am – 2: 30 pm.


    Johnson Creek Watershed Council crew leader training: 

    Come train to become a Creek Crew Leader for volunteer groups during 3 or more restoration events during the 2018 planting season. During Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s one-day training they’ll cover all you need to know to support restoration events in the watershed including managing the registration table, leading safety talks, and hands-on tree planting. They will crown you with a rad JCWC Creek Crew beanie and send you home with a Creek Crew Leader manual!”
     1900 SE Milport Rd. Suite B, Milwaukie, OR * 1 pm – 5 pm


    Live music from Andrea and the Enablers (FB page):
    “Country influenced by George Jones, Merle Haggard, Faron Young, Ray Price, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, Amber Digby, Brennen Leigh, Waylon, Marty Stuart, and many, many new artists that keep the sound alive.”
    O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am


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    Come north to the Montavilla Farmers Market‘s monthly stockup market.
    The market is also taking applications for new vendors! More information here.
    Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


    child at Slavic New Year

    “Come and celebrate the most popular holiday in Slavic culture with music, folktales and traditional treats.”

     There’s be music and cultural presentations from: Scarlet Sails Theater, Dragon Theater, and Irina Zatsepa.
    Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm 


    Know Your Rights: Renter’s Rights, presented by Community Alliance of Tenants:

    “Understand your rights and responsibilities at all stages of the renting process — searching for a home, filling out applications, paying deposits and fees, getting repairs made, moving out and more.”

    To​ ​register,​ ​please​ ​call​ ​Thuy​ ​at​ ​503-329-8903​ ​or​ ​email thuy@oregoncat.org. Presentation in English and Vietnamese.

    Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd * 2:30 pm – 4 pm 


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    Highland UCC will be hosting their 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr tribute. It’s been 50 years since he was assassinated.

    This year’s theme: “Where do we go from here… ”

    There’s not a lot online about the event, but I know there’s be informational booths including folks from the Albina Music Trust. This group is trying to preserve the musical history of funk in North Portland in the 1970s. Read more in this Willamette Week story.

    Highland UCC, 7600 NE Glisan St * 11 am – 6 pm 


    Montavilla Neighborhood Association – January meeting

    January 9, 2018 at 9:56 am

    January’s Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting included a presentation from the principal of Roseway Heights Middle School, and the board also addressed a slate of grievances filed.

    There were five board members and about half a dozen neighbors at the January 8 meeting. Board member Olivia Alsept-Ellis said board members have been overworked keeping the neighborhood’s warming shelter up and running.

    Based on technological issues with the board’s new website, Amanda Rhoades, vice chair, said agenda wasn’t posted with the seven days notice, so the board couldn’t vote on anything.

    @ 3:55: Kathleen Elwood, principal from the new Roseway Heights Middle School, gave a presentation about the shakeup in schools beginning next year.

    She said there’s a focus to create community for schools feeding into Madison High School, and mentioned opportunities for getting involved with: a Portland Department of Transportation school-focused neighborhood survey; planning community events; and a partnership with a 13-acre ecology space called Dharma Rain (at 82nd & Siskiyou).

    Kate Walker attended the MNA meeting to advocate for lowered driving speeds in neighborhoods. She wanted present more on the topic later this year.

    Find contact information for all MNA board members here.

    Rhoades, Land Use and Transportation chair, said the South Tabor NA is appealing a self storage facility planned at the former 7 Dees Garden Center. She thinks the hearing will be Feb 1.

    SE Uplift is amending their motto, said SEUL representative Alsept-Ellis, and there is time to contribute to the process.

    John Rotter, Public Safety chair, said they are working on developing good neighbor agreements and developing a neighborhood watch program.

    @ 22:38: The board addresses the grievances given to the board in early December. Board Chair David Linn said three of six of the grievances were rejected because they didn’t meet the criteria required. Linn said they needed to have two more grievance meetings before the next board meeting.

    Rhoades said those who filed the grievances should be given a chance to present more information about their concerns.


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    December 18, 2017 at 3:07 am


    This weekend

    December 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    MNA meeting was Monday. Read the story and see the video here. The board’s done tons of good work and many of the board members are spearheading an emergency shelter in the neighborhood.

    They’re still looking for volunteers and supplies at the emergency shelter. They have a new Facebook page here, and a training for volunteers on Sunday 12/17. Or contact them by email: montavillawarmingshelter@protoonmail.com.

     The Oregonian published a piece Friday 12/15 (here) about efforts to determine how to respect civil liberties without leaving people with mental illness to suffer in the harsh weather.


    At Academy Theater (website), there are three, yes, three Christmas movies are playing tonight: “White Christmas” (1954) starring Bing Crosby; “A Christmas Story” (1983) about a boy whose only Christmas wish is a BB gun; and “The Star” (2017) about a group of animals who follow the star to Jesus’ manger.

    Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * see site for times * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 


    Bonnie Lee is playing at Montavilla Station!

    Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th Ave * 9:30ish * free


    At Milepost 5, there’s a Holiday Artisans Market.There’ll be 50 vendors spread throughout the building. If you’re curious about the community, it’s a good time to visit. (FB page)

    Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 11 am – 5 pm 


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    “With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the Sunshine Division will pack and deliver 3,500 Holiday Food Boxes this December.”

    The pack nights were fully filled by volunteers with a wait list. If you want to help deliver the boxes, email Erin@sunshinedivision.org to arrange a RSVP.

    From their website:

    “Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 95-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.”

    Go here to learn how to receive food or clothing from the Sunshine Division.

    PPB East Precinct, 737 SE 106th Ave * 8 am 


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    The Lents Holiday Bazaar brings together 80 vendors to benefit the Kelly Elementary PTA (FB page). The organizers made sure to accept a variety of craftspeople, so there’s not too much of one kind of item.


    “In this seasonal hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican winter season traditions, which include a combination of indigenous and occidental traditions such as the posadas (parties), nativity scenes, and Día de Reyes. Participants will make their own ornaments and can use them to decorate for the season.”

    Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 4 pm 


    December’s Winter Stock-Up market from the Montavilla Farmers Market is Sunday. Read about the awesome produce and products available here.

    7700 block of SE Stark St * 11 am – 1 pm 


    At O’Neill Public House there’s a bluegrass slow jam 2 pm – 5 pm, and an Irish traditional session from 9:30pm – 11:30pm.

    In between, is Stringed Migration (FB page) a quartet that performs a lush synthesis of Celtic and international roots music with a twist of jazz. They play from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

    O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * free

    Montavilla Neighborhood Association December meeting

    December 13, 2017 at 5:46 am

    So much interesting and important information about your neighborhood comes to the neighborhood associations first— especially if you’re someone like me who wants to know what’s going to happen and be a part of the process, rather than learn about what’s already happened.

    The December Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting was held December 11th, and about 30 neighbors attended. Board members Jonnie Shaver, Antigonus Garret, and Micah Fletcher were absent.

