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EVENTS and ACTIVITIES IN JANUARY

DECEMBER 31

Boy Scouts pick up your Christmas Tree to recycle, starting today. Boy Scout Troop 64 will once again be collecting Christmas trees on December 31 and January 1, as well as on January 7 and 8. Place your tree on your curbside with a minimum donation of $6.00 by 2 pm on each of these days. Cash or checks (payable to 'Troop 64') should be placed in an envelope and attached to the tree. You can also drop your tree off at the Holy Family gym, 7425 S.E. 39th (Chavez) from 9 am to 4 pm. For more information, call 503/453-2194.

JANUARY 4

Got an e-book reader for Christmas? If you're not sure how to use that electronic book reader, or how to download audiobooks from the Multnomah County Library - every Wednesday evening this month, 6-8 pm at the Sellwood Branch Library, you'll get help. Drop in for one-on-one help using Library2Go. Please bring your device and any other equipment you need to download and/or transfer to your device. Free. The Sellwood Library is situated on S.E. 13th Avenue at Bidwell Street.

Monthly WNA meeting tonight. The Woodstock Neighborhood Association at its monthly meeting tonight, 7-8:30 pm, will include reports from the police, the Woodstock Branch Library, Reed College, the Land Use Committee, and neighborhood event coordinators. At the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Avenue, and open to all.

SMILE General meeting features election. At tonight's monthly Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League neighborhood association meeting, 7:30-9 pm, agenda items include a special election to fill a Board seat vacated by Eric Miller, who is leaving for a sabbatical in eastern Canada. The SMILE resident/businessperson/landowner elected to the seat will complete Miller's term. These meetings are held at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. Open to all.

JANUARY 7

'Raven Steals the Sun' at Sellwood Library. The world was once dark and cold because the sun, moon, and stars were locked in a box. Based on a Native American tale and performed by Tears of Joy Theatre, this play shares how 'Raven the trickster' brought light and warmth to the world. Free; for kids and families. Made possible by the Grande Ronde Fund for Native American Collections and Programs of The Library Foundation. 10-10:45 am and again 11:15 am till noon at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

JANUARY 10

Nonprofit preschool offers 'Discovery Hour' this morning. St. Paul Christian Preschool offers a 'Discovery Hour' for children age 2-1/2 to 8 years, accompanied by an adult, from 10 till 11 am this morning. Discovery Hour begins with a story and creative movement, then on to exploration centers. Topics may include nature, seasons, holidays, plants, and animals. Children will be taking projects home. There will be three more 'Discovery Hours' at the same hour and place on February 7, March 13, and April 10. The school is situated at 3880 S.E. Brooklyn Street. For more information, call Jean at 503/422-7684, or Joan at 503/358-0748.

Creative Writing class for adults and teens. Starting today, and each Tuesday evening 6:30-7:30 pm through March 20, explore the craft of writing stories, poems, and personal essays in a supportive community. All experience levels welcome. At Grout SUN Community School, 3119 S.E. Holgate. $42 for 11 classes. Register online at: www.PortlandParks.org - (specify course #365145) - or call 503/916-6421.

JANUARY 11

'Pied Piper' on stage at Ladybug Theater. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids, currently performing at SMILE Station in Sellwood on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, debuts 'The Pied Piper with Puppets, and starring Baby Bear' starting today and running for three weeks. Appropriate for all ages; each show lasts about 45 minutes. Admission $4 per person, except babes in arms. Please call for reservations - 503/232-2346 - and then pay by cash or check at the door, which opens at 10:15 am, with the show starting at 10:30 am today and each Wednesday and Thursday morning. SMILE Station is located at S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street.

JANUARY 14

They do it with mirrors - at Sellwood Library. Have fun learning all about light! If part of your morning routine includes seeing your reflection in the bathroom mirror, you have light to thank for that! In this workshop, an AKA Science instructor will engage kids in hands-on science activities to show how mirrors can be used to bounce light all over the place! Provided with support from 'LEAP into Science'. Free. 10 am to noon. For families. At Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

JANUARY 17

Introduction to Computers for adults in Woodstock. In this fun, hands-on course (six sessions) at the Woodstock Branch Library, you will learn all the basic computer skills including using the mouse and keyboard, working using Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, surfing the Internet, and using e-mail. This course is ideal for someone who has a little experience with the computer but wants to know more. Free, but registration required, and you need to attend all the classes, Tuesdays, 10 am till noon - starting today, and running weekly through February 21. Register in the Woodstock Library, or by calling 503/988-5234.

JANUARY 21

Making felt - at Sellwood Library today. Teens will learn the ancient craft of felt-making, which is a traditional art form that pre-dates weaving. Using only raw wool, soapy water, and the agitation of your hands, each teen will make a faux nori roll that will be cut up into many pieces of colorful 'felt sushi'. LeBrie Rich, professional crafter and owner of PenFelt, will share the magical, low-tech process of transforming raw wool into felt. Free. Noon till 2 pm this afternoon at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

JANUARY 27

Schubert song cycle at Reed College tonight. Tonight at 7:30 pm, at Eliot Hall Chapel at Reed College, a reprise of last February's successful performance, Schubert's song cycle, Winterreise, will be presented by baritone John Vergin and pianist Denise Van Leuven. This demanding set of songs is a winter's journey of the soul through disappointment, elation, madness, tenderness, and despair. A suggested donation of $10 benefits the Reed music department's private study scholarship fund. Reed College is situated at 3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. For information, call 503/777-7755, or go online to: http://events.reed.edu .

JANUARY 28

'Red Fans for Lunar New Year' at the Woodstock Library. Today, 4:30-5:30 pm at the Woodstock Branch Library, decorate red accordion fans with origami paper, Chinese character rubber stamps, glitter and other materials. The fan is a traditional Chinese symbol and red paper is used to symbolize good luck and happiness throughout the year. Artist Cindy Lommasson brings back this popular craft for the new year. For families; free. Registration required in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The Woodstock Library is on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.