This weekend

Hello all… the election wrapped up this week, but if you still have questions about the City Council election, both Jo Anne Hardesty and Loretta Smith spoke at this week’s Montavilla Neighborhood Assoication meeting (video).



“Sisters of the Road, Right 2 Survive, and the Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Associations are collaborating to bring the community together for ‘Neighborhoods Without Walls: A Community Conversation on Houselessness’ (event) on the morning of May 19, 2018 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.


Attendees will learn about, and engage with, members of Portland’s houseless community to brainstorm ideas for solving community challenges relating to houselessness, and participate in discussions and exercises led by those with lived experience of housing displacement and survival outside.” 

St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5415 SE Powell Blvd * 12:30 pm – 4 pm

Leach Botanical Garden 2018 Nature Fair:

“Chew Chomp Slurp: How Critters Eat! Come explore how the food an animal eats affects its body and behavior – including yours! There will be lots of skulls – bear, cougar, horse, alligator, gar, camel, beaver and many more! Also Lady Bug explorations, a salmon run game, critter boxes and mini-terrariums, magnifying glasses and nets, and of course, slug races. Make an animal mask, listen to a story, hear live music, try ikebana, slurp some ice-cream and chomp some popcorn.”

Leach Botanical Garden, Upper Garden Meadow, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 10 am – 2 pm * free


“Celebrating cultures: Come join Midland’s Teen Council to celebrate some of the many cultures in our neighborhood. Activities will include an ambient playlist, volunteer-run informational displays, performances, food tasting, and a collaborative poetry workshop.

First come, first served.”

Midland Library, * 2 pm – 4 pm * free 


And until the Lents International Market opens, the Montavilla Farmers Market is still there for you.

East PDX News did a nice story on the Montavilla Farmer’s Market… here. They also included a link to when the market started in 2007.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm 


Enjoy your weekend!


This weekend

Happy spring, there’s a lot of good community events going on around the neighborhood. And if you know of any reoccurring events that you’d like to have promoted… please let me know!

I’m excited to learn more about the neighborhood and learn what makes Brentwood-Darlington such a great place to live, and also what its challenges are.

If you have a story about yourself, organization, or even small business… also let me know!


National Public Gardens Day 2018:
“All across the country, America will be celebrating our public gardens today. Here at Leach Garden, some special activities are planned. The Stone Cabin will be open from 11 – 2; our Education Coordinator, JoAnn Vrilakas, will lead an Ethnobotany Tour at noon; Gavin Bell of Dragonfly Forge will be on hand to sharpen pruning shears from 11 – 2; and local author, Teresa Bergen, will be in the gift shop from noon – 2 signing copies of her new book, Easy Portland Outdoors, which includes an entry on Leach Garden. Come by and enjoy this annual celebration of gardens with us!” 
Included above, Leach has a great new video on their web site with a bit of its history and features.
Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am – 2 pm * free 



There’s a plant sale today at Community Transition Program at Green Thumb.

I couldn’t find much about the program online, but when I rode around the neighborhood last week this place definitely attracted my attention. I’m curious to learn more!

6801 SE 60th Ave * 10 am – 2 pm



The Lents Community Pet Parade is Saturday! It’s open for anyone, with a few safety considerations, of course. For more info go here.

Boys and Girls Club, 9330 SE Harold St * 11 am – 2 pm 


Archives Roadshow

“We are taking the archives on the road and traveling to neighborhood libraries. Drop by and learn what you can find in the City’s collections and how you can do your own research. City archivists are ready to answer questions and get you started on your research projects. Even if you don’t have any specific questions, stop by to look at historic photos from the surrounding neighborhoods.

First come, first served.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 3 pm – 4 pm 
 8 pm - 11 pm
Live music at Cartlandia with Dallas David Ochoa and Rule of the Bone: “Indie Rock, Groove, Pop, Funk.” 

The Blue Room Bar, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 pm * free 


Sunday is Mothers Day, and it’s supposed to be in the 80s.


The always excellent Montavilla Farmers Market is in its second weekend this Sunday. For more information on what’s in store for this market… go here.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm 


In Lents, brunch is served:

“The Zoigl-Chefs would like to invite you to a super special brunch in honor of all moms! And the best part?? A free Beermosa for every mom! 