    Since being elected two months ago, it’s clear the board’s been working hard lately. There are four active committees (contacts here): land use & transportation, housing & homelessness, outreach & communications, and public safety; there’s a beautiful new website (with the events calendar here); a newsletter; and captioning for the hearing impaired was secured.

    Members of the board are also spearheading a emergency warming shelter (the likely explanation for the board members’ absences from the meeting), and if you’d like to volunteer, offer supplies, or have your church or building considered for an emergency shelter, contact the housing & homelessness committee.

    I keep thinking the MNA is past it, there’s still a lot of conflict surrounding the organization.

    There is a MNA board member who said she armed herself because she thinks her life is threatened by white supremacists and bigots organizing in the neighborhood.

    There are neighbors who still think the MNA election was stolen, and that members of the MNA board are guilty of misconduct.

    The death threats are clearly most alarming and deserve more immediate attention, but all these accusations are important to anyone who has concern for this organization or this neighborhood.

    I think at this point the best thing I can do, if you didn’t want to attend or watch a two-hour YouTube video, is identify the conflicts and quote Carl Sagan: extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.


    As part of the neighbor introductions, Julia DeGraw introduced herself and her campaign for Portland City Council (FB campaign page).

    The first presentation was from Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson (website with contact). She talked about (@ 7:30 in the video) her work on issues like homelessness, mental health, safe streets, and pushing back against federal deportation policies. She also said her office helped secure a grant to assist women with addiction and spearheaded a tiny house project for homeless families.

    Since the City of Portland doesn’t have districts and the County does, she said she feels a special responsibility for East Portlanders and issues that impact them. She encouraged neighbors to reach out to her or her assistance or if they have any questions.

    Afterwards, TriMet’s Wendy Serrano gave an update on the Division Transit Project (@ 20:05). Scheduled to begin service in 2021, the project plans to bring longer buses and faster service from downtown all the way to Gresham.

    Committee reports were next (@ 51:00).

    SE Uplift representative Olivia Alsept-Ellis said the SE Uplift grant applications were due January 8th.

    Public safety chair John Rotter said the public safety committee was working on training neighborhood patrols and helping people learn how to report issues with the PDX Reporter App. Meetings will be held every two months, he said.

    Land use chair Amanda Rhoads said there’s a new development on SE Alder between 77th and 78th, and the developer attended the first meeting of the committee.

    Board secretary Briar Rose Schreiber said six grievances and two records requests have been submitted to the board. She said (@ 1:01:01) that she feels threatened by white supremacists and bigots organizing in Montavilla. Her story is hard to hear but it definitely needs to be heard and addressed.

    At 1:06:00, new board member Brad Donahue expressed concern with Schreiber’s claims and asked for evidence for claims of the bigotry and white supremacy directed towards neighbors.


    After the general meeting, the floor was open to questions (@ 1:09:25) and neighbors asked about the grievances filed against the board and another neighbor expressed an interest in having hard conversations about homelessness.

    Among other issues, the board considered starting a accessibility committee and using an online forum called Loomio to have discussions on community proposals.

    @ 1:45:30 David Linn, board chair said he would address the grievances filed with the board. The issue was discussed after that, and Linn said they would likely schedule a special meeting to discuss it.

    @ 1:55:10, Linn said that there is a Facebook group fraudulently impersonating the MNA. Since an administrator of that group is the neighbor who filed a records request, he said he thinks that request should be rejected.

    @ 2:00:00 Linn and board members talked about the Facebook group in question, and a  (unidentified) moderator for the group joined the conversation. At about 2:02:00, he said he is not a white supremacist and that he got involved to help encourage a “level-headed” balance because he’s not seeing that on either side.


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    This weekend

    December 8, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Solutions to critical pubic issues like air quality, discarded syringes, and homeless services in East Portland are gaining the most ground at the neighborhood level.

    At its November board meeting, the Lents Neighborhood Association had representatives from Multnomah County Health Department to discuss syringe disposal and the air quality near schools.

    For more information on the air quality issue, the Tribune covered it this week. Learn more from the presentation at the LNA meeting (beginning @ 1:37:00).

    The Montavilla Neighborhood Association is holding its monthly board meeting this Monday, December 11th. The meeting’s agenda is here.

    Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm
    December 11th, 2017


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    “Join the Montavilla Business Association in Downtown Montavilla for discounts and specials on drinking, shopping, tasting, and holiday merriment! In the spirit of the season, please bring canned food to donate to the United Methodist Church food pantry.”

    Also on Saturday, Santa will be at Vino Veritas (7835 SE Stark). You can also create crafts, drink hot cocoa and have your photo taken with the jolly elf.

    Donations for the United Methodist Food Pantry are gladly accepted both evenings.

    SE Stark St * 5 pm – close 


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    There’s an art opening at Milepost 5 this evening. There will be original art from Cooper Jamieson and usually snacks and drinks are served. It’s the last show from Artists Milepost art director and friend Lawrence Kirk.

    Here’s a few artistically chosen words about the art of our artist:

    “Cooper Jamieson is a 2016 Lewis & Clark alum who just does not know what he is looking for. Right now, Cooper’s looking for his notes for what to write. Cooper is a current PhD student at University of California, Los Angeles for theoretical and computational chemistry. He collaborates with the biochemistry and chemical engineering departments in order to elucidate pericyclase enzyme mechanics. Despite having such specificity in his education, it does not seem to help answer the question: what is Cooper looking for.”

    “The work on view is a superimposition of altered images. Moments or emotions layered against one another. Adding all these layers together does not yield an obvious net moment, emotion, or story — these are not commutative operations. In other words, these images don’t know what they are looking for either.” 

    Milepost 5 Gallery, 850 NE 81st * 6 pm – 8 pm 


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    “We are proud to announce that the 7th annual NAYA Winter Marketplace will take place on Saturday, December 9th from 10am – 4pm in the NAYA gymnasium! Come support our community’s vendors for one-stop Christmas shopping. Arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more just in time for the holidays!”

    NAYA Gymnasium, 5135 NE Columbia Blvd * 10 am – 4 pm 


    KXL’s Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis (YouTube intro) will be at Invoke celebrating the grand opening of the Ground Zero store there. In the spirit of the season, there may be some Krampuses there as well…

    “Clyde Lewis, radio host of Ground Zero will be there along with GZ items such as books, magazines, t-shirts, tote bags, decals, and more!”

    Invoke, 414 SE 81st Ave * 2 pm – 6 pm 


    Build a City That Sparks

    “Create a cityscape that sparks! Use beautiful glowing paper collages, cardboard, copper tape, LED lights and batteries to light up your city in this amazing interactive art piece.  At the same time you’ll learn a little something about electrical circuitry.”

    Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Boulevard * 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm * free 


    “A resource and meal share hosted by Portland Assembly’s Montavilla and East Central NACs. Please share this invitation with your houseless neighbors.”

