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Out and About and Holiday Happenings, Dec. 2-9

art

THE VILLAGE GALLERY OF ARTS - 12505 N.W. Cornell Road. 503-644-8001. Ending Saturday: featured artist, Shelley Lebel, is a mosaic and mixed media artist. Annual holiday bazaar through December.

See website at villagegalleryarts.org for art and crafts classes. A children's class by Terri Gonzalez is offered on Monday and Wednesday after school hours.

theater

'RECKLESS' - At Aloha High School Theater. Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, starting at 7:30 p.m. Matinee on Dec. 11, 2 p.m. This dark comedy deals with homelessness and being alone for the holidays. The cast and crew want to give back to local families in need.

Food, clothes, warm weather gear (new and gently used) drives are being held each night of the production. Aloha Theater Council members will deliver these goods to local homeless shelters. Performance tickets: $12/adults; $7/students and seniors. Group discounts available. To reserve tickets: call Aloha High School, 503-259-4700; to reserve tickets visit the Aloha High School Theatre department's web page.

music

ISING COMMUNITY CHOIR SEEKS NEW SINGERS -

ISing Community Choir will hold two meetings for prospective singers at Bethel UCC in Beaverton, 5150 S.W. Watson Ave., on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, September through early December and January through May, and all concerts benefit local charities. For more information: website isingchoir.org; e-mail mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or call Gregory, 971-570-3981.

dance

FIRST FRIDAY IRISH MUSIC AND DANCE C…ILÍ M'R - At Winona Grange, No. 271, 8340 S.W. Seneca St., Tualatin. 503-691-2078. Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Fee lesson with paid admission; dance until 11 p.m.

Sam Keaton teaches and calls traditional dance with local musicians every month through May. Cost: $10/all ages; $5/students and seniors 65 and older. Attendees should bring caned food item to donate to the School House Pantry. Bins for collection are in the Grange.

books

CEDAR MILL LIBRARY - Friday, Dec. 3, 6-8 p.m. Teen Hero Movie Night. Robert Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow in the sequel to last year's hit movie about Marvel's metal man. Enjoy snacks, trivia and prizes. For teens only. Thursday, Dec. 9, 3-5 p.m. Open computer lab. Volunteers and staff assist adults with practicing computer skills. No reservation required.

GARDEN HOME COMMUNITY LIBRARY - Book Group. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. A meeting to plan 2011 reading selections. Come to the meeting with two selections you would like to read and the group will vote. The only rule is that books must be in paperback form. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 6:30 p.m. Film night. This month's film is 'Bomber.' Free and for adults only.

special events

SWAP MEET - At Garden Home Library. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m. Get ready for the holidays by cleaning out your closets. Bring in gently used items you would like to swap with other adults. For each item you bring, you can 'shop' and take home that many items.

TIGARD HIGH SCHOOL ANNUAL BAND CRAFT FAIR - Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Festive annual Tigard High School Band Craft Fair featuring more than 60 crafters and vendors with unique quality handmade crafts and gourmet delights. All proceeds to benefit school's band and color guard programs. This fair features everything from recycled metal art to traditional German foods and hand-crafted sewn décor. Also featured: an all-day raffle with drawings every 15 minutes. For more info, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TIGARD LIBRARY - Annual craft event on Friday adds a new activity this year. Join the library to celebrate the National Day of Listening by recording conversations with your loved ones. The library will provide recording equipment and questions to get you started. You provide the memories. The library will also provide materials and instructions for beautiful family-oriented crafts, perfect for all ages.

EIGHTH ANNUAL SCANDINAVIAN HOLIDAY - Lefse Making and Tasting Activity in dining room at Hearthstone of Beaverton, 12520 S.W. Hart Road, Beaverton. 503-641-0911. Monday, Dec. 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

ANNUAL LEWIS AND CLARK CFA CAT SHOW - At Lloyd Center DoubleTree Inn, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St., Portland. Dec. 4 and 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 200 rare and beautiful cats and more than 30 breeds. Purebred kittens and adult cats available for sale. Visit The Humane Society booth with rescue cats available for adoption. For additional info.: 503-222-7823.

classes

COOKING CLASS - At Beaverton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14645 S.W. Davis Road. 503-349-7423 (cell); 503-647-5868 (home). Monday, Dec. 20, 7-9 p.m. Class features vegan holiday ideas. Samples served after demonstration. $5 donation.

