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December 2012 calendar

Calendar items for January are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Email listings to editor@boomnw.com.

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• Beaverton Historical Society Holiday Tea: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday Dec. 1, at The Fanno House. Enjoy an elegant Christmas Tea at the historic 1859 Fanno Farmhouse, along with holiday music. Catering by Carrie Schubert of the Beaverton Bakery. Reservations: contact the Beaverton Historical Society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-430-0106, or drop by the center at 12412 S.W. Broadway, Beaverton.

• Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents “Christmas on Broadway”: Performances through Dec. 23 on the Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard. Rick Lewis’ new holiday musical revue tells the story of four wide-eyed wannabe actors who are snowbound in a Broadway theater on Christmas Eve. With nothing but a few trunks filled with costumes, props, and set pieces, they live out a shared holiday dream – starring on Broadway! Curtain time 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. matinees Sundays and on Saturday, Dec. 1, 8, and 15. Tickets start at $30 for adults, with discounts available for groups and youth. More info and tickets: visit www.broadwayrose.org or call the box office at 503-620-5262.

• “Coming Home: Voices of Return and Resettlement, 1945-1965”: Exhibit continues through March 31, 2013, at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, locally curated exhibit traces the reestablishment of the Japanese American community in Oregon after World War II and examines the injustices of wartime relocation. Additional programming and events will be featured; call 503-224-1458 or visit www.oregonnikkei.org for program dates and times.

• da Vinci Arts Fair: Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2, da Vinci Arts Middle School, 2508 N.E. Everett St., Portland. Northwest artists and craftspeople sell their wares to benefit arts education. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Info: www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/davinci

• Holiday Express: Nov. 30-Dec 2, Dec. 7-9,Dec. 14-16, trips leaver from the Oaks Station on the Oregon Pacific Railroad, 7806 S.E. Oaks Park Way, Portland. Meet Santa on a train. Ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives through a wilderness in the heart of the city. All proceeds go for Portland’s historic steam locomotives’ new home, the Oregon Rail Heritage Center in the OMSI District. Get your tickets at Tickets West Ticket Centers or www.Ticketswest.com.

• Magenta Theater Company presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told and Then Some”: Performances through Dec. 15, 606 Main St., Vancouver, Wash. Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told — plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season. Tickets sold online at www.MagentaTheater.com or through the box office at 360-635-4358.

• Nutcracker Tea: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin, 503-691-3069, www.tualatinoregon.gov/library. For ages 4 and older. An abridged, family-friendly adaptation of the “Nutcracker” ballet presented by the NW Dance Theatre.

• “Race: Are We So Different? Through Jan. 1, 2013, OMSI, 945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, 503-797-4517, www.omsi.edu. This national exhibition tells the story of race from biological, cultural and historical points of view. Exhibit is a project of the American Anthropological Association and is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation. The price of the exhibit is included in paid museum admission. Members get in free.

• “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol”: Performances through Dec. 30, Artists Repertory Theatre, Alder Stage, Southwest 16th Avenue and Alder Street, downtown Portland. Curtain time 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday matinee at 11a.m. Dec. 19. Tickets $25-$50; students $20. Box office 503-241-1278 or www.artistsrep.org.

• Washington County Museum: Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro, 503-645-5353, www.washingtoncountymuseum.org. Through May 31: “Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe.” Through June 30, 2013: “Americans All: The Bracero Program in Washington County.” Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free to museum members, $6 adults, $4 children. Children age 3 and under get in free.

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• Christmas open house: 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard, 503-639-3273, www.calvinpresbyterian.org. The church library's 13th annual Christmas open house includes homemade cookies and hot spiced cider. Christmas books, videos and CDs will be available for checkout, and the Mission Marketplace offers alternative gift giving opportunities.

• Jim Beatty Band Holiday Show with Special Guest Tony Starlight: 3:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Red Lion Jantzen Beach Hotel, JB's Lounge, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland. Featuring Jim Beatty, clarinet & soprano sax; Pat O’Neal, trombone; Reese Marshburn, piano; Dave Duthie, bass; Sam Foulger, drums; Marianna Thielen, vocals; and Tony Starlight saluting "The Great Gentlemen of Song," performing impressions and tributes to Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Jimmy Durante and more.

