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• Concert aids Vu family expenses

A barbecue and concert in Happy Valley on Saturday, Aug. 13, will help cover funeral expenses for Clackamas High graduate Michael Vu, who was killed in the early morning hours of July 30 when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle.

The event is from noon to 4 p.m. in the park behind the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 10300 S.E. 132nd Ave.

A $10 donation purchases a barbecue lunch and entertainment by musicians, including Clackamas High senior Jasmin Johnson and the band Subterranean Howl.

Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 10300 S.E. 132nd Ave., Happy Valley.

• Fun Run benefits Dougy Center

The Commercial Association of Realtors will host a 5K walk and run at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, on the Eastbank Esplanade, to support The Dougy Center of Southeast Portland, an organization that helps grieving children and families.

Registration is $20 and includes a T-shirt and barbecue dinner at the end of the run. Children in strollers are welcome, but event planners ask that dogs stay home.

2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, Eastbank Esplanade at Southeast Water Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard, www.registration.orcar.org.

• Bridge Pedal rides to Timbers' home field

Sunday's 16th annual Providence Bridge Pedal begins this year at a new location near Lincoln High School and winds up with a health expo at Jeld-Wen Field.

A portion of event proceeds will be used by the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute to purchase automated external defibrillators to be donated to stores, schools and libraries in the community.

Admission costs up to $35 ($45 day of the event). Both the ride and the 'stride' are free for children 12 and younger. Ages 13 to 19 pay $15 to $25, depending on whether people bike or walk.

Registration is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Oregon Square in Northeast Portland. Participants can also register online or sign up the day of the ride at various locations.

The ride begins as early as 7 a.m. on Sunday. Walkers gather at 8 a.m. The free health expo is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 14, Lincoln High School at 1600 S.W. Salmon St., information and online registration at www.providencebridgepedal.org.

• 'Portlandia' actors aid feminist bookstore

'Portlandia' actors Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein host a fundraiser this month to keep the feminist bookstore In Other Words open.

The event is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. at the bookstore and resource center, 14 N.E. Killingsworth St.

During the first season of IFC's 'Portlandia,' Armisen and Brownstein did a deadpan portrayal of two clerks at the bookstore.

Proceeds from an auction during the event will go toward saving the store by transforming it into a feminist community center. People can bid on a guest role in 'Portlandia's' second season, tickets to see Brownstein's band Wild Flag, and a voicemail greeting recorded by Armisen.

6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, In Other Words bookstore, 14 N.E. Killingsworth St. Tickets are $40. Supporters of the bookstore and volunteers pay $20.