Holiday tree lighting set in Cornelius

Cornelius officials decided to host the city’s first annual holiday tree lighting ceremony after City Manager Rob Drake suggested it to the council earlier this month. The free event, set for Saturday, Dec. 1, marks a new local tradition, and will include seasonal holiday songs by two youth choirs, free hot chocolate provided by the Cornelius Boosters Club and candy canes for children. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive before the lighting at 7:45 p.m. in a Cornelius Fire Department truck, so come with your Christmas lists prepared. Head to Veterans Memorial Park on Baseline Street in Cornelius at 7 p.m. for some festive fun. Santa Claus and Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin will light the tree at 7:45 p.m.

Community auction raises $15K

Saturday evening’s fourth annual “Caring for Our Community Auction” took in just over $15,000 in gross receipts for area nonprofits that cater to the needs of a variety of folks in Forest Grove and beyond. Hosted by the United Church of Christ on College Way, the event drew about 140 attendees, said Rev. Jennifer Yocum, pastor of the local congregation. Some of the organizations that will receive funds from the auction include Hospice of Washington County, Adelante Mujeres and West Tuality Habitat for Humanity, among others.

Artist families

featured in Hillsboro

The Walters Cultural Arts Center at 527 E. Main Hillsboro will host its First Tuesday art exhibit and reception on Dec. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. The center’s galleries will feature the work of Larry and Debra Nelson (ceramics), Dell and Christopher Nelson (drawings) and Loren Nelson (photographs). The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Claeys Catering. Exhibits are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will run through Jan. 29, 2013. Jackie Hicks will perform a concert on her hammer dulcimer during the First Tuesday event, beginning at 6 p.m.

Lend a holiday

helping hand

If you have a few extra hours as the holidays approach, why not consider helping others in need? Here are a few ways you can do so:

n B Street Self Storage is collecting food and holiday wish list items for foster kids. From now until Dec. 21, a collection barrel for the Oregon Food Bank and wish lists for teens through the Washington County Department of Human Services will be on site at 1610 B St. For details, call 503-359-9232.

n Girl Scout Troop 41283 is helping with Forest Grove Fire & Rescue’s annual toy drive again this year. Troop members will collect donations through Dec. 14. Drop off unwrapped gifts at Ballad Towne Chiropractic, 1905 Mountain View Lane, Suite 400, or Ben Recek’s Edward Jones office, 1910 Main St., Suite D. For more information, contact Angie Lanter at 503-201-0967 or Michelle Robles at 503-840-7723.

n Now through Dec. 21, Godfather’s Pizza in Forest Grove is sponsoring its annual holiday food drive. Donations of nonperishable food items for people and pets will be distributed to local humane societies, homeless shelters and church groups. Drop off your donations at 2834 Pacific Ave. or call 503-359-5405 for more information.

Don’t miss

the Trail Band

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Christmas With the Trail Band holiday concert at Forest Grove High School. The performance is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the auditorium, 1401 Nichols Lane. Purchase tickets at the John L. Scott Market Center, 1936 Pacific Ave., or the Forest Grove School District administration office, 1728 Main St. For details, call Sue McDowell at 503-357-7060.

Dignitaries ring for Salvation Army

Between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, some local dignitaries will participate in a “Celebrity Ring-Off” for the Salvation Army. Mayor Pete Truax, Police Chief Janie Schutz and Fire Chief Michael Kinkade will don red aprons and ring bells in downtown Forest Grove to raise money for the nonprofit. This friendly competition will give local residents an opportunity to make a donation in their “kettle of choice” as the trio competes to earn the title of “best bell-ringer.” See complete details on the city’s website,

A Saturday

to remember

Holiday in the Grove, one of the biggest and merriest celebrations of the year, will run from dawn to dark on Saturday, Dec. 1. The day begins with Breakfast with Santa (8:30 to 11:30 a.m.) at Grendel’s and continues with more than 20 events and activities, from hayrides, to storytelling, an artisans’ market and craft projects. The popular Holiday Light Parade starts at 5 p.m. on Main Street and Pacific University is presenting a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. To learn more, visit

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