TUES 12/4: Forest Defense Is Climate Defense Mercury Staff

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Tree Sale Fundraiser
Holiday tree alert: Vibe of Portland is selling noble firs! Today is the last day for pre-sales with pick-up times scheduled for November 23 through 25, though you can stop by during open hours any time between November 24 and December 23. Earnings will benefit Vibe’s student scholarship program, expand class offerings, and support their work providing access to arts and music for underserved youth. Vibe of Portland, 5633 SE Division, noon–11:59 pm, $40-110

Portland Tofurky Trot
Walk, trot, or wheel alongside fellow lovers of plant-based lifestyles this Tofurky Day. All participants receive a tote bag, treats, and beverages at no additional cost. Dogs are welcome and children receive discounted admission. All funds benefit several Oregon-based animal-focused nonprofits including Out to Pasture Sanctuary and Northwest Veg. Check-in and same-day registration from 7:30 to 8:30 am. Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, 9-11 am, $35

Rose Haven Benefit Portrait Project
This fall, photographer Linnea Osterberg offered her stunning portrait skills to raise $5,000 for Rose Haven, a day shelter and community center serving women and children facing houselessness, abuse, and poverty. Make a $100 donation to Rose Haven and receive a one-hour sitting for your family, a five-by-seven-inch print, and a $100 gift certificate towards a portrait order. The project will culminate with selected images on display for a community exhibit. Sign up online for final sessions happening daily through November 30. Linnea Portrait Studio, 1801 NW Upshur #300, 10 am-2 pm, $100


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Native American Marketplace and Family
Day
Did you know Portland occupies land that belonged to the Chinook, Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tualatin Kalapuya, and Molalla tribes? This Thanksgiving, give thanks to and support the works of Native American tribal members at this family-fun day filled with vendors, crafts, free roller skating and swimming, and an Indian taco fundraiser supporting the incredible Delta Park Pow Wow. Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd, 10 am-5 pm, FREE

Gather: A Local Pop Up Shop
Skip Black Friday and jump right into Small Business Saturday at this event benefitting the Cupcake Girls—a nonprofit offering nonjudgmental support and services to sex industry workers and those affected by sex trafficking (two very different situations). Promised wares include locally made candles, ceramics, jewelry, and much more. Leftbank Project, 240 N Broadway, 11 am-5 pm, FREE


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Lan Su Food Drive and Free Day
Bring non-perishable foods and receive free admission to the beautiful Lan Su Chinese Gardens as thanks. Most requested items include rice, tuna, beans, shelf-stable milk, canned tomatoes, low/no sugar nut butters, and nutritious foods in general. Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett, 10 am-4 pm, FREE


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Conscious Comedy with Nick Condon
Every last Wednesday of the month, local improv enthusiast and comic Nick Condon teams up with the Oregon Public House to offer a night of all-ages PG-13 fun highlighting a nonprofit partner. November’s beneficiary is Carpe Mundi, which provides scholarships, year-long mentorship, and study-abroad opportunities for low income, first gen college students in Portland. Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum, 7-9:30 pm, $12


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Nonprofit Advocacy Training
Midterms may be over, but opportunities for civic participation aren’t! Oregon Women’s Equity Coalition invites nonprofit orgs interested in learning more about differences between grassroots and direct lobbying, 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) status, and electoral engagement at this free legislative advocacy training. Center for Philanthropy, 221 NW 2nd, 8:30 am-11:30 am, FREE


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

Author Q&A for Rethinking Incarceration
In his first book, Reverend Domonique Gilliard examines the intersections of mass incarceration and Christianity. Join him for a morning of conversation, community, and learning. West Hills Covenant Church, 5815 SW Gillcrest Ct, 9 am-noon, FREE


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2

Unpacking Racial Identity for All
According to Astrid Castro, the educational consultant and former executive director of Adoption Mosaic, “The decision to adopt across racial/cultural lines is a lifelong commitment to exploring matters of race.” This comprehensive workshop invites current and prospective transracial adoptive parents as well as professionals to delve into topics like whiteness as a race, white privilege, and the varying developmental stages of racial identity. Catholic Charities, 2740 SE Powell, 1-5 pm, $60-90

Youth Market PDX: Night Market
Supporting young people is hip any time of year. Stop by the inaugural edition of a pop-up series hosted by Marrow PDX featuring Portland metro makers between the ages of 10 and 24. This is a nut- and scent-free venue, but unfortunately not an ADA-accessible space. Can’t make it this time? Stay in touch by following Youth Market on Instagram @youthmarketpdx. Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum, 6-9 pm, FREE


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4

Forest Defense Is Climate Defense
Clearcutting, or the process of cutting down a large group of trees in one fell swoop, is controversial. While some proponents—like the Oregon Forest Resources Institute—argue it’s efficient and economical, opponents cite this form of logging as major source of carbon emissions. Hear what several panelists have to say at this event organized by Oregon Wild, Climate Action Coalition, and many others. Early birds can enjoy a happy hour stocked with free beer, wine, and snacks beginning at 5:45 pm. First Unitarian Portland, 1211 SW Main, 6:30-8:30 pm, FREE