Learning Lab: How to Use Games to Address Social Justice
Feb
2
Mar 30

Learning Lab: How to Use Games to Address Social Justice

  • Wayfinding Academy

Thursdays: February 2nd & 16th and March 16th & 30th from 6:30-9:30pm

Use games to help save the world! Participants in this Lab will choose a social justice area they would like to address. From there, you’ll team up around your social justice topics and develop a game to address at least one element. For example you might focus on raising awareness, changing behavior, or identifying strategies to solve regional issues. Through your game you’ll develop multiple different mechanics to address that element while learning about game thinking, methods, and concepts, psychology, motivation, fun and engagement.

Find out more information and register here.

Hosted by Bjarke Kronborg of Where's My Spark.

Fix-It Fair: Healthy Families, Healthy Homes
Feb
25
9:30 am09:30

Fix-It Fair: Healthy Families, Healthy Homes

  • Madison High School

The Fix-It Fair is a FREE City of Portland event where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with resources. Join your neighbors and talk to the experts about how to spend less and stay healthy.

Clases en ingles y español. 

Ongoing exhibits and hourly workshops on such topics as:

  • Water and energy savings
  • Safe and healthy home
  • Food and nutrition
  • Neighborhood and community resources
  • Recycling
  • Weatherizing your home
  • Gardening and growing your own food
  • Yard care and composting
  • Transportation

Plus:

  • Repair Café: Bring one item to be fixed by a Repair PDX volunteer, while learning how to do it yourself. (Volunteers will do their best, but do not guarantee a complete repair.) You may bring a small countertop appliance, such as a toaster, or an article of clothing.
  • Free lead blood testing
  • Free giveaways
  • Hourly door prizes
  • Free professional childcare
  • Free lunch
  • Free minor bike tune-ups and flat tire repair for students and families

Click here for more information and to find out about other times and locations of this event. Questions? Call (503)823-4309 or email fixitfair@portlandoregon.gov

Conversation Project: Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians
Feb
25
2:00 pm14:00

Conversation Project: Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians

  • St. Johns Center for Opportunity

Join us on Saturday, February 25th from 2-4pm for another Conversation Project sponsored by Oregon Humanities. Join Kerani Mitchell and the Center for Opportunity as we talk about Oregonian identity and values. Given Oregon's growth and history of racial exclusion, how do we build communities that welcome people of all backgrounds? 

Click here to RSVP for this FREE event - space is limited. 

Marrow's Grad Re-Opening
Mar
3
3:00 pm15:00

Marrow's Grad Re-Opening

  • Marrow

After a rad pilot year and a 6 month hiatus, Marrow is ready to relaunch programming, and we want YOU to come celebrate with us in our NEW, bigger, brighter space! Staff and members will be around to chat and answer questions, there will be live music, a silent art auction, food, and general good times!

Admission:
Teens/youth: free
Adults: $8 advance, $10 door
(advance tickets available starting February 1st)
The funding raised from admission will help us continue to provide free and low cost programming to our teenagers!

Music:
Kids' Table https://www.facebook.com/kidstableband/
(We're looking for more teen-fronted music acts!)

Sponsors:
TBA - more info available at http://marrowpdx.org/events/reopening

Learning Lab: Thinking, Seeing, Finding
Mar
3
Mar 4

Learning Lab: Thinking, Seeing, Finding

  • Wayfinding Academy

Friday, March 3rd from 6-9pm and Saturday, March 4th from 9am-5pm

As the Technological Age gives way to the Conceptual Age, we find at every level in our lives and every kind of situation, that there are systems to question, opportunities to use creative thinking, and chances to uncover innovative approaches that are simple, but powerful. The Lab will provide experiences for questioning, creative thinking, and innovative actions.

Learn more and register here.

Hosted by Angela Owusu-Ansah

Mar
5
9:00 am09:00

SURJ Portland Community Organizing Workshop

  • Oregon AFSCME Office

Cost: $10 per person, free to poor/working class people.
All money raised will go to a POC led partner organization.

