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

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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

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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!

This weekend

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association is hosting their April general meeting this week. Along with announcements, feature presenters are:

PBOT – to speak about repaving SE 45th, Glenwood to Harney Scott Cohen VOZ – Workers’ Rights Education Project

The agenda is here.

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.


Weed Warriors (event):

“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

This weekend

Here’s a story about how some churches are re-defining their mission and serving their community by opening up their space to the public. We also discuss why some churches are reluctant to follow what Pastor Matt Huff from Central Nazarene Church calls “The Church’s Greatest Commandment”.

Portland’s pedestrian plan:

Read the draft plan, offer comments, and hear people’s stories on the PedPDX plan here.

There are a few more meetings left, and comments are being accepted until May 3rd.

More on Precision Castparts Corporation:

From the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association site:

“Oregon Health Authority has agreed to extend the public comment period to April 15, 2019 on the Precision Castparts Corporation Public Health Assessment (PHA)findings.  You can view an independent review by Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, Institute of Neurotoxicology & Neurological Disorders (INND) by clicking here.”

Many have said, and I agree: this study did not go far enough in getting a real sense of if PCC facility damaged the health of its neighbors. We took a close look at the situation here.


Karaoke at Eagle Eye:

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

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 


Live music:

Folk / Americana at Misdemeanor Meadows!

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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 


Leach Spring Garden Fair (event):

“Join us in celebration of Lilla Leach’s birthday by preparing for the gardening season. Rain or shine, this promises to be a fun, helpful, and inspiring way to get ready for spring!”

“Community Seed Exchange, compost demonstration, tool Sharpening by Sharpening4u, garden tools for sale by Red Pig Garden Tools, naturescaping & rain garden info and more by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Xerces Society (invertebrate conservation) table, OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners  experts to answer your questions, and Leach Manor House & Stone Cabin Open House” 

11 am – nature walk, pruning workshop

noon – native plants for the home garden

1 pm – ethnobotany garden tour

Leach Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 10 am – 2 pm

Live music:

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


The symphony in East Portland:

“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. The orchestra performs four free concerts per season at the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church in SE Portland.” 

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

Cooking Around the World Club: No-Bake Desserts: 

“Families can learn with their kiddos how to make simple healthy desserts. There will be something for everyone, whether it’s for an afterschool snack or a special weekend treat. It’s easy, it’s healthy, it’s fun! Samples will be given at the end of the program.”

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

This weekend

It was kinda cold, but there’s nothing like starting your Saturday with some manual labor and good neighbors.

For the work party last weekend, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council has 487 registered volunteers across ten locations. About 5,000 plants were installed, and three large stacks of pizza were eaten afterwards.

For more information on the event, go here. Johnson Creek is one of those natural features that many people haven’t learned about… but it’s an opportunity for recreation and conservation right in many of our backyards.

The photos below are from work sites in Powellhurst-Gilbert, Lents, and Brentwood-Darlington:

Along the section of the Springwater Corridor in Sellwood, ten new stop signs are being installed, Bike Portland reports.

I saw this week that Lent’s Zoiglhaus Brewing Company announced that they are now serving bread from Fressen Artisan Bakery and Cafe. Fressen is a traditional German bakery, and that goes along great with Zoiglhaus’ German-style beers.

We’re working on a feature on Fressen, and it’s been fascinating learning more about the business and the tradition and history it represents. Every business and organization has a unique story, and we’re looking forward to telling more of them.


Dealing with toxic stress:

Kelly Elementary, 9030 SE Cooper St * 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Live rock:

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


中国传统水墨画基础班 / Chinese Brush Painting Basics:

Chinese Brush Painting Basic

“This family painting workshop is suitable for parents and children. Participants will learn, step by step, how to select and hold Chinese brushes, paint with various types of paper, and practice the basic painting strokes.”

This event is part of a series that has sessions for the next four Saturdays. Registration must happen before the start of the first session, and you will be registered for the whole series.

For age 8 and above. Registration required.

Midland Library, * 3 pm – 4 pm * register here

QTPI Talanoa: Celebrate Micronesia (event):

“Come join us for our first QTPI (Queer and Trans Pacific Islander) Talanoa of the year in celebration and storytelling from our QTPIs from Micronesia. Experience love, joy, laughter and shed a few tears with food and refreshments provided. This event is free and family friendly. All are welcome.”

Orchards of 82nd, 8118 SE Division St * 4 pm – 7 pm

Bluegrass in B-D:

Josh Cole and Friends are playing at Brentwood-Darlington’s home for live music and Mexican food!

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


Community dinner (event):

“Community Dinners at Zenger Farm are a space to talk about issues that are impacting our community while sharing a meal together. This community dinner we will talk about how the legislative process works and how we can engage with it. We will also be talking about the Welcome Home bill that would support the resettlement of Refugees in Oregon.”

With community chef Lul Abdulle.

This is a family friendly event. We will have activities for kids 4+ and a full meal. Please let us know if you any dietary needs or allergies and translation needs. Register by emailing your name and group size to or call 503-282-4245.

Zenger Farm * 4 pm – 6:30 pm * $5-15 per family (no one ever turned away)