For seven years now, Neighbors for a Livable West Linn has held an auction to raise funds for Computers for Kids. This year's event is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5, at the corner of Tannler Drive and Bland Circle.

The project benefits children of low-income households who aren't able to buy home computers. NLWL hopes to purchase four computers with the funds raised at the auction, which would bump its tally up to 28 donated in the history of the event.

'What's nice is people know us now, and so do the vendors,' said Roberta Schwarz, cofounder of NLWL. 'People can just come out and enjoy themselves.'

And, there's a lot to get excited about at the auction. This year has seen 82 items donated, and big-ticket items include Columbia Sportswear men's and women's jackets, a handmade children's dollhouse and a limited-edition framed print by Bill Brant Photography.

However, there a number of smaller items available as well. These range from gift certificates to Piece of Cake Bakery to a one-month membership to Fit for Life. There's bound to be something to pique everyone's interest, including kids.

'Some of the items are geared toward kids, and it's fun for them to participate in the bidding,' Schwarz said.

There will be a pizza and salad dinner plus fine wine and non-alcoholic drinks. The event is free to attend, but if you plan on doing any bidding, a pocketbook will come in handy.

All the computers purchased through NLWL will go to low-income families in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

'We're doing good by doing well,' Schwarz said. 'Each auction is a hoot, and we're hoping this year will be a success.'

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