    For volunteers or donors:

    “We’re hoping to create a supply stock, that will allow us to make more cold weather kits, and to prepare for the opening of warming shelters, as we move into more severe weather. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for training and volunteer opportunities at the Montavilla NAC-hosted warming shelter.”

    For a list of supplies needed go here. They’ll also be signing up volunteers for the warming shelter. The shelter will be hosted at St Peter & Paul Episcopal Church (247 SE 82nd Avenue).

    SEUL, 3534 SE Main St * 2 pm – 5 pm 


    “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) is the current film in Academy’s holiday series.

    Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors  * 12:00, 5:05, 9:35

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    December 1, 2017 at 8:20 pm


    Canada provides 35 weeks paid family and medical leave, Mexico 12; while the United States remains with Papua New Guinea as the only nations in the world that don’t have a paid medical leave law. With interviews from leading policy makers, economists, researchers, and activists, “Zero Weeks” makes a compelling case that this is another critical social program where the US lags behind the rest of the world.

    From the screening’s Facebook event:

    “At some point in our lives, all of us will have a sick partner, an aging parent, a new baby or adopted child, or get sick ourselves. And since taking care of family is non-negotiable, we all need to be able to take time from work without worrying about losing our jobs or going into serious debt. This is why Oregon needs a paid family and medical leave insurance program and why Family Forward Oregon is bringing you this special screening of Zero Weeks, the fourth documentary by award-winning director, Ky Dickens. Dickens was inspired to make a film about paid leave, after facing financial depletion, emotional turmoil and guilt of having “not enough time,” due to a lack of paid leave, after the birth of her first child.”

    After the screening, a panel of leaders will share thoughts on what a paid family and medical leave insurance could mean for Oregon. This is a child friendly event.

    Kelly Elementary School, 9030 SE Cooper St * doors @ 5 pm, screening @ 6 pm * free


    There’s a fundraiser for the Montavilla cold-weather shelter, featuring a film on skinhead culture called “The Story Of Skinhead” and DJs spinning “best of Boss Reggae, Two Tone, and Antifascist Oi!”

    From the Facebook invitation:

    “The City doesn’t have enough resources to ensure our houseless population don’t suffer from the potentially fatal effects of our harsh winter weather. The Montavilla NAC (Neighborhood Action Council) which is part of Portland Assembly will be running a volunteer community led warming shelter for the second time this year.”

    “RASH will be teaming up with the Montavilla NAC to help get much needed supplies for the warming shelter. If you are interested in volunteering your time or want to cook a meal please email, montavillanac@protonmail.com. Thanks for supporting your local community!”

    More info about Portland Assembly can be found here. Here’s the story I wrote last year about the awesome effort that was organized to make the Montavilla cold weather shelter a reality.

    Cider Riot!, 807 NE Couch St * 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm * donations accepted 


    Fall Social and Swap with the Gardeners of Montavilla:

    “Bring your seeds, cuttings, yourselves, your desire to talk about plants, a dish to share – any or all of the above! Everyone is welcome.”

    1563 SE 85th Ave * 2 pm – 5 pm 


    “Support the garden while you kick off the holiday season! Our festive holiday event includes freshly made wreaths and swags, cut greens, baked goods and an Artist Market featuring work by local glass, ceramic, metal and fabric artists. Vendors this year include Barley Beads, Durham Arts, Smashed! Boozy Jams, Twig & Moth, Dick Brooks, Amy Griggs, Nicole Curcio, Kiss My Biscuit, and Shy O Jewelry.” 

    “Experience the winter garden and sip hot cider in the Manor House while you shop.” 

    Floral arranging workshops are being held from noon – 1 pm. Bring your own vase. $10 per person, $5 for members.

    Leech Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * Fri & Sat, 9 am – 3 pm * free admission 


    Winter Wonderland Bazaar! “Please join us for Portland Arthur Academy’s 5th Grade Winder Wonderland Fundraiser. Handmade gifts from local artists, food, raffles and more!! There will be free kids activities and pictures with Santa.”

    Ascension Church basement, 7507 SE Yamhill St * 10 am – 3 pm 


    Bolt Upright blues jam @ Montavilla Station… always a good time, always a big crowd.
    417 SE 80th Ave * 9 pm * free


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    The Montavilla East Tabor Business Association is encouraging everyone to shop local during the post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend. If you’re on Facebook, check out their event for deals and details.


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    The Grotto’s 30th Annual Christmas Festival of Lights opens tonight!

    Opening ceremony is at 5:15 pm, and there are four choir groups performing, the last beginning at 9 pm. There are multiple choirs performing every evening throughout the holidays (schedule).

    “Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world.  The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.”

    “New this year:  Improved parking, with an overflow lot (on busy nights) with free shuttle at St. Rita’s Church, near the intersection of NE 102nd and Prescott.”

    8840 NE Skidmore St * 5 pm – 10 pm * adults: $11; seniors (65+) / military: $10; children (3-12): $6; children (2 & under): free


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    The Montavilla Food Co-op is sponsoring a one-day market featuring local artisans and crafts people:

    “In celebration of passing our 600 Member Owner milestone, we’re making our annual Small Business Saturday event a preview of what the co-op will be like once it opens!”

    “This event will feature local artists, bakers, crafters, start up businesses, farmers and more! Promoting our neighbors with an event to feature their goods to the rest of the community is a good example of what the co-op will look like once we sign our lease.”

    Wix Insurance Agency, 8037 SE Stark St * 11 am – 4 pm 


    KingPins Cosmic Bowling is discounted on Saturday nights:

    “When the lights go down for cosmic bowling, the fun goes up at KingPins! Bowl under black lights while the latest music videos play on our 16 foot wide projection screens and laser lights race across the lanes. It’s like no other bowling experience you’ve had!”

    3550 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – 1 am * $11, all you can bowl 


    EastSide Bar and Grill, 2530 Ne 82nd Ave * 9 pm – midnight * ??? 


    “Practique inglés o español y ayude a los demás que están aprendiendo en un ambiente amable. Los participantes hablan la mitad del tiempo en inglés y la otra en español. Están bienvenidos los principiantes.”

    “Practice English or Spanish and help other learners in a friendly atmosphere. Participants speak half the time in English and half in Spanish. Beginners welcome.”

    Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 3 pm – 4:30 pm * free



    This weekend

    November 17, 2017 at 4:30 am

    If you missed it, there was a meeting of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association board this Monday. If youd like to see the video, read about the meeting’s highlights, and find out how to get involved, follow this link.


    “Bring your mad Lego skills to the library and let your imagination flow. Each time, we’ll build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5-11.” 

    First come, first served.

    Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 4 pm 5 pm * free 


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    Enjoy the fine art of karaoke at Chinese Village (520 SE 82nd Ave @ Stark) and Candlelight Restaurant and Lounge (7334 NE Glisan St).

