Worthy Causes

Portlanders doing good

• Students helping students

Juniors and seniors in a Southridge High School history class are conducting a fundraiser Friday to support the athletics complex at Roosevelt High School known as St. Johns TRAC (Theodore Roosevelt Athletic Complex). The event includes a football game, raffles and a doughnut hole eating contest.

'It seemed like a really good idea,' says Alix Brewster, one of the student organizers. 'We've been learning all year about how the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer.'

Proceeds from donations will go entirely to St. Johns TRAC, a $3 million community improvement project that aims to benefit the St. Johns neighborhood by improving the athletic facilities.

The fundraiser is part of a tradition started by seniors in the International Baccalaureate History of Latin America class a few years ago. Students put on the event as a final project.

Friday, June 10, from 5-9 p.m. For more information, visit st johnstrac.com or call Southridge High School, 503-259-5400.

• Oregon Humane Society notes successes

A tabby cat that was dying after being abandoned by a transient was nursed back to health by the Oregon Humane Society and adopted on May 29. Society volunteer Joanne Godfrey brought the cat, named Milagro, into her home as a birthday present to herself. Milagro's former owner faces animal neglect charges.

'Helping Milagro grow back into a typical cat has given me a sense of purpose and support,' Godfrey says.

The society also support Senate Bill 805, which was approved by the Oregon Legislature last month to set the nation's first standard of care for egg-laying hens. Provisions include a ban on battery cages. Oregon egg producers will be required to invest a estimated $65 million to establish animal housing modeled after the 'enhanced colony system' endorsed by the American Humane Association.

'This legislation will set a new bar for animal welfare,' says Humane Society Executive Director Sharon Harmon.

The group is the Northwest's oldest and largest humane society. It receives no funding from national humane groups (such as the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States) and relies on private donations to support its adoption, education and animal cruelty investigation programs.

Visit oregonhumane.org for more information or to contribute.

• Film looks at tar oil controversy

The award-winning documentary SPOIL premiers in Oregon tonight at the Hollywood Theater. Hosted by Tar Free Oregon, a project of the National Wildlife Federation, the 7 p.m. screening is open to all ages and free.

Portland film director Trip Jennings and Marven Robinson, one of the subjects of SPOIL, will hold a question-and-answer session, with Robinson participating via video from his home in the periled Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia.

'I have traveled all over the world, but I have never seen a place or culture more beautiful,' says Jennings.

In the film, the Great Bear Rainforest is threatened by a proposed pipeline carrying oil from the Alberta tar sands to the West Coast.

The screening comes just before June 16, International Stop the Tar Sands Day.

For more information, go to facebook.com/SpoilFilm.