FALL OREGON DRIVER EDUCATION CLASSES -Garden Home Recreation Center, 7475 S.W. Oleson Road, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, through Dec. 11. Contact Jackie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call 503-297-4813.

FREE HULA AND TAHITIAN TRIAL LESSONS WITH HULA HÂLAU 'OHANA' HOLO'OKO'A - Bally's Total Fitness, 17800 S.W. Kinnaman Road, Aloha. Hula for children 3 through 14 years old: Sunday, Dec. 5 and 12, 2:45-3:15 p.m. Tahitian for children and adults: Sunday, Dec. 5 and 12, 4-4:30 p.m. Beginning adult Hula: Thursday, Dec. 9 and 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Children and adults of all experience levels welcome. If you will be joining, please contact Lisa Chang, 971-227-8354 or mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TAI CHI - BEGINNING LEVEL - At Tualatin library. Wednesdays, 1:45-2:45 p.m., Jan. 5-March 16, 2011. Learn basic principles of Tai Chi and a slow moving 10 gestures exercise, designed especially for senior adults.

ART

AMATO'S GALLERY - 12570 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton. Silent auction of one-of-a-kind holiday tree sculptures designed and handmade by local artists kicks off bidding on Saturday, Dec. 4, 1-4 p.m. Includes live music by Bossa Duo. Bidding continues for two weeks, ending at noon on Dec. 18, when the highest bidder for each tree gets to take home his or her selection. Phone: 971-322-6040; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VILLAGE GALLERY OF ARTS - 12505 N.W. Cornell Road. 503-644-8001. Annual holiday bazaar continues through December with new handcrafted items added daily. Walls are full of artists' paintings and shelves are loaded with original one-of-a-kind pottery pieces and jewelry. Featured artist for December is Mary Robinson, who uses collage elements to create her show 'It Takes a Village,' which runs Dec. 7 through Jan. 2.

BAZAARS

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AT TIGARD CHURCH OF GOD - 15670 S.W. 98th Ave., Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tigard Church of God hosts its annual Christmas bazaar, with all proceeds to benefit missions in Mexico.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - At Portland EXPO Center (Delta Park exit). The bazaar is open on Dec. 3, 4 and 5. More than 900 booths filled with one-of-a-kind gifts, collectibles, games, food and handmade items. On Friday, Dec. 3, attendees who bring two cans of food per person for local food banks receive free entry. General admission fees: adults/$6:50; children 12 and under/$3. Parking: $8 at Expo or take the MAX Yellow Line. Web: expochristmasbazaar.com.

THEATER

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' - Beaverton Civic Theatre stages the Dickens classic the next three weekends at the Beaverton City Library auditorium, 12500 S.W. Allen Blvd. For tickets, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 503-626-1936 or visit beavertoncivictheatre.org.

MUSIC

CHRISTMAS IN THE NORTHWEST - By ISing Community Choir. At Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, 5150 S.W. Watson, Beaverton. Dec. 3 and 4, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5, 3 p.m. ISing Community Choir invites everyone to attend upcoming winter concerts. The concert series benefits the Sexual Assault Resource Center. No charge for performance; donations are much appreciated and 100 percent goes to SARC. Website: isingchoir.org.

'A FAMILY BILINGUAL PASTORELA' - Hart Theater, Second and Washington, Hillsboro. Dec. 3 and 4, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5, 2 p.m. LESTA (Learn English/Spanish Through the Arts) has three peformances of its Christmas musical. Writer/director Cyndi Turtledove says no Spanish is necessary to enjoy the show. Fun audience singalong Christmas songs in both languages. Performed by and for children and adults of all ages. Admission: $7/adults; children are free with two cans of food for Oregon Food Bank. 503-0617-6986 or 503-693-7815 for reservations and information. Tickets also available at the door.

