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Check out all the ways Assemblers are getting together. This is the place where we get together to share experiences and build our own community.

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Host a BBQ, a field trip for kiddos & parents, or a clothing swap. Whatever you enjoy doing, chances are others would like to join you. To submit an event, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click the "Host your own event" button.

Note: Member-sponsored events need not appeal to every member of our community, but they should be fair, honest, and generally in keeping with secular humanist values. Your event will typically be approved for publication within 24 hours. Approval does not imply Sunday Assembly Portland's endorsement of or responsibility for member-sponsored events.

  • Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 02:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Clackamette Park in Oregon City, OR

    Happy Healthy Swim or Walk-Clackamette Park

    Since cool drizzle sent us walking last month, let’s try again for a group swim! Located just on the far side of the Clackamas River off HWY 99E/ McLoughlin Boulevard, Clackamette Park celebrates the union of the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers just within the nearby town of Oregon City (~25 drive from downtown PDX).  If the weather is hot we will forgo heat exhaustion in favor of a nice swim in nearby man-made Clackamette lake (just up the frontage road from the Clackamette Park entrance-off the Clackamas River).  These still lagoon waters are neither advertised nor signed and therefore retain obscurity despite being arguably the best warm swimming hole in the greater Portland area.  Bring swimsuit, towel, walking shoes, and if swimming definitely wear water shoes, Tevas, or old tennis shoes, as the lake also has an industrial past and associated debris. All swimming skill levels are welcome, but there is no official life guard.  Bring a floaty/water wings or challenge yourself to conquer the triathlon buoys scattered around the lake.  Bring any wanted food or beverages.  (No alcohol in park.)  If the weather is cool and pleasant we’ll walk through Clackamette Park and along the Oregon City Promenade to view the falls on the Willamette River.  This should be around 3 miles out and back on mostly flat paved walkways (some small hills). Friendly dogs and families are welcome.  Contact Organizer Dr. Mindy Curry 503-995-8674 for more information. 

    Meet/park near the restrooms located straight in towards the boat ramp and to the left from the Clackamette Park entrance.  From 99E cross the bridge across the Clackamas River into Oregon City, then take a right on the first street just past McDonalds across from the strip mall.  Take the first right, then turn left into Clackamette Park.  1955 Clackamette Dr, Oregon City, OR 97045.

  • Sunday, September 06, 2015 at 04:00 PM
    Dr. Mindy Curry's home in Milwaukie, OR

    Green Garden Smoup-Fall Planting and Harvest Potluck

    Growing plants can be very fulfilling.  You start by simply pressing seed to soil, but with continued nurturing you get to observe the germination and expansion of new green life.  Your plant grows, matures and eventually completes its own cycle of life by producing fruit and then seed.  If it is edible somewhere in that process you pick it and eat it.  Other plants create beautiful flowers to decorate your yard or vase.  Growing plants is both calming and exhilarating!  Late Summer may not seem it, but September is a good time to plant seeds outdoors and herbs for your sunny window.  We tend to think of planting season as being a springtime activity, however, many plants prefer (and it is part of their natural reproductive cycle) to be seeded in the ground for growth in cooler fall or early spring. Many medicinal plants are best planted in the fall.  See the following link for a planting calendar for Portland:  http://portlandnursery.com/docs/veggies/VeggieCalendar.pdf  and this resource on growing tips for fall and winter crops:  https://www.humeseeds.com/falwint.htm  and this one on fall/winter medicinals  https://www.horizonherbs.com/ftproot/Horizon_Herbs_Catalog_Fall_2014-15.pdf

    Join us to plant your own seeds and share some food.  I’ll have some bags of all natural potting soil and a variety of herb (medicinal + culinary), vegetable and flower seeds and starts, and reused plastic pots.  Bring any seed you want to share (optional) or larger pots/planters to fill.  If you want to fill larger pots please donate a couple/few dollars towards the price of the potting soil.  You can start seeds in small pots in a warm window sill, then later transplant into the ground, or you can seed a patio container garden. 

    Also bring a dish, appetizer, desert or snack to share with the group. BBQ available. Bring any special beverages you want (age appropriate).  We’ll nosh and contemplate the purposeful propagation of our new green friends.   This will be mostly a back-yard event.  There are patio benches, but you may want to bring your own lawn chair.  There may be a fire pit if such is desired. 

    Meet at Dr. Mindy Curry’s house: 4998 SE Briar Ct., Milwaukie (Jennings Lodge area). From PDX take 99E South/McLoughlin BLVD to Jennings Rd turn LEFT.  In ¼ mile take a LEFT on Cook St, continue to almost the end, then Briar Ct. will be on the left.  First House on the left past the long fence. There is very limited parking on Briar Court. Consider parking on Cook or Boardman rather than blocking our neighbors in.  Enter the back yard via the stone path to the left of the house.  As this is an outdoor event, rain cancels.  Call 503-995-8674 with any questions.

  • Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 09:00 AM · 2 rsvps

    Help Out at the Oregon Food Bank!

    Here is a chance to HELP OFTEN by volunteering at the Volunteer Action Center of the Oregon Food Bank's Beaverton location. We will be repackaging bulk food donations into family sized portions to be distributed and used throughout Oregon! If we have enough volunteers, some of us may be asked to volunteer in the Perishable Re-Pack Room to process and repackage perishable foods. Here are some specifics:

    Description: Repackaging bulk food items or perishables is a physically strenuous activity. Volunteers need to be able to stand, squat, lift and pull objects.  Our shift is from 9-11:30 AM. People should wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for working in the cold room which is maintained at 50 degrees by bringing a hoodie, sweater or light jacket. The minimum age to volunteer at the Food Bank is 6 and volunteers under 18 MUST fill out the Youth Release Form available at the Oregon Food Bank's web site and BRING IT on the day we volunteer.

    Directions: From Portland take Route 26 to Exit 65. Follow NW Cornell Road to 173rd Ave. The Volunteer Action Center is located at 1870 NW 173rd Ave.

    Parking: There is a parking lot immediately surrounding the west and north of the building. If the lot is full,  there are also parallel spaces on the south side of 169th Drive just north of the building and on the street along 173rd Drive. People are urged to park along 169th Drive if the lot is full or follow signs to the True Life Fellowship parking lot but DO NOT PARK in front of the businesses in front of the Twin Oaks Technology Center or Twin Oaks Executive Center or your car will be TOWED.

    Transportation: There are bike racks provided for bikers and the Tri-Met bus #48 stops at near this location.

    RSVP by September 5th. The food bank gets many volunteers so they need to know in advance how many people are donating their time. Please contact me at 630-297-6321 to let me know that you would like to volunteer. Leave a message and your phone number if I do not pick up the phone. I will call you back and ask you some basic emergency contact information required by the food bank.

    Find Me (Ann): I will be at the food bank a little early with a sign that says SUNDAY ASSEMBLY on it. Call me if you have any questions as well.

    Finally: A BIG THANKS to all the people who donated food to support TEAM RELIEF at the last Sunday Assembly gathering. We will be collecting food donations again at the next Assembly for use by TEAM RELIEF so, if you would like to help out in that way, collection boxes will be located near the entrance.

  • Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM · 43 rsvps

    Sunday Assembly: Mindfulness and the Deepening Moment

    Join us Sunday, September 13th in lovely Lola's Room with music from the Sunday Assembly band, inspiring sharing from your community, and a thought provoking lecture from local mindfulness expert, Jacob Lindsley: "Mindfulness and the Deepening Moment"

    After the assembly, mosey on downstairs to Ringlers for lunch and have a beer for Sunday Assembly Portland! 100% of all food and beverage sales go directly towards covering our costs.

    Child care provided in the Wonder Club 10:45am - 12:45pm. Parents, please see details here.

    Food Drive:    Each month, we can "help often" by supporting Team Relief with a food donation. Please bring donations of unexpired, unopened, canned or packaged food items to the donation table before the Assembly begins. Food items will be used to support those in our community who are in need. 

    Sunday Assembly Portland is Free and Everyone is welcome!

    Parking:
    On-street parking is free on Sunday until 1 pm.  Pre-pay available through 2:30pm.

    Featured Speaker:

     

    Jacob Lindsley is a contemplative scholar and meditator. He has led classes, retreats and workshops on Buddhism, spirituality, and contemplative science since 2008. Currently a graduate student at Maitripa College in Portland, his work focuses on the psychology of non-self in secular mindfulness based therapies and the translation of Tibetan meditation manuals.

     

  • Friday, September 18, 2015 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    (Secret) Pirate Hideout in Beaverton, OR

    Talk Like A Pirate Eve Party

    Avast, one an' all, on Friday, September 18th, startin' at 6:00pm, I be hostin' a gatherin' o' pirates an' their friends.  All be welcome to come to the (Secret) Pirate Hideout, wot is ter be found at 3550 NW Ashland Place, Beaverton, OR -- yer can call me at 503-913-3776.

    There will be some grub an' grog, both family and pirate friendly, an' if yer be so inclined, feel free ter bring yer own grub or grog fer sharin'.  If ye be so disposed, wearin' pirate garb be also encouraged.  There will be appropriate music, an' if enough revelers can be rousted, we may even do a bit o' pirate caroling, singing from me own pirate songbook.

    All pirates of kindly disposition an' their friends be welcome.  If any be askin' just say ye've come ter parley with Scurvy Dick Scurvy of the good ship Helifyno.

