East Portland News Community Calendar

East Portland News
March ~ April 2019
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 116 events listed for March and April – 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 News
Featured Events for March, 2019

March 21-22-23
> See ‘Willie Wonka’ live in Parkrose – The colorful world of Willy Wonka comes alive on the stage of Parkrose High. See the complete listing on the dates below …

Starting March 25
> Leach Garden Spring Break Camps Sign up now to make sure your 10 to 12-year-old students can have fun and learn at these camps held March 25, 26 and 27. The full listing, with all the information, is listed on the date below …

East Portland’s Community Calendar
March, 2019

March 21-22
> See ‘Willie Wonka’ live in Parkrose – The At 7:00 p.m., the curtain goes up on this colorful, music-filled show, complete with live music. Come, and you’ll “enter a world of pure imagination” as Willy Wonka, the candy genius of the century, creates a contest to find the child who will take over his factory upon his retirement. It’s lots of fun for everyone. The show also runs March 22 at 7:00 p.m.; and, they’re offering a a Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets at the door for cash or check;  $7 for Adults |  $5 for Students | free for children 5 and under and seniors 65 and older. It’s at the Parkrose High School Theater, located at 12003 NE Shaver Street, 97220.

March  21
> Parkrose Business Association – This fine business group gets together today at 11:30 a.m. Come and meet this group of fun, energized business people. Their meeting is at Elmer’s Restaurant, 10001 NE Sandy Blvd.  97220. The meeting is free, you pay for your lunch chosen from a limited menu.

> 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.

> Russell Neighborhood Association Meeting – They meet from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at University of Western States, 2900 NE 132nd Avenue, Hampton Hall Conference Room. For more information contact Ron Glanville, ronglanville@gmail.com or look to russellneighbors.org.

March 22
> Dark comedy, “Fuddy Meers” plays in Sandy – It’s opening night for this play, the story of an amnesiac, Claire, who awakens each morning as a blank slate. Each day, her husband and teenage son must remind her of the facts of her life. One morning Claire is abducted, and oddball, bizarre mayhem ensues. The show plays Fridays and Saturdays through to April 14 at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets: $18 General Admission, or $15 for seniors (60+), veterans, and students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at their website: CLICK HERE. Sandy Actors Theatre is located at 17433 Meinig Ave in Sandy, behind Ace Hardware.

March 23
> 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 11:15-11:45 am at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

> See ‘Willie Wonka’ live in Parkrose FINAL PERFORMANCE! At 2:00 p.m., the curtain goes up on this colorful, music-filled show, complete with live music. Come, and you’ll “enter a world of pure imagination” as Willy Wonka, the candy genius of the century, creates a contest to find the child who will take over his factory upon his retirement. It’s lots of fun for everyone. Tickets at the door for cash or check;  $7 for Adults |  $5 for Students | free for children 5 and under and seniors 65 and older. It’s at the Parkrose High School Theater, located at 12003 NE Shaver Street, 97220.

> Chinese Brush Painting Basics – This family painting workshop, presented in Chinese, is suitable for children ages 8 and up. Participants will learn, step by step, how to select and hold Chinese brushes, paint with various types of paper, and practice the basic painting strokes. Registration required; register in the library.. It’s from 3-4 pm at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5123 for more information or to register.

Starting March 25
> Leach Garden Spring Break Camps Sign up now to make sure your 10 to 12-year-old students can have fun and learn at these camps held March 25, 26 and 27 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. TOPICS: Nature Journaling; Make Woodland Inspired Dolls and Fairies; and Woodland Origami Animals. FEE: General $30 per student per class; Leach Garden Friend $25.00 (Scholarship available) To register, call 503-823-1671, or at the Leach Botanical Garden website: CLICK HERE. Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236.

March 25
> Tai Chi: An Anti-Aging Exercise –Tai Chi’s choreographed meditative exercises are enjoyable and make you stronger. This workshop includes four classes. Registration required; register in the library. It’s from 10-11 a.m. at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5123 for more information or to register.

