Sustainable Life

Support indigenous people at holiday fair

On Wednesday and Thursday, tribal members, government agencies, corporate institutions and 'Indianpreneurs' will come together for 'Trading at the River,' a conference focusing on ways in which Native Americans can use their traditions to earn a living.

As part of the conference, the public is invited to a trade show featuring local and regional Native American artists and craftspeople.

Dozens of vendors have signed up, including acclaimed artist Lillian Pitt, a member of the Warm Springs/Wasco and Yakama tribes, Soaring Hawk Crafts and several jewelry makers.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1-2, Red Lion Hotel-Jantzen Beach, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, free,

Time to give green

The fifth annual Give Green! Food and Gift Fair offers local and sustainable products and services from more than 60 vendors and benefits P:EAR, a nonprofit that offers educational and emotional assistance to homeless and transitional youths.

Create your own green gift registry as you sample and purchase organic wine, chocolate and coffee and try on clothes made of natural fibers.

New this year is a harvest festival celebrating the best bounty of the season, as well as the opportunity to participate in a 'Green' Elephant Gift Exchange and enter to win a catered organic holiday meal for 10.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4-5, DoubleTree-Lloyd Center, 1000 N.E. Multnomah Blvd., 503-231-4848,, $3 suggested donation

Eat and drink for health of the Tualatin River

Celebrate the Oregon eating and drinking harvests at the scenic Cooper Mountain Vineyards while benefiting the important work of the Tualatin Riverkeepers.

The event features nature-themed artwork from a dozen area artists who produce ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, glass, handmade books, prints, photography and knit items, which will be available for purchase. Guitarist Tony Smiley will provide live entertainment.

The mission of the Tualatin Riverkeepers is to maintain and conserve the water quality and green space of the Tualatin River, trying to sustain it as a resource for fish, animals and humans.

The ticket price for the annual Fall Fest includes appetizers and a glass of Cooper Mountain's 100 percent organic and biodynamic wine.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, Cooper Mountain Vineyards, 9480 S.W. Grabhorn Road, Beaverton, 503-620-7507, $20,

- Audrey Van Buskirk

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