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Celebrating Women – March 7 & 8Topanien Global Gifts Celebrating Women

Dance, Skip and Leap for Women! Topanien Global Gifts is celebrating International Women’s Day on March 7 & 8. Free Mexican mini chocolates for all women entering our store and/or placing orders on our website. Plus, enjoy Mexican hot chocolate First Friday 6-9:00 p.m. and sign our Stop Violence Against Women Petition if  visiting us. WE GOT OVER
Smile and celebrate – Women!

Here are some of the First Friday Happenings in the Village for International Women’s Day:
*Sign a petition to stop Violence Against Women at Topanien Global Gifts while enjoying Mexican Hot Chocolate * Switch Shoes & Clothing live music & treats * Anne Bocci – mention International Women’s Day & get FREE pair of earrings w/purchase * massage & live music at Sip D’vine * Annie Blooms Bookstore enter a Raffle * and more at all the other Village Stores!

Stop Violence Against Women - over 150 signatures!

Over 150 signatures encouraging our governement to sign onto the Stop Violence Against Women Act >>>

First Friday - Multnomah Village



First Friday - Mexican Chocolate

*postponed – too much SNOW Portland!

February First Friday – Mexican Chocolate

Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts, has brought us chocolate from Oaxaca, Mexico and tonight –  we will give it a try.  Enjoy warm chocolate milk and chocolate bits for tasting along with a limited supply for sale.
All winter hats and gloves are now 49% OFF – til we run out.

Holiday Gala in Multnomah Village

The Multnomah Village Annual Holiday Gala

Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30-9:00 p.m. Santa, Carriage Rides, Caroling, Kids’ Train Rides, Refreshments, Tree Lighting at 6:42 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 7, Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa at Lucky Lab, 8-11:00 a.m. and caroling throughout the day

Small Business Saturday - Nov 30

Small Business Saturday – Nov 30.

Small Business Saturday, Nov 30

We are giving away free holiday Tree Picks for SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY.

A present from us with every Saturday, Nov 30th purchase. Join us and don’t worry, we’ll get Chloe (manager/blonde) and Nadine (owner/brunette) under control by then.  Place an order on-line and we’ll surprise you with a gift too!

Golden Tickets in Multnomah Village

-helping Santa, you and our little business district too! Give Topanien Global Gifts a ‘golden ticket’ and enter to win a comforter or a gigantic dog stuffie. Spend $25 at Topanien Global Gifts and get a ‘golden ticket’ to spend at a different Village store or restaurant.
Topanien Global Gifts - Golden Tickets






NEW WEBSITE?  – See Shannon Zilka;  SW Portlander with a zest for bikes, music and computers!
Shannon has put together Topanien Global Gifts snazzy new website.  She is clever with the computer, offers reasonable rates and is dedicated to making your site work for your customers and you.

Reach Shannon:   Website   and   E-mail:


Fair Trade candy for Halloween.

Happy Halloween

– Trick-or-Treating in Multnomah Village

Thursday, Oct 31, from 3:30 – 5:30 or as long as the candy lasts.
    Topanien Global Gifts is giving away FAIR TRADE CHOCOLATE.


<<< Get your Halloween Glasses at Topanien Global Gifts physical store.
7832 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219

(503)244-9683 *



First Friday May 3rd, 6-8:30 p.m.
Head on down to Topanien Global Gifts and Multnomah Village on First Fridays for music, deals, and fun. Stores are open late and neighbors are about. There’s Alissa with her hemp backpack heading to work at Topanien. See you.
Hard Hat Promo – All Day Every Wednesday – March – June

March through June between SW 35th and 36th on Capitol Hwy
we will be under renovation: new sidewalks, new trees, benches… We urge you to please shop locally.
Shop Multnomah Village! All stores OPEN during renovation.
Stores will offer specials and you’ll know its the day because we’ll be wearing our hard hats.
Join us every Wednesday during the renovation for our Hard Hat Promo.
Extra parking available at the Multnomah Arts Center, lower lot.

First Friday March 6-8:30 p.m.

Disappearing Art – Buddha Board Winners

Live in the moment with the Original Buddha Board. With just a dab of water, each stroke of the brush appears like black ink on the surface. Similar to watercolor painting, the Buddha Board produces soft, beautiful images. As the water slowly evaporates, your painting fades and a new blank canvas is revealed.
‘click for slide show of event’
With the mentality of a Zen Buddhist, you’re free to create pictures on a whim, without concern for the outcome. The Buddha Board is great for relaxing, clearing your thoughts, and is just plain fun.

Buddha Board First Friday Winners!

The Death Penalty in Oregon:

Targeting the Poor and Mentally Ill

Speakers & Discussion
The panel included Capital Defense Attorney Jeff Ellis, forensic and clinical psychologist
Dr. Michelle Guyton, and political science Professor Dr. Michael Sonnleitner.

