Wreath Making Workshop at LGL

Learn how to transform grapevines and evergreen cuttings into beautiful and festive wreaths for your door while supporting the Learning Gardens Laboratory (LGL). Learning Gardens Laboratory volunteers will teach you skills and share design tips to guide you through the wreath making process. No experience necessary!

Learn more and register on Eventbrite!

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Resources and Food for Thought

On March 19th, Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association and SE Uplift hosted a Community Conversation: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? How Relationships Affect the Places We Live.  Facilitator Jen Mitas led a wonderful conversation with a group of neighbors from around Southeast Portland.  If you missed this Conversation, you can check into the thought provoking resource list below.

Resource list for “Won’t You Be My Neighbor? How Relationships Affect the Places We Live”

Comic: This Is How Borrowing Things From Our Neighbors Strengthens Society

Birch, Eve, ‘The Art of Being a Neighbor’, NPR, 2009. <https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102961694>

Campbell, Alexia Fernández, ‘Neighborhoods Can Shape Success – Down to the Level of a City Block.’ The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 23 May 2016. <http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/05/how-a-neighborhood-block-can-affect-a-perso ns-success/483983/>

Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District, ‘Being A Good Neighbor in Farm Country,’ <https://conservationdistrict.org/resources/rural-property/being-a-good-neighbor-in-farm-country> Dunkelman, Marc J., The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community (New York: W.W. Norton, 2014)

Lorish, Philip and Sam Speers, ’On Politics and Neighborliness,’ 2016. <https://newcitycommons.com/culture-briefing/on-politics-neighborliness>

Mock, Brentin, ‘Toward Being a Better Gentrifier,’ CityLab. 2017. <https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/06/toward-being-a-better-gentrifier/531324/>

Moran, Lauren, ‘Scores for a Block Party,’ 2018. <http://files.cargocollective.com/185228/ScoresforaBlockParty.spreads-ilovepdf-compressed–1-.pdf > Pfister, Carolina, ‘I See You,’ 2018. <https://www.carolinapfister.com/i-see-you>

Putnam, Robert D., Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000)

Rosenblum, Nancy, Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America (Princeton & Oxford: Princeton UP, 2016)

Rodney, Seph, ‘A Public Art Project Invites Gentrifiers To Confess Their Sins,’ Hyperallergic. 2016. <https://hyperallergic.com/300831/a-public-art-project-invites-gentrifiers-to-confess-their-sins/>

Rothman, Joshua, ‘Red Neighbor, Blue Neighbor,’ The New Yorker. November 7, 2016. <https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/07/red-neighbor-blue-neighbor>

Warnick, Melody, This is Where I Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live (Viking, New York, 2016)

VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project

At our April meeting, we were joined by Marvin Peña, Grassroots Engagement Coordinator at VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project.  Read below to learn a little more about VOZ, then visit portlandvoz.org to hire a worker!


What is Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project?

Our Mission

Voz is a worker-led organization that empowers diverse day laborers and immigrants to improve their working conditions and protect civil rights through leadership development, organizing, education and economic opportunity.

Our Work

We fight for justice for day laborers through three major programs: the MLK Jr. Worker Center, Internal Organizing, and External Organizing.

MLK Jr. Worker Center

The MLK Jr. Worker Center connects approximately 600 day-laborers per year to over 4,000 local employers. In 2016, day laborers earned almost $400,000 in wages through jobs found at the Worker Center. The Worker Center is a safe, dignified space for the day laborer community to gather in search of work. We offer workforce development skills, health, and safety training. We also guarantee labor protections such as a $15 minimum wage, and resources for victims of wage theft.

Community Conversation: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? How Relationships Affect the Places We Live

A free discussion about our relationships with our neighbors

Tuesday, March 19th at 6:00PM at Brentwood Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave Portland, OR 97206

Join Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association as we host the Community Conversation: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? How Relationships Affect the Places We Live, in partnership with SE Uplift and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.  This free conversation with Jen Mitas focuses on neighbor interactions and relationships.  Read more and RSVP by visiting the official event post at SE Uplift.  RSVP to this event on Facebook here.

February and March Events at Leach Botanical Gardens

YOGA CLASS: Tuesdays, 1:00-1:50PM, Manor House. Optimize your overall well-being with yoga. All levels welcome. Taught by Jill Russell or Kelly Carsley. $10 LBG Friends, $12 non-members.

WINTER INTEREST WALK: Saturday, Feb. 9, 11:00AM-12:00PM. Join Gardener/Curator Courtney Vengarick on a winter garden highlights walk. Free for LBG Friends/$5 non-members. Pre-registration requested

WHY THERE ARE WORDS PDX: Sunday, February 17, 4:00-6:00PM. Six acclaimed authors will read from their work on the theme of Peace & Justice. WTAW is an award-winning national reading series that we are fortunate to host at the Garden, thanks to Virginia Brandabur and Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. The $10 requested donation benefits the garden.

BEDROCK THEATRE: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:00-8:00PM. An evening of live music and storytelling with Bedrock Band. This inaugural Bedrock Theatre event kicks off the Garden’s partnership with Bedrock in presenting seasonal events that connect audiences with the environment. Suggested $5-25 donation; no one turned away. Proceeds benefit the garden. Click here to learn more!

BENEFICIAL INSECTS WORKSHOP: Sunday, March 3, 1:00-3:30PM. EMSWCD is presenting this workshop at the Garden on how native insects keep gardens healthy and thriving. Click here to register!

SPRING GARDEN FAIR: Saturday, March 16, 10:00AM-2:00PM. Seed Exchange, Tool Sharpening, Kid’s Nature Walk at 11:00AM, Ethnobotany Tour at 1:00PM, Stone Cabin Open House, and mini-cupcakes while they last!

NATIVE PLANTS WORKSHOP: Saturday, April 6, 9:00-11:30AM. EMSWCD will provide information on the benefits of gardening with native plants, which ones do well together, and other tips on growing natives. Click here to register!