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“Feast for Southeast” this afternoon. The new Southeast tradition of “Feast for Southeast” presents a free Thanksgiving dinner for anyone at all who would like to come and enjoy it, and the camaraderie of this warm community gathering. Everyone welcome. It’s at the Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 S.E. 72nd Avenue, 1 to 4 pm this afternoon. In addition to the dinner, for those who need them, there will be free hats, socks, gloves, scarves, and books. Happy Thanksgiving! NOVEMBER 27

“Holiday Express” train rides start today! Kids (and grownups) love a real steam train, and the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation obliges with the greatest steam engine of them all, Portland’s own SP 4449, “the bicentennial engine”, which draws the annual Holiday Express passenger train between Oaks Park and OMSI with Santa aboard! For photos, details, ticket prices, times, and availability of seats, go online: www.holidayexpresspdx.com. Trains board from The Oaks Amusement Park’s parking lot, just north of the foot of Spokane Street in Sellwood, today and tomorrow, and will also run on Saturday and Sunday: December 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20.


Native American Family Day at Mt. Scott Center. Portland Parks & Recreation will host the 5th annual “Native American Family Day and Marketplace” at Mt. Scott Community Center, S.E. 72nd at Harold Street, today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day-long event, free and open to all, is held during Native American Heritage Month to honor Native American heritage and culture. Native American Family Day features free roller skating and swimming at the Mt Scott Community Center pool, family activities such as arts and crafts. Enjoy Indian Tacos and fry bread. Jewelry and other items for sale. Tree sale starts, to benefit Café au Play. Nonprofit Café au Play community center at 5633 S.E. Division Street offers its eighth annual Jingle Mingle Holiday Tree Sale, starting today, and running through December 20, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. All proceeds benefit Café au Play, a nonprofit coffeehouse that supports children and families by providing a welcoming environment, and offering activities for all ages.


Make your own Advent Wreath this morning. The Children of All Saints’ Episcopal Church invite all members of the community to an “AdventFest” this morning, in the Parish Hall after the 8 a.m. service and after the 10:15 a.m. Service. Completely free, although offerings are accepted. Materials provided. Making your own Advent Wreath may take up to an hour, so allow for the time. This a gift to the community from the Children and Children’s Ministry at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, S.E. 41st at Woodstock Boulevard.

“First Sunday in Advent” at Moreland Presbyterian. Meet the new Pastor at Moreland Presbyterian Church, Rev. Brian Marsh; 9:30 am. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland.

Portland Parks’ wreath sales start today. Portland Parks and Recreation’s annual wreath sale fundraiser gives children access to nature by providing transportation, experienced naturalists to interpret the world around them and scholarship money to help them pay for programs. Buy a Winter Wreath starting today, and running through Saturday, December 12th at PP&R’s Mt. Tabor Yard, 6437 S.E. Division Street beginning today. Michael Allen Harrison benefit concert. This evening at 5 p.m., Michael Allen Harrison presents a Holiday piano concert, accompanied by Julianne Johnson, to benefit the Franciscan Spiritual Center. This year, the concert will be held in Multnomah County, at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, in Westmoreland. Tickets are $25 each, and can be obtained by phone: 503/794-8542, or e-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:info@francisspctr.com" info@francisspctr.com.

Sellwood Family Book Group – for the younger set. Read “How to Raise and Keep a Dragon” by John Topsell. Boys and girls in grades 2-4 and their parents come together to share excellent books and learn about each other. Free. It’s this evening, 6:30-7:30 pm, at the Sellwood Branch Library, 13th at S.E. Bidwell Street.

NOVEMBER 30 Michael Allen Harrison concert at St. Philip Neri. Portland’s famed musician and songwriter Michael Allen Harrison will be performing his contemporary piano music, combined with Julianne Johnson’s singing, this evening – at 7 pm at St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 S.E. 16th Avenue, at Division Street – “which has especially good acoustics, making the concert a bargain at $25 preferred seating, $15 regular admission.” Proceeds of this benefit concert support the work of the Altar Society. An array of traditional homemade cookies, from the family recipes of the ladies of the Altar Society, will be featured at the reception following. DECEMBER 1 “Homeschool Book Party” at Sellwood Library. Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Read “The Princess in Black” by Shannon Hale. Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Free. This afternoon, 1-2 pm, at the Sellwood-Westmorelajnd Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

