East Portland News Community Calendar

East Portland News
September ~ October 2017
Community Calendar

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East Portland’s Community Calendar
September, 2017

 

September 20
> 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’s event is “Speed Networking” hosted by and located at SE Works, 7916 SE Foster Rd, Portland. 97206. 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. Please note: 122nd St. Bridge south, of Foster Road. is closed, but the Garden is open. The Honeybee Hike meets and starts in the Upper Garden. Please park in the upper parking lot near the office – look for parking signage at corner of 122nd/Claybourne St. just south of Foster Rd. Groups with 10+ children/adults must register in advance by contacting the Education Coordinator, 503-823-1671. CLICK HERE to check for possible cancellations.

> Planning Division Street Park – From 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., join with Portland Parks & Recreation staff in a community gathering to help them design the new park at SE 150th and Division Street. Tour the park space, tell them what you think, and learn about next steps. Everyone Welcome; children’s activities and food will be provided. It’s at SE 150th and SE Division Street. For more information, see their webpage: CLICK HERE.

> Finding David Douglas with Lois Leonard – Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for this Leach Botanical Garden Lecture Series presentation featuring this film and discussion with filmmaker Lois Leonard. Pre-registration required for everyone: $10 (Free for Leach Garden Friends) – CLICK HERE to be taken to their “Learning” page and scroll down to the event. It takes place at Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue 97236.

> Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association – Their general meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. It’s at the Pleasant Valley Grange Hall, 17115 SE Foster Road. For more information, contact PVNA Chair Paul Grosjean at paul@eperformancegroup.net.

September 21
> Parkrose Business Association – This fine business group gets together today at 11:30 a.m. Come and meet this group of fun, energized business people. Their meeting is at Holiday Inn Airport 8439 NE Columbia Blvd. (in the hotel building, around the back at the former Flirt’s entrance – not the Convention Center next door. The meeting is free, and the buffet lunch is $19 including dessert and gratuity; reservations are NOT required.

> Native Plants – From 6:00 until 8:30 p.m., the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District invites you to explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants. Discover Portland’s most common native plant communities, learn which species do well in similar growing conditions, and get tips to help them thrive. Workshop is FREE, but they do request you register online to help them plan: CLICK HERE to do so. This workshop is being held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4244 SE 91st Ave, 97266.

> Russell Neighborhood Association –To find out if they’re meeting, or for more information, contact Ron Glanville at ronglanville@gmail.com.

> East Portland Chamber of Commerce NETWORKING AT NIGHT – From 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM , members and guests are invited to mix and mingle at this new chamber event. $5.00 includes networking and appetizers. No-host bar. It’s at MeKha Noodles, 6846 NE Sandy Blvd., 97213.

> 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.

September 22-24
> Oktoberfest returns to the Oaks – This weekend, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday, and until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, historic, non-profit Oaks Amusement Park is putting on one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in the region – and it is located on the east side Willamette River! Come enjoy the Kinderlatz kids area, cooking demonstrations, wiener dog races, the Craft and Import vendors. The northwest’s very best polka bands play all of your traditional favorites on two festhalle stages. Splurge on your favorites; delicious sausage, schnitzel, strudel and Paulaner Beer and German-style Clean Slate Riesling. Dance shows throughout the event will amaze the whole family.  And, get up out of your seat and waltz, polka, and schottische your heart out – and don’t forget to do the Chicken Dance! Admission is $5/person or less – see their website for complete details: CLICK HERE. There’s acres of FREE parking at 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, 97202.

September 23
> Los Boricuas – Conjunto Alegre has been a staple on the Portland salsa scene since 1987 and has performed all over. To hear Conjunto Alegre perform is like grabbing your passport and taking a musical whirlwind tour of Latin America. The band plays salsa from all over: Bachata and Merengue from the Dominican Republic, Cumbia from Colombia, Salsa from Puerto Rico and Venezuela, and Cha-Cha-Cha and traditional Boleros from everywhere else.  It’s from 2-3 pm at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

September 24
> Lents International Farmers Market – This great outer East Portland market is open from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. every Sunday this summer. You’ll find fresh, affordable, and culturally relevant produce and foods to the diverse Lents community. It also offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrants, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, and Russian farmers. Note new location: It’s now found on SE 92nd near Reedway Street, between SE Foster and Harold streets. For more information, see their official webpage on the Portland Farmers Market website: CLICK HERE.