TUALATIN VALLEY COMMUNITY BAND AUXILIARY PLAYS THE ZOO! - Tuesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Director Steve Heuser invites everyone to come sing with the animals at Zoo Lights, when the band will play favorite holiday tunes. Normal zoo entrance fee applies. 503-624-9884.

TUALATIN VALLEY COMMUNITY BAND PERFORMS HOLIDAY MUSIC - At the Tualatin Commons, 8325 S.W. Nyberg St. Friday, Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m. The TVCB will perform at the Starry Nights and Holiday Lights event, entertaining the community with holiday music. Visit tvcb.org.

IT'S JINGLE TIME - At Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, 6149 S.W. Shattuck Road, Portland. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Dec. 8, 9, 10 and 11, all at 2 p.m. Northwest Senior Theatre presents its 20th anniversary holiday show with holiday songs and skits from the past and many new ones.

MICHAEL W. SMITH'S 'IT'S A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TOUR' - Saturday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 S.W. Borland Road, Tualatin. Tickets on sale now for this tour, featuring full symphony orchestra and 30-voice choir. Tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets and on-line at ticketmaster.com. Call 1-800-745-3000.

DANCE

'A NUTCRACKER TEA' - Performed by the Northwest Dance Theatre, at Performing Arts Center, PCC Sylvania, 12000 S,W. 49th Ave., Portland. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Dec. 18, 19 and 20, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. TicketS: $12-$28. nwdt.org or call 503-925-3898.

SPECIAL EVENTS

HOLIDAY TEA AT THE JENKINS ESTATE - 8005 S.W. Grabhorn Road, Beaverton. Saturday, Dec. 4, and Tuesday, Dec. 7. Make a special holiday memory with loved ones in the Jenkins Estate Main House. Enjoy the beauty of the home decorated for the holidays and step back in time with tea served with an assortment of tea sandwiches, fresh baked scones and decadent sweets. Limited seating and advanced reservations required. Singles welcome. Call 503-629-6355.

PET PICTURES WITH SANTA PAWS AND HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS EVENT - At Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter, 1901 S.E. 24th Ave., Hillsboro. Dec. 4 (Saturday only) noon to 4 p.m. Bring your best furry friend to shelter for a picture with Santa Paws. Cost: $10 which will go directly to shelter. 'Home for the Holidays' event. Dec. 4 to end of December. Animal Services for Washington County wants every dog and cat in shelter now to have a forever home before the end of the month, says Deborah Wood, manager. Adoption hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

TIGARD BOY SCOUT TROOP 799 CHRISTMAS TREE FUNDRAISER - At Canterbury Square shopping center, 14385 S.W. Pacific Highway. Now through Dec. 23. The Boy Scouts themselves conduct the tree sales under direct supervision of their parents and Boy Scout troop leaders. All profits go directly to support the troop's oudoor activities, equipment and summer camp. 503-804-4356.

FESTIVAL OF ANGELS BAZAAR - At Tualatin United Methodist Church, 20200 S.W. Martinazzi Ave. Dec. 4. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. See display of angels and visit Santa for pictures.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS - At John Tigard House Museum, 103rd and Canterbury Lane. Dec. 4, noon-4 p.m. Tigard Historical Association's annual Christmas event. Santa Claus (aka Ralph Allen) will personally take Christmas gift requests and offer candy canes. Beneath the Victorian Christmas tree will be a display of old-fashioned children's toys and dolls. In the showcase will be more dolls, including Nancy Ann storybook dolls, antique board games and card games.

SANTA VISITS SECOND EDITION - Located at east end of Cedar Mill library building. 503-644-6395. Saturday, Dec. 11, 2-4 p.m. Bring children and grandchildren to Second Edition for a visit with Santa.

To get your event in Out and About, write to: P.O. Box 22109, Portland 97269-2109; fax to -503-546-0724, attention Mary Ratcliff; or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..