East Portland News Community Calendar

East Portland News
May ~ June 2017
Community Calendar

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East Portland’s Community Calendar
May, 2017

May 27-29
> 111th annual Multnomah County Fair – Open from noon until 7:00 p.m. each day of Memorial Day Weekend, this year’s fair will honor military and first responders. The midway will be open at non-profit Oaks Amusement Park with rides available at family-friendly prices – much cheaper than at the carnival located across the river. Also get great “fair food” at bargain price. Gate admission to the Multnomah County Fair is FREE, as is the acres of parking available. If you would like to enter an exhibit or would like additional information about the fair, go to the website: CLICK HERE. Historic Oaks Amusement Park is located near the east end of the Sellwood Bridge at 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, 97202.

May 27
> Chinese Calligraphy – Louis Lim will demonstrate the art of Chinese calligraphy. This program will be conducted in Zhngwén (that means, “in Chinese”). It’s from 3-5 pm at your Midland Regional Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave.; call (503) 988-5123 for more information.

May 28
> 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.

> Vanport the Musical – They came from all over the country: men, women, children, families. They came mostly by train during WWII to serve their country, not only to survive but to obtain the American Dream. After the war, many left returning to their hometowns of Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and beyond. But some stayed making the city their home until the flood of 1948 washed it away. In this musical for the whole family, smell the opportunity, touch the dream, hear the music, taste the victory and see the canvas of Vanport. It’s from 2-2:45 pm at your Midland Regional Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave.; call (503) 988-5123 for more information.

May 31
> 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 “Member Hosted AM” host and location is a complete mystery us. 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’s Community Calendar
June, 2017

June 3
> Montavilla Food Co-op Annual Pancake Breakfast – From 8:00 a.m. until noon, come hungry and leave full as volunteers offer a delicious and healthy breakfast using locally and organically sourced ingredients.  The event will also feature live entertainment from local artists and a fantastic raffle with prizes from community artisans and stores. While you’re there, meet other member-owners, board, and committee members and join the co-op. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and free to those who join the co-op. It’s at Montavilla United Methodist Church, located at 232 SE 80th Street, 97215. For more information, see their official website: CLICK HERE.

June 4
> Lents International Farmers Market OPENING DAY – Under new management, 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.

> Portland Metro Concert Band in concert – The downbeat at 3:00 p.m. will begin a trip “Around the World in 90 Minutes”. Enjoy tunes from around the world, such as United Kingdom, “Shepherd’s Hey, “and classic folk tune influence adopted in USA with “American Folk Rhapsody”.  On to the Spanish influence of Manuel DeFalla’s “Ritual Fire Dance” and back to Broadway with Selections from the huge hit “Annie”.  Along the way you’ll also enjoy great marches of John Philip Sousa. It’s FREE, but donations to help defray costs are gratefully accepted. It takes place at the David Douglas High School Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Avenue, between SE Division and Stark streets.

June 5
> Occupant” performed in Gresham – Starting at 7:00 p.m. this evening, the Sandy Actors Theatre group presents this “Reader’s Theater” performance by the Mt Hood Repertory. In this play by Edward Alby, an unnamed interviewer questions posthumously Louise Nevelson, the ground-breaking sculptor. Described as a touching, humorous and honest tribute to a woman who was a pioneer for free-thinking women everywhere and stood strong as one of the 20th century’s greatest artistic minds. 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/Adults – $4/Students, no reservations. It’s at the Gresham Chapel and Evening Event Center at 257 SE Roberts Ave. in beautiful downtown Gresham.

June 6
> 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. Note their new location: St George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2101 NE 162nd Avenue, 97230.

June 10
> Express Yourself Through Ikebana – From 10:00 a.m. until noon, Try your hand at at ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging. Along the way learn a little about its history and traditions. Instructor Nana Goto Bellerud, a Japanese native and President of Ikebana International, Portland Chapter, will demonstrate basic techniques and proper preparation and treatment of plant materials, then you will have the opportunity to let your own creativity take over. Create one or two beautiful arrangements to take home with you. FEE: $50 or $45 for Leach Garden Friends members. Preregistration is required CLICK HERE to open their “Events” page. 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!

June 11
> 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.

June 20
> 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/.

June 22
> Natural Gardening Class: “Keeping up with your garden” – From 5:30 until 7:00 p.m., take in FREE class taught by Outgrowing Hunger’s field operations manager and staff farmer, Brittany Giunchigliani detailing how create a watering schedule, garden maintenance, and use basic tools. Classes are designed for either the beginner or intermediate gardener. They will be meeting in the garden area, right next to the covered picnic table shelter, rain or shine. While free, they do ask you to register: CLICK HERE to do so. These classes are held just east of the Portland City Line in Gresham at Nadaka Nature Park, 17500 NE Glisan Street, 97230.

June 24
> Taste of Parkrose 5K/10K Fun Run – At 9:00 a.m., participants will be heading out of the gate (please sign in by 8:45 a.m.) as runners will tour Parkrose, through Maywood Park and into Gateway Green, in celebration of their  official opening day. The route will starts and ends at Rossi Farms, near Parkrose High School. To sign up online at Active.com, CLICK HERE. Proceeds benefit Parkrose High School student activities.

> Taste of Parkrose returns – From 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the fourth edition of this fun-filled, family event takes place in the Parkrose area. The centerpiece of Taste of Parkrose will once again be “EggFest,” Parkrose Hardware’s showcase of Big Green Egg grills with volunteers cooking up a variety of tasty treats. “Tasting tickets” for EggFest will be 50 cents each or $10 for an “unlimited tastings” wristband; proceeds to benefit Portland Rescue Mission. Stay and enjoy live music, kids’ games and family activities. This years festivities again include a beer garden featuring Gateway Brewing beverages. NOTE NEW LOCATION: It’s at Rossi Farms, located at 3839 NE 122nd Avenue, 97230. This great community event is hosted by Historic Parkrose; for more information see their event-specific Facebook page: CLICK HERE.

June 26
> 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.

June 27
> 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.

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