East Portland News Community Calendar

East Portland News
December 2019 ~ January 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.

We ended November having posted or updated 126 events! And, you’ll find 113 events listed, or updated, for December 2019 and January 2020 – so far!  We add, correct or change more events as they come in during the month.
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East Portland News
Presents
Featured Events for December

December 7
> Four (4) Community Bazaars and sales! – Check out the times and locations of these different, local shopping events on December 7. For more information, see the listing below …

> Gateway Winter FestivalIt’s also on December 7, during the afternoon. For more information, see the listing below …

December 12
> Making Winter in Portland: 3D Ornaments – Learn the fundamentals of using a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. For more information, see the listing below …

December 14
> Holiday Tours at the Zimmerman House – Explore the “Magic of a German Holiday” at the circa 1874 Zimmerman House, home to three generations of the family, out along NE Sandy Boulevard.  For more information, see the listing below …

December 15
> Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert – Mark your calendar so you can enjoy this great afternoon Holiday that includes a sing-along of Holiday favorites. For more information, see the listing below …

December 21
> Comedy with Ocasio for the Holidays – Angel Ocasio, (the Portland Rose Festival’s “Clown Prince”) performs a variety of funny magic tricks and juggling routines at the Rockwood Library. It’s worth the drive! For more information, see the listing below …

December 31
> Noon Year’s Eve Party – Here’s daytime fun for families who have little kids! Celebrate the New Year with your little one. Enjoy balloons, activities and snacks. For more information, see the listing below …

East Portland’s Community Calendar
December, 2019

December  5
> 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 at Vino Veritas, 7835 SE Stark Street, in beautiful, downtown Montavilla. For more information, or call (503) 788-8589.

> East Portland Parks Coalition – They’re taking the month off” – and will meet again on January 2, 2020. Note new start time for meetings next year: 6:00 p.m.! Contact Chair Linda Robinson at lrobinspdx@comcast.net for more information about the group.

December 6
> Parkrose Business Association Holiday Dinner – From 6:00 until 10:00 p.m., you’re invited to join with members and guests of this long-standing Neighborhood Burliness District. Activities will include dinner, dessert, pictures with our very special guests Santa and Mrs. Clause, holiday singing from the PHS Debonairs, Wine Wall, Silent Auction, and lots of festive cheer. The cost of your dinner includes entry into The Grotto’s famous Festival of Lights after dinner. Cost: $50 per adult, $25 for children 12 and under, and includes non alcoholic drinks. No host cash bar will be available for adult beverages. Transportation: Free Shuttle available from the Parkrose Transit Station. Please RSVP to  parkrosebusinessassociation@gmail.com; and, also  let them know if you plan to include an item to be included in the silent auction. It’s being held at The Grotto; NE Sandy Blvd at NE Skidmore Street, 97220.

> A Taste of Rosewood: Nepali Flavorsfrom 6:30 until 9:00 p.m., join them for a delicious meal and entertainment, as they celebrate the diverse cultures of the Rosewood area. Tickets include appetizers, dinner, dessert and beverages. $40/person “suggested donation”. Contact Jossie at jossie@rosewoodinitiative.org or (503) 208-2562 for ticket purchasing information. Rosewood is located at 16126 SE Stark Street, 97233.

December 7
> Wilkes Elementary Holiday Bazaar – From 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., come browse and buy from local artisans and crafts people. Treats are available for purchase, too. Check to see if vendor space is still available by calling 503-491-2724. It’s located at Wilkes Elementary School, 17020 NE Wilkes Road, 97230.

> 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.

> Leach Garden Winter Faire – From 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., enjoy a walk in the winter garden and then stop by the Manor House and Garden Gift Shop for festivities and sales. 20% Off Store-wide Garden Gift Shop Sale; browse local artisans, purchase baked goods and specialty wreaths and enjoy complimentary hot beverages. It’s at Leach Botanical Garden,  6704 SE 122nd Avenue 97236 – a twisty drive south of SE Foster Road.

> Parkrose Prescott Winter Bazaar – From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., all are invited by the Prescott Elementary School Parent Group to shop this event. It includes craft items, and a bake sale. This event is not sponsored by the Parkrose School District. For a vendor application or questions, email prescottelementarypfca@gmail.com. You’ll find it all in the school’s gym, located at 10410 NE Prescott Street, 97220.

