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1 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
May 1 Wed

Civic Life's Multilingual Community Connections: Connect with the many communities that Civic Life is engaging in updating city code chapter 3.96 that defines the work of the bureau. Learn from one another and see how the intentional process of updating the city code is so much greater from gathering perspectives from a rich cross-section of Portlanders. 


Through speaking with over a dozen existing gatherings, holding five community conversations in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese with our community partners, and having over 1,000 people participate in A Survey of Civic Life, Civic Life has been gathering perspectives and adding voices.

Event Schedule:

•5:30 pm – Dinner & Portlanders Activity

•6:15 pm – Presentation Begins

•7:15 pm – Sharing Emerging Concepts

Join us as we aim to reaffirm our commitment and responsibility of engaging with all Portlanders to foster and support civic engagement.

Learn more here.
Free screening followed by panel discussion with Donovan Smith of Gentrification is WEIRD, community storyteller Laquida Landford, Germaine Flentroy of Beyond Black and director Cornelius Swart.

In the 1990s, Nikki Williams embraced the idea of gentrification. Fifteen years later, she was the last black residents on her block as high-end restaurants and young white newcomers came to dominate her neighborhood. Torn between feeling the loss of her community and the chance to sell her home, Nikki had to decide what to do as gentrification rolled across the nation's whitest city. Learn more here
May 2 Thu
1:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Zero Waste PDX Meet Up - Guest Speaker: Hawnuh Lee of Closed-Loop Cooking

Want to lower your impact on the planet at home, at work or in your community?

Join us at the Zero Waste PDX Meet Up to talk trash! Our guest speaker this week will be Hawnuh Lee, Founder of Closed-Loop Cooking. Closed-Loop Cooking is the real, imperfect documentation of Hawnuh's transition into a low impact lifestyle, focusing on reducing food waste and single use kitchen items. This is an accessible space – Closed-Loop Cooking is here to break down barriers around living and eating sustainably. This is for anyone who eats. 
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
EXTENDED LONG POSE: Drop-in, uninstructed figure drawing class at High Low Art Space. Our extended long pose features the same pose for four weeks before switching poses and models. It's a great opportunity for artists to work on a more resolved drawing or painting. $10, 1 -4 p.m., High Low Art Space, 936 SE 34th Ave
May 3 Fri
An unprecedented Ultra HD film on Karnataka’s rich Biodiversity narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Portraying the state with highest number of Tigers and Elephants using the latest in technology, Wild Karnataka is a historical masterpiece showcasing the state, its flora, fauna and its sheer natural beauty. Covering every habitat across four years to document and celebrate the spectacular diversity of a single Indian state. Filmed fully in 4K, using not just aerial, but hidden cameras, the film reveals some of the most intimate moments of natural history. It took 4 years to film, footage worth 400 hours gathered in the making of this 54 minute documentary. Have a sneak preview, to the wild brought indoors! Learn more here.
Join Alberta Co-op, NECN, and the Vernon and Woodlawn Neighborhood Associations for a FREE film screening and community discussion with director Cornelius Swart. "Priced Out" is an award-winning documentary about 15 years of gentrification in Portland.
To read more about the film and its efforts to combat gentrification, check out www.pricedoutmovie.com
Don't just live here. Do something! 

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is offering Mental Health First Aid trainings to the Portland community during May for Mental Health Awareness Month.

“Just like traditional first aid, such as CPR, prepares you to give help for physical health issues, Mental Health First Aid equips you to respond in a compassionate and meaningful manner when someone needs mental health support,” said Dr. Jeffrey Eisen, Cascadia’s Chief Medical Officer.

The daylong course teaches attendees how to identify the signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in adults, provide initial support to those who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, and connect them with resources or appropriate care. Separate trainings are offered for adults who interact with youth ages 12 to 18.
Cascadia is offering Mental Health First Aid training that will teach you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.

Who should take it? Employers, Police Officers, hospital staff, first responders, faith leaders, community members, and caring individuals. The training covers common signs and symptoms of mental illness, common signs and symptoms of substance use, how to interact with a person in crisis, and how to connect that person with help.

Learn more online. Register here.
PORTLAND CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA: This weekend the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA) will host its 35th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. The largest multicultural festival in Oregon will include live performances, authentic food, carnival rides, artwork, tequila tasting, animal exhibits, Lotería (Mexican-style Bingo) and more. Adults: $10, Seniors/Kids Ages 7 - 12: $7, Children 6 and under: Free, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito Pkwy.

Learn more online.
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
An effective way to confront bias and rebuild a shared vision of community is through our training workshops. They are multi-faceted and dynamic using diverse formats that maximize engagement, sharing and learning.

Together, participants explore how cultural, religious and racial stereotypes influence our beliefs and its impact on communities. The purpose is to confront bias, humanize our collective experiences and transform traumatic events into healing opportunities.

This event was funded by the Office of Community & Civic Life’s Constructing Civic Dialogues Program and will be facilitated by Training 4 Transformation, LLC (T4T). More information can be found on their website at T4TSavesLives.com. Learn more here.
Fessenden Safety Crisis - Send a message to get Fessenden construction word done before the 2019 school year. Our kids need to know how to use the pedestrian signals BEFORE school starts! Everything needs to completed this summer!! March and peaceful protest on Friday at 4:30. We need everything completed this summer so we can show the kids how to use the ped signals before school starts!
May 4 Sat
PORTLAND CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA: This weekend the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA) will host its 35th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. The largest multicultural festival in Oregon will include live performances, authentic food, carnival rides, artwork, tequila tasting, animal exhibits, Lotería (Mexican-style Bingo) and more. Adults: $10, Seniors/Kids Ages 7 - 12: $7, Children 6 and under: Free, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito Pkwy.

Learn more online.
Fessenden Safety Crisis - Send a message to get Fessenden construction word done before the 2019 school year. Our kids need to know how to use the pedestrian signals BEFORE school starts! Everything needs to completed this summer!! March and peaceful protest on Friday at 4:30. We need everything completed this summer so we can show the kids how to use the ped signals before school starts!
Portland Audubon's Native Plant Sale

Native Plants for Native Birds
Spring is sprouting and blooming at the Audubon Native Plant Sale! All gardeners are welcome – we are eager to help you celebrate the growing season. The sale is held

More than 100 species of Oregon wildflowers, shrubs and trees will be available to enhance your yard, woodland or stream bank. Special shopping lists will be available for shade, sun, butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant experts will also be on hand to answer questions and talk about topics like:

Why native plants benefit habitat
How to design a native plant area
Planting and care of native plants
These events are free and open to the public. All proceeds benefit Portland Audubon programs such as nature education, wildlife sanctuaries, and wildlife rehabilitation.


Free, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Portland Audubon, 5151 NW Cornell Road.

Learn more online.
May 5 Sun
PORTLAND CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA: This weekend the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA) will host its 35th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. The largest multicultural festival in Oregon will include live performances, authentic food, carnival rides, artwork, tequila tasting, animal exhibits, Lotería (Mexican-style Bingo) and more. Adults: $10, Seniors/Kids Ages 7 - 12: $7, Children 6 and under: Free, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito Pkwy.

Learn more online.
Portland Audubon's Native Plant Sale

Native Plants for Native Birds
Spring is sprouting and blooming at the Audubon Native Plant Sale! All gardeners are welcome – we are eager to help you celebrate the growing season. The sale is held

More than 100 species of Oregon wildflowers, shrubs and trees will be available to enhance your yard, woodland or stream bank. Special shopping lists will be available for shade, sun, butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant experts will also be on hand to answer questions and talk about topics like:

Why native plants benefit habitat
How to design a native plant area
Planting and care of native plants
These events are free and open to the public. All proceeds benefit Portland Audubon programs such as nature education, wildlife sanctuaries, and wildlife rehabilitation.


Free, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Portland Audubon, 5151 NW Cornell Road.

Learn more online.

Mission: PCCEP works with the Mayor/Police Commissioner, Portland Police Bureau (PPB), to achieve outcomes of equitable policing, community engagement, and trust in PPB.
The PCCEP office is located inside the East West College of the Healing Arts building on the corner of NE Oregon Street and NE 6th Avenue. The Portland Streetcar lines A and B, MAX Light Rail lines Red, Blue and Green (at 7th Avenue MAX station) and the #6 bus line all stop nearby, there is street pre-paid parking in the neighborhood.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services, and activities, the City of Portland reasonably provides: translation and interpretation services, modifications, accommodations, auxiliary aides and services, and alternative format. For these services, complaints, and additional information, contact claudia.claudio@portlandoregon.gov / 971-336-0075, use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

Learn more online. View the event agenda here.
May 6 Mon
PORTLAND CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA: This weekend the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA) will host its 35th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. The largest multicultural festival in Oregon will include live performances, authentic food, carnival rides, artwork, tequila tasting, animal exhibits, Lotería (Mexican-style Bingo) and more. Adults: $10, Seniors/Kids Ages 7 - 12: $7, Children 6 and under: Free, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito Pkwy.

Learn more online.
SPU music and theatre departments will host a double program featuring Spanish and Latin American works inspired by Pinocchio, with the second half centered on works celebrating aspects of the natural world. This concert for children of all ages will be held on Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. in Nickerson Studios, located at 340 W. Nickerson Street. This concert is free and wheelchair accessible. Learn more here.

Genealogy Forum of Oregon Free First Monday
Non-members can visit the GFO Library and research for free

Explore your family history at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon! Whether you are from Oregon, Virginia, Canada, or Ireland, our research library offers over 50,000 holdings with records from around the globe. As the largest genealogical library in the Pacific Northwest, we offer visitors access to many popular subscription-only genealogy websites. This website offers a host of resources including our library catalog, and the GFO calendar for upcoming free classes and workshops. Open seven days a week, the Library is located on the lower level of the historic Ford Building in southeast Portland. 

Learn more online.
May 7 Tue

Genealogy Forum of Oregon Free First Monday
Non-members can visit the GFO Library and research for free

Explore your family history at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon! Whether you are from Oregon, Virginia, Canada, or Ireland, our research library offers over 50,000 holdings with records from around the globe. As the largest genealogical library in the Pacific Northwest, we offer visitors access to many popular subscription-only genealogy websites. This website offers a host of resources including our library catalog, and the GFO calendar for upcoming free classes and workshops. Open seven days a week, the Library is located on the lower level of the historic Ford Building in southeast Portland. 

Learn more online.
Neighbors gather to discuss and respond to racism in Lake Oswego. Please come prepared to listen compassionately and with an open mind to your neighbors' experiences. Sharing is optional but encouraged.

