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by: COURTESY CLASSICAL BALLET ACADEMY - Students at Sellwoods Classical Ballet Academy present The Nutcracker at PSUs Lincoln Hall, December 12-15.Sellwood ballet academy again presents “Nutcracker”. Classical Ballet Academy, on Milwaukie Avenue at the 17th Avenue junction, announces that it will again ring in the Holidays with its annual four-show full-scale production of “The Nutcracker”. “Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, the students’ brilliant dancing, and the costumes, sets and choreography, come together to create a magical storybook world. Audiences of all ages will enjoy Clara’s journey – with spirited party children, roguish rats, elegant dancers from around the globe, and snowflakes come to life – in the dazzling world of the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy”. Performances will be at Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall, December 12-15th. For tickets and more information, go online to: www.classicalballet.net

Grand Central Bakery plans Woodstock location. The current owner of The Flower Shop on Woodstock Boulevard, Laura Law, notified her landlord, Angie Even, recently of her decision to close the store at the end of December and retire. Open house events will start there on December 5th with discounts of 50%; there will be a liquidation sale in January. As a consequence, Angie, a longtime landowner in Woodstock who started The Flower Shop in 1986, and a former leader of the Woodstock Community Business Association, has signed a lease for the location (across from Papaccino’s Coffee) with Grand Central Bakery, which has had a successful location in Sellwood. Grand Central will take possession of the space on February 1st, and after renovations, plans to open in July.

Rundle joins Southeast Portland Rotary. Janeen Rundle, a Westmoreland resident and a mortgage expert with Willamette Valley Bank in Lake Oswego, joined the Southeast Portland Rotary Club on Monday, November 4, during a regular weekly meeting of the group, at noon at the Eastmoreland Golf Course Clubhouse. Rundle is also a co-founder and a Board member with the nonprofit Oregon Music Hall of Fame. The club is preparing for its annual fundraiser, its triple auction held 5-9 pm at the gym of Our Lady of Sorrows, S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. A $20 ticket, from a Rotarian or at the door, admits to the auction – which features a silent auction styled as a raffle, a silent auction of a wide variety of sponsored and decorated wreaths, and an oral auction – and includes a buffet dinner. The event is open to the public, and provides the funds for the club’s foundation and its various community outreaches during the year, including its Families in Crisis program, operated with the cooperation of Southeast public school counselors. Sellwood Medical Clinic continues to expand services. Sellwood Medical Pediatric Division has taken over the former Craven Raven Bakery space and will be expanding there, according to its Administrator, Lisa Whitlock. The clinic is now open evenings and weekends, and has added Dr. Katie Oldread and Dr.Jeff Meyrowitz to its growing staff in the past year. The telephone number is 503/595-9300; the clinic is located at 8332 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood.

Brief disruption of phone and Internet service in Sellwood. On October 21 and 22, a number of businesses and residences were without CenturyLink telephone and Internet service from just north of Tacoma Street south to Garthwick, because of a mishap involving a cut fiber optic cable in the vicinity of S.E. Lambert Street. The utility reports that someone digging, without having called 811 to get utility clearance for the area being dug, was responsible. Service was quickly restored by CenturyLink, which has quietly been pursuing a project of replacing its copper-wire network with fiber optic cable, much of it strung on telephone poles, in Southeast Portland. A prior disruption of e-mail, Internet, and in some cases telephone and TV service, by Comcast in the Eastmoreland area a month earlier has yet to be explained by that company to THE BEE. Windermere Moreland again “Sharing the Warmth”. In partnership with local non-profit organizations, the Westmoreland office of Windermere Real Estate, along with other Windermere offices throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, is hosting its annual “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive. Now through December 20, community members are invited to take part again this winter by donating coats and blankets to help their neighbors in need. In the Portland area, Transition Projects, Inc. will distribute the coats and blankets to men and women living on the streets of Portland and in local shelters. The organization, which helps people in Portland find permanent housing, estimates that more than 3,500 items are donated during the “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive each year. Community members can bring new or “gently used and laundered” adult-sized coats and twin-sized blankets to the Windermere office at Bybee Boulevard and S.E. 16th weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Call the office for weekend drop-off hours. “Freelance co-workspace” opens in Woodstock. “Woodstock’s Worktable” has been opened by co-owner Haio Fauser, a Woodstock resident – at 6015 S.E. 44th Avenue, Suite 4, just south of Woodstock Boulevard. He tells THE BEE, “I’m a medical technology specialist, and I usually work in my home office – however sometimes I work alone there, and other times I have distractions. That’s why I started ‘Woodstock’s Worktable’. One of my collaborators is my friend Mike, the new owner of ‘Fenders’, formerly Mickey Finn’s; others are lawyers and grad students. However, the space is designed to welcome any freelancer seeking a bright and clean space for a lot of uninterrupted work.” Call 503/432-0363. Solstice gathering – and a reception! – at Love Art Gallery. The public is invited to Love Art! Gallery in Sellwood on Friday, December 20th, 6:30-9 pm, for a “solstice gathering”, including art, artists, food, and music, and featuring Lauren Sheehan, “an extraordinary woman and musician, who will sing us to into our roots, and Ani Avedissian, a gifted Healer and Intuitive, who will be gifting us with her Armenian Prayer Chanting. This gathering will be Ruby and Ted’s pre-wedding celebration. We will be married on the 21st, Solstice, in a private ceremony.” Again, all this is open to the public at the gallery on the 20th.

