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Nov. 27

Tree Lighting Ceremony * Holidays in the Grove starts with the lighting of the holiday tree in front of the Chamber of Commerce followed by caroling, cookies and a visit from Santa in the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center, 2037 Douglas St. 6 p.m.

LEGO Opening * The LEGO exhibit will open at the Washington County Museum. Find out the mathematics behind LEGO® and enjoy the many fascinating brick creations from PortLug, the Portland LEGO® User Group. $6 for Adults; $4 for Seniors/Youth/Active Military.

Nov. 27 to 29

Wreath Making * The Tillamook Forest Center will host a wreath making class. 11:30 a.m. Participants will be introduced to a variety of natural materials that can be used for home decoration during the holiday season. Younger children will also be able to make cone bird feeders and other small items. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class. $15 wreaths. $5 cone feeders.

Nov. 27 to Dec. 23

Theater * Kick off the holiday season right with Bag&Baggage’s production of “A KBNB Kristmas Karol.” Venetian Theatre & Bistro. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Nov. 28

Carolers * McMenamins Grand Lodge will host Dicken's Carolers dressed up and serenading the audience with festive music. 6 to 7 p.m.

Acoustic Workshop * Vic's Guitar Cave will be hosting an All Acoustic Workshop/Jam starting Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Americana Good Time, Bluegrass, and Ole' Time-y music will be the focus. A $10 donation is suggested. Please contact Vic for further details and seating availability at 503- 357-2787.

Nov. 28 to 29

Holiday Bazaar * The Forest Grove Elkettes are hosting a holiday bazaar at the Forest Grove Elks Lodge, 2810 Pacific Ave. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 30 vendor tables. Drawings, door prizes. Lunch of soup, deli sandwiches and pie available. Sunday only Cowboy Breakfast 8 a.m. to noon.

Nov. 29

Banks Tree Lighting * There will be a tree lighting ceremony in Greenville City Park. 6:30 p.m.

Holly Days * Welcome the holiday season in Hillsboro’s historic downtown with the annual Holly Days and tree lighting. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. with a special winter marketplace featuring local artists, crafts, food and drinks, fresh winter produce, live entertainment. Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza will be bustling with holiday cheer and excitement leading up to the awe-inspiring tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 1

Cultural Series * The Forest Grove City Library will host Nathan Palmer, who'll present coffees of the world. 7 p.m. 2114 Pacific Ave.

Mason Bee Workshop * OSU Master Gardener Ron Spendal will show attendees to how to clean their mason bee nests and cocoons with the sand cleaning process. Bring nests and/or cocoons to be cleaned. 9:30 a.m. Demonstration Gardens at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 N.E. 34th Ave. in Hillsboro.

Holiday Concert * The Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus Performing Arts department will present the PCC Rock Creek Chamber Ensemble. 7 p.m. Forum Theater, Room 114 in Building 3 at 17705 N.W. Springville Road in Hillsboro. Free parking and admission. The Ensemble will perform a variety of music from classical to jazz, Americana to Afro-Cuban. Compositions by Pee Wee Ellis, Arcangelo Corelli, Beethoven, Nat Adderley and Bach will be featured. Eastern European folk songs and student compositions and arrangements will complete the set.

Dec. 2

Holiday Music * Forest Grove resident Chris Marble will play Christmas music at the Pittock Mansion in Portland. 2 to 4 p.m.

Ugly Sweater Party * A Framer’s Touch will host its second annual ugly sweater party. 5 to 8 p.m. Wine, food, a photographer and photo props, and everyone decked out in their ugliest holiday garb. RSVP by Nov. 30.

Dec. 4 to 20

Theater * Theatre in the Grove is putting on Barbara Robinson’s classic “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” When the six Herdman kids — considered the terror of teachers, parents and students — show up at the auditions and manage to snatch the major roles in the pageant, everyone is convinced that this Christmas pageant, if it is presented at all, will be “the worst Christmas pageant ever.” Directed by Jessica Reed. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors (60+) and youth (ages 17 and under).

Dec. 4

Jazz Concert * Pacific University is putting on Jazz Nite, featuring the Jazz Band and Jeff Uusitalo, former trombone soloist with Stan Kenton. 7:30 p.m. Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center.

Dec. 5

Art Retreat * Banks Community United Methodist Church, 42451 N.W. Depot St. in Banks, is hosting its monthly art retreat. 9:30 a.m. to noon. This month’s theme is “I am the Light of the World” and will focus on photography.

Concert * There will be a Habitat for Humanity concert at the Forest Grove United Church of Christ, 2032 College Way in Forest Grove. The Westside Singers will sing the “Presentation of Holiday and Sacred Christmas Music.” 3 p.m. Free, but a donation is suggested for Habitat for Humanity.

Concert * Pacific University is putting on the annual Holiday Concert with the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Symphonic Band. Seasonal favorites for everyone, including a sing-along. 7:30 p.m. Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center.

Accordion Music * The Tualatin Valley Accordionists and soloists will play music at the Forest Grove City Library. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebrity Ring Off * Mayor Pete Truax, Police Chief Janie Schutz and City Manager Jesse VanderZanden will don red aprons and ring bells in downtown Forest Grove to raise money for the Salvation Army.

Holiday in the Grove * Today is packed with festive activities starting with Breakfast with Santa at the King’s Head Pub and ending with the annual light parade down Main Street.

Bazaar * The Banks Union Point Cemetery Annual Dinner & Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Banks Elementary School cafeteria.

Dec. 6

Concert * The Pacific Philharmonic Orchestra, with Dr. Dijana Ihas conducting her first concert with the orchestra. 7 p.m. Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center.

Winter Market * Adelante Mujeres and the Dairy Creek Community Food Web will host an indoor farmers market with tons of winter goods such as produce, farm-canned goods and grains. Forest Grove Elks Lodge. Noon to 4 p.m.

Dec. 5 to 6

Retirement Workshop * There will be a workshop at the Ananda Center at Laurelwood, 38950 S.W. Laurelwood Road in Gaston. Are you ready to retire healthy and well-informed? After spending 30 years on the job, are you wondering what to do next? Do you know how to qualify for and maximize Medicare and Social Security benefits? “Retire in Peace" three-part workshop series designed to provide you with tools to navigate the red tape of retirement in a practical and holistic way. anandalaurelwood.org/program/workshop-2.

Dec. 9

Concert * Support Forest Grove schools and get into the holiday spirit with Christmas with the Trail Band. 7 p.m. in the Forest Grove High School auditorium. Silent auction before and during intermission. Tickets available at the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce. $20 general admission, $25 reserved seating.


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