'Baby Bear' onstage today at Ladybug Theater. Today and tomorrow, and also Nov. 8-9, famous Ladybug Theater for children presents 'Baby Bear and the Beanstalk' at 10:30 am at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street. $3 admission per person (except babes in arms; shows are recommended for children 2-1/2 or older). Call for information, and to make reservations (then pay at the door): 503/232-2346.

Ticket sale starts for Sellwood ensemble's 'Nutcracker'. Classical Ballet Academy of Sellwood's original production of 'The Nutcracker' will be offered again Dec. 2-3 downtown; ticket sale starts today. Unlike other Nutcracker productions, CBA's 'Nutcracker' uses only student dancers; it is a professional training ground for aspiring ballet dancers. See the holiday classic with professional costumes, extravagant sets, new choreography, and few new twists, at the St. Mary's Academy theater downtown Portland on Saturday, December 2nd, at 2 and 7 pm, and on Sunday, December 3rd, at 2 p.m., at 1615 S.W. 5th Avenue. Tickets are $10 for seniors and children under 9; and $15 for youth and adults. Starting today, get tickets online through the CBA Internet website at: (click on the 'tickets' link), or call 503/890-6101 for ticket information.

Cleveland High Raffle ticket sale now open. No more than 500 tickets will be sold for the Cleveland High Raffle, the annual fundraising effort of the Cleveland High School Foundation, which is now underway. The prize offered is a resort package for four at Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico, which has a retail value of $3,000, and includes round-trip airfare and seven nights room accommodations, courtesy of Azumano Travel. Tickets are $20 each. Drawing is at the Holiday Choir Concert, 7 pm on December 14th; you need not be present to win. Tickets may be obtained at Cleveland High, or by calling 503/916-5120, extension 449, during school hours.

'Wreath Sale' fundraiser underway. Southeast Portland Rotary Club, the service club which serves up the ice cream at Sellwood's 'Sundae in the Park' and has been underwriting the stage costs for the 'Woodstock Family Picnic', contributes to many nonprofit causes in Inner Southeast Portland. All the funds for this are raised at the club's annual 'Wreath Sale and Auction', at the Westmoreland 'Meyer Memorial Boys and Girls Club', a block south of Bybee on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Fresh wreaths at attractive prices will be available there on Friday, December 1, noon till 7 pm, and on Saturday, December 2, 10 am till 2 pm. A gala auction of 'extra value' decorated wreaths, many with elaborate premiums such as sets of tires and holiday vacations, will follow that evening. The decorated wreaths are sponsored by merchants (THE BEE sponsors one); some will be in the public sale, and the extra-value ones will be auctioned. For more information, or to sponsor a wreath, call Eric at THE BEE: 503/232-2326.

Wednesdays in November: Homework Helpers. 'Homework Helpers' are trained volunteers who give students one-on-one help finding the books and information they need to complete homework assignments. Available free to schoolkids on each Wednesday, 3:30-5:30 pm, at Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.


Llewellyn School Holiday Market today and tomorrow. Join the festivities when Llewellyn Elementary, located at 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue in Westmoreland, will host its annual Holiday Market today and tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, November 3rd and 4th. Over 30 artists will be selling their unique gifts and crafts. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be live music performances on the stage. Stop by on Friday from 2:15-6 pm, and Saturday from 9 am until 3 pm, to start your holiday shopping. All proceeds will benefit Llewellyn's Outdoor School Program.


Pancake breakfast fundraiser for Loaves and Fishes. Have a hearty breakfast this morning for only $4.50 (kids under 12 $2.50), and benefit Loaves and Fishes! It's on from 8 till noon this morning at the Thelma Skelton Loaves and Fishes Center in Brooklyn, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Center Street (3925 S.E. Milwaukie). On the menu are pancakes, biscuits and sausage gravy, ham, eggs, and 'morning beverages'. All proceeds help support Loaves and Fishes' 'Meals on Wheels' for Senior Citizens in Inner Southeast Portland.

'Music in Action' family concert at Sellwood Library today. Enjoy a high-energy blend of rhythmic, participatory, funny and interactive songs and stories with Rich Glauber, 2-3 pm today, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. Space at this program is limited. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

'Cuba Ache' to play at Ledding Library. The free concert this month at Milwaukie's Ledding Library, at the north end of the City of Milwaukie at 10660 S.E. 21st, features the quintet 'Cuba Ache', which plays a mixture of traditional Cuban Son, Chachachas, Guajiras, Boleros, Nueva Trova, and original compositions. The concert is at 2 pm this afternoon at the library.

