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by: Courtesy of Gulfsongs Oregon, Cicada Omega will perform at Ash Street Saloon Dec. 11 to raise funds for the Gulf Coast effort.

Since July, Gulfsongs Oregon has raised $7,250 for recovery and assistance efforts in the Gulf Coast by doing what they love - playing music for Portland crowds.


On Dec. 11, they'll hold what may be their final fundraising concert, at the Ash Street Saloon. It will feature three Portland punk blues bands - Hillstomp, Sassparilla, Cicada Omega - as well as local DJ HWY 7, a.k.a. Jay Martin, who takes his name from the highway that runs through the hill country of Northern Mississippi into Southern Mississippi.

All proceeds from the $10 suggested donation will be sent to the two charities selected as Gulfsongs beneficiaries: Gulf Aid Acadiana and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.

The Gulfsongs founders - Stacy DeHart of Cottage Grove, and Jim Friscia of Sellwood - say their efforts are not only providing financial support, but 'positive outlets for the frustration and feeling of helplessness many are trying to express.'

The concert is set for 9 p.m. at Dec. 11 at Ash Street Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash St. The saloon has donated all production costs for the night to the event.

For more information, visit www.gulfsongsoregon.org or Gulfsongs' Facebook page.

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Local musician and journalist Anna Antonia Giedwoyn is releasing her debut children's CD, dedicating a portion of the proceeds from sales at her release party on Saturday to a school of the buyer's choice.

Giedwoyn's CD, 'Goldfish Don't Eat Pizza,' contains 22 original children's songs. She describes the music as 'organic music for kids and grownups,' with danceable lyrics that are entertaining, educational and at times whimsical.

Giedwoyn says her 8-year-old nephew inspired many of the songs; the title track was inspired when he fed his pet fish scrambled eggs. Besides being funny and educational, she says the music promotes messages of acceptance and unconditional love.

The party is set for 2 to 4 p.m. at Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School's cafe-torium, 320 S.E. 16th Ave. It will include a short concert, face-painting, balloons, dancing by Stumptown Dance and an appearance by Snow White.

For more information, visit www.AnnaAntoniaMusic.com.

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The private, nonprofit Portland Parks Foundation shares its plans for the next year at its Winter Celebration at Pittock Mansion this week.

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, the foundation will let guests explore the mansion while also learning about efforts to support the city's parks and enjoying hearty refreshments. Music will be performed by local acoustical duo 21june, featuring Jean Czuba and Ray Vandiver.

Tickets are $25, and space is limited to 200 people. The event is set for 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the mansion, 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive. City Commissioner Nick Fish will be on hand to celebrate.

For more information or to RSVP, call 503-445-0994, or go to www.portlandparksfoundation.org.

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