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SOUTHEAST EVENTS AT CHRISTMAS, AND IN JANUARY

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. JANUARY 5 Last day for Sherlock Holmes at OMSI. Today is the closing day for the popular “International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes” in the featured all of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, just north of the Ross Island Bridge, on S.E. Water Street next to the Willamette River. “How will you fare solving a mystery in 19th century London? Museum visitors learn how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of his era's most mysterious crimes. His practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Conan Doyle, changed the way police work was conducted and remain in practice today.” Tickets: Adult $18 – or Member $5; Youth (3-13)/Senior (63+) $13; of Member $3. Prices include admission to the museum. JANUARY 8

“Baby Bear’s Long Nap” performance at Ladybug. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids presents the play “Baby Bear’s Long Nap (Well, Maybe Not That Long..)” today at 10:30 am, and again on the 15th at the same time, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street. The play is about 45 minutes long and suitable for all ages; admission is $4 per person. Leave your reservation at 503/232-2346, then pay with cash or check at the door, which opens at 10:15 am. JANUARY 11

Recycling Holiday cards into fresh creations. It’s the annual free workshop to turn any greeting cards received throughout the year into astonishing “new” items you’ll love to keep or give away. Get clever ideas, useful designs, and training on how to do it. Templates, guillotine, and cards are provided, but you’re encouraged to bring your own used cards. Supplies provided, but if you could bring your own ruler and scissors, that would help. Supported by the Branches card shop in Westmoreland, and led by Renee, a “local waste creations helper”. It’s 9 till noon this morning at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. Park on the street. JANUARY 13

“Tinku Dance” taught at Sellwood Branch Library. This evening, 6:30-7:30 pm, teens in grades 6-12 are invited to come to the Sellwood Library – S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street – and learn the steps and moves of “Tinku”, one of the most representative dances of the Andean region – a festive dance with pre-Columbian origins, fused with western influences. Tinku Dance includes sharp turns, hops, and vigorous stamping feet. Free.

JANUARY 15 Kiwanis Club of Portland finally reschedules Charter Banquet! In January of 1919, The Spanish Influenza outbreak caused the indefinite postponement of the Charter Banquet for the Kiwanis Club of Portland, planned for January 18, 1919, at the Portland Hotel. This Kiwanis Club is the oldest one in the Northwest. The event has now been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 95 years (to the day) after the originally scheduled event – and this time, it is scheduled for the Eastmoreland Golf Course Grill. Attendees are encouraged to dress in period attire in celebrating both the original chartering and the club's 95th anniversary. It begins at 6 pm, and cost is $25. For information or tickets, call Dave Newton at 503/515-9307. JANUARY 18

“The Winter Blues: A Guide to Seasonal Affective Disorder”. If you have lived in the Pacific Northwest for any period of time, you know that all this beautiful green nature around us comes at a price – rain. For some of us, the dark, dreary days of winter seem to stretch on endlessly, having a profound effect on our mood and quality of life. Psychologists Jason Luoma and Brian Thompson of the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic will be at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, from noon till 1 pm this afternoon, to share the latest information about Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), including the available treatments and behavorial changes that can lessen its effects. For adults. Free.

JANUARY 22

“Baby Bear and the Snow Faerie” play at Ladybug. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids presents the play “Baby Bear and the Snow Faerie” today at 10:30 am, and again on the 29th at the same time, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street. The play is about 45 minutes long and suitable for all ages; admission is $4 per person. Leave your reservation at 503/232-2346, then pay with cash or check at the door, which opens at 10:15 am. JANUARY 25 “My Memoir” for kids and teens in Woodstock. Teens in grades 6-12, join local children’s book writer Carmen T. Bernier-Grand at the Woodstock Branch Library, 2-3:30 pm this afternoon, as she reads excerpts from her book “Sonia Sotomayor: Supreme Court Justice”, as well as the “Everybody Reads 2014” selection, Justice Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World”. What inspires you? Who inspires you? Carmen will help you cultivate your imagination, and bring to life those stories on paper. Imagine, write and share your stories. Presented in conjunction with “Everybody Reads 2014”. Made possible by The Library Foundation. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program, at 1:30 pm. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th.

JANUARY 27

“Legos @ the Sellwood Library” this afternoon. For kids age 5-11, bring your mad Lego skills to the Sellwood Branch Library – S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street – from 3 to 4 pm this afternoon, and let your imagination flow. Then, return each month to build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Free – but donations welcome.

JANUARY 28

“E-books & Audiobooks: Hands-on Help”. This evening at the Woodstock Branch Library, between 6 and 7 pm, there’s free help for those who got and e-reader for Christmas, or who would like to read on their tablet, or read or listen to a book on their phone or iPod. Bring your device, and any other equipment you need to download and/or transfer. Made possible in part by The Library Foundation. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th.