Volunteer: Trailkeepers of Oregon TKO

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Support Abortion Access in Hurricane-Affected Areas
NRO and CAIR are raising money for folks in Florida and Texas who may have more difficulty accessing safe abortions in the aftermath of recent hurricanes. Sip on a beer, stock up on NRO swag like koozies and pins, or donate cash to help the fund. The Florida Room, 435 N Killingsworth, 6-9 pm, FREE


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Vanport Exhibit: A Story Lived. A Story Told.
Vanport was Oregon’s second largest city before a flood displaced the 40,000 people who called it home. This multifaceted exhibit mixes archival photographs, oral histories, and more to provide vivid personal accounts of Vanport’s ongoing impact. Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park, 10 am-5 pm, FREE

Screening: The Numbers
Local filmmakers Sika Stanton and Donovan Smith document the stories of people living east of 82nd in their short, The Numbers. Residents speak about their own experiences, shatter preconceptions, and offer suggestions for resistance in preparation for the city’s next wave of gentrification. Sunrise Center, 18901 E Burnside, Gresham, 6:30-8:30 pm

Invest in Youth Panel
Eat ice cream and listen to a selection of youth artists who will soon be publishing their stories with your help! Know Your City is in the process of helping over a dozen publications come to fruition, including children’s books and comics authored by and for youth. Mix, mingle, and learn how you can support their endeavors. Beach Elementary School, 1710 N Humboldt, 6:30-9 pm, $6 suggested donation


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Poetry Confluence Benefit for IEYC
Listen to local poets share their work over a beverage at this cozy reading that doubles as a benefit for Inland Empire Youth Collective’s DACA renewal fee sponsorship fund. An open mic will follow, including Stacey Tran, Clementine Von Radics, and Eli Zar. Ristretto Roasters Coffee, 555 NE Couch, 7-9 pm, $3-10 suggested donation


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Oregon Recovers Rally for Recovery
Deaths from drug overdoses have rapidly climbed in the US, and Oregon ranks 45th for access to addiction services despite ranking in the top 10 for drug abuse. Rally in support of Oregon Recovers’ launch, and if you’ve lost someone to addiction, bring an old shoe to be used in a demonstration illustrating the magnitude of loss. Shemanski Park, 1010 SW Park, 10 am-noon, FREE

Drink & Think Trivia: Banned Book Week Edition
In honor of rousing classics like I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings that continue to be challenged (along with newcomers like Fun House and Persepolis), you can help raise awareness and funds for the Freedom to Read Foundation at this timely edition of trivia. Learn new things and win prizes for your team because... fuck censorship. Black Water, 835 NE Broadway, 7-9 pm, $5


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1

Packing 100 Lunches for Homeless Shelters
Join youth-focused organization Cool Islam and Transition Projects as they pack up lunches to be delivered downtown to people in need. Kids age 8 and older are encouraged to attend. Food donations won’t be accepted, but money will. Muslim Educational Trust, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry, 10 am-noon, FREE

Screening: Room to Grow
While there are heaps of amazing works to check out during Portland Queer Film Festival, Room to Grow is a new docu-series focusing on the stories of Portland LBGTQ+ teens and their families and friends. Co-directors Jon Garcia and Matt Alber will be in attendance along with the Bridging Voices Chorus. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, 2-5 pm, $10

DACA Renewal Fee Fundraiser Dinner
Chow down on delicious vegan chile rellenos, flautas, and more at this dinner benefiting Momentum Alliance’s DACA renewal assistance. Tickets guarantee a full meal with dessert and a non-alcoholic drink. Event will be capped at 150 guests, so be sure to get your tickets quick. Jet Black Coffee Company, 11150 NE Weidler, 6:30-9:30 pm, $25


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3

Flavors of Resilience: An Indigenous Foods Celebration
Three incredible indigenous chefs are preparing a seven-course meal to raise funds for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. Each course will be paired with ethnobotanical storytelling and songs from the Warm Springs Tribe of Oregon. Tender Table is raising funds for women of color and nonbinary POC to attend, which you can support at tinyurl.com/woc-resilience. Han Oak, 511 NE 24th, 6-8 pm & 8:30-10:30 pm, $100


VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO)
For more than a decade, TKO has helped preserve trails through hands-on stewardship and maintenance projects in Oregon. In light of the Eagle Creek Fire, volunteers are needed more than ever to help restore trails in the Gorge and beyond. From the winding trails at Smith Rock State Park to Beaver Falls along the Oregon Coast Range, they all rely on volunteers for maintenance.
Opportunities and commitment: Work alongside experienced trail builders with all the tools you need at hand. If you can’t sign up for any of the monthly stewardship projects just yet, you can donate tools and advocate for the protection of public trails.

Sign up for a volunteer event and become a member of TKO by visiting trailkeepersoforegon.org.