    * Arrrr, as ye may be knowin', International Talk Like A Pirate Day be celebrated every September 19.  Sadly I be away from port on that day, so I be celebratin' a day early, leavin' me wretched, ne'er-do-well son (makes a pirate proud does he) ter fend fer himself.

  • Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 01:00 PM · 4 rsvps
    Marquam Shelter in Portland , OR

    Happy and Healthy Walk-Marquam Nature Loop

    Let’s take a Happy and Healthy Walk in the beautiful Marquam Nature Park near OHSU and downtown PDX.  This walk will be about 3 miles long, 400 feet elevation gain, and will weave through the park on mostly dirt trails.  The park is named after Philip Marquam, who was a Multnomah County judge in the 1860s and later served in the Oregon State Legislature. The Marquam Trail is part of Portland's 40-mile Loop.  Red maples from the eastern United States shade the area around the shelter; these trees form a blazing grove in the fall. As we head up into the Marquam Gulch we enter the native forest of Douglas-fir, western hemlock, western red-cedar, big-leaf maple, and vine maple, and even some Pacific Yew, with urban invasives such as cherry-laurel, ivy, Armenian blackberry, English holly and herb-robert.

    The path rises to cross the bed of an ephemeral stream and then reaches Marquam Hill Road and a water tank.  Expect steep canyon hills with nicely graded dirt switchbacks (split-rail borders), so wear stabilizing active footwear such as sneakers, hiking boots or Tivas.  Bring water or snacks as needed.  Friendly dogs are welcome on leash.  If you like bring info on a new diet fad or health tip to share and evaluate.  This hike has many medicinal plants to potentially identify.  Meet at 12 PM at the Marquam Shelter. View the inspiring mural project. There is free parking at the trailhead. From downtown, head south on Broadway and turn right at 6th Avenue. This will turn into Terwilliger and then Sam Jackson Park Road. There will be an uphill left turn on Sam Jackson Park, but do not follow it. Instead go straight towards the visible trailhead.  (Basically go past the Shell station, the park is at the hairpin turn). If you want to carpool from some distant part of town, then leave a comment on the meet-up page and we’ll try to find someone going your way.  The walk will take an hour to an hour and a half, but allow the two hour window due to any view breaks or general group lag.  This should be fun!  Let’s take a walk!  Contact organizer Dr. Mindy Curry at 503-995-8674 with any questions.

  • Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Sunday Assembly: 6 Billion Lives

     

    Join us Sunday, October 11th in lovely Lola's Room with music from the Sunday Assembly band, inspiring sharing from your community, and a thought provoking lecture from President of NW Veg, Eric Lively: 6 Billion Lives

    After the assembly, mosey on downstairs to Ringlers for lunch and have a beer for Sunday Assembly Portland! 100% of all food and beverage sales go directly towards covering our costs.

    Child care provided in the Wonder Club 10:45am - 12:45pm. Parents, please see details here.

    Food Drive:    Each month, we can "help often" by supporting Team Relief with a food donation. Please bring donations of unexpired, unopened, canned or packaged food items to the donation table before the Assembly begins. Food items will be used to support those in our community who are in need. 

    Sunday Assembly Portland is Free and Everyone is welcome!

    Parking:
    On-street parking is free on Sunday until 1 pm.  Pre-pay available through 2:30pm.

    Featured Speaker:

     

    Eric Day works as a computer programmer and is President of Northwest VEG. He is also producing a movie and has played in a few bands over the years. He enjoys running, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two kids. His passion is to find efficient ways to make a positive impact in the world, especially through helping people make healthy and compassionate choices.

  • Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 04:00 PM
    Dr. Mindy Curry's home in Milwaukie, OR

    Friends of Smoup Potluck

    Smoup  /Smo͞op/ noun - A Smoup is a small group (get it?) of folks who come together on a regular basis with a common interest because they want to!

    What’s your fancy?  Do you want to create beats, pickle beets, philosophize, knit, watch documentaries, walk dogs, run, start up a day-care co-operative, meditate, assemble puppet shows, create a support group for addiction recovery, practice comedy, study our social structures….? So long as you want to share your interest within a supportive environment, there’s a Smoup for you.

    What? There’s not a Smoup for what intrigues you? Well, start your own!  Your interests matter. It’s likely that there are other people out there who are wanting the same thing you are but haven’t made the move to start their own Smoup. Why not you?  There is a team of folks who can help you get started.  Come explore ways to do your thing with Sunday Assembly Portland!

