Join your neighbors at opening day of the St. Johns Farmers Market on Saturday, May 19th in the plaza. We'll be kicking off our 10th anniversary market season with special kids' activities, live music, giveaways and your favorite vendors!
The music and activities line-up is:
Karyn Anne: 9-11 am
Jeremy Fama: 11:30-1:30 pm
Mini horses will make an appearance from 9-11 am
The PDX Bubbleboys will be blowing bubbles from 12-1 pm
Check out our 2018 list of vendors here: http://www.stjohnsopportunity.org/meet-our-vendors/
The Farmers Market is kid friendly and dog friendly! We encourage you to bike, walk or use public transportation to get to the market. We will have prizes to celebrate getting to the market using alternative transportation. Stop by the info booth to tell us how you got to the market and win sweet prizes, while supplies last!
Join us for the 7th annual Celebrate North Portland event on Saturday, May 19th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This year's theme, Celebrating our Community Heroes, is dedicated to recognizing all of the amazing individuals, organizations, and businesses that make North Portland such a great place to live and work. This event is a sit down dinner, featuring an awards ceremony and live entertainment. However, there is plenty of room to network with your friends and neighbors too! You are welcome to wear whatever you are most comfortable in, although many neighbors choose to dress up for the occasion.
Schedule of Events:
5:30 p.m. - Doors open, mix-and-mingle, and visit the organizations who are tabling at the event
6:00 p.m. - Buffet style dinner is served
7:00 p.m. - Formal presentation begins
8:30 p.m. - Event ends
To nominate a community member and purchase tickets to the event, click here
When The Landmarks Are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, And Change In N/NE Portland
Local businesses, social clubs, churches, homes of family and friends—landmarks trigger memories and remind us of our stories. Collectively, neighborhood stories transform place into home and weave individual lives into community. But when the landmarks are gone and a new demographic takes root what new meanings do the old stories take on?
For many older African Americans, rapid gentrification has rendered Portland’s historically Black neighborhoods unrecognizable and unrelatable. The SHARP Walking Program uses community memory to motivate African Americans aged 55 and over to engage in regular physical and social activity. Over seventy neighborhood walks help participants preserve brain health and history. Routes showcase the vibrancy of local African American life through GPS-triggered historical images. The digital program records walking groups’ conversational reminiscence about what was while they pass through the strikingly different landscape of what is.
Through SHARP walkers’ stories, the lights in old landmarks flick on again, barber shops hum with political debate, and Black businesses along Williams Ave thrive. Walkers’ reflections on aging, place and change speak to the shifting meaning of their stories, of them as storytellers and as their audience as storytakers.
Raina Croff, PhD is Assistant Professor of Neurology at OHSU’s NIA-Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Born and raised in Portland, she graduated from Grant High School and earned her PhD in anthropology at Yale University. Dr. Croff brings a cultural lens to older African American brain health, combining community, place, and meaning to create cognitive health interventions that celebrate Black culture and history. Dr. Croff’s work is supported by the CDC Healthy Brain Research Network, the Alzheimer's Association, the National Institute on Aging, and PreSERVE Coalition for African American Memory and Brain Health.
To RSVP to this free event, click here
Enjoy an expanded St. Johns Farmers Market with 20+ craft vendors alongside your favorite Farmer's Market food vendors in the Plaza! Choose from locally made jewelry, art, paper goods and more! Also, enjoy live musical performances from the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and an interactive art project during the event.
To find out more about St. Johns Center for Opportunity ArtBURST programmingl, click here!
Make plans now to attend the 3rd annual Raise Hope Gala benefiting Community of Hope. Join us at University of Portland’s Bauccio Commons on Saturday, June 2nd for a social hour and interactive raffle, dinner, and a special presentation looking at how Community of Hope makes “home” happen for families- both during their time at Hope House and after. Featured speakers include Lindsay Jensen, Executive Director of St. Johns Center for Opportunity and Libra Forde, Chief Operating Officer of Self Enhancement, Inc.
To purchase tickets, click here.
