East Portland News Community Calendar

East Portland News
November ~ December 2018
Community Calendar

Among these listings, you’ll find ways to be entertained, get involved with your community, help the environment, participate in your government, and learn valuable information. Many activities are free. And, you’ll also find direct links to the organizations’ websites – we test ’em all before we publish them to make sure they work, and help you stay safe online.

Regular readers have found 124 events listed for November and December – so far!  We add, correct or change more events as they come in during the month. Be sure to check back often.

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East Portland’s Community Calendar
November, 2018

November 19
> 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.

> Why There Are Words PDX – Doors open at 4:00 p.m.; with readings from 4:15 until 6:00 p.m. at this literary reading series is held each quarter at Leach Botanical Garden. Speaking on the theme of “Migrate” are these six acclaimed authors: Michael Copperman, M. Allen Cunningham, Kate Carroll De Gutes, Ramiza Koya, Anca Szilágyi and Valerie Wallace. Suggested donation $10 at the door. . It’s at the Manor House of Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236.

> 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.

November 20
> Weatherization Workshop – Starting at 5:30 p.m., come to this free workshop, where participants learn how to stop drafts in their home, especially around doors and windows to save energy and increase comfort. Great for renters too! Qualified participants receive a free kit of weatherization supplies. To register for the workshop, CLICK HERE, or call (503) 284-6827 x108. It’s at Columbia Ridge Apartments, 15910 NE Sandy Blvd.

> 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.

November 22

Happy Thanksgiving Day

November 23
> Christmas Festival of Lights opens at The Grotto – From 5:00 until 9:30 p.m. through December 30 (except Christmas Day) this famous attraction is open for their  31st season. Stroll among 1.5 million colorful lights, which line the scenic pathways and see the 150-ft living Christmas tree at the entrance. The festival features 196 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Five concerts are scheduled each night and will perform in the 600-seat chapel, known for its cathedral-like acoustics. TICKETS: General $12 | Senior $11 | Military $11 | Youth (3-12) $6 | Children 2 and under are free – tickets are sold at the entry gate. For more information, see their official web site: CLICK HERE.  It’ located on NE 85th Avenue at Sandy Boulevard.

November 24
> Weekend Guided Tour – From 11:00 until noon, a Leach Botanical Garden volunteer guide who will lead you on a FREE, informative tour focused on special topics such as bird identification, mosses, Japanese Shinrin Yoku, garden trees, or Leach Garden history, including the Manor House and Stone Cabin. No registration required; first come, first served with a maximum tour size of 15. Meet in front of the Manor House. he street address for Leach Botanical Garden is 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236 – but remember, the 122 Bridge is out! Be sure to see their website for directions to their parking lot CLICK HERE.

> 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.

> All American Magic & Comedy Show – At a 2:00 p.m. afternoon matinee this afternoon, come see the holiday edition of this amazing show by master illusionist Mark Benthimer and the hilarious hi-jinks of ventriloquist Scott Davis. Continuing their six-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 26
> Mill Park Neighborhood Association – Neighbors and guests meet at 6:30 p.m. to help strengthen their neighborhood. E-mail Trevor Hopper at mill.park.pdx.chair@gmail.com for more information.

November 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 the East Portland [Neighborhood] Community Office at (503) 823-4550.

November 28
> 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 is at Human Solutions, located out in the Rockwood MultiService Center, 124 NE 181st Avenue, in Gresham, not East Portland. 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. Each week is different with seasonal themes. 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 meets – Starting at 6:00 p.m., East Portland Involved Citizens gets together for their monthly meeting about issues related to the Portland Police Bureau, crime and crime prevention. Keynote presentation: All about the Portland Police Bureau’s “eye-in-the-sky”, the Air Support Unit, with Chief Pilot Sergeant Josh Goldschmidt. They meet in the East Precinct Community Room, located at 737 SE 106th Avenue, 97216. For more information, contact dave.smith@portlandoregon.gov.

> East Portland Action Plan General MeetingIt’s not tonight! They’re holding a single, combined November/December meeting the evening of December 5. Please see this day’s listing, below. For more information, contact lore.wintergreen@portlandoregon.gov.

> Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors – Their general membership meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. this evening at Parkrose United Methodist Church, located at 11111 NE Knott Street.

November 29
> Celebrating Gateway: An International Winter Festival – From 5:30 until 7:00 p.m., the Gateway Area Business Association is launching this new event. In this event, GABA businesses and cultural organizations are invited to decorate Douglas Fir trees, using them “as a canvas to highlight how they celebrate the winter season,” organizers say. To get involved, contact Calvin Hoff at calvin@ventureportland.org or call 503-477-9648. The celebration takes place at Gateway Discovery Park, located on NE Halsey Street at 106th Avenue.

