Category: Montavilla

Montavilla Street Fair Returns Sunday

After a two-year hiatus, the Montavilla Street Fair returns this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with family-friendly entertainment. Event organizers will block automotive access to SE Stark Street from 82nd Avenue to 76th Avenue on July 31st, making way for the expected 10,000 visitors. Attendees can eat, drink, and shop at 122 vendor booths. Nine music acts span two stages, and a pair of beer gardens offer adult beverages.

Since 2011, the street fair has welcomed Portlanders from all over the city to the historic Montavilla Downtown. Organized by theMontavilla/East Tabor Business Association (METBA), this yearly event highlights the unique businesses and groups in the neighborhood. This year’s Montavilla Street Fair is presented by Adventist Health Portland and Mr. Plywood, with sponsorship by over a dozen other businesses.

METBA invites everyone to stop by throughout the day and take in all that Montavilla has to offer. Organizers will provide public portable restrooms in mutable places along SE Stark street, and food vendors will offer many options to eat at the event. Drivers should expect detours starting at 6 a.m. on July 31st and continue through the evening up to 8:30 p.m. Anticipate crowded street parking in the surrounding area and plan for extended walking to and through the event.

Plaza Stage Music Schedule:

  • 10:00 AM – Tallulah’s Daddy (for kids!) – Matt Lynch (Tallulah’s Daddy) is a children’s music entertainer active in the Kindie Music scene in PDX.
  • 11:30 AM – Mo Phillips (for kids!) – Mo Phillips is a teaching artist and a fun time maker who teaches songwriting in schools and shreds ukulele for the people.
  • 1:00 PM – Norwester Sky – Original tunes that feel timeless while making the Americana songbook feel new again. These fellas take great pride in their craft and love to jam.
  • 2:30 PM – Jermaine – Hailing from gospel choirs in the midwest, Jermaine’s charismatic energy and passion for music is reflected in all of his solo and group efforts.
  • 4:00 PM – Friends of Noise – Friends of Noise provides resources, support and mentorship to youth that have something to say.

Main Stage Music Schedule:

  • 11:00 AM – Hiroki – Hiroki is a force of friends focused solely on grooves, vibes, the result is something smooth; something tasty.
  • 12:30 PM – Five Letter Word – Mix three singer-songwriters, several stringed instruments, and a variety of percussive techniques, and you get Five Letter Word.
  • 2:00 PM – Reb & the Good News – Rebecca Conner’s heart-centered, velvet vocals are delivered with a vulnerability that unravels listeners down to their core.
  • 3:30 PM – Moorea Masa & Friends – “Irresistible and staggeringly beautiful, Masa displays a delicate balance of restraint and raw power.”- The Oh Es Tee

Disclosure: The author of this article servers on the Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association, 82nd Avenue Business Association, and Montavilla Neighborhood Association Boards. All three groups have booths at this year’s street fair.

NE 82nd and Glisan Gas Station and Market Work Underway

Last week, the Jacksons Food Store and Shell fueling station at 515 NE 82nd Avenue closed for renovations. Crews have removed gas pumps and enclosed the site with construction fencing. Demolition crews will remove the two structures on the property within the next few months. In 2020, the gas station’s owners purchased the neighboring vacant restaurant to the north. That acquisition doubles the property’s size, making room for a 4,452-square-foot convenience store.

The combined site at the northwest corner of NE 82nd Avenue and Glisan Street will feature a large detached Jacksons Food Store in the center of the rectangular lot. The developers intend to construct a public plaza near the intersection with covered seating and landscaping. An updated fueling canopy and gas pumps will remain close to their current location.

Improvements to the property will trigger sidewalk reconstruction along both streets, creating wider and safer public walkways. The project designers will reposition vehicle entrances and reduce the number of crossings where pedestrians and drivers interact.

When completed, the new fueling station and store will have an address of 611 NE 82nd Avenue and occupy nearly a full acre. The building will site close to the 82nd Avenue sidewalk, allowing pedestrians to enter the store without walking through a parking lot, as previous customers once did. Designers plan parking access on the north and south sides of the convenience store.

Site Plan as presented to the Montavilla Neighborhood Association by PM Design Group

Soon demolition crews will begin removing the former Pizza Hut building and the existing small store. Then workers will construct the new structures, sidewalks, and plaza. Although the storefront is expanding, the fueling capacity will not dramatically increase. Look for work to continue at the site for the remainder of the year, with an expected reopening in 2023.

