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East Portland Collective: Clean & Scheme "Lights in Lents" edition! (Feb 2024)

Join us for a community clean-up! The "clean & scheme" was born out of a desire to connect to more East Portlanders by working together (Clean!) and... start some conversations to take more action in our community (Scheme!).

This is the "Lights in Lents" edition, because we'll be picking up all kinds of trash, but focusing on plastic collection. Through this clean-up, we will explore the many ways we encounter plastics in our environment and life on a daily basis, and have the opportunity to reflect on ways we can eliminate plastic from our lives. 

You are invited to stick around after the clean-up to explore our "Lights in Lents" community art project!  We’re traditionally one of the only East Portland projects, and we want to invite you to build glowing & illuminated magic in the heart of our neighborhood. In 2022 we made a 2D UV mural… in 2023 we painted 720 sq feet of glow-in-the-dark mural… and in 2024 we’re building a “Deep Sea Disco” sculpture garden!  We will be transforming (clean) plastic trash to deep-sea inspired & illuminated sculptures to bring awareness to plastic & micro-plastic pollution and come together as a community to make awesome illuminated art in Lents. 

Advanced Registration: Is highly suggested but not required. Please sign up (green button below) ahead of time to guarantee your spot.

Meeting Location: We'll meet in the Lents Commons empty retail space at the corner of SE 92nd and SE Foster (headed West).

Address: 9161 Southeast Foster Road Portland, 97266 | Map Link

What to Bring: Please wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, and bring a backpack for hands-free convenience. Feel free to bring your personal tools if available and a reusable water bottle to support our sustainability efforts.

What's Provided: Hi-vis vest, trash grabbers, bags, and gloves will be provided by SOLVE.

Restrooms: Bathrooms available at the start/end location. Local businesses along route are friendly to volunteers.

Parking: Free street parking is available. We also recommend the 92nd & Holgate Park and Ride (1 stop away or 0.8 mi walk)

Transit: Bus (lines 10, 14, 17, and 73) or via MAX (Green line to Lents Town Center),

Accessibility: This area is accessible for folks with mobility concerns.

Translation Services: There will not be a Spanish speaker present at this event.

Youth Volunteers: Volunteers 17 and under must be accompanied by an authorized adult.

Groups: If you are volunteering with multiple people for this event please register as a Team. See this short guide for how to register as a Team SOLVE | How-To-Guide (

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