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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Brown Girl Rise and Atabey Medicine Fundraiser
Get down to great tunes, nosh on food cart fare from the Portland Mercado’s slew of Latin American offerings, and support Brown Girl Rise (BGR) and Atabey Medicine. BGR is a free program that empowers young, school-aged femmes of color. Atabey Medicine offers herbal apprenticeship for people of color. (Full disclosure: I’m DJing at this event). Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster, 6-11 pm, FREE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Plumper Pumpkin Patch Food Drive
Fight hunger and procrastination by visiting this Rock Creek pumpkin patch any time between September 29 and October 5 and bringing donat ions for their non-perishable food drive. As thanks, you’ll receive $1 off admission. Highest needs include nut butters, rice, tuna, shelf-stable milk, cash donations, and more. Plumper Pumpkin Patch and Tree Farm, 11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass, September 29 through October 5, 9 am-5 pm daily, $6

Self-Care is Car Care
Have you longed to use a dipstick with finesse but have no idea what it is or where to put it? Learn the basics of car maintenance at this workshop for women and non-binary people! Spots limited to 15 attendees, so register on Eventbrite in advance. Leaven Community, 5431 NE 20th, 10 am-noon, $5-50 sliding scale

Dogtoberfest
Pamper your pooch with a wash, nail trim, massage, and more in the name of DoveLewis Blood Bank—a service that provides over 500 dogs and cats with lifesaving blood transfusions. Register online to skip the dog wash line at dovelewis.org/dogtoberfest. Lucky Labrador Brewing Company, 915 SE Hawthorne, 11 am-5 pm, $10-20

MONDAY, OCTOBER 1

Why Arts and Culture Matter
Hear Portland City Council candidates Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith discuss the intersection of arts and culture. Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, 10301 NE Glisan, 6-8:15 pm, FREE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2

Debate Watch Party
Youth-led non-profit the Bus Project will host a gubernatorial debate featuring Oregon candidates from three political parties. Children and youth will grill said political hopefuls during the debate, while attendees are encouraged to listen keenly while diving into a special edition of gubernatorial BINGO. All ages until 8 pm. Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand, 6-8 pm, FREE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4

Bingo & Brews Strikes Back
If physically tending to trails isn’t your jam, consider helping Columbia Gorge restoration efforts by playing bingo at this fundraiser for Trail Keepers of Oregon. Cards start at $2 and you’ll have a chance to win awesome prizes! US Outdoor Store, 219 SW Broadway, 5:30-8 pm, FREE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

O-Vary Funny! A Stand-Up Fundraiser
Fight ovarian cancer at this comedy night featuring Alex Falcone (AKA Portland’s Funniest Person 2018), which also boasts plenty of cocktails and dinner—all in support of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington. DoubleTree Hotel Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah, 6-10 pm, $75+

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

The 10th Annual Great Willamette Clean Up
Sure, the Willamette River isn’t perfect, but have you heard about the Willamette Riverkeepers’ great work at helping it get there? They offer vital restoration and protection, and you can support the cause by paddling out in a kayak or boat and cleaning trash in good company! Eat some well-earned free lunch after, but be sure to reserve your spot online. Sellwood Riverfront Park, 1 SE Spokane, 8:30 am-noon, FREE

Renters’ Rights Volunteer Hotline Training
Eat cupcakes and get in-depth training on Oregon landlord-tenant laws and legal services so you can contribute to the amazing volunteer-run Renters Rights Hotline operated by the Community Alliance of Tenants! Register by emailing coya@oregoncat.org or calling 503-460-0130 ext. 131. Community Alliance of Tenants, 2710 NE 14th, 1:30-4:30 pm, FREE

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

Grand Opening and Fundraiser for Seagrape
Seagrape, a magical queer-run witchy shop of wonders, is expanding to include a space dedicated to offering workshops and an ADA-accessible event space. They need your help with financing the build-out! Event includes tarot readings, a DIY bath soak making station, raffles, live music, and so much more! Seagrape Workshop + Event Center, 4810 NE Garfield, 4-8 pm, FREE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9

InFARMation: Pasture-Raised Poultry
Learn about the state of poultry at this panel featuring poultry farmers and local Portland business owners. From federal rules about chicken processing, to the difference between pasture-raised and free-range, you’ll get it all with some tasty snacks available for purchase. Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway, 6-9 pm, FREE

Non-Partisan Election Forum II
Now’s your chance to hear directly from Multnomah County Auditor candidates, Scott Learn and Jennifer McGuirk, at this non-partisan forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Portland. Multnomah County Courthouse, 1021 SW 4th, 7-9 PM, FREE