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• Fashion fights domestic violence

Get ready to kick up your heels for a good cause as Wine, Women and Shoes makes its Oregon debut on May 19. The fundraising event will benefit Bradley Angle, the West Coast's original domestic violence shelter.

Named for Sharon Bradley and Pam Angle, victims of street violence in Portland, the shelter has worked to provide domestic violence and sexual assault support services for survivors and their children since 1975.

Created by women for women, the Wine, Women and Shoes benefit will feature an evening of auctions, wine tastings from Northwest wineries Sokol Blosser, WineWorks, WillaKenzie, Goose Ridge, King Estate, Barefoot Wineries, Basel Cellars and more, and fashionable footwear by Shop Adorn, Stella and Dot, Oh! Shoes, Beth and Maggie, Shoeinverse, Artemis Boots, Diana E. Kelley, Lisa Mackey and Cookie Lee.

6-9 p.m., Thursday, May 19, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1441 N.E. Second Ave.; info: bradleyangle.org or 503-232-1528 x204; tickets: $75, $100 VIP (includes exclusive swag bag.)

• Walk for a heart-healthy cause

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading killer in the U.S.? The American Heart Association's mission is to prevent heart disease and stroke by helping people adopt healthier lifestyle choices. Join thousands of walkers from the Portland metro area as they step out to have fun, get inspired and support a meaningful cause at the three-mile Start! Heart and Stroke Walk on May 21.

The walk begins at 10 a.m. and includes a one-mile Survivors Walk. Participants are eligible for a Start! Heart Walk T-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100.

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Saturday, May 21, Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, Southeast Water Avenue at Hawthorne Boulevard. To donate or register, call 503-290-3481, or visit greaterportlandheartwalk.org; free.

• Help our military write home

On May 13, the crafting group Operation Write Home created its 1 millionth handmade card for U.S. servicemen and women to send home to their loved ones.

Since the nonprofit formed in 2007, 6,000 paper crafters nationally have volunteered their time and effort sending a steady supply of blank greeting cards to deployed Americans.

'The amount of joy that the soldier has in picking the card and writing the letter is matched or exceeded by the lucky recipient of that card,' says one soldier serving in Iraq.

Jo-Ann Craft Stores awarded Operation Write Home with a $25,000 grant to pay for materials and postage last year, and Archway Cookies donates baked goods to be shipped with the cards. The group's Facebook page also has thousands of hobbyist fans who exchange ideas on paper crafting and hear feedback from card recipients overseas.

For information on how to donate handmade cards, materials, postage or in-kind contributions, visit operationwritehome.org or facebook.com/opwritehome.

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