Trinity Lutheran to host end-of-life forum Nov. 12

Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., will host a forum titled 'Making Healthcare Choices for the End of Life,' from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Gretchen Brauer-Rieke, a registered nurse and certified advance care planning facilitator, will lead the forum, which is free and open to the public and especially useful for seniors and those with aging parents or loved ones.

More than 50 percent of people will eventually be unable to make their own healthcare decisions at the end of life. The forum is designed to help people understand why having advance directives is important to their future care and the quality of their end-of-life experience.

The tools available to assist in documenting their final wishes will be explained, and discussion will focus on how to communicate clearly with family and loved ones as well as to the healthcare system.

Tickets on sale for Grotto's Festival of Lights

Tickets are now on sale for the world's largest Christmas choral event, the Festival of Lights at the Grotto, on Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.

The festival features five indoor concerts each evening in the 600-seat chapel, for a total of 174 concerts by many of the region's finest school, church and civic choirs.

Tickets may be purchased daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at The Grotto's Gift Shop. This year's festival opens Friday, Nov. 25, and continues, except for Christmas Day, through Friday, Dec. 30, and runs 5 to 9:30 p.m. daily.

General admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 3 to 12 years, and children 2 years and younger are admitted free. Festival visitors also are asked to bring a gift of canned or dry food benefiting SnowCap, which serves low-income folks in East County.

Free parking is available. For more information, call 503-254-7371 or visit and click 'Festival of Lights' on the top options bar.

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