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This weekend

Though hearings on the plan to change City Code 3.96 has been paused, neighborhood associations continue to seek more details and make suggestions about the City’s official relationship with community groups.

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association hosted several staff from Office of Community and Civic Life at their monthly meeting. You can hear audio from the event here, including a Q&A with its director, Suk Rhee.


APANO arts fest:

It’s the third annual East Portland Arts & Literary Festival! This year in APANO‘s new building that opened this summer and Fubonn Shopping Center.

All kinds of music, storytelling, poetry, dance, and crafting will be on will be there to enjoy. The schedule is here.

Orchards of 82nd, 8188 SE Division St, & Fubonn Shopping Center (2850 SE 82nd Ave * Fri evening & Sat * $5 suggested

Salmon welcome party:

“Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) invite all to a free, public celebration for the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek. The Salmon Celebration will celebrate the significance of the creek restoration work that has brought wild salmon back to the city.”

Johnson Creek Park, SE 21st Ave & Clatsop St * 11 am – 4 pm


Karaoke at Eagle Eye:

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The fine art of karaoke is on tonight at The Eagle Eye Tavern.

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 


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: “The Princess who Never Smiled”

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


Water Spirit: A Tribute to Jim Pepper (event):

“Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble (PJCE) honors the music and creative process of Oregon-born saxophonist Jim Pepper (Kaw/Creek) with a concert of new music.” 

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 4 pm


Beekeeping work party:

“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.”

Every first and third Sunday with Portland Urban Keepers.

Zenger Farms, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 10 am – noon * donations accepted

Village Portland update!

Hello everyone! It’s Andrew here, I just wanted to say hello and update you on what Village Portland has been up to.

We’ve added new neighborhoods, partnerships, and reporters— and we are stoked about some new moves in the works.

Cory Elia (Reflection: conducting the survey for the Portland Street Response) and Lesley McLam have been doing some awesome work around homelessness and homeless organizing, and are focusing in on more focused reporting on the areas of PSU and St Johns, respectively.

McLam has been reporting on Jason Barns Landing, a managed camp in North Portland that’s taking what I see as a civil disobedience approach to their camp. And their answering the question: what happens when homeless folk tire of being moved— tired of having their community scattered— keep coming back to the same place?

Both Elia and McLam are volunteers at community radio station KBOO, and use their equipment to publish a podcast called TRIP-P. Like KBOO, Open Signal, is a resource for community media creators that we’ve been collaborating with.

Another media non-profit that trains homeless youth in video storytelling we’re collaborating with, Outside the Frame, also uses Open Signal equipment.

Here’s the third episode of Village Portland Presents, a five-episode series we produced for Open Signal earlier this year. It’s a compilation of video stories, themed around community organizing and culture.

It’s been great to meet other organizations and folks passionate about independent media, and offering more folks a chance to tell their stories.

This weekend

Every business, every organization, and yes— every person— has a story.

How a business develops and the role it fills in a market and community truly fascinate me. The amount of time, trouble, and resources that goes into building a small business almost always means it’s more then just about making money.

When I was out one day talking to people about the platform, I stopped into a thrift store to look around. Most of my clothes come from thrift stores— I reusing clothing makes sense ethically, and I prefer one-of-a-kind pieces that often surprise and delight.

After a short conversation with the very friendly and helpful fella behind the counter, I knew PNW Adult & Teen Challenge’s Resale and Donation Center on 82nd Ave would make a good feature. It’s a fascinating mix of business and community service that offers a new perspective on how society sees recovery and getting people back into productive lives.

On Village Portland @ Montavilla, we featured Fressen Artisan Bakery and Cafe— it’s a really cool place, and a great example of the intersection of small business, culture, and community.


Mural Workshop with PSAA (event):

The BDNA will be hosting the Portland Street Art Alliance (PSAA) during its all committees meeting on May 21st, 7 pm.

“PSAA will provide an overview of the mural commissioning process and City’s mural permitting process as well as highlighting projects from their three main programming areas: engagement, education, and empowerment.”

The PSAA helps pairs business owners with willing artists and are responsible for many wonderful murals throughout Portland.

Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave * May, 21st, 7 pm


5k Series Fun Run at Lents Park (event):

Fun run… 5 kilometers is just over three miles for those interested. Walkers are welcome.

Lents Park, 4808 SE 92nd Ave * $10, youth under 17 free

Nature Fair 2019 (event):

Play games, work with plants, mask making, and pet goats, chickens, birds, and slug, ice cream, and hikes.

Music from: Possum 6-Pack & The Marian Street Ramblers

Leach Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave, Far East Meadow * 10 am – 2 am * free


Sunday Parkways Southeast (event):

To encourage bicycling and non-motorized transportation, the City shuts down a ring of streets several Sundays a year, with booths, bands, and other interesting events.