Do you want to do social justice work but find yourself struggling with where to start or how to be most effective? Is your organization wondering how to connect with people and make gains for community change? Spend the day digging into your work at the SURJ PDX Community Organizing Workshop.

In this workshop you will get the opportunity to:

  • Develop and hone your strategy for creating social change
  • Identify potential allies & leverage points
  • Learn to build power person by person, block by block
  • Build with other organizers to share information and ideas.

This workshop is intended for existing groups of people (informal groups are fine) who want to organize to fight for justice and have ideas for projects. The entire leadership team for your group would be welcome to attend the workshop, a minimum of 2 people from each organization must attend.

There is limited space in this workshop! Organizations will be asked to complete a short application detailing their current work and interests. One application per organization required, please indicate on the application how many people will be attending from your group.

Fill out the application by 2/20/2017

 

Learning Lab: Connect the Dots
May
1
May 22

Learning Lab: Connect the Dots

  • Wayfinding Academy

Mondays: May 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 6:30-9:30pm

Use brain science, visual tools and stories to understand yourself better and be more comfortable in the world. This Lab will help connect the dots between art, storytelling, neuroscience and intuition. No art experience required!

Learn more and register online.

Hosted by Jolie Guillebeau

Learning Lab: Crowdfunding Workshop
May
4
May 25

Learning Lab: Crowdfunding Workshop

  • Wayfinding Academy

Thursdays: May 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 6:30-9:30pm

Join our three Lab leaders who have worked on three of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns in Portland history including a radio station (which raised $103,762), a park(which raised $123,880), and a new kind of college (which raised $206,451). Bring an idea that you want to get crowdfunded and you'll receive personalized attention to sharpen your plans and improve your execution. You’ll leave with a primer on grassroots fundraising, a timeline template for your campaign (counting backwards from launch), and personalized next steps and tips for improving your odds and increasing the amount you raise.

Learn more and register online.

Hosted by Jefferson Smith, Tim Marcroft, and Bjarke Kronborg of the Wayfinding Academy

Learning Lab: Unconventional Ways to Live a Dream Life
Jun
6
Jun 27

Learning Lab: Unconventional Ways to Live a Dream Life

  • Wayfinding Academy

Tuesdays: June 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 6:30-9:30pm

What is holding you back from living the life you’ve always wanted for yourself? Is it money? Is it the lack of a plan or creative ideas?  For the last four years Jedd and Michelle Chang have been living as digital nomads; traveling, living, and working from around the world. From visiting over 15+ countries (with mostly-free international flights) to not paying a single dollar of rent when they are back in the states, all while living off of a combined budget of $18,000 a year. Find out how you, too, can live your dream life now instead of waiting to do so after ‘retirement’ - and without breaking the bank. In this Lab, you’ll learn how to identify and prioritize the things in life that are most important to you, how to create a plan (financial and otherwise) to work towards your dreams, and discover unconventional “life hacks” for life, work, and travel. Get inspired to leverage out-of-the-box thinking and  intentionality to accomplish your life goals.

Learn more and register here.

Hosted by Jedd and Michelle Chang of Intentional Travelers

Learning Lab: The Art and Science of Creative Podcasting
Jul
24
9:00 am09:00

Learning Lab: The Art and Science of Creative Podcasting

  • Wayfinding Academy

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


Feb
18
11:00 am11:00

Explore Forest Park @ St. Johns Community Center

  • St. Johns Community Center - Auditorium

Experience environmental science activities from Portland Park & recreation's Environmental Education Team. And, weigh in on potential design options for Forest Park Entrance and Nature Center. 

Free food, interactive activities, door prizes, family-friendly, all ages welcome! 

Feb
13
9:00 am09:00

Elevating Impact 2017

  • Gerding Theater

Join us February 13, 2017 at the Gerding Theater in Portland, Oregon, for a full-day Summit with speakers, performers, and interactive experiences to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation for positive social, environmental, and economic impact. 

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit the Elevating Impact website. 

