Reaping the harvest

“Harvest to Table”, will be presented by John and Caprial Pence, restaurateurs and television hosts September 10 by Multnomah County Master Gardeners.

After carefully tending and toiling in your veggie plot all season you are now finally reaping rewards with an abundant harvest.  Now inspiration to bring your harvest to the table is coming in this event.

Join these award-winning chefs and television hosts as they offer ideas and recipes for turning summer’s bounty into dazzling dishes. There will be a cooking lecture and demonstration using produce from the Community Demonstration Garden, with tastings and recipes to take home!.

The Pences share a passion for food that has been demonstrated in their Portland restaurants, several Learning Channel and Public Television cooking series, and in numerous cookbooks. Experiences combined, they have worked in every size and style restaurant imaginable.

They host classes and Supper Club meals and offer catering services at their SE Portland base, The Kitchen. In 2012 they opened Basa Basa, a NE Portland restaurant specializing in spicy Korean chicken.

The program will be held at 6:45 at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont. Parking is on SE 54th Avenue. This is a part of the monthly OSU Extension Multnomah County Master Gardeners speakers series.

10th Annual Bike-In Movie

Saturday, September 7
6 –10 pm
3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd. • 503.236.3380


Hostelling International USA Portland Hawthorne Hostel is having its tenth annual Bike-In Movie.

This year’s feature film “Riding North” is about the grueling trip from the Yukon to Yellowknife in the in Canada’s brutal NW Territories.
The Portland Hawthorne Hostel hosts this celebration of all things bicycles, bringing together travelers at the hostel with bicycle enthusiasts, families and members of the neighborhood.

This year’s Bike-In showcases humanity’s triumph over nature and himself and is free and open to all. A free BBQ dinner with drink is offered too  thanks to event sponsors.

The Hot Club of Hawthorne gypsy swing band will provide music.

The Hawthorne Hostel is a part of a national and international network of hostels whose mission is “to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.”

For more than 25 years, the 34 bed hostel has been offering unique, safe, clean, and fun lodging for over 3,500 domestic and international travelers annually.


Business Beat


TEOTE welcomes the neighborhood to come and enjoy Latin-infused cuisine and drinks featuring gluten-free arepas and hand-crafted agua frescas.Teote is located at 1615 SE 12th ave. Come in and participate in community, art, and healthy food. Feed the Fire!


THE ART OF MOVEMENT OPEN HOUSE is September 14 from 1 pm to 4 pm, at 1235 SE Division St. at 12th. The Open House includes rotating group Pilates, yoga, barre classes and private equipment demos. Never been on a reformer or taken a barre class? Now’s your chance! Come dressed to move! Food, drinks, DJ’s and special kids’ yoga and crafts events. All ages are welcome. Raffle for fitness giveaways and free privates & classes! 971.717.2056,,


SALT & STRAW joins the Division culinary revolution happening with the opening of their new scoop shop at 3345 SE Division St. The small-batch ice cream company partners with local artisans, producers, and farmers to create one-of-a-kind gourmet flavors. They serve ice cream by the scoop in fresh waffle cones, sundaes, super thick milkshakes and floats as well as pints to go from 11 am – 11 pm daily. or call 503.208.2054 for more information.


Spirit of Portland nominations


Nominations are now being accepted for the 29th annual Spirit of Portland awards.

If you know of an individual or group who has helped make Portland a better place to live, work, study or play, this is your chance to nominate them for the 2013 awards.

Each year, there are roughly 20 winners in various categories. There is no need to specify nomination categories.

Nominees will be evaluated in the following areas: assisting in the implementation of outstanding projects; enriching and revitalizing our community and neighborhoods; providing the community with a special service; demonstration of responsiveness, creativity and civic values; contributing to cross-cultural awareness; acting as a good steward of the environment.

Nominations are due in the Office of Neighborhood Involvement by 4 pm, Friday, September 20. Forms are available at or by contacting Patrick Owen, at 503.823.3921 or

Forms may be picked up at the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), 1221 SW Fourth Ave, Room 110.

The awards ceremony is planned for Tuesday, November 12, from 7 to 9 pm at the East Portland Community Center at 740 SE 106th Ave.



Peace Choir

Celebrating the beginning of its fifth season as a community choir that welcomes all voices, the Portland Peace Choir is looking to expand its membership. For anyone who has ever wanted to sing secular songs of peace and joy in a no-pressure, accepting environment, the choir offers fun in a supportive community.

There are no auditions necessary to join the Peace Choir, and all skill levels are welcome. Basses and tenors are especially needed.

The choir meets Wednesdays from 7-9 pm at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 SE Harrison St. Rehearsals begin September 4, and all are invited to check it out at any rehearsal for free.

To learn more about the Portland Peace Choir, visit or call 503.482.9630.


Volunteers needed for trail counts


Calling all trail lovers! Volunteer for a shift the week of Sept. 10 and help count how many people are using trails throughout the region.

Each September, volunteers gather along trails to count and survey people biking and walking.

The count is part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project’s ongoing effort to gather accurate trail use data to help decide where and when to build new trails and respond to the needs of trail-users.

“You get what you measure,” said Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington, who assisted with trail-counts last year. “By showing that people use trails, these counts help us make the case for future investments in transportation choices. There are many people walking and bicycling in our community, and more who want to do it if they have safe and comfortable pathways to use.”

Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick frequently walks, runs and bikes on the Springwater Corridor and wanted to satisfy her curiosity about who’s using regional trails and how that number changes over time.

She enjoys visiting with the parade of people who pass by during trail counts: recumbent bicyclists, bicyclists with children or animals, walkers, parents pushing baby strollers, in-line skaters, skateboarders and even one person on a riding lawnmower.

“The trail is not only a place to exercise and be with nature, but a meeting ground for the community – a place to visit with people in your city,” Craddick said.

Shifts are two hours long and you can choose a weekday evening from 5 to 7 pm or a weekend morning from 9 to 11 am.

For information about the project, see or send an email to Shawn Bacon at to volunteer.


100 Year Celebration at Franklin


Saturday, September 14

5400 SE Woodward

11 am – 4 pm • Open House

4:30 – 8 pm Entertainment in the Bowl

Football! FHS vs. Wilson

8:30 – 10 pm Bonfire and Musical Entertainment



Refugees Need School Supplies


The new school year is approaching and SAFRN (the School Assistance for Refugee Newcomers) is in need of ongoing donations in the form of basic school supplies for 150 school-aged children.

The Refugee Newcomers program is in need of ongoing donations in the form of basic school supplies for 150 school-aged children. Refugee families often come to Portland with nothing more than a suitcase, and live on $10,000 annually for a family of four. Many schools request that students provide school supplies adding up to at least $100 per student, forcing low-income refugees to go without. SAFRN is collecting donations of backpacks, notebooks, pencils, calculators, and folders. Additionally winter clothes, socks, P.E. shoes, and gloves.

Donations can be dropped off at or mailed to the LCSNW Portland office at 605 SE.Cesar E. Chavez Blvd, Portland, OR 97214.


The Everyone Welcome Community Choir/Singing Class All levels, non-audition, all ages, wheelchair accessable. Fall Term begins Mondays – 6:30 to 8 pm, September 9 – October 21. $80 for seven classes. Try one for $15 before you sign up for the series. Work-trade offered to the unemployed. Classes at 5145 SE Lincoln St., handy with bus lines 14 and 71, by bike, by foot (over half of our members walk from around the neighborhood), or by car.

A singing class and choir rolled into one where the number one reason to return is FUN. Instead of “choral” music, songs from around the world are sung (even songs you bring in from other languages or cultures). African, folk, gospel, Balkan, rounds, reggae, more! Classes are in a community church but do not have a religious affiliation.

More info/RSVP: Call or email Leslie Schnockner 503.659.1371 or


Park Visitor Center celebrates 10,000


Friends of Mt Tabor Park (FMTP) officially opened the Park Visitor Center in November 2011. Since its inception, the Center has greeted visitors not only from the greater Portland area, but also from all over the United States and even the world.

The large map on the bulletin board by the front door contains hundreds of pins representing visitors from all over the world.

Celebrating the 10,000th visitor to the Center August 10,  they decided not to single out one individual, but celebrate all who visited that day by serving cake beautifully decorated and donated by the Burnside/55th QFC.

Ninety pieces of cake were  given to park visitors that day as well as plants donated by Portland Nursery.

The Park Visitor Center was instigated by Dave Hillman and a group of FMTP volunteers. Virginia Church is one of the volunteers available to speak with The Southeast Examiner.

She returned to the Mt Tabor neighborhood to the house of her childhood after living elsewhere for many years.

To reconnect with the community, Virginia began volunteering with the Weed Warriors, the Foot Patrol and evenutally at the Visitors Center.

“I’ve met people from as far away as Japan at the Center. Mt Tabor Park has historical significance and is a destination many travelers visit. Since the park is an historical site, people come from all over to see the park,” she said.

FMTP in conjunction with Songbird restaurant at 60th & SE Belmont had a fundraiser for the park on Tabor Day and raised $2,052.

Volunteers donate as many or as few hours to the park as they wish in the different capacities available.

Anyone interested can be assured that you will 1) be appreciated, 2) meet cool people, 3) leave something of value for the future and 4) keep Mt Tabor Park the beautiful place that it is.