We are asking that folks volunteer to bring a small offering of refreshments to the meeting since we will be meeting around dinner time.

Participants are invited to arrive at 6:00pm to enjoy refreshments and mingle with neighbors. The work will begin at 6:30pm.

Learn more online here.
Every Monday night, come to the Clinton Street Theater, enjoy a film on the big screen (the way it should be seen!), make friends, have a few laughs, scream, cry and raise money for a good cause. Tonight's nonprofit partner is Self Enhancement, Inc., an organization that works with schools, families, and partner community organizations to provide support, guidance, and opportunities to achieve personal and academic success. SEI brings hope to individual young people and enhances the quality of community life.
May 8 Wed
Tracy Wong – Stories of My Dad: Jewish Baseball Legend, Civil Rights Activist, Human Shield, Mayor of Chinatown & More

Tracy was born and raised in Portland, OR. After attending the UO, he left for the canyons of Madison Avenue to begin a career in advertising. Years later he co-founded WONGDOODY, an ad agency with offices in Seattle, Los Angeles and New York City. Their clients have included Amazon, T-Mobile, Alaska Airlines, ESPN, Microsoft, Citibank, Tinder and the Center for Disease Control. He has won over 350 national and international creative awards, including work featured in the Clio Hall of Fame. Yet, he is most recognized for his appearance on AMC’s “The Pitch,” a show about the real “Mad Men.” He lives in Seattle with his wife Jennifer, daughter Lily and son James. His oldest daughter Cydney lives and works in Los Angeles.


$10/Member & $12/General Admission
Please Join the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP) Subcommittees May Meetings! 

PCCEP works with the Mayor/Police Commissioner, Portland Police Bureau (PPB), to achieve outcomes of equitable policing, community engagement, and trust in PPB.

The PCCEP office is located inside the East West College of the Healing Arts building on the corner of NE Oregon Street and NE 6th Avenue. The Portland Streetcar lines A and B, MAX Light Rail lines Red, Blue and Green (at 7th Avenue MAX station) and the #6 bus line all stop nearby, there is street pre-paid parking in the neighborhood.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services, and activities, the City of Portland reasonably provides: translation and interpretation services, modifications, accommodations, auxiliary aides and services, and alternative format. For these services, complaints, and additional information, contact claudia.claudio@portlandoregon.gov / 971-336-0075, use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

Learn more online.
May 9 Thu
Please Join the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP) Subcommittees May Meetings! 

PCCEP works with the Mayor/Police Commissioner, Portland Police Bureau (PPB), to achieve outcomes of equitable policing, community engagement, and trust in PPB.

The PCCEP office is located inside the East West College of the Healing Arts building on the corner of NE Oregon Street and NE 6th Avenue. The Portland Streetcar lines A and B, MAX Light Rail lines Red, Blue and Green (at 7th Avenue MAX station) and the #6 bus line all stop nearby, there is street pre-paid parking in the neighborhood.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services, and activities, the City of Portland reasonably provides: translation and interpretation services, modifications, accommodations, auxiliary aides and services, and alternative format. For these services, complaints, and additional information, contact claudia.claudio@portlandoregon.gov / 971-336-0075, use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

Learn more online.
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
EXTENDED LONG POSE: Drop-in, uninstructed figure drawing class at High Low Art Space. Our extended long pose features the same pose for four weeks before switching poses and models. It's a great opportunity for artists to work on a more resolved drawing or painting. $10, 1 -4 p.m., High Low Art Space, 936 SE 34th Ave
May 10 Fri
Conversation Project: How Do We Create Equitable Spaces Within Our Public Lands?

The land and waterways of Oregon have always provided for its people and inhabitants, since time immemorial. In the last 200 years, the landscape has changed drastically. What does the past and present mean for the future of our natural lands? And for those who have been removed from these areas? Educator Gabe Sheoships leads a discussion about what a relationship with nature means, how we can provide inclusive and equitable spaces within our public lands and natural areas, and how we can begin to work toward healing relationships with our land.

The event is free, and sponsored by Friends of Trees.
Join Forward Together for the third annual Mamas Day event celebrating all mothers regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, income, race, or immigration status. Individuals will also have a chance to pen a card to their special mamas out there. Food, beverages and childcare will be provided. Free (RSVP online), 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Cascadia is holding a Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMFHA) training in the month of May. YMHFA is an evidence-based national mental health education and prevention program created by the National Council on Behavioral Health. This training will teach adults who work with or interact with youth regularly how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training will give the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health challenge, a substance use problem, or who have recently experienced trauma and help connect them to the appropriate care. It serves to both destigmatize the topic of mental health and to improve youth healthcare access by providing the adults that support them with concrete skills, information, and resources. The course is nonclinical and accessible to community members with no prior mental healthcare experience.

Who should take it? Teachers, school staff, coaches, camp counselors, youth group leaders, parents, and people who work with youth. The training covers common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in this age group including: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), common signs and symptoms of substance use, how to interact with an adolescent in crisis, and how to connect that adolescent with help.

Event details:

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 8:30 am- 5:00 pm
Cost: $18.07 ($20 including fees)

Contact with questions: lucia.mcardle@cascadiabhc.org

The course is nonclinical and accessible to community members with no prior mental healthcare experience. Lunch will be provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and snacks will be provided as well. Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged (located on TriMet Line 6).


Learn more online
Purchase tickets here.
Registration form available here.
“Just like traditional first aid, such as CPR, prepares you to give help for physical health issues, Mental Health First Aid equips you to respond in a compassionate and meaningful manner when someone needs mental health support,” said Dr. Jeffrey Eisen, Cascadia’s Chief Medical Officer.

The daylong course teaches attendees how to identify the signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in adults, provide initial support to those who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, and connect them with resources or appropriate care. 

This Youth training is offered for adults who interact with youth ages 12 to 18.

Sessions held Fridays in May

Cascadia’s Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings will be held Friday, May 3 and Friday, May 17; Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings are Friday, May 10 and Friday, May 31. Each session costs $20, with lunch provided.

The training is nonclinical and no previous experience in the mental health field is required. To register or for more information, visit https://www.cascadiabhc.org/community-events
May 11 Sat
Stamp Out Hunger, the 27th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers food drive arrives Saturday, May 11th. Letter carriers across the country collect food donations as they deliver mail along their routes. Oregonians and Clark Country residents can provide more than 1 million pounds of food for people in need during this one day event. Mark your calendar! All donations benefit the Oregon Food Bank Network.
Thank you to our sponsors: Delta Fire, your local letter carriers, the U.S. Postal Service, Fred Meyer, AWS Elemental, UFCW Local 555 along with many dedicated volunteers and community organizations.
Click here for more information or contact: Jenni Green, CommunityEvents@oregonfoodbank.org
2:30 AM - 4:30 AM
The final all-choir concert of the year is not to be missed, as Stephen Newby, Ryan Ellis, and Beth Ann Bonnecroy team up for an impressive evening of choral music. We celebrate our unity in diversity by coming together in song. Learn more here.
Run Mama Run PDX is a 5k, 10k, and Kids' Fun Run hosted annually at Mt.Tabor Park (Portland, OR) over Mother's Day Weekend!
Registration Includes:
Entry to the 10K, 5K, or Kids' Fun Run at Mt.Tabor. 10k & 5k are walk, jog, stroller friendly!
Event Swag [through April 11th registration!], Goody Bag, & Post Race Fun
Funds to support expectant parents and those parenting children 0-5 years in Greater Portland,OR and surrounding areas - building parent competence and confidence in our community! All profits support the no cost services offered through local non-profit Mother & Child.
Rally 5+ friends or family members to participate to receive $5 OFF* EACH ENTRY! [Use code: 5ormore. Not valid with other Promos including Early Bird, or Kids’ Run]
Follow us on Facebook for updates or Visit runmamarunpdx.org for more details.
Select the "Group" ticketing option to create a group page - great for communicating with those you plan to participate with (easy to share with others to participate, post updates, or e-mail group members directly)!
If you haven't participated in this race before, this race has benefited Adopt Mosaic, Family Forward, and Mother & Child. We hope you will mark your calendar and join us as we run for fun in support of parents in Portland.

Learn more and register online here.
Give healthy new meaning to “Picking up something for dinner” with organic veggie starts and herbs for your home garden. With starts from the Incredible Edible Plant Sale, you’ll soon be harvesting nutritious, fresh-picked goodness for your table! The Incredible Edibles Sale offers a luscious array of local, organically-grown vegetable starts. You’ll find both heirlooms and hybrids among our proven varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuces, herbs and more. Varieties offered have been specially selected for their ability to thrive in our Pacific Northwest climate. Free, more info: http://www.multnomahmastergardeners.org/edibles
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Native bees are essential for pollinating 85% of the world’s flowering plants, and their conservation is vital to environmental and human health. They’re also fascinating and beautiful – well worth an up-close look. Join us for an overview of Oregon’s native bees, and an examination of some bees through dissecting scopes, followed by a chance to catch and release some as we take a guided tour through the Garden. We’ll record our finds on iNaturalist, and will teach you how to do that so you have the option to contribute your own observations in the future.

Instructor Jess Tyler holds an MS degree in environmental Science from PSU and currently works on insect conservation with the Center for Biological Conservation. His research included working with volunteers to monitor pollinators at community fruit tree orchards in the Portland metro area. He surveys bees for Oregon Bee Project, currently with an emphasis on Leach Botanical Garden.

$20 general/$15 Leach Garden Friend
Limit 12
The Immigrant Story Exhibition Opening Reception: Join us for an opening reception for the exhibit: The Immigrant Story: Who We Are and What We Carried, featuring talks from the photographers and the sharing of stories. Light refreshments will be served. Who We Are is our way of honoring those affected by the horrific violence that took place aboard a Portland MAX train on May 26, 2017. It is a visual narrative of six Muslim women who wear hijabs. The six stories were documented by The Immigrant Story in 2017 and 2018. What We Carried, by award-winning photographer Jim Lommasson, uses objects to tell the stories of refugees fleeing the Iraq and Syrian wars. Free.
May 13 Mon
TOGETHER AND FREE FOR MOTHER’S DAY: A FUNDRAISER FOR THE FAIR FIGHT BOND FUND

The Fair Fight Bond Fund helps immigrants who are locked up at the NW Detention Center pay their bond so they can get out, be with their families, and seek legal counsel, all of which greatly reduces their chance of deportation!

Come out, have some drinks, learn about the immigration system, hear from folks who have directly benefited from the work of the Bond Fund, and get involved in the fight to keep families together!

Hosted by the Seattle Democratic Socialists of America.

