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by: JONATHAN HOUSE The “Brewers for Boobs” benefit at EastBurn March 30 will raise money for breast cancer research.

Beer-lovers and local brewers will unite Wednesday, March 30, to support breast cancer research and awareness.

The second-annual 'Brewers for Boobs' event is part of the Battle for Breweries. The reigning champ, Dave Fleming of Northwest Portland's New Old Lompoc, has challenged five breweries to compete for the title.

Laurelwood Brewing Company is back for a second year; joining the ranks are Burnside, Coalition, Migration, and Lucky Lab Brewing companies.

Guests can pay $7 to taste six local beers at the event. The winning brewery is the one that raises the most money for the American Cancer Society.

The money raised will go toward research, raising breast cancer awareness, advocating for screening and easing the cancer burden for those facing the disease.

Beer lovers also may meet with their favorite brewers at the event, set for 7 p.m. to midnight at EastBurn, 1800 E. Burnside St.

For more information, visit cancer.org or call 800-227-2345.

Japan is still struggling to recover from the March 11 earthquake and devastating tsunami. Local residents who want to help the people of Japan can multiply their donations by giving through the Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association Charitable Foundation. It has agreed to match up to $50,000 in contributions to aid recovery efforts in Japan.

In addition to the matching gift from the foundation, some local car dealers also are matching donations from their customers - providing the opportunity to triple the value of each gift. For information on how to give, and for a list of which dealers are offering the additional match, go to the website portlandnewcars.com.

Any checks should be made out to the Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association Charitable Foundation.

Also on the topic of Japan and cars, Toyota is sponsoring a specific event to benefit the American Red Cross and its relief work in Japan.

'Art and Soul for Japan Relief' will feature Portland graffiti artists, musicians, fusion food purveyors, donated art and a raffle. It will be held today (Thursday, March 24) from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Slate showcase garage, 2001 N.W. 19th Ave., No. 104. Admission is $5.

Another Japan-related event is the 'From Oregon, With Love' concert to benefit Mercy Corps' Oregon Japan Relief Fund. Headliners include pianist Thomas Lauderdale, vocalist Holcombe Waller and dancers from the Oregon Ballet Theatre. The event also will include performances by fEARnoMUSIC, Ida Rae Cahana, Carl Halvorson, Pacific Youth Choir, PHAME Academy, Portland Youth Philharmonic and others.

Performances start at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 27, at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. Advance tickets are on sale for $38 at aladdin-theater.com or at 503-234-9694, or $40 on the day of the show.