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Party On... Hawthorne!, Chelsea Ballroom, 1510 SE 9th at Hawthorne, 236-8878, Fri May 12, 7-11 pm, $15

Once you get past its terrible title, this community-oriented event doesn't sound half bad. Benefiting neighborhood grade schools, it's simply a gathering of people and businesses from all up and down Hawthorne, plus an auction, and entertainment from the Blueprints and the Robbie Laws Band. Most importantly, there'll be wine and beer for sale, and a ton of food samples from all manner of Hawthorne eateries, including the Bread & Ink Café, 3 Doors Down, Michelle's Chocolates (yes!), and Common Grounds coffee shop. JWS

Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum Gala, Marriott Hotel, 1401 SW Naito, 238-0667, Sat May 13, 5-9 pm, $25-125

The beautiful phrase, "Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum" means "salmon people" in the language of the Columbian Basin tribes, a fitting name for a nonprofit that strives to restore salmon for future generations. The Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum Gala this weekend is a big ol' benefit bash; $25 gets you a ticket to hors d'oeuvres and an auction with items culled from tribal art and other offerings, plus a special performance from the upcoming play Ghosts of Celilo. Bump that shit up to $125, however, and you'll also be treated to a gut-busting salmon and huckleberry feast to end all feasts—a glorious reminder that what you're helping to save is truly delicious. JWS

Back to Back Café Closing Party, 614 E Burnside, Sun May 14, 5 pm–late, free

The worker-owned-and-operated Back to Back Café celebrates a four-year legacy of supporting social and economic justice, dismantling hierarchical systems, rocking the house as a great all-ages venue, and dishing up delicious vegetarian cuisine and espresso. Their space has been bought out, forcing them to move, though they hope to reopen in NE Portland by late summer. In the meantime, drop on by this evening for one last tempeh BLT, and enjoy it as acts like Please Step Out of the Vehicle, Alan Singley, and the Marsupials pay tribute to one of Portland's sweet little treasures. JWS

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