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by: JOSH KULLA - FIRST CHOICE: Robotics Day The Wilsonville Public Library will host Robotics Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Oak room at the library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. Free, open to the public, all ages welcome. Robotics teams from the Wilsonville area of all levels (high school robotics, middle and primary school Lego robotics and Junior Lego teams) will demonstrate their robots and research. Details: 503-682-2744, wilsonvillelibrary.org.

COMMUNITY

Nov. 20

The Wilsonville Public Library will host the Great Conversation Discussion Group for adults at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road, for those wishing to explore philosophy and books. Those interested in the “big questions” of life will want to join the discussion of how modern-day issues are reflected and illuminated by classic books. Free, open to the public. Next session is Nov. 20. Details: Adult Services Librarian Greg Martin, 503-682-2744 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nov. 21

Wilsonville singer/songwriter Michele Van Kleef will perform at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Wilsonville McMenamins Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road. Free, open to the public, all ages welcome. Van Kleef formerly was a vocalist for the popular 1990 band Calobo and has been a part of many projects since. Web: mcmenamins.com, michelevankleef.com.

The Wilsonville Rotary Club will meet at noon Nov. 21 at the Al Kader Shrine Center, 25100 SW Parkway Ave. The program will be “What’s Up With Parks and Recreation in Wilsonville,” presented by Stan Sherer, director, and Patty Brescia, senior program manager, for the Wilsonville Parks and Recreation Department. Open to Rotary members, but guests are welcome. The club meets every Thursday at noon. Details: wilsonvillerotary.com.

Nov. 22

Langdon’s Grill at Langdon Farms Golf Club is hosting “Jazz at the Grill” with Ray Hardiman and Friends on Nov. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The club is located at 24377 Aurora Road, Aurora. For more information, call 503-678-4653 or visit langdonsgrill.com.

Nov. 23

The Canby-Aurora VFW 6057 Post/Auxiliary invites the public and veterans to its rescheduled annual spaghetti dinner on Nov. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Aurora American Legion Hall, 424 NW First Ave, Canby. The September dinner and raffle tickets are still honored for Nov. 23. There will be all-you-can-eat spaghetti, raffles, door prizes, music and a 60th anniversary tribute to Korean War veterans will highlight the evening. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger. For presale tickets and more information, call 503-263-2552.

The Wilsonville Public Library will host Robotics Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Oak room at the library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. Free, open to the public, all ages welcome. Robotics teams from the Wilsonville area of all levels (high school robotics, middle and primary school Lego robotics and Junior Lego teams) will demonstrate their robots and research. Details: 503-682-2744, wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Wilsonville United Methodist Church is hosting a free traditional Thanksgiving meal for the community at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the church, 7355 SW Wilsonville Road. This is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required. For more information, call the church, 503-682-0987.

Wilsonville Theater Company will hold auditions for its winter production, “On Golden Pond,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Frog Pond Grange Hall, 27000 SW Stafford Road. “On Golden Pond” is the Academy Award-winning film starring Henry Fonda. It will be presented in Wilsonville in February. The cast requires one male who is 70 or older, two males in their late 30s to early 50s, one teenage male, one female who is 60 or older and one middle-aged female. Volunteer positions are also available for stage manager, lighting tech and sound tech. Details: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-582-1829.

Nov. 26

“Sold Down the River: How the Willamette Valley Became Dammed” will be the November version of Wilsonville History Night, set for 5 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Wilsonville McMenamins Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road. The presentation will touch on the relationships between the Columbia and Willamette Valley dams and the politics that made them possible. Speaker William L. Lang is emeritus professor of history at Portland State University, the founding director of the Center for Columbia River History and founding editor of Oregon Encyclopedia. He is the author and editor of many books and articles on the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest. Details: mcmenamins.com, wilsonvillelibrary.org, oregonencyclopedia.org.

