5th Annual Portland Winter Light Festival Features Over 100 Artists

5th Annual Portland Winter Light Festival Features Over 100 Artists

Portland, Or. The Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF) presented by Portland General Electric featured over 100 artists in varied media such as video projection mapping, fire sculpture, and live performance. This was the fifth year for the festival and the theme was Into the Dreamscape. The festival weekend kicked off on February 6th and showcased installations like Mihaly’s Gate which was originally created for the Pacific Fire Gathering on the Oregon Coast.

Ring of Fire by Wildstone Arts.

Here’s a video about the festival:

Circus Luminescence is a local circus entertainment group performing at the festival.

Some special highlights included fire dancing, hoop performances, circus acts, a lantern parade, and an illuminated bike ride. It also had the Glow Bar featuring artisan cocktails and a Silent Disco dance party, pop-up art installations by local design and architecture firms, which includes an immersive 2,500 square foot “Light Forest” by Henry V.

Winter Light Festival 2018. Photo by Brooke Hoyer.

Below is another video showing some highlights from 2019 Winter Light Festival:

More about the Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF):

The Portland Winter Light Festival is an annual event of the Willamette Light Brigade, a non-profit arts organization. PDXWLF is presented to guests for free, and builds community by bringing art and technology to inclusive audiences while invigorating Portland in the winter. Our 5th year will take place February 6-8, 2020. If you would like to find out more, explore our website for information on artists, performer schedules, and to see full maps. Last year’s PDXWLF showcased over 114 illuminated art installations, over 60 vibrant performances and live events, educational programs, stunning kinetic fire sculptures throughout our city, and hosted over 150,000 guests. Our 2020 festival promises another year of magic and art.

The Willamette Light Brigade (WLB) founded PDXWLF in an effort to propel forward its mission of connecting community and enriching the public realm through artful lighting. The Festival began as a coalescence of ideas in 2016, and was propelled into existence by dedicated community members too numerous to mention. We are committed to keeping the Portland Winter Light Festival family-friendly, free to attend, and open to everyone. So bundle up and celebrate the power of light and community with us!

PREVIEW: Northwest Film Center to Host 43rd Portland International Film Festival

PREVIEW: Northwest Film Center to Host 43rd Portland International Film Festival

Portland, OR. The Northwest Film Center will showcase and celebrate its 43rd international and regional storytelling through film. The 10-day festival will take place on March 6-15, 2020 at various locations. Some goals of the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) are, “to gather film lovers and makers, have people be open to new ways of creative expression, and shine a spotlight on artists who go against the status quo.” Disney Pixar’s Onward will have a free community screening at noon on February 7th. (More info below.)

A three-film opening night program on Friday, March 6th will feature an off-beat indie buddy film called The Climb. Below is a look at the film’s trailer:

Portland International Film Festival organizers hope that patrons will embrace the idea of Cinema Unbound for the first time. Through this concept, PIFF aims to challenge how cinematic stories are told. 2020 also features renowned visiting curators, esteemed guests, industry leaders, and jury members in attendance—all of whom represent major film festivals, museums, and distribution companies around the globe.

Here’s information about the festival from Northwest Film Center:

Ticket information listed below:

Advance Tickets: The Northwest Film Center, 934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205 Opens March 1 — daily from 12 noon – 6 p.m. Advance tickets by phone at (503) 276-4310

Festival Passes: Currently available for sale here

Members of the Northwest Film Center’s Silver Screen Club get discounts or free entry (at the Director level and above) to Festival screenings. To learn more about membership click here

Admission prices: $14 General; $12 Portland Art Museum Members, Students, Seniors; $10 children (12 years and younger); $9 Silver Screen Club Friends, Supporters, and New Wave.

Opening Night Film and Party: $25 general; $20 Silver Screen Friends, Supporters, and New Wave. PLEASE NOTE: Attendees can purchase tickets to Opening Night for either the Whitsell Auditorium or Cinema 21 location. Opening Night party to follow in the Portland Art Museum’s Fred & Suzanne Fields (Sunken) Ballroom.

Tickets to individual screenings will be available on February 7, 2020

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Eyeslicer Season Two by Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell

United States | 2019

7 p.m. | Whitsell Auditorium | 90 mins

11 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Northwest Film Center

11 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Movie Madness Miniplex

Recently featured in GQ’s Time Capsule for the 2010s, this bonkers-yet-thoughtful 13-episode TV show blends the boldest new American filmmaking into mind-expanding, mixtape-style episodes that feature work from over 70 filmmakers.

