East Portland News Community Calendar

East Portland News
July ~ August 2017
Community Calendar

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East Portland’s Community Calendar
July, 2017

July 26
> 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 gathering is a “Member Sponsored AM” featuring  Gary Russell with Defend My Life. You’ll find them at SE Works, 7916 SE Foster Blvd. 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.

> EPIC on Rapid Response Team – At 6:00 p.m., it’s the bi-monthly meeting of East Precinct Involved Citizens (EPIC). This month: Learn about the Portland Police Bureau’s “Rapid Response Team”. Who are these officers?  Why do they wear all this gear?  What kind of training have they received? Captain David Golliday provides the answers to these questions and explains the important role of the Rapid Response Team. They meet at East Precinct Community Room, 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 “old” David Douglas School District Office Board Room at 1500 SE 130th Avenue.

July 27
> Leach Garden Arts – Plein Air Class – From 9:00 a.m. until Noon, the Garden will be the inspiration for this class in landscape watercolor painting by instructor Jane Nash. Plein Air means “out of doors”, meaning participants will paint as the impressionists did, using natural settings and the changing light as their subjects. Supply list provided at registration. This adult class suitable for all skill levels. Preregistration required CLICK HERE and scroll down to the class. FEE: $35. Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236.

> 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.

> 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.

July 28
> Knott Park National Night Out and Movie In the Park – It kicks off at 5:00 p.m. with face painters, balloon art, sno-cones, and meet police and fire representatives. They’ll have birds from the Audubon Society and llamas from Mountain Peak Therapy Llamas. Plus, lots of information and activities from American Red Cross, NET, the Humane Society and much more! Currently lined up for food are vendors Mixteca and Waffle Palooza. You can bring outside food or drink you like for a picnic, but no alcohol please! 6:30 to ~8:30 p.m. Echoes of Yasgurs (classic rock) plays and the film Zootopia begins at dusk. It’s at closest to the intersection of NE 117th Ave. and Knott Street.

July 29
> 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.

July 30
> 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.

> Montavilla Street Fair – Back for the 8th year, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., SE Stark Street between 76th and 82nd Avenues will be closed off for this exciting, huge neighborhood party! Once again, Downtown Montavilla’s Main Street will be lined with 100 vendors offering food and drink, art, hand crafts, clothing, and marketing local products and services. Three stages of live music will enliven the event, offering a diverse mix of local Portland music, including a kid’s stage in “KidVilla”. This wonderful day is brought to you by the volunteers with Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association. For more information, see their website: CLICK HERE.

> Colwood Golf Center’s Grand Reopening – From 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. today, this Portland Parks & Recreation-own public golf facility reopens. The FREE, family-friendly event at the popular City of Portland golf course and event site is free for guests of all ages. Enjoy free range balls and rounds of golf, golf lessons; meet our friendly staff, enjoy food, music, and more. It’s located at 7313 NE Columbia Boulevard. For more information, see their website: CLICK HERE.

> Powellhurst-Gilbert National Night Out – Starting at 5:00 p.m., the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association hosts their annual fun event, including booths to browse, food vendors to  choose from and activities for the kids.  Enjoy live music about 6:30 p.m. Then, at dusk, see Sing on the Portland Parks’ big screen, shown with stereo music. Leave the booze at home, but feel free to bring a picnic dinner, soft drinks, and low, beach-type chairs and blankets. This event is at Earl Boyles Park, located SE 107th Avenue & Francis Street, 97266.

 

East Portland’s Community Calendar
August, 2017

August 1
> Mill Park National Night Out – Starting at 5:00 p.m., the Mill Park Neighborhood Association hosts their annual fun event, featuring community organization and business booths to browse, activities for the kid, live music and FREE hot dogs, while they last! This event is at Mill Park, located at SE 117th Ave and Mill Court; behind East of Mill Park Elementary School; in the Mill Park neighborhood.

August 2
> Concert in Ventura Park – Tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m., Portland Parks & Recreation and neighborhood organizations and sponsors are hosting this musical event. Tonight, the concert features Chervona (Eastern European carnival insanity). Food is typically available for purchase. Bring your picnic dinner, blanket and low beach chairs and enjoy the show. The park is located at SE 113th and Stark St.

August 4
> Outdoor Movie at Village Square Parking Lot – Tonight, starting about 6:30 p.m. it’s a “Movie in the Park” event. The evening starts off with music by Speaker Minds (Hip-hop, funk).. Then, at dusk, they’ll be showing Moana (2016) PG – English w/ Spanish subtitles – on their big outdoor screen, with stereo sound. Bring a blanket or low beach chairs, a picnic dinner, and warmer clothing for when the sun goes down. It’s sponsored by the Centennial Community Association, Rosewood Initiative, and East Portland Rovers. This event is located at SE 162nd and Stark St.

