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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

IN DECEMBER


NOVEMBER 29

“Holiday Express” train rides begin today. The “Holiday Express” is an annual Holiday excursion between Oaks Park and OMSI through Oaks Bottom, operated by the all-volunteer Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation (ORHF). The 9th annual “Holiday Express will run three weekends, starting at noon TODAY. It will be pulled all three weekends by the SP&S 700: Nov. 29th - Dec. 1st, Dec. 6th - 8th, and Dec. 13th -15th. All Holiday Express rides will leave from “The Oaks Amusement Park” Station. Today, the rides start at noon, and then continue at 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 pm. Tomorrow, and on the other Saturdays and Sundays, there will be morning trains at 10 and 11 am also. On the next two Fridays, trains depart Oaks Park at 2, 3, 4 6, 7, and 8 pm. For more information and tickets, visit online: HYPERLINK "www.orhf.org" www.orhf.org – or call TicketsWest at 503/224-8499 – or visit participating Safeway TicketsWest Ticket Centers. NOVEMBER 30

“Snowflakes in Sellwood” Holiday Bazaar. Today and tomorrow, it’s the annual Snowflakes in Sellwood Holiday Bazaar, offering the chance to shop for affordable, unique, quality gifts for friends and family while supporting local vendors – with the event located at and sponsored by the Sellwood Community Center, operated by Portland Parks and Recreation. Hours are 9-4 today, 10-3 tomorrow. The Center is situated on S.E. Spokane Street, at 15th. “The Reindeer and the Dreidel” puppet show. This morning at 11 am, and tomorrow at 4 pm, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street presents a public puppet show for the whole family – an enchanting tale about a little girl named Rachael who is on her way to celebrate Hanukkah. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer collides with her, and they begin to teach each other about their own Holiday traditions. However, a greedy innkeeper and his ungrateful daughter might ruin the Holidays by stealing Santa's magic bag from Rachael. The show lasts 45 minutes, and show tickets are $7 for all. Rod Puppets by Dragon Theatre Puppets. For reservations or information, call 503/233-7723. Boy Scout Christmas Tree lot opens today. Troop 351 Boy Scouts and Venture Crew unite for their 2013 Christmas Tree and Wreath sales lot, on the southwest corner of the St. Ignatius parking lot – 3400 S.E. 43th at Powell Boulevard. The non-profit sale funds the Boy Scouts and Venture Crew’s summer camps and activities for the entire year. The sale is run by the volunteer boys, girls and parents. The trees have been hand-picked from local growers, and this year they also offer for the first time a limited number of SERF-certified trees (grown on sustainable farms). Now taking VISA and Mastercard for your convenience. Open weekdays from 5 to 9 pm; weekends 9 to 9. For more information call lot – at 503/775-2848. For future reference, the Cub Scout Recycle Tree Lot will be open December 27 through January 11 at the same location – weekdays 4 to 9 and weekends 9 to 8. DECEMBER 1 Tea and flapjacks at Moreland Presbyterian. Today marks the first Sunday in Advent at Moreland Presbyterian Church – with a communion service at 9:30 am, and a Christmas Tea and Flapjack Breakfast at 10:30 am. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Public welcome. DECEMBER 2

Michael Allen Harrison benefit concert on Division. St. Philip Neri Catholic Church presents Michael Allen Harrison in concert with special guest Julianne Johnson tonight at 7 pm; it’s a benefit for the St. Philip Neri Church Altar Society. The location is S.E. 18th at Division Street; tickets at the door: $15 regular admission, and $25 preferred seating. DECEMBER 6

Duniway Holiday Home Tour today! The Duniway Holiday Home Tour celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary with a selection of graciously decorated Eastmoreland homes. From historic stunners to modern creations, tourgoers will enjoy their visit to six homes, while supporting Duniway Elementary School. A special feature of this year's tour is the addition of Mayor Charlie Hales and Nancy Hales' home. The Hales have been Eastmoreland residents since 2007, and are excited to open their doors to the community in support of Duniway Elementary School. The morning session today runs from 10 am to 3 pm; the evening session is 6 to 9 pm. When you purchase your ticket(s), the tour booklets include descriptions of each home as well as a map showing their locations. Attendees can enjoy the tour at their leisure in whatever order suits their fancy. Tickets are $25 each, and have been available since early November at Duniway Elementary School, online at www.DuniwayHomeTour.org – and at local area businesses. The home tour is the Duniway PTA's biggest annual fundraising event. All proceeds go directly to Duniway Elementary School. Willamette View “treasures and collectibles” sale. Today, 9 am to 6 pm, Willamette View is holding a one-day Holiday sale – with twenty-five tables loaded with bargains priced to sell. Glassware, housewares, silver, linens, jewelry, antique photos, puzzles, cards, paper products, dolls, toys, decorations, artificial Christmas trees, and fun “old stuff.” This is not a bazaar. Proceeds go to The Willamette View Foundation. The public is invited. The sale is in the Willamette View Main Auditorium – 12705 S.E. River Road, off McLoughlin Boulevard from Sellwood, just south of the City of Milwaukie. “Quiet Joy” at Sacred Heart Church in Brooklyn. This evening at 7:30 pm, you’re invited to the 12th annual “Quiet Joy” concert by the Sacred Heart Church Choir (Marie Phillippi, Director; Rick Modlin, piano) – “an evening of scripture, stories, and song”. Invite friends, neighbors, family to come with you. No charge, but freewill offering accepted. Refreshments and fellowship afterward at Sacred Heart Villa on Milwaukie Avenue. The church itself, where the concert is, is situated at 3926 S.E. 11th Avenue.

