East Portland News Community Calendar

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November ~ December 2017
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East Portland’s Community Calendar
November, 2017

 

November 18-19
> Final Weekend to see Shrek the Musical at DDHS – Be sure to take in one of the evening, or matinee performances of this rollicking musical production, set in a “once upon a time” sort of land of a hulking green ogre, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters including Pinocchio, Cinderella, and the Three Pigs, a princess and an over-talkative donkey! The show is suited for the entire family, so tickets are sure to sell out quickly. The show continues at 7:30 p.m. on the evenings of November 17, and 18. Plus, they’re offering their final family matinee on November 19 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 Adults | $8 Students/Seniors. To reserve your tickets online now, CLICK HERE. Or visit the box office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m., on school days. For more information, call the Box Office at 503-261-8270. The box office and theater in the Howard F. Horner Performing Arts Center are located at 1400 SE 130th Avenue, between Stark and Division Streets.

 

November 18
> Come to the Fix-it Fair –  From 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., come to this FREE fair where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with community resources by taking workshops, classes and browsing among the many booths set up by nonprofit organizations governmental agencies and utilities. It’s at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Avenue.

> Volunteer at Portland Memory Garden – If you enjoy gardening, between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., why not help out for a couple of hours this morning at this special purpose, national award winning garden, located in southeast Portland While volunteers with a green thumb are welcome, a gift for gardening is not a requirement. Tools and a brief orientation are offered to volunteers. It’s located at SE Powell Blvd at SE 104th Avenue in the southeast corner of Ed Benedict Park. To volunteer or to learn more, contact Patty Cassidy, Friends of the Portland Memory Garden at friendspmg@comcast.net.

> Festive Origami Boxes and Ornaments – From 10:00 am until 12:30 pm, at Leach Botanical Garden, craft instructor Jane Weissman teaches how to transform beautifully patterned paper into multi-dimensional boxes and ornaments, some with botanical themes of flowers and leaves.  She’ll guide you step by step through the seemingly magical process of creases and folds.  You’ll leave with your own elegant creations, and the knowledge necessary to make more. All materials provided. FEE: $40.00  ($35 Leach members); limit 12 people ages 13 and up. Please register via phone with the Leach Garden Education Coordinator at 503-823-1671. It’s held in the Leach Garden Manor House at  6704 SE 122nd Ave., 97236 – but note: The 122nd Bridge is still out!  See their website for navigation instructions to their parking lot: CLICK HERE.

> The Great American Songbook – William Spillette presents a one-man band performance, using a Boss RC-300 Loopstation and multiple guitars, a ukulele, harmonica and various percussion instruments. This is a very lively, entertaining and educational set in a format that can be appreciated by all. It’s from 11 am until noon, at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave. Click on the link, or call (503) 988-5123 for more information.

> Black Storytime – The African and African American experience comes alive for children from birth to age 6 (with a favorite adult and other family members). It’s from noon until 12:20 p.m. at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

> Historic Zimmerman House tours – From noon until 4:00 p.m., tour this historic mid-County property that was home to three generations of the Zimmerman Family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, with nine rooms open to the public. A special photography display is on exhibit, including a number of wedding photographs. It’s located at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd., Gresham. For more information, see their official website: CLICK HERE.

> Native American Music and Dance: Yesterday, Today & Forever – Painted Sky is an organization that honors Native American culture by building awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and education. Come join Painted Sky for a lively and educational experience. It’s from 2-2:45 pm at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave. Click on the link, or call (503) 988-5123 for more information.

> See Alyce in Wonderland, the Steampunk Edition – This all-new adaptation of the classic stories takes audiences “down the rabbit hole” for a “through the looking glass” experience with all of the beloved characters from these Louis Carroll tales. The classic story plays out against a steampunk setting. It shows the evenings of November 16 and 17 at 7:00 p.m., and at a special Family Matinee performance on November 18 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $8 Adults | $5 Students/Seniors – available at the door. All performances are in the Hibbard Auditorium at James Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Avenue, 97220.

