Polar Plunge

On February 28th at 11am, brave souls are jumping, walking or slowly crawling into the frigid and icy Columbia River waters for The Portland Plunge, benefitting Special Olympics Oregon. Sounds fun, right?! Yes, but also very cold. And Cruze agrees. Instead of taking the plunge, he will be registering for “Too Chicken to Plunge!” The first 50 people to sign up for "Too Chicken to Plunge" will be invited to enjoy the plunge from the Columbia River Yacht Club’s HEATED barge, complete with hot coffee and cocoa. For more event information and how to register for any Polar Plunge events, visit

Sleep Country Foster Kids Pajama Bowl

For the nearly 20,000 foster children living in the Northwest, each day presents new challenges. But with the community’s help, these children can regain a sense of hope. Funds raised by Pajama Bowl participants will be used to provide resources, and little wishes that foster kids often go without – whether it's a funding athletic participation fees, obtaining assistance in school, or reuniting with a sibling at summer camp. Since its inception, Pajama Bowl has raised over $900,000 for foster kids, thanks to the generous support of over 6,500 participants! Click here for locations and dates!

Concordia University Respite Day

For parents and guardians of children with special needs, finding time to do something as simple as go to a movie, read a book, or run errands can be a challenge. To give these caregivers a much-needed “respite,” Concordia University’s College of Health and Human Services is hosting its fourth annual Respite Day on Saturday, March 7, noon to 4:30pm at the Concordia University Gymnasium on NE 27th Avenue in Portland. Open to special needs children (and their siblings) ages 3 to 14. One-on-one, personal support for each child will be provided by Concordia University student volunteers majoring in nursing, exercise sports and science, health care administration, social work, and education, along with members of the Concordia faculty. Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 60 people. Click here for more information.

Empower Up Black Friday Sale

Turn your Black Friday green with Empower Up's Black Friday Sale Saturday, November 28, from noon until 8 p.m. at 3206 NE 52nd Street in Vancouver. Find a laptop or desktop computer, computer monitor or audio system in our Re-Use Store; score that extra charger or a stereo for your basement holiday party or get inspiration for a DIY craft project. Bring your unwanted electronics for recycling. Sign up for the Empower Up raffle or enter to win a complete computer system. Click here for more information. 

Santa's Reindeer at Dennis' 7 Dees!

Visit Santa’s reindeer and create magical holiday memories at Dennis' 7 Dees. Kids will enjoy festive make-n-take activities, cookies, hot cocoa and cider while enjoying the magical company of Santa’s Reindeer and listening to holiday tunes.Take a photo with Santa and one of Santa’s baby reindeer. Take the family to pick out a Christmas tree or find something special in the holiday gift shop. Bring in a new blanket to donate to families in need through Human Solutions. Meet Santa from 11am-4pm and meet the reindeer from 10am-5pm Friday at Dennis' 7 Dees in Lake Oswego, Saturday at Dennis' 7 Dees in on SE Powell in Portland and Sunday at Dennis' 7 Dees in Cedar Hills. Click here for more information. 

Inspirational Humor

Join non-profit recovery center 4th Dimension Saturday, April 25, at 7pm in welcoming humorist, author and inspirational speaker Ellen Wood! If you want some good, belly laughs, as well as excellent tips on how to reduce stress, rejuvenate your life and live happy, then you won't want to miss this event. Admission is free! 4th Dimension is located at 3801 NE MLK Blvd in Portland. For more information, visit or call 4th Dimension President Winston Murray at 503-936-5549.

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