August 5
> Wilkes Community National Night Out – Starting at 5:00 p.m., the Wilkes Community Group hosts their annual fun event, featuring food vendors, community and government service booths, and activities for the kids.  Enjoy live music about 6:30 p.m. Then, at dusk, see Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on the Portland Parks’ big screen, shown with stereo music. Leave the booze at home, but feel free to bring a picnic dinner, soft drinks, and low, beach-type chairs and blankets. This event is at Wilkes Park, located at 3655 NE 154th Avenue, 97230.

August 6
> 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. 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.

> Oregon Walkways: Lents Founder’s Fair – From 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., this event encourages participants to explore the neighborhood on foot and use the streets for play. The Founders Fair (formerly known as Lents Founder’s Day) brings back favorites like the Chicken Beauty Contest and live music performances, and will connect to the Lents International Farmer’s Market and Zoiglhaus beer garden. Along the Lents “Green Ring”, participants will encounter community attractions like the Belmont Goats, NAYA dancers, the Green Lents Community Tool Library, and more. Confused? Don’t be! See their webpage that explains it all: CLICK HERE. The Founder’s Fair will be located in the southwest corner of Lents Park.

August 7
> Concert in Berrydale Park – Tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m., Portland Parks & Recreation and neighborhood organizations and sponsors are hosting this musical event. Tonight, the concert features 3 Leg Torso (Eclectic indie chamber music). Food is typically available for purchase. Bring your picnic dinner, blanket and low beach chairs and enjoy the show. The park is located at SE 92nd Avenue and Taylor Street.

August 9
> Concert in Ventura Park – Tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m., Portland Parks & Recreation and neighborhood organizations and sponsors are hosting this musical event. Tonight, the concert features Okaidja Afroso (West African/world music and dance). Food is typically available for purchase. Bring your picnic dinner, blanket and low beach chairs and enjoy the show. The park is located at SE 113th and Stark St.

August 13
> 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. 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.

> Outdoor Movie in Glenfair Park – Tonight, starting about 6:30 p.m. it’s a “Movie in the Park” event. The evening starts off with music by Espacio Flamenco (Traditional flamenco music, dance). Then, at dusk, they’ll be showing The Eagle Huntress (2016) G – English w/ Spanish subtitles – on their big outdoor screen, with stereo sound. Bring a blanket or low beach chairs, a picnic dinner, and warmer clothing for when the sun goes down. This event is located at NE 154th and Davis Street.

August 14
> Concert in Berrydale Park – Tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m., Portland Parks & Recreation and neighborhood organizations and sponsors are hosting this musical event. Tonight, the concert features 3 Leg Torso (Eclectic indie chamber music). Food is typically available for purchase. Bring your picnic dinner, blanket and low beach chairs and enjoy the show. The park is located at SE 92nd Avenue and Taylor Street.

> Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association – The general meeting of these neighbors begins at 7:00 p.m.  It’s at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Avenue. E-mail PGNA at their new address: pgnaboard@gmail.com; for more information, or see their official website: CLICK HERE.

August 16
> Organic Gardening Short CourseGrow Portland is offering them from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. in four sessions, taught on different days of the week, learn to grow your own vegetables Beginner gardeners will gain the skills and confidence needed to cultivate healthy and productive vegetable gardens. The classes will help students to anticipate common challenges that gardeners may encounter. The class focuses on hands-on learning and understanding the science behind the practices. They will take you through the entire process of selecting a garden site, soil preparation, irrigation, planting, pests, diseases and harvest. You will have plenty of time to ask all your gardening questions, learn from others in the group and gather resources for the future. FEE: Pay-as-you-will. All classes are held at Menlo Park School Garden, 12900 NE Glisan Street. CLICK HERE to visit their webpage to learn about the courses and dates on which they’re taught.

August 17
> Leach Garden Arts – Plein Air Class – From 9:00 a.m. until Noon, the Garden will be the inspiration for this class in landscape watercolor painting by instructor Jane Nash. Plein Air means “out of doors”, meaning participants will paint as the impressionists did, using natural settings and the changing light as their subjects. Supply list provided at registration. This adult class suitable for all skill levels. Preregistration required CLICK HERE and scroll down to the class. FEE: $35. Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236.

August 18
> Impact Your Health PDX clinic returns – The first of two clinic days this weekend is today, Friday, from  8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Outer East Portland people who may be uninsured, under-insured and those unable to afford their out-of-pocket costs are invited to this FREE clinic. It offers vision care and glasses, dental services, limited healthcare assessments, and physicals provided by on-site physicians. There are no advance reservations; it’s “first come, first served”, so plan to arrive early because spots fill up fast. All kinds of physicians, dentists and other medical skilled personnel are invited to volunteer. See their website for more information: CLICK HERE. It all takes place in the Portland Adventist Academy Gym, located at 1500 SE 96th Avenue, 97216.

