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Here are some highlights of what's going on in Inner Southeast in the rest of this year!

NOVEMBER 24

Today and tomorrow, ride the Holiday Express train: For the 12th year, the historic Holiday Express steam train, with Santa aboard, starts its four weekends of rides from the Oaks Park Station north past Oaks Bottom up to the Rail Heritage Center and OMSI, and then returning back to the Oaks Park Station. The rides continue tomorrow, and then the following three weekends: December 2-3, 9-19, and 16-17. Adult tickets $17 to 20.50, kids' tickets $10.50 to $14. It's a fundraiser for the nonprofit Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, to help maintain the Rail Heritage Center and Portland's three magnificent railroad steam engines. Tickets available from TicketsWest at – www.TicketsWest.com – or charge by phone at 1-800/325-7328. For photos, details, ticket prices and availability of seats, go online to – www.holidayexpresspdx.com

"Scrooge - The Musical" on stage in Sellwood: The nonprofit Sellwood Players present "Scrooge: The Musical", in its 11th season at the Sellwood Playhouse – at 901 S.E. Spokane Street. The play runs for three consecutive weekends beginning this evening, with the final show being on December 10. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7:30, with a matinee on Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10; get yours soon, since they are expected to sell out. To reserve tickets call 503/490-5957.

NOVEMBER 26

Benefit concert in Westmoreland tonight: Pianist Michael Allen Harrison appears in concert with Julianne Johnson at 5 p.m. late this afternoon at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Tickets at the door. Proceeds benefit the Franciscan Spiritual Center.

NOVEMBER 27

Red Cross Blood Drive in Westmoreland: The latest visit of the Red Cross Bloodmobile at Moreland Presbyterian Church – 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard – is this afternoon, 2-7 p.m. With all the disasters recently, your blood donation is needed more than ever. Walk-ins accepted as space permits, but advance reservations are suggested. To reserve, call tollfree 1-800/733-2767, or go online – www.redcrossblood.org – and use sponsor code MorelandPresbyterian.

NOVEMBER 28

Michael Allen Harrison Benefit Concert: Once again, Michael Allen Harrison, with special guest Julianne Johnson, will be performing for the 16th year in a row at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 S.E. 16th Avenue, off Division Street. This year, the concert is TONIGHT, Tuesday, November 28, at 7 p.m. Entrance to the church is on Tamarack, fully accessible, with plenty of free parking behind. The Altar Society, which benefits from the annual concert, will host a reception featuring traditional homemade cookies. Tickets are $25 for preferred seating, $15 regular admission. For more information, and to purchase tickets, call the office 503/231-4955. Tickets will also be available at the door. NOVEMBER 29

"Friends of Moreland Woods" meeting: The nonprofit community group "Friends of Moreland Woods" is holding a public meeting at SMILE Station, 8210 S.E. 13th at Tenino, tonight at 6:00p.m. The purpose is to explore options for acquisition of the wooded area between Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Mausoleum and Llewellyn Elementary School on S.E. 14th for community and park use. Open to all.

DECEMBER 1

Duniway Holiday Home Tour today: Six graciously decorated neighborhood homes will be on display in today's 39th Annual Duniway Holiday Home Tour and Boutique – with the morning tour session 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and the evening tour being 6-9 p.m. The hours of the Holiday Boutique at Duniway Elementary School, whose PTA benefits from this charity event, are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The tour begins at Duniway School, 7700 S.E. Reed College Place in Eastmoreland, where attendees can pick up their tour booklet – which allows them to enjoy the tour at their leisure in whatever order suits their fancy. Tickets are $35 – available at the school, online at www.duniwayhometour.org, and at select local businesses.

DECEMBER 2

Trinity's Christmas Bazaar and Soup Luncheon: Today's the day for the annual Bazaar and Soup Luncheon at Trinity United Methodist Church in Woodstock, at Chavez Blvd (39th) and Steele – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homemade cookies and bars for the Holidays, needlework and quilted items, treasures from Grandma's Attic, and various local vendors. Open to all. The soups offered are chicken noodle and a vegetarian soup. For more information, e-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lewis Elementary School Holiday Bazaar & Tree Sale: The annual Lewis Elementary Bazaar takes place today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school – 4401 S.E. Evergreen Street in Woodstock. All sorts of things in the Bazaar, and you can pick up your Christmas Tree too while you are there! In addition to the shopping, there will be kids' crafts, swag, live entertainment by Renegade Rose, the Sellwood Middle School Marimba Band, and the School of Rock House Band. Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win Park-Hopper passes to Disneyland!

