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May 23-24, 26-27
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Urban Succession: Shift and Sprout

Dates: May 24th – June 2nd, 2013

Location: Alberta Abbey

126 NE Alberta ST Portland

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This is a 1.5 hr inspirational picture-presentation, free & open to the public!

What can our world look like when we come together to collaborate? What happens when we break the chains of isolation that keep us disconnected from each other? How did we get to this point?

Mark Lakeman – co-found of The City Repair Project – has become known for his connection of what effects colonization and the urban grid has had on our lives and the environment in relation to true community emerging and expressing itself, as it has for thousands of years in indigenous cultures.

In the name of City Repair, communities individuals plan celebrations, share stories, get rid of unwanted pavement, turn intersections into public squares, make benches, have potlucks, drink free tea, and attend wild puppet theaters!

If you’re curious about the possibilities for increasing interactions among your neighbors, doing permaculture projects in your neighborhood, what it’s like to work with a highly localized group of people, doing a natural building structure on your street, what having a garden on your rooftop would be like, how to make a solar powered neighborhood tea stand or trading post, or just meet with some really neat people, this is definitely the presentation for you!

But also, if you’re frustrated with today’s social and environmental problems, the ideas behind City Repair are diving a movement full of passionate, aware, and active people who are truly moving the world in a direction of positive, healthy change. Creative community building as a solution to integrating back with the environmental is a very strong expression of City Repair.

This presentation is inspiration for the Intro to Placemaking Workshop – a full-day intensive to give you tools for doing things with your neighbors – scheduled for Saturday April 11th. To learn more about the Intro to Placemaking workshop, visit Placemakers Academy.

[For those of you that heard about the 6-month Village Building Training, this has been rescheduled as the Intro workshop mentioned above.]


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HOWL 2012

10th annual Halloween benefit for City Repair Project

Friday Oct 26th 2012


21+ only party (Please bring ID)

Located @ 320 SE 2nd Ave

$25 Presales $30 Day of Show


Ticket Outlets (No fees):

Metro (3524 SE Hawthorne) Frock (1439 NE Alberta)


**The Crypt – (Inside- Main)**

Mr Rogers






Alden Brown**Los Muertos (inside- upstairs)**

Professor Stone

Mr. Wu



El Capitan

**Spook House- (outside 2nd ave)

Worthy- Dirtybird


Andrew Mataus


Doug de la Fresca

w/vocalist Sara Z


effects: Movement Lighting

Special thanks to Northwest Mist

**GrooveYard- (Outside-3rd ave)

Solovox-Live Electronic Badass

GlobalRuckus-Transglobal Groove Maniac

Ms. Sarah King and The GrooveYard Allstars!-(Nowhere Band-PDX)

Stereovision- (Psych-Disco Art Rock-PDX)

Bridgetown Review and the Delectable Grooveyard Dancers

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Village Building Convergence 2012

Roots of Regeneration

Friday May 25 – Sunday June 3

Portland, OR

The twelfth year of VBC! A 10 day placemaking  festival in which we transform the city by day and come together to share food, stories, and music in the evening! Nearly 40 projects throughout the city of Portland will be planting gardens, painting the street, doing natural building, hosting workshops, and more!!!

Click here for our full event guide.

Neighborhood projects for 2012:


• 13 Intersection Painting Projects

• 6 School Partnerships

• 15 Natural Building, Ecological Installations, and Workshop Spaces

• 8 Gardens and Planter Boxes

Here are some of the evening speakers for 2012:

(Free-$20 depending on night)

• Ianto Evans: Founder of modern natural building processes in the USA

• Nala Walla: “Body Ecologist” teacher of movement and dance across the world

• Paul Cienfuegos: International leader in developing innovative democracy

• Nance Klehm: Leader in teaching and implementing sustainable practices

• Oliver Kelhammer: Canada’s leading permaculture teacher and public artist

• Jenny Pell: Leading permaculture teacher, and designer of international projects

• Starhawk: Renowned author and global activist

• Mark Lakeman: Founder of City Repair and Communitecture, Inc.

• Karen Hery: Visionary & Founder of Sunnyside Swap Shop

Some Evening Musical Performances:

• The Max Ribner Band

• Tapwater Band

• Harmonica Pocket

• And much more!!


GET INVOLVED: This event is a mostly-volunteer run collaboration of passionate hearts! To learn some possible ways to plug in, check out our Get Involved page.

YOUR BUSINESS AND OUR CROWD: If you are interested in tabling at the evening venue, please e-mail

SPONSORS & DONORS: We appreciate our amazing sponsors and donors! Find out more: here.
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Earth Day 2012

The circle of life:  Earth Day renewal

Free Admission

Sunday, April 22nd 11 AM – 6 PM

PCC Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth ST

Booth applications are closed!

Click here to learn about how to get involved!

Vision:Earth Day 2012 envisions a just and sustainable world.

Mission:  Through Earth Day in 2012, we are sharing strategies for our community to take part in creating a sustainable life for all of the earth’s inhabitants.

City Repair is collaborating this year with the Associated Students of Portland Community College (ASPCC) to bring you this year’s Earth Day 2012 Interactive Event!

We also encourage you to check out Earth & Spirit Council’s Earth Conference 2012, happening Friday April 20 – Saturday, April 21. Between the two events, it’s a full Earth Weekend!

Earth Day 2012 will feature:


·    Over 70 local organizations making the earth a better place

·    Valet bike parking: ooh la la!

·    Native plant creation station by Expeditious Earthscapes


·    A battery recycling station (thanks, Paul!)

·    Main stage of live music and entertainment by Abstract Earth

·    Acoustic stage with local talent by Camp Cascadia

·    Circus Cascadia - engagement for kids of all ages

·    Food and beverage vendors

·    Interactive workshops and classes

·    1,500 to 3,000 attendees throughout the day

·    Participation in the billion acts of green challenge


GET INVOLVED: Planning for Earth Day 2012 has begun, we are currently looking for individuals and groups who are interested and inspired to be part of the organizing committee. A better Earth Day starts with your participation! To learn more about getting involved, visit our volunteer page.
APPLY FOR A BOOTH SPACE: We have completed the booth and sponsorship application. You can find the donation levels below.  To learn more, please visit our Happy Village Committee page.  If you have any questions, please e-mail the booth team at  
SPONSOR EARTH DAY: If you are interested in sponsoring Earth Day, please visit our sponsorship page to learn more, then e-mail the sponsorship team at 
We have a sliding scale so that you can help Earth Day to reach across economic barriers to be as inclusive as possible.  A sliding scale means to donate as generously as you can within that scale.  Thank you!
Checks must be postmarked by April 10 and sent to:
The City Repair Project
c/o Earth Day 2012
P.O Box 42615
Portland, OR 97242
Our sponsors help this volunteer-driven, community-based event to make an impact in our community.  Thank you for supporting!
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