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.

Make a Difference with Fred Meyer and Salvation Army

Fred Meyer has an easy way to help families in need during the holidays. Just drop off unwrapped toys in the Salvation Army barrels near the Customer Service Desk.  You can help local families have a happy holiday.  Fred Meyer, What's on your list today?

Cover Oregon Downtown Event

Choosing a health care plan by December 15th will ensure you’re covered on January 1, 2015. Cover Oregon has enrollment events planned throughout our area until December 15th.  Get in-person help from an expert and find out how much you’ll save on healthcare.  Attend one of these upcoming events: 
PCC Cascade - Terrell Hall 705 N Killinsgworth, Portland OR 97217 (Park near Jessup and Albina) - Open Sat 12/6 9am - 2pm and Sat 12/13 9am - 2pm
PCC Willow Creek (Great Room) 241 SW Edgeway Drive Beaverton, OR 97006 - Open Tues 12/2 3pm – 7pm
Keizer Civic Center 930 Chemawa Road NW, Kaizer, OR 97303 - Open Fri 12/5 11am to 3pm, and Fri 12/12 11am to 3pm
Cover Oregon 16760 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd, Durham, OR 97224 (Training Room) - Open Sun 12/14 11am to 3pp and Mon 12/15 10am to 4pm

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. 

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. 


ZooLights is presented by Blue Cross BlueShield Regence and Oregon College Savings Plan. ZooLights is bigger than ever this year, with an immersive, continuous loop drawing visitors through the zoo to discover new features like the tunnels of light near the Africa Rainforest. The popular ZooLights train ride returns this year, with a never-before-seen light experience skirting the new Elephant Lands north habitat. All additional details on costs can be found at:


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. 

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