St. Johns Farmers Market
May
20
to Oct 28

St. Johns Farmers Market

Join us at the St. Johns Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market runs from May 20th through October 28th. Our market is located at the St. Johns Plaza in downtown St. Johns (intersection of N Lombard & N Philadelphia). Have questions? Reach out to Mason Durfee, Market Manager, at mason@stjohnsopportunity.org. 

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Free Summer Lunch Program
Jun
20
to Aug 25

Free Summer Lunch Program

FREE MEALS ARE AVAILABLE AT CATHEDRAL GARDENS
8652 N. Swift Way
MON-FRI 12PM-1PM
ALL CHILDREN AND TEENS AGES 1-18
Monday June 20th- ending Friday August 25th

Adults meals are available for purchase $4.00
Keep in mind free meals must be eaten in the community room and cannot be shared with adults. 

If you have any questions or want more information contact:
Shannon Olive 503-286-8652
See you there!
 

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SURJ August Door Knock
Aug
26
12:30pm12:30pm

SURJ August Door Knock

Please join SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) August door knocks! Actions like this are a great way to practice having conversations about racial justice with other white folks, which is something our POC partners have asked SURJ to do.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, August 26th from 12:30 to 4:30
    All are welcome!
     
  • Tuesday, August 29th from 5pm to 8:30pm
    For people who have previously done a SURJ doorknock

WHERE: Hollywood Senior Center at 1820 NE 40th Ave, Portland.

WHAT: On Saturday, we’ll start with a training, head off in pairs to canvass the Hollywood/Grant Park neighborhoods, and return to the training location to debrief. If you have knocked before and want to skip the training, plan to arrive at 1:30 pm and let us know your plans in advance. On Tuesday, we'll meet to briefly review logistics and materials before heading out to doorknock. 

RSVP: Please let us know if you’re planning to show up! Follow this link to rsvp for either action by Thursday, August 24th.

 

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VetWorks Americorps Job Training Info Session
Sep
5
9:00am 9:00am

VetWorks Americorps Job Training Info Session

VetWorks is an AmeriCorps program specifically designed for veterans, linking employment back to the natural world.  There are two programs: one is 10-month program that teaches veterans how to steward public lands.  The other is a 12-week firefighter (level 2) training. 

Aaron from the Mt. Adams Institute will be discussing apprenticeship opportunities with the Department of Labor, employment statistics, retention, the housing situation and stipends during these programs, etc. This brief but information packed presentation will also be part of the Veteran Employment Council meeting if you’re interested in that piece of it.

No RSVP required but appreciated to help ensure enough materials and space.  https://mtadamsinstitute.org/  See Programs in the menu for more information.

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Sep
12
8:30am 8:30am

Portland Housing Bureau 2017 Racial Equity Forum

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) invites you to join them on September 12 for their Annual Racial Equity Forum to learn about their efforts to eliminate race-based disparities in housing programs and projects. This year’s program will include a review of PHB policies and the impact they have had on the diversity within PHB’s housing portfolio, as well as a keynote address from special guest speaker Derek Hyra, Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Professor Hyra’s research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, metropolitan politics, and race. He is the author of Race, Class and Politics in the Cappuccino City

RSVP for this free event here

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Urban Weeds Workshop
Sep
16
9:30am 9:30am

Urban Weeds Workshop

  • BES Water Pollution Control Lab (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to identify common garden and landscape weeds along with other more notorious plant invaders of the region. Find out how these aggressive plants take over in your yard and get simple yet effective tips that will help you gain the upper hand without turning to synthetic herbicides. 

Brought to you by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and Friends of Baltimore Woods.

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Free Spay/Neuter Cat Program
Sep
18
to Sep 22

Free Spay/Neuter Cat Program

This September, the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland’s Spay & Save program is pleased to offer a very special spay & neuter promotion for the cats of low income families.