    Curious? Interested in helping grow existing Smoups behind the scenes or becoming a Smoup leader?  Sunday Assembly Portland is run by and for the community, so your contributions mean the world to us. We will eat lots of delicious food with some of the best people around and check out different ways we can strengthen and grow Smoups and the SAP community.  No volunteer commitment necessary. All you need to commit to is bringing a delicious dish, appetizer, snack or desert to share!  Bring any beverage you desire (age appropriate of course). There is a BBQ available if that is your thing.  Possibly even a camp fire pit…

    Location: Dr. Mindy’s House-4998 SE Briar Ct., Milwaukie 97267.  Parking is very limited on our small street. Consider parking on Cook or Boardman rather than blocking our neighbors in.

    For more information about the steps to starting or growing a successful Smoup contact Smoup Organizer (Smoup Master?)  Dr. Mindy Curry at info@passionforhealingnaturopathic.com or 503-995-8674.  

  • Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Mt. Tabor in Portland, OR

    Happy and Healthy Walk-Mt. Tabor

    Let’s take a Happy and Healthy Walk in our own enchanting forested park and volcanic cinder cone in SE PDX.  This walk will be almost 3 miles long, 350 feet elevation gain, and will slowly wind around the small mountain.  We will pass by all three reservoirs and travel through the woods and fields, taking in the varied views, including reservoirs with their own little “medieval” castles. The Mt. Tabor volcanic butte was identified for a park in the 1880s due to its ideal elevation for a water distribution system, piping water some 25 miles from the Bull Run River watershed.  The Mount Tabor reservoirs and their gatehouses were artistically constructed (1894-1911) with reinforced concrete, designed to look like stonework by noted engineer Ernest L. Ransome and noted architect William M. Whidden. The peak of Mount Tabor rises about 436 ft above the surrounding land. The Tabor cinder cone is part of the Boring Lava Field, an extensive network of cinder cones and small shield volcanoes ranging from Boring, Oregon to southwest Washington, and dating to the Plio-Pleistocene era. The lava field has been extinct for over 300,000 years. The 196-acre park features a statue of The Oregonian editor and Scottish Rite Freemason, Harvey W. Scott. The larger-than-life statue was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, notable for sculptures on Mount Rushmore. 

    We probably won’t go all the way to the top, but we will go up to the restrooms.  The incline is not too severe mostly, but steady, and on mostly dirt trails, so wear stabilizing active footwear such as sneakers, hiking boots or Tevas.  Bring water or snacks as needed.  Friendly dogs are welcome on leash.  If you like bring info on a new diet fad or health tip to share and evaluate.  This hike has many medicinal plants to potentially identify.  Meet at 12 PM at the Park Entrance Sign at Se Salmon Street, off Se 60th. There is free parking on Se Salmon or nearby neighborhoods. From downtown, take Se Division St to Se 60th st.  Turn left on 60th.  Turn right on Se. Salmon St, then park on the street before entering the park.  If you want to carpool from some distant part of town, then leave a comment on the meet-up page and we’ll try to find someone going your way.  The walk will take an hour to an hour and a half, but allow the two hour window due to any view breaks or general group lag.  This should be fun!  Let’s take a walk!  Contact organizer Dr. Mindy Curry at 503-995-8674 with any questions.

  • Sunday, November 08, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Sunday Assembly: Ancient Ritual & The Modern World

    Join us Sunday, November 8th in lovely Lola's Room with music from the Sunday Assembly band, inspiring sharing from your community, and a thought provoking lecture from Professor Andrew Gurevich:

    Ancient Ritual & The Modern World: A Neuropsychological Understanding of The Enduring Relevance of Myth, Ritual and Symbol

    After the Assembly, mosey on downstairs to Ringlers for lunch and have a beer for Sunday Assembly Portland! 100% of all food and beverage sales go directly towards covering our costs.

    Child care provided in the Wonder Club 10:45am - 12:45pm. Parents, please see details here.

    Food Drive:    Each month, we can "help often" by supporting Team Relief with a food donation. Please bring donations of unexpired, unopened, canned or packaged food items to the donation table before the Assembly begins. Food items will be used to support those in our community who are in need. 

    Sunday Assembly Portland is Free and Everyone is welcome!

    Parking:
    On-street parking is free on Sunday until 1 pm.  Pre-pay available through 2:30pm.

    Featured Speaker:

    Professor Andrew Gurevich lives with his wife and two children in Portland, Oregon where he teaches writing, religion, literature and philosophy. He is a Board member for the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness and is a regular speaker at their events where he explores the emerging interdisciplinary approaches to understanding consciousness through the blending of mythological studies and neuropsychology. His work has appeared in Popular Archaeology, Anthropology of Consciousness, The Ecologist, The Voice, Reality Sandwich and in the books "The Afterlife Survey," “Mother Earth Book," “Voices of the Sacred Feminine - Conversations to ReShape Our World” and "IndonesianTribal Art."

    He is a regular speaker at academic conferences, community lectures and on radio programs such as Dr. Christopher Ryan’s “Tangentially Speaking" and his own podcast entitled "Right Brain Radio."


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