The Eyeslicer Season 2 – from theeyeslicer.com

 

Friday, March 6, 2020 Opening Night

Three-film Opening Night program features The Climb, as well as shorts America and The Giverny Document (Single Channel). One ticket includes all
screenings, which will screen back-to-back at both venues. Attendees are welcome to come to one, or stay for all three!

PIFF 43 Opening Night radically presents varying perspectives on what it means to be alive at this moment while reflecting on the past that’s shaped us. This multi-perspective Opening Night panorama dives deep into unexpected places, expounding upon notions of race, gender, time, and nowness. Funny, painful, powerful, and electric in equal measure, PIFF 43 Opening Night subverts the notion that any one film is worthy of “Opening Night” attention. Instead, we embrace the interplay between these three storytellers and their collaborators.

America Directed by Garrett Bradley

United States | 2019 | 29 mins.

A cinematic omnibus rooted in New Orleans, challenging the idea of black cinema as a “wave” or “movement in time,” proposing instead a continuous thread of achievement.

The Giverny Document (Single Channel) Directed by Ja’Tovia Gary

United States | 2019 | 45 mins.

Filmed on location in Harlem and in Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, this multi-textured cinematic poem meditates on the bodily integrity and creative virtuosity of black women.

5:00 p.m. – Whitsell Auditorium & Cinema 21

Giverney document, photo taken from jatovia.com

The Climb Directed by Michael Angelo Covino

United States | 2020 | 94 mins.

7:00 p.m. – Cinema 21

7:15 p.m. – Whitsell Auditorium

This buddy comedy starts with a simple premise—two lifelong pals struggle to bike up a French mountaintop—but what comes next is anyone’s guess. With incredible cinematic reinvention, ambitious long-takes, dramatic time-leaps, and a cappella interludes, the audience
is invited along for the ride, no matter where it leads.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Disney Pixar’s Onward Directed by Dan Scanlon

United States | 2020 | 91 mins.

12:00 noon – Whitsell Auditorium – Free Community Screening

5:00 p.m. – Hollywood Theatre – Silver Screen Club member presale until February 7, 2020.

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s Onward introduces two teenage elf brothers (voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind Monsters University. Onward releases in theaters on March 6, 2020.

Trailer:

 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Anthem: Homunculus Live Listening Party by John Cameron Mitchell

Time & Location: TBA

A creative, multi-media feast featuring a tangled story of visits to other planets, talking tumors, and song-filled telethons pitched to save the life of the protagonist, Ceann. This game-changing, audio-based story—performed LIVE—is based on Mitchell’s genre-busting
podcast by the same name and defies all conventions and expectations, with audiences experiencing a wild, 6.5-hour extravaganza of over 30 songs ranging from indie-rock to dream pop to avant-garde.

Featuring the vocal talent of Glenn Close, Cynthia Erivo, Patti LuPone, Denis O’Hare, Mari Moriarty, Alan Mandell, Ben Foster and Shalewa Sharpe.

Creator and star John Cameron Mitchell and guests in attendance.

Presented by Luminary.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Armory Presents: Off-Center Stage

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Off-Center Stage is a series of late-night programming that will feature unconventional performances from musicians, visual artists, comedians, dance, and open-format shows for the 21-and-over crowd. Each show will take place on the stages and other communal spaces in
the historic surroundings of The Armory.

PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS:

Reese Bowes — light/sound design and video projections

Auvie Sinclair — instrumental hip hop producer/beatmaker

Just Pretend — a live band featuring Darian Patrick, band member for Hedwig & The Angry Inch and In The Heights.

Disco Montana — live band fusing elements of pop, disco, country, and folk

Monday, March 9, 2020 | 7 p.m.

The Cinema Unbound Awards

Kridel Grand Ballroom, Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW Park Avenue

The Cinema Unbound Awards celebrates artists who are trying new things, thinking bigger, and pushing forward to transform filmmaking—and the world. We’ve assembled a small-but-mighty band of internationally renowned artists, creatives, and curators working against
traditional constraints of cinema.