Admission $10 per person at the door. For reservations, call 503-978-4554.

• Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra presents “The Snowman”: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, five minutes east of Gresham on Highway 26. Tickets: children (12 and under) $5; adults $15. Info or to buy tickets online: www.columbiasymphony.org

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• Sequoia Gallery + Studios: 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro, 503-693-0401, www.sequoiagallerystudios.org. Dec. 4 to Feb. 1: “My Favorite Things,” annual show featuring all Sequoia artists. Reception 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. Also featured will be a tree of handmade ornaments available for sale as a gallery fundraiser. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

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• Living With Macular Degeneration: What You should Know: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Trenton Terrace Community Room. 4720 N. Trenton St., Portland. Free; donations appreciated. Registration required; sign up at the Hollywood Senior Center, 503-288-8303.

• Tualatin High School Crimsonaires holiday concert: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin, 503-691-3069, www.tualatinoregon.gov/library.

• Prime Timers Dining Club: Wednesday, Dec. 5, M & M Restaurant and Lounge, 137 N. Main Ave., Gresham, 503-665-2626. Singles age 50 and up are invited. Be there at 6 p.m. for social time followed by ordering dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is Dutch treat. Bring a wrapped “white elephant” gift to exchange that will work for a man or woman. Info: Call Pat at 503-936-5861 or email Pat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Website: www.PrimeTimersDiningClub.com

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• The Geezer Gallery: 600 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite E, Portland. Dec. 6-30: Group exhibition at gallery's new Pearl District location, featuring works in a variety of media from more than 15 local master artists. Exhibit showcases “The Hamilton Hotel Fragment,” a sculpture by David Strough thatincorporates fragments of the early 1900s quoin stone embellishments that were salvaged when Portland's Hamilton Hotel was razed to make room for the new Federal Court Building. Info: www.geezergallery.com, 503-244-0441.

• Hearing seminar: 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Get your questions answered about hearing loss and steps you can take to cope with it. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Registration required; call the center to sign up. Seminar will be repeated Dec. 13.

• Lunchtime instrumental concert: Noon Thursday, Dec. 6, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard, 503-639-3273, www.calvinpresbyterian.org. Free concert featuring an ensemble from Millennium Band presenting a program of Advent and Christmas music. Bring your own lunch or purchase a gourmet sandwich when you arrive.

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• Candlelight concerts: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 7-8, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard, 503-639-3273, www.calvinpresbyterian.org. Choirs, hand bells and instruments tell the story of Christ’s birth and the salvation he brings to the world. Attendees are seated around decorated tables and offered complimentary coffee and dessert at intermission. Tickets are free but limited.

• The Christmas Revels 2012 — An Appalachian Christmas Celebration: Dec. 7-16, Scottish Rite Center Theater, 709 S.W. 15th Ave. at Morrison Street, Portland. Annual Revels feature 11 matinee and evening performances. Show times 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Revels Office:

503-274-4654. Info online at portlandrevels.org.

• Movie Matinee: “Hope Springs”: 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, Trenton Terrace Community Room. 4720 N. Trenton St., Portland. Free; donations appreciated. Info: Call the Hollywood Senior Center, 503-288-8303.

• Portland Japanese Garden Holiday Gift Sale: Dec. 7-24, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., Portland. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Mondays. Entrance included with garden admission ($9.50 adults, $7.75 seniors 62 and over, $7.75 college students with ID, $6.75 youth 6-17. Info: japanesegarden.com/holiday-gift-sale or 503-223-1321.

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• Albertina's Holiday Tea: Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15, seatings at 1:30 and 1:45 p.m., Albertina’s Restaurant, 424 N.E. 22nd Ave., Portland. Info: AlbertinaKerr.org.

• “A World War II Radio Christmas”: Dec. 8-16, Oregon Children’s Theatre Young Professionals Company, Black Box Studio, 1939 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland. Performances at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Travel back in time and join the audience of a live radio show broadcast from Portland during World War II. Inspiring true stories, comedic sketches and commercials, swinging Christmas tunes, live folly sound effects, and the songs that shook the airwaves make a lively holiday celebration. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Tickets: $5-$10 or $7-$12 at the door. Box office: 503-228-9571.

