Portlanders doing good
• Downtown walk benefits ALS victims
Alpenrose Dairy and the ALS Association are hosting a three-mile walk at noon Sunday, Sept. 25, from the Portland World Trade Center. Check-in begins at 11 a.m., though participants can register before the event at walktodefeatals.org. There's no fee to participate.
Walkers raise money through sponsors, with all funds toward the association's $335,000 Portland goal going to the research of ALS - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Founded in 2002, The ALS Association Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter serves the needs of caretakers and those livings with ALS.
11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Portland World Trade Center, 121 S.W. Salmon St., free, www.walktodefeatals.org
• Second Arab festival fills center
Arab cuisine, a bazaar, crafts and entertainment will fill the Fulton Community Center in Southwest Portland Sunday, Sept. 25. An entrance donation of $5 purchases three raffle tickets. Otherwise, raffle tickets can be purchased for $2.
The largest Arab festival in Oregon, Mahrajan, is the second annual event hosted by the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon. The alcohol-free party showcases the spirit of Oregon's Arab-Americans.
11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Fulton Community Center, 68 S.W. Miles St., $5 donation encouraged, www.araboregon.org
• Portland chefs prepare to save wetlands
Six luminary local chefs will gather Sunday, Oct. 2, to raise funds for The Wetlands Conservancy on the property of a future conservation project in Tualatin.
This year, the Oregon nonprofit honors its 30th anniversary with cocktails and a silent auction beginning at 3:30 p.m. and a four-course dinner set to start at 5 p.m. Tickets, available at www.wetlandsconservancy.org, are $125 per person, with the guest list limited to the first 125.
Chefs Dustin Clark of Wildwood restaurant in Northwest Portland; Broc Willis of downtown's Southpark; Ken Norris of Riffle in Merlin; Liu Xin of Oregon Oyster in Newport and Kim Boyce - author of Good To The Grain - will prepare a farm-style dinner celebrating three decades of wetland conservation in Oregon, with drinks provided by Chehalem Wines, Widmer Brothers Brewing and Bull Run Distillery.
Sunday, Oct. 2, Hedges Creek Marsh, Tualatin (map and directions to be sent before event), tickets $125, www.wetlandsconservancy.org