“Hopworks” on Powell in 2013 “EcoChallenge”. Hopworks Urban Brewery on S.E. Powell Boulevard, just east of Cleveland High, calls itself “Portland’s first eco-brewpub, offering world-class beer and fresh food in a relaxed, communal and environmentally-friendly atmosphere.” Consequently, the business has announced that it joined the 2013 edition of “Northwest Earth Institute’s EcoChallenge”. For two weeks, October 15-30, reports the store, “we joined NW Earth Institute and more than 2,300 people from across the country to kick-start change. Our goal: focus on an improvement we’d like to make at Hopworks so by the end of the two-week challenge, we have muscle memory and a new habit that sticks. We decided to take on ‘waste’ for the EcoChallenge. During the challenge, we looked through our garbage bags several times, pulling out items for recycling or composting. Next, we took a picture and posted it to identify which items could be sorted differently. The objective was to help our staff divert even more waste, both during and after the challenge. We’ve definitely made improvements since participating.” “Hip Happening” bazaar on December 14. The “Hip Happening” Arts & Crafts bazaar presents its 8th annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 14, 11 am to 5 pm at the Meyer Boys and Girls Club, 7119 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just south of Bybee Boulevard. “Over 70 local artists selling handmade items: Jewelry, clothing, bath and body products, jams, chocolate, accessories, glass, ceramics, candles, children's items and much, much more. Something for everyone on your list! Hands-on clay working station to make your own piece of art. Hot locally-roasted coffee from Rose City Coffee Company; yummy food and sweets.”

New book from Eastmoreland’s Jim Wygant. Jim Wygant published a new novel, “No Away”, in November. The Eastmorelander’s first novel, “Thy Spy’s Demise”, was published in 2010, and was followed by two more novels and a contemplative memoir about the nature of truth, drawing upon his criminal case work as a polygraph examiner. His books are available through Amazon and independent booksellers, he reports.

Welter of artists featured at 12x16 Gallery. December may be the last month of the year, but this December brings new artworks to the 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood. Eleven gallery members feature their invited guest artists – also eleven of them – to “stir up a confetti of artistic imagery and ideas”. The resulting exhibit is open December 5 through 22, with the First Friday reception on December 6, 6-9 pm, and the Artists’ Reception (which sounds a little crowded this month!) is open to the public on Sunday, December 8, 2-4 pm. The 12x16 Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, 11-5 pm, at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5, in Sellwood. Call 503/432-3513. Online at: www.12x16gallery.com

“Nicko Accessories” open in Woodstock Center. October marked the opening of Nicko Accessories in the space, at S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 44th, formerly occupied by Woodstock Lock and Key. Owner Mindy Delplanche reports that her shop carries rhinestone accessories, silver, and handbags and gifts from Thailand. “Gifts 25%-35% off retail through December, along with a free gift with purchase.” Deleplance says she is a PSU graduate, has been living in Portland for 25 years, and loves Woodstock. The shop is open seven days a week, noon till six pm; starting in January, though, the store will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The telephone number is 503/703-2040. The shop is between Papaccino’s and Papa Murphy Pizza. Two years for “Natural Pet Food Solutions”. In October, reports owner Kristen Larson, Natural Pet Food Solutions pet food store, on the corner of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Malden Street in the site once occupied by a bicycle shop, celebrated its second anniversary. The store plans a “Santa Paws” event, featuring pet photos taken with Santa, on Saturday, December 7th, from 1 to 3 pm.