• Downtown Portland Chocolate Walk: 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

In this guided tour led by Savina Darzes, walk and eat your way through the neighborhoods on foot to six main locations that offer chocolate.

The route covers approximately 1-1/2 miles and takes a little over three hours to complete. Enrollment limited to 10 walkers Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is 10 am the day of the program. Registration and info: visit www.ChocolateTastingAndMore.com/tours.htm.

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• Advent Carol Service: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Tabor Heights United Methodist Church, 6161 S.E. Stark St., Portland. Advent and Christmas carols with readings, brass ensemble, hand bells, choir, harp, organ, and singing by the audience. The service includes the music of Praetorius, Bach, Brahms, Man, and more. Free-will offering will be accepted. Info: 503-232-8500 or www.taborheightschurch.org

• Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Mt. Hood Community College theater, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham. Program: “Celebrating With the Pops,” featuring performances of Mendelssohn's “Christmas Collage,” Tachikovsky's Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty,” Tobani's “Around the Christmas Tree,” Puccini's “Musetta's Waltz” and other arias, Jacob's “Fantasia on the Alleluia Hymn,” Custer's “It's Christmas Time” and Kennedy's “Christmas Sing-along.” Tickets $15 adults, $1- seniors and students, $45 families. Info: 503-669-1937, mthoodpops.org.

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• Weatherization workshop: 2-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Registration required; call the center to sign up.

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• Beaverton Historical Society annual Christmas Gathering: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 12412 S.W. Broadway St. in historic downtown Beaverton. Join the historical society for the sounds, tastes and sights of the holiday season, a special display of vintage toys and music by Heartstrings, the husband and wife duo of Nancy and Rob Downie from Tualatin, who play historical and contemporary music on dulcimer and string bass. Specialty desserts and candies, including Mamie Eisenhower’s Favorite Million Dollar Fudge, will be available for purchase. Enjoy complimentary punch and cider as you view the center’s exhibits. Admission is free and appropriate for all ages. Info: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-430-0106.

• Grant High School Royal Blues Choir: Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. The choir will perform holiday music. Loaves & Fishes lunch available. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Registration required; call the center to sign up.

• Morning classical concert: 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Enjoy the music of Mendelssohn and Ravel along with coffee and treats. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Registration required; call the center to sign up.

• “Online Marketing Strategies for Authors”: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. Presented by the Northwest Writers & Publishers Association. Self-publishers, marketers, journalists, artists, authors and aspiring authors are welcome to this session led by Jan Bear, who teaches marketing strategies for writers. No charge for NWPA members or students under 18; $10 charge for guests; member's guest, $5. Info: www.tualatinoregon.gov/library, www.northwestwriterspublishers.weebly.com or call Veronica Esagui at 503-913-6006.

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• eBay: The Basics of Selling: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin, 503-691-3069, www.tualatinoregon.gov/library. Cost: $59. Register and pay through www.pcc.edu.

• Voices of Our Elders: 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 (second and fourth Wednesdays), Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Ongoing drop-in workshops give seniors the opportunity to explore small creative writing games and visual arts projects that focus on their memories and experiences. Cost: $5 fee per session payable to Well Arts Institute.

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• AARP driver's safety training: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Dec. 13-14, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Two-day classroom course teaches defensive driving techniques with safety in mind. Cost: $12 for AARP members, $14 non-members. Registration required; call the center to sign up.

• Hearing seminar: 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Get your questions answered about hearing loss and steps you can take to cope with it. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Registration required; call the center to sign up.

• Lunchtime choral concert: Noon Thursday, Dec. 13, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard, 503-639-3273, www.calvinpresbyterian.org. Free hourlong concert of the music of the season featuring a select choral ensemble from The Oregon Chamber Singers. Bring your own lunch or purchase a gourmet sandwich when you arrive. Concert attendees will be seated around tables to eat while enjoying the music.