> 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.

March 26
> 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.

> 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.

March 27
> 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 with mystery member, and will be held as a location, “TBD:. For more information, call the EPCC at (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 AT THIS MEETING: Sergeant Craig Andersen and his team will explain how they work to engage in creative problem solving with their partners and to find ways to address situations that have not responded to traditional policing efforts.  The Team works with crime prevention programs like Neighborhood Watch and community focused public safety action committees

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 Meeting – At 6:00 p.m., it’s their monthly meeting. Dinner is provided; come early and make connections. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., Childcare and Spanish/English language interpretation provided. For special accommodation or more information, call (503) 823-4035. 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.

March  28
> Glenfair Neighborhood Association Board Meeting – It’s at 6:30 p.m.; and, they meet at the East Portland Neighborhood Office, located at 1017 NE 117 Avenue.

March 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.

> Chinese Brush Painting Basics – This family painting workshop, presented in Chinese, is suitable for children ages 8 and up. Participants will learn, step by step, how to select and hold Chinese brushes, paint with various types of paper, and practice the basic painting strokes. Registration required; register in the library.. It’s from 3-4 pm at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5123 for more information or to register.

 

East Portland’s Community Calendar
April, 2019

April 2
> Townhall Budget Forum – From 6:30 until 8:30, if you care about how the City of Portland spends your tax dollars, here’s your first place to sound off! They call it “General Testimony by Lottery” with free tickets available starting at 5:30 p.m. to advocate on any topic. It’s in the IRCO Gym, 10301 NE Glisan Street, 97220. To learn more about the City Budget process and gain background information before you go, see their official web pages: CLICK HERE.

> 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 Wilkes97230@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.

April 4
> 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.

> 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.

April 5
> Dark comedy, “Fuddy Meers” continues, in Sandy – Come see this play, a story of an amnesiac, Claire, who awakens each morning as a blank slate. Each day, her husband and teenage son must remind her of the facts of her life. One morning Claire is abducted, and oddball, bizarre mayhem ensues. The show plays Fridays and Saturdays through to April 14 at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets: $18 General Admission, or $15 for seniors (60+), veterans, and students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at their website: CLICK HERE. Sandy Actors Theatre is located at 17433 Meinig Ave in Sandy, behind Ace Hardware.

April 6
> 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.

> Native Plants Workshop at Leach – From 9:00 until 11:30 a.m., explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants. This FREE class, offered by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, 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 ground covers, shrubs and trees. You’ll walk away with loads of information so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard. Although free, advance registration is required; CLICK HERE to open the organization’s registration page. It’s being held at Leach Botanical Garden, located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236.

> Slough 101 Workshop – From  9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., here’s the opportunity to learn about the slow-moving water running through outer Northeast Portland. This FREE workshop, presented by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, explores a wide variety of topics about the Columbia Slough’s relationship to environmental, social, and economic issues in the watershed. Pre-registration is required, CLICK HERE to do so. It’s held at McKinstry Company, 16790 NE Mason Street, 97230.

> Free ‘1st Saturday’ Guided Tours at Leach Botanical Garden – From  11:00 a.m. until noon,join Gardener/Curator Courtney Vengarick for seasonal explorations of the Garden.  She will show you what’s blooming and of seasonal interest, provide useful and engaging information, and share fun stories about the adventurous creators of the Garden, Botanist Lilla Leach and pharmacist/civic leader John Leach. Maximum tour size 15 visitors; No registration required; no tickets, because it’s FREE. First come, first served. Meet in front of the Manor House at Leach Botanical Garden, located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236. Call (503) 823-1671 for more information.

April 9
> 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.

> Portland City Budget Community Work Session: Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces –  From 6:30 until 8:30, if you care about how the City of Portland spends your tax dollars on these topics, show up and let them know! It’s being held at David Douglas High School – North Cafeteria, 1001 SE 135th Avenue, 97233. To learn more about the City Budget process and gain background information before you go, see their official web pages: CLICK HERE.