November 19
> Lents International Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market New this year! Come by from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for a special “Harvest Market” session. You’ll most of the farmers and food makers returning, plus a few special new vendors with products just right for the holiday season! Get fresh seasonal vegetables, preserved fruits and prepared foods to make your holiday weekend special. It all takes place on SE 92nd Avenue 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 Thanksgiving Farmers Market – Although their regular season is over, 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 – rain or shine. This is the last time they’re open until their “Winter Stock Up” market on December 17. 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, see their website: CLICK HERE.

November  21
> Parkrose Neighborhood Association –  Cancelled, they held their annual Pot Luck on November 13. 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/.

November 22
> East Portland Chamber of Commerce“Good Morning East Portland” is TAKING THE MORNING OFF. They’ll be back on November 29. 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 PlanThey’ve combined their November and December general meetings — and are holding it on December 6. Please see that date’s listing!  If you n have questions, please contact: lore.wintergreen@portlandoregon.gov.

November  23

Happy Thanksgiving!

November  25
> Black Storytime – The African and African American experience comes is not being held this week! Check back in January at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

> All American Magic & Comedy Show Holiday Edition! – 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 five-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.

November  27
> Mill Park Neighborhood Association – They don’t meet this month; they’ll meet again on January 11, 2018. E-mail Trevor Hopper at mill.park.pdx.chair@gmail.com for more information.

November  28
> Lents Neighborhood Association – They may, or may not, be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Lents Activity Center, 8835 SE Woodstock Blvd. For more information, see their website (CLICK HERE).

> Zenger Farms Cooking Workshop with Community Chef Van Duong – It’s this evening from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. They’ll be celebrating the transition from Fall into the colder season with a delicious Vietnamese menu . She will lead them through the cooking and preparing of the meal, and in doing so we can celebrate the stories and flavours of Vietnam! Vegan/vegetarian friendly. Cost: $5-$15, no turned away. Register, CLICK HERE. Zenger Farm is located at 11741 SE Foster Road, 97266.

November 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. Today’s gathering is a Member Hosted AM, at a Mystery Location. 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.

> Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop – From 6:00 until 7:30 p.m., attend this FREE workshop and learn how to prevent lead exposure in your home. Great for households with children or pregnant women, especially those living in homes built before 1978. Qualified participants will receive a free kit of safety and testing supplies at the end of the workshop. Attending and registration are free, but required: CLICK HERE to be taken to the Community Energy Project website. It’s being held a Lincoln Park Elementary School, located at 13200 SE Lincoln Street.

East Portland’s Community Calendar
DECEMBER, 2017

December 1 & 2
> Leach Holiday Bazaar and Artist Market – From 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., come support the Friends of Leach Botanical Garden while you kick off the holiday season! Their festive holiday event includes freshly made wreaths and swags, cut greens, baked goods and an Artist Market featuring work by local glass, ceramic, metal and fabric artists. Come meet our new artists for 2017, experience the winter garden, and sip hot cider in the Manor House while you shop. Admission is FREE! It’s being held in the Leach Botanical Garden Manor House. The address is 6704 SE 122nd Ave., 97236 – but note! The 122nd Ave. Bridge is still out. See their website to discover the “back way” into their parking lot: CLICK HERE.

December 2
> Artists Craft Fair – From 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., come to see  unique local handmade artisans’ crafts at this show and sale that supports local crafters. It’s at Peace Church of the Brothern, 12727 SE Market Street, 97233. For more information, see their Facebook page: CLICK HERE.

> Farm School Open House – From 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Zenger Farm provides a FREE opportunity  for Farm School students and teachers, and their families and friends.  Come check out the Farm that many outer East Portland students visit with their class for science field trips.  Cook a farm treat!  Pet and feed our chickens! Meet one of our Community Chefs! Plant in the garden!  Explore in the wetland! Learn about low-cost Camps and Cooking workshops.  They’ll make sure to have plenty of inside activities if it’s a cold day. Although it’s FREE, please register: CLICK HERE. Zenger Farm is located at 11741 SE Foster Road, 97266.

December 4
> 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.

December 3
> Portland Metro Concert Band Holiday Spectacular – With downbeat at 3:00 p.m., this great all-volunteer really, really BIG band presents a FREE concert featuring “A Celebration of Christmas”. The program includes “American Patrol” March, “Gales of November”, “Folk Song Skuite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and more. Free is a very good price for a fun, uplifting concert of the season. It takes place in the Horner Performing Arts Center at David Douglas High School, located at 1400 SE 130th Avenue, between SE Division and Stark Streets.

