This weekend

Portland Central Church of the Nazarene near 99th and Powell will be opening its warming shelter Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights beginning at 7 pm, partnering with Agape Village. This shelter can house up to 150 folks.

Thanks to an update from chair Chelsea Powers, it seems like a lot was finalized at the January Brentwood-Darlington Community Association meeting:

The final plan for Errol Heights Park has been completed! Some cool new features are a space to skate, playground, and splash pad.  It’s also worth pointing out that even though there was some concern it would be moved, the community garden is being kept in its existing space. 

The NA is also keeping a list of resources for federal workers during the government shutdown. Find that here.

Here’s a list of events for the summer that have been finalized:

2019 BDNA Events at Brentwood-Darlington Community Center:

  • 4th of July Parade and Party, Thursday, July 4th, time TBD
  • National Night Out, Saturday, August 3rd, time TBD
  • Spooktacular. Saturday, October 26, time TBD

2019 Community Events at Learning Gardens Lab:

  • Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, April 27th, 11 am – 2 pm
  • Second Annual Farm to Fork Dinner, Saturday, August 10th, 2019, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Office of Community & Civic Life gave an update to Portland City Council on how it has shifted resources and its approach to outreach.

As our City struggles with how to manage homelessness, conflicting visions played out clearly in Montavilla:

OPB‘s Think Out Loud hosted Jeff Church from Montavilla Initiative and David Linn former chair of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association chair to discuss the homelessness. Listen here.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19TH

Tree planting:

The Lents, Powellhurst-Gilbert Pleasant Valley planting for Friends of Trees is full, but a planting for Madison South, Rose City Park, Sumner, and Woodland Park still have space if you want to help out and beautify Portland.

Sign up to volunteer here, or click here to purchase a tree for your household.

Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 NE Alameda St * 8:45 am – 1 pm

Toy Drive! (event):

“So this holiday season, if you have any gently used toys that lost their place as favorite, bring ‘em over! You’ll get a free kids meal* as our way of saying thank you for helping to make Zoiglhaus a fun and welcoming place for families!

Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 11 am

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20TH

Beekeeping work parties with Portland Urban Beekeepers (event):

“Beekeepers from PUB will be onsite working on the hives in the Zenger Farm apiary. This is a great opportunity to learn about beekeeping from some of the local experts. Appropriate for all levels of experience. Equipment is available for use, but please wear close toed shoes, weather appropriate clothes, and bring your own water bottle and sunscreen.

Zenger Farms, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 10 am – noon * donation based

Oregon Sinfonietta Concert (website):

Mozart – Overture to Don Giovanni
Debussy – Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet 
Esther Kwak, Concerto Competition winner
Butterworth – Two English Idylls
Ethel Smyth – Serenade in D Major

Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10501 SE Market St * 3 pm * free

Cooking Around the World Club: Soup and Salad:

“Kick off the new year by eating healthy! Allison Dominic will demonstrate how to make a pesto pasta salad, spiralized vegetable salad and a basic green salad, along with a tasty minestrone soup, using fresh herbs and local vegetables.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST

MLK Day Celebration (event):

“Join World Arts Foundation, Inc. as we celebrate the 34th Anniversary of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr! This year’s theme: “We’ve Come This Far…”

In light of current events, now more than ever, is a time for Beloved Community! Join us for a day filled with celebration, recognition, music, culture and much more!”

Highland Christian Center, 7600 NE Glisan St * 11 am – 6 pm

This weekend

Prosper Portland is seeking feedback from the Lents community about projects in phase 2 of Lents Town Center.

For more information on the scope of the meeting, go here.

Wattles Boys & Girls Club, 9330 Southeast Harold St * Mon, Jan 14th, 6 pm – 9 pm

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11TH

Karaoke at Eagle Eye:

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You can live your karaoke four nights a week at the Eagle Eye Tavern.

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12TH

Nigerian dance party:

Jujuba

“Dance and celebrate with Jujuba, a 10-piece afrobeat and juju ensemble featuring Nigerian master talking drum legend, Nojeem Lasisi.”

First come, first served.

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 3 pm – 4 pm

Snow Soup (event):

Snow Soup

Come enjoy Snow Soup, a musical arctic version of the old French folktale “Stone Soup,” in which hungry strangers convince the wary people of a town to each share a small portion of their food to make a meal for everyone to enjoy. Featuring a clever arctic fox, lemming, walrus, polar bear, and a magical narwhal! 

First come, first served.