> Weatherization Workshop – Starting at 6:00 p.m., come to this free workshop, where participants learn how to stop drafts in their home, especially around doors and windows to save energy and increase comfort. Great for renters too! Qualified participants receive a free kit of weatherization supplies. To register for the workshop, CLICK HERE, or call (503) 284-6827 x108. It’s at West Powelhurst Elementary School, 2921 SE 116th Ave.

November 29 and 30
> Romeo & Juliet at Madison High – At 7:00 p.m., see William Shakespeare’s classic about two young star-crossed lovers, whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. In this retelling of the class romantic tragic-comedy, the story is brought to life by the cast of Madison High School student actors. The show also p[lays the evening of November 30; and, there’s a special Afternoon Matinee on December 1 and 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $7, at the door. Come see this fine show in the Hibbard Auditorium at James Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Avenue, 97220.

 

East Portland’s Community Calendar
December, 2018

December 1
> Romeo & Juliet at Madison High Matinee today! At 2:00 p.m., see William Shakespeare’s classic about two young star-crossed lovers, whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. In this retelling of the class romantic tragic-comedy, the story is brought to life by the cast of Madison High School student actors. Tickets: $7, at the door. Come see this fine show in the Hibbard Auditorium at James Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Avenue, 97220.

December 3
> See “California Suite”, 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 Company. This adaptation of Neil Simon’s play presents four stories of four different adult couples who work out their complex relationships in odd ways that have audiences laughing out loud. 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 4
> 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
> East Portland Action Plan General Meeting – Their combined November/December meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.. Dinner is provided. Come early and make connections. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. 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 6
> 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 a fine establishment. 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.

> 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: Another interesting meeting.  It’s at the EPNO Office, 1017 NE 117th Avenue. Contact Chair Linda Robinson at lrobinspdx@comcast.net for more information about the meeting.

December 8
> Naturescaping Basics workshop – From 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., learn to create a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, minimizes pollution,  and creates habitat. Get natural gardening & design tips that mimic nature, and make your garden a healthy place for children, pets and wildlife. This FREE workshop is put on by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Advance RSVP requested: CLICK HERE, then look for the workshop on this date to sign up. Or, call 503-222-7645 for more information. It’s being held at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 SE Market Street, 97216.

> 8th Annual Estacada Winter Artisans Show & Sale – From 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., this show exhibits the area’s excellence in fine arts, folk art, crafts and quality handmade works all produced by local artisans. Proceeds, after payment of expenses, will benefit the Estacada Area Arts Commission’s programs whose goal is to preserve and promote artistic excellence in their “new intact, compact and prosperous downtown”, organizers say. FREE admission;  High School carolers, music, a local winery’s selections, art demonstrations and art raffles every half hour. The location is City of Estacada City Hall, 475 SE Main Street, Estacada, 97023.

December 9
> East County Community Orchestra Winter Concert – The downbeat for this concert, with the theme, “A Music Wonderland” is at 3:00 p.m.  David L. Kinch conducts the 60-piece orchestra presenting “A Mad Russian’s Christmas” by Paul O’Neill, Robert Kinkel and Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky, “Christmas Sing-Along” arranged by Bob Cerulli and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” arranged by the conductor. You’ll enjoy this, the last concert of their 40th season. ECCO is a non-profit organization.  Admission to the concert is FREE, but do bring a cash donation to help defray costs; larger donations are tax deductible. And, during intermission, enjoy coffee and cookies while you meet and mingle with the musicians. For more information, see their official website: CLICK HERE. The venue is wheelchair accessible. This all takes place at the Howard Horner Performing Arts Center Theater at  David Douglas High School, located at  1400 SE 130th Avenue, Portland (between Division and Stark streets).

December 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.

> 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.

December 13
> Lents Neighborhood Livability Association 2018 Christmas Potluck – From 6:30 until  8:30 p.m., all are invited to join with this group for a good time, door prizes (donations welcome) and great food and desserts to share. All are asked to bring new, in-the-package men’s underwear for US military veterans a “Fort Kennedy”. It’s at KingPins Chalet (the building in front of the bowling alley) at 3550 SE 92nd Avenue.

December 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.

> 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.

> 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.

December 20
> 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.

> Parkrose Neighborhood Association – They’re not meeting this month; meetings resume in January, 2019. For more information, email parkroseneighbors@gmail.com.

December 24

Merry Christmas!

December 26
> East Portland Action PlanNOT A MEETING! Because they held a combined November/December meeting on December 5, as posted in the East Portland News Community Calendar, there is NO MEETING on this date. Their next meeting is tentatively scheduled for the evening of January 23. At this time, there is no contact for further information about the January meeting.

December 29
> All American Magic & Comedy Show – At a 2:00 p.m. afternoon matinee this afternoon, come see the New Year’s edition of this amazing show by master illusionist Mark Benthimer and the hilarious hi-jinks of ventriloquist Scott Davis. Continuing their six-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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