Computer class: “Spreadsheets 2”. Do you want to take the next step with spreadsheets? If you already know how to create basic formulas and sort and filter data in Microsoft Excel or another spreadsheet program, this may be the class for you. In this class, today at the Sellwood Library, you will learn how to use complex formulas, how to use functions to work with your data, use a what-if analysis to answer questions, and use conditional formatting to highlight specific information. To take this class, you must already be familiar with Microsoft Excel, or a similar spreadsheet program. Free, but registration required; in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234. The class is 5:30-7:30 p.m. this evening at the library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.


Create collage: “Layers of Memory”. This afternoon, 2-5 p.m. at the Woodstock Library, adults will create magical collages in an exciting and productive workshop. Layer your art work with reproductions of vintage photos or paintings, acrylic paint, acrylic mediums, vintage and specialty papers, and stenciling. Learn a fun method of photo transfer, composition tips, and how to create a balanced piece. Learn to build on “mistakes” to transform your piece into a beauty. Learn how to seal your collages and add atmospheric touches. You’ll leave with a lovely piece of art! Bring scissors for cutting paper; and (optional) laser copies of photos or images you’d like to use in your collage. Free, but registration required; register in the library, at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard – or by calling 503/988-5234. DECEMBER 3

Dramatic play at Reed College. Today through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. each night in the Black Box Theatre in the Reed College Performing Arts Building, Reed Theatre presents: “And I and Silence” by Naomi Wallace, directed by thesis candidate Zoe Rosenfeld. “In 1950, two teenage girls – one Black, one white – form a perilous friendship inside the walls of a racially-segregated women's penitentiary. In 1959, they are out of prison and living together, attempting to make good on the plans that they formed in their youth. ‘And I And Silence’ ricochets back and forth between the years, painting a picture of two women who are fighting for their relationship, their independence, and their very survival, in a world designed to crush them. Tickets: $3 to $5, online at: www.reed.ticketleap.com/exile – or call 503/777-7284.


Duniway Home Tour today. The 37th Annual Duniway Holiday Home Tour & Boutique takes place today: Morning tour session: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; avening tour session: 6 - 9 p.m. Boutique hours: 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. This tour represents a selection of seven graciously decorated neighborhood homes. Tour-goers will enjoy their visit to impressive homes, while supporting Duniway Elementary School. Running in conjunction with the tour is the Duniway Holiday Boutique, featuring the wares of many local artists and merchants. A portion of all boutique sales also benefits Duniway students. The tour begins at Duniway Elementary School (7700 S.E. Reed College Place). Attendees can pick up their tour booklet – which includes home descriptions and a map showing the locations – at the Holiday Boutique in the Duniway gym. Attendees can enjoy the tour at their leisure, in whatever order suits their fancy. Tickets are $25 and are available at Duniway Elementary School, online at: www.duniwayhometour.org, and at local area businesses. Willamette View annual Holiday sale. Nonprofit Willamette View Retirement Community is holding its “fun, classy garage sale – not a bazaar” from 9 am to 3 pm today, at 12705 S.E. River Road, just south of the City of Milwaukie, in the Manor Auditorium. “Gifts, decorations, silver, glassware, jewelry, books, stuffed animals, etc.; open to the public.”


Holiday Bazaar and soup luncheon today. The annual Trinity United Methodist Church “Holiday Bazaar and soup luncheon” takes place today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at S.E. Chavez Blvd (39th Avenue) and Steele Street. Homemade cookies, breads, and candies for the Holidays, plus treasures in Grandma’s Attic, and crafts and vendors items. For more information, call 503/777-3901, or e-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:officetrinityumc@gmail.com" officetrinityumc@gmail.com. “The Reindeer and the Dreidel” puppet show. For kids and families, it’s a Holiday show with Rod Puppets by Dragon Theatre Puppets in Sellwood – 11 am this morning. “The Reindeer and the Dreidel” is described as “an enchanting tale about a little girl named Rachael, who is on her way to celebrate Hanukkah. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer collides with her and they begin to teach each other about their Holiday traditions. However a greedy innkeeper and his ungrateful daughter might ruin the Holidays by stealing Santa's magic bag from Rachael. Suitable for ages 4 & up - $9.00 admission for all ages. It’s at the Portland Puppet Museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street. For information, call 503/233-7723.