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd* 2 pm – 2:45 pm

Live music at Cartlandia (event):

Cody Weathers, Gordon Keepers, Meander

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13TH

Winter market: 

Up in Montavilla, they’re having a winter market.

Winter vegetables, new nut butters, pastries, elixers… and so much more at this month’s winter Montavilla Farmers Market. For the full list of producers and some of the special fall produce available, go here.

7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

This weekend

Happy new year everybody!

There’s more and more opening in the Lents town center… and a dentist at new-to-Lents’ Atlas Dental (9151 SE Woodstock Blvd) was featured in the Oregonian:

CThere’s a new Moroccan food at Cartlandia called La Camel. The cart is open Monday through Saturday, and catering is available every day.

They also have vegetarian and gluten-free options available.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5TH

Christmas tree recycling:

“Recycle your tree with Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association and Pack 523! (Event) Drop off your un-decorated tree on January 5th, 9 am – 11 am at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (parking lot) and support two local organizations at once!

Thanks to local business The Green Man Tree Care, who provides this service to the neighborhood free of charge. This year, we are asking a suggested donation of $5, with 100% of proceeds going to benefit Pack 523 and Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association.”

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre:

“Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. There’s always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. Though simply produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have everyone fully absorbed in the interaction of live theatre.”

This month’s production: “Snow White & Rose Red”

Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St * 11:30 am * children $1, $2 adults $2

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6th

Live music and Mexican food in B-D:

“Trouble Cuts will be performing with friends and fellow scholars Gin & Tillyana plus Class M Planets. It’s an early show and it will be 2019 and we may have a few surprises. We’d love to see you!”

Misdemeanor Meadows, 6920 SE 52nd Ave * 7 pm – 10 pm * free

Interview with air quality advocate and B-D neighbor, Andrew Nemec

If you missed the first story about the State of Oregon‘s air quality testing of Precision Castparts Corporation, you can read that here.

I reached out to Andrew Nemec to get his perspective on the issue when I was writing my story, but I didn’t hear back from him until after I published. His up-close perspective on PCC, a manufacturer who’s been located in Brentwood-Darlington for 65 years, and how state officials have decided to regulate them, was eye opening so I thought it was important to publish the high points of our interview.

Nemec is a member of the South Portland Air Quality steering committee and also was a member of Oregon Health Authority‘s PCC public health assessment citizen advisory committee.

In a phone conversation earlier in December, he said the conclusions reached by the OHA was based on a oddly short period of testing. He also said that the airflow of pollution wasn’t taken into account in the positioning of the air pollution sensors.

The facility’s managers were aware that the tests were going on, so he said it was possible for them to limit operations to reduce what was found. The test took a surprisingly long time for what was actually done, he said, and it didn’t meet Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry certification.

Based on the testing, OHA found that PCC’s risk to human health was low.

Since the mid-1970s, the facility has filed data on its pollution output, but he said that data was not considered. He also said that data from the state’s cancer registry wasn’t included either.

Part way through the testing, Nemec said that PCC installed new pollution control equipment. As far as he knows, PCC installed the new equipment voluntarily. There was no commitment to continuing monitoring the facility, because he said state officials told him the monitoring equipment was needed in other parts of the state.

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As I do with most advocates I interview, I asked Nemec what motivated him to get involved with this issue. He said he got involved because he’s lived within a quarter mile of the facility since 2007.

Though he has no definitive proof of his claims, he said he and his family have been experience health problems since they moved near the facility.

Within a few days of moving into the neighborhood, he said his child was diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum, and another child began having symptoms of asthma. Those asthma symptoms ended when she moved, he said. Personally, Nemec said he feels like he’s had premature aging issues like pain in his kidneys.

Hazmat (hazardous material) accidents at the facility have happened over the years, he said, requiring them to tape their windows to avoid exposure. Nemec said he has made contact with a whistle-blower former employee who said that he was fired after reporting frequent OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) violations.

As a neighbor to the facility, Nemec said he would like to have more consistent monitoring and better good neighbor policies. Stronger fines for violations would also be helpful, he said.

Nemec fears that if there was a big earthquake, that there would be a massive release of the toxins he said are stored on site that would be similar to what happened at the Union Carbide plant in India. In 1984, an accident at a plant in Bhopal, India resulted in a release of poison gas that killed at least 3,787.

Clean Air Oregon, a new air quality law signed in the fall of 2018, could help, Nemec said. He said that he is waiting to see how it is implemented, but he’s not optimistic based on what he’s seen from the State and PCC.

For more information and how to get involved, contact Neighbors for Clean Air or South Portland Air Quality.