This route will explore the neighborhood greenways of Ankeny, Clinton, Lincoln, Salmon, Taylor streets and more. While you’re at it, don’t forget to dance, grab a bite to eat and learn something new.”

Southeast Portland * 11 am – 4 pm

Oregon Sinfonietta concert (event):

“The award-winning Oregon Sinfonietta, now in its 46th season and conducted by Dr. Donald L. Appert, is a full symphony orchestra of about sixty musicians that draws together community musicians from the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area.”

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

This weekend

It rained really hard earlier that morning, but when it was time for the parade to roll, the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade was blessed with dry and sometimes sunny weather.

Here’s our video from the parade… almost titled “We went to the 82nd Avenue Parade because you couldn’t (or didn’t want to)”. It’s great to see so many people out marching and enjoying the parade.

The Brentwood-Darlington elected a new board this week! We’ll get more information on who’s serving this year next week.

Next week, there’ll be a discussion hosted by Portland Parks and Recreation about the play and skate portion of the re-design at Errol Heights Park.

Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave * Thurs, May 9th, 6 pm – 8 pm


Canton Grill Degustatory Research (event):

Learn more about the history of Canton Grill, Portland’s oldest Chinese food restaurant. There will be samples to go with the story-telling experience.

“Investigating both personal and collective histories alongside the role of food in migration, this dinner is a sensorial ten-course tasting experience serving degustatory samples intermingling culinary art, performance, research and personal histories. It promises to be a beautiful, complex, fine dining experience that will tickle your palette and tease your soul.”

Canton Grill, 2610 SE 82nd Ave * 6:30 pm – 8 pm * free


Brentwood-Darlington NA annual clean-up (event):

“Join us for our annual neighborhood clean-up event!

Bring your bulky waste, scrap metal and wood, furniture, yard debris, and more! NO COMMERCIAL LOADS!”

For a list of prices and what is and is not allowed, follow the event link in the title.

near Brentwood Park, 6801 SE 60th Ave * 9 am – 2 pm


Makers de Mayo: a Decolonized Market & Celebration (event):

“This Cinco de Mayo, spend your day supporting local BIPOC makers at Makers de Mayo: a decolonized market and celebration hosted by Noche Libre and the Portland Mercado.”

Portland Mercado * noon – 6 pm

Up in Montavilla, the farmers market is having their opening day:

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The wonderful Montavilla Farmers Market is having their opening day today! Check out their post about the opening here or the list of providers here.

New this season is a nutrition lecture series. And as usual, there will be music, activities for the youth, and the Everybody Eats SNAP/EBT match program that allows card holders to double their spending up to $10.

7700 SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

This weekend

The Lents Neighborhood Association looked into the issue of changing Portland’s commission form of government at this week’s meeting. It’s an issue that impacts all of East and South Portland. 

Several problems were identified with the current system, including the fact that the lack of districting has lead to a majority of our City Council representatives being from closer-in Portland.

The presentation and discussion begins at 25:20.

It was also interesting to learn that the New Copper Penny sign has found a new home! Though it is enormous, and I can’t imagine where it will be placed, the sign is now owned by my favorite bar in Lents: The Eagle Eye Tavern.

In the past two weeks, there have been ten fatal crashes on the streets of Portland, KOIN 6 reports. Be careful out there, folks.

5,500 volunteers collected 49,000 pounds of trash during SOLVE‘s Earth Day event! This year marks the organization’s 50th anniversary.

The FOX 12 story is here.


82nd Ave Parade of Roses: 

The theme of this year’s parade is “Roses in the Heart of Portland”.

Here’s how it went last year:

The parade begins at 9:30 am just north of Eastport Plaza Shopping Center, travel north on 82nd Ave, turn west on Yamhill St and finish at 78th Ave.

After the parade, there’s New Year in the Park, a free event celebrating Cambodian, Lao, Thai and Burmese New Year at Glenhaven Park ( at SE 82nd Ave & Siskiyou from 9:30 am to 6 pm).

Eastport Plaza Shopping Center, 4000 SE 82nd Ave * 9:30 am

Earth Day Event at Gateway Green:

“Join Friends of Gateway Green, on Sunday April 27, to help clean up the park—and the multi-use path that leads to and borders the park. We’ll also be pulling English Ivy, especially around the native plant seedlings that were planted in February.”

Register here.

Gateway Green, directions * 9 am – noon

Have a great weekend!

This weekend

An important issue impacting all Portlanders is on the agenda in Lents:

At the April Lents Neighborhood Association general meeting there’s another key issue being discussed. This month it’s a presentation and conversation with Portland Forward and City Club of Portland on Portland’s current commission form of government:

“As Portland rapidly grows and changes, does the current commission form of government equitably represent all people who live in this city? How should we choose our representatives? What would a more representative and equitable form of government and elections look like for Lents and East Portland?”