S.E. Rotary Club again offers triple auction tonight. This evening, 5-9 pm at Our Lady of Sorrows’ gymnasium at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard, the Southeast Portland Rotary Club Foundation invites the community to its charity auction. The popular fundraiser includes a silent auction of many varied hand-decorated wreaths, a silent auction of other items, a “wall of wine”, and an oral auction – made fun once again by professional local auctioneer Brad Caldwell, and featuring such items as vacations, special dinners, and even a personally-escorted tour of the Sellwood Bridge construction site, including many places the public does not go, prior to the opening of the new bridge in March (and a nice lunch afterward). Tickets are available at the door starting at 5 p.m., and include a catered supper.


Candle Lighting Service at Moreland Presbyterian. The second Sunday in Advent includes a Candle Lighting Service at 9:30 a.m. at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, in Westmoreland. Open to all.

St. Nick in Woodstock. This morning, St Nicholas will visit All Saints’ Episcopal Church, S.E. 41st and Woodstock Boulevard, at 11:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Bring a camera for a photo, and learn more about him. He will have chocolate coins, peppermints, and oranges for children. There will be a craft also.

“Sing Along ‘Messiah’” at Reedwood Church. This evening at 6:30, it’s the annual presentation of “Sing Along ‘Messiah’” at the Reedwood Friends Church, 2910 S.E. Steele in the Reed neighborhood. It will take place in the Worship Center, and light refreshments will be served following the concert.

“Old Favorites: Bach & Back”, at Reed. The Reed Chorus and Collegium Musicum present a concert at 7:30 p.m. this evening in the college’s Kaul Auditorium, focused on Bach; the featured work will be Johann Sebastian Bach’s motet “Jesu, meine Freude”, sung by the Reed Chorus, and conducted by Virginia Hancock. The Collegium Musicum will sing a collection of Renaissance and early Baroque favorites chosen by Hancock and several of her musical friends. Admission is free. For more information, call 503/777-7284.


Trail Band benefit tonight through Sunday. Sellwood’s own “Trail Band”, previously known as Quarterflash and before that Seafood Mama, presents their annual Holiday Concert at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue just south of Powell in Brooklyn – tonight at 7, tomorrow afternoon at 3, and Sunday night at 7. It’s a benefit in connection with Northwest Natural for Friends of the Children. Tickets available online at: www.aladdin-theater.com/listing.


Hip Hop Toy Drive at Mt. Scott Community Center. Portland Parks & Recreation says, “Don’t pause... dance for a cause!” Today from noon till 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mt. Scott Community Center, S.E. 72nd at Harold Street, it’s the “Hip Hop Dance Workshop” for teen from age 14 up, and adults. First-timers welcome. (There’s a meet-and-greet 11:30-noon.) Bring your pre-packaged toy donation for free admission! Hosted by DJ Rayley, regional award winning & nationally recognized dancer and choreographer. In partnership with Portland Fire & Rescue "Toy N Joy Makers". Kids & families: Make Steampunk Boxes! Create a one-of-a-kind decorative box using tissue paper, feathers, ribbons, beads, and small charms. Boxes will be provided, and come in a variety of shapes including hearts and ovals to spark your imagination! These boxes are perfect for holding jewelry and other small trinkets. It’s free today, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard – but registration is required. Register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5234.

“Nutcracker Cracked!!!” puppet show today. Starting this afternoon at 2 p.m. and tomorrow at 4 p.m., and also on Saturday the 19th and 26th at and on Sunday the 20th and 27th at the same times, the Portland Puppet Theater in Sellwood again presents its wacky send up of the beloved Nutcracker Ballet. “You've never seen a version quite like this – Imagine: The entire ballet in 38 minutes! What a time saver!! It’s a miniature satire of epic proportions, including Tchaikovsky's enchanting music, and 84 new rod puppets. It came out wild and crazy – and oddly enough, appropriate and fun for children as well. Suitable for the whole family. Show tickets are $9.00 for ages 2 to 99. It’s at the Portland Puppet Museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street. For information, call 503/233-7723. Reed Dance presents: Winter Dance Concert. The annual winter dance concert at Reed College tonight at 7:30 p.m. features choreography by Reed students, faculty, and special guests, on the Greenwood Performance Stage at Reed. Admission is $1 to 3, and tickets are available at the door, one hour prior to the concert. For more information, call 503/777-7284.