'Holiday Fling' bazaar at Rose Villa. All sorts of holiday items are on sale today 9:30-4 pm at the annual Rose Villa Holiday Fling bazaar; a raffle will also be available for one of two original watercolors by internationally recognized artist Atsushi Kikuchi. Also snack items, coffee, live music all day. Rose Villa is one block west of S.E. River Road at Courtney, just south of downtown Milwaukie via River Road.


Final performance of 'Little Women' 2 pm today at CHS. 'Little Women' is a novel by Louisa May Alcott, based upon her childhood experiences during the Civil War. The story is a favorite among young women as it concerns the lives and loves of four sisters growing up, and Cleveland High students have brought it to the stage this fall. The final performance is this afternoon, Sunday, November 5, 2 pm, at the Cleveland High auditorium. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults and $6 for students.


Chinese folk stories told in Woodstock by Rosalind Wang. Rosalind Wang grew up with the traditional Chinese folk stories her mother told her when she was a little girl. She collected these stories, and has published them in three children's books. Rosalind will read the stories and show slides of the pictures from her children's books, 4 till 4:45 pm this afternoon at Woodstock Library, on Woodstock Boulevard at S.E. 49th. Mrs. Wang will also share some examples of Chinese culture and explain some Chinese customs and beliefs. Space at this program is limited. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Nonprofit 'Mothers and More' holds S.E. Open House. The national, nonprofit organization 'Mothers and More' is offering an Open House this evening, 7 pm, at the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, 915 S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard, featuring information on the organization, free chair massages, and desserts. The East Portland Chapter is the host; for more information, visit:


Mens's Chorus offers S.E. concert. Satori Men's Chorus, a non-profit, community-based chorus, dedicated to providing men a chance to make music together and grow as musicians, under the underlying concept of being 'Men Singing Peace', will perform at the Community Music Center, 3350 S.E. Francis Street, on Friday, November 10th, 8 pm, and Sunday, November 12th, 7 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $7 for children (ages 6 through 18), free for ages 5 and under. Call 503/299-4454 for tickets, or purchase tickets at the door.


Fall Bazaar at Our Lady of Sorrows in Woodstock. The annual Fall Bazaar of Our Lady of Sorrows Community Church and School occurs from 10 am till 5 pm today, and features handmade gift items, homemade jams, jellies, candles, and baked goods. There will also be fresh baked cinnamon rolls in the morning, lunch offered at 11 am, and a lasagna dinner starting at 4 pm, with to-go orders available. The location is at the church and school, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard. For further information call the Parish Office at 503/775-6731.


Saunter the Springwater Trail with a naturalist. Metro naturalist James Davis offers you a leisurely stroll on the Willamette River link of the Springwater Trail from 1 till 3 this afternoon. Includes Oaks Bottom. Suitable for teens and adults. Registration and payment of $5 per adult is required in advance; children are free; wheelchair accessible. Call 503/797-1715 to register, then meet in the parking lot of Sellwood Riverfront Park on S.E. Oaks Park Way, at the foot of Spokane Street before 1 pm today.

Sellwood-Moreland Knitting Circle at Sellwood Library. All levels of experience and ability welcome. Create for yourself or for others. 2-4 pm today, and also 2-4 pm at Sellwood Branch Library on Sunday, November 26th.


Holy Family Catholic School open house. Parents of elementary school-age children, especially ages two through six, are encouraged to visit Holy Family School on Tuesday, November 14, from 5-7 pm. Enjoy pizza, meet current school families and learn about the academic and enrichment programs for preschool through 8th grade students. Bring your family and have dinner at no charge before visiting teachers in their classrooms. Children can enjoy activities or join you on a school tour. 'Discover a community built on faith, family and friendship.' RSVP requested by calling 503/774-8871. Holy Family School welcomes families of all faiths and is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. Located at 7425 S.E. 39th Avenue. For more information visit


Ladybug Theater presents 'Gingerbread Man' for kids. Today and tomorrow, and also Nov. 22nd, as well as Nov. 29-30, famous Ladybug Theater for children presents 'The Gingerbread Man' at 10:30 am at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street. $3 admission per person (except babes in arms; shows are recommended for children 2-1/2 or older). This show has good audience participation! Call for information, and to make reservations (then pay at the door): 503/232-2346.

'Estate Planning essentials' workshop this evening. Receive practical advice to safeguard your assets and healthcare wishes during and after your lifetime. This free workshop will focus on wills, living trusts, health care documents, guardianship and conservatorship issues, and powers of attorney. 'Learn strategies to minimize or eliminate estate taxes, avoid probate, and retain complete control over to whom, how and when your estate is distributed.' Presented by, and at, Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 S.E. 72nd, 6:30-8 pm this evening. For information call 503/823-1654.