Tree Planting Event
Feb
11
9:00 am09:00

Tree Planting Event

  • St. Johns Christian Church

Friends of Trees, homeowners, and volunteers will be planting trees in the St. Johns/Cathedral Park/Linnton/University Park neighborhoods on February 11th, 2017. Meet at St. Johns Christian Church (8044 N Richmond Ave.) at 8:45am to sign-in.

Questions or want to know other ways to help? Contact LitzyV@friendsoftrees.org or StJohns@plantitportland.org to find out about lunch contributions or other ways to volunteer on planting day!
 

Decoding Your Credit Score
Feb
9
6:00 pm18:00

Decoding Your Credit Score

  • Oregonians Credit Union

Take time to understand the fundamentals of credit with Oregonians Credit Union.

Your credit score informs lenders of how likely you are to pay back your loans. Having no credit or poor credit makes lenders less likely to loan to you, or to charge you a higher interest rate. This seminar will provide tools and information to save you money and reduce unnecessary financial stress. Join our Certified Financial Counselor, Julia Brown, as she breaks down the fundamentals of Credit.

  • Understand Credit reporting, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to build or rebuild credit
  • Take time to evaluate your current use of credit
  • Gain tools that will help save you money and reduce stress

Please RSVP at: https://www.oregonianscu.com/new/index.htm#credit

St. Johns Community Expo
Feb
9
6:00 pm18:00

St. Johns Community Expo

  • Wayfinding Academy

Come to this free, family-friendly event to learn more about resources, services, and volunteer opportunities for all ages! We'll have activities for kids, food and drink, and a raffle full of fun local prizes! 

#stjohnsbizmob @ Bikram Yoga
Feb
7
7:00 pm19:00

#stjohnsbizmob @ Bikram Yoga

  • Bikram Yoga St. Johns

RESCHEDULED! The snow put a damper on our #stjohnsbizmob last month, so we've rescheduled with Bikram Yoga St. Johns! 

A Biz Mob is a large gathering of community members to support one of our local businesses. 

On February 7th, we'll be at Bikram Yoga. If you've ever wanted to try it, now's your chance. You can take a free class at 7:00pm! There will be Kombucha on tap, yoga resources and supplies on sale, and students/teachers on hand to ask questions. 

If you want to take class, come about 10 minutes early.

Where to Next? Tenants speak, Legislators listen.
Feb
4
3:00 pm15:00

Where to Next? Tenants speak, Legislators listen.

  • Highland Christian Center

Have you experienced an eviction or your rent rising? Come join a creative interactive discussion with Oregon State lawmakers about it who can help stop this crisis!!!

Special guests include local performing artists from Portland!

Childcare and language translation available upon request. Email pam@oregoncat.org or call 541.590.2289.

Jan
30
6:00 pm18:00

Land Use Training

  • Historic Kenton Firehouse

Please RSVP to Mary Jaron Kelley at mary@npnscommunity.org

  • How to read a zoning map (e.g., what are the possible development scenarios in my neighborhood?)
  • Everything you've ever wanted to know about zones and overlays
  • How to find information about development happening in the neighborhood
  • What is a land use review? 
  • What is a demo permit?
  • Case studies: demo permit notice, early assistance: pre-apps, EAs, DAR; notice of proposal, notice of decision, notice of appeal

If time:
Tutorial on how to use Portlandmaps.com (including how to read a zoning map); navigating the BDS permit web page to find info about a building permit, land use review or other

Jan
28
12:30 pm12:30

March for Justice

On Saturday, January 28, 2017 the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coaliiton for Justice and Police Reform will hold a March for Justice and Equality to bring together people from North, Northeast and Southeast Portland and elsewhere.

Gather at 10:00 AM at the Martin Luther King Jr statue at to 1000 block of NE MLK Blvd (at Holladay St), followed by a march to Maranatha Church. At 11:45 AM join a rally at the church (4222 NE 12th).