> Christmas Holiday Bazaar – From 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., come and browse among crafters from all around the Portland Metro area will have a variety of unique items for sale.  Items like pottery, cards, sewn items, baked goods, photography, fused glass, jewelry, soap, woodworking, Christmas decorations and more.  FREE admission, and acres of free parking. It’s at the Portland Police Training Facility, located at 14912 NE Airport Way, 97230.

> 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 SHOEMAKER’S ELVES, performed with their “playful 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.

> 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.

> Holiday Tours at the Zimmerman House – From Noon until 4:00 p.m., explore the “Magic of a German Holiday” at the circa 1874 Zimmerman House, home to three generations of the family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, with ten rooms open to the public – and every room decorated for the holidays. Admission: $10 adults | $8 seniors/teens | free kids under 13. The Zimmerman House is located just east of the Wilkes neighborhood, at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd. in Gresham. Parking is free, but limited. For more information, email info@echohistory.org or call 503-618-0946.

> Live! Seven Stars of Magic Show – At 1:00 p.m. the Portland Society of Magicians presents the “Steve Dobson Benefit” show. Come watch some of the Pacific Northwest’s best magicians perform, tell stories, and honor one of the great underground card magicians of our generation. This 90-minute shows features Carey Heim, Mark Benthimer, Tim Flynn, Rudy Tinoco, Aaron O’Neal, Scott Davis, and Dan Waterman. All of the proceeds to support Steve Dobson’s medical expenses. Tickets: $15/person, at the door, or buy tickets online: CLICK HERE. It’s in the All American Magic Theater, 9994 SE Washington Street (inside Mall 205).

> Hula Hoop Making and Decorating for Teens – Come make & decorate your own custom hula hoop sized perfect for you and learn some hula hoop tricks you can do with your new hoop. For teens grades 6-12. It’s from 2-3:30 pm. NOTE: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

> Gateway Winter Festival – From 3:00 until 6:00 p.m., members of the Gateway Area Business Association are hosting their second annual outdoor Holiday Festival. Businesses and nonprofits host a winter station/booth at the event. The association is providing free Fir trees for participating organizations to decorate in whatever style they choose at their station, participants are not required to decorate a Christmas tree. Performance groups or choirs/music groups are also invited to perform. To sign up, or for more information, contact Calvin Hoff at calvin@ventureportland.org or call at 503-477-9648. It’s at the Gateway Discovery Park’s Plaza along NE Halsey Street at 105th Avenue.

December 8
> East Side Portland Safety Action Coalition meeting– At 10:00 a.m. on this Sunday morning, this organization, a coalition of people will be addressing the crime in the neighborhoods, working with business, homeowners, renters and law enforcement or whoever would be interested in addressing crime in their neighborhood. They’re meeting at Oliver’s Cafe located at 8931 SE Foster Road #105, 97266.

> Swingle Bells” Jazz Concert – With the downstroke at 3:00 p.m., come hear a holiday jazz concert featuring Parkrose High’s ‘Jazz Express, with special guests, the Parkrose High Jazz Band. No mention of cost; but you might bring a monetary donation to help the bands. It’s in the Parkrose High School Theater (most likely) on NE Shaver Street, just west of NE 122nd Avenue.

December 9
> Age Friendly Oregon Summit – From 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., this gathering, entitled “Building Communities for All Ages” meets. Join international, national and state leaders as we explore innovations to improve the built, social and service environments that help people thrive.  Connect with peers who are driving community change and discover solutions to keep Oregon communities great places to live, work and play. Registration required: CLICK HERE (and good luck!) It’s at Asian Health & Service Center, 9035 SE Foster Road, 97266.

> 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.

> “Greetings”, drama performed in Gresham – At 7:30 p.m. this evening, the Readers Theatre Gresham group presents this, directed by Tobias Andersen, “Readers Theater” performance by the Mt. Hood Repertory Company. About this play: “Greetings” is the story of Andy, part of a Catholic family, who brings his Jewish, atheist fiancé to meet the folks on Christmas Eve; his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. Find out what turns the entire family’s belief system is turned upside down as it seems an ancient, wise and witty spirit is set upon healing the family’s wounds. 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.