Third Annual 'Mr. CHS' Event. The 'Mr. Cleveland' Pageant is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th, 7pm, Cleveland High School Auditorium. Nine Cleveland Senior men will vie for the position of 'Mr. Cleveland'. Winner of this event will be the proud recipient of the title 'Mr. Cleveland' crown and trophy. In addition, prizes from local businesses will be awarded, including a prom package for Mr. Cleveland and his date. Contestants in this year's pageant are Seniors: Nnamdi Agum, Will Reese, Donte Whitaker, Trevor Takaro, Milford Orak, David Lynch, Enrique Lopez, Jesse Butterfield, and Matt Biller. The judges--Cleveland high school administrators, teachers and one senior class representative--will score the contestants on four categories: Active Wear, Talent, Formal Wear, and their responses to a Q and A segment. Each category has equal weight. Tickets, $4, are available through the high school Business Office beginning Monday, November 6th, or pick up tickets through any Cleveland High School Dance Team member. The fund-raising event is hosted by Cleveland's dance team, the Sundancers.

Hybridizer to speak at Rhody Society meeting. The Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society welcomes renowned hybridizer Frank Fujioka, who creates rhododendrons that thrive in full sun and show off refined foliage. His garden and nursery reflect the attention he pays to hybridizing plants with excellent form and beauty. The public is invited to hear Mr. Fujioka speak on Thursday the 16th, at 7:30 pm, at All Saints Episcopal Church, at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, Portland. The social hour starts at 7 pm.


St. Agatha Bazaar today and tomorrow. St. Agatha Parish's annual bazaar in Sellwood is 9-4 today and 9-1 tomorrow, Sunday. The Altar Society offers baked foods, a Thrifty Cottage room, vendor tables, plants, and a lunch kitchen. The sale is at the Parish Hall at 7959 S.E. 15th Avenue.

Michael Allen Harrison performs in Woodstock. As a benefit for its air conditioning fund, Our Lady of Sorrows Church and School presents a concert featuring two local musical celebrities, pianist Michael Allen Harrison and vocalist Julianne Johnson, tonight, Friday, November 17th, at 7 pm. $15 general admission, or $25 preferred seating. For further information, call the Parish Office at 503/775-6731.

Holiday sale at the Manor. The residents of nonprofit Westmoreland Union Manor present their annual Holiday Craft and Gift Sale today and tomorrow, 10 am till 4 pm. Lots of handcrafted items for Christmas gift giving. On-street parking available. The Manor is on the corner of 23rd and S.E. Tolman in Westmoreland, just north of Bybee, on the west side of McLoughlin Boulevard.

Duniway Holiday Home Tour tickets on sale today. Today is the day tickets become available for the 2006 Duniway Holiday Home Tour on Friday, December 1st, to benefit the Duniway Elementary School PTA. Featured homes include classic Eastmoreland styles, with 'innovative updates and lovingly cared-for vintage details'. Tickets are $20 each, and are on sale starting today at Duniway School (7700 S.E. Reed College Place), the Sellwood RE/MAX office, the Westmoreland Windermere Realty office, John L. Scott Real Estate in Woodstock, New Seasons Market in Sellwood, Eastmoreland Grocery, and Crisman Picture Frame and Gallery in Sellwood and elsewhere around the city. For information, call Duniway School at 503/916-6343.


Ecumenical Thanksgiving eve service in Sellwood. An ecumenical service of praise and Thanksgiving will be held at Sellwood United Methodist Church, 1422 S.E. Tacoma Street, on Wednesday, November 22nd, at 7 pm. Other churches from S.E. and S.W. Portland will be participating, and the service will feature a joint choir formed for the occasion. The Rev. Ron Nitz (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 7220 S.E. 39th) will be the Speaker. The new pastor of Sellwood Methodist--the Rev. Myoung Sub Cho--will lead the worship, and the offering will go to Bread for the World. Refreshments will follow. The public is cordially invited to join in this celebration.


Chamber Music Northwest concert tonight at Reed College. The Chamber Music Northwest ensemble presents its second concert of the season, entitled 'Windscape in a Floating World: Japan and the Impressionists', featuring guest artists 'Windscape Wind Quintet', at Kaul Auditorium at Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, at 8 pm this evening. Composers featured include Debussy and Ravel, plus four more. Tickets are $21, $28, $40 ($10 students), and may be purchased by phone at 503/294-6400, from 10 am till 4 pm weekdays.

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