    9 pm-ish * free


    “The Fix-It Fair is a FREE City of Portland event where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with resources. Join your neighbors and talk to the experts about how to spend less and stay healthy.”

    Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Ave * 9:30 am – 2:30 pm


    “Painted Sky is an organization that honors Native American culture by building awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and education. Painted Sky’s primary goals are to engage youth in the study and performance of Native American music, dance and song. Come join Painted Sky for a lively and educational experience.”

    Midland Library, * 2 pm – 2:45 pm * free 


    Southeast Uplift is hosting an event called A Place to Call Home: Exploring Housing in Oregon.
    SEUL Fireside Room, 3534 SE Main St * 3 pm – 5:30 pm



    Fresh meats, oysters, apples, baked goods, traditional Mexican fare… and all kinds of other goodies for Thanksgiving are available at the Montavilla Farmers Market Thanksgiving market! Read about all the awesome providers that will be available at the market here.

    7700 SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

    A summary of November’s Montavilla Neighborhood Association board meeting

    November 17, 2017 at 2:34 am

    The question was asked to the neighbors gathered at a recent Montavilla Neighborhood Association meeting: why do you attend the meetings?

    Someone said to socialize, someone else said to keep up with what’s going on in the neighborhood. I agree with both those points and want to add one of my own. Beyond my interest in neighborhood-level journalism, I like to be around people— with a variety of backgrounds and interests— who care enough to get involved.

    About 50 neighbors attended the meeting, and all the board members were there as well. There was a chance for neighbors to sign up for committees: communication / outreach, public safety, land use and transportation. Chair David Linn said after the meeting that he hopes to recruit for a parks committee next.

    Two new board members were appointed to the MNA board at the meeting Monday.

    John Rotter‘s interest is in public safety and cop watching, and Brad Donohue is interested in housing and homeless issues. There is one open seat remaining, and board discussion said they are hoping to fill the seat with a person of color.

    @ 10:50: Jonnie Shaver gave the treasurer’s report. There is no budget for the organization yet, he said, and $6,155.31 and the savings account has $2,705.65.

    @ 11:20: The secretary report was given by Briar Rose Schreiber. She talked about the recent records request and unauthorized logins to the MNA email accounts.

    @ 15:30: MNA SE Uplift representative Olivia Alsept-Ellis gave her SE Uplift report, including grant opportunities from SE Uplift and Community Watershed Program. She also said that Vibe Portland is now located in Taborspace and they’ll be hosting a fund raising tree sale in the last weekend of November and three weekends in December.

    @ 18:00: A report on the MNA election was given, including statistics and ways to improve the process in the future. It took a lot of work behind the scenes to make that election happen, so the report is worth a listen.

    @ 38:40: Rotter describes his experience and plans for his time on the board.

    @ 48:45: Donohue described his experience and what he wanted to do on the board.

    @ 54:15: Neighbor Angela Todd had questions about the election, and wanted to know how many people attended and didn’t vote. 20 people attended that didn’t vote, according to one of the election organizers.

    @ 1:05: The board discussed new policies for public records requests.

    Towards the end of the meeting there was discussion on the best time for meetings, and if the board and public should be split up. I’m a big fan of the current arrangement… it’s nice to have everything on the same day, and good to have the public portion first so people can leave if they necessary. But apparently that’s up for discussion.

    Plenty of other issues were discussed, but I did my best to hit the high points.

    Keep an eye on the new MNA web page, this site, or the Village Portland Facebook page for the next meeting date. They’re generally scheduled for the second Monday of the month, but that day is being reconsidered.

    You can also contact board members if you’d like to get involved or learn more about the MNA’s work.

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    November 10, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Perhaps we’ve become conditioned, and comfortable, with separate truths. 

    In our nation’s political environment, it makes perfect sense. If there’s not a solid sense of “us”, a “them” will suffice. 

    A fair price for time spent, or obstruction of public records laws? Cyber hacking or an appropriate sharing of public records? An assault on an elder or mutual combat? The questions are coming too fast and frequently to ignore the trend. I’d like top all this off optimistically, but I’m not there. Not even close. 

    A starting point at least? And this goes directly to the Montavilla Initiative folk: come out of your separate space and share your concerns. 

    It’s an assumption, but I think most everyone involved is open to honest criticism and wants to do right by all their neighbors… because no one has all the answers, and a concern worth holding is worth sharing. Let’s have these difficult conversations and see where they lead. 


    Leach Botanical Garden has reached their fundraising goal to build an Aerial Tree Walk, a enhanced green space for East Portland. For more information on the project, go here, or watch the video below.



    Big Trouble in Little China (1986), My Little Pony The Movie, and six other second run movies are playing at Academy Theater this weekend.

    Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 


    There’s an art supply swap Saturday at Milepost 5… bring extra art supplies, get new stuff, or come to meet other artists in the neighborhood.

    Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon * noon * free 


    Shrek the musical, presented by David Douglas High School Theatre Department.

    David Douglas Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97233 * Nov 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, @7:30 & 11/12 and 19 @2:30 *  adult $10, student & seniors $8


    “Breathe deep and get dirty! PP&R Urban Forestry’s Yard Tree Giveaway provides free trees for city dwellers to plant on private property.” The invitation is here.

    “In partnership with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, this event will be held in the Centennial neighborhood. The first 50 trees have been reserved. On the day of the event we will have 100 trees available on a first-come, first-served basis.”

    Parklane Park, SE 152nd Avenue and Main Street * 10 am -12 pm: reserved pick up, 1 pm – 4 pm: first-come, first-served pick up (until trees are gone)


    Native American Indian Storytelling and Drumming:

    “These are traditional stories and songs of the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley. The stories portray the animal people and their adventures. Each story teaches lessons. Often, the stories involve audience participation. The stories are opened by traditional drumming that enhances the presentation. Drumming will also be a part of the closing of the program.”

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


    A day of Irish music at O’Neill Public House: Irish slow jam @ 2 pm; Mrs. Doyle & The Teapots @ 7 pm; Irish traditional session @ 9:30 pm.

    O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * all day * free 


    This weekend

    November 3, 2017 at 7:26 pm

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    The Spirit of Portland award ceremony is being held Tuesday, November 4th. Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly described the awards:
    “This annual awards ceremony formally recognizes and honors some of Portland’s most active and engaged community members for their outstanding contributions and hard work in the arts & culture, environmental, equity, and social justice issues. This year also we are recognizing those Standing Up for Love against Hate”.
    For the winners, visit this link. The only names I recognize is Rick Best, a former City employee who was killed this summer while defending a fellow Portlander, and Jennifer Young, a Lents Neighborhood Association board member and neighborhood advocate.
    IRCO’s community center, 10301 NE Glisan St, * 6 pm – 8:30 pm
    Applications for the East Portland Action Plan 2018 General Grants Program are due November 8th, 2017 at 5 pm. For more information on how to apply visit this link.
    Applications for APANO place-making grants are due November 10th. For more information, visit this link.


