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Benefits raise money to help victims of Japan quake

Concerts and a ski event are on tap to help Mercy Corps and other groups

Several events are scheduled this week to help the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. They come as the country is still dealing with the effects of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that stuck off the coast on March 11.

Problems include about 500,000 people left homeless by the quake damage and radiation from a damaged reactor at the Fukashima nuclear power plant showing up in food and water systems near the facility.

Events include:

• Portland Taiko Benefit Concert for Japan, hosted by local Japanese drum ensemble Portland Taiko and the Portland State University Department of music. It will feature performances by Portland Taiko, Takohachi, Mexica Tiahui, Mike Barber, Hanzaburo Araki and others. The event is free but representatives from Mercy Corp will accept donations. It will being at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, at Lincoln Performance Hall on the PSU campus.

• Night Ski Fundraiser at Hood Meadows Ski Resort. The resort is offering discount evening lift tickets from 3 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, and Thursday, March 24. Advance tickets are $10 at www.SkiHood.com/japan , or $15 at the resort. Five dollars of every ticket will go to Mercy Corps Oregon Japan Disaster Relief Fund. The resort will also accept contributions for more than $1 at its restaurants.

• From Oregon with Love Concert, hosted by Stephen Beaudoin and the PHAME Academy. The benefit concert will feature performances by Halcombe Walter, Thomas Lauderdale, fEARnoMUSIC, dancers from Oregon Ballet Theatre and others. Advance tickets are $38 at www.aladdin-theater.com or $40 on the day of the show. All proceeds will go to Mercy Corps Oregon Japan Relief Fund.

It begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.