The theme for the family-friendly event is "Advancing Justice and Equality for All Through the Strength to Love." The date coincides with the 7th anniversary of the death of Aaron Campbell, an unarmed African American man shot by Portland Police in 2010, as well as the transition to a new federal government that potentially threatens the civil liberties of many communities.

2017 Legislative Session Town Hall
Jan
28
10:00 am10:00

2017 Legislative Session Town Hall

  • PCC Cascades Campus - Moriarty Auditorium

Please join Senator Lew Frederick, Representative Tawna Sanchez, and House Speaker Tina Kotek for a town hall meeting previewing the 2017 Legislative Session. They are looking forward to hearing your questions and learning about your priorities.

Fix-It Fair: Healthy Families, Healthy Homes
Jan
28
9:30 am09:30

Fix-It Fair: Healthy Families, Healthy Homes

  • George Middle School

The Fix-It Fair is a FREE City of Portland event where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with resources. Join your neighbors and talk to the experts about how to spend less and stay healthy.

Clases en ingles y español. 

Ongoing exhibits and hourly workshops on such topics as:

  • Water and energy savings
  • Safe and healthy home
  • Food and nutrition
  • Neighborhood and community resources
  • Recycling
  • Weatherizing your home
  • Gardening and growing your own food
  • Yard care and composting
  • Transportation

Plus:

  • Repair Café: Bring one item to be fixed by a Repair PDX volunteer, while learning how to do it yourself. (Volunteers will do their best, but do not guarantee a complete repair.) You may bring a small countertop appliance, such as a toaster, or an article of clothing.
  • Free lead blood testing
  • Free giveaways
  • Hourly door prizes
  • Free professional childcare
  • Free lunch
  • Free minor bike tune-ups and flat tire repair for students and families

Click here for more information and to find out about other times and locations of this event. Questions? Call (503)823-4309 or email fixitfair@portlandoregon.gov

Jan
28
9:00 am09:00

Ivy Removal @ Baltimore Woods

  • N. Catlin and N. Decatur Avenue Portland, OR 97203

Complete removal of English ivy and other invasive plants in a wooded gully area adjacent to the Baltimore Woods prairie. This is a final cleanup to prepare for a late winter planting event. Come prepared to pull and snip in a sloped wooded area. We are in the later stages of habitat restoration work on this plot. Come and help prepare for a new section of native planting! Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal.

Parking is available to the right of the gate. Meet at the canopy at the end of pavement

Jan
26
3:00 pm15:00

Business Owners of Color Showcase

  • PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy

Broadening Connections & Narratives: Business Owners of Color and Visitor Industry Meet Up

Connect with talented entrepreneurs of color, hear compelling pitches, sample products, participate in interactive programming and expand your awareness of the Portland small business experience. Join us at Pensole.

This is a pilot collaborative showcase developed in partnership with the Portland Development Commission and Travel Portland. This event is also designed to expand the Mercatus Collective platform for specific business sectors. Your participation and feedback are encouraged.

Program Agenda:
3:00-3:15pm               Networking and Sampling
3:15-3:25pm               Welcome & Introductions
3:25-3:40pm               Storytelling – Small Business Partnership Pitches
3:40-4:20pm               Interactive Networking and Sample
4:25-4:40pm               Storytelling & Business Pitches
4:45-4:50pm               Closing Remarks

Jan
23
6:15 pm18:15

Civics Workshop: We Can Make Change Happen

  • St. Johns Public Library

Want to learn more about how to make local change? This civics workshop will cover strategies for change including: discerning between information and misinformation, examples of successful advocacy, understanding the political landscape, how to track civic/political issues, and more. 

 

Jan
20
6:00 pm18:00

The Soul of Philanthropy: Reframed & Exhibited

  • Concordia University Library

Join us this Friday, January 13, for the launch of Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy, Reframed and Exhibited. 
 
The Soul of Philanthropy exhibit affords us a rare opportunity to see philanthropy differently and to celebrate giving as a way of life. By sharing stories and images, the exhibit honors the spirit of giving that is foundational in African American communities. On average, African Americans give 8.6% of their discretionary income to charity - more than any other racial group in America. As we work to craft a more accurate narrative of our world, this exhibit celebrates the ways in which a marginalized community gives generously and makes our world a better place.