The Precision Castparts Corp. facility is located near Errol Heights Park and Natural Area.

This weekend

If you haven’t been to The Grotto‘s Christmas Festival of Lights, it’s worth a visit. Check out the video, and if you’d like more information go here.

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APANO completed new murals at the Division Street Bridge. Here’s a video on the topic.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21ST

A Vigil of Remembrance and Solidarity: 

“A group of concerned citizens of SE Portland (Southeast People of Faith) are organizing a Vigil of Remembrance and Solidarity… This is the longest night of the year and also National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day.  

We will gather at St. Mark’s for 3/4 mile silent procession to the Foster Street Shelter, where we will hold the vigil. Follow this link for updated information and details on options for those who are not comfortable walking.”

St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5415 SE Powell Blvd * 5 pm – 7 pm

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Holiday beer:

Zoiglhaus has daily deals as we approach Christmas… check them out here.

Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22ND

Belmont Goats Fence-Stretching (and Post Ties and Hog Rings) Work Party!:

“We need bodies to hold up each segment as we stretch it, and then to attach fence ties. You can park in the field while we do all this work, so as not to crowd our neighbors on the narrow N Syracuse St. Let’s go! Saturday fence and “loafing shed”, then Sunday the goats arrive! (No time specific on that, yet.)”

6631 N Syracuse St * 11 am – 4 pm

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). In a positive and affirming environment, have fun with books and stories, songs, and movement activities.”

Midland Library,  805 SE 122nd Ave * 11:15 am – 11:45 am

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This weekend

There are so many of your neighbors working to serve their community and help the less fortunate, during the holiday season and year round. Hear Montavilla‘s radical service organization for women, Rahab Sisters, on KBOO.

This community radio station has been serving the community for 50 years, and are having their winter pledge drive now.null

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14TH

Karaoke at Eagle Eye:

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You can live your karaoke four nights a week at the Eagle Eye Tavern.

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH

Zoiglhaus Holiday Market Pop-up:

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“On Saturday, December 15th the Zoigl-Lounge will transform into a holiday market featuring hand-crafted goods from local artists and makers. From 4pm – 9pm we invite you to grab a beer and browse vendors ranging from baked goods and textiles, jewelry and coffee and much more! How local?? Most of them come from right here in Lents!”

Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 4 pm – 9 pm

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Holiday Gifts for Refugee & Immigrant Portlanders:

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“During this Holiday Season, are you giving away gifts to families in need? If so, please consider buying some gifts for Portland’s newest refugee and immigrant families to ensure they have enough resources to celebrate with their loved ones in their new homes. I am hoping to collect enough gifts for 30 families!”

“As a thank you for your generous offer, you will get to meet your sponsored family members & hear the authentic stories of coming to Portland! Also, you will enjoy diverse live performances and food while exchanging love and compassion with our newly arrived refugee and immigrant families!”

For more on the event, and a list of requested gifts, go here.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, 10301 NE Glisan St * 11 am – 1 pm

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Vibe 2nd Annual Artisan Fair:

“Join Vibe this holiday season for their 2nd annual Artisan Fair at the . This amazing fundraising event celebrates their teaching artists and local makers by showcasing their talents as gifts for your loved ones.”

Vibe Studio, 5633 SE Division St * 12 pm – 4 pm

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16TH

Lents Community Clothing Closet Day:

“The Lents Neighborhood Association (LNA) is holding a clothing drive in preparation for the Lents Community Clothing Closet Day (January 3) where we will be offering clothes at no charge to people in need. It’s part of a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle grant, to make sure perfectly good but unwanted clothes land in the right hands!”

The Facebook event is here.

Lents Activity Center, 8835 SE Woodstock Blvd * 1 pm – 4 pm 

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). In a positive and affirming environment, have fun with books and stories, songs, and movement activities. Black Storytime builds language and literacy skills your child needs to be ready for kindergarten.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 11:15 am – 11:45 am

BDNA – December general meeting

The meeting opens with an update from Brentwood-Darlington Community Watch (Facebook group). The representative talked about using the PDX Reporter App to report problems to the City of Portland.  

@ 1:50 – Learning Gardens Lab (6745 SE 60th Ave) gave an update on their project, including the news that they’ll most likely be planting a pumpkin patch on their property. 

@ 8:00 – Representatives from the Oregon Health Authority gave a presentation on their report about the impact on human health from Precision Castparts Corporation. OHA found that there were unlikely health impacts from the toxins they studied in the time they studied. For more information and details about neighbors skepticism about the study, go here

@ 1:13:50 – More board business is discussed after the OHA report.