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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 22

Encore, indoors, for 'Moreland Farmers Market' today. Just two days before Thanksgiving, the Moreland Farmers Market presents its annual Thanksgiving Market 2-6 pm today at the Boys and Girls Club, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, a block south of Bybee Boulevard. Vendors on hand will include Black Sheep Creamery, Canby Asparagus, Frank Gruner Massage, Greens Bridge Gardens, Night Owl Coffee Roasters, Russell's Bread, RX Missionary Chocolates, Sage and Sea Sipping Vinegars, Springwater Farms Mushrooms, Stephens Farm, Sweet Home Farms, and The Honey Pit. There'll be a kids' crafts project, a canned and fresh food drive, complimentary cider, and entertainment. The market is participating in the Oregon Trail Matching Program this year, as well.

Free Personal Safety Workshop in Sellwood. 7-9 pm tonight - and also on December 8th 7-9 pm, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, you are welcome at a WomenStrength personal safety workshop, designed to introduce both women AND men to a variety of self-protection options in a short, non-physical, discussion format. The workshop covers: Verbal assertiveness skills and boundary setting; prevention, survival and healing strategies/options; common strategies of attackers (strangers and intimate partner/acquaintance); and pros and cons of various options for ending an attack. Among the options discussed are weapons, strange behavior, actively choosing to do nothing, running, verbal strategies, and physical fighting. No physical skills are taught in the workshops, but information on classes specifically for women will be provided to those who want to learn physical self-defense. Sponsored by the Portland Police Bureau and WomenStrength. For more information call Sarah at 503/531-2948.

NOVEMBER 24

'Feast for Southeast' this afternoon! The second annual free 'Feast for Southeast' Thanksgiving dinner is 2 till 4 pm this afternoon at Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 S.E. 72nd Avenue at Harold Street…sponsored by Lifehouse Church, and a variety of Southeast businesses, nonprofits, and neighborhood associations. Last Thanksgiving, over two hundred individuals and families in Southeast Portland were able to have a traditional holiday feast who might otherwise have gone without. The menu includes turkey, ham, and all the fixings - as well as desserts, entertainment, a festive vibe, and 'a caring and welcoming atmosphere for our neighbors'. For more information, go online to: www.feast4southeast.com , or call 503/567-1176.

NOVEMBER 26

Boy Scout Christmas Tree lot opens today. Troop 351, Boy Scouts of America, and Venture Crew, begin their Christmas Tree sale today on the southwest corner of St. Ignatius' parking lot at 3400 S.E. 43rd Avenue, at Powell Boulevard. This is Troop 351's, 31th year selling Christmas trees and wreaths. The non-profit sale funds the Boy Scouts and Venture Crew's summer camps and activities for the entire year. The sale is run by volunteer boys, girls, and parents, from today through Christmas Eve - weekdays 5-9, weekends 9-9. For after-Christmas recycling, the Cub Scouts Recycle Tree Lot opens December 27 through January 15 at the same location - weekdays 3-8 and Weekends 9-8. For more information on any of this call the Tree Lot trailer at 503/775-2848.

NOVEMBER 27

First Sunday in Advent. Communion offered. 9:30 am, Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland.

Advent Wreath-making today in Woodstock. Mark the season of Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) with a traditional Advent Wreath. Fresh greenery, colorful berries, candles, and wreath forms will be available - along with instructions to make a beautiful wreath for your dinner table. The activity takes place at All Saints' Episcopal Church, and begins after the 10:15 service, at 11:30. All are welcome with $8 donation for material. All Saints Church is located at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

NOVEMBER 29

Estate and moving sale today at Willamette View. Willamette View retirement community, on River Road off McLoughlin Boulevard, just south of downtown Milwaukie, is holding annual Holiday 'treasures and collectibles' and estate sale today only, 9 am-3 pm, public welcome. Twenty-five tables are loaded with bargains, priced to sell, including glassware, silver, housewares, linens, jewelry, postcards, paper products, decorations, artificial Christmas trees and more. Not a bazaar. The resale items are donated with proceeds going to the nonprofit Willamette View Foundation. Main Auditorium, 12705 S.E. River Road, Milwaukie.

NOVEMBER 30

For teens: Everything You Wanted to Know About College (but Never Asked). Which college is best for you? How can you fund your education? What do you need to do now to prepare for the future? Choosing a college can seem overwhelming! Marilyn Petrequin, of Petrequin College Consulting, will answer any questions you could possibly have about continuing your education! And it's free. Tonight, 6:30-7:30 pm, at the Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.