From 11 am-3 pm on Sunday, May 13th we’ll be featuring a special brunch menu (regular menu also available!) Every mom gets a Beermosa on the house (with purchase of entree).”


Grilled Romaine Steak Salad
Crab Cakes w/ Roasted Potatoes, Asparagus and Lemon Aioli
Pesto Spatzle W/ Smoked Chicken and Parmesan
Veggie Frittata w/ Arugula Salad
Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 11 am – 3 pm 
Enjoy your weekend!


This weekend

The 11th Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade last Saturday was excellent, and really made me further appreciate all the diversity in East Portland. If you couldn’t make it, our video, and photos from The Portland Tribune are a fun representation.


The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association also had their elections on Thursday, May 3rd. Most of the same board was re-elected. The video and meeting summary is here, and a good watch if only just to learn about all the good work being done by the NA.

From the environment to schools to transportation to livability to fun community events… there are lots of great ways to get involved.



“Are you or someone you know a renter? Did you know renters have legal rights to protect them from discrimination, health hazards, no cause evictions and more? Join us Friday May 4th from 6-8 pm with The Community Alliance of Tenants to learn more in depth about your rights as a renter to protect yourself and your community members.

This event is FREE. Dinner, childcare, and Arabic translation will be provided.”

The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St * 6 pm – 8 pm



There’s a lot of good live music happening regularly at Cartlandia, and plenty of space to sit in the sunshine…

Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 – 11 pm * free



This is one of the biggest fund raisers for the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association:

Suggested donation: car $20, truck / van $30, trailer $15, mattresses $5. There’s a $5 coupon in the May issue of The Bee.

No commercial loads will be accepted, and for a list of what cannot be accepted, go to the official BDNA invitation.

6801 SE 60th Ave * 9 am – 2 pm 



Free guided tours at Leach Botanical Garden:

“First Saturday of the month: Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick. 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.”

First come first served, limit 15.

Leach Botanical Garden * 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 



Saints Peter and Paul Church, 247 SE 82nd Ave * 1 pm – 3 pm 


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Further north, the Montavilla Farmers Market opens today!

Their outreach materials are top-notch, so if you haven’t seen what’s new for this season, just go here. They’re also looking for more board members.

The Lents market opens July 1st!

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm 


Enjoy the warm weather… and enjoy your weekend!

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association – May general meeting & annual board election

The majority of the board were re-elected on Thursday, May 3rd at the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association election.

There is an enormous amount of information about what’s going on in the neighborhood and how to get involved in the video. It’s all worth seeing if you couldn’t attend.

@ 34:25 – If you have just a few minutes to watch, check out the candidates’ statements to learn about the people volunteering their time to serve their community. There’s a lot inspiring work happening in Brentwood-Darlington.

@ 56:40 – Community announcements from the local library, PTA, and Leach Botanical Gardens are given.

@ 1:22:50Grant Williams talks about what’s new with the BDNA community watch group.




BDNA 2018 election

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association does a great job representing themselves online, but I had a few questions for Chelsea Powers, the board’s chair.

“As per current bylaws, all board seats are available every year in May and continuing board members must renew,” she wrote in an email.  We currently have 10 active board members, down from the original 13 elected last May.  All members are elected as general board members (aka Members at Large) and then the board members elect the elected officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary).”

They also appoint two un-elected offices: Land Use Chair and SEUL Representative.

The board can have up to 21 members, she also said.

Elections are being held at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center Thursday, May, 3rd.

Meetings are regularly held on the 1st Thursday of the month. For more information on the position including roles and time commitment expectations, go here.

You can declare your candidacy using their online form or in-person with this paper form at the meeting.

If you can’t make the meeting, I will be filming it and posting it online for Village Portland.

Here are the current board members:

Board Chair: Chelsea Powers
Vice-Chair: Rob Hanifin
Secretary/Land Use Chair: Patrick Burke
Treasurer: Robin Wikoff
Southeast Uplift Representative: Paul Willey
Board Members at Large:
Derek Covey
Gail Kiley
Meg Van Buren
Stephenie Frederick
Pamela Hodges

Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave *  7 pm – 9 pm

The 82nd Avenue of Roses parade

The 11th Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade is an excellent representation of the communities that make East Portland such a great place. And after a year off, it came back strong.