December  10
> Midway Business Association – From 11:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., it’s their Annual HOLIDAY PARTY! Come celebrate the season with FREE pizza and treats! They’re back meeting again, at least for this month, at Pizza Baron, 2604 SE 122nd Avenue.

> 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.

December 11
> 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. On this morning, it’s their “Annual Awards Breakfast” to be held at Colwood Golf Course (we’re assuming it’s in their clubhouse, not on the links!). Guests are welcome to purchase tickets and attend. Tickets: $20|person in advance and $25|person at the door. For more information, and to register online, CLICK HERE.

> Leach Botanical Garden Honeybee Hikes – This morning, from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., it’s the LAST time this year for 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.

> Family Craft Hour –Bring art and color into your life with tree inspired crafts for the whole family. It’s from 5-6 pm at your outer East Portland Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call 503-988-5123 for more information.

> East Portland Action Plan At 6:00 p.m., it’s their combined, December /December General Assembly 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. NOTE: There will be NO meeting on December 25.

Lents Grown Business Association – At  6:30 p.m., Lents area business people and interested others meet under newly elected leadership. You’ll find them at Bella’s Italian Bakery, located at 9119 SE Woodstock Boulevard, 97266 in the heart of Lents Town Center. For more information, email lentsgrown@gmail.com.

December 12
> Winter in Portland: 3D Ornaments – Come learn the fundamentals of using a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. Learn side-by-side with mentors who will help you design, cut, and assemble a 3D Ornament with a fun Portland design. These lightweight and unique ornaments use 4 layers of cardstock to create the scene. You can pick from our stock of designer paper and embellishments to make it your way. Come and learn with the Portland YouthBuilders technology students as we bring the makerspace to you. Advance sign up required; do so at the library, online, or by calling. It’s from noon until 2 pm at your outer East Portland Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call 503-988-5123 for more information.

> Holiday Party with Lents Neighborhood Livability Association – From 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., Lents neighbors are invited to their annual Christmas Potluck dinner. They’re also holding a silent auction to help support their organization’s efforts. It’s at the Community Connections Center, at 10603 SE Henderson Street. For more information, see their website: CLICK HERE.

December 13
> Homemade Herbal Holiday Gifts – Handmade gifts are easy to make and cherished by everyone. In this herbal class we will create dream pillows, a sugar scrub for an at home spa treatment, and a culinary salt blend for the chef in your life. Each project will involve hands on creating and working with herbs.  There will be some hand sewing involved for the dream pillow and cutting with scissors. Advance sign up required; do so at the library, online, or by calling. It’s from 4-5:30 pm at your outer East Portland Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call 503-988-5123 for more information.

December  14
> 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.

> Holiday Tea Party, in Russell – From 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., join them for tea and traditional treats. Sip, chat and participate in raffle and door prizes. Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited seating; kindly call or email the church office to reserve seats by Friday, December 6 at 503-253-5457, or office@parkroseucc.org. It’s in their Eastminster Hall, Parkrose Community UCC; 12505 NE Halsey Street, 97230.

> 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.

> Holiday Tours at the Zimmerman House – From Noon until 4:00 p.m., explore the “Magic of a German Holiday” at the circa 1874 Zimmerman House, home to three generations of the family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, with ten rooms open to the public – and every room decorated for the holidays. Admission: $10 adults | $8 seniors/teens | free kids under 13. The Zimmerman House is located just east of the Wilkes neighborhood, at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd. in Gresham. Parking is free, but limited. For more information, email info@echohistory.org or call 503-618-0946.

> Homemade Herbal Holiday Gifts – Handmade gifts are easy to make and cherished by everyone. In this herbal class we will create dream pillows, a sugar scrub for an at home spa treatment, and a culinary salt blend for the chef in your life. Each project will involve hands on creating and working with herbs. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling. It’s from 2-3:30 pm. NOTE: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

> Laser Engraved Holiday Ornaments – Make your holiday ornaments at the makerspace! Design and engrave a cool holiday ornament using the laser cutter in this fun workshop. It’s from 2-4 pm. NOTE: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

December 15
> Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert – At 4:00 p.m., Maestro Travis Hatton’s baton will begin their Holiday concert. During this concert, enjoy and sing-along with Holiday favorites, tap your toes to Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival” and be moved by Arias from “The Messiah” by G.F. Handel. 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.

