CHERYL STRAYED — If, after reading "Wild" or "Tiny Beautiful Things," you've thought to yourself, "Cheryl Strayed and I could totally be BFFs," now's your chance to test the waters. As part of the Buckman Elementary School fundraiser, the best-selling Portland author is auctioning off an intimate dinner for 12 hosted by Cyril's at Clay Pigeon Winery. You, 11 friends, and Cheryl: You have until Friday, April 24, to make this dream a reality. Pool your resources and bid here.
SHUCK IT — The ladies behind the still-to-launch Olympia Oyster Bar want to teach you their mad oyster skills at a class and lunch this Sunday, April 26, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Ned Ludd's Elder Hall. They'll be joined by Hama Hama Oyster Co., who will educate guests about regions, anatomy, aquaculture, and more. Learn to shuck, grill, smoke and otherwise get the most out of oysters. The class includes lunch, wine, and each student takes home a Hama Hama oyster knife. Cost is $80 per person. Register here.
SAGE HEN — Trifecta Tavern's pastry chef Eve Kuttemann launched her first Sage Hen old-fashioned dessert pop-up last month, and it was such a smashing success she's doing it again in May and adding a day. She'll now be offering the series on the first Friday and Saturday each month, but they're still limited to the 8 seats that fit around the wooden baking table in Trifecta's bakery. Get your name on the wait list by emailing sagehenportland@gmail.