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Holiday events are in full swing

Festivities begin Nov. 30 with tree lighting at city hall


by: VERN UYETAKE - Noah Radcliffe with Boy Scout Troop 149 sets up the Christmas tree lot near the Bolton Primary School parking lot Nov. 26.Holiday events abound in West Linn. Family activities include a twinkle-lit forest, parades, ugly sweater runs, appearances from the jolly man himself and more. Choose from the following events to make this the happiest time of year for you and your family.

Lighting of Maddax Woods

Enjoy a stroll after dark in the seven-acre Maddax Woods. The natural area features trails, picnic tables and views of the Willamette River. The park is festively decorated with holidays lights for the annual “Lighting of Maddax Woods” daily from 4 to 9 p.m. now through Dec. 31.

The free event is offered by the nonprofit Friends of Maddax Woods. Maddax Woods is located at 5785 River St. in West Linn. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-722-2137.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Families are invited to get their photos taken with Santa during the holiday tree lighting and community celebration Nov. 30 at city hall.

Holiday tree lighting and community celebration

The 11th annual community tree lighting ceremony will take place Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at West Linn City Hall. The celebration will feature children’s events, a tree lightning ceremony, pictures with Santa and entertainment.

“The community celebration started out as a small gathering to bring people together and kick off the holiday season,” said Teri Jones, West Linn recreation coordinator.

The event has grown considerably in size since its humble inception. Last year, organizers said more than 300 people attended the community celebration.

Starbucks will serve free peppermint mochas and peppermint hot chocolate while supplies last, starting at 6 p.m.

Children are invited to watch a holiday movie and decorate gingerbread cookies with frosting, sprinkles and more inside city council chambers starting at 6 p.m. Radio Disney will provide interactive children’s entertainment, music and sing-alongs at 6 p.m. on the main stage before and after the guest of honor, Santa, arrives.

Santa will arrive around 6:15 p.m. on an antique fire engine from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. The big man is expected to light the giant sequoia tree outside city hall around 6:30 p.m. Santa will be available for photos — with children and pets alike — following the tree lighting. Photos and keepsake frames will be given away for free while supplies last. Families are also encouraged to take their own photographs.

Radio Disney will perform following the tree lightning ceremony for about an hour followed by dancers and singers from Van De Veere Productions.

Donations of nonperishable food and new unwrapped toys will be accepted on behalf of the West Linn Food Pantry to benefit local families. For more information, call 503-557-4700.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Bryce Glovatsky channeled his best reindeer in addition to sporting a festive sweater at the Ugly Holiday Sweater Race last year.

Puddle Scuttle

The second annual Puddle Scuttle offers a 6.5K fun run/walk (about 4 miles) on Dec. 8 at 8:30 a.m. starting at Lil’ Cooperstown Bar & Grill. Runners may also participate in a 5K fun run/walk (about 3 miles) starting at 9 a.m.

Entry fee is $30 per person for the 6.5K and $25 per person for the 5K. Baby strollers, joggers, walkers and dogs on leashes are welcome to participate in the timed event. Runners will receive a bib number, and a water bottle and pancake breakfast following the race from Lil’ Cooperstown Bar & Grill. Breakfast kicks off at 10 a.m.

“We had about 75 people run the first ever Puddle Scuttle last year,” said Kristin DeGroat, race organizer and owner of Eventurous Events. “It was a pretty successful first event.”

The race route has been slightly changed and improved on from last year. Gift cards will be given to the top three runners.

“This is more of an athletic race compared to the Ugly Holiday Sweater Dash,” DeGroat said. “It’s a pretty moderate race, but you do go up one kind of brutal hill. You can’t really get away from hills in West Linn.”

Runners are encouraged to bring nonperishable food and household cleaning supplies for the West Linn Food Pantry. A portion of the entry fees will also benefit the West Linn Food Pantry.

Lil’ Cooperstown Bar & Grill is located at 1817 Willamette Falls Drive, West Linn. Visit http://eventurousevents.com to register for the race before Dec. 6 at midnight. Participants may also register race day starting at 7:30 a.m. for an additional $5 fee.

Early packet pickup is available Nov. 30 during the tree lightning ceremony at West Linn City Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

by: VERN UYETAKE - Sarah Neudeck and Ava take a breather after the Ugly Holiday Sweater Race last year.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Dash

The third annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Dash will feature a 1 mile fun run/walk on Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at Lil’ Cooperstown Bar & Grill. A pancake breakfast will follow the event starting at 10 a.m.

Entry fee is $15 per adult and $10 per child. Families of four — two adults, two children — may register for $40, $5 per each additional child. Baby strollers, joggers, walkers and dogs on leashes are welcome to participate. Although the event will not be timed, gift cards will be given to the top three runners.

Last year, 95 people dressed in ugly holiday sweaters and wrapped themselves in bows, tinsel and Christmas lights for the race. Extraordinary costumes will also receive gift cards.

“The Ugly Holiday Sweater Dash is more of a family-oriented run,” DeGroat said. “We get a lot of families with small children.”

Runners are encouraged to bring nonperishable food and household cleaning supplies for the West Linn Food Pantry. A portion of the entry fees will also benefit the West Linn Food Pantry.