Honoring:

Astonishing Auteur Todd Haynes (Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning writer and director; Carol, Far from Heaven, Mildred Pierce)

Creative Powerhouse John Cameron Mitchell (Tony Award-winning writer, director, and actor; Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Anthem: Homunculus, Hulu’s Shrill)

Documentary Doyenne Julie Goldman (Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning producer of over 50 feature documentaries, including Life, Animated, Buck, Weiner)

Immersive Maestro Michel Reilhac (Filmmaker, Experiential Artist and Head of VR, Venice Biennale)

Animation Arts Wizard Rose Bond (Internationally-recognized, large-scale, site-specific animations)

Curatorial Mastermind Rajendra Roy (The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, MoMA)

Costume Designer Extraordinaire Amanda Needham (Emmy-winning costume designer; Portlandia, Shrill)

Friday, March 13, 2020

PIFF 43 Closing Weekend centerpiece film First Cow

Directed by Kelly Reichardt

United States | 2020 | 121 mins

8:00 p.m. – Whitsell Auditorium

Returning to the Oregon wilderness for her seventh feature, Kelly Reichardt continues her examination of the American expansionist myth via the Western genre. John Magaro stars as a loner cook who teams up with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) to create a new business—one
that is dependent on a wealthy landowner’s prize milk cow, but without his knowledge.
First Cow will open in Portland, Oregon, on Friday, March 20.

Trailer:

 

Saturday, March 14, 2020

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Directed by Armando Iannucci

United States | 2020 | 119 mins

6 p.m. – Cinema 21

The Personal History of David Copperfield re-imagines Charles Dickens’ classic ode to grit and perseverance through the comedic lens of its award-winning filmmakers—giving the Dickensian tale new life for a cosmopolitan age with a diverse ensemble cast of stage and screen actors from across the world. Emmy® winners and Oscar® nominees Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, The Death of Stalin, HBO’s Veep) and Simon Blackwell (In the Loop,
HBO’s Succession) lend their wry yet heart-filled storytelling style to revisiting Dickens’ iconic hero on his quirky journey from impoverished orphan to a burgeoning writer in Victorian England.

Photo by Geoff Robinson Photography/Shutterstock

 

March 14-16, 2020

Berio’s Sinfonia by Rose Bond | IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OREGON SYMPHONY

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Animator and Cinema Unbound Award honoree Rose Bond presents a program of eye-popping experiential animation set to and illustrating Luciano Bario’s monumental musical-cultural portrait of New York in the late 1960s. An incredible visual and sound experience for cinema-goers,
animators, experiential designers, and music lovers alike.

Tickets available to the March 14, 15 & 16 shows via Oregon Symphony.

PANELS AND WORKSHOPS

Over the course of the two weekends, PIFF will host eight panels, three workshops, and one special
un-conference.  PIFF will also host multi-day happy hour networking events with industry professionals to provide assistance and services to independent filmmakers. Date, Time and Location TBA.

Docs on the Rise — Cinema Unbound Award honoree Julie Goldman and Academy Award nominee and Portland documentary filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky discuss opportunities for expanded creativity in emerging marketplaces.

The Sustainability and Ethics Un-Conference — A participatory town hall about fostering an inclusive and ethically conscious media-making community, with breakout sessions on topics such as power dynamics on-set, setting contractual boundaries, and practicing empathy in production.

Beyond Cancel Culture — Cinema Unbound Award honoree
Rajendra Roy and curatorial colleagues discuss approaches to critically engaging with problematic narratives.

Interactive Media Performance by Reese Bowes

An evening of multi-format audio and visual experiences courtesy of guest curator Reese Bowes. who will also present two short film works by Portland-based filmmakers: Remembrance, by Sabina Haque, and Spooky Girls, by The Hand and The Shadow production company.

Date, Time and Location TBA.

Why I Love and Fear VR

Presented by Guest Curator, Cinema Unbound Award honoree, and Head of Venice Biennale XR Michel Reilhac

Date, time & location: TBA

Guest curator Gina Duncan (BAMcinématek) presents:

Prince’s Purple Rain (1984) date, time and Location: TBA

About the Northwest Film Center:

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibitions, education programs, and artist services throughout the region. The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in
the Portland Art Museum. For more information, visit www.nwfilm.org.

About the Portland Art Museum

The seventh oldest museum in the United States, the Portland Art Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections. The Museum’s collection of more than 45,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts. An active collecting institution dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations, the Museum devotes 90 percent of its galleries to its permanent collection.

The Museum’s campus of landmark buildings, a cornerstone of Portland’s cultural district, includes the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, the Schnitzer Center for Northwest Art, the Northwest Film Center, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Center for Native American Art. With a membership of more than 22,000 households and serving more than 350,000 visitors annually, the Museum is a premier venue for education in the visual arts. For information on exhibitions and programs, call 503-226-2811 or visit portlandartmuseum.org.