    This weekend, Helen’s Pacific Costumers is having its garage sale. After 127 years, the business is closing, and selling all of its costumes. It’s definitely the end of an era, and a great opportunity to build up your costume box.

    Helen’s Pacific Costumers, 7501 NE Glisan St * Fri – Sun, 11 am – 5 pm 


    There’s a First Friday art opening party at Milepost 5 with Saatchi & Geeta Lewis. There’s a lot of new events happening at MP5, visit the events calendar for more information.
    Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 6 pm – 9 pm 


    “Join and help the Jade District and Portland Community College SE Campus improve the health and safety of our neighborhood by picking up trash, working in our community garden and cleaning up graffiti tags. It’s a great chance to meet and greet people while doing good for our community! Check-ins, coffee and refreshments at 8:30 am and lunch will be provided after the event. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. All materials and training provided.”
    Meet at Portland Community College Southeast Campus at the Great Hall in the Mt. Tabor Hall. (Event page.)
    PCC campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave * 9 am – 12 pm
    “People like you are making Northwest neighborhoods greener every weekend! Join us in our first neighborhood planting of the 2017-2018 season by planting trees in the Montavilla, Mt. Tabor, and South Tabor neighborhoods as a volunteer tree planter!” 
    “Please arrive to the staging site by 12 pm to enjoy a potluck lunch provided by our neighborhood volunteers. The planting starts promptly at 12:30 pm. We provide gloves and tools, so all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes.”
    417 SE 80th Ave * noon – 4 pm 
    Wilkes Community Group clean up is also Saturday. For more information and what cannot be taken, visit the invitation here.

    “Open 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM or until dumpsters are full, SO COME EARLY!

    It’a an All Volunteer service of Wilkes Community Group at no charge…       


    it costs us $$$ so CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WELCOME!”


    The East Portland Chamber of Commerce’s annual Turkey Bowl is today. For more information and registration, go here.

    KingPins, 3550 SE 92nd Ave * 10:30 am – 1:30 pm


    “The 45th season of the Oregon Sinfonietta offers the following opportunities to experience the orchestra’s lively performances with outstanding soloists under the baton of Dr. Donald L. Appert. The concerts are free and open to the public… “

    Web page with pieces to be played here.

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


    Bolt Upright blues jam is a long-running tradition on Montavilla… come enjoy some live music or step up and play.

    417 SE 80th Ave * 9-ish pm * free



    This weekend

    October 27, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    The final curtain is closing on Helen’s Pacific Costumers soon… They invite the community to come by and buy some of their amazing collection. I went by last weekend before it was too busy… we had a great time.

    KATU did a story yesterday, and I agreed to be interviewed. My comments didn’t make the final video, perhaps because I was wearing a giant beast head.


    If you’re still looking for fall fun, the weathers going to be a lot nicer than last weekend:

    Rossi Farms * Fazio Farms * The Growers Outlet * Liepold Farms Bushue Farming

    The City hosts several Halloween-themed carnivals too. Here’s the link (might be good to double-check dates, a few of the dates are off).


    Horror classics Poltergeist (1982) & The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) are playing at Academy Theater as part of their Halloween series. Movies times are here.

    Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 


    Portland Parks & Recreation’s No Ivy League welcomes volunteers across the region to take part in the 14th annual No Ivy Day. Volunteers will focus on removing this invasive species from these Portland parks and natural areas:

    Springwater Trail + SE 128th * Mt. Tabor Park * Gateway Green

    For more information on each site, go here.

    “Celebrate after you work, from 12pm-1:30pm with raffles, food, free native plant give-a-way and family fun at Mt. Tabor Park (across from visitor center at picnic area A).”

    9 am – noon * free


    “Join The Community Alliance of Tenants for our fall membership meeting – free and open to the public! What’s our next move? You decide. Show up and help steer the movement.”

    “Childcare, food, and interpretation is provided to all, free of charge. And yes, vegan and gluten-free options will be available (just let us know your dietary needs and restrictions in your RSVP).”

    RSVP at bit.ly/CATbrunch.

    The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St * 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm * free 


    There’s a paranormal history lecture at Midland Library. Here’s the link to event.

    “Ernest Harps, the 11-year-old resident of NW Marshall Street in Portland, appeared on the front page of newspapers in 1909 due to the unexplainable happenings that swirled around the child. Each report theorized on the source of the young man’s bizarre abilities.” 

    Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 4 pm * free 


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    Blank Slate,  7201 NE Glisan St * ???


    It’s the last market of the season for both the Montavilla Farmers Market and the Lents International Market!

    Lents Farmers Market, SE 92nd Ave & Reedway St, between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

    Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


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    “3rd Annual Parkrose TRUNK or TREAT, presented by the Parkrose Business Association and Historic Parkrose.”

    “Exclusive Parkrose Business Coupons for Adults

    Parkrose High School parking lot, 12003 NE Shaver St * 4 pm – 6 pm


    MNA special meeting

    October 23, 2017 at 1:06 pm


    The newly elected Montavilla Neighborhood Association (website) board is reaching out to the community to fill its open seats. All three seats will most likely be filled at the next MNA meeting on November 13th.

    Members who want to be appointed to a seat on the MNA board can contact the board here, or they can self-nominate themselves from the floor at the meeting. They’ll be a general meeting before the board meeting, so those who haven’t attended a meeting in the past three years can attend to be qualified as a member.

    The current board votes to fill board vacancies.

    The board also welcomed neighbors who want to serve in other ways to reach out. Visit the website for a list of committees.

    At the special meeting Sunday afternoon, they also filled board roles:

    Chair – David Linn

    Vice chair – Amanda Rhodes

    Treasurer – Jonnie Shaver

    Secretary – Briar Rose Schreiber 

    Southeast Uplift representative  – Olivia Alsept-Ellis

    Seven of the eight elected MNA board members attended. Only Micah Fletcher was absent. Besides the board members, eleven MNA members attended.

    In the video, it’s often hard to hear the discussion until I moved closer @ 10:30. Up until then the responsibilities of the board chair were discussed. I wish the sound had been better, it was hard to hear what was going on in the room too.

    At 46:30, the board discusses filling the board seats. The bylaws require at least three members, but not more than eleven. On a reading of the rules, the board determined they weren’t required to fill all the seats.

    Linn said that he wants to help MNA member be able to be involved without having to attend every meeting. Ogden asked why members come to the meeting, and neighbors answered that they attend to learn about the neighborhood, learn how to support the board and get involved, and for the social aspect.

    My first camera’s battery powered down and my phone ran out of storage, so I missed the last ten minutes or so of the meeting. Reimbursements to Southeast Uplift were discussed.

    This weekend

    October 20, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Hayride in pumpkin patch

    Bushue’s Family Farm hay ride.

