Portlanders doing good
• Reception spotlights young cancer survivors
Oregon Health and Science University hosts a reception Tuesday, Aug. 23, for young cancer survivors at McMenamins' Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., and the screening of 'Wrong Way to Hope,' a story about a group of young-adult cancer survivors from Canada embarking on a journey through the Owyhee River Gorge in the Southeast Oregon desert.
Music by Andrew Stonestreet and Daniel Dixon of Greylag kicks off the evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dr. Brandon Hayes-Lattin of OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program, will discuss the hospital's treatment for young cancer patients.
The movie starts at 7:45 p.m., followed at 9 p.m. by a reception for people 21 and older.
6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., www.facebook.com/ohsuaya
• Neighborhood fair celebrates Parklane Park
Portland's Centennial neighborhood will get a look next week at plans for Parklane Park, a 25-acre site with five acres currently developed.
The family fun and planning event is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the park, Southeast Main Street and 155th Avenue. Food, music, games and activities are planned. A movie also will be shown.
Friends of Parklane Park will host a park tour at 6 p.m, showcasing proposed improvements in conjunction with a master plan approved by the Portland City Council.
The undeveloped 20 acres of Parklane were acquired in 2006. Together with the original five acres, the space is one of the largest parks in East Portland.
4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, with a tour at 6 p.m., Parklane Park, Southeast Main Street and 155th Avenue, www.centennial.eastportland.org/parklane
• Potluck in the Park celebrates 20 years
Volunteers who host Potluck in the Park will celebrate the initiative's 20th anniversary Sunday, Aug. 28, with a barbecue meal in the South Park Blocks between Southwest Hall Avenue and Montgomery Street. The event begins at 3 p.m.
'Potluck was and continues to be about shared community and good food,' says Sharon Darcy, founder of PiP.
In 1991, Darcy discovered that local homeless shelters did not serve food on Sundays, so she and her daughter served hot soup to 15 people in the park.
Next week's meal is accompanied by a social services resource fair with haircuts, bike repairs, pet food and health education. Sponsors include Portland Rescue Mission and Oregon Trial Lawyers.
PiP is funded through donations that go toward purchasing food at the Oregon Food Bank and Birch Community Gleaners. The meal service moves to the Smart Park Garage at O'Bryant Square during the winter months.
In 2010, PiP provided 24,755 meals, a 10 percent increase from 2009. As of June 2011, the total is expected to be 25,452, with PiP providing an average of 489 meals each week.
3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, South Park Blocks between Hall Avenue and Montgomery Street, www.potluckinthepark.org