The Portland Art Museum welcomes all visitors and affirms its commitment to making its programs and collections accessible to everyone. The Museum offers a variety of programs and services to ensure a quality experience and a safe, inclusive environment for every member of our diverse community. Learn more at portlandartmuseum.org/access.

 

Plans Set for New Oregon 2020 Lunar New Year Celebration

Plans Set for New Oregon 2020 Lunar New Year Celebration

Portland, OR. Chinese Friendship Association of Portland (CFAP) is a non-profit organization, serving the local community. CFAP organizes multiple education and culture-focused events all year long, with their most popular event being the annual Lunar New Year (LNY) Celebration Gala. Activities will include a Chinese National Level face-changing performer, international Wushu champions performing their best routines. It all takes place on January 25th, 2020.

The performances will also include ballet professionals performing a national award-winning piece, and a variety of cultural performances by well-known groups and individuals.

This year will be the first time that the LNY celebration is held in Keller Auditorium. It will also be the first time that multiple Asian communities will come together to celebrate LNY.

There will also be art exhibits by well-known visual artists and craft workshops by popular culture organizations.

Art & craft activities begin when doors open at 6pm. Performances begin at 7pm and run through 9pm.

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FEATURED PERFORMANCES

  • Xuan Cheng & Brian Simcoe from Oregon Ballet Theatre performing a national choreography winning piece.
  • Face changing Chinese national level performer -Long Yun who is the only female inheritor in China.
  • Routines from Wushu international champions
  • Magic show
  • A variety of cultural performances by well-known individuals, and popular local culture performing groups and dance schools.

ASIAN ART AND CULTURE

  • Art and calligraphy exhibits created by well-known artists such as a calligrapher, and other visual artists.
  • Craft workshops by popular local cultural organizations.

Art & craft activities begin at 6pm. Performances begin at 7pm and run through 9pm.

TICKET INFO can be found online at this link.

Ticket Prices: $20, $25, $35, $50 (service charges apply).
Group discount with 20+ tickets purchased. For group ticket purchase, please contact: [email protected]

ORGANIZERS

Chinese Friendship Association of Portland

Intel Chinese Employee Network

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon

United Chinese Association of Oregon

Suey Sing Chamber & Labor Association of Portland

CO-ORGANIZERS

Haivision Network Video

Confucius Institute at Portland State University

All Chinese Heritage Integrity Empowerment Fund

Carina Liu BHHSNW Real Estate Broker in WA & OR

Art & Craft Exhibition Co-organizers:

Confucius Institute at Portland State University

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Artist MeiShi

Local JDRF Poised to Celebrate “25 Years Strong” in Bold Ways

Local JDRF Poised to Celebrate “25 Years Strong” in Bold Ways

Portland, OR. “JDRF is the world’s largest nonprofit funder of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our focus is on finding a cure; until we do, the advancements we’re making every day ease the burden of those living with the disease.” That’s the message the JDRF of Oregon/SW Washington wants you to hear. It offers many programs to support the community, like youth art groups for kids with T1D.

Summer Art Group is just one of the offerings of the local nonprofit, others include advocacy, outreach and research advancements.

JDRF has been leading the charge against diabetes for 25 years and leaders want you to be a part of their anniversary celebration. There are many ways to become involved and contribute to JDRF of Oregon/SW Washington. One is to support JDRF’s ticket sales for the VIP Sneak Peek at the Portland Auto Show on February 19th, 2020 at the Oregon Convention Center. You’ll see 600 of the best production, exotic and concept vehicles 2020 has to offer. $100 of your $125 ticket will benefit JDFR.

Last February many JDRF supporters took advantage of the Charity VIP event. They were among the first to attend the Portland International Auto Show, minus the crowds. JDRF is one of the 8 Charities who benefited.

The Sneak Peek ticket automatically enters you for a chance to win a 2020 Audi Q3 45 TFSI Quatrro. Click here for a link to Portland Auto Show Charity VIP tickets.

The annual JDRF Hope Gala is another way to celebrate and support the nonprofit.

Here’s information about the 2020 Hope Gala: On April 25th, 2020 the annual JDRF Hope Gala will bring together over 500 passionate community leaders and T1D leaders at the Sentinel Hotel to reflect on the past 25 years and to raise much-needed funding for fulfill JDRF’s mission of improving lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes and its complications. Click here for more information about the event.

From JDRF:

Whether you donate your time or dollars, life-changing breakthroughs in T1D treatments and therapies couldn’t happen without you. You can donate directly to JDRF by clicking here.

Ways to Give

Ways to Give

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Ways to Fundraise

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Become a Volunteer

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Become an Advocate

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JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.