Learn more online.
My Real Portland: The Podcast announces its Tenth episode taping live on Mother’s Day.

Host Joseph Lyons has invited three Portland originals – a comedian, a musician, and a City Commissioner – for an evening of live performance, conversation, and fun.


Guests include: Belinda Carroll, founder of the Portland Queer Comedy Festival and organizer of the Portland Dyke March, Storyteller Jasmine Pettet, creator of Tell Tale PDX, Shannon Olive of Womenfirst Portland, and 6 time Grammy nominee Amanda Richards. WomenFirst is an organization helping women transition from prison, the Coffee Creek in Wilsonville, and is raising capital to purchase a home to support women, often mothers themselves, to help avoid the prison cycle.


Audience members will have the chance to compete in My Real Portland: The Game Show with Portland-based trivia. Happy hour begins at 5:30 PM with Jade Lounge’s extensive German food and cocktail menus. Free show so get there early - seating is limited. Event details at https://www.facebook.com/events/566863343770254/
May 14 Tue
Connective Conversations: Jamillah James

Portland State University’s School of Art + Design, in partnership with the University of Oregon’s College of Design, The Ford Family Foundation, and Portland Art Museum, is pleased to present Jamillah James for the spring 2019 chapter of the Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures program, Connective Conversations | Inside Oregon Art. Jamillah James is Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). With Margot Norton, she is curating the 2021 edition of the New Museum Triennial. Prior to joining ICA LA in 2016, James was Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, working in collaboration with the nonprofit Art + Practice. She has held curatorial positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Queens Museum, Flushing, New York; and independently organized many exhibitions, performances, screenings, and public programs at alternative and artist-run spaces throughout the US and Canada since 2004. Free, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Portland Art Museum, Marion L. Miller Gallery, Mark Building 1219 SW Park Avenue.

Learn more onlione.
Join us for a reading with the African-American Writers' Alliance. The AAWA, a diverse and dynamic collective of Seattle-area writers of African descent, provides an informal and supportive forum for new and published writers. AAWA has published four anthologies: Sometimes I Wander in 1998, Gifted Voices in 2000, Words? Words! Words in 2005, and Threads in 2010. Members will read from their work. Learn more here.

Studies show that neighbors interact much less than in previous decades. This has been theorized as a kind of side effect of modern life and the result of technology, limits on attention, and in some instances, differences in cultural concepts of what it means to be neighborly. Join facilitator Jen Mitas in this conversation that asks, How do you interact with your neighbors? How do you feel about those relationships? How might you improve or change these relationships in order to make a positive impact on the places you live? This conversation is a chance to reflect on one’s own role in the social networks that make up the places we live, and to complicate clichés about neighborliness that may be unconsciously rooted in the mid-twentieth century ideal of the American suburb. Learn more here. Register online
Are you a Freelancer? Want to go somewhere – and stay in FoPo? Join us at the FABA Freelancer Happy Hour! Second Tuesdays 4-5:30pm. Portland Mercado in the Main Hall. Join your fellow Foster freelancers for a drink or snack to share ideas, network, provide referrals, or just commiserate with your talented neighbors! learn more here.
May 15 Wed

Disaster Skills: Basic Aid

Learn how to care for and respond to injuries after a major disaster when 9-1-1 is overwhelmed or unavailable. This session provides practice on how to recognize and treat life-threatening conditions, how to conduct a patient assessment and how to creatively use household items as first aid materials. *First Aid certification is not given for completion of this class.

Learn more online.
Portland Opera’s 2019 Resident Artist Series -- Geoffrey Schellenberg, Baritone: Portland Opera hosts a special community recital featuring baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg, in his first year as a resident artist with the company. Portland Opera’s Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox joins Schellenberg on piano. The Resident Artist Series features intimate and direct performances – focused on the singer, the pianist, and art song. Selected through a competitive national search process, each of Portland Opera’s Resident Artists reflect a bright future for the art of opera. Free, rehister online, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue.

GEOFFREY SCHELLENBERG, baritone, made his Portland Opera debut as Marquis in Verdi’s La Traviata this fall. As a first year Resident Artist, he will also sing the roles of Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, Nardo in La Finta Giardiniera, and will be a soloist in the 2019 Big Night concert. Prior to joining the Portland Opera Resident Artist program, Schellenberg was part of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program, where he sang the roles of Sargeant in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Sciarrone in Puccini’s Tosca, and Captain in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Schellenberg completed his Masters in Opera Performance in 2017 at the University of British Columbia. Learn mroe online.
2:30 AM - 4:30 AM
The SPU Chamber concert features musical performances of brass, flute, saxophone, and string compositions. This concert will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Nickerson Studios, located at 340 W. Nickerson Street. This concert is free and wheelchair accessible. Learn more here.
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lisa McCullough leads a discussion on various DNA related subjects, with each meeting focused on a particular subject. General questions are welcome at the end of each planned discussion. Questions? dna_lm@gfo.org
May 16 Thu
PAULANN PETERSEN TO READ AT BROADWAY BOOKS ON WEDNESDAY MAY 15th 

We welcome Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Petersen at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 15th to read from her new collection of poetry, One Small Sun, published by Salmon Poetry. The poems take readers from a fur shop in Oregon to a Hyderabadi shrine in India's subcontinent. Tapping deeply into memory, relying on poetry's ability to bring alive again what is coded into the blood, these poems ultimately form an arc of an aging woman's life. This collection tells the tales of what she has always realized, is ever learning, but -- only through poetry's vehicle -- can truly know.
Petersen was born in Portland and graduated from Franklin High School. She attended college at Pomona College in California and Southern Oregon State College in Ashland, earning a master's degree in Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts. She taught English at high schools in southern Oregon and West Linn for several years before retiring in 1999. In 2010 Petersen was named Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate. She served until 2014, traveling more than twenty-seven thousand miles and visiting all thirty-six Oregon counties to give workshops and presentations to schools and community groups.
She has six previous full-length books of poetry, including The Volupturary and The Wild Awake. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, and Notre Dame Review. Petersen was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and the recipient of the 2006 Holbrook Award from Literary Arts. In 2013 she received the Willamette Writers' Distinguished Northwest Writer Award.
 This event is open to the public. Broadway Books is located at 1714 NE Broadway. For further information please contact Sally McPherson or Kim Bissell at (503) 284-1726 or events@broadwaybooks.net.

You may also visit our website: www.broadwaybooks.net.
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
EXTENDED LONG POSE: Drop-in, uninstructed figure drawing class at High Low Art Space. Our extended long pose features the same pose for four weeks before switching poses and models. It's a great opportunity for artists to work on a more resolved drawing or painting. $10, 1 -4 p.m., High Low Art Space, 936 SE 34th Ave
May 17 Fri

NW Business Association Spring Social at Fullerton Wines

NW Business Association is excited to offer a spring social. Thank you to Fullerton Wines & Please spread the news and invite others...

RSVP online.
1:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Literary Arts’ Youth Programs presents the first annual Verselandia! East Side Slam. Cheer on high school students in your community as they perform original poetry in front of a panel of judges. Students from participating East Multnomah County high schools will be competing at this event.

Following the same rules as national poetry slams, students must perform original work without props, costumes, or music in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. Using a scale of one to ten, the judges will rate both the performance and the writing of each student.

Please note that high school students may use adult language and explore adult themes.

This event is free and open to the public.
1:30 AM - 3:30 AM
Write Around Portland invites the public to attend one or both of their free community readings featuring powerful work written by participants in their spring 2019 writing workshops. Readers will include adults in recovery; youth in alternative high school and therapeutic school settings; youth experiencing homelessness; adults living with disabilities; members of low-income housing and assisted living communities and many others.

At these events we are also celebrating Write Around Portland's 20th birthday and our 20 years of writers! We’ll have cake and an anthology retrospective to share featuring writers from 1999 to today!

The reading is free, all ages, ADA-accessible and open to all. Books will be available for purchase.

These readings are funded in part by generous support from: Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.

Reading 1
Thursday, May 16th, 6:30–8:30pm
First United Methodist Church, Collins Hall, 1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201 located at the Goose Hollow MAX stop.

Reading 2
Wednesday, May 22nd, 6:30–8:30pm
The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233 one block from the Max Blue Line.

For more information about these events, please visit writearound.org/events/.

For more information about Write Around Portland, please visit us at writearound.org/
Write Around Portland 56th Book Release & Free Public Readings

Write Around Portland runs community-building creative writing workshops at hospitals, schools, homeless youth shelters, senior centers, low-income housing buildings, prisons, treatment facilities and social service agencies. This year they celebrate 20 years of creating a community of writing that’s open and accessible to everyone—a place where people of all ages and backgrounds come together, learn from one another and bond over what makes us uniquely human.

Write Around Portland releases its 56th anthology of community writing by adult and youth participants from their spring 2019 workshops held throughout the Portland metro area. The anthology includes introductions by Write Around Portland founders Ben Moorad and Liza Halley, and Michael Buonocore, executive director of Home Forward, the largest provider of affordable housing in Oregon and an organization with whom Write Around Portland has partnered since their founding in 1999. This anthology also includes a special retrospective of pieces published in their anthologies every year for the past 20 years.

THE READINGS: Write Around Portland invites the public to attend one or both of their free community readings featuring powerful work written by participants in their spring 2019 writing workshops. Readers will include adults in recovery; youth in alternative high school and therapeutic school settings; youth experiencing homelessness; adults living with disabilities; members of low-income housing and assisted living communities and many others.

Admission to both readings is FREE, but donations of any amount are accepted to support the work of Write Around Portland. We will also be collecting donations of new journals for writers in our fall 2019 workshops. ADA-accessible. If other accommodations needed to attend, please contact the Write Around Portland office at 503-796-9224 one week before the scheduled event.

Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase for $12.