Nov. 28

A Thanksgiving buffet will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Wilsonville McMenamins Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road. Featuring roast turkey and poached salmon, the buffet is $28 for adults, $16 for kids 5 to 12 and free for 4 and younger. Reservations required. Open to the public, all ages. Details: mcmenamins.com/Wilsonville.

Wilsonville city offices and the public library will be closed Nov. 28 and 29 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Nov. 29

Langdon’s Grill at Langdon Farms Golf Club is hosting “Jazz at the Grill” with Ray Hardiman and Friends on Nov. 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The club is located at 24377 Aurora Road, Aurora. For more information, call 503-678-4653 or visit langdonsgrill.com.

Dec. 6

The annual Acoustic Guitar Summit holiday concert at Frog Pond Church is set for Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Grammy Award winner Mark Hanson brings his award-winning finger-picking friends Terry Robb (Oregon Music Hall of Fame) and Doug Smith (fellow Grammy winner) for their holiday show. Discounted tickets for Frog Pond members are only $10 in advance. The regular advanced price is $17.50. All tickets at the door are $20. The church is located at 6750 SW Boeckman Road, Wilsonville.

Dec. 7

The Tualatin Valley Community Band, under the direction of Steve Heuser, will present a free Holiday Harmonies concert Dec. 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tualatin High School Auditorium, 22300 SW Boones Ferry Road, Tualatin. Selections in the first half include a symphonic suite from “Star Trek,” “Jupiter” from Holst’s “The Planets,” and “Variations on a Korean Folk Song.” The second half includes holiday favorites “Midnight Sleigh Ride” from Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kijé Suite,” “Joy to the Season” and the Leroy Anderson favorite “Sleigh Ride.” For more information, visit tvcb.org.

Dec. 9

Clackamas County Master Gardener chapter will host Chris Wille of Rainforest Alliance from 7 to 8 pm Dec. 9 at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie. Free, open to the public. Wille will present “Rainforests: Nature’s Most Exuberant Gardens,” which details the ecosystems that host fully half of all the plant and animal species on earth. The Rainforest Alliance certifies farms that meet rigorous standards for environmental protection, worker rights and benefits, pollution and waste. Wille will share how many of the techniques are used to get coffee, banana, cocoa, tea and other tropical farms on the path toward sustainability. Details: 503-653-8100.

Dec. 13

A drawing for a holiday quilt raffle will be held at lunch on Dec. 13 at the Wilsonville Community Center, 7965 SW Wilsonville Road. Until then, tickets are available at the community center for $1 each or six for $5. Open to the public. Details: 503-682-3727.

Dec. 14

Don’t miss the first Wilsonville Reindeer Romp and Bullwinkle Bash. The event starts Dec. 14 at Town Center Park with a kids dash at 8:45 a.m., followed by the 5K fun run. The party starts at Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center as soon as the race is over. Participants who sign up early will receive T-shirts, reindeer antlers, a red nose and a $5 game card for the Family Fun Center. The post-race party includes treats provided by sponsors: Bullwinkle’s, Lamb’s Thriftway, Costco, Fred Meyer and Golazo. Sign up the whole family today at ci.wilsonville.or.us/parksandrec. Cost is $5 for early registration, $10 day of the event.

Boones Ferry Concerts at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 8818 SW Miley Road, Wilsonville, presents the Mike Strickland Duo on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The music will be warm and evocative of the feelings of the season. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Visit boonesferryconcerts.org for information and tickets.

Dec. 17

Santa Claus will be visiting the Kyle Bunch Agency on Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The public is invited to come have their pictures taken with him for free. There will also be hot cocoa and candy canes. The office is located at 30240 SW Parkway Ave., suite 200, Wilsonville.

Dec. 19

The annual Holiday Fun Fest gingerbread house building event will be held at the Wilsonville Community Center on Dec. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. For a $5 fee, children and their families receive all the supplies they need to create a fabulous gingerbread house. The center is located at 7965 SW Wilsonville Road.

