East Portland News Community Calendar

East Portland News
February ~ March 2020
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 all links before we publish them to make sure they work, and help you stay safe online.

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East Portland’s Community Calendar
February, 2020

February 19
> Green Lents Community Tool Library – They’re open this evening, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. For more information, see their webpage: CLICK HERE. It’s located at 9215 SE Ramona Street, 97266 (one block north of SE Foster Road.

February 20
> Parkrose Business Association – This business group gets together today at 11:30 a.m. Come and meet this group of 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.

> Girls Who Make – Create a game, design and print in 3D, make jewelry and clothes, invent crafts, laser cut a photograph on wood, work on robotics projects, and more. For kids and teens in grades 4-12. It’s from 3-5:30 pm. Note: They’ll be “making” at the Rockwood Library at 17917 SE Stark Street: call (503) 988-5123 for more information, to register for a program.

February 22
> Friends of Trees planting – Volunteers are gathering at 8:30 a.m. to sign-in and enjoy some breakfast snacks and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate for this planting in the Argay, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Russell, Wilkes, and Woodland Park neighborhoods. They provide gloves, tools, and guidance; and ask that all volunteers dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes/boots you don’t mind getting dirty. Neighborhood volunteers provide a potluck lunch for all volunteers after the planting is complete. All-gender restrooms are available at this event. Preregistration is required; to register, CLICK HERE. NOTE: They request that volunteers 15 years and younger be accompanied by an adult; volunteers under 18 years of age must print out a waver, have a parent or guardian sign it, and bring it to the event. CLICK HERE to download a copy of the waver. They’re meeting at Parkrose United Church of Christ located at 12505 NE Halsey Street, 97230 – just east of the BiMart

> 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote – Join the Gresham Area Branch of the AAUW to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. See displays, quotes, history and more at this drop-in event, held from 10 am-2 pm. This is at the Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Avenue; 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 11:15-11:45 am at your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

February 23
> Montavilla Farmers Market ‘Last call!’ – Their last once-a-month, “Winter Stock-up Market” for the season is open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Come shop for seasonal root and fresh vegetables and fruits, baked goods, sustainably raised meats and eggs, flowers, plant starts, and specialty foods. Kids and “well-behaved” dogs on leashes welcomed. It’s located on the gravel lot in the 7700 block of SE Stark Street – across the street from Mr. Plywood. Check their Facebook page for more information.

February 24
> Teen Council – Build leadership skills, work on creative projects, plan events, earn service hours, and have fun with other teens and library staff. FREE snacks provided! It’s from 4-5 pm at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5123 for more information for to register for a program.

> Pokémon Club – Are you a Pokémon fan? If so, join them in Gresham for some Pokémon free-play. If you’re just starting with Pokémon, come learn with our on-staff expert and beginner cards. The Pokémon Club is a great opportunity to meet new friends. It’s from 4-5 pm. This is at the Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Avenue; call (503) 988-5123 for more information.

> Legos @ the Library – Bring your creative and wonderful Lego skills to the library and let your imagination flow. For kids ages 5-11. It’s from 4:30-5:30 pm at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5123 for more information for to register for a program.

> 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 to see if, and where they are meeting, or for more information.

February 25
> Makerspace Adult Open Lab – Bring your ideas, inventions and projects to share or to get help on. To attend this program, you need to have basic computer skills and know how to use a computer with a mouse. Registration required; register online, in the library, or by calling. It’s from 6-7:45 pm. NOTE: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

> Lents Neighborhood Association – They’re meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. TONIGHT: Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Commissioner Vega Pederson talk about an early education program. It’s taking place at the Lents Activity Center, 8835 SE Woodstock Blvd. For more information, see their website (CLICK HERE) or, contact the East Portland Community Office at (503) 823-4550.

February 26
> 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 “TBD” and will be held somewhere in outer East Portland. For more [actually, ANY] information, call the Chamber’s office at (503) 788-8589.

> Community Connections Lunch – From Noon until 2:00 p.m., neighborhood coalition Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) invites folks from their area of northern, outer East Portland to enjoy a FREE lunch, meet and greet your Community, and, share information ideas and concerns. Included are local business leaders, community members and neighborhood leaders. They are inviting local government officials including police and fire and local social service groups. It’s a CNN’s Community Room, located in Portland Fire & Rescue Fire Station 12, at 4415 NE 87th Avenue.