DECEMBER 7

“Homemade for the Holidays” Bazaar. Today from 9 till 3, Trinity United Methodist Church in Woodstock, on the corner of S.E. 39th (Chavez) and Steele, presents its annual “Homemade for the Holidays” Bazaar, homemade chicken noodle soup lunch, pie, coffee and tea; vegetarian soup available. Homemade cookies, Holiday breads, candies. And much more from local vendors – and there’ll be a variety of craft items too. “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” puppet show. This morning at 11 am, and tomorrow at 4 pm, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street presents a public puppet show for the whole family – in which Mrs. Claus narrates Ping Pong’s special version of Clement Moore’s classic tale. The show lasts 45 minutes, and show tickets are $7 for all. For reservations or information, call 503/233-7723. “Woodstock Winter Wonderland” this afternoon. Woodstock’s “Winter Wonderland” tree-lighting event will be held this afternoon, 4-5:30 pm, at the Homestead Schoolhouse across from Otto’s on Woodstock Boulevard. The primary sponsor this year is the Woodstock Neighborhood Association. The tree lighting will occur at 5pm, giving attendees time to mingle and visit vendor booths prior to the “main event”. Santa pictures will again be taken at Papaccino’s Coffee 2:30-4:30pm by photographer Michael Gary. Hope City Church will be providing the emcee services and music for the event. There will be ornament craft activities available for the kids, along with hot drinks and snacks provided by vendors. Open to all to start the festive Holiday Season!

Annual S.E. Rotary Club charity auction in Woodstock. The Southeast Portland Rotary Club presents its annual auction, which funds various nonprofit activities in Inner Southeast and worldwide, including its own Families in Crisis program, community grants, and the worldwide effort by Rotary to end polio forever – and Rotary is almost there! The auction is 5-9 pm today at Our Lady of Sorrows’ gym, S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. $20 admission ticket includes a buffet dinner catered by Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que. The auction itself is in three parts – a silent auction, a silent auction of hand-decorated fresh wreaths, and the oral auction of various vacation and other prizes by professional auctioneer Brad Caldwell. It’s all a lot of fun. DECEMBER 8 Children’s Christmas Pageant at Moreland Presbyterian. Today is the second Sunday in Advent at Moreland Presbyterian Church, with the worship service at 9:30 am, and the Children’s Christmas Pageant at 10:30 am. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Public welcome. “Sing-along Messiah” at Reedwood Church. Tonight at 6:30 pm, come to sing or just to listen to this classic Handel oratorio performed in the Worship Center of the Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street in the Reed neighborhood. Free. Many copies of the music will be on hand, but feel free to bring your own copy. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 503/970-5939.

DECEMBER 11

“Sleigh Bells Ring With Puppets” at Ladybug Theater. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids presents “Sleigh Bells Ring With Puppets” this morning at 10:30 am (doors open at 10:15 am), and again next week on the 18th at the same time, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma. Admission is $4 per person, for all ages, at the door – cash or check only Please call 503/232-2346 to reserve your seat(s), then pay at the door. The show is appropriate for all ages, and lasts about 45 minutes.

DECEMBER 14

“Nutcracker Cracked!!!” puppet show. This afternoon at 2 pm, and tomorrow at 4 pm, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street presents a public puppet show for the whole family – their own 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, with Tchaikovsky's enchanting music, and 84 new rod puppets. It came out wild and crazy – and best of all, appropriate and fun for children as well. It repeats on December 21st at 2 pm; December 22nd at 4 pm; December 28th at 2 pm; and December 29th at 4 pm. Show tickets are $7 for all. For reservations or information, call 503/233-7723. DECEMBER 15

“Chrismon Tree” and Wassail at Moreland Presbyterian. Today is the third Sunday in Advent at Moreland Presbyterian Church, with a worship service at 9:30 am, and decoration of the Chrismon Tree – followed at 10:30 am by a Wassail Party. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Public welcome. “Christmas Music and Dessert”. In the Worship Center of the Reedwood Friends Church at 6:30 pm, “hand bells, brass instruments, piano and choirs, all celebrating the Holidays, with treats in the Friendship Center afterward. Free. Bring a dessert to share, or bring a centerpiece for a table in the Friendship Center. For information, call 503/654-9762. Online at www.reedwood.org; the church is situated at 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of Reed College. DECEMBER 20

Family Christmas Party at Reedwood Church. At 6:30 pm this evening, you’re invited to the Friendship Center of the Reedwood Friends Church for a free Christmas Party for the whole family. This annual “Holiday Bash” includes crafts, stocking stuffers, games, the reading of the Christmas story, and a special appearance by the Dickens Carolers. Free. The church is at 2901 S.E. Steele Street. DECEMBER 22

Music at Moreland Presbyterian service. Today is the fourth Sunday in Advent at Moreland Presbyterian Church, with the worship service at 9:30, with Solid Brass Group included. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Public welcome. DECEMBER 24 Children’s Choir at Moreland Presbyterian. At 5 pm at Moreland Presbyterian Church, “Children’s Choi, Family Bells” on Christmas Eve. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Public welcome. Christmas Eve Service at Reedwood Church. At 6:30 this evening in the Worship Center of the Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, you’re welcome to a “quiet, intimate celebration of the birth of Jesus. Enjoy the beauty of a room lit by candlelight, and echoing with traditional hymns.” Candlelight Communion Service at Moreland Presbyterian. At 11 pm this evening, Mroeland Presbyterian Church offers a Candlelight Communion Service, featuring Dujo con Brio, violin and violoncello. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Public welcome.