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PDX Update: Sing-a-long heralds downtown tree lighting


Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale and friends will lead a sing-a-long as one of the activities during Friday evening’s Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. It is the 28th year for the tree-lighting ceremony, which this year features a 75-foot Douglas fir donated by Stimson Lumber Co. of Washington County.

The ceremony’s organizers also ask that people attending donate canned goods to the Oregon Food Bank.

Don’t forget to feed meters on Friday

Black Friday could be busy downtown, but don’t expect parking to be free just because it’s close to the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Portland’s Bureau of Transportation says that people parking in downtown, the Lloyd District and the Marquam Hill area will have to pay meters on Friday, Nov. 23.

Street parking on Thanksgiving Day, however, is free because it’s a national holiday.

Union Gospel Mission whips up 1,000 meals

The Union Gospel Mission plans to serve more than 1,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day for homeless people and others in need.

The Old Town organization will close the street in front of the mission on Northwest Third Avenue between Burnside and Couch streets to erect a 120-foot-long tent donated for use during the dinner by Northwest Natural.

More than 200 volunteers plan to serve Thanksgiving Day meals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The mission will bake more than 80 turkeys, with 317 pounds of stuffing mix, 130 pounds of mashed potato mix, 50 pounds of chopped onions and more than 50 gallons of gravy. Also included are 2,000 dinner rolls and 60 gallons of coffee.

TriMet moves to avoid holiday mall traffic

Busy holiday shoppers and crowded mall parking lots are prompting TriMet to detour 10 bus lines at Clackmas Town Center this weekend.

TriMet officials said buses have been caught in the mall’s parking lot traffic in the past, and some riders were trapped in the congestion for up to two hours.

To prevent that, the transit agency is moving the local routes to temporary stops outside the mall parking lot. On Friday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 25, from 1 to 7 p.m., buses will not serve the Clackamas Town Center Transit Center and the Clackamas Town Center Mall stops near the movie theater.

Instead of driving through the parking lot, the buses will travel on Monterey Avenue and serve a temporary stop on Monterey near the entrance by the movie theater. Temporary stops will be posted in both directions.

Signs will be posted at the Clackamas Town Center Transit Center, directing waiting riders to the temporary bus stop.

Author lectures on the Quran at OES

Michael Sells, one of the nation’s pre-eminent authorities on the Quran, will discuss the Islamic holy book during a Nov. 30 lecture at Oregon Episcopal School, 6300 S.W. Nicol Road.

The free public lecture is at 6 p.m.

Sells is a professor of Islamic history and literature at the University of Chicago. He will discuss his book, “Approaching the Quran: The Early Revelations.” Oregon Episcopal School and the Muslim Educational Trust sponsored Sells’ visit to the campus.

Wanted: More weather monitor volunteers

A statewide network that uses Oregon citizens to collect local data on rain, snow and even hail is seeking new volunteers.

Coordinated by the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University, the program is part of the national Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS. The national initiative has volunteers in every state who collect and report precipitation data, providing scientists with important data supplementing that which comes from existing weather stations.

The Oregon Climate Service at OSU works with about 300 local volunteers.

CoCoRaHS volunteers must buy a rain gauge for about $27, watch a short training video and report as frequently as possible the amount of rainfall and snowfall in their areas.

Check the website, http://www.cocorahs.org, to sign up.

Oregon needs more volunteers, especially in eastern and southern Oregon, along the Oregon Coast, in the foothills of the Coast Range and Cascades, and in areas just outside of cities that have a bit of elevation change.