Worthy Causes


Zoo Foundation hosts Zoolala

Sea lions, elephants, orangutans and other zoo residents will dance under the moonlight Saturday, July 16, at the Oregon Zoo Foundation's Zoolala fundraiser.

Featured animals are a new twist this year at the gala presented by Spirit Mountain Casino. Human guests can partake in classic carnival sports and Monte Carlo games of chance while watching performers from hula-hoopers to a singing mermaid and enjoying food and drinks prepared by more than 25 of Portland's top restaurants.

Tickets are $90 for zoo members and $100 for non-members.

The zoo will close to visitors at 3 p.m. Saturday for the program.

Doors open 6 p.m. at Gate E, the old zoo entrance.

Saturday, July 16, the Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-220-2785, zoolala.org

County Animal Shelter hosts 'Petlandia'

Pet adoption bash 'Petlandia' hosted by Multnomah County Animal Services is set during the Summerfest Parade 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, in downtown Troutdale.

After participating in the parade as part of a 'Pitties in Pink' theme with volunteers and shelter dogs, partygoers will catch the trolley to the Multnomah County Animal Shelter. Special low adoption fees will be offered during the event.

Petlandia features live music, learning booths, dog-training demonstrations and a raffle with prizes from sponsors Nostrana Restaurant, Grand Central Bowl and Rudy's Barbershop.

11 a.m., Saturday, July 16, Troutdale, Second and Kendall, free, multcopets.org

Taiko benefit in the Chinese Garden

Pacific Northwest drum ensemble Portland Taiko brings its traditional Japanese art form to the Lan Su Chinese Garden Wednesday, July 20, for a fundraiser.

Taiko by Starlight is an annual fundraiser benefiting the ensemble's arts and art-education programs. At this sixth benefit, Portland Taiko invokes the Tanaba festival, a traditional Japanese star celebration marking the union of the two lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi.

Wednesday's event features food, sake tasting, a silent auction and the popular Mystery Origami sale.

Tickets, on sale through Friday, July 15, are $75 for admission to the event. $100 covers admission and entry into a drawing for an iPad 2.0.

7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St., 503-205-0715, portland taiko.org