Portlanders doing good

• PosterGarden sells poles for gardens

Pearl District display company PosterGarden is selling trekking poles to raise money for nine of Portland's parks and gardens.

The Portland Parks and Gardens Trekking Pole, a 9-ounce pole that stretches from 26 to 54 inches, sells for $55. Funds raised by the pole sale will help the Audubon Society of Portland, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Forest Park Conservancy, Hoyt Arboretum, International Rose Test Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Leach Botanical Garden, Pittock Mansion and the Portland Japanese Garden.

PosterGarden, 630 N.W. 14th Ave.,

• Dignity Memorial collects coats

Portland-area Dignity Memorial funeral providers are collecting new or 'gently used' winter coats for the Salvation Army.

Businesses will collect coats through Nov. 30. Donation drop boxes are at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham; Caldwell's, Hennessey, Goetsch and McGee Funeral Home in Portland; Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes in Portland; Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Portland; Pegg, Paxson and Springer Funeral Chapel in Beaverton; Ross Hollywood Chapel and Killingsworth St. Johns Lombard Little Chapel of the Chimes in Portland; Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery in Portland; Young's Funeral Home in Tigard; and National Cremation Service in Tigard.

• Donations help injured police officer

The Portland Police Bureau is working with Wells Fargo Bank to raise money for the family of retired Officer Paul Georgioff, who was injured in a July 17 motorcycle accident while on a five-day ride in Idaho.

Georgioff, 51, a 27-year police veteran, broke his back in three places, fractured several ribs and suffered a concussion, collapsed lungs and a lacerated kidney. He is healing from his injuries, but is unable to walk.

Harvey's Comedy Club and Portland police Sgt. Willie Halliburton hosted a weekend fundraiser for the Paul Georgioff Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.

The money will be used to help the Georgioff family retrofit a split-level home to accommodate a wheelchair and pay for Georgioff's physical therapy.

No stranger to giving, Georgioff traveled to New Orleans twice at his own expense in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, helping rebuild the home of a local pastor and the community church.

• Block party connects SE neighbors

The Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition is hosting a block party from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Southeast Main Street and 35th and 36th avenues. The Uplift building and grounds will be the hub of festivities.

Food carts will offer fare all evening, and St. Josef's Winery is joining Coalition Brewery to provide refreshments. Community members from across the Southeast Uplift's 20 Southeast neighborhoods can connect with volunteer projects and meet neighborhood leaders while listening to live music.

Southeast Uplift needs volunteers, ages 15 and older, who can work two- to four-hour shifts at the event. To sign up, go to the website

4-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition, 3534 S.E. Main St.,

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