I didn’t have my good camera Saturday, but the parade was amazing so I still wanted to share what I filmed. If you want more details of the parade goers, check out these awesome photographs from The Portland Tribune.

I’m super proud of East Portland and all the activists who work so hard for their community and everyone who made the event happen!

I got a lil silly with the narration once the coffee kicked in, so I hope it’s received in the same spirit of love and support that drew me to the event.

The parade ran from 82nd Ave & Boise St to Yamhill & SE 78th Ave, beginning at 9:30 am. The announcement booth was at Eastport Plaza, the parade’s main sponsor.

There was a Community Vendor Fair from 10 am – 3 pm, with free pony rides, live music, balloon animals, caricature artists, clowns and more.

This weekend

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association is looking for more community-minded board members!

Elections are being held at the BDNA meeting on Thursday, May, 3rd.

Meetings are regularly held on the 1st Thursday of the month. For more information on the position including roles and time commitment expectations, go here.

You can declare your candidacy using their online form or in-person with this paper form at the meeting.

Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave *  7 pm – 9 pm


Jess Schreibstein will speak with us about her weaving residency in Oaxaca and how her work as a painter influences her work with textiles.”

Taborspace,  5441 SE Belmont St * 6:30 pm- 8 pm, doors open at 6 pm  * sliding scale, $5 – $10


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“The Smut City Jellyroll Society is a wild and crazy bunch of fun loving musicians playing blues and early jazz from the 1920s and 1930s. With a unique sound somewhere between ragtime blues, early jazz and jugband music, the Jellyroll Society keeps it loose and lively with a driving syncopated swing that gets the dancers out on the floor. The lyrics are fun and a bit on the risqué side. The music is from a variety of sources: Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, The Harlem Hamfats, Memphis Jug Band, Blind Boy Fuller and others.”

The O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan St * 9:30 pm * free 


 A Three-Day Group Practice and Devotion to Our Great Compassionate Mother Tara:
“The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation is pleased to announce our 2018 Dzogchen Buddha Path Drupchen. This three-day gathering will be conducted by His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche and will be held at the Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association in Portland, Oregon.”
NWTCA, 4401 NE 122nd Ave * 10 am – 6 pm, Fri – Sun 
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Free show at the Blue Room Bar located at Cartlandia with James Hawkins Trio & Fleeting Few.

The Blue Room Bar at Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm * free


On Saturday April 28th, The 11th Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade & Carnival Days is back on for 2018!

The parade runs from 82nd Ave & Boise St to Yamhill & SE 78th Ave, beginning at 9:30 am. The announcement booth will be at Eastport Plaza.

There’s a Community Vendor Fair from 10 am – 3 pm, with free pony rides, live music, balloon animals, caricature artists, clowns and more.

It’s good to see the parade back on after it was cancelled last year.


“Fourth Annual New Year in the Park Festival… event celebrating Cambodian, Lao, Thai and Burmese cultures. Experience cultural performances and music, food vendors, traditional games and more.”

Also at the park that day: Glenhaven Park: Playground Design Reveal.

Glenhaven Park, 7900 NE Siskiyou Street * noon to 4 pm 


“After a couple years off… neighborhood cleanup is back! Start gathering your junk! North Tabor and Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Associations are working together again this year to host our joint cleanup event. In addition to being a very convenient way to get rid of your junk, this event is also our major fundraiser. Please tell your neighbors and friends! Anyone can bring stuff to the cleanup.”

(More information here, including what can be dropped off.) The cost is $10 to $30 per load.

Mt. Tabor Middle School Parking Lot, entrance at SE 57th and Oak * 9 am – 1 pm


“This lively Mariachi band includes trumpets, violins, guitars, guitaron and vihuelas to create lively, spirited music. First come, first served.

Los seis integrantes de la banda de Mariachi usarán trompetas, violines, guitarras, guitarrón y vihuela que creará un ambiente musical festivo y vivaz.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm * free


Enjoy your weekend!