Be an angel

Deno's Pizzeria is once again sponsoring a Christmas Angel Tree at their Lake Oswego and Wilsonville stores. The Angel Tree is intended to provide gifts for children attending the Community Transition School for the Homeless.

Trees in both pizza stores will be decorated with paper angel tags with students' names and ages written on them. The public is invited to purchase gifts for the children represented by the tags and return the gifts to Deno's by Dec. 17.

The Community Transition School is a school for homeless children, where they can receive a quality education, along with other services including meals, clothing, school supplies and a safe nurturing environment. Since the school was founded in 1990, more than 3,000 children have attended.

Deno's Pizzeria in Lake Oswego is located at the corner of Lakeview Boulevard and Bryant Road. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

'Into the Woods'

The Portland Garden Club will hold their annual Market Basket of handmade holiday items Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year's theme is 'Into the Woods' and attendees can expect to find items made almost entirely of natural greens such as topiaries, decorated wreaths, kissing balls, plants and trees, holly, fir, juniper, spruce, magnolia and other greens as well as swags and garlands.

The sale takes place at 1132 S.W. Vista Ave. in Portland.

Complimentary refreshments will be available. Admission is free.

Proceeds from the sale support educational programs in horticulture and conservation for the community.

Luncheon set

The Women of Worth ministry of Rolling Hills Community Church invite all women in their 50s, 60s, 70s or over to a Christmas luncheon Dec. 13 from noon to 2 p.m. at the church. Following the theme of 'A Cup of Christmas Tea,' there will be a dramatic reading of that story.

Tickets for the luncheon are $10. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling the church office at 503-638-5900 or Marge Mares at 503-635-5639.

Rolling Hills Community Church is located at 3550 S.W. Borland Rd., in Tualatin.

Town hall on tap

Stafford Hamlet Town Hall Meeting will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Stafford School.

Featured guest speakers will be Carlotta Collette, the new Metro counselor for Region 2, and Jayne Cronlund, who will give an update on Three Rivers Land Conservancy and the Rosemont Trail Project.

An election will be held for the four open board seats.

For more information contact Sally Quimby, Stafford Hamlet Outreach at 503-702-5483.

Submit nominees

The Oregon Academy of Family Physicians has put out a call for nominees for the Oregon Family Doctor of the Year award for 2008.

Nominees can be any member of the Academy who has made significant contributions to his or her community and patients.

Citizens may suggest nominees to their local Chamber of Commerce, and should be prepared to document the contributions of their nominee. Nominations must be accompanied by a letter outlining why the physician is deserving of the award. A list of relevant criteria can be found at

Deadline for the nomination is March 14, 2008. The award winner will be announced at the group's annual Scientific Assembly to be held in May at Salishan Lodge. The Oregon winner's name is submitted to the American Academy of Family Physicians in nomination for the American Family Physician of the Year.

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