Topanien Global Gifts owner, Nadine, supporting Amnesting International in their efforts to abolish the death penalty in Oregon and in the United States. “Very informative event and knowledgable panelists.” – Nadine
February 21, 2013 * 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Portland Community College
Cascade Campus Student Building Cafeteria
For more information visit: Amensty International – Know the Facts About the Death Penalty
Sponsored by Amnesty International & The Black Student Union, PCC

Nadine, Topanien Global Gifts owner, visits

Not even tempted. “I’m here for the World Trade Market,” says Nadine even while the
gambling lights flash as she enters the Las Vegas airport.
Shopping for global gifts and home decor at the World Market Center in Las Vegas.

Holiday Gala 2012

The Village was packed with neighbors, friends and happy folk of all ages!

Halloween in the Village

Fair Trade Candy for the Kids
Wed, October 31, 2012
Best of all – Topanien Global Gifts is giving our kids Fairly Traded Chocolate.
No children involved in the production of this sweet treat.


Multnomah Days Blast – Aug 2012

Parade * Sidewalk Sale * Food & Craft Vendors * Live Entertainment

Multnomah Days Cont’d – Sun. Aug 19
Location: Multnomah Village along SW Capitol Hwy between 31st & 39th St.

Topanien Global Gifts is pulling old stock and tagging it for our huge sidewalk sale. – 3’rd Sat in Aug!

Sunday Parkways – July 22, 2012

Sunday Parkways came to Multnomah Village! Portlanders walked, ran, and biked
to Multnomah Village. Activities included music, food, and vendors offering everything from Voodoo Doughnuts to how to fix your bike to water bottles and sidewalk sale fare.

Sunday Parkways – click for more info

Iranian American Friends
Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts, looks at the world from a new perspective with Reza, new friend from of all places – Iran. Former Iranian student protest leader and Prisoner of Conscience, Reza Mohajerinejad spoke to nearly 100 about how we can support the growing non-violent movement in Iran for secular (seperation of church and state) democracy. Thank you for your fresh, inspiring and positive outlook Reza!

No Woman, No Cry

A Maternal Healthcare Event

held in Multnomah Village on May 10, 2012.

Over 40 women gathered at O’Connor’s Vault for live music, a gripping documentary movie, “No Woman No Cry,” revealing that for hundreds of thousands of women a year, pregnancy is a death sentence that could be prevented, panel discussion with local womens healthcare providers and then – action.
Over 30 cards and letters were sent to Oregon Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici requesting that they vote “YES” on H.R.894, the “Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2012” with the intent to improve Maternal Health world-wide.

A big thanks goes out to Amnesty International for motivating Topanien Global Gifts owner, Nadine Lefkowitz, to organize this event and thank you AI for providing the materials and the movie.

FREE DRAWINGS: Over 15 prizes, all donated by Switch Shoes, Village Frame & Gallery,
Thinker Toys and Topanien Global Gifts, were given to participants.
ACTTION: Over 30 Amnesty International cards were signed with messages
to local representatives encouraging them to pass bills for maternal health care.
Thank you to our wonderful and passionate Panelists; women who do the work.
*Sharon Blake, nurse midwife with experience running maternity projects in Tanzania, Bangladesh and the USA.
*Jeanne Faulkner, Oregon’s CARE advocate, ex-L&D nurse, writer, has worked on projects with Turlington Burns.
*Dr. Kathleen Wilder, OB/GYN, OHSU

April First Friday – Sharing scarf wraps for Spring.

April 6, Friday, 6 – 9:00 pm

Sample below of our Paris Wrap. Visit Topanien Global Gifts on First Friday for more options.

First Friday March 2, 2012, 6-9:00 p.m.

Celebrate International Women’s Day
with discounts on fairly traded, women made products.
One Cotton Cat Pillow is 10% off. Buy 2 and get 25% off one.
Or, draw for your discount: 10, 20 and 49% off tickets. Offers good during event only.

Celebrate International Womens Day with Discounts on Women made items at Topanien.

Campaigning to Make ‘Hershey’ Fair Trade
Topanien Global Gifts customers spent First Friday, Feb. 3, helping to raise the bar on Hershey Chocolate. We learned about the child labor used in the chocolate industry, signed petitions and discussed this issue.
All participants enjoyed a piece of fairly traded chocolate!
Courtesy of Topanien Global Gifts

Education Under Fire – Film & Discussion

Education Under Fire was huge success over MLK Day. We learned about the Baha’i terrible plight in Iran; their inability to receive a higher education and much worse. And – we took actions to work towards positive change. Petitions were signed. Letters were written and mug shots for future enlightenment projects were taken. Mug shot of Topanien Global Gifts owner Nadine, below.
Event sponsered by SOU United Nations Club & Amnesty International Southern OR Chapter
The Ashland Daily Tidings: Forum at SOU to Support the Baha’i Education in Iran

First First Friday of 2012 in ‘The Village’
Everyone enjoyed 75% off all holiday items. Lots of you wore our signature color ‘purple’ and
we thanked you with a FREE World Beat Putumayo 2012 Calendar.
Wear Purple & get a Free Calander – First Friday, 6-9 pm

Dec 2011 – Holiday Gala & Benefit for Avivara
The Village celebrated the season with music, refreshments, specials and events.
Topanien Global Gifts had their annual Holiday Benefit; this year for
Avivara whose mission is ‘to improve the quality of and access to education in rural, poverty-impacted villages in Guatemala and to cultivate interconnectedness between the peoples of Guatemala and the United States.
Together we raised $200 for Avivara and Anya(below left) won the Guatemalan Table Runner.