Vision: A world without type 1 diabetes

Mission: Improving lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications

Why we fight type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. And, at present, there is no cure.

In T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone the body needs to get energy from food. This means a process your body does naturally and automatically becomes something that now requires your daily attention and manual intervention. If you have T1D, you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity throughout the day and night.

However, insulin is not a cure for diabetes. Even with the most vigilant disease management, a significant portion of your day will be spent with either high or low blood sugar levels. These fluctuations place people with T1D at risk for potentially life-threatening hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes as well as devastating long-term complications such as kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, blindness, and amputation. Learn more about T1D.

JDRF wants a world without T1D

JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people—and to prevent anyone else from ever knowing it—by funding research, advocating for government support of research and new therapies, ensuring new therapies come to market and connecting and engaging the T1D community. Founded by parents determined to find a cure for their children with T1D, JDRF expanded through grassroots fundraising and advocacy efforts to become a powerhouse in the scientific community with dozens of U.S. locations and six international affiliates. We’ve funded more than $2 billion in research to date and made significant progress in understanding and fighting the disease. We must keep up the pace of funding so progress doesn’t slow or stop entirely.

You’re the reason for our success.

Every dollar we put toward research comes from donations. So when you support JDRF with your time, talent, voice and, yes, your money, you enable us to advance even more research.

There are many ways to join the JDRF family, but for 47 years there has been only one reason—because we are the organization that will turn Type One into Type None.

Get Involved

We have some of the best ratings for an organization focused on a single disease from charity watchdog groups and media. In 2012, Forbes named JDRF one of its five “All-Star” charities, based on its evaluation of our financial efficiency.

What’s in a name? A bit of “JDRF” history

JDRF has led the search for a cure for T1D since our founding in 1970. In those days, people commonly called the disease “juvenile diabetes” because it was frequently diagnosed in, and strongly associated with, young children. Our organization began as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Later, to emphasize exactly how we planned to end the disease, we added a word and became the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Today, we know an equal number of children and adults are diagnosed every day—approximately 110 people per day. Thanks to better therapies—which JDRF funding has been instrumental in developing and making available—people with T1D live longer and stay healthier while they await the cure. So a few years ago, we changed our name to JDRF:

  • To remove the misconception that T1D is only a childhood disease
  • To acknowledge that nearly 85 percent of people living with the disease are over age 18
  • To reinforce our commitment to funding research that improves life for people of all ages and all stages of the disease

*This informational feature story is a sponsored story from Portland Society Page.

 

Girl Scouts of Oregon Work to Educate Scouts about Women’s Rights

Girl Scouts of Oregon Work to Educate Scouts about Women’s Rights

Portland, Or. The Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington are working hard to help shape America’s future leaders. Now leaders say they could use your help with their year-end giving campaign. They need funding for programs like the organization’s upcoming annual meeting in Eugene. At the annual meeting, the Girl Scouts of Oregon will be offering, “Speak Up, Stand Up, Rise Up” an activity exploring the significance of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 100 years ago. Girl Scouts will learn about the history of the fight for women’s right to vote, including how the Amendment discriminated against groups of women on the basis of race and did not allow all women in the U.S to participate at the polls. Girls will engage in activities to be able to evaluate disparity that continues to be prevalent in women’s rights today, while also planning steps towards action they can demonstrate in their local communities.

The local Girl Scouts are active year-round participating in activities like the Mock Legislature at 2019 Girl Scout Leadership Day at the Capitol.

Girl Scout Leadership Day with Oregon Governor Kate Brown

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington serves members throughout Oregon and Clark, Skamania and Klickitat Counties in Washington. 40 volunteer-led areas called service units provide support for girls and adults in their area. The local council is funded through grants, donations, bequests, program fees, product sales, investment income and endowments.

Brownie Girl Scouts lead a signature campaign to save a local park.

A Girl Scout Cadette follows the Path to the Ballot in her school.

Here’s a video explaining how Girls Scouts offer a lifetime of leadership:


From Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington:

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington is able to deliver on the mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

One in four Girl Scouts in our council depends on financial assistance, so your gift directly impacts the lives of girls in your community.

Donate now!

Gifts of any amount go a long way. Every donation makes an impact in the lives of girls in our community.