> Montavilla Farmers Market – Visit today, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. They’re featuring locally raised, grown & created foods and crafts. Teen Cooking Class today: Kids, ages 11-18, can learn this “essential life skill” that will give them life-long confidence and inspiration to have fun in the kitchen. You’ll also shop vendors providing fresh baked bread & pastries and other foods. And enjoy lively music – rain or shine. They’re there every Sunday, now, through the end of October. It’s located in the 7600 Block of SE Stark St., just west of the Academy Theater, and across the street from Mr. Plywood. For more information, learn about volunteer opportunities, to see their “Dog Friendly” policy, or look at the astounding variety of vendors there this week, see their website: CLICK HERE.

> And the ban played on … – Explore some of the history of the long saga of censorship and the need some cultures have to silence certain writers, artists and musicians. They’ll examine the probable roots and causes of censorship and explore whether total freedom of expression is actually possible. It’s from 2-3:30 pm at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

September 25
> Hey teens! Make Delicious Shakes and Smoothies – Learn to make satisfying drinks you won’t even know are healthy with a combination of fruits, vegetables and seeds. We will make a Mayan power drink, a mango and ginger lassi and a Green Strengthener. For teens in grades 6-12. Registration required; in the library or by calling. It’s from 4-5:30 pm at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

> 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 26
> Lents Neighborhood Association – They’re meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Lents Activity Center, 8835 SE Woodstock Blvd. For more information, see their website (CLICK HERE) or, contact their Chair, Judy Low, at pmsi_92@hotmail.com.

September 27
> 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’s event is their “New Member Showcase” where members and guests will have the opportunity to get to know new members and learn about their business, products and services. Breakfast goodies, coffee and “Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!” It’s hosted by and located at CherryWood Village, 1417 SE 107th Ave. 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. Please note: 122nd St. Bridge south, of Foster Road. is closed, but the Garden is open. The Honeybee Hike meets and starts in the Upper Garden. Please park in the upper parking lot near the office – look for parking signage at corner of 122nd/Claybourne St. just south of Foster Rd. Groups with 10+ children/adults must register in advance by contacting the Education Coordinator, 503-823-1671. CLICK HERE to check for possible cancellations.

> 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 “old” David Douglas School District Office Board Room at 1500 SE 130th Avenue.

September 28
> Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden – From 6:00 until 8:30 p.m., the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District invites you to 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. We will go beyond the bloom so you can find out how to provide water, shelter, nesting, and overwintering sites. Workshop is FREE, but they do request you register online to help them plan: CLICK HERE to do so. This workshop is being held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4244 SE 91st Ave, 97266.

September 29
> How the Other Half Loves, in Sandy – It’s the final weekend to see the Sandy Actors Theater’s production of the “uproarious comedy”, Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves. The story takes you back to the social scene in 1971. There are no cell phones, distinct class structures and changing social conventions. It’s a story of relationships and social status – and with a happy ending. How the Other Half Loves plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm through October 1.  Tickets are $18 General Admission, $15 Vets, Students, Seniors (60+) and $10 Children under 12. For more information, directions and their line box office, see there website: CLICK HERE. It’s in Sandy, Oregon, a the Sandy Actors Theatre, 17433 Meinig Avenue Sandy, 97055.

September 30
> Naturescaping Basics – From 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District invites you to learn to create a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, minimizes pollution,  and creates habitat. Get natural gardening & design tips that mimic nature, and make your garden a healthy place for children, pets and wildlife. Workshop is FREE, but they do request you register online to help them plan: CLICK HERE to do so. This workshop is being held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4244 SE 91st Ave, 97266.

> 5th Annual Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival – Starting about midday, a community-building celebration on a grassy knoll in the neighborhood where James Gilbert (Jim) Pepper (Kaw/Muskogee Creek) (1941-1992) grew up, the charitable purpose of the Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival is to improve access to music education in Jim Pepper’s name. Featured this year is Calina Lawrence, bringing her one-woman show to Portland and perform her latest songs, backed by the Flying Eagle Band. It all takes place at their permanent home, on the grassy knoll in the west area of the Parkrose High School campus, located at 12003 NE Shaver Street. For more information, see their official website: CLICK HERE.

> All American Magic & Comedy Show – At a 2:00 p.m. afternoon matinee this afternoon, come see the new edition of this amazing show by master illusionist Mark Benthimer and the hilarious hi-jinks of ventriloquist Scott Davis. Continuing their four-year run of sold out shows, Portland’s most exciting magic theater is presenting another incredible two-hour family show filled with mind bending illusions, music, dazzling assistants, audience participation, plus the side splitting comedy and magic. Get tickets online (they sell out every show) and see their special family pack deals at their website: CLICK HERE. Or, call 503-995-7379 for more information. The theater also boasts Portland’s best snack bar deals with cotton candy and popcorn for a buck, plenty of free parking and an on-site Magic Shop. It’s all inside at Mall 205.

