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Worthy Causes • Comedy benefit supports healthy families

Hunger and poverty are no laughing matter. That's why a group of local 'mom comics' are determined to raise awareness and support for Neighborhood House, a nonprofit assisting low-income children, families and seniors in the Portland metro area.

Comics from Portland's TIME OUT Comedy will perform at the Multnomah Arts Center on Oct. 22 to benefit Neighborhood House's Emergency Food Box Program. 'TIME OUT! The Mother of All Comedy Shows' is a group of professional and new comedian moms performing clean, intelligent entertainment targeting parents.

The Emergency Food Box Program is the largest food pantry program on Portland's west side, serving 500 to 600 low-income households every month. Over the last year, the program has provided nearly 280,000 meals to hungry people in our community. It also distributed nearly 29,000 rolls of toilet paper, a much-needed family staple that cannot be purchased with food stamps.

Neighborhood House invites community members to bring donated toilet paper rolls to the comedy event. For more information or to donate, contact Laura at 503-246-1663 ext. 2118 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 22, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway, www.nhpdx.org, Tickets: $18 advance, $20 door.

• Oktoberfest raises funds for magnet schools

Just in time to celebrate the fall harvest, it's time for the 2nd annual North Portland Oktoberfest on Oct. 22 at the Historic Kenton Firehouse.

This 21-and-older festival features a traditional German bratwurst, kraut and pretzel dinner, with beer provided by Portland's own Widmer Brewing, and admission includes a commemorative glass mug, a sponsor coupon book with savings and offers from local businesses. Live music begins at 5 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit Technology magnet school and Ockley Green K-8 Arts, the only public arts magnet school in North Portland. A majority of the students come from low-income households, and nearly 80 percent of students qualify for free or reduced price lunches.

Ticket options include $15 for the outdoor beer tent, $25 for the matinee dinner from 3 to 5 p.m., $30 for the happy hour dinner with live accordion from 5 to 7 p.m. and $40 for the primetime meal with live band from 7 to 10 p.m.

3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N. Brandon St., Info: www.tinyurl.com/nopookto or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Sisters of St. Mary and City of Beaverton soup it up to fight hunger

Food insecurity is a prominent issue in Washington County, where the need for food services is three times higher than the rest of Oregon. Since it opened, the Oregon Food Bank West has been distributing 300,000 pounds of food per month in Washington County.

In recognition of their 125th Anniversary Jubilee year, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon has teamed up with the City of Beaverton and 20 local area restaurants to take a stand against hunger. The inaugural 'Soup's On' fundraiser will be held on Oct. 22, raising funds to fight hunger as attendees sample local restaurants' signature soup recipes and vote on their favorites. In addition to the soup samples, the event will also feature a no host bar, and pastries, desserts and rolls donated from several local area restaurants and bakeries. All proceeds will benefit the Oregon Food Bank West.

4-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, Valley Catholic High School, Valiants' Athletic Center, 4440 S.W. 148th Ave., Beaverton, info: ssmo.org or beavertonoregon.gov, tickets: $20 adults, $5 children 5-12, children younger than 5 free.