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Cause + Event Foundation

The foundation plans to launch a road racing series in Portland, Nov. 11. At registration, runners can choose from one of several local charities to receive a donation from the foundation, or they can run for their own cause.

There will be a 5-kilometer walk, 5-kilometer run and 10-kilometer run in the Bethany area of Northwest Portland.

Race director Amy Little says she was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer this year and “now, more than ever, I can see the significance of what we’re doing. It’s special, and I’m blessed to have the opportunity.”

For example, if you are so inclined, part of your proceeds can help fund “PDX Pop Now!” for its 10th anniversary festival.

Fees are $30 for runners on teams of five or more, or $45 for individual runners. For more information, go to www.causeandeventportland.com.

Veterans Day parade

The 38th annual Ross Hollywood Veterans Day parade will feature the family of a deceased soldier as its grand marshal.

Corp. Keaton Coffey of the U.S. Marine Corps, from Boring, died May 24, 2012, in combat operations in Afghanistan, during his second deployment.

The parade starts at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Hollywood District, beginning at Northeast 40th Avenue and Hancock Street, traveling east on Northeast Sandy Boulevard to Northeast 48th Avenue.

A memorial presentation follows at Ross Hollywood Chapel, 4733 N.E. Thompson St., and guest speakers will include Corporal Coffey’s family members.

“Wedding Affair”

Plan your wedding in one day! The Portland Art Museum is playing host to an event all about trends in nuptials, where you can meet artists, caterers, decor and floral designers, photographers, musicians, cake artisans and many more. It takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. For info, go to www.bravoweddingaffair.com.

Chief chef

Cooking Light magazine has named Andy Ricker of Portland restaurant Pok Pok as a 2012 Trailblazing Chef, one of seven such chefs in the country. The winners are featured in the Cooking Light 25th anniversary issue on newsstands now. Ricker won The Global Flavor Award for his contributions at the thai restaurant. Ricker had been named Best Chef Northwest Award last year by the James Beard Foundation.

1,000 gardens

The city of Portland has reached its goal of developing, or facilitating the development of, 1,000 Portland community garden plots. It was part of the city’s 2009 Climate Action Goal, headed by city commissioner Nick Fish, and meant to improve access to healthy, sustainable food.

The city has 45 community gardens managed by Portland Parks & Recreation, and assists with community gardens led by partner organizations.

Industry & Art

Portland International Airport welcomes the first-ever exhibit to its rotating art program, now on display along Concourse B through April 2013.

The new exhibit is a juried collection of art celebrating the people and industries of the working waterfront — vibrant colors, mixed mediums, using water color and acrylic paintings of ships and cranes, photographs of crew members working on vessels and abstract images of industrial life on the Portland harbor.

The Industry & Art show is held annually at Vigor Industrial.

Portland Shakespeare Project

Michael Nehring has been named education and associate director of the Portland Shakespeare Project. He’s professor of theatre at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

The Portland Shakespeare Project offers classes and educational programs designed to raise proficiency, broaden knowledge and enrich understanding of classical material and contemporary works that honor the traditions of classical theatre.

Nehring earned his Masters of Theatre degree at the University of Oregon. He’ll spend summers and many weekends in Portland with his new duties.

Tackling declawing

A new documentary nominated for the Sundance Film Festival, “The Paw Project” details the grassroots movement to protect felines from declawing. About 25 percent of domesticated cats are declawed in the United States; it’s an amputation of the last bone in a cat’s toe.

A screening will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St. Admission is free. For info, go to www.pawproject.org.

Hollywood marquee

Hollywood Theatre has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to install a new marquee. The current marquee is crumbling and leaking through the roof, slowly damaging the beautiful facade.

The goal is to raise $55,000 to fabricate and install a new neon, illuminated sign based on Hollywood’s original marquee from 1926. Look up Hollywood’s campaign at www.kickstarter.com.

by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION - Native American Family Day features plenty of native-themed arts and crafts, activities and food, Friday, Nov. 16 at East Portland Community Center.

Native American Family Day

Portland Parks & Recreation puts on the celebration, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

A blessing by native elders takes place at 4:30 p.m., and the event also features the Native Youth Art Show, tribal maps, arts and crafts, a family swim and open gym, a native display and Indian tacos.