> SISTAS Dolled Up: Doll Making Workshop – This workshop is designed to create an “atmosphere of empowerment,” encouraging emotional healing and happiness to young and mature women by allowing them to connect to their inner child while creating their own decorative healing doll. The concept is similar to playing with paper dolls: We bring the fabric, beads, cutouts, hair and glue; you bring your curiosity, good intentions and childhood memories of playing with paper dolls. This is an informal opportunity for participants to have fun and create their own healing cloth doll that memorializes their inner and outer beauty and reminds them of their experiences, magnificence, power and purpose. Registration required; register in the library or by calling. It’s from 2-4 pm at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

> Oktoberfest Celebration From 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. in the Russell neighborhood, come on out for a traditional German Cuisine Buffet – but we recommend you come earlier than later! Dine on brats, kraut, potato salad while you enjoy live music, participate or watch traditional dances and sing-alongs. Wine and Beer Garden will have libations for purchase. Tickets: $20/Adults | $10 Seniors or Kids. It’s all at Parkrose Community United Church Christ, located at 12505 NE Halsey Street. Questions? Call (503) 253-5457.

East Portland’s Community Calendar
October, 2017

October 1
> Lents International Farmers Market – This great outer East Portland market is open from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. every Sunday this summer. You’ll find fresh, affordable, and culturally relevant produce and foods to the diverse Lents community. It also offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrants, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, and Russian farmers. Note new location: It’s now found on SE 92nd near Reedway Street, between SE Foster and Harold streets. For more information, see their official webpage on the Portland Farmers Market website: CLICK HERE.

> Montavilla Farmers Market – Visit today, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. They’re featuring locally raised, grown & created foods and crafts. You’ll also shop vendors providing fresh baked bread & pastries and other foods. And enjoy lively music – rain or shine. They’re there every Sunday, now, through the end of October. It’s located in the 7600 Block of SE Stark St., just west of the Academy Theater, and across the street from Mr. Plywood. For more information, learn about volunteer opportunities, to see their “Dog Friendly” policy, or look at the astounding variety of vendors there this week, see their website: CLICK HERE.

October 2
> Library Teen Council – Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks, and have fun! Teen Council members work with library staff to make the library teen-friendly. It’s from 3:30-5 pm this afternoon at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave. Call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

> Legos @ the Library – Bring your mad Lego skills to the library and let your imagination flow at this program for kids ages 5-11. It’s from 4-5 pm at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

> East Portland Action Plan Economic Development Subcommittee – Their meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. at the East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 NE 117th Ave. (between Halsey + Glisan at the foot of the water tower). For more information, see their website: CLICK HERE

October 3
> Wilkes Community Group Meeting – At 6:30 p.m. this evening, the board of this neighborhood association – and interested others – meet. For more information, contact their Chair Richard Mohley at Wilkes.Community.Group.Chair@gmail.com. They’re meeting at St George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2101 NE 162nd Avenue, 97230.

> Pajama Time –Put on your pajamas, grab a bedtime buddy, and join us for stories, songs and fun. It’s for children 6 years and younger with adult. The program is from 7-7:30 p.m. at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

October 7
> Woodland Park Neighborhood Association – From 1:00 until 3:00 p.m., they’re holding their Annual Meeting, outdoors, at 1905 NE Bell Drive.

> Montavilla Food Co-op Annual Meeting – At 2:00 p.m., come and hear from the MFC board and committees as they provide updates to members on their progress, share plans for next year, and elect new board members. This meeting is open to all member-owners and interested community members. It’s a potluck, so please bring your favorite late summer/early fall dish; the co-op will provide beverages, food labels, and plates/utensils. They’re meeting at Wix Agency, located at 8037 SE Stark Street.

October 16
> Library Teen Council – Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks, and have fun! Teen Council members work with library staff to make the library teen-friendly. It’s from 3:30-5 pm this afternoon at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave. Call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

> Legos @ the Library – Bring your mad Lego skills to the library and let your imagination flow at this program for kids ages 5-11. It’s from 4-5 pm at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

> Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association Annual Meeting – from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., the association will nominate and elect officers. The board is seeking individuals who can lend their ideas, energy and talents to sustain the programs in place and steer the district as it continues to grow and change. Also, members and guests will celebrate a year of accomplishments, including the Street Fair, First Fridays and Trick or Treat on Glisan Street. It’s also a chance to meet other business owners and enjoy food & beverages from local businesses while looking ahead to the next year of activities. It’s at Veritas Wine Bar + Bottle Shop, located at 7835 SE Stark Street.