Topanien Global Gifts
with the NW Fair Trade Coalition celebrated fair trade at Portland’s

2nd Annual Fair Trade Holiday Market in November
Customers traveled the world and discovered fairly traded folk art, accessories, toys, textiles, baskets, coffee, chocolate and more holiday gift items. And, they got the scoop behind their gifts; learing about who makes the items, how and under what conditions. Enjoy gifts that support your values as well as your fine tastes.
Participants included:
AWAZ A Voice for Empowerment, Equal Exchange, Topanien Global Gifts, Jojaba Collective, Julilee OR…

Halloween – was Fair Trade at Topanien Global Gifts

Topanien Global Gifts gave all the little ghosts, goblins, witches and pumpkins ‘organic, fairly traded’ chocolate!

Fair Trade First Friday in October
Topanien Global Gifts owner, Nadine/center, with members of the North West Fair Trade Coalition
showing off the new Fair Trade Banner – made with fairly trade printing blocks from India.
Creating the Fair Trade Banner on October First Friday at Topanien Global Gifts.

Fair Trade info & events at the North West Fair Trade Coalition blog.

World Peace Day
September 21- every year!
The International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, occurs annually on September 21. It is a day dedicated to peace. All war stops and all sides respect this temporary cease fire in combat zones. Humanitarian assistance is immediately brought in along with supplies and healthcare that all people living in combat zones must generally go without. Vaccines are given on this day.

Smile for First Friday in September
What about Topanien Global Gifts makes you smile? First Friday in September customers shared their smiles with us on our Smile Tree and the reasons behind those smiles. Here are a few of the reasons for smiling at Topanien Gobal Gifts:

the people * diversity * color * good stuff from other countries * the music * the staff
fair labor practices
kitties * cell phone pouches * the good smell * prayer flags * unique kinds of items

Multnomah Day was August 20, 2011
Parade * Pancake Breakfast * Booths * Kids Play Area * Food * Live Music
Sidewalk Sale * Wine & Beer * Arts & Crafts

Multnomah Village-ites were down-right silly, sassy and having a darn good time. The sun shone all day as we pardaded down the street, shared breakfast, arts, crafts, sweet treats, information, music and drink.

Running for Women of the Congo

Women for Women put on the fun run to support and to raise awareness of the desperate plight of women in the Congo. Nadine, of Topanien Global Gifts, runs to support this cause.

While at the run, Nadine also connected with members of Portland Oregon’s chapter of Amenesty International. Nadine is a founding member of the Sothern Oregon AI Chapter.

Joanne(left), Nadine, Jane (founding member of Portland AI since the 1970’s),
Dave and Marty – all active members of Amnesty International.
Amnesty International Portland, Oregon & Amnesty International Southern Oregon
Free Hugs in The Village
First Friday in June was silly, happy and we had a blast. Everyone got into the act. People were taking our Free Hugs signs and flashing them around the Village encouraging friendship and camaraderie. Looks like we’ll have to make ‘Free Hugs’ an annual event in Multnomah Village. SW Community Connection.

Were you there? Are you in our You Tube video? Check it out.

You Tube Video: Free Hugs at Topanien Global Gifts

Amnesty International – Starting a New Chapter, Ashland, OR

Explaining about the club. “We are working to promote and protect human rights.
Amnesty is the premier Human Rights Organization in the world.”
– Dave Lefkowitz, Nadine’s (owner of Topanien Global Gifts) husband.

Dave receiving a flower for his efforts towards promoting Human Rights.
Look for your own local Amnesty International Chapter and ways to get involved on-line at
Lead in Your Community.

Portland, Or Amnesty International Chapter

Past First Friday, May 6, 2011

-We prepared Mother’s Day cards encouraging our leaders
to demand better Maternal Health world-wide.

First Friday, May 6, 2011 at Topanien Global Gifts in SW Portland we prepared Amnesty International Mother’s Day Cards for our leaders demanding a women’s rigth to maternal health care. We also signed a petition encouraging our leaders to support the Maternal Health Care Act of 2011. And, all participants were given a little thank you gift from Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts and organizer of the Topanien Campaign to help improve maternal health.

Topanien Global Gifts owner Nadine Lefkowitz attended the Amensty International 50 Years celebration and was moved by the plight of pregnant women world-wide. Information was made available at Topanien Global Gifts and cards were available so that we could send our plea for help. Topanien Global Gifts sent the cards on.
Mini Topanien Gifts were given to all participants!

Nadine (owner of Topanien Global Gifts) took the campaign to her Unitarian Universalist Church in Ashland and gained lots more cards and petition signatures.