December 16
> 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

> 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 local 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. For kids ages 5-11. It’s from 4:30-5:30 pm at your local Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue. Call (503) 988-5123 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 17
> Music and Dance –Join them for a lively half-hour of singing, dancing, and stories in English and Spanish. Wave a scarf, ring a bell, and have a blast! It’s from 11:30 am-12 pm at your outer East Portland Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call 503-988-5123 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.

December 18
> 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 Eastport Plaza. Join them for their last meeting of 2019. Eastport Plaza will host them at Tokyo-ya. After the meeting, visit the shopping center retail stores for stocking stuffers, tree trimmings, decorations, and Christmas gifts. It’s at Eastport Plaza, Tokyo-ya, at 4328 SE 82nd Avenue of Roses. For more information, call (503) 788-8589.

December 19
> Holiday Shadowbox Card – Come learn the fundamentals of using a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. Learn side-by-side with mentors who will help you design, cut, and assemble a 3D Shadowbox Card for the holidays. This special card is composed of 3 layers to make the scene, you can pick your own designer paper from our stock, create a matching envelope and it folds flat to travel in the mail. Portland YouthBuilders technology students will make this endeavor easy. We bring the makerspace to you. Advance sign up required; do so at the library, online, or by calling. It’s from noon until 2 pm at your outer East Portland Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call 503-988-5123 for more information.

> Parkrose Black Family Social Night – From 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., these families are invited to learn about supporting African American students in the district wih the Student Success Act investment. Enjoy free food, music free haircuts and more resources. It’s being held in the Parkrose Middle School Commons, on NE Shaver Street, east of NE 122nd Avenue.

> Parkrose Business Association – Because they held their Holliday Dinner on December 6, as seen in our Community Calendar, this business group isn’t meeting today. They will meet for lunch again on January 17.

> Winter Body Scrubs for Teens – Join this workshop to make salt and sugar body scrubs with winter-scented essential oils. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling. It’s from 4-5 pm. NOTE: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

December 21
> 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.

> Holiday Tours at the Zimmerman House – From Noon until 4:00 p.m., explore the “Magic of a German Holiday” at the circa 1874 Zimmerman House, home to three generations of the family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, with ten rooms open to the public – and every room decorated for the holidays. Admission: $10 adults | $8 seniors/teens | free kids under 13. The Zimmerman House is located just east of the Wilkes neighborhood, at 17111 NE Sandy Blvd. in Gresham. Parking is free, but limited. For more information, email info@echohistory.org or call 503-618-0946.

> Design and 3D Print Holiday Ornament – Get into the holiday spirit by designing your own holiday ornament using 3D modeling software and later 3D print at the Rockwood Library makerspace. Any skill level welcome! It’s from 2-5 pm.  NOTE: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

> Comedy with Ocasio for the Holidays – Angel Ocasio (The Portland Rose Festival’s “Clown Prince”) performs a variety of funny magic tricks and juggling routines wrapped up in a holiday theme package perfectly suited for the season. It’s from 2:15-3 pm. NOTE: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

December 22
> Montavilla Farmers Market – Their “Holiday 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.

December 23
> 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.

> Mill Park Neighborhood Association – Neighbors and guests may – or may not – be meeting at 6:30 p.m. — not for certain. E-mail Trevor Hopper at mill.park.pdx.chair@gmail.com to see if, and where they are meeting, or for more information.

December 24
> Lents Neighborhood Association – They usually meet at 7:00 p.m. — but being Christmas Eve and all, it’s unlikely. For more information, contact the East Portland Community Office at (503) 823-4550.

December 25

Merry Christmas!

> East Portland Chamber of Commerce“Good Morning East Portland” is not meeting because, well, it’s Christmas!. For more information, call (503) 788-8589.

> East Portland Action Plan General Meeting – They met earlier in December; sorry that you missed the listing. Call for information, call (503) 823-4035 for more information.

