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DECEMBER 19

Fundraiser: Four course Italian dinner! FIRST Robotics Team 1432 is holding its annual fundraiser, a four-course Italian dinner, tonight from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Reedwood Friends Church, on S.E. Steele Street one block east of 28th. Lasagna included. An auction will follow the dinner. Only $15 per person, or $35 per family (up to five people). Holiday concert this evening at St. Philip Neri. “In Mulieribus”, conducted by Dr. Anna Song, presents “The O Antiphons” on tonight at 7:30 at St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 S.E. 16th Avenue, off Division Street. This year’s Holiday concert by “In Mulieribus” explores music inspired by the Great O Antiphons of Advent, a series of seven ancient antiphons designated for Vespers during the last seven days before Christmas. In Mulieribus is a seven-member female vocal ensemble dedicated to the promotion and enrichment of community through the art of music with a focus on works written primarily before 1750. Tickets: $25 premium seating, $20 general, $15 students/seniors – available at: www.boxofficetickets.com, and at the door.

DECEMBER 20

For teens: “DIY Hangout – Rapid Prototyper” in Sellwood. PDX DIY is a young makers club that fosters creative minds and a “create it instead of buy it” attitude. Draw 3-D art, build 3-D objects, and design prototypes to print on a 3-D printer. The future is here. It’s 1-3 pm this afternoon and it’s free, at the Sellwood Branch Library – for teens in grades 6-12. The library is on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

“A Christmas in Wales” concert tonight. At 7 pm this evening, at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 4028 S.E. 34th Avenue at Gladstone Street, the Festival Chorus of the Welsh Society of Portland presents its annual Christmas Concert, “A Christmas in Wales”, featuring traditional Welsh carols, songs, and other seasonal music. Featured special guests include the Celtic Fusion band Beltaine, harpist Tracey Rose Brown, as well as chorus member soloists and chamber ensembles. A sing-along of popular carols (including a “Deck the Halls” unlike any you’ve ever heard before!) will round out the program.

DECEMBER 21

Fourth Sunday in Advent at Moreland Presbyterian. As part of this morning’s service at Moreland Presbyterian Church, S.E. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, Special Music with Strings and Continuo will be presented at 9:30 am, open to all.

DECEMBER 24

Christmas Eve at Moreland Presbyterian. The Family Service is at 5 pm, and the Candlelight Service is at 11 pm, at Moreland Presbyterian Church, S.E. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. Open to all.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service in Reed Neighborhood. The Reedwood Friends Church swings wide its doors at 6:30 this evening for a candlelight Christmas Eve service, in celebration of the birth of Christ. The service will be in the church’s Worship Center, 2901 S.E. Steele Street. Open to all. The Food Barrel will also be open for contributions, as it is at all events of the church. DECEMBER 27

Want to get rid of your Christmas Tree already? The Cleveland High School Girls’ Lacrosse Team is raising funds for the team by accepting Christmas Trees for recycling starting today, 10 am-2 pm, and continuing tomorrow, and also on January 3 and 4. $5 drop-off donation; $8 donation for trees picked up at your house. The recycling location is S.E. Powell Boulevard at 31st. For pickup at your house, e-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:LAXChristmasTreeRecycling@yahoo.com" LAXChristmasTreeRecycling@yahoo.com, to arrange it – or call Doug Diller at 503/807-8353.

DECEMBER 29

Bloodmobile in Westmoreland today! If you haven’t donated blood lately, the Holiday Season is a great time to do it…there’s always a critical need, this time of year. Today, 2-7 pm, there will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmorland. Appointments are a good idea – make yours by calling 1-800/RED-CROSS, or go online to www.redcrossblood.org.

DECEMBER 30

Kids: Make your own spectacular arcade game at Sellwood Library! From 1 to 3 pm this afternoon, for kids and families, join Tinker Camp, and imagine, design, and create your one-of-a-kind arcade game using cardboard, recycled materials, and electronic components such as LED lights and motors. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program, starting at 12:30 pm. Be early; space is limited. It’s free, and it’s at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

JANUARY 12

For adults: Help with your resume today. Do you need some help with your resume? Are you unsure about your choice of words? Struggling to describe your accomplishments? Come to the Sellwood Branch Library, 2:30-4:30 this afternoon, and meet with an experienced volunteer for one-on-one help. If you have a paper copy of your resume, please bring it along. Free, but registration required; register for your own 30-minute session n the library, or by calling 503/988-5234.

JANUARY 16

Breakfast Forum has warming topic. The “Breakfast Forum”, free to attend and open to all, created and facilitated by Reed resident Ann B. Clarkson, meets once a month, 7:30-8:30 am, at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library, 5441 S.E. Belmont – and today is the meeting for January. Members and guests today will discuss, “in respectful ways”, “Relationships Between Global Warming and Other Topics”. No registration required. For information call 503/774-9621.

JANUARY 17

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South at Woodstock Library. Newel Briggs sings old slave songs for kids and families, 2 to 2:45 pm this afternoon in Woodstock, accompanied by his guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Raised by his grandparents – the first people in his family to be born free – Newel’s grandma sang songs such as “Loop de Loo”, “Miss Mary Mac”, “Ham Bone”, and “Shortnin’ Bread”. Learn about the history behind the songs, and find out which one is about taking a bath on Saturday night! Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program – starting at 1:30 pm – at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

JANUARY 20

“Pageturners Book Group” in Woodstock tonight. Read “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Medicine, Madness, and the Murder of a President” by Candice Millard. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Free; sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 6:30-7:30 pm at the Woodstock Branch Library, situated at S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th.

JANUARY 21

“Legos @ the Library” in Woodstock today. Kids, age 5 to 11: Bring your mad Lego skills to the Woodstock Library this afternoon from 3 to 4 pm, and let your imagination flow. Each time, build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Free, but donations welcome. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Avenue.

JANUARY 24

Superhero Anime class for teens at Sellwood Library. Draw your very own Japanese anime superhero characters in this introductory class at the Sellwood Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, today from noon to 2 pm. Sketch manga-style illustrations, as well as create your own Japanese-style cartoon characters. This program is supported by Multnomah County Library's Summer Reading program. Submit your original artwork from this class to the Summer Reading teen cover contest, and maybe your masterpiece will be the front cover of the Summer Reading teen gameboard this summer! For teens in grades 6-12. Free, but registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5234.

JANUARY 30

“Long Winter Knights” today at Sellwood Library. What did the passage of seasons mean to people in the Middle Ages? How did they survive, and what did they celebrate? Learn about these subjects and more, with Knights of Veritas. Subjects include how warfare changed during the winter months, the traditions and festivals which marked the passage of time, and what the change in seasons meant for the common people during long winter nights in that distant time. Free. For kids and families, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street, 2 to 3 pm this afternoon.

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