Fix every kitty in your house for free with Spay & Save, a program of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland.
June 4th-8th. Call 1-800-345-SPAY to see if you qualify and to schedule a spay/neuter appointment.
Are you feeding a stray or feral cat? Call 503-797-2606.
The Gathering is a free community networking event to meet fellow leaders and citizens in the North Portland community. All are welcome! Dinner is provided. Please bring any announcements or updates from your respective business, organization or leadership initiatives to briefly share with the group.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Charles Jordan Community Center, Meals on Wheels People, and North Hollywood Senior Center will co-host the June 5th Gathering. The event venue is ADA accessible.
Join the Portland Housing Bureau on Tuesday, June 5th, to learn how Portland, Gresham, and Multnomah County plan to invest federal funds locally in housing and community economic needs over the next year —and share your thoughts and comments. Click here to reserve your seat.
The new Annual Action Plans, outlining the strategies selected to meet community-identified needs, will be posted online here two weeks prior to the meeting, followed by a 30-day comment period. Click here to review the current plans.
Click HERE to reserve a seat (your reservation helps us plan for food and materials, but is not required to attend). Light dinner served at 5:30 pm, presentation begins at 6:00 pm.
To request language services, accommodations, or childcare, please call 503-823-5312. This meeting is located on MAX lines and near the downtown Portland bus mall. Street/lot parking available nearby.
Join your neighbors for the Portland Parks and Rec "Summer Free for All" Movie in the Park at George Park in St. Johns. They'll be showing "The Sandlot" (1993, rated PG) in English with Spanish subtitles. The pre-movie entertainment will be Colectivo de Son Jarocho de Portland. Check them out on Facebook here! The movie begins at dusk.
Join us to test your knowledge and smarts with Trivia hosted by Trivia Master, Rain Brain Trivia at St. Johns Beer Porches (Kruger Food Cart Pod)
$5 person or $25 per team of up to 6. Famly Friendly.
Trivia starts at 7pm. Come early to be sure to get a seat!
Proceeds from the event and a portion of the sales will go to support RHS All-Night Grad Party Fund (help put us over the top of our goal to start building the fund for next year's party.)
To learn more about the Grad Party or to donate visit https://www.rooseveltptsa.com/
The 2017–18 Portland Think & Drink series has explored some of the systems that create and perpetuate racial and economic inequality in the United States—in criminal justice, property law, banking, and other areas—and how people are organizing to change those systems.
The series concludes May 16 with a conversation offering local and national perspectives on these issues with Rinku Sen, one of the leading voices in the racial justice movement, and Mary Li, director of the Multnomah Idea Lab. Scot Nakagawa will moderate the conversation.
Snacks and conversation will follow the program. Minors welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What: Think & Drink with Rinku Sen and Mary Li
When: Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
About Our Guests
Rinku Sen is a senior strategist for Race Foward, a national organization that builds awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice, and a contributing writer for the organization’s daily news site, Colorlines. She has expertise in race, feminism, immigration, economic justice, philanthropy, and community organizing. Prior to her work at Race Forward, she served in leadership roles for over a decade at the Center for Third World Organizing, where she trained new organizers of color and crafted public policy campaigns.
Mary Li is director of the Multnomah Idea Lab (MIL). Part of the Multnomah Department of County Human Services, MIL is charged with seeking policy and innovation within the human services and government sectors. The MIL seeks to positively change community conditions resulting from poverty and racism by practicing human-centered design, seeking out critical thinking and research, and conducting applied research tests in the real world.
To reserve your seat, click here
The 56th annual St. Johns Parade takes place on Saturday May 12th and begins at noon. Come to the Parade to see the creative floats, hear the bands, and enjoy the family friendly atmosphere. The Theme of the St. Johns Parade this year is: "Neighbors: Cheering Old, Celebrating New."
The parade route goes from Roosevelt High School to Downtown St. Johns.
Visit their website here for more information.