Learn more online.
GEORGE ESTREICH TO READ AT BROADWAY BOOKS ON THURSDAY MAY 16th


Corvallis author George Estreich will read at 7 pm on Thursday, May 16th from his new book from MIT Press: Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves. The book explores how new biomedical technologies require us to imagine who counts as human and what it means to belong. From next-generation prenatal tests, to virtual children, to the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9, new biotechnologies grant us unprecedented power to predict and shape future people.
The book explores the troubled territory where biotechnology and disability meet. Estreich, an award-winning poet and memoirist -- and the father of a young woman with Down syndrome -- delves into popular representations of cutting-edge biotech: websites advertising next-generation prenatal tests, feature articles on "three-parent IVF," a scientist's memoir of constructing a semisynthetic cell, and more. As Estreich shows, each new application of biotechnology is accompanied by a persuasive story, one that minimizes downsides and promises enormous benefits. In chapters that blend personal narrative and scholarship, Estreich restores disability to our narratives of technology
George Estreich is the author of The Shape of the Eye: A Memoir, winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2012. His poetry collection Textbook Illustrations of the Human Body, won the Gorsline Prize from Cloudbank Books. His writing has appeared in Tin House, the New York Times, Salon, and other publications. Estreich teaches creative nonfiction for the MFA program in creative writing at Oregon State University.
 This event is open to the public. Broadway Books is located at 1714 NE Broadway. For further information please contact Sally McPherson or Kim Bissell at (503) 284-1726 or events@broadwaybooks.net. You may also visit our website: www.broadwaybooks.net.
“Just like traditional first aid, such as CPR, prepares you to give help for physical health issues, Mental Health First Aid equips you to respond in a compassionate and meaningful manner when someone needs mental health support,” said Dr. Jeffrey Eisen, Cascadia’s Chief Medical Officer.

The daylong course teaches attendees how to identify the signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in adults, provide initial support to those who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, and connect them with resources or appropriate care. Separate trainings are offered for adults who interact with youth ages 12 to 18.

Sessions held Fridays in May

Cascadia’s Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings will be held Friday, May 3 and Friday, May 17; Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings are Friday, May 10 and Friday, May 31. Each session costs $20, with lunch provided.

The training is nonclinical and no previous experience in the mental health field is required. To register or for more information, visit https://www.cascadiabhc.org/community-events
Next Community Peace Collaborative Public Forum


A group of committed partners who have come together to develop solutions, interventions and prevention strategies to reduce violence and crime in Multnomah County. The progress and achievements of the Community Peace Collaborative will be a result of our collaborative strategies, responsiveness to community priorities and our focus on the reduction of crime and the fear of crime.

Vision: All citizens of Multnomah County live free of violence. Further, the Community Peace Collaborative envisions a community free of violence. 

Mission: Affect positively the youth, families, and residents whose lives have been impacted by violence and to promote public safety by incorporating the best and most innovative practices of community partnership to reduce violence, and crime.  

Goals: The Community Peace Collaborative seeks to meet its mission through the coordination of leveraged resources and expertise to reduce the many forms of violence, and crime. 

The Community Peace Collaborative seeks to increase communication and coordination among the partners and to strengthen the communities of Multnomah County.

Learn more online.

The Big One: How Oregon's Coming Financial Challenges Impact Communities: Despite a strong and growing economy, the coming two decades hold magnitude 8.0 fiscal challenges for public services for nearly every community in Oregon—schools, water, fire protection, public safety, mental health, and more. In this part two of our three-part series, we'll look at how the coming crisis might affect specific communities in Oregon. We'll especially focus on those who are often most impacted during economic downturns and examine the underlying assumptions that cause some communities to carry heavier burdens when public budgets shrink. $15 (register online), 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m., C614 SW 11th Avenue.
May 18 Sat
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Naturescaping Basics: Learn to Naturescape! Naturescaping is the practice of designing (or redesigning) your landscape so that it reduces water use and decreases stormwater runoff while saving you time, money and energy. This introductory workshop introduces the core concepts of naturescaping, and also explores:
  • pollution prevention through the reduction/elimination of chemical use 
  • how native plants naturally resist pests & tolerate drought conditions while attracting native birds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your garden
  • basic site planning principals, and many other great natural gardening & design tips

Free (register online), 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon Ave.
Genealogy Problem Solvers (GPS)

GPS is a monthly support group where we help each other find information about a family line. We will learn to do a reasonably exhaustive search and develop research plans. The focus will shift depending on the needs of the group. Several experienced researchers have volunteered to help. Beginners and intermediate researchers are encouraged to submit problems to work on. For more information contact Katie Daly at GPS@gfo.org.

About the Genealogical Forum of Oregon GFO

The GFO exists to promote genealogy and to provide genealogical education, to preserve and provide genealogical and historical resources, and to compile and publish within the genealogical community.


Learn more online.

Biomimicry, Quality, and the Preservation of Landrace Genetics 
Come geek out with long-time growers, emerging technology experts, and organic growing evangelists including special guest Jeff Lowenfels. This panel will explore the potential of emerging biomimicry technologies to emulate nature in controlled environments and to preserve rare, heirloom, and landrace chemovars. These are some of the most sought-after and medicinally valuable chemovars in the world. And yet, market-driven forces, climate change, deforestation, and genetic dilution represent existential threats. Worse still, preserving them via indoor cultivation is notoriously difficult. Under artificial light and with synthetic inputs, most fail to thrive. The panel will discuss how biomimicry technologies are allowing these plants to flourish indoors. This will be of particular interest to cultivators obsessed with quality and standing out in an over-crowded market.

Panelists include:

Kat A. Donnelly, Ph.D. - Founder and Co-CEO, AZENTIVE (moderator)

Sunshine Johson - Owner, Sunboldt Grown

Hawk Marsden - Owner, UCannaTu Educational Nursery

Jeff Lowenfels - Author, The Teaming Series on Organic Growing

Sundarajan Mutialu - CSO and Co-CEO, AZENTIVE


Learn more online.
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Mt. Tabor Art Walk


Now in its fourteenth year, the Mt Tabor Art Walk is a Portland, Oregon tradition. This juried show and sale runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to see quality visual art and meet artists in their studios and homes. Diverse media are represented including photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture, prints, metal arts, photography, glass, jewelry, book arts, and mosaics. Visit the official Mt. Tabor Art Walk website for a map of the event. Learn more online.

UNIVERSITY DISTRICT STREETFAIR
UNIVERSITY DISTRICT STREETFAIR: The U District Partnership presents the 50th annual U District StreetFair, the longest running street fair in the United States. Shop, eat, drink or simply take in the sights around the fair featuring than 100 local vendors. Big Time Brewery will host a beer garden at the south side of the fair. Free, Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., University District.

Learn more online.
Seattle Center Festál presents A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture & Arts Festival. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Learn Chinese folk dances, create delicate artworks, and share in cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.  A Glimpse of China is presented in partnership with the Washington Chinese Art and Culture Committee. Learn more online.

African American Ancestry Group

We will have a remote presentation with two guests from the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, the lineage society whose membership is available only to those whose ancestors were forcibly brought to this country during the slave trade. Our speakers will be Evelyn McDowell, Ph.D., the society's president, and LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, a board member and also a Certified Genealogist(TM). For more information, contact us at african_american@gfo.org.

About the Genealogical Forum of Oregon (GFO)

The GFO exists to promote genealogy and to provide genealogical education, to preserve and provide genealogical and historical resources, and to compile and publish within the genealogical community.

Learn more online.
7:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Metaphysical-Wellness Fair

Enjoy 50+ Readers, Healers and Vendors at the Metaphysical Empowerment & Wellness Fair!

The event will include:

Psychics • Channels • Shamanic Sessions • Sound Healing • Akashic Records • Tarot • Mediumship • Dream Readings • Intuition • Eye Reading • Jewelry • Medical Intuition • Crystal • Reiki • Theta Healing • Bodywork • Archangels • Oracles • Spirits and Guides • Astrology • Hypnotherapy • Reflexology • Spirituality and much more!

Learn more online.
May 19 Sun
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Mt. Tabor Art Walk


Now in its fourteenth year, the Mt Tabor Art Walk is a Portland, Oregon tradition. This juried show and sale runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to see quality visual art and meet artists in their studios and homes. Diverse media are represented including photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture, prints, metal arts, photography, glass, jewelry, book arts, and mosaics. Visit the official Mt. Tabor Art Walk website for a map of the event. Learn more online.

UNIVERSITY DISTRICT STREETFAIR
UNIVERSITY DISTRICT STREETFAIR: The U District Partnership presents the 50th annual U District StreetFair, the longest running street fair in the United States. Shop, eat, drink or simply take in the sights around the fair featuring than 100 local vendors. Big Time Brewery will host a beer garden at the south side of the fair. Free, Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., University District.

Learn more online.
Seattle Center Festál presents A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture & Arts Festival. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Learn Chinese folk dances, create delicate artworks, and share in cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.  A Glimpse of China is presented in partnership with the Washington Chinese Art and Culture Committee. Learn more online.
7:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Metaphysical-Wellness Fair

Enjoy 50+ Readers, Healers and Vendors at the Metaphysical Empowerment & Wellness Fair!

The event will include:

Psychics • Channels • Shamanic Sessions • Sound Healing • Akashic Records • Tarot • Mediumship • Dream Readings • Intuition • Eye Reading • Jewelry • Medical Intuition • Crystal • Reiki • Theta Healing • Bodywork • Archangels • Oracles • Spirits and Guides • Astrology • Hypnotherapy • Reflexology • Spirituality and much more!

Learn more online.

Blood Drive at Orenco Station

Sign up online at Bloodworksnw.org, call 1-800-398-7888, or download our NEW APP! Walk-ins welcome. Photo ID required.

Bloodworks NW is an independent non-profit organization proving 55% of the blood used in the greater Portland area. We are the sole provider of blood products to patients at every Providence and Legacy hospital in Oregon. Sign up today and save lives right here in our community!

Sign up HERE.

Free Community Yoga - Power Vinyasa Flow
Krystyn is back at Patagonia Portland to teach a FREE Sunday morning Power Vinyasa Flow class. Though this event is free, it is ticketed.

Doors open at 8:30am. Class is from 9-10am.

Krystyn creates spaces for people to explore yoga, mindfulness, wellness, and the outdoors in an easy and accessible way. She skillfully creates classes that provide movement for the beginner with options for intermediate and advanced practitioner. Teaching in Portland, Oregon for the past 12 years, Krystyn has developed personalized wellness programs for individuals as well as creating and facilitating yoga and mindfulness programs for Nike, Adidas, and Lululemon. Her passion for making the outdoors accessible to those who are curious but not totally comfortable in nature has gained her features in Outside magazine, Yoga Journal, Mantra magazine, and a regular spot as a hiking guide for Wanderlust Festival.

Stay after class for tea samples and shop with Rise Up Remedies who will be in the shop until 1PM.

Learn more online.

Love to make things? We do too! We also love to make things around other people that are making things, so we started The Church of Craft (because it’s on a Sunday). It's not a club, and it's not actually church, and it's definitely not work. It's fun, it's effortless and it's an opportunity to meet new people and make things in a low-stakes environment. Join us for our second event on May 19th from 2-5. 


Bring something you are working on (or want to work on). There will be tables and chairs and spaces to lay out your stuff. There will be other people making things sitting right next to you. You can talk to them or not. You can sew, draw, write, knit, bead, carve, whittle, sketch, paint, and a whole slew of other things that our tired brains can't think of to list. Anything goes (unless it is fume making or noxious gas like).

