East Portland News
September ~ October 2016
Community Calendar

Regular readers know they’ve found 101 events listed for September and October – so far! We add, correct or change more events as they come in during the month. Be sure to check back often.

Among these listings, you’ll find ways to be entertained, get involved with your community, help the environment, participate in your government, and learn valuable information. Many activities are free. And, you’ll also finds direct links to the organizations’ websites – we test ’em all before we publish them to make sure they work, and help you stay safe online.

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September, 2016
East Portland
News
Community Calendar

September 26
> Filipino Cooking Workshop – From 5:30 until 8:00 p.m., join them and earn how to make seasonal Filipino dishes in a workshop lead by Community Chef Josselyn Eby.  As part of their farm tour, you’ll harvest some of our ingredients before working together with Josselyn to prepare our shared feast.  While sharing a great meal,  you’ll have the chance to learn more about Josselyn and the traditions she brings with her from growing up in the Philippines. Registration Required: CLICK HERE to do so online. Suggested donation of $10 per family, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. It’s at Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Road, 97266.

> Mill Park Neighborhood Association – Their General Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. this evening at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, located at 11560 SE Market Street. 97216. Call (503) 823-4550 or e-mail Trevor Hopper at mill.park.pdx.chair@gmail.com for more information.

September 27
> Rattan Reed Basketry Ongoing Classes – At Leach Botanical Garden, they’re holding classes from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today. New basket makers will begin with a twined table or desk basket to be completed in one session. Returning and more experienced students will continue building their weaving foundation by exploring other traditions such as Japanese and Native American styles. Extra opportunities to make miniatures and ornaments will be available while learning new skills and introducing new materials such as wire and cattail. Large or very complex baskets may take several sessions. Information will be provided on materials, dyeing techniques, and books/websites on basketry. This class is for those age 9 through adult. FEE: $35/class ($5 discount for Leach Garden Friends members) $10 material fee payable at each class. Pre-registration is required: CLICK HERE to be taken to their event page. Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236.

> Yarn Club – Whether your interest is knitting or crocheting, come join the fun as we learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. It’s this afternoon, from 4 until 6 pm at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave.; call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

> Lents Neighborhood Association – Their general meeting starts at 7:00 PM at Lents Activity Center, 8835 SE Woodstock Boulevard. For more information, see their all new website (CLICK HERE) or, contact their Vice Chair, Judy Low; pmsi_92@hotmail.com.

> Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors – Their General Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. this evening at Parkrose United Methodist Church, 11111 NE Knott Street. For more information, contact Tom Badrick, tbadrick@aol.com.

September 28
> East Portland Chamber of Commerce“Good Morning East Portland” networking meeting is hosted by different chamber members each Wednesday morning from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Meetings are free and guests are welcome. At today’s Member Hosted meeting, Human Solutions Executive Director Andy Miller promoting and advocating in favor of passing the “Affordable Housing Bond Measure” where Portland voters will be asked to approve a November tax hike to subsidize about $250 million worth of new or preserved apartments for low-income residents. It’s at Ride Connection, 9955 NE Glisan Street, 97220 – don’t park in their lot, street parking only. For more information, CLICK HERE to see the Chamber’s website, or call (503) 788-8589.

> Leach Botanical Garden Honeybee Hikes – This morning, from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., little hikers – 2-5 years old, accompanied by an adult – will explore the Garden with their guide, learning plant secrets and looking for wildlife. Please dress for the weather; you will be outside walking the garden, then listening to a story or making a craft item. FEE: $3.00 per child, non-walkers are free. Meet in front of the Manor House. Groups with 10+ children/adults must register in advance by contacting the Education Coordinator, 503-823-1671. CLICK HERE to check for possible cancellations.

> EPIC group meets – Starting at 6:00 p.m., East Portland Involved Citizens meets. This time, they’ll hear from East Precinct Commander Kelli Sheffer and the command staff. It’s held in the Community Room at East Precinct, located at 737 SE 106th Avenue, 97216.

> East Portland Action Plan – Their general meeting is this evening from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. At this meeting, they coordinate implementation of action items in the East Portland Action Plan. Dinner is provided, as is childcare and Spanish/English language interpretation. If you need interpretation in another language, or have questions, please contact: lore.wintergreen@portlandoregon.gov. The location is the David Douglas School District Board Room at 1500 SE 130th Avenue.

September 29
> STEAM Storytime – From 6:00 until 6:45 p.m., come enjoy a 15-minute storytime, followed by age-appropriate science, math or art exploration, designed for children ages 2-6 years old. It’s at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

> Foster Area Business Association Mixer – from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., this business group gears up for their annual “Tree Lighting” with a Back to School themed mixer this evening. After the success of last year’s first-ever Foster Area Tree Lighting, the business association is preparing to make year two bigger and better than ever. As usual, the first drink is free for all attendees. Light dinner will be provided. It’s at the FoPo Tavern, 5902 SE Foster Road.

October, 2016
East Portland
News
Community Calendar

October 2
> Montavilla Food Co-op Annual Meeting & Potluck – From 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Join them for their yearly meeting where the MFC board and committees provide updates to members on our progress, share some plans for next year, and elect new board members. This meeting is open to all member-owners and interested community members. The event will be a potluck, so please feel free to bring your favorite late summer/early fall dish! The co-op will provide beverages, food labels, and plates/utensils. Executive Director of the Food Co-op Initiative, Stuart Reid will talk about his experience with food co-op startups and share his advice on how MFC can continue to grow. It’s at Wix Agency LLC, 8037 SE Stark Street. It’s FREE, but please REGISTER at Eventbright: CLICK HERE to do so.

