East Portland News Community Calendar

East Portland News
March ~ April 2017
Community Calendar

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 find 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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March, 2017
East Portland News
Community Calendar

March 25
> Touting TrilliumFacts & Fallacies – From 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Russell Graham, from Purveyor of Plants, will separate facts from fallacies concerning Trillium, one of our favorite NW native early bloomers! He’ll address the nomenclature, identification, culture, and propagation of trilliums while exploring some of the myths, lore and reality surrounding the genus, with most of the emphasis on our western species. Russell will have slides, handouts, and references, a few plants to display (and possibly sell). You will tour the Garden’s own blooming Trilliums after the talk. Preregistration required; $15.00 nonmember or $10.00 for Leach Garden Friends members. Register online at their website: CLICK HERE, or, call (503) 823-1673. Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236. NOTE! The 122nd Ave. Bridge is out; see their website for the map showing the “back way” to their lower parking lot!

> 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 three-year run of sold out shows, Portland’s most exciting venue 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.

March 27 – 31
> Spring break classes at Leach Botanical Garden – Now’s the time to sign up your kids for one, or many of the classes, including Beginning Manga Drawing, Children’s Nature Illustration, and Fun Folding—Origami! The classes are suitable for children ages 9-14 years. Preregistration required; fees vary. Register online at their website: CLICK HERE, or, call (503) 823-1673. Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236. NOTE! The 122nd Ave. Bridge is out; see their website for the map showing the “back way” to their lower parking lot!

March 27-31
> Zenger Farm Spring Break Camps – They’re hosting five single-day camps: March 27 through 31 for youth in kindergarten through sixth grade. Activities include taking care of the chickens (and baby chicks) and baking bread, cooking up some yummy farm-fresh dishes, planting in the Children’s Garden and exploring spring in the wetland. Sign up for a day, or for all five days. These day camps are from 8:45 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and cost $60/day. Aftercare is available until 6:00 p.m. for an additional fee. Need-based scholarships are available. Register online: CLICK HERE. All camps are held at Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Road. 97266.

March 27
> Arts NW Spring Break Young Filmmakers Camp – Starting today at 9:00 a.m. and running through March 31, 13-18 year old youth invited, at no cost,  to attend the for the youth to attend the 8th Annual edition of this camp. Free meals are included! Registration is required, do it by e-mail at www.info@freeartsnw.org. It’s being held at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 SE Market Street.

March 27
> 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.

March 28
> 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.

March 29
> 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. This morning, members and guests are invited to explore their New Member Showcase. It’s hosted by and located at 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. 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.

March 30
> Midland Parks Open House – From 6:00 until 7:30 p.m., everyone is welcome to see proposals for the new places to play, garden, gather, and read. Share your thoughts about the design options with Parks Bureau representatives. Children’s activities, child care, and food provided. For project information visit call Stefanus Gunawan at 503-823-5493. It’s at Midland Regional Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue.

March 31
> Opening night for Shadow Box – This is opening night for the Sandy Actors Theater production of The Shadow Box. The story follows three families as they deal with the five stages of loss: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The shows a mix of evening and matinee shows in Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances through April 23. TICKETS: $18 Adults | $13 Students/Seniors. The theater is located behind Ace Hardware at 39181 Pioneer Blvd, Sandy, 97055. For more information, directions and their line box office, see there website: CLICK HERE.

East Portland’s Community Calendar
April, 2017

April 1
> Community Awareness Fair – From 3:00 until 6:00 p.m., anyone who needs resources in times of struggle is to attend. And, the organizers are inviting community service organizations and agencies to promote their services, without cost, at this FREE event. For more information, call (503) 442-8228. It’s at the Portland Open Bible Church, 3223 SE 92nd Avenue, 97266.

April 3
> 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.

April 4
> Wilkes Community Group Meeting – At 6:30 p.m. this evening, the board of this neighborhood association – and interested others – meet. Note their new location: St George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2101 NE 162nd Avenue, 97230.

> Lents Town Hall on Livability – From 7:00 until 9:00 p.m., attend this meeting that focuses focus on a host of livability concerns in Lents ranging from inequity in taxes to the impact of the housing crisis on our community. We are seeking your input and participation. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and problem solve with your city Commissioners. It will be a moderated event and we ask that you pre-submit questions, concerns, solutions for the Mayor and Commissioners by email at Livabilitycommittee@gmail.com. It’ll be held at the Lents Activity Center, 8835 SE Woodstock Boulevard.

