Chipping In


News about area fundraisers.


Cricket launch party, benefits the Oregon Food Bank, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Ave., features escape artist Thomas Solomon, attempting to free himself from a straitjacket while suspended upside down from a crane; Portland's MarchFourth marching band; refreshments from Good Dog/Bad Dog, Voodoo Doughnut and Starbucks. Call 503-219-9295.


Light up the Holidays, Women in Action Foundation annual fundraiser, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Red Lion Inn Vancouver at the Quay, 100 Columbia St., Vancouver, Wash., adults $30, children $20. Call 1-360-921-4471, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Write Around Portland, anthology release and reading, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 1126 S.W. Park Ave., donation. Visit


Holiday art bazaar, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16, Springbox Art Gallery, 2376 N.W. Thurman St., a quarter of proceeds go to the House of Peace and Love, an orphanage and community center in Tanzania. Call 503-228-1600.

It's a Kazoo Christmas, benefit for Kinship House, a Northeast Portland nonprofit serving at-risk children, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 16, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Ave. To join the kazoo choir or for information, call 503-525-7862, or visit


The DragonTree invites residents of the Portland metro area to nominate community-minded friends or loved ones through Dec. 20 to win a day at the Northwest Portland spa as part of its Sugar and Spice Contest. Submit nominations at

Human Solutions, a nonprofit social service agency in Southeast Portland, and the Columbia River Girl Scouts Council seek volunteers older than 18 to help lead and facilitate a troop at a low-income apartment complex, exposing girls to new ideas and experiences. For information, call Fran Weick, 503-548-0233, or Samantha Keeley, 503-598-6531.

Elm Court Loaves and Fishes center, a downtown senior nutrition program, seeks volunteers for computer-room maintenance, bus driving, front desk help, meal delivery and other support. Call 503-988-4485, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Safeway stores in October raised $741,721 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a 42 percent increase over last year. Close to 120 stores participated, with clerks encouraging customers to 'round up' their total to the nearest dollar as a way to contribute. Customers also donated by purchasing pink ribbons.

National Public Radio senior correspondent Linda Wertheimer gave a speech on women in politics during St. Mary's Academy 13th annual Food for Thought scholarship luncheon Nov. 13 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower. More than 600 donors topped $330,000 for the school's tuition assistance program. 

Events are free unless otherwise noted.