  • Your $10 gift could provide three Girl Scout Brownies with their Programming Robots badges, inspiring even the youngest girls to dream big dreams.
  • Your $25 gift could furnish a girl with her annual Girl Scout membership, opening up a world of possibilities—camp, STEM, travel, building friendships for a lifetime, learning about the world, and taking action as a leader.
  • Your $50 gift could supply seven Girl Scout Ambassadors with “Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy” Journey books.
  • Your $100 gift could outfit 12 girls with their official Girl Scout sashes, to proudly display their hard-earned STEM and outdoor badges.
  • Your $250 gift could help 16 girls experience camp for a day, where they’ll try new adventures like scaling a climbing wall and paddling a canoe.
  • Your $1,000 gift could welcome three girls to Classic Camp, where they’ll build confidence in swimming, building campfires, cooking outdoors, paddling on the lake, and more. 

Donate to Girl Scouts OSW online or contact [email protected] to make a donation.

*Year-end giving is a sponsored story offering.

Coming Up: William Temple House Selected as Christmas Ships Featured Charity

Coming Up: William Temple House Selected as Christmas Ships Featured Charity

Portland, OR. Would you like to join the parade of giving this December? William Temple House was selected by the Christmas Ships organization as its 2019 charity and you can help the organization as well. At two Christmas Ship Meet & Greet events you can bring new winter coats for the Children’s Clothing Closet at William Temple House. You can also donate money, anytime; here’s a link where you can make a tax-deductible donation today.

Here’s event information for the “Meet and Greet” events with the Christmas Ships organization: Saturday, December 21st, from 8-10 PM and Sunday, December 22nd, from 2-4:30 PM. The “Meet and Greets” are held at the Portland waterfront docks near Riverplace Marina. Again, William Temple House will have a booth set up to collect warm coats for children in need. Cash/credit card donations will also be gratefully accepted.

Donations will help further the mission of William Temple House to provide social services, mental health counseling, and spiritual care to individuals and families in need.

Christmas Ship organizers explain why they selected the nonprofit: “William Temple House is a nonprofit social service agency located in NW Portland that supports people in need, especially those who are affected by two major concerns in our area: extremely high rates of mental illness and the affordable housing crisis. Their services include affordable access to mental health counseling for individuals, couples, and families; a healthy food pantry; hygiene items; new clothing for children; dental and vision care; and energy assistance so that families don’t have to choose between paying rent or basic living expenses. William Temple House has been making a difference in the lives of Portlanders for 54 years. The Christmas Ships are honored to work with organizations like this and we hope you’ll consider contributing.”

One such person who has benefited from the services of William Temple House is Karen. Here’s Karen’s William Temple House story:

Karen is an avid reader with a passion for helping others. This year she organized a book drive for the free library at William Temple House. “Today I’m a giver in the world,” she says, “and it feels really good.” But it wasn’t always that way. Before Karen came to William Temple House, she felt lost and afraid. Her struggle with bipolar disorder made it difficult to get by and strained her relationship with her husband Ed.

“I had done everything I could and I heard that William Temple House had couples counseling. I felt like we really needed that. And that was the beginning.”

Here’s a video about Karen:

The affordable counseling appointments at William Temple House made it possible for Karen and Ed to meet with their counselors regularly as a couple and individually. With therapy tailored to their specific needs, Karen noticed that she and her husband began to work better as a team. After a few months of counseling, Karen knew they would be able to achieve their goal of staying together.

Karen and Ed are doing well now. And if they need support, they know William Temple House can be a resource for them.

Karen and Ed received mental health support at a difficult time in their lives, as well as free healthy food and check-ins with our community chaplain when they needed it. Karen believes our counseling program saved her marriage and nurtured her growth as a person. “William Temple saved our life. I don’t know what would have happened… and I’m very grateful right now, that this is the life we have.” Karen and Ed are doing well now. And if they need support, they know William Temple House can be a resource for them.

Today, Karen is a giver because it feels good to give back. “It’s empowering to give, because then you grow more. And then the good goes on. The good is multiplied.”

From William Temple House:

Your donation to William Temple House helps provide our current and future clients much-needed access to affordable counseling averaging $5 a session, healthy groceries, and many other services that families need to move forward in their lives. Your support makes a difference! Thank you.

William Temple House is a place of hope for people in our community.

With low- and no-cost counseling, social services and spiritual care, we lend a helping hand to Portland’s most vulnerable populations.

This year we experienced a 14% increase in the number of clients we served. Will you help us meet this growing need with a donation today?

Together we brighten the lives of thousands of our neighbors, helping them make it through difficult times and get back on their feet. Please open your hearts this holiday season and give generously for the well-being of our community.

Make your tax-deductible donation today.

