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by: SUBMITTED - FIRST CHOICE: HOMEGROWN CHRISTMAS A Homegrown Christmas featuring local musicians Michele Van Kleef, Naomi LaViolette and Christina Cooper will be held at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Wilsonville McMenamins Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road. Open to the public, all ages. $5 in advance, $5 day of show. Details: mcmenamins.com/wilsonville.

COMMUNITY

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 Dec. 18. 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..

The city will host a Holiday Fun Fest on Dec. 19 at the Wilsonville Community Center, 7965 SW Wilsonville Road, at 4 p.m. Get a photo taken with Santa, build a gingerbread house and enjoy holiday music, hot cocoa and treats. The cost is $5 per gingerbread house built. Details: 503-682-3727.

Lamb’s Thriftway, 8255 SW Wilsonville Road, is having its annual event of holiday choirs singing Christmas carols Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year Lowrie Primary School and the I-5 Connection will be performing. Santa will arrive on a Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue fire engine about 10:30 a.m. with the programs starting at 11 a.m. Children will have an opportunity to sit and talk with Santa and have their pictures taken. Refreshments and goodies will be served. Details: 503-682-9053.

All city offices and the Wilsonville Public Library will be closed Dec. 25.

Alter Wiener, 87, a holocaust survivor who has told his story to hundreds of groups all over the Portland area, will speak at Wilsonville Public Library on Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. Wiener will discuss his experiences in Poland and Germany during and after the World War II. Learn more about Wiener at his website, alterwiener.com. Arrive early for seating, as doors will close when the room’s seating capacity is reached. The library is located at 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. Details: wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Champoeg Chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) invites the public to its Jan. 9 program featuring Lynnette Roberts. Roberts is an active member of Champoeg Chapter and also the current treasurer. At 11 a.m. Roberts will talk about “The Early Pioneers to Oregon: The Kanaka People From Hawaii.” This program is open to the public. Champoeg Chapter invites all women 18 years and older who think they might have a Revolutionary War ancestor and are interested in DAR to contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit rootweb.ancestry.com/~orccdar/.

On Jan. 9 at 6 p.m., the Wilsonville Public Library book club will meet to discuss “Saving Ceecee Honeycutt” by Beth Hoffman. Cecelia (CeeCee) Honeycutt is a 12-year-old girl tending her mentally ill mother in Ohio when the mother is suddenly, violently killed. A number of caring characters help nudge Ceecee back toward life in the pages of this bittersweet tale. Copies are available for a full month before the meeting. The library is located at 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. Details: wilsonvillelibrary.org.

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 the 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.

On Jan. 11 at 2 p.m., gather at the Wilsonville Public Library to hear Sky in the Road, a folk-based pop duo influenced by bluegrass, reggae, rock, country, Celtic, world folk, jazz and blues. The library is located at 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. Details: wilsonvillelibrary.org.

On Jan. 15 at 4 p.m., the Great Books Discussion Group will meet at Wilsonville Public Library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. This group is interested in philosophy and the “big questions” of life. Join them for a roundtable discussion of how modern-day issues are reflected and illuminated by the great Western classic books. Free. This month’s reading is the book of Genesis. Details: wilsonvillelibrary.org.

This winter Oregon State Parks in association with Friends of Historic Champoeg will present a series of live demonstrations, presentations and talks about the history, people and crafts of the 19th and early 20th century at Champoeg. The events will run from noon to 3 p.m. Each talk will run 40 minutes with a 20 minute break between. Visitors can come for a specific topic or stay for all three. The dates are Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and March 15. Each event is free with the purchase of a $5 per vehicle day-use parking permit or a state parks season pass. For more information, call 503-678-1251 or visit champoeg.org.

On Jan. 20, all city offices and the public library will be closed in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The library will hold a teen game night Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. Students in sixth through 12th grade can challenge one another and enjoy free snacks while playing video games, board games and card games. Free. Show up or call the youth services department for more information, 503-570-1592. The library is located at 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. Details: wilsonvillelibrary.org.

On Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m., the History Pub series at McMenamins Old Church and Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road, continues with “Soccer City: The Birth and Rise of the Portland Timbers.” Take a look back at the Timbers’ first season in 1975, a season so successful that it earned Portland the sobriquet “Soccer City USA.” Details: mcmenamins.com/Wilsonville.

On Jan. 29 at 6 p.m., the Wilsonville Public Library will host a literary seminar with Emeritus professor John Ehrstine. Ehrstine will be conducting an eight-part class on Oregon’s own poet laureate, William Stafford. Although born in Kansas, Stafford became Oregon’s most celebrated poet. How did this happen? How did his experiences in Oregon shape his creative work? What is the substance of this acclaimed poet? Join this class to find the answers. Cost is $40 for the full spate of classes, with a text available at a discount. To sign up, call the library at 503-682-2744.

POLITICS

The Wilsonville City Council will meet Jan. 6 for a regular meeting. A work session will begin at 5 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. at city hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East. For the agenda, visit ci.wilsonville.or.us.

On Jan. 8, the city will host a public forum at 6 p.m. to address the Goal 10 Housing Needs Analysis: Wilsonville’s Residential Lands Strategy. The forum will be held at city hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East. For more information, visit ci.wilsonville.or.us/Index.aspx?page=11&recordid=2969.

FAITH

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 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 through Dec. 25. The sheep and donkey are loaned from local residents. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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

Henson Orthodontics is donating personal hygiene products to the Wilsonville Food Pantry and is seeking donations. People are asked to drop of products like shampoo, razors, tissues, mouth wash and body soap at 29585 SW Park Place, suite F, in Wilsonville, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 23. For every three items you donate, you will receive a ticket to be entered in a drawing for a ski pass to Timberline. For more information, call 503-582-8212.

“Buy a Tree, Save a Dog” is a Christmas tree fundraising event held by Operation Safe Canine Animal Rescue (OSCAR), a nonprofit based in the Portland metro area. Organic noble firs are for sale for $20 and up at Aurora Colony Vineyards, 21338 Oak Lane NE, Aurora. The tree stand is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit oscarsavesdogs.org.

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..

Make business connections before starting your work day. The Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce Morning Spark networking event is open to all members of the chamber of commerce. Nonmembers may attend two events before joining the chamber. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at various locations around town. Visit wilsonvillechamber.com to get specific location details.

The Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Last Call Business After Hours networking event is open to all members of the chamber. Nonmembers may attend two of these events before joining the chamber. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. at various locations. Visit wilsonvillechamber.com to get specific location details.

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. It’s free and 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 classes (Céilí) for those 13 years old 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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