Help animals affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society is making funds available to help defray the extraordinary costs incurred by the companion animal rescue groups and other organizations saving and caring for pets impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

The organization is based in Kanab, Utah. It is a no-kill leader that partners with municipalities and organizations to save lives in the nation’s animal shelters and also operates the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary.

Best Friends’ relief efforts will target animals and shelters impacted by Hurricane Sandy across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Funds also will support the transport of displaced shelter pets to Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network Partners located outside of storm-affected areas — expected to begin in the next several days. Limited fuel supplies, road closures and driving restrictions in some affected areas are complicating factors.

To make a donation visit Gifts will be used exclusively for Best Friends’ relief work to help animals during this and other disasters.

Attend a WorkSource symposium

The Workforce Investment Council, Worksystems, Inc., and Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council will host a WorkSource Portland Metro ProSTEP Connect symposium on Nov. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

The event is designed specifically for job seekers looking for careers in software, information technology and high-tech manufacturing. The symposium will offer interactive sessions and panels featuring expertise from industry insiders, talent management professionals and job search experts.

Pre-registration for the symposium is required. For more information or to register, visit

Take part in events at the LO library

Pauls Toutonghi, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. — Called "whipsmart and hilarious" by internationally bestselling author Darin Strauss, Pushcart Prize-winning author Pauls Toutonghi quickly commanded the attention of national media from New York Times to NPR with his debut novel “Red Weather.” Toutonghi was born in Seattle to an Egyptian father and a Latvian mother. His work has appeared in the New York Times, VQR, Sports Illustrated, Zoetrope, Glimmer Train, The Harvard Review and One Story, as well as online at Salon, The Rumpus, Bookslut, The Millions, and elsewhere. He is the father of twins and teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

Attend the "Understanding Your Brain" lecture

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research will host its annual Saward Lecture on Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets are free but required. Register for tickets online at or by call 503-335-2466.

This year’s speaker is David Eagleman, PhD, a neuroscientist and the author of “Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Unconscious Brain,” which became a New York Times bestseller and was named a Book of the Year by Amazon, Goodreads, The Houston Chronicle and The Boston Globe.

Eagleman’s lecture is titled “You are what you think: Understanding how your brain controls your behavior, and how you can use that knowledge to improve your health.” Eagleman has joint appointments in the departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is the founder and director of Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law.

“We are excited to be bringing such a dynamic and thought-provoking scientist to Portland for this year’s Saward Lecture,” said Mary L. Durham, PhD, director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. “If you’ve had a chance to hear David Eagleman on the radio or on television, you know how effectively he can discuss complex scientific subjects, such as how our unconscious thoughts impact our behavior.”

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research was founded in 1964. For more information, http://visit

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