Visit http://eventurousevents.com to register for the race before Dec. 6 at midnight. Participants may also register race day starting at 7:30 a.m. for an additional $5 fee.

Early packet pickup is available Nov. 30 during the tree lightning ceremony at West Linn City Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

by: VERN UYETAKE - Santa will light the Christmas tree and stay for carols with Radio Disney on Nov. 30 at city hall.

Holiday parade

This year’s theme for the annual holiday parade is “Magic on Main Street.” The parade will take place Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. on Willamette Falls Drive and will travel through the historic Willamette district.

Day-of-parade registration and check-in starts at 9 a.m. and is encouraged. Spectators are invited to bring lawn chairs, stand or sit on the curb.

“It’s amazing, regardless of the weather, the streets are just lined with people,” Jones said. “Hundreds turn out.”

The parade will feature Santa as the grand marshal, city officials, student groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Old Time Fair royalty and more. Candy will be thrown and the city of West Linn public works department will provide snow for the procession from the back of a giant dump truck and blower. Hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be available following the procession at the fire station.

“The closer you are to the beginning of the parade the better chance you have for candy,” Jones said. “If that’s your goal, you want to be as close to the start as possible.”

Families are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys, which will be collected for local families in need through the West Linn Food Pantry.

“It’s really heartwarming to see the little kids coming with their toys to donate,” Jones said. “That’s the part that’s really special. Families come back year after year.”

For more information, call 503-577-4700.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Michael Davenport of Clowns Unlimited drove the Christmas train last year through the Willamette neighborhood.

Holiday Delights

West Linn’s historic Willamette neighborhood will celebrate with the second annual “Holiday Delights” on Dec. 8 following the parade with all-day family events, including a pub and shops crawl, carriage rides, tree lighting ceremony and more.

The events are organized by Historic Willamette: A Main Street Project. The project aims to promote economic development and tourism through the area, said Main Street Chair Shannen Knight.

“Main Street is trying to be more active in the community,” Knight said. “We decided to come up with Christmas events the same day as the city-sponsored parade to make it an all day holiday event for families.”

The progressive crawl will kick off around noon. For $25, participants will receive a punch card to receive gifts, food and drinks at various businesses and restaurants in the district. Punch card prizes are estimated to be worth more than $70. Tickets for the pub crawl are available after Thanksgiving at all participating businesses and the day of the event.

Participating businesses include: Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe, Pickleweed Hill, Forbes Optical, Allium, Sachi & Healthy Spaces, Sweater Shoppe, etc., BJ Willy’s, The Little Door, La Fiesta, Willamette General Store, Bullseye Coffee and Thai Lemon.

Mrs. Clause will be at Pickleweed Hill and Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile for photos from 2 to 5 p.m. A tree lightning ceremony featuring junior high school carolers will take place in front of Historic Willamette General Store at 5 p.m. Children are encouraged to make and bring a Christmas ornament to decorate the tree.

Following the tree lighting, the winners of this year’s window dressing contest will be announced.

Carriage rides will take community members through the historic neighborhood and down twinkle light lanes from 6 to 8 p.m. Carriage rides meet in front of the general store. Suggested donation is $5.

For more information, call 503-349-0015.

10th annual Santa Brunch

MOMS Club of West Linn is hosting the 10th annual Santa Brunch fundraiser Sunday, Dec. 9. Ten years ago, the Santa Brunch started with the vision of one mom as a fun way to raise money for a worthy charity. In that time, the Santa Brunch has grown from 58 attendees the first year to nearly 500. The attendees and community has helped to raise more than $46,000 for Clackamas Women’s Services.

The Santa Brunch is fun for the whole family with most crafts targeted for ages 3 to 8. Get a photo with Santa by a professional photographer, face and nail painting, see inside a West Linn police car or a fire truck, make gingerbread houses, decorate cookies and enjoy many more holiday keepsake crafts. In addition there are music performances, a silent auction, brunch buffet and the popular peppermint milk shakes and coffee.

Past auction items included: jewelry, wine tasting, professional portrait package, Mt. Hood weekend getaway, Oregon Golf Club membership, Nike golf club, massage and spa packages and many more.

Santa Brunch will be held at the Oregon Golf Club, located at 25700 SW Pete’s Mountain Road in West Linn, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 (children 2 and younger are free) in advance and include everything except auction bids. Purchase tickets at http://momsclubofwestlinn.org. Admission is $12 at the door (credit cards accepted with small additional service fee).

Proceeds benefit Clackamas Women’s Services. CWS provides Clackamas County’s only shelter for women and children escaping family violence. 

For more information, visit http://momsclubofwestlinn.org or contact Nina Press at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-970-6652.

Bonfire and sing-along

The Friends of Robinwood Station is holding a community bonfire and sing-along at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22. Large-print lyrics will be handed out. There will be a practice before the concert for any guitar players who want to participate.

Hot chocolate and cider will be served and participants are encouraged to bring cookies to share.

This event will be held regardless of the weather.

For more information, visit http://robinwoodstation.org.

The Robinwood Station is located at 3706 Cedar-oak Drive, West Linn.



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