    Haven’t gotten your fall fun fix yet but don’t want to fight the crowds on Sauvie Island? East Portland / East County has got you covered. Take a look at a few of the options below… fall attractions include corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin patches, and even a pumpkin sling.

    If you can guess what decade they’re websites were built in, you get a free mini pumpkin (just kidding).

    Rossi Farms * Fazio Farms * The Growers Outlet * Liepold Farms * Bushue Farming

    The City hosts several Halloween-themed carnivals too. Here’s the link (might be good to double-check dates, a few of the dates are off).


    Live music at The O’Neill Pub:

    “The Smut City Jellyroll Society (video) is a wild and crazy bunch of fun loving musicians playing blues and early jazz from the 1920s and 1930s. With a unique sound somewhere between ragtime blues, early jazz and jugband music, the Jellyroll Society keeps it loose and lively with a driving syncopated swing that gets the dancers out on the floor”

     The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm – 1 am


    All weekend, Academy Theater’s Halloween series continues with “The Evil Dead” (1981). For movie times, visit this link.

    Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark * adults $4, seniors and children $3


    Another refurbished park for East Portland:

    Luuwit View Park, 129th and NE Fremont * 11:00 am to 2:00 pm


    Sponsored by RACC, learn how to plan and host an artistic event with a workshop called “Produce It”:

    “Take your next event from idea to execution. In this workshop we’ll dive into the planning cycle of hosting an artistic event and come away with tangible work plans to make it happen. Through flash work sessions, brainstorming, and small group coaching, we’ll quickly hone key components like your artistic concept, venue planning, budgeting, fundraising, audience development, marketing, production management, staffing and more.”
    Register here.
    Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm * $30 
    Public safety training: “The training is designed to provide information, resources and materials available to mitigate public safety and livability issues in neighborhoods. This is not a problem-solving meeting for specific locations.”
    If you want to attend email Yolanda Sanchez, City of Portland Crime Prevention Coordinator @ yolanda.sanchez@portlandoregon.gov.
    Portland Police Bureau East Precinct, Community Room, 735-737 SE 106th Ave * 10 am – noon
    Bollywood Dreams Entertainment

    A family-oriented dance party presented by Bollywood Dreams Entertainment:

    “Make the world a better place, one move at a time. Come and have fun learning moves that will teleport you into a Bollywood world full of possibilities & big smiles, complete with the authentic Indian Head Shake. Everyone at every skill level is welcome!”

    Midland Library, 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 3 pm * free


    This is the second-to-last Montavilla Farmers Market of the Season. For info on the producers, visit this link. So you know: there’s a new cranberry producer featuring cranberry pico de gallo and cranberry chutney.

    Live music with Thin Rail from noon – 2 pm:

    “A unique blend of the music that makes music truly American: the literate folk of Mitchell, the haunting blues of Hopkins, the country howl of Prine, the rock snarl of the Truckers, and the soulful moan of Pickett. It all adds up to a little bit of self-reflection peppered with the spice of a rollicking good time.”

    7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


    Montavilla Neighborhood Association is having a special meeting Sunday (agenda) to assign roles to newly-elected board members; discuss filling the board’s three remaining seats; discuss communications; and other business.

    If you missed the KBOO profile on the new board, it’s here.

    My last word on the election: there were some questions going around about the possibility that ballots were thrown out / spoiled because diligent voters took notes on them. I reached out to a Southeast Uplift official who said they they all were counted. Small detail, but I though it was worth passing along.

    Flying Pie event room, 7804 SE Stark St * 3 pm – 5 pm

    Bolt Upright blues jam @ Montavilla Station… always a good time, always a big crowd.
    417 SE 80th Ave * 9 pm * free

    This weekend in East Portland

    October 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I saw a lot of neighbors’ reflections on the Montavilla Neighborhood Association election this week, here’s mine: firstly, thanks to everyone who helped me connect to the candidates, offered suggestions, and made corrections. I need the input and feedback as Village Portland finds its shape, please keep it coming.

    Even though the media spotlight has moved on, I’ll still be here to fill my self-appointed role as reporter, cheerleader, and referee for Montavilla and East Portland— especially about the organizations and small businesses that make this neighborhood a great place to live.

    I’m excited to seeing the priorities the new board chooses, and am looking forward to helping amplify their work. I especially appreciate the candidates (elected and not) who were willing to answer difficult questions, graciously understanding my effort to help them explain themselves to their neighbors and advocate for a fair process.

    I hope the enthusiasm and idealism expressed in the election can lead the way, while the effort is made to build bridges and bring everyone along. We need bold solutions, and I think the NAs are a good place to work out new ways of solving problems. Let’s get to work!


    Beginning Friday, “The Omen” (1976) is showing at Academy Theater. It’s part of the theater’s Halloween series.

    Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St * $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors 


    To balance out the horror movie, live music at The O’Neill Public HouseBand of Comerados plays acoustic music that makes you feel good.”

    6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free


    Celebrate your new park! Free cake and activities at the playground and soccer field. The refurbished Lents Park was paid for by the park bond passed in November 2014. For more information on the park, go here.

    Playground Schedule

    • 1:00pm:  Event Kick-off with Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz and the PP&R Rangers Pledge
    • 1:20pm:  Cupcakes, Bubble Fun, and Photo Booth
    • 2:00pm – 3:00pm:  Magician Show

    Soccer Field Schedule

    • 1:30pm – 2:00pm:  Carnival Style Games
    • 2:00pm – 3:00:  Pick Up Soccer and Drills

    Lents Park, 4808 SE 92nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm * free 


    Calaveritas de Azúcar / Decorate your own Sugar Skull for Day of the Dead at the Holgate Library:

    “Participants will paint their own edible sugar skull and dedicate it to an ancestor or loved one. Why sugar? Throughout Mexico, Day of the Dead [Tuesday, October 31] is a celebration of joyful remembrance, and the sweetness of sugar reminds us of joy.” 

    7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 pm – 4 pm * free 


    Learn more about your Montavilla Farmers Market here, including the producers and details of this week’s kids cooking classes. Carving pumpkins are available at the market this week, and you can find carving stencils at the link. Tag your creation on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ #MFMVeggolantern.

    7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


    Lents International Market, music at the market with Bob Masters and Ray Mann (11 am – 2 pm).

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


    East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a class called “Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden”.

    “Mostly familiar with European honey bees, few of us are aware of the many flies, beetles, moths and butterflies at our doorsteps that also provide critical pollination services. In this workshop you will learn about the different kinds of pollinators that might be living in your garden, discover a plant palette to help attract and support pollinators, and go beyond the bloom to consider ways to provide shelter, water, nesting, and overwintering sites.”

    Register here.

    Troutville Police Station, 234 SW Kendall Ct * 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    Your new MNA board

    October 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    The results were posted yesterday afternoon…. here’s your newly elected Montavilla Neighborhood Association board:

    If you’d like to see the final vote count, go here.