Taking place from 10am until 7pm on May 12th, the Bizarre helps kick off Portland’s street fair season with performances by an eclectic lineup of local bands, *An Open Air Craft Fair* with over 125 craft vendors and artists, Tons of kid and family activities and entertainment, and beer gardens featuring Occidental Brewing Company and Oregon Mead & Cider Co..
And, as always, the Bizarre takes place on the same day as the historic St Johns Parade, a North Portland favorite for 56 years.
Plus many other events and activities organized by the businesses of St. Johns. Make a day of it!
(N. Philadelphia between Lombard and Ivanhoe)
• Wild Ones – 6:00pm
• wimps – 5:00pm
• Vursatyl – 4:00pm
• BlackWater HolyLight – 3:00pm
• Tribe Mars – 2:00pm
• DJ Dirtynick – noon – 2:00pm (and in-between sets)
• The Curt Show - Curtis Carlyle (seriously funny juggling) – 11:15am
• KC Puppetree – 11:00am
• Mo Phillips – 10:00am
Leavitt Stage Schedule
(N. Leavitt between Lombard and Kellogg)
• Fritzwa – 5:00 pm
• MELT – 4:00 pm
• Old Unconscious – 3:00 pm
• The Exquisite Taste of Plain Water – 2:00 pm
• Break for Parade – noon – 2:00pm
• School of Rock Portland House Band – 11:15 am
• One With Heart St Johns (Martial Arts Demo) - 10:45 am
• BRAVO Youth Orchestras – 10:00 am
Expanded kids entertainment and activities including:
• Circus Cascadia
• St. Johns Swapnplay's Family Zone
• The Curt Show - Curtis Carlyle (seriously funny juggling)
• Mo Phillips
• PDX Bubbleboys
• HazeAmaze (balloon animals)
• and more!
A beer garden (and a chance to change the world!): A beer garden hosted by local brewers, Occidental Brewing Company , featuring cider courtesy of Oregon Mead & Cider Co.! And for the first time, every single penny of this year's beer garden tips will go to the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Program!
Visit the website for more details: http://stjohnsbizarre.com/
Sign up to volunteer here: http://stjohnsbizarre.com/volunteer/
For ten years an amazing and inspiring group of community members have been coming together in support of RAD. By joining our efforts and expertise to host a biannual free legal clinic for refugees we’ve been able to help thousands of individuals who are applying to adjust their status in order to obtain their green cards for legal permanent residency. Hundreds of volunteer attorneys, legal professionals, law students, interpreters, doctors, and even more volunteers make this pro bono clinic possible. Last November this community of over 300 volunteers served over 100 families! Now we’re ready to do it again – and we need your help!
The St. Johns Center for Opportunity (SJCO) will host the monthly free clothing closet for North Portland community members in need at their offices (8250 N. Lombard St). The closet will be open the 2nd Thursday of each month from 2 pm-7 pm. The community clothing closet will have clothing in a range of sizes for infants to adults, as well as shoes, coats, purses and some accessories available for all genders. Any community member in need is welcome to shop at the clothing closet. Each visitor gets to pick any 20 items (limit one coat and 2 pairs of shoes per person).
The #4, #16 and #75 Trimet bus lines serve the downtown St. Johns area within easy walking distance of the SJCO offices, which is across from Signal Pizza. You do not need to RSVP to attend this event.
If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the SJCO website here: http://www.stjohnsopportunity.org/clothing-closet.
Thank you to the Port of Portland for being a presenting sponsor of the community clothing closet!
Safely and Securely recycle your old paperwork at the St. Johns Boosters Shred Day
When: Wednesday, May 9th from 6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Where: Eagles Parking Lot, N Lombard and N Exeter
Why: Fundraiser for the St. Johns Tree Lights
Suggested Donation: $10 for a grocery bag of documents and $20 for an accounting box
Join Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective Saturday, May 5 for their second annual benefit show, Roots-n-Harmony! Featuring live music and performances by CPPAC students and ensembles, as well as a silent auction, raffle, and light fare. Enjoy an evening out in St. Johns in support of music & theatre arts education in our North Portland community!
