Worthy Causes

Portlanders doing good

• Auction funds photo charity organization

Focus on Youth, a nonprofit helping at-risk young people through photography, holds its second annual art auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Planned Parenthood, 3727 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Tickets, $25, are available online at www.focusonyouth.org.

The event features more than 100 pictures by professional photographers, including the work of Art Wolfe and Daniel Beltra. Spa packages and vacations will also be auctioned.

Beard's Frame Shop provides frames for the art. Hors d'oeuvres will be prepared by Wildwood Restaurant. The band Grey For Days performs at the event.

Since 2003, Focus on Youth has helped young people, collaborating with schools and organizations to develop projects that engage students' imagination and build confidence. Members of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Portland Metropolitan Photographers Association volunteer as mentors and teachers, leading 10-week courses.

5:30 p.m., Sept. 17, Planned Parenthood, 3727 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., tickets $25 per person, www.focusonyouth.org

• Hula exhibition helps scholarships

Traditional hula and Hawaiian food and crafts brings island breezes to Portland Sunday at the OHANA Foundation's second annual E Ala E Hula fundraiser. The event is from 2 to 8 p.m. at Southridge High School, 9625 S.W. 125th Ave., Beaverton.

Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance at www.ohanafoundationpdx.org.

Sunday's event features dancers from a hula school in Aloha who will raise money for a second round of the foundation's Kulia I Ka Nu'u scholarships. In 2010, the first E Ala E Hula event provided four scholarships for local students.

'Hula is not just a dance,' says Leialoha Ka'ula, hula instructor and OHANA Foundation chairwoman. 'It's a way of life. This is the experience we want to share with our audience.'

OHANA is short for the charity foundation's mission statement Onipa'a Ha'aheo Alaka'ina Na'auao Aloha, meaning: steadfast, cherish with pride, guidance, knowledge, compassion.

2-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, Southridge High School auditorium, 9625 S.W. 125th Ave., Beaverton, tickets $15 in advance; $20 at the door, www.ohanafoundationpdx.org

• Stage 'fights' benefit theater alliance

The Portland Area Theatre Alliance hosts its first Fight Night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Alder Street Stage of the Artists Repertory Theatre in Southwest Portland. Tickets are $15 for alliance members and $25 for non-members.

Sponsored by the Artists Repertory Theatre and KBOO radio, the Vaudevillian evening of five-minute stage duels features face-offs from musical matches to puppet wars. Local companies are participating to show support for the nonprofit Theatre Alliance, including the Lakewood Theatre Company, Shaking The Tree, Tears of Joy and Portland Story Theatre.

A special 'Take a Pie for PATA' auction during the show offers members of the audience the chance to take a pie in the face from the highest bidder.

7:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 S.W. Alder St., tickets $15 for PATA members; $25 for non-members, www.portlandtheatre.com