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New Avenues for Youth Ben and Jerry's opens at PSU

Portland nonprofit New Avenues for Youth inaugurates a second Ben and Jerry's PartnerShop Thursday, July 7, on the Portland State University campus.

Like its shop near Pioneer Square, the PSU Ben and Jerry's location will provide employment and skill training to more than 100 local homeless youth every year.

'Of all of our wonderful retailers, we're especially proud of our partnership with New Avenues for Youth because of their unique mission to enable homeless youth to get off the street,' says Mark Gregory, PSU's interim vice president of finance and administration. 'It's not just about the ice cream. We're very excited to have a Ben and Jerry's on campus.'

New Avenues for Youth, founded in 1997, provides at-risk youth education and support necessary to avoid lifetimes of homelessness.

Since the opening of the first Ben and Jerry's PartnerShop six years ago, New Avenues for Youth and the scoop store have provided jobs for nearly 130 at-risk youth and paid more than $500,000 in wages.

Entertainment and free ice cream cones from noon to 2 p.m. are part of the July 7 grand-opening ceremony.

Noon, Thursday, July 7, PSU Urban Center, 506 S.W. Mill St., www.newavenues.org

First Thursday Art Walk

Portland's classic First Thursday now includes a walk that supports a different cause each month. In July, the cause is the Red Lodge Transitional Services.

Walkers should meet at the Albina Community Bank at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7.

Red Lodge is a nonprofit organization that helps American Indians make the transition back into the community from prison or jail.

6 p.m., Thursday, July 7, 430 N.W. 10th Ave., www.padaoregon.org

Bikes for Humanity PDX donation and adoption drive

Bikes for Humanity PDX is holding its first donation and adoption drive Saturday, July 2, in Southeast Portland. Some of the bicycles refurbished by the nonprofit organization will be available at the event.

'Our mission is to sustainably increase public access to affordable and safe bicycles while empowering self-sufficiency in bicycle maintenance,' says Susan Judge of Bikes for Humanity. 'We do this by helping bicyclists of any economic status.'

Founded in 2008 by volunteers, B4HPDX offers financial aid and work-for-trade options to low-income bike buyers. The drive will feature a variety of bicycles, from cruisers to BMX bikes.

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8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 9, St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 S.E. Harrison St., www.facebook.com/BikesForHumanityPDX .