For one week only, from September 18-22, low income cat owners will be able to get EVERY cat in their home altered for FREE! There is no limit on the number of cats any one family or person can bring in. Clients must live in Clark, Clackamas, Multnomah or Washington counties.

Call (503) 802-6755 or 1-800-345-SPAY now to schedule a spay/neuter appointment.

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CAKELUCK: A potluck for cake!
Oct
15
2:00pm 2:00pm

CAKELUCK: A potluck for cake!

  • 8608 North Lombard Street Portland, OR, 97203 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It's a potluck for cake! Join an informal meet up of neighbors who like to bake and eat in the St. Johns Plaza by the clock tower. Bring a cake or baked goods of your choice, a plate and utensils. Eat, chat, enjoy! 

If you have never been to one, they are a real treat. If you have, you know how fun they are. This is a completely volunteer-run event that is unique to our neighborhood! We welcome volunteers who would like to help set up and/or clean up.
 

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Pop Up Game Night Tournament
Aug
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Pop Up Game Night Tournament

Join the St. Johns Center for Opportunity on Thursday, August 17th for our first “Pop-Up Game Night” at 7 pm IN THE GREENSPACE BEHIND the St. Johns Bachelor Club. Bring your own snacks and drinks to fuel your gaming adventures!

What is a “Pop-Up Game Night?” Think elimination style board game tournament with a $3-$5 donation buy-in. The winner takes all as a donation to the charity of their choice. Which board games, you might ask? Sorry, it’s a mystery. We can only tell you that there will be 5 board games of similar length, so dust off those board games and start playing for your chance to win big for charity. 

The next Pop-Up Game Night will be September 21st, 2017 at the The CbP Beer Bus at Kruger's Farm Stand in St. Johns Neighborhood. More details to come!

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Conversation Project "You're In or You're Out: Exploring Belonging"
Aug
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Conversation Project "You're In or You're Out: Exploring Belonging"

What does it feel like to belong? What are the limits of belonging? How can we find ways to be welcoming and inclusive as we build relationships in our community?

Explore these and other questions next Tuesday, August 8th at 7 pm for the next installment of our conversation project "You're In or You're Out: Exploring Belonging" at St. Johns Center for Opportunity. Sponsored by Oregon Humanities, the conversation will be facilitated by Lori Eberly, an experienced facilitator, executive consultant, small business owner and author. 

Join your neighbors for a lively discussion about community and belonging in St. Johns! Light refreshments will be provided. 

If you have questions, please contact Lindsay@stjohnsopportunity.org or call 503-841-5522.

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23rd Annual Columbia Slough Regatta
Aug
6
10:00am10:00am

23rd Annual Columbia Slough Regatta

Enjoy urban nature from a canoe or kayak! Join Columbia Slough's on-the-water festival and enjoy urban nature from the comfort of a canoe or kayak. This slow moving waterway is a great place to explore for new and experienced paddlers alike. 

Keep an eye out for Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Western Painted Turtle, beavers, and more! This part of the Columbia Slough boasts beautiful views of Mt. Hood from the water. This event is free, but a donation of $10/person is appreciated. No one is turned away. Register at www.columbiaslough.org or call 503-281-1132. Hablamos Esplanol. 

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7th Annual Classic Cruis'In
Aug
5
3:00pm 3:00pm

7th Annual Classic Cruis'In

It's that time of year again! Pattie's Homeplate Classic Cruis'In is scheduled for Saturday, August 5th. This family-friendly event is FREE and open to the public. There is a cool car show featuring classic and antique cars, live music, grilled food, and cold beverages. This event is a fundraiser for the Good Samaritan Food Bank of North Portland. Cash donations or donations of canned food will be accepted. Have questions? Call Pattie at 503-757-3132. 

