- September 5, 2021
The Lents Community & Culture Fair
The Lents Community & Culture Fair is this Sunday (9/5), from 10am - 1pm, at SE 91st & Foster! We are excited to join Lents Grown, Green Lents ,Portland Street Response and Portland Youth Builders for community conversations, break dancing showcase, a Chinese Lion Dance performance, and live music from Son Huitzilin!East Portland Collective will be bringing art supplies for those who wish to stop by and paint with us! Please wear a mask when you stop by. 🎨
- August 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6, 2021
Lents Youth Day Art Camp
Vibe of Portland and East Portland Collective have joined forces to provide art enrichment access for students ages 6-14 in Lents and nearby outer East Portland neighborhoods that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. With the theme “Dreaming Tomorrow,” the youth camp will focus on self-reflection, goal-setting, and collaboration centered on educational, social, and emotional well-being. We are offering a week, August 2 -6, 2021, of arts enrichment classes in Lents through a weekday camp, lunches, and art supplies to 15 students.
- June 25, 26, 27, & 28, 2021
Help Houseless Neighbors Beat the Heat!
If you have extra of the following supplies, please consider donating them in LENTS to help our unhoused neighbors during this record-breaking heatwave:We need bottled water, electrolyte water/powder, mini-fans + batteries, coolers and ice!Additionally, we are looking for more chest freezers that we can use to store all the drinks and freeze them ahead of distribution, so please reach out if you have a chest freezer that we can use!We also need to borrow wagons to carry the donations our to camps!Last but not least, we need YOU! If you can help us either by organizing donations or distributing them to our unhoused neighbors, please join us, PDX Saints and Wall of Vets PDX at Lents Park (east side) tomorrow Friday, 6/25 at 5 p.m. and/or Saturday, 6/26 at 9 a.m.!Housed and unhoused neighbors working together hand-in-hand to beat one of the most severe heat waves in history! Stay safe out there, everyone!
- April 8, 15,& 22, 2021
Virtual Painting Classes
With the support of a grant from the East Portland Action Plan, we’ve joined forces with local artist Jolyn Fry and family-run art-supply shop I've Been Framed to bring East Portlanders a series of 3-week *virtual* painting workshops — all FREE to participants, and in order to increase participation by folks who might not otherwise afford art classes, we will supply all painting materials, too! 🎨
- March 28, 2021
- December 19, 2020
Let's Make Wreaths Together
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM– 11:30 AMEast Portland Collective, in partnership with Larkspur Portland, is happy to announce the return of our community-based therapeutic horticulture group programming!Please join us on Saturday, December 19, 2020 for our winter activity: Making foraged mini-evergreen wreaths — Zoom edition! This will be a fun opportunity to connect to our neighbors, tune into nature and the winter season, and engage our creativity, from the safety and comfort of our homes.To make it easier for you to participate, all materials and tools for the class will be provided and delivered to your porch! If you are physically able to, you are encouraged to also take a nature walk and forage for materials to include in your project, as an additional way to connect with nature and engage your senses. We will be working with a variety of evergreen boughs, branches, winter-hardy herbs, dried plants, feathers, mosses, lichens, etc.This activity will be appropriate for all ages. Children younger than 9 will need assistance to complete the project.If you are interested, please fill out this registration form and we will follow up with you as soon as we can: https://forms.gle/oHpBmPLXHaD4uh3L9.Space is limited to 13 people. We encourage everyone interested to apply, and we will prioritize BIPOC & LGBTQ+ folks.This class will be led by Kasia Terra (Larkspur Portland), a horticultural therapist living in East Portland.You’ll receive the link in your email if your application is accepted!Questions? Contact us at [email protected]
- April 25, 2020
Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden
Attract Pollinators to the Urban GardenGardens are pollinated by a variety of insects that help flowers set seed and help fruit & vegetable plants produce an edible harvest.Mostly familiar with European honey bees, few of us realize the numerous flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that might literally be at our doorsteps, providing critical pollination services. In this workshop you will learn about the different kinds of pollinators that might be living in your garden, discover a plant palette to help attract and support pollinators, and go beyond the bloom to consider ways to provide shelter, water, nesting, and overwintering sites.This FREE class is being held in a virtual classroom, that you can access through the internet or by phone. You must register at https://emswcd.org/workshops to receive the information on how to access the classOffered through a partnership between the East Portland Collective and the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (EMSWCD)
- April 5, 2020
Rain Gardens Workshop
Learn to construct your own rain garden!You will learn how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to build and maintain your new rain garden. You will also receive a comprehensive rain garden manual and many other free resources from EMSWCDThis FREE class is being held in a virtual classroom, that you can access through the internet or by phone.Offered through a partnership between the East Portland Collective and the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (EMSWCD):
- February 22, 2020
Let's make Kokedama!