• “A Tuna Christmas”: Dec. 13-23, Oregon Repertory Theatre at Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Winningstad Theatre, downtown Portland. Curtain time 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23; 2 p.m. Dec. 16, 22, 23. Tickets $20 to $42.50 plus all applicable fees. Ages 8 and up. Tickets: 503-946-7272. Group sales: 503-248-4335Info: www.PCPA.com, www.OregonRep.org, www.TicketsWest.com, www.facebook.com/ATUNACHRISTMAS.

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• Albertina's Holiday Tea: Saturday, Dec. 15, seatings at 1:30 and 1:45 p.m., Albertina’s Restaurant, 424 N.E. 22nd Ave., Portland. Info: AlbertinaKerr.org.

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• Posada Milagro: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, stage performances at 2 and 4 p.m., El Zócalo of El Centro Milagro, 537 S.E. Stark St., Portland. A Christmas celebration with theatre, music, dance and traditional foods for the whole family. Free admission; donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Oregon Food Bank. Seating for the performances is limited. Free general admission tickets will be distributed at the theatet beginning at 1 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; no advance reservations will be taken. Presentation in Spanish.

• Soup & Christmas Pageant: 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard, 503-639-3273, www.calvinpresbyterian.org. Join in a soup supper followed by “Christmas Pageant from Scratch” fun for all ages.

• Tualatin Valley Community Band free holiday concert: 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Deb Fennell Auditorium, Tigard High School, 9000 S.W. Durham Road, Tigard. Steve Heuser directs the 65-member, all-age concert band in “Holiday Harmonies,” a program including traditional Hanukkah music, Christmas carols, Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” music for band and handbells, an audience sing-along and more. For info about the band and upcoming concerts, visit www.tvcb.org or www.facebook.com/tvcb.org

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• Christmas dinner: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard, 503-639-3273, www.calvinpresbyterian.org. A traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Cost: $4 per person or $10 per family. Following the dinner, all are invited for a carol sing in the sanctuary.

• Handel's “Messiah”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec 19, St. Henry Catholic Church, Gresham. The Portland Chamber Orchestra will present Handel's masterpiece featuring several soloists along with the Oregon Chorale, Portland Boychoir and Hillsboro Community Youth Choir. Other performances Dec. 21 in Hillsboro and Dec. 23 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Info and tickets: www.portlandchamberorchestra.org.

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• Lunchtime Duo Piano Concert: Noon Thursday, Dec. 20, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard, 503-639-3273, www.calvinpresbyterian.org. Musicians John Green and Sandra Miller present traditional Christmas carols on dueling pianos. Audience requests are encouraged. Bring your own lunch or purchase a gourmet sandwich when you arrive. Concert attendees will be seated around tables to eat while enjoying the concert. The music and coffee are free.

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• Handel's “Messiah”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, St. Matthew Catholic Church, Hillsboro. The Portland Chamber Orchestra will present Handel's masterpiece featuring several soloists along with the Oregon Chorale, Portland Boychoir and Hillsboro Community Youth Choir. Info and tickets: www.portlandchamberorchestra.org.

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• Handel's “Messiah”: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis & Clark College, Portland. The Portland Chamber Orchestra will present Handel's masterpiece featuring several soloists along with the Oregon Chorale, Portland Boychoir and Hillsboro Community Youth Choir. Info and tickets: www.portlandchamberorchestra.org.

• Monthly dance at the Al Kader Shrine Center: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, Al Kader Shrine Center, 25100 S.W. Parkway Ave., Wilsonville. Dance or just listen to the John Bennett Dance Band, featuring John Bennett, piano; Wayne Travillion, cornet/trombone; Jim Buchmann, reeds; David Duthie, bass; Dave Johnson, guitar; and Jack Dawes, drums, with special guest vocalist Marilyn Keller. Admission $10 per person at the door. Net proceeds benefit the Shriners. No-host bar and light dining menu. Cabaret-style seating. Large dance floor, beautiful ballroom, free parking. Info: 503-684-6143.

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• Community Christmas Eve service: 11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, Tabor Heights United Methodist Church, 6161 S.E. Stark St., Portland. Open to the community, the service will feature handbells, choral works, congregational participation and pipe organ. Info: 503-232-8500 or www.taborheightschurch.org