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• Children's Cancer Association gets dance party help

A dance party for young adults Friday evening will benefit the Children's Cancer Association at the Leftbank Annex in Northeast Portland.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets - available to partygoers 21 and older - are $35 per person, $50 for two and $120 for a group of six.

'Music is a miraculous medium,' says Mason Davis, the 29-year-old cancer survivor who founded the annual event, called Music as Medicine. 'It's a force that is redefining the rules for how we help people.'

Davis launched Music as Medicine two years ago. The fundraiser is expected to bring more than $30,000 to Portland children and teens battling cancer and other serious illnesses.

The band Pressure Point headlines the dance, followed by DJ TJ. Food and alcohol are included in the ticket price courtesy of event sponsors, which include Widmer Brothers Brewing, Bon Appetit magazine, Barefoot Wines, Kettle and Bridgetown Photography.

Davis selected Children's Cancer Association as the event's beneficiary, he says, because he applauds the group's Music Rx program, a therapy approach treating patients through tunes.

'Getting involved with young adults like the Music as Medicine crew who are pursuing opportunities to make a difference is inspiring,' says Regina Ellis, the association founder and chief executive officer. 'Then incorporate Mason's personal experience with cancer and you've got one incredibly powerful call to action.'

7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, Leftbank Annex, 101 N. Weidler St., 21 and older, $35 per person, WWW.musicasmedicinepdx.org

• Fundraiser calls to stop local gang violence

The nonprofit Emmanuel Community Services is hosting an evening of gospel music, food and community vendors to address youth violence.

Emmanuel Community Services, funded mostly by government grants and known for its partnership with Multnomah County in driving the Youth Violence Reduction Program, is trying to identify gang hot spots and offer opportunities to at-risk youth.

The gospel concert features national recording artist Byron Cage - the 'Prince of Praise' - with guest Yvette Williams, recognized for her vocals on the gospel classic 'Every Mountain.'

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, Emmanuel Church, 1033 N. Sumner St., free, WWW.emmanuelcommunityservices.com

• The Original bites dogs for travel fund

Portland's The Original Dinerant on Southwest Sixth Avenue is taking a big bite out of a bunch of dogs to help children in need.

The restaurant hosts a hot dog eating contest to benefit the Children's Hospital Travel Fund.

Here's how it works: competitive diners get their friends and family to sponsor them by paying between $1 and $5 for every hot dog they eat.

The first-place winner receives the Championship Trophy. Others will win gift cards and wiener T-shirts.

The Original also will offer a special menu in the restaurant throughout the day.

3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, The Original Dinerant, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., 503-546-2666, WWW.originaldinerant.com.