Keeping My People, fundraiser for Brother to Brother, 6 p.m. Saturday, Portland State University, 710 S.W. Jackson St., Native American Student and Community Center, $50. Call 503-417-7991.

Chimpanzee conservation benefit, featuring the Dancing Out Loud marimba band, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Laughing Planet Cafe, 3765 N. Mississippi Ave., $5 donation. Call 503-643-8302.

Fundraiser barbecues, benefit Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church and New Generation Revival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3, at all New Seasons Market locations, $4 for sausage, chips and water or soda. Visit for locations.

License to Spend, annual auction for Cleveland High School, 5 p.m. March 3, Oaks Park Pavilion, 7100 Oaks Park Way. Tickets $25 ($30 after Feb. 24), available at, at New Seasons Seven Corners store, 1954 S.E. Division St., or by calling 503-233-2746.


Portland State University seeks volunteers for the two-day special event Endowed Lecture in History, March 8-9, at Portland State University with Women in the West historian Virginia Scharff. Call 503-725-3917, or visit


Caffe Democratica, one of the Multnomah County Democratic Party's annual political fundraisers, raised over $15,000 and drew a capacity crowd of more than 450 supporters to Southeast Portland's Melody Ballroom last month with pasta, a silent auction and populist commentator Jim Hightower as the featured speaker. Caffe Democratica, an annual fundraising dinner, silent auction and democracy fair organized by the Multnomah County Democrats, raises money to help support grass-roots organizing efforts of the county party and brings party supporters together.

Luze Toledo, a Portland resident, is the winner of DragonTree Spa's Sugar and Spice Contest, which invited residents to nominate community-minded friends or family to win a complimentary day at the spa valued at $300. Briana Borten, owner of the DragonTree, designed the Sugar and Spice Contest as a way to reward hard-working members of the community. Toledo is a single mom, raising two children and attending Marylhurst University in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in cultural and historical studies. Nominated by her classmate, Meredith Olsen, Toledo works as a social-services provider and job coach at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization. Toledo hopes to eventually become an immigration lawyer. 

Events are free unless otherwise noted.

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