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• Sweat It Up for education

The nonprofit Step It Up Inc., which offers programs to low-income and minority youth, helping high school students gain internships and achieve education and career goals, is hosting a benefit run-and-walk Saturday at Irving Park in Northeast Portland.

A free breakfast and possible prizes will await participants after they finish the Sweat It Up 5K loop through the Irvington and King neighborhoods.

The walk begins at 9 a.m. June 25. The run begins at 9:30 a.m. Same-day registration starts at 8:15 a.m.

To register online before the event, go to sweatitup.eventbrite.com. The $10 entry package includes a spot in the race and a raffle ticket. Sweat It Up Deluxe for $50 adds a souvenir T-shirt to the deal, and $25 of the price is tax-deductible.

Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m., Registration at 8:15 a.m.; Irving Park, Northeast Seventh Avenue and Fremont Street; stepitupinc.org.

• Gardens host cancer research benefit

The weekend will be full of food, wine and music at Farmington Gardens in Beaverton to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The event, Pink Days, offers children's activities and live bands from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Radio host Helen Raptis speaks at 2 p.m. Saturday. Television show host Anne Jaeger will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday. Both women are breast cancer survivors.

Hydrangeas called Invincibelle Spirit will be for sold for $1 each to benefit the foundation. Donations are also encouraged.

Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Farmington Gardens, 21815 S.W. Farmington Road, Aloha; blog.farmingtongardens.com.

• Walk a second time around for hydrocephalus

Portland's Miller family worked with the national Hydrocephalus Association to organize a second annual walk at Blue Lake Park in Fairview at 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Donations will go toward research benefiting victims of hydrocephalus - including 6-year-old Grant Miller. Hydrocephalus is a condition that causes strokes, seizures and brain damage. Tara Miller, Grant's mother, is one of the million or so Americans whose lives are affected by hydrocephalus, which causes fluid to accumulate in the brain.

Walkers in the event will hike for two miles. The walk is followed by a barbecue lunch.

Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. to noon; Blue Lake Park, 20500 N.E. Marine Drive, Fairview; walk4hydro.kintera.org/Portland.

• Park clean-up along the Willamette River

SOLV's Project Oregon brings Oregonians together to improve the environment and build a legacy of stewardship.

On Sunday, join SOLV in St. Johns for its Cathedral Park clean-up.There will be music at the amphitheater for volunteers to enjoy before and after the clean-up, with snacks and water provided for all participants.

The area is slippery and hazardous (broken glass), so wear protective shoes and bring garden gloves and old plastic grocery bags.

Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;Cathedral Park, North Edison Street and Pittsburg Avenue. Register at solv.org/programs/forms/form_VolRegistration.asp?EventID=18950.