Portlanders doing good
by: Courtesy of Portland Public Schools Students at da Vinci Middle School are raising funds to get to a national creativity contest.

Feel like eating out? Head over to Northwest Portland, where four restaurants are holding dine-in nights this month to donate a portion of their proceeds to help feed the needy.

Organized by Mike Conklin, chef and owner of Lucy's Table restaurant, the effort is part of the month-long Nob Hill Food Drive to benefit Northwest Portland Ministries.

The nonprofit runs an emergency food box program for low-income residents in Northwest and Southwest Portland. They also give to the Food 4 Kids Backpack program benefiting children at Chapman Elementary.

The food drive weigh-in is set for May 6 at 8 a.m. at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, in conjunction with National Nurses' Week.

The dine-in lineup includes the following nights:

• May 18 at Santa Fe Taqueria, 831 N.W. 23rd Ave.

• May 24 at Escape from New York Pizza, 622 N.W. 23rd Ave.

• May 25 at Lucy's Table, 704 N.W. 21st Ave.

• May 26 at On Deck Sports Bar and Grill, 910 N.W. 14th Ave.

The food drive wraps up May 21 barbecue at Food Front Cooperative Grocery, 2375 N.W. Thurman St., with a food collection competition and raffles.

Throughout the month, people may drop off their shelf-stable food items at collection boxes across Northwest Portland. For a list of locations, visit

Students at two Portland schools just won state honors in Destination ImagiNation, a high-level team creativity challenge contest for kids.

Now the groups - at da Vinci Middle School and Wilson High School - are fundraising for the May 25 to 28 trip to Destination ImagiNation Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn.

'Typically parents of team members foot the bill for their participation, but this expense is beyond the means of the families involved,' says Connie Cheifetz, community liaison for da Vinci. 'We are appealing to the community to give these creative girls the opportunity to participate on the level they have earned.'

Destination ImagiNation draws students from across the district; other schools at the state tournament included Atkinson, Bridlemile, Duniway, Stephenson and Rieke elementary schools; Laurelhurst K-8 School; and East/West Sylvan and Jackson middle schools.

For more information about the group, e-mail Donna Dreis, coordinator of Oregon's metro regional Destination ImagiNation league, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Donate by calling 503-916-5356.

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