Portlanders doing good
by: Courtesy of Cat Adoption Team Brita (above), and other feline friends, are looking for new homes.

• Japan-inspired prints benefit tsunami victims

Cyber art organization the Baren Forum ( is selling original woodblock prints to benefit victims of the March 11 Japan earthquake and tsunami beginning at Aug. 4's First Thursday.

The sale is Aug. 4 to 25 in the PNCA Commons Gallery in Northwest Portland. The opening ceremony of 'Inspired by Japan' is 5 to 8 p.m. August 4.

Funds generated by the Baren print sale will go to Mercy Corps and Peace Winds, its partner in Japan. More than 60 printmakers from around the world support the project, and benefit exhibitions are happening in Bend, New York, Europe and South Africa.

'As woodblock printmakers using the Japanese method of water-based non-toxic printing, we owe much to Japan,' says Barbara Mason, one of the Baren managers.

Sponsors of 'Inspired by Japan' include Oregon's McClains Printmaking Supply.

Aug. 4-25; opening reception 5-8 p.m. Aug. 4; PNCA, 1241 N.W. Johnson St., 503-226-4391;

• CAT cuts fees for Adopt-a-thon

Sherwood's Cat Adoption Team is slashing adoption fees through Aug. 14 to $25 for adult cats and $50 for kittens.

This year's 'CATnip Adopt-a-thon' will be topped off by a 5K benefit run/walk, 7 p.m. Aug. 12, at Sherwood High School, 16956 S.W. Meinecke Road. Advance registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children younger than 18.

Adoption packages during the CAT drive include a free spaying or neutering and vaccinations.

CAT is the Pacific Northwest's largest nonprofit, feline-only shelter and the first animal shelter in Oregon to open its own veterinary hospital.

Aug. 1-14; 5K run/walk 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12; Cat Adoption Team, 14175 S.W. Galbreath Drive, Sherwood; 503-925-8903;

• Warm Current surfs through fundraiser

The nonprofit surf program Warm Current is using 'freemium' Web services like Heroku, Amazon S3 and MongoHQ to collect $5 squares with messages or photos uploaded by purchasers who will fill a 'Faces of Warm Current' mosaic on the side of a surf trailer for at-risk youth.

People can participate at through July 31.

'We're asking our community to be part of the solution, not to blindly make a donation,' says John Koenig, Warm Current co-founder.

Warm Current was founded in 2008 by surfers to provide, among other things, surf camps benefiting at-risk youth in the Pacific Northwest. The group also has donated more than 250 wetsuits to under-served communities around the world.

July 27-31,

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