Making the Most of Social Security: The Sellwood Branch Library presents an hour this afternoon, 2-3 p.m., examining Social Security, key to the retirement plans of most Americans. Learn about recent changes, future prospects, and strategies that could help you build a more comfortable retirement. Free, but pre-registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

DECEMBER 3 First Sunday of Advent in Westmoreland: Moreland Presbyterian Church decorates the Chrismons Tree as part of the 9:30 a.m. Worship Service; at 3 p.m. this afternoon, the church also hosts an Advent Wreath-Making Event. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

"Winter Serenade: Music for the Long Night" at Reed: At 3 p.m. this afternoon in Kaul Auditorium, located on the west side of the Reed College campus near the Quad, join the Reed Chorus and Collegium Musicum on a journey through a long winter's eve. The free program, open to the public, features music that explores themes of solstice, advent, and darkness, and depicts the stillness and cold of night. The musical journey begins with twilight, in Joseph Rheinberger's masterpiece Abendleid, after which we reflect the insecurity and fear inherent in darkness through Ola Gjeilo's Dark Night of the Soul. Finally, we end in a celebration of the return of the dawn light in an arrangement of Dolly Parton's 1970s hit "Light of a Clear Blue Morning". The concert also features music by Fauré, Sheppard, Barber, Saint-Saëns, Purcell, Holst, Allegri, Poulenc, and Tavener.

"Sing Along Messiah" at Reedwood Friends Church: The annual "Sing Along Messiah" gathering, open to all, starts at 6:30 p.m. this evening at Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of the Reed College Campus. Sing or listen to selected portions of Handel's "Messiah" with piano accompaniment. Bring your own, or scores will be available at the church. Light refreshments served after the concert. Donations will provide food for the homeless. DECEMBER 8

At Sacred Heart in Brooklyn -- Quiet Joy: This evening at 7:30, "Quiet Joy, An Advent Service" is an evening of music, readings, and quiet reflection for people of all faiths and spiritualities. The Community of Sacred Heart Parish and the Sacred Heart Choir, under the direction of Marie Phillippi, invite you for an evening of music, prayer, and reflection. "Take some time with others in our community to reflect and be refreshed before beginning the busy Holiday season." The service is at Sacred Heart Church, 3926 SE 11th in the Brooklyn neighborhood. No admission charge. Fellowship after the service at Sacred Heart Villa. For more information, call the Parish Office at 503/231-9636.

DECEMBER 9

Reed College Winter Dance Concert tonight and tomorrow night: The Reed College Dance Department presents the 2017 Winter Dance Concert, featuring choreography by students and faculty, this evening and tomorrow evening, at 7 p.m. It's at the Greenwood Theatre, located on the north end of the Reed College west parking lot on S.E. 28th, (across from the Rhododendron Garden). Tickets are $3–$7, available online at – reedcollege.eventbrite.com – or at the door.

DECEMBER 10

Second Sunday of Advent in Westmoreland: The Worship Service at Moreland Presbyterian Church at 9:30 a.m. includes the annual Children's Pageant. Open to all. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

"The Lighting of the Giants" (Sequoias): A nonprofit organization called "Save The Giants", created to help save three giant Sequoia trees on S.E. Martins Street in Eastmoreland, continues to celebrate the trees each year in December with a "lighting" ceremony, to which anyone interested is invited. This year, it is this afternoon, 3:30 to 6 p.m. There will be live music, free hot chocolate, plus T-Shirts, Hats, Pint Glasses, and more on sale to support the fund for the prospective "Save The Giants Park". The location is 3656 S.E. Martins Street (1 block from Reed College). For more information, go online – www.save-the-giants.org

DECEMBER 13

Wooden Train Playtime for youngsters, in Woodstock: Children ages 2 and up (with a favorite adult) who enjoy trains can put together and run wooden trains in the Woodstock Branch Library this morning, 10 until 10:45 a.m. This fun-filled program connects junior train fans with creative and imaginative play activities. Free. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Street. "December's Tale" – Reed College annual seasonal offering: Tonight at 7:30 p.m., with "December's Tale", John Vergin brings new stories and songs to his annual offering. Through prose, poetry, and song, memories both humorous and poignant are evoked, to weave a winter tapestry. It takes place in Eliot Hall Chapel, in the center of the Reed College campus, and nearest the east parking lot. No ticket presale; tickets are $5 to $10 at the door.

