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December 2013 calendar

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Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents “Plaid Tidings Performances of this holiday musical revue continue through Dec. 22, Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard. Curtain time 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays and on Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Tickets start at $30 for adults; discounts available for groups and youth. Tickets and info: visit www.broadwayrose.org or call the box office at 503-620-5262.

Ninth annual Holiday Express Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15, Oaks Park Station, 7806 S.E. Oaks Park Way, Portland. Ride a vintage train on the Oregon Pacific Railroad along the Willamette River, presented by the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. Departure times: Friday, Nov. 29, at noon, 2, 3,4, 6, 7 and 8 p.m.; second and third Fridays at 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 p.m.; all Saturdays and Sundays at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Tickets and info: visit www.orhf.org, call TicketsWest at 503-224-TIXX (toll-free outside of Portland, 1-800-992-TIXX) or visit participating Safeway TicketsWest Ticket Centers.

“Our Humble Heroes: Stories of Service and Sacrifice during WWII” Through Jan. 5, 2014, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, 121 N.W. Second Ave., Portland. Locally curated exhibit that honors the Nisei, second-generation Japanese Americans, who served their country during World War II. Info: 503-224-1458 or www.oregonnikkei.org.

WLLC Gallery West Linn Lutheran Church, 20390 Willamette Drive, West Linn. Through Feb. 15, 2014: work by 18 local artists around the theme “Always Being Made New .. .God's work. Our hands.” Gallery open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., additional hours Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.Admission free. Info: 503-656-0110. Website: wllc.org.

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Songwriter Circle 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 S.W. Capitol Highway, Multnomah Village in Portland. Veteran Portland singer-songwriters Cal Scott (Trail Band, Kevin Burke) and Richard Moore (The Wombats) welcome “One Man Guitar Festival” Paul Chasman to their bimonthly circle. Tickets are $12 in advance online at songwritersdecember2.brownpapertickets.com or $15 at the door. Seating is limited.

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Let's Talk About Your Computer By appointment the first and third Tuesdays, Dec. 3 and 17, Charles Jordan Community Center computer lab, 9009 N. Foss St., Portland. Info: Call Kristina John Baptiste at 503-288-8303.

Senior Law Project Legal Clinic 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays by appointment, Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss St., Portland. Call the Hollywood Senior Center, 503-288-8303, to register.

Sequoia Gallery + Studios 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro, 503-693-0401. Dec. 3 to Jan. 31: annual all-member show featuring a wide variety of media by 34 artists with the theme of “Northwest Light.” Reception 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Website: www.sequoiagallerystudios.org

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Diabetes Support and Education Group 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Dr. Jackie Abbott will discuss “Tools to Assist Diabetics with Depression.”

Prime Timers Dining Club 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, M&M Restaurant and Lounge, 137 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Single adults 50 and older are welcome. Social time at 6 p.m. followed by ordering from a special dinner menu at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is Dutch treat. Info: Call Pat at 503-936-5861 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Website: www.PrimeTimersDiningClub.com

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Lunchtime Choral Concert Noon Thursday, Dec. 5, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard. Free; featuring a vocal ensemble and a program of Christmas music from ancient Latin carols to “Jingle Bells.” Bring your own lunch or purchase a gourmet sandwich when you arrive. Info: 503-639-3273, www.calvinpresbyterian.org

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A Nightmare on Elf Street: A Sketch Comedy Revue” Dec. 6-21, The Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway. All shows run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 for students; buy them online at http://brodytheater.com/nowplaying.html

“A World War II Radio Christmas: 1943 Edition” Dec. 6-8 and 13-15, Oregon Children’s Theatre Black Box Studio, 1939 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Showtimes at 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $10 advance or $15 at the door. Box office: 503-228-9571.

