East Portland News Community Calendar

East Portland News
February ~ March ~ April 2017
Community Calendar

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East Portland’s Community Calendar
February, 2017

February 25
> Friends of Trees Planting Party – Starting at 9:00 a.m., Friends of Trees are holding their winter planting in the Argay, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Russell and Wilkes neighborhoods. They provide light breakfast and a full potluck lunch after the planting and provide all the guidance, tools, and gloves needed. Come dressed for the weather; sturdy shoes or boots and work clothing is helpful. They’re meeting at Parkrose UC Church, located at 12505 NE Halsey Street. Find out more by visiting their website: CLICK HERE.

> Fix-it Fair returns – From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., this FREE event returns to outer East Portland where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with resources. Join your neighbors and talk to the experts about how to spend less and stay healthy. See Exhibits  • Weatherization • Health and Nutrition • Water and Energy Savings • Recycling • Yard and Garden Care • Community Resources. Learn at Workshops CLICK HERE to see the list. Wait, there’s More: • Free Lunch • Free On-site Childcare • Door Prizes Every Hour • Free Blood Lead Testing. And, from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., bring one item to be fixed by a Repair PDX volunteer, while learning how to do it yourself. It’s all happening at Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Avenue.

> 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.

February 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.

February 28
> NAYA Generations Grand Opening – At 2:00 p.m., enjoy a culturally festive afternoon to celebrate this intergenerational, collaborative community and help welcome NAYA Generations to the Lents neighborhood. The new center is located at 8510 SE Steele Street.

> Filipino Community Chef Cooking Workshop – From 6:00 until 8:30 p.m., come celebrate the diverse food traditions of outer SE Portland with this family-friendly cooking workshop featuring Josselyn Eby.   Workshop cost is $5-$15, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. To register, CLICK HERE, or contact krysta@zengerfarm.org for more details. It’s being held at Zenger Farm, located at 11741 SE Foster Road, 97266.

> 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, 2017
East Portland News
Community Calendar

March 1
> 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 “Education AM” meeting features Christopher Bacher, CFE, presenting his message, “The Unrealized Vulnerability to Fraud”. 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.

> Oregon Executive Club – Believers in “Jeffersonian ideals” meet at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and to hear about subjects of interest at 7:00 p.m. This month:  The event is free, and a delicious, three-course buffet dinner is available for just $20 bucks. It’s at the Airport Shilo Inn, at 11707 NE Airport Way, 97220, two blocks east of I-205. An open mind is helpful; reservations are not necessary.

March 2
> East Portland Parks Coalition – Come on by, starting at 7:00 p.m. this evening, and meet with others who are interested in improving and maintaining parks in outer East Portland. This month: Jean Zondervan, the Outreach and Gardens Coordinator at Grow Portland will talk about the group’s aim to build more community gardens in East Portland. All are welcome. It’s at the EPNO Office, 1017 NE 117th Avenue. Contact Chair Linda Robinson at lrobinspdx@comcast.net for more information about the meeting.

> 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.

> Chamber Happy Hour – From 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., The East Portland Chamber of Commerce holds this monthly no-host networking and fun event. Come and meet members who typically can’t attend the Wednesday morning meetings. This month, they’re gathering at Fire+Stone, 3707 NE Fremont Street, 97212. For more information, CLICK HERE to see the Chamber’s website, or call (503) 788-8589.

> 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.

March 4
> Johnson Creek Watershed Wide event – Starting at 9:00 a.m. – at ten locations on the east side – volunteers will help out with the largest watershed restoration event of the year. Working together, volunteers will provide a safer and cleaner home to our local fish and wildlife. This is a family-friendly event and all experience levels are welcomed. They provide tools, snacks, and a fun time – you wear weather-appropriate outdoor work clothing and footwear. And, there’s a free pizza party after it’s over. To find a location near you, sign up, or just learn more, see the official Johnson Creek Watershed Council webpage: CLICK HERE.

> Parkrose Bronco Boosters Pop Can Drive – It’s today, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., take your deposit-return cans and bottles with you to help support their community educational efforts. A different school organization volunteers for duty during the event each month. They’re back at the Parkrose Middle School front entrance, at 11800 NE Shaver St.  97220.  It’s coordinated by Patty Meighen, contact her at pmeighen@hotmail.com.

> Volunteer at Portland Memory Garden – If you enjoy gardening, why not help out for a couple of hours this morning at this special purpose, national award winning garden, located in southeast Portland between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.  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.

> 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 11:30 a.m. until noon at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

> Once Upon a Time Family Theatre – At 11:30 a.m., today, the adult “house actors” at Portland Metro Arts presents another fun, live show: “The Irish Cinderlad, performed with their “magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their parents.” Although not elaborately produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have you hooked, even older kids. Note: These shows do sell out and seating fills up quickly! Get your tickets online – and arrive by 11:00 a.m. to be assured good seating! Tickets: CHEAP! Just $2 for adults and $1 buck for each kid. Buy them online: CLICK HERE. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. It’s at Portland Metro Arts in Montavilla, 9003 SE Stark St. Call (503) 408-0604 for more information.

March 5
> Seed to Supper: Beginning Gardening on a Small Budget – In this six-week course (it runs through April 9) from the Oregon Food Bank, learn the basics of abundant produce gardening. Participants should plan to attend all six classes. Please find other arrangements for children; this is an adults-only course. Seed to Supper is a joint effort of Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener™ Program. Registration required; register in the library. Each session is from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5123 for more information.