Jan. 11

Registration is now open for the 2014 Sandelie Mud Run on Sandelie Golf Course, located at 28333 SW Mountain Road, West Linn. The event date is Jan. 11 and the race is limited to the first 250 entries. All race course conditions will be provided by Mother Nature and no extra mud or obstacles will be added. There will be a 5K and 10K event and a portion of all proceeds will benefit Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. To register, visit sandeliemudrun.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a paper entry. Details: 503-655-1461.

POLITICS

The city of Wilsonville will hold a budget workshop at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 in council chambers at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East. Open to the public. Details: ci.wilsonville.or.us.

The Wilsonville City Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m. with its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East. Open to the public. Details: ci.wilsonville.or.us.

The city of Wilsonville and consulting firm ECONorthwest are working to craft an urban renewal strategic plan for the city. This process will examine existing urban renewal plans and possible future urban renewal areas. To accomplish this, a task force will meet in open session from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 Town Center Loop East. Details: Kristin Retherford, economic development manager, 503-570-1539 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FAITH

Women of Worth will meet Nov. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. for a luncheon at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 SW Borland Road, Tualatin. Women of Worth is a monthly luncheon for women ages 50, 60, 70 and better. Enjoy a skit, a meal and hear from the speaker, Becky Herbst, on the topic “The Wonder of His Presence.” Open to the public, tickets are $12, after Nov. 17 tickets are $15. For tickets or details, call Barb Signalness at 503-638-5900 or email/phone Mary Boehr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-984-8097.

A live nativity scene has become a Christmas tradition at Attrell’s Funeral Chapel, 207 Villa Road, Newberg. The scene includes life-size mannequins playing the parts of Mary, Joseph and the Christ child along with a live pettable donkey and two sheep. Children can also push a button and hear a reading of the Christmas story. Staff members of the chapel erect the stable, decorate it with fir boughs and trees and then care for the animals from Dec. 12th through Dec. 25. The sheep and donkey are loaned from local residents. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Women are invited to join a women’s community Bible study, “ONE,” which meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. All women are invited to join a study through the book of Ephesians. This weekly gathering time includes childcare, worship, teaching, small-group breakout sessions and social fellowship. Sessions will be held at the Community of Hope Church on the corner of Stafford and Boeckman roads. Details/registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Taizé Services are being held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wilsonville at 7 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Taizé worship consists of four elements — meditative singing, scripture, prayer and silence. St. Francis is located at 8818 SW Miley Road. Open to the public. Details: 503-678-5422 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ONGOING

If you or someone you know is interested in adopting a family this holiday season then Compassion in Action of Clackamas County is looking for you. CIACC is a nonprofit organization that connects private individuals, businesses, local churches and service organizations to needy families in the Wilsonville community that are in need of a complete meal and/or toys this holiday season. Referrals come from many social service agencies in Clackamas County. To become involved, contact Darlene Fritsche at 503-632-0562 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Wilsonville Community Center is collecting applications for the Compassion in Action Holiday Food and Toy Box program. This organization will distribute food, toys/gifts to children, low-income, elderly and handicapped residents of Clackamas County. Pick up an application at the community center if you are interested in participating in this program. Center staff also has a list of Thanksgiving meal sites that are open to the public. If you would like to assist a family in need during the holiday season, contact Sadie Wallenberg at 503-570-1526.

A community playgroup is held at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 SW Borland Road, Tualatin, on Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The free group is open to parents and children 5 and younger. For more information, call 503-655-8601.

A weekly trivia event is held Wednesdays at the BooneTown Bistro and Bar, 24925 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, inside the Holiday Inn. It is held at 7:30 p.m. with accompanying drink specials, prizes and trivia. Free, open to the public. Details: 503-682-5593 or boonetownbistroandbar.com.

Irish Culture in Tualatin is ongoing at Historic Winona Grange No. 271, located at 8340 SW Seneca St., Tualatin. There are Irish dance lasses (Céilí) for those 13 and up from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the year. Cost is $5 per person. Open to the public. Details: 503-691-2078, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sandairishentertainment.com.




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