August 19
> Jade District Night Market – From 5:00 until 10:00 p.m. this evening, this annual summer event provides a space to celebrate and recognize the diversity and culture of the communities who live and work in the Jade District. Visitors find scores of vendors, selling food, clothing items and other goods; two entertainment stages, family activities, and lots of other fun culturally-appropriate stuff. It takes place at Portland Community College Southeast Campus, located 2305 SE 82nd Avenue of Roses, 97216 (actually, mostly along SE Division Street side of the campus. For more information, CLICK HERE

> Outdoor Movie at the Festival Latino in Glenhaven Park – Tonight, starting about 6:30 p.m. it’s a “Movie in the Park” event. The evening starts off with music by Tequila Highway PDX (Cumbia, rock, Latin fusion). Then, at dusk, they’ll be showing Moana (2016) PG – Spanish w/ English subtitles – on their big outdoor screen, with stereo sound. Bring a blanket or low beach chairs, a picnic dinner, and warmer clothing for when the sun goes down. This event is located at Glenhaven Park, NE 82nd and Siskiyou St.

August 20
> Impact Your Health PDX clinic returns – Sunday is the second clinic day they provide this weekend. From  8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., outer East Portland people who may be uninsured, under-insured and those unable to afford their out-of-pocket costs are invited to this FREE clinic. It offers vision care and glasses, dental services, limited healthcare assessments, and physicals provided by on-site physicians. There are no advance reservations; it’s “first come, first served”, so plan to arrive early because spots fill up fast. All kinds of physicians, dentists and other medical skilled personnel are invited to volunteer. See their website for more information: CLICK HERE. It all takes place in the Portland Adventist Academy Gym, located at 1500 SE 96th Avenue, 97216.

> 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. 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.

> Outer NE Portland Sunday Parkways – It’s on from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. featuring Knott; Hazelwood Hydro; East Holladay; and Thompson parks. For more information, see the PDOT webpage: CLICK HERE.

August 21
> Concert in Berrydale Park – Tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m., Portland Parks & Recreation and neighborhood organizations and sponsors are hosting this musical event. Tonight, the concert features Inka Jam (Syncopated music and dance w/ Andean flare). Food is typically available for purchase. Bring your picnic dinner, blanket and low beach chairs and enjoy the show. The park is located at SE 92nd Avenue and Taylor Street.

August 23
> The Life and Times of a Modern Plant Explorer – Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for this Leach Botanical Garden Lecture Series presentation featuring author, plant collector, lecturer, teacher, consultant, nurseryman, naturalist, and gardener, our speaker Dan Hinkley. 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.

August 26
> 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.

> Jade District Night Market – From 5:00 until 10:00 p.m. this evening, this annual summer event provides a space to celebrate and recognize the diversity and culture of the communities who live and work in the Jade District. Visitors find scores of vendors, selling food, clothing items and other goods; two entertainment stages, family activities, and lots of other fun culturally-appropriate stuff. It takes place at Portland Community College Southeast Campus, located 2305 SE 82nd Avenue of Roses, 97216 (actually, mostly along SE Division Street side of the campus. For more information, CLICK HERE.

August 27
> 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.

 

East Portland’s Community Calendar
September, 2017

September 1
> Outdoor Movie in Mt. Scott Park – Tonight, starting about 6:30 p.m. it’s a “Movie in the Park” event. The evening starts off with music by Dan Balmer Trio (Jazz). Then, at dusk, they’ll be showing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on their big outdoor screen, with stereo sound. Bring a blanket or low beach chairs, a picnic dinner, and warmer clothing for when the sun goes down. This event is located at SE 74th and Reedway St.

September 2-3
> Romanian Folk and Food Festival – It’s open on both days, from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. They promise: “BBQ, Traditional Foods, Pastries, Beer, Wine, Live Music, Dance, Children’s Activities, and Much More!” Admission is FREE, you pay for food and beverages. It’s all happening at Saint Mary’s Romanian Orthodox, 13505 SE Stark Street, 97233.

September 2
> Outdoor Movie in Montavilla Park – Tonight, starting about 6:30 p.m. it’s a “Movie in the Park” event. The evening starts off with music by POPgoji (Soul meets Brazillian beats). Then, at dusk, they’ll be showing Beauty and the Beast on their big outdoor screen, with stereo sound. Bring a blanket or low beach chairs, a picnic dinner, and warmer clothing for when the sun goes down. This event is located at NE 83rd and Glisan St.

September 20
> 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.

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