> Plant Identification Class series – From 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. on three Sundays (including April 9 and May 21), in this series of three sessions, called Botany: Winter Twig ID, Early Spring Plants and May Blooms. Learn to more easily identify both native and ornamental plants. Learn patterns in plants to help you group plants into families. First class will start with twig identification and early spring sprouts, then proceed with parts of a flower and leaf characteristics. Each class will include botanic terminology and common plant families and their characteristics as different plants bloom seasonally in the garden. 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 6
> 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.

> Click Click Capture: Teen Perspective on Issues That Matter – This five-session workshop (it runs through April 3) introduces teens to Photovoice: an arts-based technique that combines photography with writing and social action. Registration required; register in the library. Each session is from 4 until 5:45 pm at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5123 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.

> Sixty Miles to Silver Lake” 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 Dan LeFranc, see why a “lifetime can pass in the sixty miles between a boy’s soccer practice and his father’s new apartment”. 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.

March 7
> 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.

> 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.

March 8
> 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 “Government & Economic Affairs AM” features Alison Hart, Executive Director of the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce, will update members on their 2017 Legislative Priorities. It’s locate at Adventist Health, 10123 SE Market Street, 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 9
> THESE SHINING LIVES opens at DDHS Theater – At 7:30 p.m., the curtain goes up on this heart warming drama that chronicles the true story of the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. The show continues the evenings of March 10 and 11, and on March 16, 17, 18. Or, see afternoon matinee performances on March 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m. TICKETS: $8/students or seniors; $10/adults. The Box Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays on school days from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. and before each show; call (503) 261-8270. Or, to reserve your tickets line (and pay for them at the Box Office): CLICK HERE.

> Gateway Area Business Association meeting – Today from noon until 1:00 p.m. is the luncheon meeting for members and guests of GABA. Great hot Lunch costs $8. They’re meeting at Bradford’s Sports Lounge, 10346 NE Halsey Street, 97220.  For more information, see their website: CLICK HERE.

> Native Plant Workshop – From 6:30 until 9:00 pm, explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants! They will introduce you to common native plant communities in Portland, show examples of species that do well in similar growing conditions, share successful planting tips that will help them thrive and more! A native plant slideshow will highlight characteristics and desired growing conditions of many local favorite native groundcovers, shrubs and trees. You’ll walk away with loads of information so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard. . 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 Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Road, 97266.

March 10-12
> THESE SHINING LIVES continues at DDHS Theater – At 7:30 p.m., the curtain goes up on this heart warming drama that chronicles the true story of the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. The show continues the evenings of March 11, and on March 16, 17, 18. Or, see afternoon matinee performances on March 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m. TICKETS: $8/students or seniors; $10/adults. The Box Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays on school days from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. and before each show; call (503) 261-8270. Or, to reserve your tickets line (and pay for them at the Box Office): CLICK HERE.

March 11
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OBA Bluegrass Music Series – The music kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with an acoustic jam session. At 7:00 p.m., enjoy and Bluegrass and Americana music provided by two great bands, Mountain Honey and and later, Misty Mommas. Admission: $15. It’s at the Freedom Foursquare Church auditorium, located at 660 SE 160th Ave. (behind the Su Casa store) just south of SE Stark Street. For more information, see call Darrell Gulstrom at (503) 332-5836 or darrell@obabluegrassseries.com.

March 14
> 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.

March 15
> 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. For today’s meeting, bring plenty of business carts; they’re holding another session of Speed Networking. It’s sponsored by and located at SE Works, 7916 SE Foster Road, 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.

March 16-19
> THESE SHINING LIVES final weekend at DDHS Theater – At 7:30 p.m., the curtain goes up on this heart warming drama that chronicles the true story of the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. The show continues the evenings of March 17 and 18. Or, see afternoon matinee performance on March 19 at 2:30 p.m. TICKETS: $8/students or seniors; $10/adults. The Box Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays on school days from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. and before each show; call (503) 261-8270. Or, to reserve your tickets line (and pay for them at the Box Office): CLICK HERE.

March 16
> Ecology Guided Walk: Mosses – 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.

March 18
> 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.

> Slough 101 – From 9:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. here’s your opportunity to take the 20th year anniversary edition of this FREE public workshop. If you’ve wondered about that slow-moving channel of water running through Gresham and outer East Portland, this free hands-on workshop will explore the unique character, challenges and opportunities of the Columbia Slough and its Watershed.  You’ll learn about soil & sediment in relation to water quality, how the Slough has changed over time, and what that means for fish, wildlife, people and businesses. Although it’s without cost, they do ask you to register, because they also provide a free lunch: to register online, CLICK HERE. Its being held at McKinstry Company; 16790 NE Mason Street, 97230.

March 20
> 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.

> Centennial Community Association – at 6:00 p.m., they’re holding a General meeting of neighbors. For more information, contact their Chair, Tom Lewis as GAMODATO@aol.com. This meeting will be held at the Rosewood Community Center, 16126 SE Stark St., 97233

> 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.

March 21
> 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.

> 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/.

> 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.

March 22
> 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” will show off the new clinic of University of Western States in outer East Portland, located at 12615 NE Halsey Street, 97230. 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.

> 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.

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
> 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.

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.

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.

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