If you want to bring a snack or beverage you can but you don't have to. We will be there for 3 hours join for some or all!

Love, your Church of Craft Organizers:
Chelsea Snow snowma.de
Jen Viviano jenniferviviano.com
Gary Hirsch botjoy.com and On Your Feet


Learn more online.
May 20 Mon

UNIVERSITY DISTRICT STREETFAIR
UNIVERSITY DISTRICT STREETFAIR: The U District Partnership presents the 50th annual U District StreetFair, the longest running street fair in the United States. Shop, eat, drink or simply take in the sights around the fair featuring than 100 local vendors. Big Time Brewery will host a beer garden at the south side of the fair. Free, Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., University District.

Learn more online.
May 21 Tue


On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, businesses up and down Mississippi Avenue will invite customers to eat, drink, or shop and will donate 10% of the proceeds to support Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) programs and services for youth and families.

About Self Enhancement, Inc.

For over 38 years, SEI has been a change agent in the City of Portland, striving to meet the complex needs of youth and their families by helping them to overcome cultural, educational and economic barriers. SEI is the second largest minority-owned organization in the state of Oregon and serves over 16,000 youth and families annually. SEI’s mission is to guide youth from historically under-served backgrounds to realize their full potential. SEI works with schools, families, and other community organizations to provide support, guidance, and opportunities that help us bring hope to individual young people and enhance the quality of community life
65 Businesses Along Mississippi Avenue are Donating 10% of Their Proceeds on Tuesday, May 21 to Self Enhancement, Inc.

This fundraiser is crucial to helping sustain SEI’s efforts to serve the community.

Learn more here.

Black Dot presents Building Black Wall Street Mastermind Mondays

We all need consistent check ins and check ups to keep us performing at our highest performance as business builders. Mastermind Mondays provides a weekly place to connect motivated entrepreneurs, get inspired and solve problems collectively.

This meetup is for small business owners, startups, artrepreneurs, entrepreneurs, and those who have a hobby, talent or experience they want to monetize.

We will be sharing wins, discussing challenges, and exploring best practices for starting and growing business as well as getting connected to resources to help you take your business or idea to the next level.

Come network and get valuable insights into business and industries.

Learn more the Black Dot website and Facebook.

Holy Rollers: The Crazy Oregon Cult That Wasn’t Rajneeshpuram

Decades before the events at Rajneeshpuram, another small town in Oregon was gripped with scandal when a charismatic, apocalyptic cult leader took possession of the hearts and minds of the women who chose to follow him. In this story that reminds us of the tragedies of Waco, Jonestown and the Manson Family, what began in Corvallis in 1903 would end in gunfire, murder and suicide on the streets of Portland.

Learn more online.

7PM – 9PM, McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue.
OSU to re-enact historic black student march of 1969


CORVALLIS, Ore. – A re-enactment of an historic campus 1969 march and walk-out of black students that inspired greater multicultural programs and inclusivity at Oregon State University will take place Tuesday, May 21.

The public is invited to participate in the event, which will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. and begins at OSU’s Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 100 S.W. Memorial Place in Corvallis.

The re-enactment event will begin with speakers at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. Participants will then walk through the OSU campus and close the re-enactment at Human Services Resource Center located in the Champinefu Lodge, 1030 S.W. Madison Ave.

“We want to highlight the 50-year anniversary of this historic event,” said Dorian Smith, OSU coordinator of Black Student Access and Success and one of the event’s organizers. “We also want to honor and celebrate those students who led OSU to seek more diversity and support for students of color. They laid the bricks for the university to foster positive changes that impacted future generations.”

Racial tensions flared in 1969 at OSU when then-football coach Dee Andros threatened to remove student-athlete Fred Milton from the team if he did not shave his goatee. Team rules did not allow facial hair. But for Milton and members of the Black Student Union, Andros’ ultimatum was an additional example of oppression facing African Americans across the nation.

In response, members of the BSU organized class boycotts and a sit-in at Gill Coliseum that led to a student walk-out and march across campus on March 5, 1969. Eventually, Milton and several other black students transferred to different schools.

These events prompted Oregon State to establish the Educational Opportunities Program to support the educational success of students of color. The program began in 1969 with 48 students and now serves more than 400. The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center opened in 1975, and today the university has seven cultural resource centers serving students from diverse backgrounds. OSU also established the Office of Institutional Diversity in 2015 and hired its first chief diversity officer in 2016.

The re-enactment is being sponsored by the Black Student Union, the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, the Educational Opportunities Program and the Women of Color Caucus.

Learn more online.
May 22 Wed
1:00 AM - 3:00 AM
CLIMATE SCIENCE ON TAP

Cascadia Climate Action is bringing Climate Science on Tap on Tap to Columbia City's Royal Room for the first time with a fascinating presentation and moderated discussion on how science and concerned citizens can drive climate action in law and policy. Attorney Andrea Rodgers with Our Children's Trust* will share her work on behalf of youth plaintiffs in the landmark case of Juliana v. U.S currently pending. Also, invited is Pete Erickson, scientist with the Stockholm Environment Institute,* who has provided foundational scientific evidence in support of the plaintiffs and who will share his experience in communicating climate science and the impact of global warming to decision-makers. Moderator will be P. Sean McDonald, Ph.D, lecturer with Program on the Environment and researcher with the School of Aquatic and Fishery Science at the University of Washington.

Learn more online.
Lead poisoning can occur through exposure to old household paint, drinking water, soil, and certain occupations.This workshop teaches participants about the health effects and common sources of lead exposure, basic prevention measures to limit future exposure, and resources for additional help to eliminate lead poisoning. Eligible participants receive free kits of lead poisoning prevention materials. Please register online to ensure we bring ample materials for all participants.

Don't hesitate to bring friends and family to this event! A small variety of children's books and activities will be available for use.

This workshop will take place in Conference Room B. If you are not attending this class for your WIC benefits, you may walk past the reception and come on back to the room when you arrive.

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Brings the First Symphony by an African-American Woman Ever Performed in the US to Portland
Named for the pioneering African-American composer Florence Price, this concert features what is believed to be the West Coast Premiere of her Symphony No. 1 in E minor, winner of the first place prize for an orchestral work in the progressive Rodman Wanamaker Competition of 1932. Premiered the following year by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, this was the first symphony by an African-American woman ever to be performed by a major American orchestra. By marrying the finesse of her traditional, European style training with the raw and soulful qualities of African-American folk music, Price charmingly and very effectively captured the spirit of an era in American history. In 2012, Bob McQuiston of NPR wrote that “this is an early American symphony worthy of being rediscovered.” His description reads:

"The opening movement… recalls Dvorák's New World Symphony, while the following slow movement features a moving hymn tune of Price's design. Both concluding movements are fast and return to the juba dance concept. They contain hints of fiddles and banjos, antic slide whistle effects, and a recurring three-against-two melody which end this loveable work on a whimsical note."

Also on the program is Price's vivid and playful Dances in the Canebrakes, which suggests a cakewalk, a rag, and a hot and languid summer soiree, all among the sugarcane. Originally composed for piano, this suite is orchestrated by William Grant Still, widely regarded as "the Dean of African-American composers."

The Authentic Voice, the season’s three-part commissioning project presented in collaboration with contemporary music ensemble Fear No Music, concludes with a World Premiere by MYS violinist Katie Palka. Developed through the Young Composers Project, Palka’s Letter to Florence Price honors this incredible female artist while lending a modern voice to the continuing musical story of our nation. Filled with shimmering orchestral timbres, this lyrical work incorporates Palka’s musical interests that lie outside the classical tradition, reflecting the artistic values of Price herself who often reached beyond the classical canon as inspiration for her own work. MYS thanks Ronni Lacroute for her generous support of "The Authentic Voice."

MYS also performs the first movement from Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No. 1, featuring a solo performance by Ethan Tseng, a 9th grader at Jesuit High School and one of the winners of the 2019 MYS Concerto Competition. As well as being a very gifted young cellist, Ethan is also an award-winning golfer. His precision and technical skill combines with heartfelt musicality that belies his youth and lends itself beautifully to this particular concerto’s rustic and passionate melodies. Kabalevsky was a musical contemporary of Florence Price, and although working on opposite sides of the globe, both expertly incorporated local folk music into their writing. Kabalevsky had a generous heart and expansive outlook; he consistently worked to help connect children to music, and also served as a representative for the Promotion of Friendship between the Soviet Union and foreign countries.

MYS will perform America’s Florence on tour in Italy this summer, acting as ambassadors for and bringing to light great music that has until now remained in relative obscurity.

Learn more and purchase tickets online here.

Tickets: $11 - $40 at playmys.org or call 503.239.4566
Arts for All tickets are available to Oregon Trailcard holders for only $5 per ticket
Join music faculty member Julie Kay Sigars and students from the music and theatre departments for an evening of scenes from opera and musical theatre. This concert will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Nickerson Studios, located at 340 W. Nickerson Street. This event is free and wheelchair accessible. Learn more here.
May 23 Thu
Please Join the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP) Subcommittees May Meetings! 

PCCEP works with the Mayor/Police Commissioner, Portland Police Bureau (PPB), to achieve outcomes of equitable policing, community engagement, and trust in PPB.

Subcommittee for People with Mental Illness May Public Meeting

Agenda: TBD

Learn more online.
1:30 AM - 3:30 AM
Write Around Portland invites the public to attend their free community reading featuring powerful work written by participants in their spring 2019 writing workshops. Readers will include adults in recovery; youth in alternative high school and therapeutic school settings; youth experiencing homelessness; adults living with disabilities; members of low-income housing and assisted living communities and many others.

We are also celebrating Write Around Portland's 20th birthday and our 20 years of writers! We’ll have cake and an anthology retrospective to share featuring writers from 1999 to today!

The reading is free, all ages, ADA-accessible and open to all. Books will be available for purchase.

These readings are funded in part by generous support from: Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.

The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233 one block from the Max Blue Line.

For more information about these events, please visit https://writearound.org/events/.

For more information about Write Around Portland, please visit us at https://writearound.org/
Write Around Portland 56th Book Release & Free Public Readings 


Write Around Portland runs community-building creative writing workshops at hospitals, schools, homeless youth shelters, senior centers, low-income housing buildings, prisons, treatment facilities and social service agencies. This year they celebrate 20 years of creating a community of writing that’s open and accessible to everyone—a place where people of all ages and backgrounds come together, learn from one another and bond over what makes us uniquely human.

