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A charity event looms in February, and here's your invitation, from a nonprofit, to participate

RITA A. LEONARD - Alexa MacDonald of Artichoke Music holds some of the wool sock pairs recently collected for the homeless at one of their concerts. Artichoke Music, which recently moved to S.E. 20th and Powell Boulevard from its longtime location on Hawthorne Boulevard, held a public sock drive for the homeless as part of its annual Holiday Concert on December 9. Attendees were asked to donate pairs of wool or wool-blend socks for the homeless when they came, which collected of dozens of pairs. These were brought to Transition Project Inc., a housing and homeless shelter nonprofit based in Northwest Portland, for delivery in the first week of January.

Artichoke's Artistic Director, Alexa MacDonald, told THE BEE, "I often give money or food to homeless people, but I've never had such a thankful response from recipients as when I gave wool socks. The advantage of wool socks is that they'll keep the wearer warm even if they get wet, which is an important consideration for those who live outdoors."

MacDonald remarked, "We're still getting acquainted with our new neighborhood, so we've teamed up with Brooklyn's Stone Barn Brandyworks for a free special event here at the Café Artichoke, on Sunday, February 11. This is an opportunity to introduce ourselves and our services to our new neighbors."

She continued, "Stone Barn distills craft brandies and spirits from regional fruit. Our February 11 'Neighborhood Showcase' will feature music by Artichoke, alternating with brandy-tasting and learning about distilling, in half hour segments, from 3 to 7 p.m.

"We want people to learn about our facilities and services. On January 2, we began our first music class of 2018, in conjunction with Brooklyn's Youth Progress Inc., an alternative high school for at-risk students at 2020 S.E. Powell Boulevard, across the street."

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