Candlelight Concerts 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard. Choirs, hand bells and flute tell the story of Christ’s birth and the salvation He brings to the world. Featuring unusual twists on traditional music, premiered by The King’s Singers. Desserts served at intermission. All are invited to sing Christmas carol favorites with the choirs. Tickets are free but limited. Info: 503-639-3273, www.calvinpresbyterian.org

Christmas-themed event and concert Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Chapel ofthe Holy Names at Mary's Woods, 17400 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego. Featuring Howard Crosby, nephew of Bing Crosby, and including a fundraiser for the Mary's Woods Resident Fund. Free and open to the public. Info: contact Adrianna Carr, 503-697-6435 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

First Friday Film: “Young@Heart” 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 1726 Washington St., Oregon City. The Oregon City Public Library presents a free showing of the popular film documenting the true story of the final weeks of rehearsal for members of the Young@Heart Chorus in Northampton, Mass., whose average age is 81. Info: 503-657-8269, www.orcity.org/library

Holiday “treasures and collectibles” sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Willamette View retirement community, Main Auditorium, 12705 S.E. River Road, Milwaukie. Browse 25 tables loaded with bargains priced to sell. Glassware, house wares, silver, linens, jewelry, puzzles, cards, paper products, dolls, toys, decorations, artificial Christmas trees and fun “old stuff.” Proceeds go to The Willamette View Foundation. Online info: www.willametteview.org or www.facebook.com/willametteview.

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Art Over Macleay Park winter art show and sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 10 to 5 Sunday, Dec. 8, 1746 N.W. 31st Ave., Portland The 13th annual winter show featuring the works of 15 local artists will be held in a Victorian cottage nestled in the treetops of Macleay Park. Info: ArtOverMcleayPark.com

Beaverton Historical Society Pearl Harbor Day program 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 (doors open at 12:15 p.m.), Beaverton History Center, 12412 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton. Free. Reliving Radio of Portland and entertainment historian Dick Karman present a Pearl Harbor Day edition of “Christmas on the Radio.” Admission $5 at the door. Info: 503-430-0106, website HistoricBeaverton.org.

Chuck Par-Due and the Mike Curtis Jazz Project 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Gateway Elks Lodge, 711 N.E. 100th Ave., Portland. The 18-piece band features the Big Band sounds of Harry James, with special guest vocalist Cheryl Morris. The show features the original arrangements played and recorded by Harry James. This show will feature arrangements by Ernie Wilkins, Thad Jones, Neal Hefti and others. Tickets $15, available at the door, cash or credit card, reservations by phone at 503-255-6535. Dinner hour 5-8 p.m., reservations only.

Cover Oregon informational presentation 10:30 a.m. Saturday Dec. 7, Cedar Mill Community Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland, 503-644-0043, http://library.cedarmill.org. Get information about the state’s health care marketplace and signing up. Presented by Donna Medica, certified educator for Cover Oregon.

Holiday Open House & Artisans’ Market 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, magic show at 5 p.m., Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver, Wash. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Preventing Overindulgence During the Holidays 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Cedar Mill Community Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland, 503-644-0043, http://library.cedarmill.org. In this fun workshop, participants will use self- hypnosis to realize personal reasons for overindulgence and learn strategies to avoid doing so. They also will discover how we all use negative self-talk as a form of hypnosis, and how to stop. Presented by Certified Hypnotherapist Reyveka Pieroni. Call to reserve your spot.

Season of Lights Concert 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, First Christian Church, Southwest Park Avenue and Columbia Stret in downtown Portland. Peter Zisa and Friends present their seventh annual free holiday concert. Donations will be collected for Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel, a network of schools in Israel founded by Portland native Lee Gordon.

Tualatin Valley Community Band 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, free “Holiday Harmonies” concert, Tualatin High School auditorium, 22300 S.W. Boones Ferry Road, Tualatin. Selections in the first half include a symphonic suite from “Star Trek,” “Jupiter,” from Holst’s The Planets, and “Variations on a Korean Folk Song.” The second half includes holiday favorites: “Midnight Sleigh Ride,” from Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite, “Joy to the Season,” and the Leroy Anderson favorite “Sleigh Ride.” Info: www.tvcb.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tvcb.org

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Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham. The 31st anniversary season opens with “Pops Christmas,” featuring “Winter Wonderland,” Debussy's “Claire de Lune,” Grieg's “Peer Gynt Suite No. 1,” Kennedy's “Christmas Sing-Along” and other holiday selections. Single tickets $15 adults, $10 seniors/students and $45 families. Info: 503-669-1937, www.mthoodpops.org

NW Dance Theatre presents A Nutcracker Tea 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. All ages; free. An abridged, family-friendly adaptation of the “Nutcracker” ballet for ages 4 and older. Info: 503-691-3069.