Write Around Portland releases its 56th anthology of community writing by adult and youth participants from their spring 2019 workshops held throughout the Portland metro area. The anthology includes introductions by Write Around Portland founders Ben Moorad and Liza Halley, and Michael Buonocore, executive director of Home Forward, the largest provider of affordable housing in Oregon and an organization with whom Write Around Portland has partnered since their founding in 1999. This anthology also includes a special retrospective of pieces published in their anthologies every year for the past 20 years.

THE READINGS: Write Around Portland invites the public to attend one or both of their free community readings featuring powerful work written by participants in their spring 2019 writing workshops. Readers will include adults in recovery; youth in alternative high school and therapeutic school settings; youth experiencing homelessness; adults living with disabilities; members of low-income housing and assisted living communities and many others.

Admission to both readings is FREE, but donations of any amount are accepted to support the work of Write Around Portland. We will also be collecting donations of new journals for writers in our fall 2019 workshops. ADA-accessible. If other accommodations needed to attend, please contact the Write Around Portland office at 503-796-9224 one week before the scheduled event.

Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase for $12. 

Learn more online.
THINK & DRINK DANIELLE ALLEN ON MAY 22, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.—April 9, 2019—Oregon Humanities’ 2018–19 Think & Drink series features provocative onstage conversations on themes of journalism and justice at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Northeast Portland.

The final event in the series will be a conversation with political theorist, MacArthur fellow, and Washington Post columnist Danielle Allen on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Allen is a professor of political science at Harvard University and the author of several books on education, citizenship, and justice. Her 2017 memoir, Cuz, explores the life of her cousin Michael and how the so-called war on drugs, mass incarceration, and other forms of racial violence contributed to his death at age twenty-nine.

At this event, Allen will be in conversation with Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities.

This event will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., in Portland. Snacks and conversation will follow the program. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and are available at albertarosetheatre.com. No-cost tickets are available. The event will be streamed live at oregonhumanities.org and on YouTube.

Since 2008, Think & Drink has sparked provocative conversations about big ideas. Past presenters have included local and national civic leaders, journalists, writers, community organizers, scholars, and politicians.

Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about our programs and publications—which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine—can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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2:30 AM - 4:30 AM
The SPU spring Jazz Ensemble concert will feature music from throughout the history of jazz - from swing to cool jazz to fusion. Join Dan Kramlich, the Jazz Lab, and the Jazz Ensemble as they explore some of America's original music from the 20th century. Learn more here.
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
EXTENDED LONG POSE: Drop-in, uninstructed figure drawing class at High Low Art Space. Our extended long pose features the same pose for four weeks before switching poses and models. It's a great opportunity for artists to work on a more resolved drawing or painting. $10, 1 -4 p.m., High Low Art Space, 936 SE 34th Ave

The Vanport Mosaic Festival
An American Legacy explores the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese American community, from Nihonmachi, Portland's historic Japan town, to the present. Through theatre, dance and music the 90-minute performance is a way to raise empathy and heal the emotional legacy and the effects of racism in America.

An American Legacy is a collaboration combining the talents of four artists, Chisao Hata, Heath Hyun, Ken Yoshikawa and Jenna Yokoyama, who devised this piece together. Each has explored what it means to be Asian American in today's landscape, and the historical complexities informing identity in America. Additional artists who have contributed to this work are Lawson Inada, Nobuko Miyamoto, Toshiko Namioka, Nikki Nojima Louis and Mitch Ilmori. Featured performers include Kathy Hsieh, a founder of the former Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle, WA., Ana Harvey, and Kurt Ikeda. Also featured is a Community Ensemble comprised of residents whose histories mirror those being shared.

Learn more online at the official website and Facebook event page.
May 24 Fri

The Vanport Mosaic Festival
An American Legacy explores the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese American community, from Nihonmachi, Portland's historic Japan town, to the present. Through theatre, dance and music the 90-minute performance is a way to raise empathy and heal the emotional legacy and the effects of racism in America.

An American Legacy is a collaboration combining the talents of four artists, Chisao Hata, Heath Hyun, Ken Yoshikawa and Jenna Yokoyama, who devised this piece together. Each has explored what it means to be Asian American in today's landscape, and the historical complexities informing identity in America. Additional artists who have contributed to this work are Lawson Inada, Nobuko Miyamoto, Toshiko Namioka, Nikki Nojima Louis and Mitch Ilmori. Featured performers include Kathy Hsieh, a founder of the former Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle, WA., Ana Harvey, and Kurt Ikeda. Also featured is a Community Ensemble comprised of residents whose histories mirror those being shared.

Learn more online at the official website and Facebook event page.
THE 48TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

Since 1972, the annual Northwest Folklife Festival has been a community-powered celebration of the music, arts, and heritage that make up the brilliant cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest. With over 5,000 performers on 20+ stages, 200 vendors, 500 volunteers, and upwards of 250,000 attendees, this remains one of the largest access-for-all festivals in the nation. The festival is more than a celebration of the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a chance to engage directly with the many communities that make up our region. This is the place to find your folk.

Northwest Folklife is excited to announce the 2019 Cultural Focus: Youth Rising, a year-long program featuring peer mentorship, youth residencies, a series of youth-organized performances and events, and opportunities for creative collaborations. Youth Rising is a platform for the voices of youth leaders, artists, musicians, and changemakers.


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Suggested Donation: $10 per person | $20 per family

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40th Anniversary Spring Social: You are invited to join us for an amazing benefit social at The Evergreen. We will have drinks, food, dessert, and live music. Plus a silent and live auction with items curated from fantastic local restaurants and shops. If you are looking to make memories we will also have a variety of experience packages, sure to delight. A fantastic way to spend the evening, tickets are only $40 to celebrate us turning 40! Proceeds from the party will help fund Community Energy Project’s mission – believing that everyone deserves a safe, healthy, efficient home, regardless of income. Nearly 80 percent of CEP clients earn less than 30 percent of the Median Family Income – less than $21,000 annually for a family of four! $40 (register online), 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., The Evergreen, 618 Southeast Alder Street.
Trans Dudes with Lady Cancer

Join filmmakers YeeWon Chong and Brooks Nelson, along with community organizations, for a short film documenting the journey of two transmasculine people, their families and communities, as they navigate breast cancer and ovarian cancer through our medical system.
When: Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 5:30PM
Where: Portland Community College—Cascade
Auditorium, Moriarty Arts & Humanities Building
705 N Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217

Doors open at 5:30 PM.
Welcome remarks start at 5:45PM. Film starts at 6:00 PM. (running time: 30 mins)
Followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, organizers from Forward Together, Basic Rights Oregon and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.

Check out the Trans Dudes with Lady Cancer website at http://www.transdudeswithladycancer.org/.

This event is co-sponsored by Boxxo Productions and Forward Together. Co-hosts include Basic Rights Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, and the PCC Queer Resource Center and PCC Women's Resource Center.

Film is closed-captioned in English and the event will take place in English.

Contact Jakki Durón for further information at jackeline@forwardtogether.org.

RSVP here.
1:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Quilts on the Edge

The metaphor of “the edge” opens many possibilities for quilt artists in the Oregon region. The pieces juried into On the Edge: An Exhibition by SAQA Oregon Artists approach the concept in many ways, each according to personal experience, artistic process, and choice of subject. Quilts themselves are on the edge —the edge of being considered “art.” Ann will show her evolution as a quiltmaker, and at the same time, illustrate how her quilts express different ways of being on an edge. Guests will also be invited to view the exhibit and to talk with artists whose work is on display.

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Bascule - A Concert with Fremont Bridge Resident Paurl Walsh

What does it mean to explore sensation, mindset, and outlook through music? Local composer and Fremont Bridge Resident Paurl Walsh presents Bascule, an idiosyncratic musical piece that brings together classical chamber performance and electronic and visual media. One of the first concerts back in Town Hall’s newly renovated Great Hall, Bascule offers a dark and expressive meditation on depression and the shared emotional trials that come with being human. Sit in for a unique, somber, adventurous concert that pushes the boundaries of our emotional understanding, of our Great Hall’s acoustic capabilities, and of our very concept of chamber music.

Free, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m.), The Great Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue).

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The SPU Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the season explores a variety of western classical music, featuring styles from the calculated brilliance of Mozart to vibrant modern-day composers. This concert will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. in First Free Methodist Church, located at 3200 3rd Avenue West, across from the SPU campus. This event is free and wheelchair accessible. Learn more here.

Bodhi Phelps Angelversary & Protest
Bodhi Phelps, was just 22 years old, when he was shot and killed May 24, 2016 by two Gresham, Oregon police officers. Officers claimed they saw two knives (despite witnesses saying otherwise) and within seconds of arriving, the officers fatally shot Bodhi as he ran, unarmed. These officers gave NO warning and didn’t even attempt to use NON-LETHAL force, which would have been appropriate, considering the circumstances.

PNWFC Family Member Shiloh Wilson-Phelps and Mother of Bodhi (pictured on the left) co-founded the organization with Irene Kalonji. Please bring protest signs and anything you might bring for a vigil, too (e.g. flowers, candles, balloons).

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May 25 Sat

The Vanport Mosaic Festival
An American Legacy explores the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese American community, from Nihonmachi, Portland's historic Japan town, to the present. Through theatre, dance and music the 90-minute performance is a way to raise empathy and heal the emotional legacy and the effects of racism in America.

An American Legacy is a collaboration combining the talents of four artists, Chisao Hata, Heath Hyun, Ken Yoshikawa and Jenna Yokoyama, who devised this piece together. Each has explored what it means to be Asian American in today's landscape, and the historical complexities informing identity in America. Additional artists who have contributed to this work are Lawson Inada, Nobuko Miyamoto, Toshiko Namioka, Nikki Nojima Louis and Mitch Ilmori. Featured performers include Kathy Hsieh, a founder of the former Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle, WA., Ana Harvey, and Kurt Ikeda. Also featured is a Community Ensemble comprised of residents whose histories mirror those being shared.

Learn more online at the official website and Facebook event page.
THE 48TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

Since 1972, the annual Northwest Folklife Festival has been a community-powered celebration of the music, arts, and heritage that make up the brilliant cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest. With over 5,000 performers on 20+ stages, 200 vendors, 500 volunteers, and upwards of 250,000 attendees, this remains one of the largest access-for-all festivals in the nation. The festival is more than a celebration of the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a chance to engage directly with the many communities that make up our region. This is the place to find your folk.

Northwest Folklife is excited to announce the 2019 Cultural Focus: Youth Rising, a year-long program featuring peer mentorship, youth residencies, a series of youth-organized performances and events, and opportunities for creative collaborations. Youth Rising is a platform for the voices of youth leaders, artists, musicians, and changemakers.