> Small Business Orientation series begins – From 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Prosper Portland’s presents the first in their new Small Business Orientation series. The FREE event series introduces small business owners to the wide variety of programs and assistance available through Prosper Portland. Contact Nai Zhao at zhaon@prosperportland.us or (503) 823-3140 for more information. It’s being held this month at the Portland Mercado, located at 7238 SE Foster Road, 97206.

> 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 – Listings indicate their general membership meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. at Parkrose United Methodist Church, located at 11111 NE Knott Street. Call (503) 823-4501 to confirm they’re actually meeting.

February 27
> Resume Help – Do you need some help with your resume? Are you unsure about your choice of words? Struggling to describe your accomplishments? Meet with an experienced volunteer for 30 minutes of one-on-one help. If you have a paper copy of your resume, please bring it along. Registration required. It’s from 6-7:30 pm at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5123 for more information for to register for a program.

February 29
> The  Fix-it Fair returns – It’s your last chance, this year, to attend! From 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., come to this FREE event where folks learn simple, effective ways to save money, connect with community resources, and get information. Get information from more than 60 exhibitors, attend hourly workshops, get great giveaways …  and yes, there is a FREE lunch provided! To learn more, CLICK HERE. Their season concludes at Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington Street, 97216.

> New Glenhaven Park Community Garden opens – From 10:00 until 11:30 a.m., join in this FREE grand opening celebration. The event will include light refreshments and family-friendly activities, including face painting and planting flowers. The Glenhaven Community Garden replaces one formerly at Madison High School which closed in 2018 when the school expanded. It’s all happening at the west end of Glenhaven Park, located at 7900 NE Siskiyou Street, near the tennis courts.

> Makerspace ‘Crappy Robot’ Building – Celebrate failure by making crappy robots, where the goal is for the robots to fall over or otherwise “fail”! Materials will be supplied and no experience is necessary. For teens, grades 6-12. It’s happening from 2-5 pm. Note: This is happening at the Rockwood Library at 17917 SE Stark Street: call (503) 988-5123 for more information, to register for a program.

East Portland’s Community Calendar
March, 2020

 March 3
> 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.

March 5
> 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 Happier 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. To find out where they’re meeing ca,, the EPCC office at (503) 788-8589.

> East Portland Parks Coalition – Note early start time! They’re now starting at 6:00 p.m. Come meet with others who are interested in improving and maintaining parks in outer East Portland. This month: A program of interest. It’s at the EPCO Office, 1017 NE 117th Avenue. Contact Chair Linda Robinson at lrobinspdx@comcast.net for more information about the meeting.

March 6
> Sense and Sensibility opens at David Douglas High – at 7:30 p.m. the curtain goes up on this play, a lighthearted new play, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel that follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters. It examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart? It also shows again the evenings of March 7, and again March 12 and 13. Plus, there are Sunday Matinee shows on March 8 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. TICKETS: $10 for Adults | $8 for Students and Seniors. Reserve your tickets now: CLICK HERE. They’ll hold your tickets for two weeks; pay for them at the box office on school Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. For more info or to make a reservation call the Box Office at 503-261-8270 with questions. It’s all at the DDHS Howard F. Horner Performing Arts Center, located at 1400 SE 130th (between SE Stark and Division streets).

March 7
> Johnson Creek ‘Watershed Wide Event’ – It’s today, with groups gathering at 8:45 a.m. Help support the Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s largest restoration event of the year as volunteers weed, plant, and mulch for a healthier watershed. There are 10 sites from which to choose. Oh yes, and there is a FREE lunch, after the work, for all volunteers! To learn more, and register online, 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, 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.

> Once Upon a Time Family Theatre – At 11:30 a.m., today, the adult “house actors” at Portland Metro Arts presents another show in their repertoire. 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.

> 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.

> All American Magic & Comedy Show – At a 2:00 p.m. afternoon matinee this afternoon, bring the whole family to enjoy this exciting, live show by master illusionist Mark Benthimer and the hilarious escapades of ventriloquist Scott Davis. Continuing their nine-year run of sold out shows, Portland’s most only 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, 9710 S.E. Washington Street, 97216

March 9
> Midway Business Association – From 11:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., come learn about this business group dedicated to helping neighbors and businesses improve the southern end of outer East Portland. NOTE: This organization is changing meeting locations. We’re not sure where they’re meeting this month; search for their website or Facebook page for social media listings.