April 5
> Beneficial Insects Workshop – From 6:30 until 9:00 p.m., discover which flowers, leaves, soils and mulch in your garden contain beneficial insects that work around the clock to protect plants from pests. Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings and other invertebrates that provide free pest control. You will also discover plant types and management practices that provide food, water, and shelter to attract and sustain beneficial insects that help your garden thrive. It’s FREE, and sponsored by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Register online at the EMSWCD website: CLICK HERE. It’s being held at Leach Botanical Garden, located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236. NOTE! The 122nd Ave. Bridge is out; see their website for the map showing the “back way” to their lower parking lot!

April 8
> Leach Garden Plant Sale – The BIG, annual outer East Portland plant sale opens its doors at 9:30 a.m., and stays open until 2:00 p.m. – but you’ll want to be there early for best selection. You’ll find a choice selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, and northwest natives from  specialty nurseries & the Leach Garden collection. All proceeds support operation of Leach Botanical Garden. It’s at Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington Street, a couple of blocks east of Mall 205. For more information see their website: CLICK HERE, or, call (503) 823-1673.

April 11
> Midway Business Association – Come learn about this business group dedicated to helping neighbors and businesses improve the southern end of outer East Portland. This month: another meeting of interest. Remember, visitors ARE welcome. Their meeting runs from 11:45 AM until 1 PM at Bill Dayton’s PIZZA BARON Restaurant on SE 122nd Ave., just south of Division St. For more information, see their website: CLICK HERE.

> 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.

> Foster Area Business Association –Their board (and interested others) meet today at 6:00 p.m. at “The Pod Bar” in Carts on Foster; the northeast corner of SE Foster and 52nd Avenue where folks are welcome to purchase dinner from one of the vendors before the meeting. For more information call (503) 774-2832.

> 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.

April 13
> Gateway Area Business Association – Networking starts at 11:30 a.m. Meeting starts at 11:45 and ends promptly at 1:00 p.m. They’re now meeting at Bradford’s Sports Lounge and Grill, 10346 NE Halsey St.  Lunch is available for $6.00. For more information, see their website: CLICK HERE.

April 15
> Malden Court Community Orchard planting party – From 9:00 a.m. until noon, you’re invited to get involved with this community project. This fall they are implementing their next phases of planting. They provide tools, materials, coffee and snacks; and ask that you bring water, closed-toed shoes, as well as friends, families and neighbors! No RSVP is required. Questions? Want to get involved in orchard leadership? Contact Michelle at orchard@greenlents.org. The Orchard is located at 7677 SE 87th Avenue, just south of SE Flavel Street, next to the Springwater Corridor Trail – but they ask that you park on Flavel Street.

April 17
> 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.

> 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.

April 18
> 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/.

April 20
> Ecology Guided Walk: Lichens – From 11:00 a.m. until noon, venture out with a volunteer guide for an opportunity to explore microclimates at the Garden and the wonders that inhabit these areas. Appropriate for ages 14-adult (15 students maximum). Pre-registration required. $5 nonmember or FREE for Leach Garden Friends members per walker. Register online at their website: CLICK HERE, or, call (503) 823-1673. Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236. NOTE! The 122nd Ave. Bridge is out; see their website for the map showing the “back way” to their lower parking lot!

> Parkrose Business Association – One of our favorite business groups 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 $18 including dessert and gratuity; reservations are NOT required.

> Russell Neighborhood Association – Their general meeting starts at 7:00 PM, at Western States Chiropractic College, 2900 NE 132nd (Hampton Hall). To find out if they’re meeting, or for more information, contact Ron Glanville at ronglanville@gmail.com.

April 22
> Parkrose Business Foundation Dinner and Auction – At 5:30 p.m. “Bloom Where You’re Planted”, the theme of their 14th annual event, begins.  Your $55 ticket gives you appetizers, wine, dinner and dancing – and the opportunity to bid in the silent and live auctions to help support Parkrose students. For more information, or to buy tickets see the Foundation’s official website: CLICK HERE

April 24
> 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.

April 25
> 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.

April 26
> 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.

April 29
> 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade – It steps off at 9:30 a.m. this morning! Eastport Plaza is once again proud to be the rally point for the 11th Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, to be held today. Plan to sit along the street and hear marching bands go by, thrill to teams of drummers and drill teams, see classic cars, and wave to the Grand Marshall. The parade starts at Eastport Plaza, and goes north along SE 82nd Avenue of Roses into Montavilla. Or, consider being part of the parade! To download the Parade Entry Form at their official website: CLICK HERE. The parade starts at Eastport Plaza, and heads north along 82nd Avenue, up into Montavilla.

> Multicultural Fair and Carnival – After the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, come back and enjoy the FREE Fair, with FREE balloon animals, FREE live music, FREE Pony Rides, FREE family entertainment – and FUNtastic thrill rides. It’s all at Eastport Plaza, 4000 SE 82nd Avenue.

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