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• Get your hunger on at annual church spaghetti dinner

St. Philip Neri Church in historic Ladds Addition, a diverse congregation of many cultural influences where all are equally welcome, is well known for its choir, the dynamic Paulist Fathers and its annual environmental sustainability festival, the Muddy Boot Organic Festival.

The parish's original Italian influences live on at the 68th annual Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner on Oct. 9. This fun, lively event features authentic homemade Italian pasta sauce, generous meatballs, and includes salad, bread and dessert. Vegetarian options, wine and take out are also available.

Noon to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, Carvlin Hall, 2408 S.E. 16th Ave., Info: 503-231-4955 or www.stphilipneripdx.org, Tickets: $11 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children 5-12 years old.

• Walk to cure Myasthenia Gravis

The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America is the only national volunteer health agency dedicated solely to the fight against myasthenia gravis and to serving patients with MG, a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that affects people of any age, race or gender.

On Oct. 15, the MGFA will be walking in Portland to provide hope for the thousands of families forced to face the challenges caused by myasthenia gravis. This condition is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups, and can affect muscles that control eye movements, eyelids, chewing, swallowing, coughing and facial expression as well as the arms and legs. MG can also affect breathing. This effort will raise funds to help the MGFA continue its mission to fund research and assist those living with MG in a truly inspirational day.

Registration is at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. at Sellwood Riverfront Park. Participants may choose from a 1-mile or 3-mile loop. For additional information or questions, please contact Leigh Reynolds at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 816-265-1588.

9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, S.E. Spokane St. at Oaks Pkwy., www.MGWalk.org or call 855-MGWALKS, free.

• VisionWalk strolls to fight blindness

Join hundreds in the fight against blindness at the 5th annual Portland VisionWalk on Oct. 15, part of a national fundraising event for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Since 2006, the program has raised more than $18 million to fund sight-saving research for the 10 million Americans affected by retinal diseases including retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and others. The Oregon 5K walk hopes to raise $40,000 toward the cause.

Supporters are invited to form teams or walk independently at the free, family friendly event, which includes children's activities, refreshments, entertainment, and more. Dogs and strollers are welcome.

For more info, call Donna Cohen, 310-450-2910; by e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

10:15 a.m. start, Saturday, Oct. 15, Willamette Park, S.W. Macadam Ave. at Nebraska St., www.fightblindness.org/oregonvisionwalk, free.

• Slam dunk benefit supports the Oregon Food Bank

Celebrate Northwest fall harvest bounty at the 'Home Grown' fundraising event on Oct. 15 to benefit Oregon Food Bank's mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

Begin the night shooting baskets and getting photos taken with special guest, former Portland Trail Blazer Terry Porter. A cocktail reception will feature a silent auction, a bluegrass performance by Jackstraw Trio, hors d'oeuvres provided by Provvista, New Seasons Market, Tastebud and Oregon Ice Works food carts. The dinner menu will feature Pacific Northwest seasonal cuisine by Chef Michael Stanton of the Heathman Restaurant and Bar, paired with Pacific Northwest wines, with a first course provided by Genoa.

A live auction follows where guests can bid on items including a fishing trip, a Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery concert and lodging for four, five days at the 25th Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, five days at Black Butte, an evening with jazz musician Patrick Lamb, or a weekend at the Oregon coast.

KINK's Sheila Hamilton will emcee the event, and dancing with music by Triple Threat will close out the evening. Proceeds from this event will support the many programs and services that Oregon Food Bank provides to our community.

6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Oregon Food Bank Headquarters, 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive, Info: www.oregonfoodbank.org/donate or call 971-230-1662, Tickets: $150.