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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 featuredFressen Artisan Bakery and Cafe— it’s a really cool place, and a great example of the intersection of small business, culture, and community.
“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
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.”
“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
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
FRIDAY, MAY 3RD
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
“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
SUNDAY, MAY 5TH
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:
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.
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 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.”
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
SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH
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.”
“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!”
“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
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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH
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.”
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.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH
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!”
“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.”
Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave * Thurs, April 4th, 7 pm – 9 pm
Residential Infill Project:
For March’s general meeting, the Lents Neighborhood Association hosted a forum on the City of Portland‘s Residential Infill Project.
In a RIP Displacement Risk and Mitigation released by the City last month, city planners expect Lents, Brentwood-Darlington, and the eastern part of Montavilla are likely to experience the most displacement.
The report is here, and the Portland Tribune article about the study is here.
“First Weed Warriors volunteer event of the season is this Saturday! Gloves are all clean and ready to go! Come join us in the beautiful spring weather to remove non-native plants and some other park maintenance projects.”
Mt Tabor Visitor’s Center, SE Salmon Way & SE Park Dr * 9 am – noon
Hora de Manualidades (Craft hour):
“Agrega arte y color a tu vida con estas manualidades centradas en la alfabetización temprana. Todos los materiales serán proporcionados. Espacio para 20 personas.”
Holgate Library * 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Renters rights forum:
“Congratulations to Mt. Scott – Arleta Neighborhood Association for securing a small neighborhoods grant from SEUL (Southeast Uplift) and the Office of Community and Civic Life. The grant will be used toward a much-needed Renter’s Rights Training:
In conjunction with CAT (Community Alliance of Tenants) the MSANA will present a 2-hour training to help community members understand how to become better equipped at locating, securing and retaining affordable and adequate housing.”
Mt Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave * 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm