Fall Events at Dishman

Matt Dishman
Matt Dishman Community Center

If you’re looking for something to do this fall and want to meet some of your neighbors in the process, Matt Dishman Community Center (MDCC) is offering fall events and there is probably one that you would find entertaining. All events are free and, except where noted, are appropriate for all ages.

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Hope is Vital Mural

Photo of Hope is Vital mural
Hope Is Vital mural

A series of short posts about some of the beautiful murals in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

The mural at the southwest corner of NE Broadway St. and NE Grand Ave. was painted in 2007 by “the people of Portland”.

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Frigg’s Mercantile

Ever wonder how to make your own soap, cheese, or kombucha? What about homemade candles or cosmetics? Frigg’s Mercantile is an urban homesteading shop and studio that recently opened on NE MLK with a simple mission: to equip people with the supplies and knowledge needed to carry out traditional homesteading adventures that can be mastered in a typical Portland kitchen.

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Concerts in the Park 2018

Dawson Park Concert 2016 - Soul Vaccination
Dawson Park Concert 2016 – Soul Vaccination

A musical tradition over 110 years in the making, Concerts in the Park offers something for everyone. The Rose City’s best and brightest – from classical to country, rock & roll to rhythm & blues – have been entrancing audiences in parks since 1901. Today’s crowds flock to Portland parks citywide for the revelry, with over forty thousand people attending 61 concerts offered in 2016.

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Union Knott Gallery

Storefront of Union Knot Gallery
Union Knot Gallery at 2726 NE MLK. Photo by Sue Stringer.

Before there were the whitewashed walls of the small gallery space next to Bridges Café, there was clutter and a grotesque carpet. Heidi Snellman and her friends pulled out the carpet, added a wooden window bench and transformed the “box with a great window” into Union Knott Gallery.

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Eliot’s Unique Bike Hive

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Breadwinner Cycles

While many neighborhoods in Portland have a local bike shop, few neighborhoods have what could be considered to be a “Bike Hive”. Eliot is home to a vibrant community of businesses and nonprofits passionate about supporting people who ride bikes at any level of expertise. The intersection of North Page Street and North Williams Avenue is home to several local businesses dedicated to cyclists: Metropolis Cycles, Igleheart Custom Frames and Forks, Ahearne Cycles, Breadwinner Cycles and Café, Signal Cycles, and Endurance PDX, with Bike Farm and Cycle Oregon just a few blocks away. I wanted to learn more about these businesses, how they collaborate, their views on what they offer to Eliot, and what they want the neighborhood to know about them.

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Eliot Churches

Greater Mt. Gillard Missionary Baptist Church, Stanton & Rodney.
Photo: John Value

Churches are benchmarks of communities. Inherent in every church is a sense of community. Through learning the histories of the churches in our neighborhood we can learn the history of our neighborhood.  We can also see the way things have changed and plan for our future. More than 20 churches rest within and just beyond the Eliot boundaries. These are a few of them.

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Voicing the Voiceless on Open Signal’s Public Access Cable Channels

Camera Training
Photo courtesy opensignalpdx.org

Standing on the shoulders of Portland Community Media’s 35-year history, Open Signal has filled five public access cable channels with an inimitable selection of programming since its launch in January, 2017. The organization offers classes, installations, and community outreach programs, but its commitment to “creativity, technology, and social change” is most obvious in its locally created content, which highlights local voices and local issues.

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Albina Cooperative Garden Seeks New Members

Albina Cooperative Garden

Community gardens and cooperative gardens, despite sounding like they offer the same service, differ in essential ways. Community gardens rent plots of land to individuals and those individuals tend to their plot and only to their plot. In a cooperative garden, members share the plots. That means making decisions, planting, and harvesting food together.

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MLK Day Neighborhood Clean-up Event

Litter
Litter just waiting to be picked up.

Mark your Calendars!

Please join the Eliot Livability Team in honoring the great civil rights leader by helping to beautify Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd on MLK Day. Volunteers from near and far are invited to attend this litter pick-up event, which is sponsored by SOLVE. Eliot residents, come out to meet your neighbors and show some neighborhood pride! All supplies will be provided.

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Barbecue Soul

Sign for Barbecue Soul Food Cart
Barbecue Soul

A series of short posts about food carts in and around our amazing neighborhood. Portland is becoming known for its mobile food and we have a number of tasty options!

The scent of roasting meat from BBQ Soul made my mouth water as I approached the cart, and  wasted no time in ordering a pulled pork sandwich, selecting the maple-infused BBQ sauce to add to it. I knew the second I sank my teeth into my sandwich that I made the right choice. Lachisa Gill, one of the operators of the family-run business, also speaks particularly highly of the BBQ chicken that the cart prepares. BBQ Soul has only been in this pod for the past three weeks.

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Thai Palace

Thai Palace Food Cart
Thai Palace

A series of short posts about food carts in and around our amazing neighborhood. Portland is becoming known for its mobile food and we have a number of tasty options!

Thai Palace serves delicious, generous portions of classic, MSG-free Thai food.  The Massaman curry with chicken is rich and creamy and served beside fluffy jasmine rice.  And don’t skip the iced matcha green tea with tapioca bubbles.  Perfectly refreshing!

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Gathering Together: Bridges Café and Catering

Interior of Bridges Cafe
Bridges Cafe

Bridges Café and Catering is a restaurant in which the love of family and friends is palpable, both in the overall environment and in the taste of the food itself. The moment you walk into Bridges, you are enveloped by a sense of warmth and coziness. The café is intimate, and is filled with bright colors that lift the spirits even during the darkest days of winter. Coffee mugs are cheerfully mismatched, tabletops are covered in beautiful mosaics, and the scent of delicious food wafts through the air. After beginning many a weekend morning at Bridges, I sat down with Laura Lane-Ruckman, one of the owners of the restaurant, to learn more about the family-operated business and its connection to Eliot.

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