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Suggested Donation: $10 per person | $20 per family

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Art In The Park - Show'N'Tell
The sun is shining, and it's time to get outside and paint. Do you need some motivation to share your artwork with the public? How about setting up in the Park and inviting people to encourage you to create? Bring your drawing pads, ipads, paints, and easels; or just come hang out and talk to other talented artists.

I'll be set up on the riverfront near the Salmon Street Springs Fountain in Downtown Portland. Look for Garrett with an iPad at the steps where the Portland Spirit embarks.

Don't forget you are free to wander the Portland Saturday Market. There is plenty of art and food to enjoy! 

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SOUL’D: The Economics of Our Black Body -- The Vanport Mosaic Festival

The Project (working title) presents SOUL’D: the economics of our black body a work-in-progress showing of a new performance piece, conceived by Damaris Webb and devised by a cohort of local African American performers and designers who are engaging with the questions of how our black bodies have participated in the American Economic Dream. With screening of short documentary Root Shock by Cecilia Brown. With documentary short ROOT SCHOCK: A documentary short about the Mayo House, a historic house in NE Portland that was recently saved and moved to a new location by artist Cleo Davis and his family, where it is envisioned as a space where historians, artists and members of the black community can preserve and create culture. Produced by University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication Master student Cecilia Brown.

THIS EVENT IS FREE. LIMITED SEATING — RSVP RECOMMENDED.

Donations for Historic Mayo House gladly accepted at the door.

Free, (RSVP via Eventbrite), 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon Ave.

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One World Films and Conversations: To The Ends of The Earth
One World Films and Conversations Presents To the Ends of the Earth

Join 350.org Washington County for another thought-provoking film and conversation. We hope for a great turnout and conversation just like our past film events. Bring your friends and family and let's explore issues and talk!

Free film and free popcorn! Please register at link below!

All of our modern civilized lives revolve around energy use. To the Ends of the Earth follows a group of concerned citizens and experts as they bear witness to humanity’s descent further down the energy “resource pyramid.” At the top of the pyramid, energy is easy to find and cheap, and it requires minimal labor and has the highest capital and energy return on investment, as in the case of Saudi oil. In the middle of the pyramid, resources are more difficult and costly to extract, as in the case of the Alberta tar sands and shale gas: “Drill, baby, drill” has become “mine, baby, mine,” “steam, baby, steam,” and “frack, baby, frack.” At the bottom of the pyramid there are resources such as Utah’s oil shale, the economic feasibility of which, despite billions in investments, remains uncertain. Lots of great information in this film – food for thought and conversation!

Register online.
May 26 Sun

The Vanport Mosaic Festival
An American Legacy explores the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese American community, from Nihonmachi, Portland's historic Japan town, to the present. Through theatre, dance and music the 90-minute performance is a way to raise empathy and heal the emotional legacy and the effects of racism in America.

An American Legacy is a collaboration combining the talents of four artists, Chisao Hata, Heath Hyun, Ken Yoshikawa and Jenna Yokoyama, who devised this piece together. Each has explored what it means to be Asian American in today's landscape, and the historical complexities informing identity in America. Additional artists who have contributed to this work are Lawson Inada, Nobuko Miyamoto, Toshiko Namioka, Nikki Nojima Louis and Mitch Ilmori. Featured performers include Kathy Hsieh, a founder of the former Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle, WA., Ana Harvey, and Kurt Ikeda. Also featured is a Community Ensemble comprised of residents whose histories mirror those being shared.

Learn more online at the official website and Facebook event page.
THE 48TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

Since 1972, the annual Northwest Folklife Festival has been a community-powered celebration of the music, arts, and heritage that make up the brilliant cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest. With over 5,000 performers on 20+ stages, 200 vendors, 500 volunteers, and upwards of 250,000 attendees, this remains one of the largest access-for-all festivals in the nation. The festival is more than a celebration of the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a chance to engage directly with the many communities that make up our region. This is the place to find your folk.

Northwest Folklife is excited to announce the 2019 Cultural Focus: Youth Rising, a year-long program featuring peer mentorship, youth residencies, a series of youth-organized performances and events, and opportunities for creative collaborations. Youth Rising is a platform for the voices of youth leaders, artists, musicians, and changemakers.


Committed to Access for All | Powered by Your Donations 

Suggested Donation: $10 per person | $20 per family

Learn more online.
May 27 Mon

The Vanport Mosaic Festival
An American Legacy explores the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese American community, from Nihonmachi, Portland's historic Japan town, to the present. Through theatre, dance and music the 90-minute performance is a way to raise empathy and heal the emotional legacy and the effects of racism in America.

An American Legacy is a collaboration combining the talents of four artists, Chisao Hata, Heath Hyun, Ken Yoshikawa and Jenna Yokoyama, who devised this piece together. Each has explored what it means to be Asian American in today's landscape, and the historical complexities informing identity in America. Additional artists who have contributed to this work are Lawson Inada, Nobuko Miyamoto, Toshiko Namioka, Nikki Nojima Louis and Mitch Ilmori. Featured performers include Kathy Hsieh, a founder of the former Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle, WA., Ana Harvey, and Kurt Ikeda. Also featured is a Community Ensemble comprised of residents whose histories mirror those being shared.

Learn more online at the official website and Facebook event page.
THE 48TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

Since 1972, the annual Northwest Folklife Festival has been a community-powered celebration of the music, arts, and heritage that make up the brilliant cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest. With over 5,000 performers on 20+ stages, 200 vendors, 500 volunteers, and upwards of 250,000 attendees, this remains one of the largest access-for-all festivals in the nation. The festival is more than a celebration of the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a chance to engage directly with the many communities that make up our region. This is the place to find your folk.

Northwest Folklife is excited to announce the 2019 Cultural Focus: Youth Rising, a year-long program featuring peer mentorship, youth residencies, a series of youth-organized performances and events, and opportunities for creative collaborations. Youth Rising is a platform for the voices of youth leaders, artists, musicians, and changemakers.


Committed to Access for All | Powered by Your Donations 

Suggested Donation: $10 per person | $20 per family

Learn more online.
May 28 Tue

The Vanport Mosaic Festival
An American Legacy explores the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese American community, from Nihonmachi, Portland's historic Japan town, to the present. Through theatre, dance and music the 90-minute performance is a way to raise empathy and heal the emotional legacy and the effects of racism in America.

An American Legacy is a collaboration combining the talents of four artists, Chisao Hata, Heath Hyun, Ken Yoshikawa and Jenna Yokoyama, who devised this piece together. Each has explored what it means to be Asian American in today's landscape, and the historical complexities informing identity in America. Additional artists who have contributed to this work are Lawson Inada, Nobuko Miyamoto, Toshiko Namioka, Nikki Nojima Louis and Mitch Ilmori. Featured performers include Kathy Hsieh, a founder of the former Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle, WA., Ana Harvey, and Kurt Ikeda. Also featured is a Community Ensemble comprised of residents whose histories mirror those being shared.

Learn more online at the official website and Facebook event page.

Power to The People: Black Panther Party Legacy Tour of Albina -- The Vanport Mosaic Festival

Join Kent Ford, founder of Portland's chapter of the '60s-era black empowerment organization, for a walking tour in NE Portland. Listen to his personal memories of revolutionary activism and community service, and be inspired for today’s fight for change. The Tour starts at Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and ends at the Matt Dishman Center.

$10, (RSVP Via Eventbrite), Tours from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., NECN, 4815 NE 7th Ave.

Learn more online.
May 29 Wed

The Vanport Mosaic Festival
An American Legacy explores the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese American community, from Nihonmachi, Portland's historic Japan town, to the present. Through theatre, dance and music the 90-minute performance is a way to raise empathy and heal the emotional legacy and the effects of racism in America.

An American Legacy is a collaboration combining the talents of four artists, Chisao Hata, Heath Hyun, Ken Yoshikawa and Jenna Yokoyama, who devised this piece together. Each has explored what it means to be Asian American in today's landscape, and the historical complexities informing identity in America. Additional artists who have contributed to this work are Lawson Inada, Nobuko Miyamoto, Toshiko Namioka, Nikki Nojima Louis and Mitch Ilmori. Featured performers include Kathy Hsieh, a founder of the former Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle, WA., Ana Harvey, and Kurt Ikeda. Also featured is a Community Ensemble comprised of residents whose histories mirror those being shared.

Learn more online at the official website and Facebook event page.
Jefferson High School Legacy

Join us in celebrating the Jefferson High School Legacy Project, a collaborative oral history project between the Jefferson librarian and a US History class that captures the high school experience of Jefferson alumni from a variety of decades through recorded student-led interviews. Listen to each five minute interview and meet the student and alumni participants.

Free, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth St.

Learn more online.
Islamophobia and White Nationalism in Oregon and the World

This discussion will offer contemporary and historical context to those who are seeking to better understand the power of Islamophobia, recently on display in the massacre of Muslims at prayer in Christchurch, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Muslims have long made their homes in the United States, including in Oregon, where Islamophobia has often been linked to other dangerous and radical ideologies. Various types of propaganda stoke fear of Shari’a, depict Muslim men as angry and violent, and portray Muslim women as oppressed — and these stereotypes are perpetuated in sometimes unexpected places. In Oregon as in other places, racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia have intersected to perpetuate white supremacist and white nationalist ideology. This panel discussion will explain those connections and will offer tools that individuals and communities can employ to help stop the spread of Islamophobia.

Learn more online.
2:30 AM - 4:30 AM
SPU Director of Percussion Studies Dan Adams directs the spring concert featuring percussion pieces to ethnic drum ensembles. This concert will be held on Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. in E.E. Bach Theatre, located at 3307 3rd Avenue West. This event is free and wheelchair accessible. Learn more here.
The Oregon Law Enforcement Hiring Expo, serving much of the Greater Portland region, will be held on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019, from 11:00am - 2:00pm at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE. Airport Way, Portland, OR 97220
This job fair helps bring law enforcement agencies face-to-face with eager job seekers pursuing careers in the law enforcement industry.
Job seekers will have time to meet with several agencies, all in the span of just a few hours.
Job seekers are advised to come dressed for success and bring plenty of resumes.

Event Snapshot

When: Wednesday, May 29th, 2019, from 11:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE. Airport Way, Portland, OR 97220
Cost: Absolutely free for career seekers
To view the list of employers, preregister online. View the Facebook event here.
May 30 Thu

The Vanport Mosaic Festival
An American Legacy explores the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese American community, from Nihonmachi, Portland's historic Japan town, to the present. Through theatre, dance and music the 90-minute performance is a way to raise empathy and heal the emotional legacy and the effects of racism in America.