> Friends of Gates Park meeting – From 6:30 until 8:00 p.m., this group of Powellhurst-Gilbert neighbors and friends meet with an aim toward improving this unimproved park located at SE 136th Avenue at Holgate Boulevard. Join in; they’re already at work getting ready for their annual ‘Barbeque in Gates Park’ day this summer. They’re meeting at the East Portland Neighborhood (Community) Office, 1017 NE 117th Avenue. For more information, see their Facebook page: CLICK HERE.

> 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 11
> Lents Neighborhood Livability Association– They’re meeting from 6:30 until  8:30 p.m.  You’ll find them at their new location, the Community Connection Center (CCC) located on the grounds of the Mt. Scott Church of God at 10603 SE Henderson Street. For more information contact LNLA at lnla2018@gmail.com.

April 13
> Leach Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale – From 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., shop from among thousands of plants and starts. You’ll find plants, both blooming and not, provided by local nurseries, and many from the Leach Garden collection! Bring your pocketbook, get great plants, and help support the nonprofit Leach Garden Friends group. It’s a Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington Street, 97216. For more information, call 503-823-9503.

> 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.

April 14
> Spring Combined Concert – At 3:00 p.m., the East County Community Orchestra and Portland Metro Concert Band will present a Spring Concert. Among the pieces you will hear played by the orchestra are  The Grand March from Aida, Giuseppe Verde, and Slavonic Dance #8, Antonin Dvorak.  Metro Band presents the second half offering Century of Service, CPT Ryan Nowlin, and Three Brass Cats, Chris Hazell. Admission is FREE, but they gratefully accept donations for their nonprofit organizations. Remember, you can meet the musicians over coffee and cookies at intermission! It takes place at David Douglas High School’s Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Avenue – between Stark and Division streets.

April 15
> 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.

April 16
> 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 – From 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, they’re meeting at the Russellville Grange, 12105 NE Prescott Street, 97220. For more information, email parkroseneighbors@gmail.com.

April 18
> Parkrose Business Association – This fine business group gets together today at 11:30 a.m. Come and meet this group of fun, energized business people. Their meeting is at Elmer’s Restaurant, 10001 NE Sandy Blvd.  97220. The meeting is free, you pay for your lunch chosen from a limited menu.

> 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.

> Russell Neighborhood Association Meeting – They meet from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at University of Western States, 2900 NE 132nd Avenue, Hampton Hall Conference Room. For more information contact Ron Glanville, ronglanville@gmail.com or look to russellneighbors.org.

April 22
> 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.

April 24
> East Portland Action Plan General Meeting – At 6:00 p.m., it’s their monthly meeting. Dinner is provided; come early and make connections. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., Childcare and Spanish/English language interpretation provided. For special accommodation or more information, call (503) 823-4035. 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.

> 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.

April 25
> Glenfair Neighborhood Association Board Meeting – It’s at 6:30 p.m.; and, they meet at the East Portland Neighborhood Office, located at 1017 NE 117 Avenue.

April 27
> 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade returns – Stepping off at 9:30 a.m., the parade that features “Roses in the Heart of Portland” again travels along SE 82nd Avenue of Roses. This year, the parade is being organized along SE Bush Street, the street just north of Eastport Plaza, the former starting point. Bands, marching groups, cars and civic groups will head north, disbanding at SE 78th and Yamhill in Montavilla. For more information, contact Nancy Chapin at nchapin@tsgpdx.com.

> Parkrose Educational Foundation dinner and auction – ‘Celebrate the Night in Black & White’ is the theme of the 16th annual Parkrose Educational Foundation dinner auction. For $60 you will get yummy appetizers, wine, a delicious dinner, a live and silent auction followed by dancing to the tunes presented by one of Portland’s favorite radio personalities, Scott Tom. CLICK HERE to visit the foundation’s website for more information, to donate auction items or buy tickets. They’ll be partying the night away at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 Northeast Airport Way, 97220.

 

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