December 26
> Watercolor and Books Club – You’ll use library books to learn new techniques. Art supplies are included, but you can bring your own supplies. Registration required; register online, in the library or by calling. It’s from 4-5:30 pm. NOTE: This is at the Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Avenue; call 503-988-5123 for more information.

December 28
> 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.

December 30
> Making Games with Roblox Studio – Do you enjoy playing games on Roblox? Have you tried the studio tools but haven’t been sure how to make a real game or program in Lua? Join Pixel Arts Game Education in this four day workshop that will get you started with making your own Roblox games! It ‘s from 1-3 pm. NOTE: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; Call 503-988-5123 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.

December 31
> Music and Dance + Noon Year’s Eve Party –Join them for a lively half-hour of singing, dancing, and stories in English and Spanish. Wave a scarf, ring a bell, and have a blast! Following Music and Dance, they’ll have a Noon Year’s Eve Party! Celebrate the New Year with your little one. Enjoy balloons, activities and snacks. It’s a family friendly way to ring in 2020! It’s from 11:30 am-12:30 pm at your outer East Portland Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue; call 503-988-5123 for more information.

> Making Games with Roblox Studio – Do you enjoy playing games on Roblox? Have you tried the studio tools but haven’t been sure how to make a real game or program in Lua? Join Pixel Arts Game Education in this four day workshop that will get you started with making your own Roblox games! It ‘s from 1-3 pm. NOTE: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

East Portland’s Community Calendar
January, 2020

January 1

Happy New Year!

January 2
> Making Games with Roblox Studio – Do you enjoy playing games on Roblox? Have you tried the studio tools but haven’t been sure how to make a real game or program in Lua? Join Pixel Arts Game Education in this four day workshop that will get you started with making your own Roblox games! It ‘s from 1-3 pm. NOTE: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

> 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; but we’re not certain of the location. For more information, or call (503) 788-8589.

> East Portland Parks CoalitionNote 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.

January 3
> Making Games with Roblox Studio – Do you enjoy playing games on Roblox? Have you tried the studio tools but haven’t been sure how to make a real game or program in Lua? Join Pixel Arts Game Education in this four day workshop that will get you started with making your own Roblox games! It ‘s from 1-3 pm. NOTE: This is held at the Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street; Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

January 4
> Parkrose Bronco Boosters Pop Can Drive – They hope you’ve been saving up all of your party beverage bottles and cans over the Holidays, because 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: “RUMPLESTILTSKIN”. Although not elaborately produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have you hooked, even older kids. Get your tickets online – and arrive by 11:00 a.m. to be assured good seating! Tickets: 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.

> 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, it’s the Brand New Year’ Edition of this exciting, live show by master illusionist Mark Benthimer and the hilarious escapades of ventriloquist Scott Davis. Continuing their eighth-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.

January 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 Wilkes97230@gmail.com. They’re meeting at St George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2101 NE 162nd Avenue, 97230. 4thTuesday

> 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.

January 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.

January 14
> 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.

January 15
> 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.

January 16
> 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.

January 19
> East County Community Orchestra Winter Concert – At 3:00 p.m., Director David L. Kinch’s baton signals the downbeat for this concert. Among pieces presented will be “Let it Snow” arranged by Charles Sayre and “Dance of the Tumblers” composed by Rimsky-Korsakoff. Admission is FREE, as are the cookies and coffee during intermission, but please consider bring a donation to defray expenses of this nonprofit organization. The venue is handicapped accessible. So, come enjoy the music played by this all-volunteer 60-piece orchestra. It’s at the Horner Performing Arts Center, David Douglas High School, 1400 SE 130th Avenue – between SE Start and Division Streets. For more information, see their website; CLICK HERE.

January 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.

> 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.

January 21
> 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 Rossi Farms, 3839 NE 122nd Avenue, 97230.

January 23
> Glenfair Neighborhood Association Board Meeting – Due to it being Thanksgiving Day, this group is likely not meeting. For more information, call (503) 823-4550.

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.

January 26
> Montavilla Farmers Market – Their once-a-month, “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
> 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.

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.

January 29
> 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: TBA. 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 – 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.

 

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