Two of the fun lovinest places in NE North Portland are having anniversaries this month, and that means you get celebrate with them and reap the benefits.

First up is Saraveza [1004 N Killingsworth St.]. This bottle shop, pasty purveyor, and beer hall has been a Midwesterners Northeastern Shangri-La for one full year now. It’s also been embraced whole-heartedly by the beer community, becoming a kind-of sudsy social club for brewers and drinkers alike.

On October 17th the Killingsworth beer-joint will be celebrating a great first year with cake, bratwurst, a Russian River Consecration toast, and server selected taps. It’s a full day event, so make sure you stop in.

Next up, Flavour Spot [2310 N Lombard St. & the corner of Fremont and Mississippi] launches into SPOTfest:09 on October 24th to celebrate their anniversary. The beloved waffle stop has been keeping the denizens of Mississippi fed with all things sweet, hot, and cold for three years now and they are still going strong.

To make sure you know how strong they are, they’ve committed to serving you free waffles (!!!!!!) from 9 am to 3 pm [at the corner of Fremont and Mississippi], followed by a make your own sundae bar, followed by the Ms. Pac-Man tourney finals! All they ask is that you provide a can of food, a new pair of socks, or an unwrapped toy. An easy fee to enter into waffle Nirvana.

If you think you’re bad-ass enough at Ms. Pac-Man to rule the tournament, prelims start at Flavour Spot, October 17th at dark. Hey, maybe after you rock some Ms. Pac-Man you could go to Saraveza and eat some cake!