All proceeds from this event benefit student programs at Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective (CPPAC). CPPAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the heart of St. Johns, Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to foster self-determination through the creative engagement of the community in the performing arts. This community-driven nonprofit was founded by St. Johns residents who are professional musicians and teachers with a passion for the performing arts. For more information about CPPAC studio programs and community partnerships, visit the website: cathedralparkarts.org.
Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To purchase event tickets, click here
2-4 pm: Seismic Shift Panel Discussion
This panel discussion will focus on the way an artist’s practice has the potential to transform when given time, space and resources. Join us for a conversation about the role and importance of residency programs. Joining us as moderator for the discussion is April Baer, with panelists Karl Davis, Michael Endo, Ryan Pierce, Heidi Schwegler, Patricia Vazquez, and Marie Watt. This public program celebrates c3:initiative’s five year anniversary and is the closing event of the exhibition, Morphologies.
4:30-6 pm: Working Library Resident Showcase
Following the Seismic Shifts panel discussion, we will head around the corner to Working Library for a reception and showcase of c3: Working Library’s artists in residence. Born of the c3: Working Library incubator, this collaborative residency fostered creatively-driven projects exploring the notion of the library as a site of production, collection, social engagement, and scholarship. The residency was open to People of Color in Oregon and Washington and supported project ideas which sought to challenge and expand commonplace definitions of publication.
Village Market is turning 7 year old! Come celebrate with a BBQ block party, face painting at the Kid's Corner, a plant sale, and see your neighbors in the Photo Storytelling Project.
Village Market is a program of Village Gardens. Donate to support this non-profit grocery store at www.villagegardens.org.
Most adults spend most of their waking hours working. Yet, we rarely have the time to consider why certain work brings us satisfaction and other work does not. What makes a job meaningful to us personally? How do our jobs fit into the local and national economies? What about the work of people different from us?
Join Nikki Mandell for an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project exploring these questions and more. Engage in meaningful dialogue with your neighbors. Please RSVP to reserve your FREE seat today by clicking here! Light refreshments will be served.
Nationally recognized, ground-breaking research presented in understandable language at the University of Washington. The Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition is comprised of non-profit groups from EPA Region 10 areas which address local hazardous substances and environmental health issues. The coalition is an umbrella organization that serves as a conduit of relevant information and resources to its members.
Saturday, April 28th, 10 am-7:30 pm
Sunday, April 29th, 10 am-1 pm
RSVP online here
For full event details, go to nwtoxiccommunities.org
Searching for a job? Need to create or update your resume? Come to a free resume workshop at St. Johns Center for Opportunity. You'll get to work with Goodwill Job Connections Employment Specialist, Jenn Lasko, who will walk you through creating or freshening up your resume, step by step! If you have a current resume, please bring it to the event but it is not required to attend.
To RSVP, please call 503-841-5522 or e-mail email@example.com.
Meet with employers looking to hire! The Bureau of Development Services with the City of Portland will be hiring for a Senior Administrative Specialist position. Stay tuned for more employers and available positions that will be featured at the event. Bring your resume, ask questions about potential positions and apply on the spot!
WHAT: A pot luck for cake. An informal meet up of neighbors who like to bake and eat. We set up tables, you bring the cake (or baked goods of your choice) and your plate & utensils. Eat, chat, enjoy!
WHERE: In St. Johns Plaza, near the clock
WHO: St. Johns neighbors & friends, organized by Liz Smith and Sylvia Allen (who are continuing the tradition started by Babs and Néna).
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.
So dust off those cookbooks, tie on your aprons and get ready to EAT CAKE.
To RSVP on Facebook, click here!
A Celebration of Childhood and Bilingual Literacy at the St. Johns Library! A free event with crafts, live musical performances, face painting and literacy activities. Every child in attendance will receive a free book!
For more information call 503-988-5123.
Windermere Portland North Real Estate, Voss Property Management and Joel Martin at Fairway Mortgage will be hosting a “Community Shred Day” event. This is a way to safely dispose of any old and un-needed financial or personal records.