Jan
18
6:00 pm18:00

Diesel Pollution Workshop

  • Unite Oregon

Join Neighbors for Clean Air & the NE Coalition of Neighborhoods for a diesel workshop and dinner together.

Diesel pollution is a problem in Portland, especially in N/NE Portland. A report released in December, 2015 by US Environmental Protection Agency noted that Portland was ranked as the worst city in the nation for respiratory distress and that Multnomah County air was among the worst 1% of counties nationwide for concentrations of diesel particulate.

QUESTIONS WE'LL ANSWER: How did this happen and what does this mean for your health and the health of your family and community? What are our regulatory agencies doing about the high levels of diesel particulates? And how can your voice be heard? 

HOSTS: Neighbors for Clean Air and the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods

AGENDA: Dinner will be provided at this family-friendly event from 6:00pm to 6:30pm. Our presentation and discussion will begin at 6:30pm.

STAY CURRNET: Sign up with Neighbors for Clean Air for diesel action alerts in the meantime at: www.whatsinourair.org.

Learning Lab: Goal Setting & Legacy Work
Jan
11
Feb 1

Learning Lab: Goal Setting & Legacy Work

  • Wayfinding Academy

Wednesdays: January 11th, 18th, 25th, and February 1st from 6:30-9:30pm

It's natural that we're inclined to set resolutions and goals at the beginning of the year, for we want this year to be different and better than last year. What often happens, though, is that the resolutions and goals we set at the beginning of the year are forgotten or become disappointments by the time we reach the middle of the year. Even worse, the things that matter most to us are often the things we've taken the least action on. This Lab is designed to prevent that from happening to you, and to allow you to think ‘big picture’ about the legacy you want to leave. We'll cover how to align your goals with your values, set a theme for the year that makes decision-making easier, convert ideas into doable, realistic goals, and turn goals into plans.

Learn more and register here.

Hosted by Charlie Gilkey of Productive Flourishing.

St. Johns Biz Mob - Bikram Yoga
Jan
10
7:00 pm19:00

St. Johns Biz Mob - Bikram Yoga

  • Bikram Yoga St. Johns

Come meet neighbors, fellow business owners, and support St. Johns Bikram Yoga! Come take a yoga class for FREE from 7:00-8:30pm (arrive 15 minutes early) and hang out in their comfortable lobby with SOMA kombucha on tap, local art, yoga clothes/books for sale, and talk with students and teachers about their classes!

Dec
17
3:00 pm15:00

Women's Self Defense Seminar

  • Shanti Om Yoga Studio

In our evolving world, it is more important than ever for women to learn foundational skills for building confidence and awareness to protect, defend, and empower ourselves, while being true to our nature as artists, healers, and leaders of love and light. In this workshop, we will practice basic self-defense techniques including wrist releases, punches, kicks, and escapes while focusing on the foundation of our energetic presence. 

Cost: $50

Dec
13
6:00 pm18:00

Racial Justice Orientation

  • First Congregational United Church of Christ

Please join members of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) PDX, The Marilyn Buck Abolitionist Collective (MBAC), and For White Accountability in Racial Dialogue (ForWARD), for an evening of getting to know some of the primarily white/European racial justice organizations here in Portland. Each organization will have members present to introduce the work that we do and our politics, answer questions, and offer ways to plug in. With the growing interest in our various organizations, we feel that this is an opportunity for folks new to this type of work to orient themselves to racial justice organizing by meeting with people and groups that are already involved in the movement to dismantle white supremacy. 

Accessibility notes:
The First Congregational UCC is an open and affirming church space.
The entrance is wheelchair accessible.
The restrooms are not gender neutral, however you are encouraged to use whichever restroom feels most comfortable for your gender identity.