Lents Community Center 8835 SE Woodstock Blvd * Tues, April 23, 7 pm – 9 pm


Earth Day volunteering on the Springwater Trail:

“Join PGE employees as we clean up the Springwater Trail for Earth Day! The Springwater Trail winds through Southeast Portland is heavily used by families, runners, and bicyclists. Additionally, the surrounding natural areas along nearby Johnson Creek provide valuable wildlife habitat and help protect water quality.”

Sign up here.

8925 SE Flavel St * 10 am – 1 pm

Earth Day volunteering in Errol Heights Park: 

“Planting native plants & removing invasive species provides cleaner air for community members and cleaner water in Johnson Creek, which supports salmon and other fish. Picking up litter keeps our waterways clean. Keep your eye out for beaver, ducks, and other wildlife as you volunteer alongside other community members— everyone welcome, and no experience necessary!”

Sign up here.

Errol Heights Park, SE 45th Ave & Harney Dr * 9 am – noon

Reuse, Recycle: Displacement Electronic Recycling Drop-Box (event):

“Trash Bash, Haul-Away, Collection Event, Cleanup – whatever you call your event, this is your one-stop-shop for helping neighbors get rid of bulky items like old vacuum cleaners, mattresses, furniture, scrap wood, empty paint cans and cat castles upholstered in blue carpet taking up valuable space in their homes.”

Rosewood Initiative, 15126 SE Stark St * 2 pm – 6 pm

This weekend

Because of lack of planning or expense, many neighborhoods in Portland don’t have sidewalks. The City of Portland are considering Alternate Ways to provide safe passage for pedestrians.

There’s a meeting about the project on Thursday, April 18th in Brentwood-Darlington. Go here for the time and location.

Disappointing for a lot of people, but People’s Food Co-op has decided not to open a store in Lents.

In a recent blog post, they point to a changing natural foods market. More big grocery chains are selling organics— Walmart is the largest selling of organic foods nationally. This may have not happened without the hard work of pioneering independent food co-ops, but the current market makes it harder for markets like People’s to expand their market.

One of the best parts of publishing Village Portland is working with new contributors. People love creating, telling stories, investigating their world— and we love giving people a forum to share their work.

Please check out this essay from Drew Thorson about a Lents’ neighbor decision to push back from modern media. It’s called the “Brightest Distraction” and tells the story with his photography as well as words.

And below is another awesome contribution from Philip King.

I suggested casually: what sort of adventures would happen if a Pomeranian and a raccoon hung out? Here’s what they gave me.

The process by which developers communicate with neighbors is being updated. The project’s website is here, and testimony is being accepted until April 24th.

The City Council accepted testimony on the issue this week, and you can watch the video of the meeting here.


Cooking Around the World Club: Seed Swap:


“Want to grow your own vegetables from seeds? Come to our first-ever seed swap meet! Come prepared to swap seeds, share gardening tips, and talk about the fresh, healthy food you like to eat right from your garden.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Live music at The Blue Room:

Rock / funk from Salem’s The Ferenjis.

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


Live music, strings & brass:

“Combined concert: East County Community Orchestra and Portland Metro Concert Band”

David Douglas High School’s Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave * 3 pm * donations accepted

This weekend

Portlanders are fighting to keep their community centers open in the face of budget cuts. If the City can’t fund basic services like this during a booming local economy, what’s going to happen if there’s a downturn?

A list of upcoming meetings is below, and KATU’s coverage of the town hall on April 2nd is here.


Misdemeanor Meadows has live music tonight, and a new slogan: “the newest old school punk rock bar that you’ve probably never been to yet”.

“Live music tonight!! It’s singer/songwriter Thursday with Eric Leadbetter! 7 pm! Come have some fun!”

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


Green Lents garden swap (event):

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“Bring your extra seeds, vegetable starts, indoor plants, soils, pots, tools, and other gardening materials to swap them with others in the neighborhood. Your unused items may be useful for somebody else and you may find new-to-you treasure! Come with your gardening questions and we’ll have experts on hand, education materials, and activities for kids.

We will also be selling plants and raffling off goodies donated by Portland Nursery.”

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 11 am – 3 pm

Outer Powell project groundbreaking:

The Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project is now kicking off construction. Learn more about the project here.

“Let’s celebrate! The project team invites you to gather for a morning with elected officials, agency leaders and community members to reflect on the past and prepare for the future of Outer Powell.”

Safeway parking lot, 3527 SE 122nd Powell Blvd * 10 am – noon

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: “Thumbelina”

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


There’s a community clean up at the footbridge Sunday:

“Litter Clean up at the Lents Community Footbridge (SE Steele over I-205) this Sunday, April 7 at 9 am.”

Enjoy your weekend!