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Portlanders doing good
• Wine for Japan relief
Unwind after the long week at a wine-themed fundraiser on Friday that will raise relief money for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan in March. Eight local winemakers will pour at Hotel Monaco. A silent auction will be held, and the event will feature the music of John Wayland Harr.
Red Star Tavern will provide the hors d'oeuvres, and New Deal Distillery will pour artisan vodkas. Proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will be donated to Mercy Corps' Japan Earthquake fund.
5-8 p.m. Friday, May 13, Hotel Monaco Portland, 506 S.W. Washington St.; info: wineforjapan.eventbrite.com; $40 advance, $50 door (21-over only).
• Furey Fields ribbon cutting
Zenger Farm, Portland's only nonprofit educational farm, celebrates Saturday the opening of Furey Fields - 2.4 acres leased by the city for community-supported agriculture. The site provides natural spaces and community gardens for the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods.
A volunteer work party begins at 11 a.m. to prepare the garden beds and fields for this year's planting. Pine State Biscuits and coffee will be served.
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, Zenger Farm, Southeast Reedway Street between 117th and 119th avenues; zengerfarm.org; free.
• Biggest one-day food drive in the world
Help stamp out hunger on Saturday, May 14, during the largest one-day food drive in the world. More than 4,000 letter carriers in Oregon and Southwest Washington will collect nonperishable food items during the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, which will benefit needy families through the Oregon Food Bank.
The goal is to collect 2 million pounds of food during the drive. Just fill a bag with nutritious, nonperishable items and place it by your mailbox early on Saturday, May 14. The food bank will recycle your bag, and all donations stay in the community where they were collected.
• Mixer, singles auction for cancer
Join Singled Out for A Cure on Saturday night for a lively evening of mingling, matchmaking and music to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
DJ Anjali will spin throughout the evening while 20 Portland professional singles are auctioned to the highest bidder. Proceeds go toward finding a cure for blood cancers.
6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St.; info: singledoutforacure.com, $10 (21-over).
• Benefit for homeless youth
The p:ear mentoring group on Saturday will host its ninth annual fundraiser - p:earblossoms 2011-ALCHEMY - to help raise the funds needed to build positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation.
More than 100 silent auction items and 15 big-ticket live auction items will be available for bidding. Also on the agenda are a golden ticket raffle, drinks, appetizers and a full dinner. Performing will be Poison Waters, Holcombe Waller, Candace Bouchard of Oregon Ballet Theatre, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and others.
6 p.m. Saturday, May 14, Left Bank Annex, 101 N. Weidler St.; info: pearmentor.org; tickets $125, table for 10, $1,000.
• Fundraiser to fight child abuse
Since 1983, Listen To Kids has served over 200,000 people in the greater Portland metro area, working together with children and adults to end child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault through prevention and early intervention programs.
Le Jardin is the nonprofit's annual garden-themed charity event and celebration to raise funds and build awareness. The evening will include a live auction, music from the string quartet Quartetto Con Cibo, buffet dinner, hosted wine bar, chocolate desserts and the chance to win prizes. A portion of ticket prices are tax deductible.
6-9 p.m., Thursday, May 19, Melody Ballroom, 615 S.E. Alder St.; info: listentokids.org; tickets $50 in advance.