Your support makes a difference!

*Year-end giving is a sponsored story offering.

Oregon Humane Society Seeks Heroes to Honor

Oregon Humane Society Seeks Heroes to Honor

Portland, OR. The Oregon Humane Society (OHS) is now accepting nominations for animal heroes and heroic humans who have had a positive impact on the lives of animals. They will be honored at the OHS Heroes Luncheon on February 20th, 2020 in downtown Portland.
Do you know an animal who has made a difference in the life of a special needs child or someone with an illness? Do you know a person who has helped animals in some unique way? The Oregon Humane Society (OHS) is looking to shine the spotlight on animals and animal lovers who are true heroes.
The OHS honor is called the Diamond Collar Hero Awards. It recognizes animals who have acted to save a human or animal life in peril, performed services within the community with undying loyalty, or overcome incredible odds in order to survive. Winners can also be humans who have had a positive impact on the lives of animals, exhibiting courage and compassion in the pursuit of animals’ well-being.
Award nominations are open to all two- and four-legged heroes and can be submitted now through February 1, 2020. Nominations can be delivered to OHS or submitted online here<http://www.oregonhumane.org/get-involved/events/diamond-collar-awards/>.
All nomination forms should be returned to:
Oregon Humane Society, Diamond Collar Committee, 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97211, and postmarked by January 27, 2020 to ensure arrival by February 1.
The winners will be notified early February 2020 and will accept their awards at the OHS Heroes Luncheon to be held Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Multnomah Athletic Club in downtown Portland.
About the event
The OHS Heroes Luncheon presenting the Diamond Collar Awards will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR 97205. Tickets are $60 per person.
Here’s a video about how you can adopt at the Oregon Humane Society:

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The Oregon Humane Society is the Northwest’s oldest and largest humane society, with one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. OHS receives no government funds for its adoption, education, medical and behavior programs. Visit oregonhumane.org<http://www.oregonhumane.org/> for more information.
FALL PREVIEW: Diamonds & Denim Theme Will Sparkle at INCIGHT Gala

FALL PREVIEW: Diamonds & Denim Theme Will Sparkle at INCIGHT Gala

Portland, OR. The INCIGHT Gala is coming up on Saturday, October 5th at the Sentinel Hotel. Diamonds and Denim is the theme, so organizers encourage guests to feel comfortable wearing gala attire from both ends of the spectrum. They promise, “a night of luxury and purpose that includes cocktails, games, raffles, fine dining, and a live auction.” Their mantra: be a diamond in a rhinestone world!

Here’s a link for more information, or to get your tickets www.incight.org/gala
The mission of INCIGHT is to unlock the potential of people through employment, education, and independence. INCIGHT serves individuals living with barriers, people with disabilities, single parents, veterans, welfare recipients, and those involved with the justice system. Here are some photos from last year’s gala which was circus-themed:

Johnna Wells of Benefit Auctions 360 livens the room with exclusive auction packages.

There were plenty of on theme snacks, including popcorn!

Cheers to signature cocktails (The Barnum and The Bailey)

INCIGHT doesn’t just throw a fundraiser… they put on a show!

From INCIGHT:

INCIGHT is relentless in building sustainable villages, networks, and resources to help all people reach their unlimited potential. Through a variety of strategic programs and services focused on education, employment, and independence the results include less homelessness, less need for welfare, fewer incarcerations, fewer suicides and fewer disabilities.

For the gala on October 5th, doors open at 5:00 p.m. The dinner & live auction begin at 6:30 p.m.
You can purchase tickets at www.incight.org/gala

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FALL PREVIEW: RMHC’s Hearts & Hands Gala to Raise Much Needed Funds for Seriously Ill Children

FALL PREVIEW: RMHC’s Hearts & Hands Gala to Raise Much Needed Funds for Seriously Ill Children

Portland OR. RMHC supporters want you to join them for the Hearts & Hands Gala coming up on October 5th! It’s the biggest benefit of the year for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington. The event will be held at The Nines (at 525 SW Morrison) and is black tie optional. Click here for a link to buy tickets or learn more about the gala.

Organizers expect the gala will raise much more than $700,000. “Guests will enjoy the wonderful company of KPTV-TV’s Shauna Parsons and Artisan Auction’s Dale Johannes, who will co-host the event this year. This beautiful evening will also feature a cocktail reception with a silent auction, a delicious dinner paired perfectly with Oregon’s finest wines, a live auction, dancing, and more!”

For nearly 35 years, supporters in our area have helped provide thousands of families with a home away from home at the Ronald McDonald House so that they can focus on the health of their child.