Please fill out this registration form if you're planning on coming to the orientation. Thanks!

https://goo.gl/forms/p0jAHdXmG5ZopOzU2

Dec
13
6:00 pm18:00

Spirit of Portland Awards 2016

  • Double Tree Hotel

The Mayor and the Commissioners of the City of Portland invite you to join them as they recognize and celebrate the 32nd Annual Spirit of Portland Awards winners. The City Council presents Spirit of Portland Awards each year to individuals and organizations who make outstanding contributions to our community. 

Winter Craft Fair
Dec
10
10:00 am10:00

Winter Craft Fair

  • James John Elementary School

Join us for a day of fun!
30 tables of vendors*!
Assorted gifts, handmade goods, crafts, raffle & more!
Refreshments and Kids Art Station!

*Interested in vending? Vendor Registration forms are now available in the office of James John Elementary or email Kristy at jamesjohnptacraftfair@gmail.com for a copy. Vending is $30 for a 6' x 6' space + a donation of $15 of product or services for our raffle. All proceeds go to the PTA Playground Fund! Contact Kristy if you have questions!

6th Annual St. Johns Winter Beer Fest
Dec
9
Dec 11

6th Annual St. Johns Winter Beer Fest

  • 8606 North Lombard Street Portland, OR, 97203 United States

20 Winter Beers and IPAs to try!

21+ Only with ID

Glass $10, 3oz Taste $1

Friday and Saturday (12/9 and 12/10) 12pm to 12am
Sunday (12/11) 12pm to 6pm

A portion of this event's proceeds will benefit the St. Johns Center for Opportunity. This event is sponsored by Liberty Capital Investment Corporation.

Wayfinding Academy's Live Your Dreams Party!
Dec
4
6:30 pm18:30

Wayfinding Academy's Live Your Dreams Party!

  • The Village Ballroom

 

On December 4, 2016, Wayfinding Academy invites community members new and old to the Village Ballroom. We are celebrating our first term and first cohort of students - with a  look back at what we’ve accomplished and a look toward our dreams for the coming year.

Each attendee will receive an individualized experience and connect with others over their dreams. Look forward to an evening filled with Bollywood dancing, food, drink, special take-home gifts, and surprises.


An evening you won’t want to miss, Wayfinding Academy’s Live Your Dreams party highlights this movement as it grows and strengthens.

Light refreshments provided. One free drink with each ticket. Beer and wine available.

Dress is between formal and fancy. If you want to dress up in an outfit that relates to your dream for 2017, we encourage that as well.

6:30pm - Guests greeted and registered. Appetizers and drinks and sharing dreams for 2017.

7:00pm - An update from Michelle Jones and the students of our first cohort

7:30pm - Bollywood dance lesson with Prashant Kakad

8:00pm - One big surprise, and several little ones

9:00pm and onwards - A send-off

Click here to learn more about Wayfinding Academy. Click here to purchase tickets to this event.

 

Blue Moon Camera 15th Anniversary Annual Customer Show
Dec
3
7:00 pm19:00

Blue Moon Camera 15th Anniversary Annual Customer Show

Join Blue Moon Camera's festivities at their Fourteenth Annual Customer Show!

On Saturday, December 3rd, enjoy the photography of St. Johns residents from 7-9pm on display at

  • Anna Bannana's, 8716 N Lombard St.
  • Leisure Public House, 8002 N Lombard St.
  • Proper Eats, 8638 N Lombard St.

Then, join us for a dance party at Proper Eats to end the night, from 9-11pm. 

3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl
Dec
3
6:00 pm18:00

3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

  • Leisure Public House

The Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl is back! Kick off the holidays with friends, tasty drinks, and some gaudy holiday sweaters. We'll have prizes for the ugliest sweaters. Start shopping for your pub crawl gear! This is a 21+ event only. Meet at Leisure Public House

Line up of pubs in St. Johns:

  • 6:00pm - Meet at Leisure Public House
  • 6:40pm - The Fixin' To
  • 7:20pm - Slim's 
  • 8:00pm - The Bluebird Tavern
  • 8:30pm - Rock N' Roo