A Christmas Pageant at Moreland Presbyterian. On this, the third Sunday in Advent, the 9:30 a.m. service at Moreland Presbyterian Church includes Decorating with Chrismons, and a Christmas Pageant. Open to all. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, Westmoreland.

Christmas Choir Concert in Reed neighborhood. Music of the season is performed by the Children’s and Adult Reedwood Church Choirs, at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center of the Reedwood Friends Church, 2910 S.E. Steele Street. Attendees are invited to bring “health treats” or desserts to share, after the concert.


Fundraising all-you-can-eat Italian Dinner! The famous “Metal Beaver” FIRST Robotics Team 1432 offers its annual fund-raising dinner in the Reed neighborhood this evening, 5:30-8:30 p.m., and YOU are invited! The three-course, all-you-can-eat meal costs $25 each, or $75 for a family of five. There’s a silent auction too. It will be in the basement of Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street; plenty of free parking on the grounds; enter the basement at ground level on the west side of the building. Cash or check only, please.


Sellwood ballet students perform downtown. Sellwood’s Classical Ballet Academy presents three shows of “The Nutcracker” and one performance of “Cracked” starting today. “The Nutcracker” is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, brilliant dancing, costumes, sets and choreography, come together to create a magical storybook world. “Cracked”, an alternative to the classic fairy tale, has the flair of a Broadway spectacular and features contemporary, updated music. “Cracked” showcases dancers from Classical Ballet Academy’s Pre-Professional Contemporary, Modern, and Jazz Program. All performances are at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, 1620 S.W. Park Avenue. “The Nutcracker” is presented today, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, December 20, 3:30 pm. “Cracked” takes the stage Sunday evening at 7 p.m. All tickets sold through the PSU ticket box office – online at: www.pdx.edu/boxoffice/home – or call 503/725-3307.


Christmas Cantata at Moreland Presbyterian. Highlighting the fourth Sunday in Advent, the 9:30 a.m. service this morning at Moreland Presbyterian Church features a Christmas Cantata and a Wassail Party. Open to all. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland.

“Latino Fiesta Navadeña” at Reedwood Church. This afternoon at 12:30 p.m., in the Friendship Center of the Reedwood Friends Church, 2910 S.E. Steele Street, there will be a Mariachi band, singing, and homemade traditional foods, at the “Latino Fiesta Navadeña”. Everyone is invited.


Red Cross Bloodmobile in Woodstock today. The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive this afternoon, 2-7 p.m., inside the Woodstock Bible Church, 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street (near 52nd and Mitchell). You can sign up online at: www.redcrossblood.org – to secure the time most convenient for you.


Candlelight service at Sanctuary Presbyterian. Bring the family to Sanctuary Presbyterian Church’s traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service at 2 p.m. on December 24th. The celebration is in the early afternoon so all ages can attend. 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue, on the north side of Mt. Scott Park. Online at www.sanctuarypdx.org.

Christmas Eve at Moreland Presbyterian. Moreland Presbyterian Church offers two services this evening – a family friendly service with Christmas Carols at 5 p.m., and a Communion Candlelight Service with a String Quartet at 11 p.m., both open to all. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland.

Christmas Eve service at Reedwood Church. The traditional Christmas Eve service will take place at 6:30 p.m. this evening in the Worship Center of the Reedwood Friends Church, 2910 S.E. Steele Street in the Reed neighborhood, just east of Reed College. Open to all.


“The Gingerbread Man” at Sellwood Library. For kids and families, it’s a live 45-minute show twice today at the Sellwood-Westmoreland Branch Library: “The Gingerbread Man”. The story: Granny gets lonely and decides to make a gingerbread man from a magic cookie recipe, but oops, she leaves him in the oven too long, and the adventure begins. Come for a mini-musical, and modern-day twist on this endearing folktale. Free. It’s this morning 11-11:45 a.m., and this afternoon 1-1:45 p.m., at the Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.