Sleep Country Foster Kids Secret Santa Toy Drive

The holidays should be a magical time for all children. But for nearly 20,000 foster kids living in the Northwest, the holidays can be a difficult and lonely time. Throughout the United States, only 48% of youth in foster care live with licensed foster care parents, and 25% of children in foster care never return home. To help improve the lives of these children, Sleep Country USA is collecting new toys for local foster kids. But they can’t do it without you. Be a Secret Santa, and bring new, unwrapped toys, games, books and movies for foster kids of all ages to Sleep Country by December 14th, or donate online at, and we’ll do the shopping for you!  Sleep Country knows not everyone can be a foster parent, but anyone can help a foster child.

American Diabetes Expo

Begin your journey to health at the American Diabetes Association Expo, November 22nd, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center on 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in Portland. The EXPO is FREE and includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, over 70 product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management, behavior change and prevention. Learn tips to stay healthy from head to toe. Join Sheryl and the Buzz Street Team at the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes from 8 - 11 before the expo. We'll have great prizes on hand for all American Diabetes Association supporters, so be sure to stop by! For more information, visit the website here

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. 


Catch Grinched, a modern twist on the Dr. Seuss classic, December 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. at The Alberta Abbey. Mr. Grinch is the lonely, bitter owner of “Who-Mart,” a “one stop shop” in the heart of Whoville. It's the holiday season, and all the Whos in Whoville have a touch of holiday madness. Will the true spirit of the holidays triumph over materialism before every Who in Whoville goes broke? Adults: $12 at the door, $10 in advance. Students: $5.

Portland Bridal Show Model Casting Call

Want to gain runway experience with a long-established organization? The Portland Bridal Show is casting natural-looking male and female models for their January show. December 7th at Cleveland High School at 1 p.m., the show will be casting men for grooms, groomsmen and Fathers of the Bride 5'10" and taller and women for brides and bridesmaids 5'8" and taller and size 10, 12 and 14, as well as Mothers of the Bride 5'6" and taller and sizes 10 through 16. This is an unpaid, volunteer modeling event to help aspiring models gain experience and have a fun time. Everyone is welcome. Click here for more information. 

Jiffy Lube Oregon Food Bank

No one should go hungry at any time of year, but it’s especially hard during the holidays. Right now, Jiffy Lube and PODS are making it possible to feed needy families in our own community without even leaving your chair! Make a secure online donation to Jiffy Lube’s fundraising effort by going to Click the link that takes you to the special Jiffy Lube Fundraising page at the Oregon Food Bank’s website. A simple $10 donation provides 30 meals, and the first 50 people who make a donation will receive a thank you gift from Jiffy Lube and PODS. 

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

New Traditions Homes' 2014 Give Back event is Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the local food bank of Ridgefield. Neighbors Helping Neighbors serve families in La Center, Felida, Salmon Creek and Ridgefield with food assistance, as well as clothing. Join in supporting them with food, cash and clothing donations. Donate in cash and New Tradition Homes will match any cash donations up to $2,500! Items may be dropped off at any New Tradition Homes local model home offices. Click here for more information. 

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