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• Used book sale supports county library system

The Friends of the Multnomah County Library, an independent nonprofit, hosts Oregon's biggest used book sale the weekend of Oct. 28-31.

The annual used book sale to support the Multnomah County Library system offers an estimated 100,000 items on all subjects, including DVDs, CDs, audio books, sheet music and pamphlets. Most books are $1.50, and children's books start at 50 cents.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, which is also 50 percent discount day. Friends' members night is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and anyone can join at the door. Annual memberships are $10 for individuals and $15 for families.

Oct. 28-31, DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St., 503-224-9176 or www.friends-library.org.

• Jazz concert benefits Friends of the Children

Local jazz singer Marti Mendenhall raises her powerful and sultry voice for a good cause at a classic jazz benefit concert on Oct. 29 for the Friends of the Children - Portland.

Friends of the Children provides Portland's most at-risk children with intensive and long-term mentors. The nonprofit takes a preventive, early intervention approach to break the cycle of poverty and abuse by helping children in need overcome the many obstacles in their lives.

The concert will raise awareness and funds for at-risk youth, also featuring renowned jazz musicians George Mitchell on piano, Scott Steed on bass and Todd Strait on percussion.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, First Unitarian Church, 1211 S.W. Main St., www.friendschildren.org/portland, tickets: $12-$18.

• Whisker Wonderland supports feline friends

The Cat Adoption Team, the Pacific Northwest's largest nonprofit feline-only shelter, invites animal lovers to the 2011 Whisker Wonderland benefit. All proceeds help save the lives of thousands of unwanted pets in the Portland area.

The fabulous feline evening includes a silent auction, a wall of wine, scrumptious appetizers and a plated meal, a no-host CAT-ini bar that includes a drink 'luge,' entertainment from pianist Robert Ewing, a lively live auction hosted by KPTV's Chloe Houser, and more cat-friendly activities.

6 p.m. (5 p.m. VIP), Saturday, Nov. 5, Hilton Portland, 921 S.W. Sixth Ave., 503-925-8903 or www.catadoptionteam.org/whisker, tickets: $75, $125 VIP.

• Cantata Choir opens season with benefit concert

Awarded a prestigious 'Arts Recognition Award' in 2009 by the Oregon Arts Commission, the Bach Cantata Choir of Portland opens its seventh season with a free concert and silent auction benefit on Nov. 6.

This is one of two fundraising events held each year to support the choir in providing free public concerts in the Portland area and beyond. A variety of items donated by local businesses will be auctioned off immediately after the show in the church parlor.

Ralph Nelson will conduct the 55-voice choir, soloists and chamber orchestra in performing some of the more interesting and unusual works by Johann Sebastian Bach and other Baroque and Renaissance composers.

2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 N.E. 45th Ave., info: www.bachcantatachoir.org or call 503-702-1973, free.