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St. Johns Community Potluck
Aug
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

St. Johns Community Potluck

SJCO is teaming up with the St. Johns Wesleyan Church and St. Johns Neighborhood Association to host a Community Potluck. We'll be using the church's amazing outdoor space, so bring picnic blankets and/or lawn chairs. This is a free, family-friendly event! We're asking everyone to bring a dish that represents your identify to share with the community (that is not a requirement to attend though). We'll have non-alcoholic beverages and some other tasty treats available as well. Here are the details:

St. Johns Community Potluck
Tuesday, August 1st
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
St. Johns Wesleyan Church, 8550 N St. Louis
Live performances by Huayra Lucas and Portland Opera a La Carte
 

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Meet the Employer Event
Aug
1
12:00pm12:00pm

Meet the Employer Event

Stop by our office between 12 noon and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1st and meet the hiring managers at Jubitz. Jubitz Corporation is a family owned and operated truck stop, travel center, fueling provider and hospitality company started by Monroe A. “Moe" Jubitz. After Moe graduated from Yale University in 1939, he declined inquiries from the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and returned to Portland. He took a job with a local trucking company and saw an opportunity in truck leasing, prompting him to open his own business in 1952 as Fleet Leasing, Inc.

They have a number of positions open: http://jubitz.com/careers/

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Conversation Project - "Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes our Lives"
Jul
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Conversation Project - "Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes our Lives"

From the moment we are born, gender shapes every aspect of our lives: our interests, opportunities, and how we move through the world. In the twenty-first century, disparities among the genders still prevail, especially the intersections of race, class, immigration status, and geography. What can these disparities tell us about society’s values and priorities? How can we better understand the complexities of gender’s effects on our daily lives and identities?

This is the focus of “Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes Our Lives,” a free conversation with Jade Aguilar on Tuesday, July 25th at 7 p.m. at St. Johns Center for Opportunity (8250 N Lombard Street). This program is hosted by St. Johns Center for Opportunity and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Aguilar is an assistant professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies at Willamette University. Her broad areas of study are gender, sexuality, and family, and her main area of focus is the study of intentional communities.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Lindsay Jensen at 503-841-5522 or lindsay@stjohnsopportunity.org. 

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public 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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Learning Lab: The Art and Science of Creative Podcasting
Jul
24
9:00am 9:00am

Learning Lab: The Art and Science of Creative Podcasting

Saturdays: June 24th and July 8th from 9am-4pm

So you think you might wanna start a podcast? In this Wayfinding lab, you’ll explore aspects of podcasting all the way from what’s needed to create one and if podcasting is the right fit for you, to how to stand out in a sea of noise and develop a tribe of raving audiophile fans. You’ll learn how and why to employ the essential ingredient of storytelling in your show, and how a variety of marketing ideas will enable you to rise above the rest. Even if you ultimately decide not to do a podcast, you’ll walk away with tools to help you more effectively get your message out into the world, no matter your platform.

Learn more and register online.

Hosted by Sherrill Leverich and Cory Davis of Instory Creatives

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Urban Tech Jobs: Open Info Session
Jul
18
2:00pm 2:00pm

Urban Tech Jobs: Open Info Session

Head to the Urban League of Portland for an open information session on their Urban Tech Jobs program. This program provides: free classes and training, career coaching, free industry-recognized technology training, paid on-the-job training, and connections with local employers. Come learn more! This session is open to the public. Have questions? Contact utjp@ulpdx.org. 

 

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Berry Cobbler Showdown at the Farmers Market
Jul
15
11:30am11:30am

Berry Cobbler Showdown at the Farmers Market

On Saturday, July 15th, SJCO will be hosting the 1st annual Berry Cobbler Showdown at the St. Johns Farmers Market. This is a great chance to show all your neighbors how fabulous your recipe is! Anyone can enter between now and 7/14/17. Grab an entrance form at the Info Booth at the Farmers Market or fill out the online form. There is a $5 entry fee that you'll pay when you bring your cobbler on the 15th! 