Pedestrian Improvements on SE 88th

After six months, crews have returned to SE 88th Ave to complete the curb-ramp installation work. Like a project one block away at Morrison Street, this will construct four new corners on 88th Ave at Alder Street. Workers installed wood forms on the two northern corners and will soon pour new concrete. When completed, crews will next focus on the southern corners at this intersection.

Looking north on SE Alder Street at SE 88th Ave

Original article from April 26th, 2021

A cluster of curb-ramp installations is underway on SE 88th Ave. Crews are reconstructing eight corners along the roadway at the intersections of SE Morrison Street and SE Alder Street. The rebuilt corners feature expanded paved pedestrian waiting areas. Engineers are selectively replacing portions of the connecting sidewalks for better surface alignment. This project is part of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) efforts to increase the network of accessible pedestrian infrastructure.

Two of the four completed corners at SE Morrison Street and SE 88th Ave

SE 88th Ave is one of the many paths to the Creative Science School and the Harrison Park School. Routs to public parks and schools top PBOT’s priority list when identifying infrastructure in need of an upgrade. As children return to in-person learning, these improvements will aid in a safe and comfortable commute.

Curb reconstruction markings on SE Alder Street at SE 88th Ave
Curb reconstruction markings on SE Alder Street at SE 88th Ave

Montavilla Jazz Festival 2021

The eighth annual Montavilla Jazz Festival returns this year as a three-day hybrid event. Attendees can participate in live-streamed concerts by local artists and view the premiere screening of Call + Response. Unlike previous years, the festival is free to view online or at designated screening locations.

Farnell Newton headlines this year’s Montavilla Jazz Festival, running from August 20th to the 22nd. Performances held at Portland Metro Arts will live stream to select locations in Montavilla and around Portland. Limited in-person tickets are available through Ticket Tomato.

This year more jazz fans have an opportunity to participate in the annual event, as the hybrid nature makes it infinitely accessible to all interested Portlanders. This long-running tradition supports and strengthens local music culture, enriching the community by showcasing the best of Portland jazz. This year, both enthusiastic fans and casual appreciators of music can take part in the celebration. Review the schedule below for more information and to plan your attendance.

Friday, August 20th

9:00 – Montavilla Jazz Film Night

Call + Response plus Blue Cranes film premieres screening outdoors at Portland Art Museum Courtyard
Links: Project pageFacebook event


Saturday, August 21st

4:00 – Ryan Meagher: AftEarth

Lineup: Ryan Meagher, guitar and compositions; Tim Willcox, tenor sax; Andrew Jones, bass; Charlie Doggett, drums; Tina Granzo, drawings and animations.
Links: Artist pageFacebook eventwatch this show! Limited in-person tickets available here

5:30 – Call + Response (film)

Participants: Micah Hummel, music + Jeff Oliver, film; Noah Simpson, music + Shilpa Sunthankar, film; Idit Shner, music + Deejuliano Scott, film.
Links: Project pageFacebook eventwatch this show!

7:00 – Rebecca Sanborn

Lineup: Rebecca Sanborn, voice and compositions; Randy Porter, piano; Jon Shaw, bass; Ji Tanzer, drums
Links: Artist pageFacebook eventwatch this show! Limited in-person tickets available here


Sunday, August 22nd

4:00 – George Colligan: Fredson the Jeffy

Lineup: George Colligan, piano and compositions; Lisa Lipton, clarinet; Micah Hummel, drums.
Links: Artist pageFacebook eventwatch this show! Limited in-person tickets available here

5:30 – Call + Response (film)

Participants: Micah Hummel, music + Jeff Oliver, film; Noah Simpson, music + Shilpa Sunthankar, film; Idit Shner, music + Deejuliano Scott, film.
Links: Project pageFacebook eventwatch this show!

7:00 – Farnell Newton Quintet

Lineup: Farnell Newton, trumpet and compositions; Kyle Molitor, trombone; Ryan Meagher, guitar; George Colligan, organ; Andres Moreno, drums.
Links: Artist pageFacebook eventwatch this show! Limited in-person tickets available here

Tich Tac Shipping Rebranded USG

Tich Tac Shipping & Services opened at 8155 SE Ash Street one year ago. Currently, the location is rebranding as US Express Global and features a new sign reading “USG.” The business will continue to offer freight transportation services to Vietnam.

The shipping company provides full-package logistics and customs clearance services for items traveling from the US to Vietnam. Despite the name change, people using his location should not see a disruption to the services provided. Tich Tac customers have a dedicated login on the US Express Global website for managing their accounts.

For more information on this business or to arrange for a shipment to Vietnam, reach out to them via Facebook or phone at (503) 208-3420