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Grant High School Royal Blues Choir Noon-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Hollywood Senior Center, 820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Free concert presented by the Hollywood Lions Club. Lunch available from 11:15 a.m. to noon for ages 60 and older; $3 suggested donation.

How to Tell Your Story and Sell Your Book 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. The Northwest Writers & Publishers Association and the Tualatin Public Library present Nancy McDonald, owner of Indelible Mark Publishing, who will speak from 7-8 p.m. Self-publishers, marketers, journalists, artists, authors and aspiring authors are welcome. Free to association members of students under age 18; $10 for guests; members’ guests $5. Info: Call Veronica Esagui at 503-913-6006 or visit www.northwestwriterspublishers.weebly.com

Tualatin High School Crimsonaires 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. Free holiday concert for all ages. Library phone: 503-691-3069.

Winterfest 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, 503-653-8100. Enjoy holiday cheer with the Milwaukie Center Jammers ukulele group, singers and the Dickens Carolers. Wear your nicest, ugliest newest, oldest or favoerite holiday sweater. Help Clackamas Fire District 1's “Operation Santa Claus” by bringing nonperishable food or new toys. Refreshments served, and Santa and Mrs. Claus might stop by.

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AARP driver safety course 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, Dec. 12-13, Hollywood Senior Center, 820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Learn defensive driving techniques in this two-part classroom course. Learn to manage and accommodate age-related changes. Call the center for details.

Harpist Joanna Pearson 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City. Free concert of holiday music. Info: 503-657-8269, www.orcity.org/library

Tammy's Holiday Show Noon-12:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Hollywood Senior Center, 820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Tammy and her troupe celebrate the holidays with songs, line dancing and a sing-along.

Lunchtime Guitar Quartet Noon Thursday, Dec. 12, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard. Free; classical and seasonal music performed by The Oregon Guitar Quartet (John C. Mery, Bryan Johanson, David Franzen and Jesse McCann). Bring your own lunch or purchase a gourmet sandwich when you arrive. Info: 503-639-3273, www.calvinpresbyterian.org

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SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance) Second and fourth Friday mornings, Dec. 13 and 27, by appointment only, Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss St., Portland. Free. Info: Call Kristina John Baptiste at 503-288-8303.

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Posada Milagro 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, stage performances at 2 and 4 p.m., El Zocalo of El Centro Milagro, 537 S.E. Stark St., Portland. A Christmas celebration with theater, music, dance and traditional foods for the whole family. Free admission; donations on nonperishable food will be accepted for the Oregon Food Bank. Free general admission tickets will be distributed at the theater at 1 p.m.; available first come, first served. Info: www.milagro.org or 503-236-7253.

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Holiday Dessert Party 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, Hollywood Senior Center, 820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland. Enjoy a selection of treats, including sugar-free varieties, from event sponsor Russellville Park retirement community. Hot spiced cider, coffee, live music. Space is limited to 60 people, so sign up in advance with the senior center, 503-288-8303.

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Introduction to Arthritis Foundation tai chi program 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, Hollywood Senior Center, 820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland. Learn about this program using tai chi routines that help reduce pain, improve well-being and are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. RSVP at the senior center, 503-288-8303.

NWCT Kid’s Company 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. The company presents “Sentimental Seasons,” a musical revue of favorite holiday topics: memories, trees, lights, bells, treats and presents. Free. Library phone: 503-691-3069.

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Lunchtime Piano Concert Noon Thursday, Dec. 19, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard. Free; featuring pianist Ray McKean performing classical, contemporary and jazz holiday favorites. Bring your own lunch or purchase a gourmet sandwich when you arrive. Info: 503-639-3273, www.calvinpresbyterian.org

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Monthly dance at the Shrine Center 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, The 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. Admission $10 per person at the door. Net proceeds benefit the Shriners. No-host bar and light dining meu. Cabaret-style seating, large dance floor, beautiful ballroom, free parking. Info: 503-684-6143.