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Open House at Ajinomoto Windsor
Jul
15
10:00am10:00am

Open House at Ajinomoto Windsor

Ajinomoto Windsor is adding new lines and new shifts! There are many openings for work available. Come taste their products when you apply. The job fair is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7124 N Marine Drive. Please call 503-444-2048 if you can't make it, but are still interested in working at Ajinomoto Windsor. 

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Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
Jul
14
to Jul 16

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

The Jazz Society’s Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is a FREE concert open to the public and held over three days in mid-July at Cathedral Park at the base of the St. Johns bridge in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of Portland. Now in its 37th year, the festival is the longest running jazz and blues festival west of the Mississippi River. The Festival is a major musical event in the heart of summer for the Portland Metro area, and features the region’s best local jazz and blues musicians. It also fosters cooperation and pride in the north Portland neighborhoods of Cathedral Park and St. Johns, and recognizes and promotes the community’s local businesses.

The Festival begins Friday night with dynamic Blues, R&B, and Soul. Saturday and Sunday will feature multiple styles of Jazz in all their glory (see Performance Schedule). The stage is situated in a natural amphitheater with a backdrop of the beautiful Willamette River to the west and the mighty St Johns Bridge overhead. The lush, green, and beautifully-maintained festival grounds are the perfect place to bring a picnic or to purchase delicious offerings available from our food vendors. You are welcome to spread a blanket or set up low-profile beach chairs in the grassy bowl in front of the stage.

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St. Johns Movie in the Park
Jul
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

St. Johns Movie in the Park

The St. Johns Center for Opportunity and St. Johns Neighborhood Association are teaming up to host a Movie in the Park at George Park. We'll be viewing "A League of their Own". This event is generously supported by Lucas Cole Agency - Farmers Insurance

The summer of 2017 marks the 11th season of Movies in the Park throughout Portland communities! Evening after evening, summer nights in Portland parks offer families and friends the perfect backdrop to renew connections. Since 2007, crowds have gathered in parks to experience cinematic magic in an outdoor setting. The program has grown from 13 movies to a run of 41 movies at 40 sites, screened during a 12-week schedule in 2016. What better and affordable way to enjoy a pleasant summer evening with family and neighbors?

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/69554

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Gender and Orientation 101 for Adults
Jul
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Gender and Orientation 101 for Adults

Come join us at Marrow for a discussion of the basics around what gender identities there are, pronoun options, how to use different kinds of pronouns, what romantic orientations there are, what sexual orientations there are, what terms are important to know, and any other gender or orientation related questions you have!

We will have actvities and adult support for your children!
$5-$20 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.
All proceeds go to continuing supporting Marrow!

This discussion will be facilitated by staff member Ayita Malila. Ayita is a 20 year old, Queer, trans/enby, bi/ace, indigenous person who has been involved in Queer/LGBTQ+/mogai activism, education, and organization for the last four years.
and possibly another young queer person TBD.

This workshop will be regularly occurring as long as there is interest! We're working to build an adult-oriented series to help educate adults so they can work to be rad advocates for young folks. Feel free to suggest future topics (so far we're hoping to add one on "adult supremacy").

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Marrow is located on the 1st floor with no stairs leading into our space. Our doorway is 31.5" wide when taking the door itself into consideration.
We have two single-stall, gender neutral restrooms. One is small, and one is larger with a grab bar (the larger one is marked as accessible).
We are a nut-free and scent-free, sober space!
If you have any accessibility, sensitivity, or allergy concerns or requests please feel free to reach out to us before coming by!

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MIND & MOUTH Open Mic Night
Jun
30
6:30pm 6:30pm

MIND & MOUTH Open Mic Night

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This event is FREE and ALL AGES!
No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but we're asking a $5-10 donation at the door to go toward rebuilding and repairing Portland City Market - a woman of color owned business on Lombard (our street) in North Portland. On June 15th a fire was intentionally started outside the business, and they've been forced to close. It is the family's only source of income, and Dee has worked hard to get to where she is. Help us rally around them. You can read more here:
https://www.gofundme.com/3xpx1y8
http://katu.com/news/local/fire-burns-outside-north-portland-convenience-store-dry-cleaners
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Accessibility info:
Marrow is on the 1st floor, there are no stairs leading into our space. Our main doorway is 31.5", and our accessible restroom doorway is 30.5".
We have two gender neutral restrooms.
Marrow is a drug and alcohol-free, nut-free and scent-free space (which means please don't go ham with your perfume or deodorant before coming in).
We are a safe(r) space and won't tolerate any hateful nonsense.