Kokedama is a Japanese gardening practice that derives from bonsai. “Koke” means moss, and “dama” means ball. The name perfectly and simply describes this beautiful art form, which creates living sculptures by encasing the root systems of plants within moss balls. These little treasures can be hung by a window, or live on a dish in spot that receives bright, indirect light.All materials, including home-care sheets, will be provided by Larkspur Portland. Space is limited to 10 participants, and pre-registration is required (registration page coming soon).Due to the delicate nature of this project, all participants must be 12 years or older. Younger kiddos are welcome to help their adults work on a kokedama together, and we will have a box of nature objects that they can play with and explore during the session.This event is our 3rd monthly community-based therapeutic horticulture series. These sessions are a great way to come together and connect with nature, and with our community. Please join us!
- February 21, 2020
PDX Queer & Trans Open Mic
- February 19, 2019
Pleasure is Resistance: a meetup for women, femmes, and NBs
The theme for our third monthly series of "Pleasure is Resistance" is Practicing Specific Language to Express Boundaries and Desires.We will kick things off with a potluck at 6:30 pm, followed by discussion, and end with a creative session working on more zines!
- January 18, 2020
New Folk Art: Painted Power Sticks
Not your ordinary painted sticks!Please join us for our second community therapeutic horticulture group gathering!This is part of an ongoing monthly series, and for January 2020, at the start of a new year, we will be creating a little magic. We will utilize the simplest of materials: paint and twigs. By engaging our creativity and intentions, we will transform these humble ingredients into art, and, if you wish, powerful symbols of what we want to call into our lives in the new year.
- January 15, 2020
Dating & relationships: a meetup for women, femmes, and NBs
Pleasure is resistance! ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿Women, femmes & enbys: let’s talk pleasure/desire at East Portland Collective.The start of a new year is a time for learning, growth, and practicing the skill of asking for and receiving what we want, so let’s explore what that looks like.This meetup is carefully curated and led by the lovely natalie hewitt, who has some wonderful surprises in store for us.
- December 8, 2019
The L Word®: Generation Q Premiere Party
The L Word® is Back! Join us, the East Portland Collective, the Human Rights Campaign and SHOWTIME for the exclusive Portland premiere of the highly anticipated sequel.A bold new series for a bold new generation. The groundbreaking show The L Word® returns with The L Word: Generation Q, starring Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey alongside a new group of tightknit friends experiencing life, love, setbacks and success.Before the debut episode premieres on SHOWTIME, YOU get to experience it first. Join us at 5800 SE 91st Ave (Woody Guthrie Building Community Center) on Sunday, December 8th for a Sunday Funday event! Doors open at 6pm. Official screening begins at 6:30pm. The event is free.
- December 7, 2019
Queer Comedy & Storytelling Open Mic
Come join us as we tell jokes, share stories, get real, get fake, be funny, and infuriating. This is an aggressively safe space for all underrepresented people within our communities. Come be a part of it.
- October 6, 2019
Fiber Arts Meetup
***Please note: East Portland Collective events and classes are now hosted in a NEW location***Calling all knitters, crocheters, quilters, sewers and fiber crafters of all kinds:Let's stitch and enjoy each other’s company!Our host, Katie, will have a few easy and fun autumn-themed knitting and crochet patterns to share. Please bring your own supplies.This is a FREE event. Crafters of all levels are welcome.**Please note: East Portland Collective events and classes are now hosted in a NEW location: the community room at Woody Guthrie Apartments on SE 91nd Ave, between Foster and Reedway. Entrance is on 91st Ave. Look for the signs on the door!**
- Aug 19, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019
Queer Stand-Up Comedy & Open Mic
Every Saturday, Aug. 24 - Sept. 14, 2019, 6-7 PMHosted by Portland comedian Juliet Mylan!Come and enjoy queer comedians performing live for you!Open mic is for new talent, as well as seasoned comedians. If you think you have what it takes to make people laugh, arrive a few minutes early to sign up to perform!FREE | ALL AGES | There's usually popcorn 🍿 Tell your friends! No cover! (Donations gladly accepted!)