> 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.

> Dancing at Lughnasa”, performed in Gresham – At 7:30 p.m. this evening, the Readers Theatre Gresham group presents this “Readers Theater” performance by the Mt. Hood Repertory Company. About this play: This 1990 play, by dramatist Brian Friel, is set in the north of Ireland in August 1936, in the fictional town of Ballybeg. It is a “memory play” told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans, the narrator, who recounts the summer in his aunts’ cottage when he was seven years old. 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 credit cards, please and no reservations. It’s at the Gresham Chapel and Evening Event Center at 257 SE Roberts Ave. in beautiful downtown Gresham.

March 10
> Friends of Gates Park meet – Starting at 7:00 p.m., this group of neighbors will meet to discuss, among other topics, a ‘Movie in the Park’ to replace the BBQ event; applying for a for a grant from East Portland Action Plan to help pay for the movie; and the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association partnering with them. You’ll find them meeting at Pizza Baron, located at 2604 S.E. 122nd Avenue (just south of SE Division Street) 97236. For more information, email jimk@squaredealremodel.com.

March 12
> Lents Neighborhood Livability Association– They’re meeting from 6:30 until  8:30 p.m. You’ll find them at 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.

March 15
> Rain Gardens 101 – From 1:00 until 5:00 p.m., learn how to build your own rain garden. Educators from the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District will explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time. Although it’s FREE, registration is required; register now: CLICK HERE to do so at the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District website. It’s being held in Parkrose at the Russelville Grange Hall, located at 12105 NE Prescott Street, 97220.

> Live! Oregon Sinfonietta in concert – At 3:00 p.m., this full symphony orchestra of nearly 80 members, now in its 47th season and conducted by Dr. Donald L. Appert, presents a FREE concert. The orchestra will perform Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Saint-Saëns’ Coronation March and Dvo?ák’s Symphony No. 3. In addition, one of this season’s young Concerto Competition winners, Hailey Kang, will perform Tchaikovsky’s memorable Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello. Audiences are invited to share refreshments with the orchestra members and soloist during intermission. Everyone is welcome; there is no charge to attend. The concert will be performed at the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 10501 SE Market Street. For more information about the orchestra, see their official website: CLICK HERE.

March 16
> 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. To make sure they’re meeting, or for more information, call (503) 823-4550.

March 17
> 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 General Meeting – They’re meetings start at 7:00 p.m. You’ll find them at Rossi Farms, 3839 NE 122nd Avenue, OR 97230. For more information, e-mail parkroseneighbors@gmail.com. Or, call (503) 823-4550.

March 18
> Learn about gardening with Native Plants – From 6:00 until 8:30 p.m., explore the benefits of gardening with native plants at Leach Botanical Garden. You’ll learn about common native plant communities in Portland, species that do well in similar growing conditions, 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 it’s FREE, registration is required; register now: CLICK HERE to do so at the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District website. Meet in the Manor House at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236 –  drive south of SE Foster Road, on the twisty road that goes over Johnson Creek, and park in the lot across the bridge.

> Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association general meeting – From 7:00 until 8:30 p.m., neighbors and guests are welcome to this meeting, held currently in the Library of Alice Ott Middle School, located at 12500 SE Ramona Street.

March 19
> 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.

> 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 23
> 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 25
> 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 – Listings indicate their general membership meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. at Parkrose United Methodist Church, located at 11111 NE Knott Street. Call (503) 823-4501 to confirm they’re actually meeting.

> 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.  They meet in the East Precinct Community Room, located at 737 SE 106th Avenue, 97216. For more information, contact dave.smith@portlandoregon.gov.

March 28
> Night Hike at Leach Garden – From 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., discover how, in the dark, your ears take center stage as owls call and small critters scurry. Even the every-day sounds of leaves in the wind and the flowing creek will heighten and shift. You’ll walk the trails of the Garden as the sun sets, observing the changes around us and connecting with nature in a new way. Pre-registration required: CLICK HERE to do so. FEE: $15 general | $10 Leach Garden Friends member. Meet in the Manor House at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236 –  drive south of SE Foster Road, on the twisty road that goes over Johnson Creek, and park in the lot across the bridge.


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