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Meet the Employer
Jun
27
12:00pm12:00pm

Meet the Employer

SJCO is hosting a "Meet the Employer" event at our office (8250 N Lombard St). We'll have 4 local employers here on Tuesday, June 27th from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Between these 4 companies, there are over 200 jobs available! This is a great opportunity  to connect directly with the hiring managers at these companies.

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Sunday Parkways - North Portland
Jun
25
11:00am11:00am

Sunday Parkways - North Portland

Sunday Parkways is a fun, family-friendly event that fills select city parks with activities, and closes certain streets to automobiles in order to connect them with a  safe, traffic-free route for neighborhood residents, families and friends to walk, run, bicycle, and roll along as they enjoy the community festivities.

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Summer Party at St. Johns Library
Jun
23
4:00pm 4:00pm

Summer Party at St. Johns Library

Come celebrate summer and everything St. Johns! And say goodbye to our beloved manager, Nancy. There will be light refreshments and the music of Mariachi Viva Mexico. This lively Mariachi band includes trumpets, violins, guitars, guitaron and vihuelas to create lively, spirited music. 

For disability accommodations, call 503-988-5123 48 hours before a program. 

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Jun
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Speak UP/Act UP

How do we create a bright future for everyone? How do we reach a future where we thrive because businesses and government meet the high standards people deserve? Speak up and act up! Leading voices in local government, activism and business come together as part of a free event to help amplify the power of engaged citizenry and take actions to be part of collective solutions.

This festive night of conversation, activism, food and drink will feature stories of transformation, transparency and advocacy from a diverse panel of strong local concerns and will light a fire under anyone ready for their voice to be heard.

Event Agenda:
6:00 p.m. - Doors open, complimentary first drink and food from Bunk Sandwiches & Pizza Jerk
7:00 p.m. - Panel
8:00 p.m. - LIVE Performance Redray Frazier (2017 TEDx Speaker) & his band

It’s easy to RSVP (it’s free!!) here: https://impactflow.com/event/speak-up-change-makers-demand-a-better-future-3155

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NAACP Lobby Day in Salem
Jun
12
10:45am10:45am

NAACP Lobby Day in Salem

Please join the NAACP Portland, NAACP Eugene, and NAACP Salem branches on June 12, 2017 to advocate for racial equity in Oregon’s capitol. This is a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience in how the legislative process works and also learn how to effectively make your voice heard in government. In Salem, we will meet with leaders whom we hope to gain support from on our focus bills. Our target will be lobbying for SB 496 and HB 2355 as well as the legislative agendas of the Eugene and Salem branches. As the Portland branch, our focus will be SB 496 and HB 2355. We hope you will join us in taking actions to improve our systems to better serve all Oregonians.

Tickets are free, but please consider making a donation to help offest bus costs.

*No prior experience or knowledge of our political system is necessary.
You can find your legislators by going to this website: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html We will connect you with your legislators.

NAACP volunteers can help guide you through the above process on the bus ride.
Logistics:
Bus pick-up location: Maranatha Church 4222 NE 12th Ave.
Time load: 10:45AM
Time departure: 11:00AM Sharp
Arrive State Capitol: 12:30PM
Return: Between 5 and 6pm.

Register to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naacp-lobby-day-tickets-34984262872

Lunch and transportation from Portland to Salem will be provided free of cost, but please consider making a donation to the NAACP Portland branch to lessen our costs and invest in a future of racial equality.

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