    There were 22 candidates this year, and during the preliminary vote count 222 people voted. For more information and video of the election, see the story below.

    I hope everyone who chose to ran stays involved and finds their own way to serve this neighborhood. Let’s get to work!

    I’m pretty excited for my self-chosen role as reporter, cheerleader, referee…

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    Preliminary results of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association board election

    October 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Congrats on a smooth Montavilla Neighborhood Association election everyone.

    If you haven’t seen the preliminary results, here they are. Here’s a link to the image if the following is hard to read.


    Candidates needed to get more than 50% percent of the vote to be seated. All eleven seats on the board were being filled. Nobody seems to be sure how many votes were cast, but word is the top eight are in for sure.

    The candidates chose to leave before the paper ballots were counted,

    But that did prevent the new board from appointing roles, so I suppose it will happen at the next meeting. I”m also curious how they will decide who gets one year terms and who gets two year terms. The terms are staggered so there’s not a 100% turnover of the board.


    There was a brief meeting before the election started, but I thought the candidate speeches (beginning @ 16:00) was the most important part of the night.

    I apologize for the poor quality of the video, technical difficulties forced me to use my backup camera. I also cringed a little at some of my laughter, but I’ll ask your pardon, this process has made the last few days kind of tense.

    If you have Facebook, on the Montavillla Neighborhood Association group page there’s a live stream video that was saved. It’s far better quality than what I have— it’s amazing what you can do with the computer in your pocket.

    Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the election run smoothly, and a personal thanks for everyone who have helped me keep up with the process. I’m still committed to continue to keep up with the board’s progress— as well as spotlight all the other hard-working organizations and businesses in the neighborhood.


    I must say it was a pretty smooth and enjoyable evening. I met many people for the first time that I felt like I already knew based on online conversations. People from both sides (I hope we can get real about the split) said that meeting opponents in person was an important and humanizing experience.

    Beyond the great turnout and in depth debates; beyond the results; I think there’s been a lot of mutual understanding found.


    I reached out to a few long-term Montavilla neighborhood organizer to give them an opportunity to give some advice or words of wisdom to the new MNA board members.

    Inspired by this epic response from Nick Christensen following the Lents Neighborhood Association election, I reached out to a few of Montavillla’s long-serving advocates.

    The responses from everyone reinforced the point: people never stop caring about where they’ve served, and people really appreciate sharing the fruits of their experience.


    Former board member Ben Kerensa offered this to the new members:

    “My advice to newly elected board members as a former Board Chair, Vice Chair, Public Safety Chair, and At-Large Member is to put members’ issues before your own vision and platform. Neighborhood associations are not intended to be about personal platform or politics but acting as an advocate of the membership and representing their views. Be a good steward to your members and your organization and build community.”

    “I’d encourage newly elected board members to reach out to the many former board members in our community to glean some institutional knowledge from those who have years of experience. Congratulations to those elected and I hope neighbors will remain engaged as things calm down and hopefully the association returns to a productive and mellow state.”


    Over three years ago, Molli Taylor started a Facebook page called Montavilla Neighborhood Community. There was conflict over what the MNA page should be, and rules were established that controlled how many times a month members could make a personal post.

    “… so we offered up our group as a space to just sort of ‘chat’. The original concept was a “virtual town square” where neighbors happened to meet up. We didn’t impose restrictions on personal posts or spirited debates, so long as people could ‘play nice and avoid hate speech’.”

    Taylor has moved out of the neighborhood, and is currently looking for someone else to take over the page, but she said it’d be alright to share parts of our IM conversations where she discussed neighborhood association conflicts.

    She made a good point about the nature of neighborhood associations, and that they were meant for bigger issues than other organizations.

    She complained that people get condemned and rejected for one opinion or belief, but their experience and voice still matters. Someone who has served the neighborhood for 30 years and someone who has training with homeless shouldn’t be condemned because of a separate opinion.

    Taylor has spent a lot of time refereeing arguments, and wants to get more involved in Kenton, her new neighborhood. Her work and influence will definitely be missed.


    I think it’s fair to give Jennifer Andrada Tamayo, the longest serving MNA board member, the last word. When I asked, she had some good advice for new board members:

    “Serve with the intent of serving the interests of everyone in the neighborhood.”

    “Put your personal motivations and beliefs aside. Listen with your mind, ears, and heart.”

    “Seek out those who have helped to build MNA— they often have much insight that is helpful.”

    “There is more to Montavilla than homes and people— there are schools, churches, businesses, and other organizations worth of MNA attention.”

    “Avoid tunnel vision and communicate at all times, even if it’s difficult.”

    This weekend

    October 6, 2017 at 6:07 am

    If you didn’t hear, the Montavilla Neighborhood Association is having its board election this Monday. For more information, check out the election guide in the education section.

    And, my fellow Montavillians, if you have any doubt what a united, organized neighborhood association can accomplish, check out this link. Dan Saltzman thanks the Lents Neighborhood Association (and specifically board member Jennifer Young) for showing him and the City Council the problems happening in their neighborhood. Even if you disagree with the policy outcome, the demonstration of how powerful NAs can be is undeniable.


    The Milepost 5 monthly artist opening is “Jeepers Creepers” by Kimberly Bookman (FB invitation). If you’re curious about what sort of shenanigans are happening in the artists residence and have been looking for a good reason to visit Milepost 5, this is an excellent opportunity to visit.

    “Where did you get those eyes!? After 10 years and thousands of eyes it is finally time to say farwell to my last few hundred children. Come join me at Milepost 5 for our last show together, the way that they are meant to be seen, en masse! Here they are… every last one.”

    There’ll be a photo booth, giveaways, and usually there’s drinks and snacks provided. Cash only for the eye art.

    Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 6 pm – 9 pm * free 



    “Join us for the Montavilla Food Co-op’s Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck … This event is free and open to member-owners and any other interested community members. Come learn more about what we’ve accomplished so far and what is on the horizon for 2017  – 2018.

    MFC will provide some refreshments, and guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share for our potluck!”

    The 2017 Annual Report to Member-Owners will also be available.

    Wix Insurance, 8037 SE Stark St * 11:30 am – 2 pm 


     Portland Metro Arts presents “Rumplestiltskin”:

    “Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. There’s always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. Though simply produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have everyone fully absorbed in the interaction of live theatre.”

    Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St * children $1; adults $2


    It’s good to see the Russel Neighborhood Association stepping up to plan events!

    Parkrose Community Church, 12505 NE Halsey St * 9 am until the containers fill * carload $10; pickup $20


    Groovin’ in the Garden! is an event for gardeners, seniors, caregivers, friends, and family… music, art & crafts, free plants, garden tours, snacks, hot cider, adaptive garden demonstration. Presented by the Portland Memory Garden.

