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Walk, run or march to holiday events

by: VERN UYETAKE Members of the West Linn Community Chorus Ensemble performed a sing-a-long to rev up the crowd before the tree was lit Friday singing songs such as “Silver Bells,” Jingle Bells” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

This weekend, forget the mall, the lists and the holiday stress. Instead, spend Saturday with family, friends and neighbors and celebrate the season with the West Linn community.

From runs to parades to carriage rides to Santa Claus, there's a little something for everyone Dec. 10 during the jam-packed day of events along Willamette Falls Drive.

Run through some puddles

Start the morning off with a little exercise at the first-ever Puddle Scuttle race. The event includes two race distances, a 5K (3.1 miles) and an 8K (5 miles). The races are stroller-friendly and start at Lil' Cooperstown Pub and Grill, located at 1817 Willamette Falls Drive.

Although online registration is now closed, participants can sign up at the race by paying with cash or a check. The cost is $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 8K.

The race fee includes a race bib, a water bottle, a rain poncho and a pancake breakfast following the race.

The race sponsor, Eventurous Events, will be accepting donations of nonperishable food and household cleaning supplies. The donations and a portion of the race's proceeds will be donated to the West Linn Food Pantry.

For more information, visit www.eventurousevents.com.

Dash through Willamette

If running a whole race isn't your thing, you can still get an adrenaline rush and a good laugh at the second annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Dash.

This one mile run/walk starts at Lil' Cooperstown at 9 a.m.. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome to join in the festivities.

Be sure to pick out your favorite tacky holiday sweater to wear during the dash.

'It's more about fun and celebration than competiveness,' Teri Jones, West Linn Parks and Recreation coordinator, said.

The run is set whether it rains or shines, as last year saw hardly any shine.

'Can you imagine anything worse than an ugly wet wool sweater to run in? Those people are the ultimate sports,' Jones said.

Like the Puddle Scuttle, online registration for the Ugly Sweater Dash is closed, but participants can sign up at the race by paying with cash or a check. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children and the fee includes a race bib and a pancake breakfast following the race.

Also like the Puddle Scuttle, Eventurous Events, the dash's sponsor, will be accepting donations of nonperishable food and household cleaning supplies, which, along with a portion of the race's proceeds, will be donated to the West Linn Food Pantry.

For more information, visit www.eventurousevents.com.

Watch a parade

At 10 a.m., West Linn's annual holiday parade will make its way down Willamette Falls Drive. To participate in the parade, check in at 9 a.m. This year's theme is 'Babes in Toyland.'

The classic holiday parade will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus, snow blowing from a public works truck, an antique fire truck from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, scout groups, school groups, dance troops and loads of candy.

After the parade, Santa will set up shop at the fire station at 1860 Willamette Falls Drive. The station will have cider, hot cocoa and cookies on hand for visitors. It will also be collecting new unwrapped toys for local children in need.

A show by Radio Disney is set to follow the parade.

For more information, visit http://westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec.

Shop and snack

Stay or come back to the Willamette neighborhood Saturday afternoon for some shopping, dining and entertainment. Historic Willamette: a Main Street Community is hosting a number of events for families throughout the day.

From 4 to 6 p.m., Santa will stop in at the Willamette General Store, located at 1720 Willamette Falls Drive.

Also at 4 p.m., singers from Rosemont Ridge Middle School will perform holiday carols.

View the tree lighting at Willamette General Store at 4:45 p.m. And, give your tired feet a rest and take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic Willamette neighborhood from 4 to 8 p.m.

New this year is a 'Progressive Crawl' through area businesses from 5 to 9 p.m. Twelve businesses have teamed up to offer $60 worth of goods, food and drinks for just $30. Punch cards can be purchased at participating businesses.

The merchants included are: Allium (offering beer or a happy hour cocktail and Allium's french fries), Lil' Cooperstown (offering beer or a hot specialty drink and chips and salsa), Willamette General Store (offering mulled wine or nonalcoholic cider and bread pudding), La Fiesta (offering a small margarita and a tostada appetizer), Mirage Salon (offering a pair of earrings), The Little Door (offering wine tastings), The Sweater Shoppe (offering a pair of earrings), Lavender Blue (offering coffee, tea or peppermint cocoa and a special dessert), Bullseye Coffee (offering a hot toddy and a cookie), Sachi Wellness Center and Healthy Spaces (offering a foot soak and squash soup provided by 12th Street Farms) and B.J. Willy's (offering a coffee nudge).

Those who visit each location and get their cards punched will be entered into a drawing to win a gift basket. For more information, call 503-557-4700.