The 2018 Hearts & Hands Gala raised over $730,000 last year to support RMHC’s mission of providing a home away from home when families need it the most. This year’s event will celebrate RMHC’s partners and community of support that have made it possible to keep families close – without ever charging a fee. Susan Schnitzer, Phil Fogg, and Jessica Jarratt Miller are pictured in our first photo. Here are more photos from the gala last year:

Jessica Jarratt Miller, CEO of RMHC, (center) thanked donors like Gary and Christine Rood.

There’s room for everyone at the table!

Organizers explain, “What began as one House with 17 guest rooms has evolved into four beautiful Houses across the state with 69 rooms. If you are interested in supporting your local Ronald McDonald House, please join us at the Hearts & Hands Gala! Purchase a ticket or table today – seats are going fast! Click here for ticket information.”

From Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Oregon & SW Washington:

Our Mission

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Oregon & SW Washington provides access to medical care, a “home away from home,” and a community of support for seriously ill or injured children and their families.

Keeping Families Close Since 1984

After two years of planning, the first Oregon Ronald McDonald House opened in 1984 within walking distance of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children. In 1997, two more Ronald McDonald Houses opened: one in Bend, serving families who traveled for care at St. Charles Medical Center, and a second in Portland, just steps away from Randall Children’s Hospital on the campus of Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

In order to meet the evolving needs of our families and to increase capacity, our Houses have undergone various remodels and relocations. What began as one House with 17 guest rooms has evolved into three beautiful Houses with 56 rooms. For more than three decades, our dedicated staff and volunteers have offered comfort and support, a well-stocked kitchen, and a comfortable bed to more than 35,000 families, reminding everyone who enters our Houses that they are always at home and never alone.

Part of a Global Family

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington is part of a global network of Ronald McDonald Houses and programs that serve nearly 6,000,000 children and families annually. Since 1974, our network of local chapters have been making children happier and healthier by keeping families together and giving them a place to rest and heal. Tailored to meet the urgent needs of each community, these programs can now be found in more than 60 countries and regions across the globe.

Our Financial Health

Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child — not where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. Families are invited to stay at our Houses for free and offered meals and snacks, which removes a major barrier for families who may not be able to find alternative housing. In Portland, the average hotel costs $175 per night. At our Houses, it’s always $0.

Community Reports

Every year, we create an annual report to share family stories, and update donors and supporters about our programs and financial health. To review previous years’ reports, click here.

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FALL PREVIEW: Pacific Pug Rescue to Host “Pints for Pugs” Fundraiser

FALL PREVIEW: Pacific Pug Rescue to Host “Pints for Pugs” Fundraiser

Portland, OR. Grab your pug and head to the Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop near Providence Park on Saturday, September 14th. The taproom will donate one dollar for every pint sold to the Pacific Pug Rescue. The fundraiser is for those 21 and over, and will support the nonprofit’s mission to rehabilitate and place unwanted, neglected and abused pugs in permanent adoptive homes. Dogs need to be well socialized and on a leash to attend.

Pints for Pugs at Civic Taproom, March 2019

The benefit will take place on Saturday, September 14th from 1pm – 4pm. The Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop located on 621 SW 19th Ave, in Portland. It’s free to attend and you’ll also have the chance to enter a raffle to win a gift basket. Treats and Pacific Pug Rescue merchandise will be available for purchase as well.

Pints for Pugs at Civic Taproom, March 2019

Organizers encourage you to attend Pints for Pugs to enjoy an afternoon filled with socializing, crafted beer, and prizes as you help raise money for pugs in need.

Here’s a video about the work of the Pacific Pug Rescue:

About Pacific Pug Rescue:

Pacific Pug Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization started in 2006. More than 100 Pug obsessed volunteers dedicate themselves to running the organization, including a passionate board of directors, some of whom have been volunteering for us since the beginning. 

We rescue, rehabilitate and place unwanted, neglected and abused Pugs in permanent adoptive homes that have been carefully screened. The Pugs and former owners we work with are from throughout Oregon, Idaho and Washington and we rescue pugs regardless of age or medical condition, seeking to provide for their short and long-term needs. Prior to adoption, our Pugs are cared for by our dedicated foster families located in the Portland Metro area. While there and before adoption can occur, our Pugs receive medical care including spaying/neutering, dental checks, vaccinations, and microchips. In addition to saving Pugs, we strive to educate the public about the breed, including its personality, health issues and care, and about the importance of domestic animal population control.

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