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The 17th annual Iranian Festival will be held Aug. 6 in the Portland State University Park Blocks.

Plan to attend Iranian Festival Aug. 6

The 17th-annual Iranian Festival showcases the values and traditions of Persian arts, culture and heritage.

And, the goal is to keep this vibrant culture flourishing. The event will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Portland State University Park Blocks, 1949 S.W. Park Ave. in Portland. The festival is sponsored by the Andisheh Center, whose mission is to build a bridge among communities in Oregon and Southwest Washington by celebrating the Iranian-American heritage through arts, culture and literature.

Organizers claim this year’s festival is “bigger and better than ever,” with more performances, more food and more vendors. Attendees can enjoy live music and dance performances, view classic Persian carpets and authentic outfits and taste traditional Persian food and desserts. There also will be interactive activities for children, such as face painting, storytelling, balloon art and animal exhibits from the Oregon Zoo.

Admission is free; canned food donations to the Oregon Food Bank are encouraged.

For more information, visit andisheh.org.

Don’t miss benefit concert for those in need

Pianists Timothy Walsh and Michael Veverka will present a dual piano concert at 4 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Chapel at Mary’s Woods as a benefit for St. Andre Bessette Parish, formerly known as the Downtown Chapel.

St. Andre’s serves people who suffer from poverty, homelessness, addiction and mental illness, offering food, hot beverages, hygiene items, clothing, haircuts and foot care as well as backpacks, sleeping bags, local bus tickets and other items that are donated. Their greatest need is sustainability of funding for basic services, staffing and other program needs.

A champagne reception will follow the concert.

A freewill offering will be taken at the concert with proceeds benefiting St. Andre Bessette Parish.

The Chapel at Mary’s Woods is located at 17400 Holy Names Drive on the Mary’s Woods campus in Lake Oswego.