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 NazareneChurch 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 Associationsite:
Blue Room Bar, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 am * free
SUNDAY, MARCH 17TH
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.”
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.
FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH
Dealing with toxic stress:
Kelly Elementary, 9030 SE Cooper St * 5 pm – 6:30 pm
Blue Room Bar, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 pm * ???
SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH
中国传统水墨画基础班 / Chinese Brush Painting Basics:
“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.
“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!
“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 email@example.com or call 503-282-4245.
Zenger Farm * 4 pm – 6:30 pm * $5-15 per family (no one ever turned away)
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
FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST
Resource & assistance fair:
Kelly Elementary School, 9030 SE Cooper St * 3 pm – 6 pm
Enjoy the fine art of karaoke at the Eagle Eye Tavern!
5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm
SATURDAY, MARCH 2ND
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.”
“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
SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD
“Get free individualized tax preparation assistance in Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and English provided by IRS Certified Volunteers in partnership with Vietnamese Community of Oregon.
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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
“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.”
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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.
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.”
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
“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