DECEMBER 15

"A Christmas Carol" in Ballet, from Sellwood's school of ballet: Classical Ballet Academy presents Christmas programs each December on stage at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, open to the public. This evening at 8 p.m. is this year's only performance of a spectacular dance adaptation of Charles Dickens' immortal story "A Christmas Carol". This high-energy show is based on the original Broadway musical, and showcases dancers from the Sellwood School's Pre-Professional Contemporary, Modern and Jazz Program. Tickets are sold through the PSU box office: 503/725-3307. $25 for adults 18+, $19 for 65+ as well as ages 10-17; $14 for ages 2-9. DECEMBER 16

Children's Scandinavian Dance Performance: This morning at the Woodstock Branch Library – families, come see a special performance by "Leikarringen of Portland". The children in this performing group offer a variety of dances from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Free. 11 a.m. until noon today at the Woodstock Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

Today and tomorrow, "The Nutcracker" in ballet: Classical Ballet Academy in Sellwood offers its annual Christmas ballet, "The Nutcracker", following Clara and her beloved nutcracker on a magical Christmas Eve journey. Suitable for all ages. Presented downtown, featuring many Southeast Portland students, at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University. Shows today at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and again tomorrow at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are sold through the PSU box office: 503/725-3307. $25 for adults 18+, $19 for 65+ as well as ages 10-17; $14 for ages 2-9.

DECEMBER 17

Third Sunday of Advent in Westmoreland: As part of the 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, the Moreland Presbyterian choir, with brass quintet, perform "Gloria" by K. Lee Scott. the Moreland Presbyterian choir, with brass quintet, perform. Come to the regular morning service ("Gloria" is 20 minutes in the 60-minute service); no charge; no RSVP needed. Followed by a Wassail Party at 10:30 a.m. Everyone invited. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Eclectic Band Concert at Reedwood Friends Church: At 7 p.m. tonight, you are invited to be in the Worship Center of Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of the Reed College Campus – for an Eclectic Christmas Band Concert, bringing a diverse mix of musical styles to Christmas music, from jazz to pop, bluegrass to blues. Eclectic Christmas, entering its fourth season of concerts, helps create space and community during the Christmas season. Featuring Nathanael Ankeny, Nate Macy, Aaron Pruitt, Nolan Staples, Melissa Thomas, and Frank Verhoorn. Eclectic Christmas is helps you get into the Christmas spirit. Bring friends!

DECEMBER 18

Sellwood Library helps teens make their own Franken-animal: Here's something just a little different for the Holidays – create your very own Franken-animal or creature, by hacking apart stuffed animals and reclaimed materials, then putting it all back together using needle, thread, and hot glue. For the final touch, add in animatronics, to make it one of a kind. Free, for teens in grades 6-12, this afternoon 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

DECEMBER 19

Pageturners Book Group for adults at Sellwood Library: Read "The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan" by Jenny Nordberg; then come to the Sellwood Branch Library this evening 6:30-8 p.m. to engage in stimulating conversation about books with other adults, and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Free, but space is limited, so come early. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street. DECEMBER 24

Christmas Eve in Westmoreland: Three events on the calendar today at Moreland Presbyterian Church – at 9:30 a.m., an informal Advent Worship; at 4 p.m., Intergenerational Family Worship; and at 11 p.m., Candlelight Worship. Open to all.

DECEMBER 28

Woodstock puppet show features "The Snowflake Man": Puppetkabob's "The Snowflake Man" swings family audiences into historic 1920 through creative storytelling, intricately designed Czech-style marionettes, and a striking pop-up book of watercolor scenery. Come chill this winter, and learn about American inventor W.A. "Snowflake" Bentley, pioneer of "snowflake photography". This award-winning show combines art, science, and a little-known piece of American history, to magical effect! Free. It's 11-11:45 a.m. this morning, in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street.

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