An American Legacy is a collaboration combining the talents of four artists, Chisao Hata, Heath Hyun, Ken Yoshikawa and Jenna Yokoyama, who devised this piece together. Each has explored what it means to be Asian American in today's landscape, and the historical complexities informing identity in America. Additional artists who have contributed to this work are Lawson Inada, Nobuko Miyamoto, Toshiko Namioka, Nikki Nojima Louis and Mitch Ilmori. Featured performers include Kathy Hsieh, a founder of the former Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle, WA., Ana Harvey, and Kurt Ikeda. Also featured is a Community Ensemble comprised of residents whose histories mirror those being shared.

Learn more online at the official website and Facebook event page.
In Conversation with Helen Zia

A book conversation with Helen Zia, acclaimed writer, journalist, and activist. Helen Zia will be in conversation with writer Putsata Reang to discuss Zia’s new book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai. A book signing will follow the discussion period.

Tickets for all events can be purchased in person at the Museum or through the Museum’s Facebook Page (@portlandchinatown). $10/Member & $12/General Admission
Bake: A Dessert Tasting Event

With the purchase of a ticket to Bake, attendees gain access to a ballroom full of treats. We will primarily feature local chefs and restaurants sharing samples of desserts, as well as some savory treats. Local beverage makers will be on hand to share samples of drinks to quench your thirst. Meet local chefs and more as you taste your way through the event. Bake also features the famous cake raffle! Buy a raffle ticket and enter to win one of a dozen specialty cakes or desserts from a local chef. 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.

Early Bird Registration$25.00 ($26.87 w/service fee)

Simmer: Dinner with a Mission$100.00 ($104.49 w/service fee)

Learn more online.
1:00 AM - 3:30 AM
Film Screening Event GLBLM

The Soul District Business Association (SDBA) is proud to present "Empowering The Next Generation Of Entrepreneurs." This event allows underrepresented youth to showcase the films that they produced in the Greenlighting Black Lives Matter Youth Media Training Class. Light food and beverage will be provided. This event is FREE but it is a fundraiser. There will be raffle tickets for sale at the door and donations are always welcome. This event has a limit of 150 tickets so secure your spot while you still can!

Learn more and register online here.
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM


UW PRISON ART EXHIBIT

The University of Washington student union HOPE (Huskies for Opportunities in Prison Education) is a student advocacy group dedicated to providing educational services to current inmates and previously incarcerated inmates. The 5th annual Prison Art Exhibit will showcase artwork created by inmates and individuals affected by the criminal justice system. Free, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Husky Union Building, 4001 E Stevens Way NE.

Learn more online.
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
EXTENDED LONG POSE: Drop-in, uninstructed figure drawing class at High Low Art Space. Our extended long pose features the same pose for four weeks before switching poses and models. It's a great opportunity for artists to work on a more resolved drawing or painting. $10, 1 -4 p.m., High Low Art Space, 936 SE 34th Ave
May 31 Fri

The Vanport Mosaic Festival
An American Legacy explores the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese American community, from Nihonmachi, Portland's historic Japan town, to the present. Through theatre, dance and music the 90-minute performance is a way to raise empathy and heal the emotional legacy and the effects of racism in America.

An American Legacy is a collaboration combining the talents of four artists, Chisao Hata, Heath Hyun, Ken Yoshikawa and Jenna Yokoyama, who devised this piece together. Each has explored what it means to be Asian American in today's landscape, and the historical complexities informing identity in America. Additional artists who have contributed to this work are Lawson Inada, Nobuko Miyamoto, Toshiko Namioka, Nikki Nojima Louis and Mitch Ilmori. Featured performers include Kathy Hsieh, a founder of the former Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle, WA., Ana Harvey, and Kurt Ikeda. Also featured is a Community Ensemble comprised of residents whose histories mirror those being shared.

Learn more online at the official website and Facebook event page.
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM


UW PRISON ART EXHIBIT

The University of Washington student union HOPE (Huskies for Opportunities in Prison Education) is a student advocacy group dedicated to providing educational services to current inmates and previously incarcerated inmates. The 5th annual Prison Art Exhibit will showcase artwork created by inmates and individuals affected by the criminal justice system. Free, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Husky Union Building, 4001 E Stevens Way NE.

Learn more online.
Science Pub Portland: The Death of the Universe


We live in a changing universe. That seems simple to say, but it hides a hideous truth: our cosmos has a finite age, and it will eventually die. We need to talk about dark matter. We need to talk about dark energy. We need to talk about the big bang. We need to talk about expansion. We need to talk about star formation. We need to talk about the inevitable heat death of our universe. We need to talk.

An astrophysicist, author, speaker, producer, and on-air host everywhere from podcasts to TV, Paul strives to bring science to new audiences. By breaking down formidable concepts, emphasizing the human and artistic aspects of the scientific process, and making science accessible with his characteristic conversational, humorous approach, Paul is the one and only Agent to the Stars! An established scientist, Paul has authored over 60 academic papers on topics ranging from the earliest moments of the Big Bang, to the emptiest places in the universe, to novel methods for detecting the first stars. He received his PhD in Physics in 2011 as a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow, and prior to his current position he held research fellowships in Paris and Italy. He has given over 100 seminars, colloquia, and conference talks at institutions around the world.

$5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. Tickets will be available online or at the OMSI front desk until 2pm the day of the event; see below for details.

Learn more online. Purchase tickets here.

Oregon Historical Society Board 101
Interested in learning more about board service? Join us for our 4th annual Board 101 event, where local community leaders will share stories from their own experiences serving on boards. Hosted by the emerging leaders boards of Cascade Aids Project, Children's Cancer Association, the Oregon Historical Society, and Portland Opera, this event is open to all emerging leaders and anyone interested in learning about how to get involved with non-profit organizations in our community.

5:30pm

Networking & Refreshments

Self-guided tours of the Oregon Historical Society's Experience Oregon and Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles! exhibits

6:15pm

Panel Discussion & Q&A

Dr. Sona K. Andrews, Provost Emerita and Professor, Portland State University

Dr. Steve Brown, President, Custom Decorators, Inc.

John Grothe, Head Golf Professional, Willamette Valley Country Club

Jenn Klotz, Genentech, Inc.

Moderated by Kris Anderson, Nonprofit and Philanthropic Consultant

CHRISTOPHER X. SHADE TO READ AT BROADWAY BOOKS
We welcome New York author Christopher X. Shade to read from his debut novel The Good Mother of Marseille. The novel is set in the summer of 2013, in the year of Marseille's designation as the European Capital of Culture. Americans wander and sightsee in this dangerous and impoverished yet seductive city. The Americans whose stories are told in this novel -- anthropology students Noémie and Corey, the couple from a small town in Alabama, the Colorado man with late-stage cancer, and a woman and her journalist husband -- put their Marseille experience in the context of their own histories. Hovering on the fringe are the Marseillais themselves -- the shopkeepers, artists, and café waiters -- following the rhythm of European street life. The book is a love letter to the turbulence of Marseille, and to the turbulence to be found under the surface of each of us, the pounding hearts and jarring fears.


Christopher X. Shade is co-founder and co-editor of Cagibi, a journal of poetry and prose. His stories and book reviews have appeared widely, and he has won story awards including the 2016 Writers at Work fellowship competition. He teaches fiction and poetry writing at The Writers Studio. Raised in the South, he now lives with his wife in New York City. He grew up in a Scrabble-loving family and was excited to learn that the game was invented in the neighborhood where he now lives, Jackson Heights.

 This event is free and open to the public. Broadway Books is located at 1714 NE Broadway. For further information please contact Sally McPherson or Kim Bissell at (503) 284-1726 or events@broadwaybooks.net. You may also visit our website: www.broadwaybooks.net.

Transforming Hate: Mulugeta Seraw’s Legacy 


Thirty years ago Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian immigrant, was beaten to death by three white supremacists, we honor his legacy with a short doc about his life and death, and the community response to hate. Co-produced by Mischa Webley and Laura Lo Forti. Video by Patty Torchia. With community dialogue. This event is part of THE VANPORT MOSAIC FESTIVAL 2019, May 21-June 5: two weeks of memory activism opportunities to explore the many silenced histories that surround us through screenings, tours, performances, exhibits and dialogues. Full program at www.vanportmosaic.org.

$5 SUGGESTED DONATION (RSVP Via Eventbrite), 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Ave.

Learn more online.
Description:“Just like traditional first aid, such as CPR, prepares you to give help for physical health issues, Mental Health First Aid equips you to respond in a compassionate and meaningful manner when someone needs mental health support,” said Dr. Jeffrey Eisen, Cascadia’s Chief Medical Officer.

The daylong course teaches attendees how to identify the signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in adults, provide initial support to those who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, and connect them with resources or appropriate care.

This Youth training is offered for adults who interact with youth ages 12 to 18.

Sessions held Fridays in May

Cascadia’s Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings will be held Friday, May 3 and Friday, May 17; Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings are Friday, May 10 and Friday, May 31. Each session costs $20, with lunch provided.

The training is nonclinical and no previous experience in the mental health field is required. To register or for more information, visit https://www.cascadiabhc.org/community-events
Celebrate Pride Month with the acclaimed Kenyan drama RAFIKI!

Celebrate Pride Month with this acclaimed Kenyan drama!
A powerhouse debut from Wanuri Kahiu, one of InStyle’s “50 Badass Women” changing the world, bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” – but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, RAFIKI is a hip tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety)!

Learn more about the event and movie times online. Watch the trailer here.

(Advance tickets $7, day of show $10)

The Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver.
University of Oregon -- MFA Thesis Exhibition 2019

Aaron Whitney Bjork, Talon Claybrook, Leah Howell, Sumer Haseena Khan, Daniel Miller, Neal Moignard, Stephanie Parnes, Aja Segapeli, Kayla Thompson, Jen Vaughn

The Department of Art at the University of Oregon is pleased to present our 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon. Marking the culmination of three years of rigorous studio investigation and critical discourse, the ten artists in this exhibition engage a wide breadth of art making practices that build on and challenge the histories of painting, sculpture, photography, print media, craft and digital practices.

With dramatic shifts in practice over the past three years, this cohort of artists have created a tight-knit community through the exchange of ideas formed by extensive conversations with our nationally and internationally recognized faculty, visiting artists, critics and curators. This exhibition is the outcome of the expansive work undertaken by our graduates and their intellectual curiosity in looking deeply at the conditions prevalent and pressing in our world today.


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