East Portland News Community Calendar

East Portland News
January ~ February 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 ’em all before we publish them to make sure they work, and help you stay safe online.

Regular readers have found 105 events listed for January and February 2020 – 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
January, 2020

January 23
> 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. It’s from 6-7:30 pm at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5123 for more information.

> Portland Progressives Toastmasters Open House – Starting at 6:15 p.m., this group is hosting their FREE meeting. Organizers ask: “Have a fear of public speaking? Tongue-tied in front of groups? Scared to have those critical or awkward conversations? Want to change the world? Looking to improve inter-personally?” At their meetings, they say, Learn to talk about on topic. “We provide a safe space for everyone (even conservatives),” they say. Snacks and refreshments served. You’ll find them meeting at Village Gateway Clubhouse, 871 N.E. 90th Avenue, 97220.

January 24
> Pour Painting – Pour painting is a painting technique that uses acrylic paints mixed with a medium for a better flow and poured onto canvas or a tall surface in to form beautiful unique creations. For kids ages 7-12.  It’s from 3:30-5 pm at your Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call (503) 988-5123 for more information.

> Funny, clever play, “Making God Laugh” continues, in Sandy – At 7:30 p.m., the year’s first presentation by the Sandy Actors Theatre, is this play that follows a typical American family through thirty years of holidays, including the three adult children’s’ hopes and dreams, continue this weekend. Among others, it stars radio and television personality, Francine Raften. The show continues through February 2; on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with 3:00 p.m. Sunday matinee performances. Tickets: $18 general admission | $15 seniors 60+, veterans & students with ID | $13 child (12 and under). Tickets and more information are available at their official website CLICK HERE. The Sandy Actors Theatre is located at 17433 Meinig Avenue, not surprisingly, in Sandy, behind Ace Hardware.

January 25
> Groundwater 101 workshop – From 8:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., this FREE educational workshop informs folks about Portland’s secondary drinking water source, namely groundwater, pumped from wells along the south shore of the Columbia River. Learn groundwater basics including local geology and hydrology, the role groundwater plays in our drinking water system, and what we can do to protect this important resource that lies beneath the cities of Portland, Gresham, and Fairview. This interactive workshop is presented with a mix of hands-on and classroom-style teaching, appropriate for adults and high school students aged 17 and older. Light refreshments will be provided. Although it’s FREE, they do require you to pre-register online: CLICK HERE to do so. This fascinating workshop is held in the Wilkes neighborhood at McKinstry Company, 16790 N.E. Mason Street, 97230.

> Makerspace Teen / Adult Open Lab – What will you create? Bring your ideas, inventions and projects to share or to get help on. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling. It’s from 10 am-12 pm.  NOTE: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; 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.

January 26
> Montavilla Farmers Market – Their “Winter Stock-up Market” 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.

January 27
> 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.

> Teen Snack and a Movie – Hang out with friends, eat snacks and watch a movie, (we don’t know which movie …) all from the comfort of the Rockwood Makerspace. For teens in grades 6-12. It’s from 6-7:30 pm. Hey, look! This program is at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; call (503) 988-5123 for more information.

> 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.

January 28
> Parkrose Special Needs Family Resource Night – From 5:00 until 7:30 p.m., families can explore all of the resources available to special needs families. This FREE event includes resources such as Multnomah County Devel9pmental Disabilities; local brokerage agencies, Ride Connection, Portland Police Bureau, the Youth Transition Program, community college disability services and FACT Oregon. Light FREE dinner and beverages are provided. It’s in the Parkrose High School Atrium/Cafeteria; 12003 NE Shaver Street, 97220.

> 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. 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.

January 29
> East Portland Chamber of Commerce“Good Morning East Portland” networking meeting is hosted by different chamber members each Wednesday morning from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Meetings are free and guests are welcome. Today’s MEMBER HOSTED AM also features a ribbon cutting at the host, Zips Dry Cleaning, [note updated address] 10228 NE Halsey Street For more information, call the EPCC office at (503) 788-8589.

