This weekend

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association meeting this month is Thursday, March 7th. Being discussed, according to the agenda, is support for a crosswalk at Woodstock Blvd and 60th Ave, and an invitation to join Southeast in Active Motion (a group advocating for better transportation infrastructure).

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


Resource & assistance fair:

Kelly Elementary School, 9030 SE Cooper St * 3 pm – 6 pm

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Enjoy the fine art of karaoke at the Eagle Eye Tavern!

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm 


Johnson Creek watershed-wide volunteerism (event):

This is the Johnson Creek Watershed Council‘s biggest volunteer event of the year, and they need willing hands to help restore this crucial waterway that runs along part of Portland’s southern border.

“There is a 24 year legacy of grassroots progress to restore, repair, and clean this 26 mile long watershed-all by wonderful humans who love it (like you!) Help us support this awesome place as we weed, plant, and mulch for a healthier watershed.”

10 locations along Johnson Creek * 8:45 am – noon

What to Do in the March Vegetable Garden class:

“Join Robyn Streeter of Your Backyard Farmer for a great refresher on what to do in the veggie garden for the month of March. This includes: soils and composts to get the garden ready, irrigation techniques, and developing a timeline and planting calendar for spring and summer.”

9000 SE Division * 11 am * free, register for this class

Guided garden tours:

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“On the 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 sharing fun stories about the adventurous creators of the Garden, Botanist Lilla Leach and pharmacist/civic leader John Leach.

First come first served; limit 15. Pre-registration not required. Meet in front of the Gift Shop, next to the Manor House.”

Leach Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11 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: “The Irish Cinderlad”

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


Tax help:


“Get free individualized tax preparation assistance in Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and English provided by IRS Certified Volunteers in partnership with Vietnamese Community of Oregon.

First come, first served.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 10 am – 4 pm

Enjoy your weekend!

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DJ Count Daddy Presents Flashback Fridays:

“Count Daddy is at Southeast Portland’s favorite new dive every Friday, spinning nothing but the old school (and taking all requests!); Golden Age Hip Hop, Throwbacks, Funk, Soul, R&B, and even a sprinkle of Classic Rock.”

Misdemeanor Meadows, 6920 SE 52nd Ave * 7 pm – 11 pm * free


Eat, Drink, and Get Crafty (events):

“Here’s your chance to get crafty with a cold brew in hand! We’ll provide all the materials, walk you through the process and you’ll go home with something you can show off to your friends!

Zoiglhaus is offering $3 beers and happy hour pricing for all event attendees.”

Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 3 pm – 5 pm 

Make a Nesting Ball for Birds! (events):

“Make a unique and beautiful present for your neighborhood birds to help them easily find the materials they need to build nests. Pinecone nesting balls, made with natural, found and recycled materials, offer essential supplies that ensure your avian friends can make a warm and cozy refuge to raise the next generation.”

Class size limited to 15.

9000 SE Division St * 11 am * $15

City of Portland Fix It Fair (event):

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At this event, there’ll be:

“Free lead blood testing; free giveaways; hourly door prizes; free professional childcare; free minor bike tune-ups and flat tire repair for students and families; and a free lunch”

As well as presentations on (schedule): “water and energy savings; safe and healthy home; food and nutrition; neighborhood and community resources; recycling; weatherizing your home; gardening and growing your own food; yard care and composting; and transportation”

You can also bring a counter top appliance or article of clothing to be repaired, while learning how to do it yourself.

Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington St * 10 am – 2 pm 

Stewardship Saturdays (event):

“We have been removing invasive blackberry from this site all summer it is ready to be replaced! Help plant native species along the Slough banks at this public boat launch and walking trail.” 

Water Bureau Groundwater Pump Station, 16650 Ne Airport Way * 9 am – noon


Community cooking workshop (event):

With Chef Jeniffer Kirton-Bernard.

“Join us for an afternoon of community and cooking! We come together to cook a full meal in a family friendly space. There are activities for kids over 4 + and adult.  Chef Jeniffer will also be sharing about Black inventors and culture in honor of Black History Month.  Menu: Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken, Sweet Potato & Bean Casserole and bean stew.”

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 4 pm – 6:30 pm * $5 – $15 per group

File Taxes for Free (event):


“Get free individualized tax preparation assistance in Vietnamese, Korean and English provided by IRS Certified Volunteers in partnership with Vietnamese Community of Oregon. Please bring photo ID and documented proof of Social Security number, last year’s W2/1099/1098, last year’s tax return, last year’s medical and educational receipts, as well as any current tax documents.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave *10 am – 4 pm

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This weekend

State Representative Karin Power spoke at the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association meeting this week, depending on how the storm hits, we’ll have the video up soon!

Also, BDNA board members Chelsea Powers and Stephenie Frederick testified at Portland City Council (beginning at 4:12:00 below) on behalf of accepting the intergovernmental agreement for the Safe Routes to School sidewalk infill grant.

Thanks to all the volunteers working to make our neighborhoods great!

Since there’s a serious winter storm headed our way, before you head out to any of these events it would be a good idea to make sure it hasn’t been cancelled.

KPTV weather believes the snow will start after 7 pm Friday, and that the roads will be icy Saturday.

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If you know anyone’s who is sleeping outside, help them find shelter by calling 211 on your phone. The Montavilla Emergency Warming Shelter (website) has been open all week, and is seeking volunteers and supplies.

Portland Central Church of the Nazarene near 99th and Powell is also open, in a partnership with Agape Village. This shelter can house up to 150 folks.