- August 8 & July 28 , 2019
- August 7, 2019
Lents Craft Party
Come craft with other community members on a beautiful summer night in Lents!Bring your own sketchbook, ink, fabrics, paints, yarn, scissors, glue, papers, beads, photos, frames, etc.! We'll supply the space, tables, and chairs.Feel free to bring a snack and/or a friend. ❤️
- October 20 & July 28, 2019
Kids Yoga Class
Meditation | Yoga | Games | Dancing With certified kids yoga instructor, Lindsey Brooke. FREE. Ages 4-10 Costumes encouraged! Bring your mat.
- September 14, 2019
Send Off Dance Party
To our community:Thank you all for a fun and prosperous summer! Our all-volunteer, grassroots organizers have worked tirelessly to bring you all age, free-to-all community events, education, art and social support. Unfortunately, our time in this space has come to an end.Despite this challenge, our organization is growing and we are committed to continue serving you.Let's celebrate tonight everything we've all accomplished in such a short amount of time, with support from near and far, and everything that is to come!COME DANCE! We will have music, popcorn, and faceprinting!FREE All ages Feel free to bring a snack or refreshing non-alcoholic drink to share! ♥
- August 29 - September 12, 2019
Free Painting Classes!
LET'S PAINT!Learn all the basics to start painting!Art Teacher Nikki Traino will be offering lessons at Lents Collective, 9209 SE Foster Rd. every ThursdayAug. 29 - Sept. 12 6:00 - 8:00 PMThis class is FREE and we will also provide paint and canvases for up to 10 people who can't afford to buy the supplies.
- August 18, 2019
Community Clothing Closet
FREE* clothes for all!With the support of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' grant, we are making a big push to take perfectly good but unwanted clothes from folks in our community and put them in the hands of community members who need them!We held a clothing drive back in July and collected many great items and stylesDo you need new outfits for you and your family? Come check out what we've gathered for you!
- August 16, 2019
Community Self Care Spa Night
- August 11, 2019
Kids Zone at Lents Fair Presented by Lents Collective
Look for the Lents Collective booth at Lents Fair!We'll have a big play area and free activities throughout the day:-Yoga Classes with a certified kids yoga instructor (age 4-10) -Olive and Dingo Clowns -Storytime -Face painting -Balloon twisting -Toys -Books -Crafts -Play area for pre-walkers ...and more!We'll provide books and toys -- feel free to bring a book to donate or exchange, or a toy to contribute. If your child would like to participate in yoga, please bring a yoga mat for them.We need volunteers! 1-3 hour shifts available! Please message us if you'd like to give the gift of time to make the Kids Zone happen!
- July 23, 2019
Ice Cream Social
Come enjoy some ice cream with your neighbors, hear updates on what's happening in Lents, and learn about opportunities to serve your community, including our upcoming election in September 2019.Open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend! Free ice cream. Free childcare.
- July 20, 2019
Ladies of Lents Summer Gathering & Potluck
Come meet other women from Lents and enjoy each other's company for a couple of hours!Feel free to bring food or beverages to share, but it is not required.This is a free, all-ages event.
- July 7, 2019
Lents Clothing Drive
Bring us your unwanted, clean, gently used clothes, accessories, and shoes in adult sizes! (No obvious rips, stains, missing buttons or broken zippers.)We will sort and display them at our Community Clothing Closet where community members pick out clothes for FREE!NOTE: We are low on men's clothing and plus sizes!
- June 29, 2019
Space Warming Party
Everyone is welcome! Come meet some of the people working to make Lents Collective pop-up a warm and welcoming all-ages spot!We will provide light refreshments and music.We'd love it if you bring anything that you might want to donate to the space to make it more homey and welcoming, such as houseplants, string lights, board games, books, folding chairs and tables, or products like toiletries for the bathroom and cleaning supplies.Or come just to hang out and meet people, check out the space, help paint and decorate, or talk about ideas for events to add to our calendar. This space is all of ours!
- June 2, 2019
Lents Collective Work Party!
We'll need as many volunteers as possible to make this place shine in time for the grand opening next weekend!If you're into sweeping, scrubbing, washing, wiping, or painting, we need you at 9209 SE Foster Rd (former Antique Store) for a couple of hours on Sunday, 6/2!This is now the home of Lents Collective, a pop-up that will host numerous events over the summer -- all FREE to the community!If you're not into cleaning/painting but you'd still like to help and you're good at kids, we could also use someone to entertain the kid(s) while the rest of us work! 🙏🏼There will be food at the end from Shawarma Express for all the volunteers!