> 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.

January 30
> 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: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

> Montavilla Business Mixer – From 6:30pm until 8:30 p.m., join members and guests of the Montavilla East Tabor Business Association for food, fun and prizes at the 2020 Kick-off Party. Have a drink and maybe even win something cool! Have a home-based business? METBA Mixers are a great way to spread the word about your business and learn more about our thriving business community. It’s at Stark Street Pizza Company – 7918 SE Stark Street

January 31
> Funny, clever play, “Making God Laugh” last weekend, in Sandy – At 7:30 p.m., the year’s first presentation by the Sandy Actors Theatre, is this play that follows a typical American family through thirty years of holidays, including the three adult children’s’ hopes and dreams, continue this weekend. Among others, it stars radio and television personality, Francine Raften. The show continues through February 2; on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with 3:00 p.m. Sunday matinee performances. Tickets: $18 general admission | $15 seniors 60+, veterans & students with ID | $13 child (12 and under). Tickets and more information are available at their official website CLICK HERE. The Sandy Actors Theatre is located at 17433 Meinig Avenue, not surprisingly, in Sandy, behind Ace Hardware.

East Portland’s Community Calendar
February, 2020

February 1
> Mayor’s Community Conversation on Homelessness – At 9:00 a.m., Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler hosts this “community conversation” to share how the City is addressing homelessness and to listen to community members’ priorities and ideas for bettering our continued efforts and future budget decisions tied to the issue. The only one in our area will be at the PCC Southeast Campus Community Hall, located along SE Division Street, just west of SE 82nd Avenue of Roses. For more information or to RSVP (optional) see their official webpage: CLICK HERE.

> Parkrose Bronco Boosters Pop Can Drive – It’s today, from 9:00 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. Although not elaborately produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have you hooked, even older kids. 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.

February 3
> Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association – The general meeting of these neighbors begins at 7:00 p.m. At this meeting: At this meeting: Information about Flooding on Johnson Creek: Affordability of Flood Insurance; and, the annual PGNA Elections. It’s at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Avenue. E-mail PGNA at their new address: pgnaboard@gmail.com; for more information, or see their official website: CLICK HERE.

February 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.

February 6-8
> Portland Winter Light Festival 2020 – From 6:00 until 11:00 p.m. each day, this FREE three-evening outdoor art festival will be featuring interactive light-based art installations, dynamic live performances, stunning kinetic fire sculptures, and educational programming, at outdoor locations along Portland’s waterfront.  It features more than 100 artists, performers, and creators. To learn more, see their official website: CLICK HERE.

February 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 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. This month, they’re gathering somewhere, or maybe not. For more information, or call (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.

February 11
> 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.

February 12
> Parklane Park Design Options meeting – From 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Centennial Community Association and other area neighbors are invited to this drop in (no formal presentation) meeting to “help shape the future of Parklane Park” at this meeting. Parklane Park will be expanded from 5 acres to 25 acres. Give Portland Parks your feedback on three design options. Kids welcomed; snacks provided. It’s a  Parklane Elementary School Gym, 15811 SE Main Street.

February 13
> 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.

February 16
> Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert – At 4:00 p.m., Maestro Travis Hatton’s baton will begin their winter concert. During this concert, enjoy Symphony #39 in Eb, K. 543 by Mozart; and, Brahms’ Piano Concerto #2 in Bb Major op. 83 featuring pianist Susan Smith. It’s FREE, but donations are gratefully accepted. It’s at the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10501 SE Market Street, 97216. For more information, and to learn about their season, see their official website: CLICK HERE.

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

February 18
> 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.

February 20
> 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.

February 23
> Montavilla Farmers MarketTheir last once-a-month, “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 26
> 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.

> 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.

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

> 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
> 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.

February 29
> The  Fix-it Fair returns – 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.

 


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