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Bridge Bash at Cathedral Park, take Lombard west from Portland, park is under the east side of the St. Johns Bridge, Sat Sept 17, gates open at 11 am, free
Cathedral Park is one of the coolest parks in Portland, and it's even cooler stocked with food, beer, and bands. Vendors include the Horn of Africa restaurant and My Brothers BBQ, plus tons of beer and wine vendors. Don't miss performances by Kinzel and Hyde, Uluwehi Hula Troupe, the huge MarchFourth Marching Band, plus many more. Proceeds go to William Temple House, which helps low-income Portland families, and you're encouraged to bring canned or boxed food, hygiene products, and clothing (especially undergarments). KS
Walkabout Thursdays Barfly and Pyramid Pub Crawl, Meet at the Bitter End, 1981 W Burnside, Thurs Sept 15, 6:30 pm, free
Join professional partier Jen Lane, the Barfly Mag crew, and a guy dressed up like a bottle of Pyramid beer for a walking tour of Portland's drinking establishments. This is a great way to entertain yourself, meet people, and get totally wasted. Along the four-plus bar tour you'll be treated to trivia questions, games, treasure hunts, and kickass drink specials. KS
Il Piatto Hurricane Katrina Fundraiser, 2348 SE Ankeny, 236-4997
If you've had Il Piatto on your list to head back to or if you've never eaten there, now is a good time. In order to help the hurricane relief effort the Italian restaurant is donating 25 percent of their sales to Mercy Corps or the American Red Cross—you choose where you'd like the money to go. Both organizations are very reliable in using donation money to help the cause (rather than pay administrators' giant salaries), so you can feel satisfied that your money is helping the effort and that your stomach is full of pasta and wine. KS