by: Contributed photo Troutdale hosts its annual tree lighting ceremony Friday, Dec. 2. See below for details.

Live Entertainment

'A Holiday Gift of Music' - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St. The Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra's concert features popular holiday music, puppets from Tears of Joy and the Portland Symphonic Girl Choir. An instrument petting zoo is available one hour before each concert. Tickets are $10 for adults and seniors and $5 and #8232;for children. Visit or call 503-234-4077.

'Christmas with the Pops' Concert - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, Mt. Hood Community College Theater, 26000 S.E. Stark St. The Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra will perform Christmas-themed selections from Sullivan, Adam and Vaughan Williams, as well as holiday songs for an audience sing-along. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $45 for families. Visit or call 503-669-1937 for information and tickets.

Edgefield Live Music Series - McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. All shows are for ages 21 and older and are held in the Winery, unless noted otherwise. For more information, visit or call 503-669-8610.

Upcoming shows are listed below.

• Kris Deelane, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.

• Michael Dean Damron, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24.

• Jack McMahon, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25.

• Chris Margolin, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

• Mike Midlo, 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.

• Skip vonKuske with Third Seven, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28.

• Caleb Klauder and Sammy Lind, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.

• Kris Deelane, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.

M and M Lounge Music - M and M Restaurant and Lounge, 137 N. Main Ave. All shows are free for ages 21 and older unless noted otherwise. For more information, visit or call 503-665-2626.

• Spinella's Off the Wall, 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

• Bad Motor Scooter, 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25.

• Kerry Dean Stickler Band, 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

• Kerry Dean Stickler Band, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

• Mike Branch Band, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

Park Place Coffee Live Music Series - 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Park Place Coffee, 1288 S.E. 182nd Ave. Free and all ages are welcome. Visit or call 503-808-1244.

• Carl Solomon and Friends, Nov. 26.

• Steve Rodin with Zay Harrison, Dec. 3.

Live Music at Celebrities - Saturdays, Celebrities Parkway Grill, 20725 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Fairview. No cover charge. Call 503-666-2027 for information.

• Cool Breeze, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Nov. 26.

• Hot Property, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dec. 3.

• Hard Rain, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dec. 10.

Portland Metro Concert Band's Holiday Concert - 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, David Douglas High School, Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave., Portland. The program features Christmas music and a variety of concert band music, including Broadway, classical and jazz selections. Free admission.

Riverview Restaurant - The Riverview Restaurant, 29311 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale. The restaurant features live music from musicians who play a style of light jazz with subtle modern and classical influences. For more information, call 503-661-3663 or visit yoshidariverview

.com. Closed on holidays.

• Craig Bidondo, Wednesday and Thursday.

• David Lee, Friday and Saturday.

• Tim Gilson and Craig Bidondo, Sunday.

Arts and Culture

'A Little Bit of This and That' Art Exhibit - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until Dec. 1, Gresham City Hall, Visual Arts Gallery, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. A collection of pieces brought in by the public and the Gresham Art Committee members. Mixed media is represented with sculptures, oil paintings, photography, jewelry and other forms. Visit

'A House Divided Across 150 Aprils' Art Exhibit - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Nov. 30, Mt. Hood Community College, College Center Fireplace Gallery, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Allen Schmertzler's paintings reflect on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Call 503-491-7260 for information.

'Gifts' Art Exhibit - Fridays to Sundays until Dec. 18, Sandy Actors Theatre, 39181 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy. The Wy'east Artisans Guild's new art exhibit is designed to accompany the Sandy Actors Theatre's play, 'A Tuna Christmas.' The artwork is playfully wrapped in bows. For more information, call Becky Hawley at 503-668-5590 or the theater at 503-668-6834.

Christmas and holiday events

Wood Village Christmas Tree Lighting and Events - 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, City Hall, 2055 N.E. 238th Drive. The city will light up its Christmas tree, an 85-foot fir, at 6 p.m. sharp. After the trees are lit, the Reynolds High School Expressions Choir will fill City Hall with sounds of the season. Refreshments will be provided, and Santa Claus will make a special appearance as well. Call 503-667-6211 for information.

Fairview Christmas Tree Lighting - 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Fairview City Hall and Fairview Community Park on Village Street. This fifth annual event features the countdown and tree lighting at 5 p.m., horse-drawn wagon rides, a visit from Santa Claus, holiday music and crafts, free hot cocoa for the kids, and treats from Bella Cafe. Free and open to the public. Call Devree Leymaster at 503-674-6202 for information.

Troutdale Tree Lighting - 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Mayors Square on Historic Columbia River Highway. Troutdale's Christmas tree lighting ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m. at Mayors Square, with the Vivace Fireside Carolers performing.

The Reynolds High School 'Expressions' singers will usher in Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, who will arrive by fire engine to hand out candy canes. Visitors are encouraged to bring food and cash donations for SnowCap Community Charities, which provides food assistance for families in East County.

The event happens in conjunction with First Fridays in Troutdale. Call 503-669-7473 for information.

Christmas Along the Barlow Trail - 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Oregon Country Settlement, 73370 E. Buggy Trail Drive, Rhododendron. The Cascade Geographic Society's 27th annual celebration is a free, festive gathering held on Mount Hood that features two special events associated with the history of the Oregon Trail, where it traversed around Mount Hood's southern flank. Features include 'Christmas Tales of Old Oregon,' Christmas caroling, a Christmas village, American Indian music, shopping, goodies and hot beverages. Free admission and parking. Call 503-622-4798 for information.

Rockwood Winter Family Festival - 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Plaza del Sol, 18705 S.E. Stark St. This free, family friendly event at Rockwood's Plaza del Sol aims to bring families of the area to celebrate the holiday season. Santa will be on hand, and there will be live music, crafts, prizes and more. Bring the family and a donation of canned food to benefit SnowCap Community Charities.

Out and About

First Fridays in Troutdale - 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, East Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale. Visit downtown Troutdale businesses along the Historic Columbia River Highway and enjoy art, music, wine and food. Call the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce at 503-669-7473.

Harlow House Christmas Open House - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 726 E. Historic Columbia River Highway in Troutdale. Built in 1900, the historic building was the home of Fred Harlow, son of Troutdale's founding father, Capt. John Harlow. It features a collection of family heirlooms and is on the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places. Stop by for some holiday spirit, enjoy a glass of wassail and cookies and even have your photo taken with Santa. There will also be a raffle drawing, with a lucky winner taking home a handmade quilt. For more information, call the Troutdale Historical Society at 503-661-2164.

'New Views of the Old Moon' Planetarium Show - 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Mt. Hood Community College, Planetarium Sky Theatre, 26000 S.E. Stark St. This show will focus on new findings on the moon made by recent spacecraft visits. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute program. General admission is $2 and free for Mt. Hood students; parking permits are required and may be purchased for $3. Visit or call 503-491-7297.

Friday Night Wine Tasting - 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Allegri Wine Shop and Art Gallery, 44 N. Main Ave. Call 503-465-1841 for information and a schedule.

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