October 3
> Love Letters, performed in Gresham – Starting at 7:00 p.m. this evening, the Mt Hood Repertory presents this “Reader’s Theater” performance. This show, directed by Tobias Anderson and featuring Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis Follows the relationship between a stuffy W.A.S.P. and a free spirited woman, throughout their lives from childhood to death, as chronicled in the letters they write each other. This play is presented “Reader’s Theatre style” – in which the actors use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story without visuals such as sets, costumes and movement. It’s like listening to stories on the radio with images in your head, assisted by facial expressions of the actors. Tickets are $9, no reservations. It’s at the Gresham Chapel and Evening Event Center at 257 SE Roberts Ave. in Gresham.

October 5
> East Portland Chamber of Commerce“Good Morning East Portland” networking meeting is hosted by different chamber members each Wednesday morning from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Meetings are free and guests are welcome. Today, their Education Committee presents BJ Stromme of Popmindset Personalities & Communication telling about identifying and working with other personalities. Refreshments and facility sponsored by CherryWood Village, 1417 SE 107th Avenue, 97216. For more information, CLICK HERE to see the Chamber’s website, or call (503) 788-8589.

> Leach Botanical Garden Honeybee Hikes – This morning, from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., little hikers – 2-5 years old, accompanied by an adult – will explore the Garden with their guide, learning plant secrets and looking for wildlife. Please dress for the weather; you will be outside walking the garden, then listening to a story or making a craft item. FEE: $3.00 per child, non-walkers are free. Meet in front of the Manor House. Groups with 10+ children/adults must register in advance by contacting the Education Coordinator, 503-823-1671. CLICK HERE to check for possible cancellations.

> Transportation Town Hall – From 6 to 8 p.m., the Portland Bureau of Transportation invites all to this Transportation Town Hall + Open House to provide residents and other East Portland stakeholders with the opportunity to meet with PBOT staff and learn about programs and projects that are delivering better, safer streets and other transportation upgrades to your community. The event will include a special briefing about Fixing our Streets, the program funded by the new local gas tax that politicians say “will provide significant improvements to streets, sidewalks, bike lanes, signals and safe routes to school in East Portland and across Portland.”  This interactive project map shares more information about the improvements committed across the city. It’s at the David Douglas High School South Cafeteria – and that’s about midway between SE Stark and Division streets on SE 130th Avenue, not the address the officials give.

October 6
> Chamber Happy Hour – From 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., The East Portland Chamber of Commerce holds this monthly no-host networking and fun event. Come and meet members who typically can’t attend the Wednesday morning meetings. It’s at Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Avenue 97266. For more information, CLICK HERE to see the Chamber’s website, or call (503) 788-8589.

> Planning session for park area – From 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., join in their second Community Gathering for SE 150th & SE Division St. Park planning. At this meeting, community members of all ages will have an opportunity to give input on vision and goals for the park. Food and children’s activity provided. Interpreters in Russian, Nepali, Spanish and Somali available It’s being held at the Franciscan Montessori Earth School gymnasium located at 14750 SE Clinton Street.

October 11
> Montavilla East Tabor Business Association Annual Meeting – From 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., area business people and residents are invited to come and learn about the Montavilla Street fair, new website, seasonal events and other district accomplishments; meet other Montavilla business owners over free food and drinks. It’s at Ya Hala Restaurant, located at  8005 SE Stark Street. For more information about the lively association, see their website: CLICK HERE.

> Relief from Joint Pain class – From 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., this class will help people ease the pain caused by achy joints, inflammation and arthritis. An orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist will present on ways to ease joint pain through diet, exercise and medical treatment. Adventist Health’s nurse navigator, who helps patients along their journey through joint replacement, will also be on hand to answer questions about everything from pre-surgery preparation to post-operation physical therapy. The class id FREE, and light refreshments will be provided by the sponsors, Adventist Health’s Aspire Orthopedic Institute. For more information, or to register, call (503) 256-4000. It’s taking place at Adventist Medical Center – Education Center B, 10123 SE Market Street.

October 12
> Lents Strong Luncheon meeting – From noon until 1:00 p.m., if you live, work, shop or recreate in the area, you’re invited to join Green Lents, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, and other community partners for a lunch presentation and discussion about the Lents Strong Community Action Plan for a Livable, Affordable Neighborhood. Come find out how you can help advance a grassroots vision for the next five years in Lents. A FREE Lunch will be provided, but you must register: CLICK HERE to open the EventBrite website. It’s being held at the Team Event Center, 9201 SE Foster Road.

October 17
> Hazelwood Neighborhood Association – Either a Board or General Meeting (all are invited) starts at 6:30 p.m. at East Portland Neighborhood Office at 1017 NE 117th Avenue. For more information, contact HNA Chair Arlene Kimura at arlene.kimura@gmail.com.

October 26
> Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden – From 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., learn about the bees, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that provide vital pollination services in urban gardens, and discover which plants can help attract and support them. They will go beyond the bloom so you can find out how to provide water, shelter, nesting, and overwintering sites. This class, presented by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is FREE, but advanced registration is required. Register online at their Events page: CLICK HERE. The class is held at Leach Botanical Garden, 6550 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236

> Glenfair Neighborhood Association – At 7:00 p.m. this evening, Board members and neighbors meet to discuss issues in their area. For more information, contact Chair Chair Brenda McSweeney at brendam170@aol.com or see their website: CLICK HERE. They meet at Glenfair School, 15300 NE Glisan Street.

October 30
> Parkrose Trunk or Treat – From 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. this evening, little kids (up to 12 years of age) are invited to get Hallowe’en candy and treats, enter a costume contest, play games and have fun, all courtesy of sponsoring Parkrose businesses. And, they promise “exclusive” Parkrose business coupons for the adults. It’s at the Parkrose High School parking lot, located at 12003 NE Shaver Street, 97220.

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