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    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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    return to villageportlandmontavilla.com

    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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