by: Barbara Davis, Santa recently paid a visit to the offices of United Healthcare, formerly PacifiCare, at Five Centerpointe Drive, and visited with, from left, Timothy, Laura and Caroline Escher of Lake Oswego, children of employee Case Escher. Santa Day on Dec. 1 was a fundraiser for Christmas for Kids Foundation to benefit underprivileged children during this holiday season. United Healthcare also held its annual Focus on Victory Auction, at which employees raised more than $2,000 for Christmas for Kids. Along with corporate sponsorship and company match for volunteer hours served by employees, United Healthcare raised $8,650 for kids in need. Employees also got to take the children shopping Wednesday as part of an annual Christmas for Kids shopping day.

'A Child of Light'

As a service to the community, Our Savior's Lutheran Church is presenting 'A Child of Light,' a holiday worship event in a variety show format with a strong Christmas message.

The program is free and features light-hearted holiday humor, festive music and the story of Jesus' birth.

The worship show, which features a cast of 125 people from pre-school to seniors, is scheduled for 8:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2000 Country Club Road.

For more information call Beck Warner at 503-781-7215.

Scouts sell trees

Boy Scout Troop 127 is hosting their annual Christmas tree lot at George Rogers Park, located near the intersection of McVey and Highway 43.

Fresh locally grown Noble firs are available in a range of sizes along with two sizes of wreaths.

Free hot cider and coffee will be served and troop members will assist customers with loading trees onto their vehicles.

Tree lot hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The lot is scheduled to stay open through Dec. 15.

Angel Tree is up

An Angel Tree sponsored by the Salvation Army is now up at the Olive Garden, 6355 Meadows Road in Lake Oswego.

The public is invited to bring unwrapped toys to benefit children in need no later than Dec. 15.

Food bank aided

SetRate Prepaid Long Distance, with network services provided by Verizon, is offering a new Call 4 America plan this holiday season that raises money for the nation's food banks, including Oregon Food Bank.

'One of my goals is to raise public awareness about the hunger problem, and to provide an easy way for everyone to help,' said Stephen C. Barrow, president and owner of SetRate and Call 4 America.

The Call 4 America program is unique in that it creates a continuous source of funding for its' participating food banks and associations, not just a one-time donation. When someone signs up for a prepaid long distance plan, SetRate will donate 10 percent of every activation and recharge to the food bank system when they live. According to Barrow, this is actually more than 50 percent of the gross revenue, after taxes and other expenses. He assures that 100 percent of every donation will stay in the state of sign up.

SetRate has three plans to choose from with very competitive rates to over 200 countries and from over 150 international locations and can be used for any touch-tone phone. It is easy to use with automatic recharge, speed dialing and PIN-less dialing. Verizon provides bilingual 24/7-customer service.

For more information about the Call 4 America program or to sign up call 1-866-581-3555 or visit

The SetRate and Call 4 American office is located at 525 First St., Suite 107 in downtown Lake Oswego.

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