Please limit to 3 “storage” boxes per person.
Saturday, April 21 from 9am-1pm or until the truck is full.
Cash donations for the Windermere Foundation are appreciated.
Many white allies are in need of effective tools to engage in honest & productive conversations about race with their white friends, relatives & neighbors.
The White Ally Toolkit Project focuses specifically on helping these allies have more effective encounters with people who are skeptical that racism is a problem.
Utilizing contemporary research on persuasion, this interactive workshop leaves participants with concrete skills to advance racial equity.
- Sponsor: First Unitarian Portland--Workshop will take place in Buchan Reception Hall
- Cost: Sliding scale ($15-45)
- Dr. David Campt was an advisor on race to the White House during the Clinton Administration. He is a national speaker & expert on topics of inclusion, equity, conflict resolution & dialogue.
It’s prom for adults! Live band (End of the Day), photo booth, raffle and silent auction, beer & wine. 21+ (sorry kids)
All proceeds will go to James John PTA’s playground fund (with the goal of replacing the broken play structure that was removed in 2017).
Friday April 20th at 7:00 PM! Tickets are $20 or 2 for $30 (comes with a drink ticket). Purchase your tickets here!
Join our small businesses every 3rd Friday for an evening of special events, awesome deals, art, etc. Starting in April 2018, our small businesses will be staying open late on the 3rd Friday of the month (5-8 p.m.) and coordinating unique happenings to celebrate the awesomeness that is St. Johns. This is a great opportunity to support local businesses and explore all that our neighborhood has to offer!
To see the monthly deals and happenings, visit the Facebook event here
Come hear the proposed 2019 City Budget and provide testimony about the budget in North Portland before the May 16th City Council approval of the budget. Bus lines 44 and 75 serve the Roosevelt High School area. Testimony will mostly be by lottery during the hearings.
To learn more about the city budget process, click here
We are seeking music, dance, fashion, spoken word artists representing and celebrating the Pan African(Caribbean, African, African American, Afro-Latinx) culture!
Link for the application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexX0sW8oe3Bne5XJb7ycBDKXW-coDdLCpMNRQz5klxVB9-NA/viewform
The event itself will take place on August 11th, 2018 from 12 pm-8:30 pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free admission!
Save the date for the 2nd Annual St. Johns Speakeasy, a fundraiser for the St. Johns Center for Opportunity. We'll be celebrating at the Old Church on Central St. with drinks, live music, a 50/50 raffle and lots of fun! 20's cocktail attire is encouraged! This event is 21+.
$10 advance ticket or $15 at the door. Purchase your tickets online here:http://www.stjohnsopportunity.org/annual-fundraiser/
Compassion Health Clinic will offer a Free Health Clinic at St. Johns Christian Church from 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, April 14th.
Services offered will be Medical, Dental Extractions and Fillings, Haircuts and more! Get relief for ear/nose/throat infections, cellulitis, back pain, kidney/urinary infections, asthma and more.
In partnership Uniting for Health and Legacy Health.
Roosevelt PTSA Grad Party Committee needs to just raise $5,500 to reach our goal! Thanks to Roosevelt Alumni, Mimi Cha, who is very generously helping us host a Rummage Sale at her house! Come find some treasure and help get the word out!
RUMMAGE SALE for Roosevelt All-Night Grad Party 2018!
April 14 & 15 9am-4pm
9303 N BUCHANAN AVE
Want to Donate?!
Drop off donations of toys, household goods, and clothes Tue Apr 10 - Apr 13 between 5:00pm -8:00pm at 9303 N Buchanan
(All donations are tax-deductible. Contact Roosevelt PTSA for a form)
Want to volunteer?
Contact Mee Cha or sign up online to volunteer during the sale Apr 14-15http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4eafab29a31-rummage
A collection of Portland based vendors take over Therapy’s back room for our second pop up event! Sustainable furniture, handmade jewelry, vintage items, and all sorts of things.
All proceeds from space fees will be donated to LDICP. For more information about their mission, go to www.ldicp.org