> 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 17
> Parkrose Neighborhood Association – At 7:00 p.m. this evening, they’re holding a General Membership meeting. It’s at the Russellville Grange, 12105 NE Prescott Street. For more information, email parkroseneighbors@gmail.com.

> Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association – Their Board meet at 6:30 p.m. this evening, at Portland Fire & Rescue Fire Station #2, 4800 NE 122nd Avenue. All are invited to attend. For more information, call (503) 823-4550, or see their website: http://argay.org/.

October 18
> Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods – Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for this Leach Botanical Garden Lecture Series presentation featuring geologist Scott Burns, who authored the book of the same name. Pre-registration required for everyone: $10 (Free for Leach Garden Friends) – CLICK HERE to be taken to their “Learning” page and scroll down to the event. It takes place at Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue 97236.

October 19
> Parkrose Business Association – This fine business group gets together today at 11:30 a.m. Come and meet this group of fun, energized business people. Their meeting is at Holiday Inn Airport 8439 NE Columbia Blvd. (in the hotel building, around the back at the former Flirt’s entrance – not the Convention Center next door. The meeting is free, and the buffet lunch is $19 including dessert and gratuity; reservations are NOT required.

> Russell Neighborhood Association – To find out if they’re meeting, or for more information, contact Ron Glanville at ronglanville@gmail.com.

October 21
> Planting at Russellville Grange Hall – From 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 .m., join Depave to help put the finishing touches on the rain gardens at the Russellville Grange Hall, depaved in June. Depave will provide the tools, gloves, and gear. Snacks and lunch provided too. Please dress appropriately for the weather. This is an all ages event. We typically have activities for young stewards to be involved in depaving and planting, but parents are responsible for attending their children. To sign up for the event, CLICK HERE. It’s at the Russellville Grange, 12100 NE Prescott Street, 97220.

October 25
> East Portland Action Plan General Meeting – At 6:00 p.m., it’s their Annual Picnic! Some food will be provided; you’re encouraged to bring a dish to share if you can, and make connections. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., so be on time to the picnic! Childcare and Spanish/English language interpretation provided. If you need interpretation in another language, or have questions, please contact: lore.wintergreen@portlandoregon.gov. It’s being held at the “OLD” David Douglas School District Offices at 1500 SE 130th Avenue; entrance on the right-Southside of the building.

October 26
> Glenfair Neighborhood Association – At 7:00 p.m. this evening, Board members and neighbors irregularly meet to discuss issues in their area. For more information, contact Chair Chair Brenda McSweeney at brendam170@aol.com to see if they’re meeting, or see their website: CLICK HERE. They meet at Glenfair School, 15300 NE Glisan Street.

October 28
> Planting at Faithful Savior – From 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., join the Depave volunteers by coming by to help put the finishing touches on the giant rain garden at the Faithful Savior Lutheran Church depaved in June. Depave will provide the tools, gloves, and gear. Snacks provided too. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Please sign up: CLICK HERE. It’s at Faithful Savior Church, 11100 NE Skidmore Street, 97220.

October 29
> Montavilla Farmers Market – Visit today, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. They’re featuring locally raised, grown & created foods and crafts. Teen Cooking Class today: Kids, ages 11-18, can learn this “essential life skill” that will give them life-long confidence and inspiration to have fun in the kitchen. You’ll also shop vendors providing fresh baked bread & pastries and other foods. And enjoy lively music – rain or shine. They’re there every Sunday, now, through the end of October. It’s located in the 7600 Block of SE Stark St., just west of the Academy Theater, and across the street from Mr. Plywood. For more information, learn about volunteer opportunities, to see their “Dog Friendly” policy, or look at the astounding variety of vendors there this week, see their website: CLICK HERE.

> Naturescaping Basics – From 1:00 until 5:00 p.m., the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District invites you to learn to create a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, minimizes pollution,  and creates habitat. Get natural gardening & design tips that mimic nature, and make your garden a healthy place for children, pets and wildlife. Workshop is FREE, but they do request you register online to help them plan: CLICK HERE to do so. This workshop is being held at 6704 SE 122nd Ave, 97236.

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