Grand Central Bakery Grand Opening, 714 N Fremont, Sat Mar 11, 7 am-6 pm, free

The always-reliable Grand Central Bakery's empire just keeps on growing with this weekend's opening of a new bakery/café/commissary in North Portland. Door prizes such as pies, pastries, and gift certificates will be given away throughout the day, and you'll even get to go behind the scenes of the new bakery between 9 am and 1 pm. Ten percent of all proceeds from the grand opening weekend will be donated to neighboring Boise Elliot Elementary School. CSB

Full Pints Fundraiser, BridgePort BrewPub & Bakery, 1313 NW Marshall, Thurs Mar 9, 6-11 pm

If you haven't had a chance to check out the newly renovated BridgePort BrewPub, you should: It's enormous, with a vastly improved menu (adios mediocre pizzas), a full bar (three of them, to be exact), and a sleek industrial interior design (adios picnic tables). Tonight's fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank is as good a chance as any: Handcrafted ceramic mugs will be available for perusing and purchasing for $25, a price that includes a pint of BridgePort ale of your choice. And all the mugs were donated by local and national potters attending the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts 40th Annual Conference, so they're the real deal. CSB

Home Sweet Home 2006, Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, Thurs Mar 9, 7-9:30 pm, 21 and over, $30

Home Sweet Home is a chocolate celebration benefiting Northwest Housing Alternatives (nwhouse.org). Local chocolatiers and merchants including Chunk-o-Hunk, JoPa, Saint Cupcake, Piece of Cake, Wingnut Confections, Twila's English Toffee, Zbeanz, Staccato Gelato, and Million Dollar Fudge Fixin's will provide scrumptious chocolate samples in their various forms. Fudge, cake, gelato, truffles, candies, toffee, and even gourmet chocolate popcorn will be part of the heavenly spread, which you will indulge in while listening to a mini-concert by 3 Leg Torso. Plus! $25 of your ticket price is tax deductible! CSB