For information see  503.512.0816.


Cherokee Wheel Basket Class


Saturday October 19

9 am – noon

Leach Botanical Garden

6704 SE 122nd Ave.


This three-hour round reed basketry class is suitable for all levels. Students learn how to make an elegant table basket, approximately 6” diameter / 5” tall utilizing round and flat reed and incorporating the circle motif as a decorative element.

Students may choose the arrow pattern traditional to the style or a  less complex pattern.  A discussion of traditional Cherokee materials and styles will be included. Materials and tools provided.

The class is for ages 12 – adult. and the instructor is Carol Ross.Registration required. $30 nonmember/$25 LGF member. $10 material fee payable to instructor at beginning of class.

For  reservations, see or call 503.823.1671.


THE ANNUAL PROVIDENCE PORTLAND MEDICAL CENTER MEETING WITH NEIGHBORS is set for 7 pm, Monday, Oct. 7, at Providence Portland Medical Center in the Social Room. Hospital and neighborhood leaders will cover a number of topics, including a construction update for the new hospital guest-housing project. All are welcome. 4805 NE Glisan St.


High Heel Run and Walk – Have you ever wanted to race up the one-mile stretch of Mt. Tabor in leopard print stilettos or walk up a volcano in your favorite purple platforms? We’ve got an event for you! On Sunday, September 29, join Slalom Consulting for the First Annual “High Heel Run and Walk: A Benefit for Clackamas Women’s Services” at Mt. Tabor Park. Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS) offers education to Clackamas County residents about the issues surrounding domestic and sexual violence while using cutting-edge practices to increase the number of families they can serve. Learn more about CWS at Visit to learn more and register for the event.


Viking Pancake Breakfast, September 8, 8:30 am – 1 pm, Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, 503.236.3401, Fall is almost here and it’s time for Viking pancakes again! Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes served with scrambled eggs, sausage links, fruit, orange juice and bottomless coffee or tea.  $7 for adults, $4 for kids ages 5-12, and no charge for children under 5.  The young ones can also enjoy Story Hour at 10 am.


Labyrinth Walks at the Sunnyside Church the first Thursday of each month. 7 – 9 pm. Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7. Celebrate the end of summer and the coming of fall’s bounty with a medative walk. Sunnyside UMC is at SE 35th and Yamhill St.


GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD: IN BRIEF: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE BREAKFAST–Forum Meeting, September 19, 7:30 am at Tom’s Restaurant  39th & Division. Ann B. Clarkson, PhD, will briefly review the history of GMO foods; their problems and potential benefits; the Washington initiative about labeling; Oregon legislative actions and their future. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group, recently formed, whose members are interested in a wide range of issues, including educational and political issues.  Discuss these monthly in respectful ways. Members choose both topics and speakers. 503.774.9621 .


Sing Portland, a non-audition community choir for everyone is growing and additional rehearsal sessions at Bothmer Hall, 5915 SE Division St., begin Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 – 9 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Open enrollment means singers can join any time.  No note-reading or musical experience is required –just a desire to sing in a lively and joyous community.  Ages teen (16+) and adults, are invited for a complimentary first rehearsal.  For information: or 503.956.4046.


Academy Theater Launches Digital Conversion Fundraising Campaign


When the Academy Theater reopened several years ago, owners Julie and Heyward Stewart and Ty Dupuis had one goal in mind: to create a family-friendly destination where a night at the movies wouldn’t cost a fortune.

During the past seven years, they have kept that goal in mind while offering affordable entertainment, food and childcare in a beautiful 1940s setting. Now changes in the movie industry are threatening Academy’s future.

For close to a century, the words movie and film have been interchangeable. Soon this won’t be the case.

By this year’s end, all new Hollywood productions will be released digitally, rendering 35mm projection equipment obsolete. Thus, the Academy has no choice but to upgrade to digital equipment.

Unfortunately, the new digital equipment is incredibly expensive. Projectors for all three of the Academy’s theaters will cost approximately $96,000. Installation costs and sound system changes will require an additional $21,000. This is an enormous financial burden for a small independent theater.

To help finance a digital conversion, Academy has launched an online fundraising  campaign with the goal of raising $75,000 (or more!) and all by September 30. While far short of the total funds needed, $75,000 will go a long way toward covering costs of new digital projectors, sound system upgrades, installation fees and Indiegogo fees.

Any amount, however small, helps push the Academy closer to their goal. Those interested in contributing to fundraising can visit the Academy Theater website

The  Indiegogo site is at:

In exchange for contributions, the Academy will reward supporters with incentives including movie tickets, free popcorn, tee-shirts and more. Those who can’t contribute financially can still help by spreading the word and encouraging others to do the same. JS



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