Help the Sleep Country Foster Kids School Drive!

For nearly 20,000 foster kids living in the Northwest, changing homes often means getting behind in school. To help local foster kids get a good start, Sleep Country USA is collecting school supplies. But they need your help! Bring your gift of paper, pens, crayons, pencils, rulers, dictionaries and more to any Sleep Country location, or visit to donate online. Sleep Country knows, not everyone can be a foster parent, but anyone can help a foster child.

The Standard's 2014 Volunteer Expo

On Thursday, September 4, 2014, The Standard’s Volunteer Expo returns to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Celebrating its sixth year, the Volunteer Expo is the largest event of its kind in Oregon, connecting more than 125 regional nonprofit organizations with thousands of Portlanders eager to make a difference in their community. Representatives from a diverse range of community-based organizations will be on hand to showcase their volunteer and advocacy opportunities. Those who attend can find service and donation opportunities that match their skills and interests – ranging from one-time projects to longer-term commitments.

Strut Your Mutt

Strut Your Mutt is a leisurely fundraising dog walk, or a timed 5K run with (or without) your pooch, followed by a doggie-themed festival that includes pet contests, photos, doggie goodies, fun activities for the whole family. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase to raise money for your favorite local animal welfare group (any of Best Friends’ local No More Homeless Pets Network partners) or for Best Friends Animal Society, and to help Save Them All®. Strut Your Mutt will be held on September 13th. Registration begins at 8am at Sellwood Riverfront Park. 

Union Gospel Mission's LifeChange Center For Women & Children

Union Gospel Mission has expanded their services from serving adult women to also serving women with children by leasing a facility in the Beaverton area for this newly expanded program. This new location will provide a safe, healing home for women and women with children to escape homelessness, addiction and abuse. LifeChange for Women & Their Children will provide safe transitional housing, nutritious meals, counseling services, childcare and more. This will allow women to build healthy, new, productive lives and help to break generational cycles of poverty, homelessness and abuse. Click here for more information and to make a donation.

Celebrate Oregon Agriculture

Celebrate Oregon Agriculture brings you tips for enjoying Oregon agriculture with your family. Over 37,000 family farms in Oregon grow over 220 amazing products. We’re lucky to live in Oregon, where world-class soils and our mild climate grow the world’s greatest food. Click here for tips, videos and more, sponsored by Do It NW!, Food Services of America, Flav-R-Pac and Wilco.

The Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest!

Enjoy bands, beer and food at Portland’s Biggest Oktoberfest – the tenth anniversary of the Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest! It’s Saturday September 13th from 3-11pm, and it’s free to get in, with food, mugs and beer tokens available for purchase. This year Oktoberfest coincides with the 30th anniversary of the brewery, and the celebration will be better than ever! Rob and Kurt Widmer will both be there as you enjoy live music, imbibe six different beers on tap (Hefe, Upheaval, Okto, Alchemy, Green & Gold and Double MAC), and special 30th Anniversary beers will be available in the pub. There will be plenty of bike parking and a MAX stop just down the street, so leave your car at home and use alternate transportation. Russell Street and Knott Street will be closed between Interstate and Albina.

Rock for a Reason!

Join the Warrior Room family in supporting Rock for a Reason, for a local family in need, September 10th at Good Roots Community Church in Oak Grove! There will be live music, food and a full service beer garden, and plenty of activities for the kids. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 1908 SE Courtney Ave. an outdoor rock concert benefit for 4-year old Leah Merklin, who has been diagnosed with DIPG, a rare form of brain cancer - a memorable evening for the whole family, with stenciled face art by Sweet Cheeks, Melissa Rae on stilts, a bouncy house, silent auction and more! Plus 100% of the sale of Pabst and Breakside Brew will be donated to the Merklin family.

All-Women's Arm Wrestling Event to Raise Money for Northwest Housing Alternative

On September 13th from 4-7 p.m., the Warrior Room, a kettlebell studio located in downtown Milwaukie, is hosting an all-women’s arm wrestling charity event for Northwest Housing Alternatives, the largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing in Oregon, and every night over 2,600 people fall asleep in homes developed by NHA. The arm wrestling competition will be held inside the Warrior Room studio with food and drink vendors set up outside in the parking lot. 
“Northwest Housing Alternatives is an organization that really helps people, and not just by giving them a place to stay, but by helping them achieve independence and access resources needed to live successfully. They’re doing wonderful things for the people in our community, and we’re grateful to be a part of that,” said Warrior Room studio owner, Ashley Jensen.
During the arm wrestling event, Gustav from 94/7 will deejay and local vendors Duffy’s Irish Pub and Pepper & Salt will be selling food and refreshments. Northwest Primary Care will be on site with a recovery station with complimentary ice for contenders. Get your tickets!

9th Annual Dancing In The Square American Indian Day Celebration

On the fourth Friday in September, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and other local Indian organizations will be hosting an “American Indian Day Celebration” at the Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland from noon to 7pm. The event will be a celebration of American Indian cultures and is intended to raise the level of awareness concerning the challenges that American Indian people face in this country. For more information, click here

The Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Sunday, September 7th join in for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Being held at the Portland International Raceway. Registration at 12pm. Walk at 2pm. For more information and to register, click here.

The 10th Annual Walk, Roll & Run for United Cerebral Palsy

The 10th Annual Walk, Roll & Run for United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and Southwest Washington takes off on Saturday September 6th! Choose the 2.5 mile stroll and roll around the Eastbank Esplanade, or the 8K run on the Springwater Corridor—both raise much-needed funds for UCP’s ongoing mission to help kids and their families living with cerebral palsy. There’s also free lunch, booths and music to enjoy after the event! Register today at When you do, make sure and enter the promo code BE WELL N-W and get $5 off your registration fee!

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