Wed March 20: Think & Drink with Omar El Akkad at Alberta Rose Theatre Michael Lionstar

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

Rock Camp 101: Volunteer Info Session & Panel
Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls is a fabulous, radical, trans- and non-binary-inclusive summer camp for budding young rockers. They can’t do their vital work without volunteers, so if you’d like to help, now’s your chance! There are tons of ways to show up and support. Pints of Widmer are available for $1-3 donation. No musical experience necessary to volunteer. Widmer Brothers Brewing, 929 N Russell, 6-8 pm, FREE

Women in the Black Panther Party
Learn about the essential roles of Black women in the Black Panther movement at this educational evening hosted by the Portland State International Socialist Organization. Smith Memorial Student Union at Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway, 6:30-8:30 pm, FREE


FRIDAY, MARCH 15

Tip-a-Firefighter Benefit for MDA
Firefighters across the nation come together every year to raise money and volunteer at a weeklong camp for children with muscular dystrophy that gives campers the chance to engage in activities like horseback riding, zip-lining, swimming, and dance. Firefighters will serve lunch and dinner at Rock Bottom and proceeds will help offset camp costs as well as fund research. Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 206 SW Morrison, 11 am-9 pm, FREE

Global Climate Strike
Join the nationwide strike in support of the climate alongside the Raven Corps, a youth-led organization advocating for people, animals, plant-based diets, and the planet. The strike, sponsored by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, will begin with speakers at 11 am, followed by a march around the building. Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th, 11 am-noon, FREE


SATURDAY, MARCH 16

Grout Elementary’s Plant Sale
The garden beds and rain garden at Grout Elementary School give dozens of students the chance to learn about nutrition, soil conservation, ecology, and more each week. Additionally, even more students get to engage in this type of learning thanks to the school’s SUN program. They’re struggling to meet the yearly supply budget to ensure the gardens are taken care of, so stop by and pick up locally sourced plants for your home in support. Grout Elementary School, 3119 SE Holgate, 9 am-4 pm, FREE

Errol Heights Restoration Work Party
Restoration work in nature is needed year-round. Help with debris and invasive species removal, planting, trail maintenance, and more at this work party happening every third Saturday. Bring warm clothing and a water bottle; snacks, tools, and gloves provided. Errol Heights Park, SE 45th & Johnson Creek, 9 am-noon, FREE


SUNDAY, MARCH 17

Salvage Sunday
Looking to repair an old bicycle or simply trying to soup up your very dangerous tall bike? Scour the stacks of salvaged bike goods and meet fellow fervent cyclists at this weekly event encouraging recycling and combatting waste. Community Cycling Center, 1700 NE Alberta, noon-2 pm, FREE


TUESDAY, MARCH 19

Special Education: What You Need to Know

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) can be tricky to navigate and secure for students with special needs. Parents, caregivers, and professionals are welcome at this workshop that covers the ins and outs of IEPs, advocacy tools, and tips for ensuring a healthy school year. Register at factoregon.org. Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 NE 45th, 6:30-8:30 pm, FREE for families; $25 for professionals

Driver’s Licenses for All: FAMLI Equity
A bill introduced by the Oregon legislature seeks to allow undocumented Oregonians the ability to obtain a driver’s license (similar to laws in Washington, California, and 10 other states). Join Causa Oregon and APANO for a workshop about the campaign and learn how to take action. Oregon AFL-CIO, 3645 32nd, 5:30-8 pm, FREE


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

Think & Drink with Omar El Akkad
Join award-winning journalist Omar El Akkad in conversation with Emily Harris, a reporter and producer of the Reveal radio show/podcast, as they discuss the challenges of writing about the Middle East for Western audiences and reporting about people, places, and issues often ignored. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta, 7-9 pm, FREE-$20 sliding scale


SATURDAY, MARCH 23

Pints for Pugs
Mingle with pugs available for adoption (and/or bring your own well-behaved pup!), drink beers, and win sweet raffle prizes at this fur-friendly fundraiser benefitting Pacific Pug Rescue. Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop, 621 SW 19th, 3-6 pm, FREE


SUNDAY, MARCH 24

PDX Fatshion Spring Clothing Swap
Bring clothing in good condition from 11 am to noon for this plus-size swap, open to all/no genders sizes 14 and up! Nosh on snacks, mingle, and try your luck at the raffle benefiting SMYRC as organizers sort through clothing by size. Swap starts at noon! See full swap rules on the Facebook event. Pacific Crest Community School, 116 NE 29th, 11 am-3 pm, FREE


MONDAY, MARCH 25

Exploring Power and Privilege with Courage, Creativity, and Compassion
Ridhi D’Cruz, co-executive director of City Repair Project, is a consultant and educator focused on placemaking within diverse communities. Join them for a conversation on the intersections of community, creativity, and healing in the midst of institutional oppression. Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark, 6-8 pm, FREE


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27

Pints for Parkinson’s Kickoff Party
After a 12-year career in the NBA, Brian Grant was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 36. Today, he’s a speaker and philanthropist behind the Brian Grant Foundation that seeks to support others with Parkinson’s through exercise, nutrition, and community. Help kick off Parkinson’s Awareness Month and pick up a Pints Passport card which allows you to get 10 pints for $25 through May, all in support of the foundation. Snacks, drinks, and a televised Blazers game provided. Urban Studio, 935 NW Davis, 5:30-8:30 pm, FREE