Worthy Causes


Hot dogs aid parks foundation

A hot dog sale at local New Seasons Markets Saturday and Sunday will give the Portland Parks Foundation a boost.

People purchasing hot dogs and chips for $6 at any Portland-area New Seasons store will help the foundation. Proceeds from the sale will go to aid Portland's parks.

8 a.m.-10 p.m. (most stores) Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10; $6 per hot dog; www.newseasonsmarket.com .

Beach party lands in courthouse square

A national beach party is hitting Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square beginning Friday, July 15.

Yoshida's Sand in the City, presented by Pacific Power, features sand sculptures and hands-on exhibits for children. Funds raised by the event benefit Impact NW, a nonprofit helping children, families and seniors get out of poverty.

Admission is $3 per person before 6:30 p.m. and $5 after 6:30. The cost for families is $10 at all times. All-inclusive tickets are available for $50.

Friday's opening activities include a six-hour race by corporate teams that have trained for more than a month to build elaborate sand sculptures designed with the help of architects.

The Children's Inspiration Village will be the scene of four exhibits with a giant sand box where children can build castles and have their faces painted.

Live music is planned Friday night, and drinks from the Beer and Wine Cove are available. Saturday night, Luau in the City features Hawaiian Charm and Ka Pa Hula o Kanaeaupuni.

More than 600 volunteers and 350 sand sculptors have come together to put on the event, and 65,000 guests are expected to attend.

Friday, July 15, Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17; Pioneer Courthouse Square; $3 for early admission; $50 for all-inclusive tickets; www.sandinthecitypdx.com .

Old Church sets free concert series

Portland's historic Old Church hosts free one-hour concerts every Wednesday at noon this summer. Donations are welcome.

July will be packed with local and international music. Shin-Young Kwon, a member of the Oregon Symphony Players, tickles a violin solo this Wednesday, July 20. Listen for Bach's Partita No. 2. Robert Knupp, associate professor of organ at Mississippi College, will play a classical selection July 27 on the Hook and Hastings tracker organ of 1883.

The Old Church, at Southwest 11th Avenue and Clay Street, built in 1882, is one of the oldest buildings in the Pacific Northwest.

Noon, Wednesday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 27; The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave.; free; www.oldchurch.org .