December 4
> “Art” performed in Gresham – Starting at 7:00 p.m. this evening, the Readers Theatre Gresham group presents this “Readers Theater” performance by the Mt. Hood Repertory. It’s directed by world renown actor and director by Tobias Anderson. In this play by Yasmina Riza, Serge, who buys an expensive painting of a white canvas with a few white lines, and the reactions of his friends Marc, who sees the purchase as a cruel joke and reacts with anger, and Yvan who mediates the hostility, questioning the nature of both art and friendship. 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 at the door 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.

December 5
> 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.

December 5
> Community Potluck Dinner: Winter Celebrations – From 6:00 until 8:30 p.m., here’s a good way to come together at Zenger Farm, and celebrate the tranquility of Winter, and rejoice in the warmth of community than to have a potluck dinner with all of our favorite Winter foods. This is an opportunity to share your best-ever recipes with the community, so please feel welcomed to bring some food or beverages! They’ll also be providing some food prepared by  several community chefs in addition to the potluck feast (menu to be updated.) Although it’s FREE, please register: CLICK HERE. Zenger Farm is located at 11741 SE Foster Road, 97266.

December 6
> 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 speaker and topic at this EDUCATION AM is “2018 Tax Updates & Tips” presented by Kevin Minkoff, CPA, PC. They’ll be meeting at the host location: 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 General Meeting – Their special meeting date, because of the Holiday season, is this evening, and starts at 6:00 p.m. with food served and networking; the meeting runs from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Note: there will be NO December 27 meeting. It’s at (OLD) David Douglas School District Office, 1500 SE 130th Ave. Entrance on the right-Southside of the building at the DDSD High School Gymnasium door (follow the signs) Portland, OR 97233 (SE 130 Ave. at SE Market between Division and Stark). If you need interpretation in another language, or have questions, please contact: lore.wintergreen@portlandoregon.gov.

December 16
> Lents Holiday Bazaar – From 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. is this all artisan crafts bazaar, meaning that all items for sale must be handmade or hand-altered by the vendor.  Packaged food vendors are welcome at indoor booths.  They will also have food carts parked outside for warm food, with tables inside for eating.  Santa will be visiting from the North Pole, wanting to chat with kids, happy to take pictures, and not eager to sell you a photo package (but they may be for sale). To find more information about how to participate as a vendor, CLICK HERE. It’s being held at Kelly Elementary School, 9030 SE Cooper Street.

December 17
> Montavilla “Winter Stock Up Farmers Market – Although their regular season is over, visit today, for two hours only, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. They’re featuring seasonal, locally raised, grown and created foods and crafts. You’ll also shop vendors providing fresh bakery items and other prepared foods – rain or shine. 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.

December 18
> Zenger Farm Winter Camps – Today is the first day of their Winter Camp season. Campers will celebrate the changing of the  seasons, craft natural gifts for friends and family, and cook farm-fresh winter delights. For more fees, hours and programs and other information, and to register, see their special webpage: CLICK HERE. Zenger Farm is located at 11741 SE Foster Road, 97266.

> Hazelwood Neighborhood Association – They’re not meeting this month – they next meet on January 15. For more information, contact HNA Chair Arlene Kimura at arlene.kimura@gmail.com.

December 19
> Parkrose Neighborhood Association – They’re not meeting this month; their regular meetings will resume on January 16, 2018. For more information, email parkroseneighbors@gmail.com.

> Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association – They’re not meeting this month; their regular meetings will resume on January 16, 2018. For more information, call (503) 823-4550, or see their website: http://argay.org/.

December 21
> Russell Neighborhood Association –They’re not meeting tonight, but will be back next month. For more information, contact Ron Glanville at ronglanville@gmail.com.

December 22
> East Portland Action Plan General Meeting – At 6:00 p.m., it’s their monthly meeting 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.

December 25
> Mill Park Neighborhood Association – They’re not meeting this month, due to the Holiday Week. E-mail Trevor Hopper at mill.park.pdx.chair@gmail.com for more information.

December 30
> 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 five-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.

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