    Portland Memory Garden, SE 104th & SE Bush St * 1 pm – 3 pm * free


    “Bring your bike and your friends for a tour of Portland’s levee system! The Multnomah County Drainage Districts and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council will lead this 15-mile trip on easy terrain. (Register here)

    Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Levee Ready Columbia, a collaboration of government, business, and neighborhood organizations working together to evaluate the condition of our local levee network and to ensure valuable regional resources are protected in the future.”
    Blue Lake Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr, Fairview, OR * 10 am – 1 pm 


    Both the Montavilla Farmers Market and Lents International Farmers Market are on Sunday! Learn about this week’s wonderful fall bounty, music and classes at the Montavilla market here.

    Chihuahua Desert (country) is playing at the Lents Market from 11 am – 2 pm.

    Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


    Lents Farmers Market, SE 92nd Ave & Reedway St, between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

    This weekend

    September 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    What seems to be a new coalition is calling for equity from the City of Portland in transportation spending for communities of color and low income people. The Climate Justice Collaborative specifically criticizes a proposed linear park in inner Portland called the Green Loop.

    In a letter to City Council members the group writes: “the Green Loop fails to meet even the simplest understanding of equity, one of the five guiding principles of your Comprehensive Plan. All the while, numerous areas outside of the City core lack even the most basic pedestrian and bike safety infrastructure.”

    Demanding equity in the City of Portland’s transportation spending is an important issue, and what is especially heartening and first caught my attention is the mighty coalition of groups backing the initiative: APANO, Coalition of Communities of Color, Native American Youth & Family Center, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, PAALF, Portland African American Leadership Forum, and Verde. Ally organizations include Oregon Walks, Green Lents, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

    I first learned of the issue from a Bike Portland article. It’s great they brought the issue to light, but the article is somewhat dismissive of what he calls activists’ “grumbling”. Bike Portland Publisher / Editor Jonathan Maus wrote that got push back from his transportation sources, and that they didn’t even want him to publish the letter. He did reach out to all the City Council members who expressed support for the CJC’s demands.

    Citing history and current attitudes, achieving that equity in the built environment is going to be an uphill battle for sure. One of the things the CJC wants is outreach to communities like those in East Portland, so let’s start now: is there a certain intersection that you think needs improvement?


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    Detroit, Wonder Woman, Network (1976), and four other second run movies are playing this weekend at Academy Theater. You don’t have to wait until Sunday when the rains roll in Sunday see a movie.

    Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark * adults $4, seniors and children $3


    The Malden Court Community Orchard, a project of Green Lents, is hosting their monthly work party (Facebook page). Wear work clothes, and they will provide coffee, snacks, gloves, and instruction. This month:

    “Jonathan Brandt is going to lead a workshop at the beginning of the work party about Pest and Disease Management and Orchard Maintenance. Tool shed construction is continuing, blackberries need to be removed, strawberry beds need maintaining, and more! Come join us and see what you can contribute to our beautiful neighborhood green space.”

    7677 SE 87th Ave * 9 am – noon 


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    Aquifer Adventure (more information and how to volunteer here) is an outreach effort from Portland Water Bureau to encourage businesses and individuals to prevent chemical spills that could pollute aquifer water in the wellhead protection area that runs between the Columbia River and I-84 from 82nd Ave east to Wood Village.  The Columbia South Shore Well Field is the secondary drinking water source for over 900,000 Oregonians.

    “Big and little pirates alike are welcome to join us for a family festival all about groundwater!  Play fun games and go on a scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasure – not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows beneath your feet!  Come dressed in yer finest pirate togs, or else the Cap’n might make ye walk the plank! Free kids T-shirts to the first 300 kids!”

    There’ll be free canoe rides, face painting, hands-on science activities, ice cream aquifers, and food for sale from Mixteca Catering.

    Portland Water Bureau Launch, 16650 NE Airport Way * noon – 4 pm 


    In cooperation with Wildflower Baking, Blank Slate, a new bar on Glisan, is hosting a brunch pop up that benefits the Vestal School PTA.

    Blank Slate,  7201 NE Glisan St * 10 am – 2 pm 


    The Festival of Nations, sponsored by the Division Midway Alliance is being held Sunday. Over 50 vendors, a model train exhibit, and cultural entertainment will be present. For photos of performers visit divisionmidway.org.

    Duke’s Bar & Grill, 14601 SE Division St * 11 am – 5 pm


    Both the Montavilla and Lent Farmers Market are open Sundays!

    Lents Farmers Market, SE 92nd Ave & Reedway St, between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

    Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


    This weekend!

    September 4, 2017 at 7:03 pm



    Friday is the home opener for the Portland Pickles! You’re favorite food-preservation based sports team. They’ve be playing the Vancouver Jerky Boys for the league title.

    I follow the news because you don’t want to

    November 30, 2015 at 4:26 am


    So you want the news, the whole news, and nothing but the news.

    Are you ready to wade through celebrity news, sports, a lot of blowhard opinion? Are you ready to sift through the salacious, the dramatic, the I’ma-break-your-heart tragedy?

    Have fun with all that.

    I’ll sift through all the weeks new and bring you what you need to know. And not just what happened, but what’s happening and how you can make an impact. Democracy isn’t a spectator sport. Sometimes you need to attend a meeting, sometimes you need to make a phone call. And sometimes you need to shut the whole mu’fucker down.

    Sometimes your voice or actions seem like a pebble in the bucket, but we live in a system where we’re supposed to get involved. We’re supposed to stay involved and stay informed. Tyranny exists all over this planet, and we have to stay vigilant to protect our hard-won freedoms. If you’re here it’s part of your duty.

    Whether your focus is the ballot box or the streets, there are plenty of problems to be solvedand we need everybody’s participation to get where we need to be. Rah rah America. Yeah, I said it because I believe it.

    This week!

    November 30, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Hello everybody, it’s been a big week in East Portland!

    First Friday is this week, and there is good stuff to do at both Milepost 5 and (what I call) downtown Montavilla. There are plenty of cool other things to do this weekend, including live music at Duff’s and a seminar on grant writing for artists ALSO at Milepost 5.

    From the citywide report, City Hall closed this week because protesters angry about a police union contract that the protesters say gives too much away and locks the next mayor into decisions Wheeler should make himself. Everything was negotiated in secret and there were no citizens or police reform advocates at the table… so the mayor really can’t be surprised with this reaction.


    New business listings!

    November 30, 2015 at 4:26 am

    We’ve been working hard, making great relationships with lots of the awesome neighborhood businesses and organizations.

    Check out the new listings from St Peter and Paul Episcopal Church, a church doing a lot of awesome service work, Glisan Street Pizza, where you can find me at least once a week, and a little sliver of land between highways that’s becoming a bike park, Gateway Green.

    Where you spend you time and money is important, we’ll help you make a good choice while you learn about your neighbors.


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