APANO has chosen Chi Nguyen as their new executive director. According to their newsletter, they’ll have an event to welcome her at their new building on SE Division and 82nd Ave in late April:

Here’s a paragraph from the release about her background:

“During Chi’s seven-month interim period, she greatly expanded the capacity of APANO’s internal administrative systems while leading the organization through an extremely successful election cycle and responding to the humanitarian crisis in Sheridan, where 123 asylum-seekers, most from SE Asia, were detained in a federal prison. Chi brings a unique combination of business, political, education, and social justice experience, as well as important perspectives key to APANO’s work — as a Vietnamese immigrant and refugee, parent, member of the LGBTQ community, former elected official, and successful business owner. Before joining APANO, Chi started the socially-minded company AutoMedic and served as a city councilor in King City, Oregon. She also teaches at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management.”

You can subscribe to APANO’s newsletter here.

Lents Town Center meeting:

This Monday, there’s a town hall on Lents Town Center Phase 2. The development involves a 4.4-acre site owned by Prosper Portland on SE 92nd between SE Harold and SE Ramona. Palindrome Communities was chosen to develop the site in 2014. 

Here’s our story on the last meeting. For more information on the project, go here. Currently, there are 129 responses to the survey.

Wattle’s Boys & Girls Club, 9330 SE Harold St * Feb 11, 6 pm – 8 pm 


IRCO seed swap with Outgrowing Hunger:

“Bring extra seed you have saved in your garden to share with others and discover new varieties. Local gardeners and farmers will have the opportunity to learn about seed saving and take home seeds. If you do not have any seed to share, you are welcome to come too— we normally have plenty of seeds.”

IRCO Community Room, 10323 NE Glisan St * 2:30 pm – 4 pm

Pay It Forward fundraiser:

“Don’t miss out on buying your special valentine a special gift from a local vendor. The gift means more when it comes from a local vendor. We will have a variety of special gifts for your loved ones. Come out and shop. Also, while you are shopping, we will be having a Raffle drawing throughout the day.”

Pay It Forward Store, 16126 SE Stark St * 10:30 am – 5 pm

Live music:

SoL Riddim at The Blue Room Bar.

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

This weekend

At this month’s Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association meeting State Representative Karin Power will be the featured speaker. 

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

If you’d like to offer your opinions on the urban renewal in the Lents Town Center Phase 2, take the survey here.

The deadline to submit the survey is Feb 6th. Also at the link, is more information on the open house meeting to be held Feb 11th.

This is an interesting story of how our new City Council representative Jo Ann Hardesty made sure  the public knew about impropriety in the Portland Police Department. Much respect to Hardesty for her stand and the officers who turned in their supervisor for making racist remarks. 


Restoration Work Party at Tideman Johnson:

“Want to improve habitat quality? We have several invasive removal and native species planting restoration work parties this month, all leading up to our largest event of the year– our 21st annual Watershed Wide Restoration Extreme! 

To thank you for your hard work rejuvenating this unique watershed, there will be free pizza parties at two locations. Register soon before your ideal restoration destination fills up!

More details HERE.

4401 SE Johnson Creek Blvd * 9 am – 12 pm

Black history presentation:

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“World Stage Theatre has partnered with Black Student Union groups from Portland metro high schools to create Black History Month displays. Each group has chosen a specific time period in history to highlight the African American experience to do collective research and curate pieces for the displays. Midland Library will host David Douglas High School’s display.” 

The display is part of a citywide Black History Festival (schedule) here in Portland.

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave

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Misdemeanor Meadows, 6920 SE 52nd Ave

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre:

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“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 & the Pea”

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

Ants Ants Ants Family Music:

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“A fun sing-along family music band that kids of any age (1-100) will enjoy!  With their three-part harmonies and amazing guitar work, these ants put on a show that fans won’t soon forget. See them perform songs from their new album, ‘Why Why Why?'”

Holgate Library * 11 am – 11:45 am


Lunar New Year Celebration:

With community chef Gloria and APANO (event):

“Join us for an afternoon of community and celebration! Cantonese, Mandrin, Vietnamese, and Spanish interpretation provided. Childcare and food provided (vegan options). ADA Accessible.Please RSVP here or contact or by calling 503-282-4245.

Cost: $5-$15 per group (no one is turned away for lack of funds)”

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

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Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This weekend

Last week, People’s Co-op gave an update on their plans for adding a new location in the Lent’s Town Center.

Long story short, they still haven’t decided and will be providing more information this spring.

Foster Powell Neighborhood Association gives a detailed breakdown of the draft report of a 82nd Ave study. Read more about what’s being considered here.

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For people who are committed to bettering their community, the Martin Luther King Jr Tribute event was one of those events that really refills your tank. We filmed this one song from Portland’s Bridge City Soul.


Chess at Holgate Library:

“Holgate Library’s chess group has been gathering on Saturday afternoons for many years. The faces have changed, but the idea that players of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels should get together is still thriving.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Portland Metro Arts winter showcase (tickets):

“Babes in Toyland”

“Join us for this wonderful retelling of Victor Herbert’s classic operetta. Music, sets, costumes and cast will combine to whisk you away to ‘the land you’ll oft recall as the best of all… TOYLAND!'”

Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St * Sat & Sun – 2 pm * $10 adults, $7 children & seniors


Lents Clean Air Forum:

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Asian Health & Service Center, 9035 SE Foster Rd * 3 pm – 6 pm

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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.


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


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


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