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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Wayfinding Academy Learning Labs
Sep
5
to May 6

Wayfinding Academy Learning Labs

The Wayfinding Academy believe that "college and community should be woven together", so they're always looking for ways to invite the St. Johns community into the exciting things happening at the school.

One way they do that is through Wayfinding Labs. These are 12 hour classes that Wayfinding students take throughout the year designed as deep dives into a variety of interesting topics. They invite community members to join students because they think that when students and community learn alongside one another, it provides an opportunity for richer conversation and new discovery. 

Classes are just $30 for community members and they range in topic from social media to social justice, everyday physics and sketching. 

To see the full list of classes and to sign up, visit the website here

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Cooking Class Fundraiser with Hot Mama Salsa!
Sep
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Cooking Class Fundraiser with Hot Mama Salsa!

Join Nikki Guerrero, owner of Hot Mama Salsa, for a Mexican inspired cooking class and dinner on Sunday, September 24th, 2017 from 6 - 9 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the St. Johns Farmers Market, a program of the St. Johns Center for Opportunity. Cook alongside the chef, enjoy your meal with drinks and a talk by Portland Farmers Market Executive Director, Trudy Toliver, and take home tasty treats including free salsa, at the end of the night! 

Tickets are $150 and space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

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Jade District Storytelling Night
Sep
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Jade District Storytelling Night

Join MERCATUS and APANO for a celebration of Asian & Pacific Islander entrepreneurship through storytelling. 3 local businesses will share their stories of launching businesses in Portland. 

The event is free and refreshments will be served.

To register for the event visit: www.mercatuspdx.com 

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Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Info Session
Oct
4
4:30pm 4:30pm

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Info Session

  • Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It’s been a while! Given how many BPS projects are releasing drafts this fall, it’s definitely time for another BPS Planning Project Update. The next BPS info session/update will be on Wednesday, October 4 at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods office, 4:30 to 6:00pm. Thanks to NECN for hosting us!

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Social Media Class: Convert Your Social Media Followers into Dollars!
Oct
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Social Media Class: Convert Your Social Media Followers into Dollars!

Join Jade Shebelski of Maven & Muse Media, for a social media class at SJCO on October 5th from 6-8 pm. 

"If you are an online business or a brick and mortar the number of followers that you have on social media really doesn't matter. Your business is not online to win a popularity contest, your business is online to gain exposure and put money in your bank account.

Are the people following you even your ideal client? Are you getting into the feeds, and in front of your ideal client? In this workshop, we will answer these questions as well as learn the basics of how to start converting your social media following from Facebook and Instagram into dollars. You are spending your valuable time on social media, let's start returning that investment into paying customers, and payment notifications instead of just "like" notifications."

To register for the class, sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/convert-your-social-media-followers-to-dollars-tickets-37929283508

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2nd Annual Farm-to-Chili Cook Off!
Oct
7
11:30am11:30am

2nd Annual Farm-to-Chili Cook Off!

It's the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off at the St. Johns Farmers Market! 

Enter your favorite chili recipe into the competition, community taste testers judge each chili and one cook is crowned the St. Johns Chili Cook of the Year!

To sign up to participate, fill out an application at the info booth this Saturday or complete the online form here: https://tinyurl.com/ya6g5cka 

$5 entry fee and all applications must be submitted by October 1st!

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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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Raising the Barre Gala for The Aspire Project
Oct
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Raising the Barre Gala for The Aspire Project

Join The Aspire Project's First Annual Fundraiser Gala! 

The Aspire Project is a non-profit, outreach dance organization providing year-round quality ballet, tap and jazz dance classes to financially disadvantaged students who are genuinely interested in the arts and whose families and schools cannot provide such opportunities. We accomplish this through our non-tuition based after-school program in partnership with Multnomah County's SUN Community Schools and classes offered with sliding scale tuition rates and scholarship opportunities in our dance studio in North Portland, Oregon.

For more information about the event, call 503-505-0382 or contact.us@theaspireproject.org 

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Documentary Screening "The Murder of Fred Hampton"
Sep
23
2:00pm 2:00pm

Documentary Screening "The Murder of Fred Hampton"

  • First Congregational Church of Christ (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join SURJ for a screening of "The Murder of Fred Hampton". 

"Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also documents his activities in organizing the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programs he founded for children during the last eighteen months of his life." -IMDb
 

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Baltimore Woods Clean-Up!
Sep
23
9:00am 9:00am

Baltimore Woods Clean-Up!

The work party is tasked with attending to a recently planted section of the Woods. The work will entail clearing out invasive weeds that threaten the young plants, and then mulching to slow the invaders’ return. Most volunteers will find the work to be physical but not strenuous. The terrain is hilly, though, so sturdy shoes are recommended. And there will be blackberry vines, so volunteers should wear protective sleeves. FoBW will supply gloves and all the tools needed. FoBW members will provide guidance, refreshments and lots of camaraderie. Families with children, age 8 years and older, are especially welcome. Please join us in this community-building activity. Reap the rewards.

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Renter's Week of Action: Story Slam & Tenant Rally!
Sep
22
3:00pm 3:00pm

Renter's Week of Action: Story Slam & Tenant Rally!

Join The Community Alliance of Tenants and the St. Johns Center for Opportunity for St. Johns' Story Slam + Tenant Rally on Friday as part of the national Renter Week of Action & Assemblies!

There will also be tabling, music, a chance to sign up for the St. Johns' Tenant Union, the Community Alliance of Tenants, and more. 
 

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Pop-Up Board Game Night!
Sep
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Pop-Up Board Game Night!

Join the St. Johns Center for Opportunity on Thursday, Sept 21st for our second “Pop-Up Game Night” at 7 pm at the The CbP Beer Bus at Kruger's Farm Stand in St. Johns Neighborhood!

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.

This is an all ages event

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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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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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Sep
16
8:30am 8:30am

23rd Annual Oregon Small Business Fair

There will be free workshops, exhibitors, and resources for new and existing small business owners! 

Workshop Topics: 
For new businesses: Small Business Legal Basics, Business Plans, Small Business Taxes
For existing businesses: Access to Capital, Successful Use of Social Media, Government Contracting

For more information about the event, click here

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Show support for Multnomah County Employees of Color with SURJ
Sep
14
10:30am10:30am

Show support for Multnomah County Employees of Color with SURJ

Here is an easy and important opportunity to show up and support Multnomah County Employees of Color (EOC). SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice) been asked by the EOC leaders to fill the room with people who support workforce equity. The EOC will be presenting the workforce equity resolution to the board of county commissioners. 

Sept 14 - 10:30am-12pm - Multnomah building Board Room * 501 SE Hawthorne

All details are included on the attached flyer. Please wear a green or white t-shirt to show solidarity.

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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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Farm Feast: A Village Gardens Celebration
Sep
9
1:00pm 1:00pm

Farm Feast: A Village Gardens Celebration

Look forward to a family friendly afternoon with food from Po'shines, Village Market and local vendors and drinks from Swift Cider, Widmer Brewing and Azteca. There will be music, a farm tour, a farm stand, fresh cider press, games, two raffle suprises and a chance to listen to stories fromFood Works youth and Village Gardens community members. Tickets are$50 per person/$75 for two guests.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.villagegardens.org/farm-feast-tickets

 

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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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Backpack Giveaway at the Oregon Zoo!
Aug
27
9:30am 9:30am

Backpack Giveaway at the Oregon Zoo!

This Sunday August 27th the Oregon Zoo ( in cooperation with Allstate Foundation) will be giving out FREE backpacks filled with school supplies. No zoo entrance required!

Once I get to the zoo, where do I go?

The give-a-way takes place outside the zoo’s Education Center, just down the hill from the main zoo entrance. Follow the Allstate “Pack to School” signs, or ask any Allstate agent or zoo staff member for directions.

(Do not enter the zoo through the main gate!)

How much is zoo admission?

For event participants, the zoo is offering a reduced admission of $5 per person. If you take MAX, show your transit ticket to receive an additional $1.50 discount. Also, there is one free youth admission ticket in the backpack.

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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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Community Cares Day!
Aug
26
9:00am 9:00am

Community Cares Day!

Join your neighbors to clean up the local school grounds at Roosevelt High School, Sitton Elementary and James John Elementary in St. Johns in preparation for the start of the school year! There will be a community BBQ at Grace Christian Church by George Middle School at noon for volunteers after the event. 

Please bring work gloves and yard tools and arrive at 9 am at one of the 3 schools listed above!

RSVP to Sitton here

RSVP to Roosevelt here

RSVP to James John here

RSVP to George MS here

 

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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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