This Friday: Carols for a Cause at Cathedral Park Music

Carols for a CauseCathedral Park Music cordially invites you to join in Carols for a Cause on Friday, December 16th.

Doors open at 5:30 PM and caroling commences at 6:00 PM.

Carolers will join in singing favorites accompanied by Audrey Voon on the piano. Good songs, hot drinks, and other seasonal treats will put everyone in the Holiday Spirit.

Suggested donation is $5.00 per person and $10 per family. Benefits go to the Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective.

Cathedral Park Music is located at 7427 N Lombard Street, Suite A.


The Sixth Annual St Johns Winter Beer Fest

St Johns Beer Fest mug with Santa hatCome join us for The Sixth Annual St Johns Winter Beer Fest December 9th – 11th .  This year will feature 20 winter beers, ciders, and meads in the former Central Hotel location (8608 N Lombard) at the Plaza in St Johns!   3 oz. pours are $1 and Glasses are $10.

Joining us this year are Right Bayou Cajun, Ash Woodfired Pizza, and a special delivery menu from Dub’s.  All are welcome to bring in outside food too. Our partners this year are Liberty Capital Investments, Urban Living Property Management, Nouveau Realty Group, and Oregonians Credit Union!St Johns Beer Fest glasses


We are very proud to say a  portion of the proceeds go to the St Johns Center for Opportunity!  I hope everyone comes out to see all the amazing things going on in this neighborhood within the city.

Friday, 12/9 Noon – Midnight
Saturday 12/10 Noon to Midnight
Sunday 12/11 Noon- 6pm


Children’s Halloween Walk 2016

Beth Preciso, seamstress at The Man's Shop, gives her grandchildren a hug at the annual Children's Halloween Walk.
Beth Preciso gives her grandchildren a hug on Saturday.

The annual St. Johns Children’s Halloween Walk enjoyed a big turnout again this year. Over 500 children and parents participated along with most storefront businesses in the St. Johns’ downtown core. Trick-or-treaters enjoyed the sunny Saturday afternoon while showing off some very creative costumes.

Sponsored by the St. Johns Neighborhood Association, St. Johns Center for Opportunity, and the St. Johns Boosters, the event was held on October 29th.

Many store owners and staff got into the spirit with costumes of their own, including Jim Cramer, owner of North End Barber Company. (See slideshow below.)

A special thank you to Beth Preciso and Kert Wright who spent hours visiting local businesses to confirm participation, put up posters, and distribute balloons showing which businesses were open to trick-or-treaters. Beth is the seamstress at The Man’s Shop and Kert is the owner of Sabi & Friends.

All photos by local professional photographer, Deanna Cantrell.

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St. Johns Invited to 2/3rds Project Open House

The 2/3rds Project open houseThis Friday, October 28th, “The 2/3rds Project” is open to the public. Come out and see all of the shops, office spaces, alleyways, lofts and restaurants.

The open house runs from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm and includes a costume contest and prizes.

You may remember that the lot The 2/3rds Project is on was for many years a contaminated brownfield. When the City of Portland decided to sell the lot for development a committee of neighbors including, but not limited to, James Hayes, owner of Proper Eats and yours truly, was formed. We met for several years, surveyed the community, and interviewed developers. Long story short, Guerrilla Development Co. was selected and the result is The 2/3rds Project, recognizable with the large lighted St. Johns bridge mural.

Come out and enjoy this opportunity to meet and mingle with our newest local businesses. The 2/3rds Project is on Lombard at North Baltimore Street.

Events St. Johns businesses

Return the Serve Play-Day Scheduled for July 15th

Portland Tennis & Education is hosting a free play-day for children and youth ages 5 – 18 on Friday, July 15th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Return the Serve is sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. and will include A.C.E. (academic creative engagement) games, tennis games, fun fitness, “Let’s Move It” Dance, a nutritious lunch, and lots of prizes! Location is the St. Johns Racquet Center at 7519 N Burlington Ave. and home to PT&E.

Return the Serve spots are limited

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Or call 503-823-3629 to reserve a spot for your child or youth. Or email Stephanie Haas at

Children with hula hoops at the Racquet Center.
Hula hoops are part of the fun and exercise at Portland Tennis & Education.

PT&E has a twenty-year record of success delivering services that significantly impact the lives of underserved children and their families. It is a non-profit organization that exists to strengthen and inspire families to reach their potential through the delivery of its year-around tuition-free program specifically designed for underserved children (K-12).

Child running on tennis court.
Students from James John School are part of Portland Tennis & Education at the Racquet Center.

The United States Tennis Association Foundation’s National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network ranked PT&E as a “Best in Class” program for the quality and impact of our low-cost tennis, education, and life-skills programming. PT&E is recognized as one of the top NJTL Chapters of the over 500 chapters in the country. Participants regularly receive scholarships and class honors for good behavior and academic progress.

The USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and their longtime partner and US Open sponsor, JP Morgan Chase and Co. will be awarding PT&E with $10,000 to support the organization’s efforts to continue excellence in their year-around tennis and education programming.

Events Favorite Businesses

Welcome to the 10th Bizarre, Another St. Johns Favorite

The Man's Shop in St. Johns, street view
The Man’s Shop has stood the test of time in St. Johns. Opened in 1940, the business is still a favorite and still family owned.

St. Johns is full of favorites … favorite restaurants, shops, and events.

The St Johns Bizarre is another addition to our list of favorites. Held each year on the same day as the St. Johns Parade, the Bizarre attracts visitors from across the City of Portland who come to enjoy the St. Johns’ vibe, our local artists and musicians, shops and restaurants.

This year the Parade and Bizarre will be Saturday, May 14th. Lombard street through the St. Johns downtown will be closed to vehicle traffic in order to accommodate the booths and vendors, the bands and the beer garden. Come out and enjoy!

We need your vote

While you are here, please stop by the Boosters’ booth at the St. Johns Bizarre. We will be in the US Bank parking lot on the Lombard side. We need your votes for favorite service professional, shop, restaurant, or bar. The businesses with the most votes will get a little extra publicity on our website and accolades in the press. They will appreciate your support.

Speaking of favorites, at the January volunteer appreciation event in St. Johns, the Boosters ran a poll with the question, “What is your favorite shop, restaurant, or service professional in St. Johns? While the voting was close, the winner is The Man’s Shop.

Ben and Jean Leveton opened The Man’s Shop in 1940 with the commitment to carry quality men’s clothing. Seventy-five years later the shop is still going strong. Learn more about The Man’s Shop here: Link to Webpage.


Plant Swap & Recycling

Scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd, the Plant Swap & Recycling event is a favorite for St. Johns residents and businesses alike. Time to ‘get your spring cleaning on’ and take your recycling and donations to where they can be reused and recycled.

Pick up a new plant for the garden, exchange seeds, or bring plants to share.

All this takes place in the St. Johns Christian Church Parking Lot at 8400 N Richmond at Central from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. See the flyer for Accepted and Unaccepted Items.

Poster for Plant Swap & Recycling event


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