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“Holiday Express” train rides start today – for three weeks. The Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation brings back its very popular round trip steam train excursions between Oaks Park and OMSI for three weekends starting today – Fridays through Sundays – through December 14. If you’re near the river you’ll hear the haunting steam whistle as the mighty locomotive draws the heated passenger cars through Oaks Bottom! Details online at www.holidayexpresspdx.com – or get tickets at TicketsWest, 800/325-SEAT. The trips are a fundraiser for the ORHF, to help operate the new railroad museum just east of OMSI.


“Hats Off to Frosty” performed at puppet museum. Today at 11 am, bring the family for the puppet show “Hats Off to Frosty” at the nonprofit Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street in Sellwood. Also shows tomorrow at 4 pm, and December 7th at 4 pm. “The annual North Pole Winter Holiday Snowman Hat contest will never be the same, once Rudolph is barred from the competition. What kind of reindeer games is he up to with his new snow machine as he blows away Frosty's new hat? Zany, cute, and interactive, this new show is fun for young and old alike and will help get you into the Holiday spirit. Children get to make a snowman puppet with its very own Holiday hat after the show. Admission $7.00, ages 2-99. NOVEMBER 30

Visit the Woodstock Advent Wreath-making party. A public gathering in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, S.E. 40th at Woodstock Boulevard, at 11:30 this morning invites you to join an Advent Wreath-making party, and use evergreens and candles to make a wreath to take home for your own Holiday season table centerpiece. Cost: Free, or free-will donations. Light refreshments will be served.

Fall Taizé Service today at Moreland Presbyterian Church. “During this hectic time of year, treat yourself to a simple, uplifting, meditative and mostly candle-lit service, on the last Sundays of November and December. For those who have never heard of Taizé, it is a unique ecumenical monastery in France, attracting people of many faiths from around the world. Widely known for its mission of reconciliation, the community is known as a place where kindness of heart and simplicity are at the center of everything.” Services will be held at Moreland Presbyterian Church this evening, 5.30-6.30 pm, and again on December 28 at the same time. Childcare will be available. S.E. 18th and Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. DECEMBER 1

Portland Parks offers wreaths for sale. Decorate your door with a Winter Wreath through Portland Parks & Recreation’s “City Nature Environmental Education”. This is their 25th year of raising money to give children access to nature. The main sale location (with the biggest selection) is Mt. Tabor Yard, 6437 S.E. Division, every day from today through December 15, 10 am to 3:30 pm. Wreaths will also be available at the “Snowflakes in Sellwood Holiday Bazaar” at the Sellwood Community Center, S.E. 15th at Spokane Street, on Saturday December 6, and Sunday December 7. If you are interested in volunteering to decorate wreaths, and/or would like to take a wreath-making class at Mt. Tabor Yard, go online to: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/wreath, or call 503/823-1149. Michel Allen Harrison benefit concert tonight. Michael Allen Harrison, with special guest Julianne Johnson, will be making his only concert appearance in THE BEE’s service area in 2014 tonight, at St. Philip Neri Church, S.E. 18th and Division. Tickets at the door – $15 general, and $25 preferred seating. Free parking. Call 503/231-4955 for more information.

DECEMBER 4 Eighth graders invited to “Discover Franklin at the Marshall Campus”. Tonight, 6-8 pm, current eighth graders are invited to attend a Franklin High preview – at the Marshall High campus, 3905 S.E. 91st Avenue. That’s because Franklin students will attend the Marshall Campus while Franklin undergoes modernization starting next fall. At this annual evening preview, incoming Franklin freshmen and their families will learn about Franklin’s nationally-recognized Advanced Scholar Program, Advanced Placement options and dual-credit program (where students earn college credit); talk with teachers from all disciplines; meet with current coaches and players from a variety of athletic teams; and see the wide array of clubs available to students. Franklin High will be modernized during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. See the Marshall Campus that will serve as Franklin High School’s home until the fully modernized school reopens in the fall of 2017; more extensive tours of the Marshall Campus will be held this spring. Visitors tonight can view a sneak peek video of what the newly modernized Franklin High will look like when it opens in September of 2017. Freshmen starting at Franklin next fall will spend their first two years at the Marshall campus, then attend the newly-modernized Franklin High School for their junior and senior years.


Willamette View Holiday Sale today. The annual Willamette View Holiday Sale “is not a bazaar, it is a ‘classy’ garage sale”, and it takes place 9 am to 3 pm today in the main auditorium of Willamette View retirement community just south of downtown Milwaukie at 12705 S.E. River Road. Watch for signs on River Road and Park Avenue. The public is invited, and there are over twenty-five tales loaded with bargains, priced to sell. Proceeds go to the Willamette View Foundation. “Quiet Joy” at Brooklyn’s Sacred Heart Church. This evening at 7:30, the Sacred Heart Church, 3926 S.E. 11th in Brooklyn holds its annual “Quiet Joy” Advent service. “An evening of scripture, stories, and song”. Everyone is welcome to attend.


“Homemade for the Holidays Bazaar”. From 9 am to 3 pm today, enjoy baked goods, homemade cookies and candies, gifts, and vendor tables at the annual “Homemade for the Holidays Bazaar” at the Trinity United Methodist Church, at S.E. 39th (Chavez) and Steele Street. Soup luncheon also available – including chicken noodle or vegetarian soup, roll, pie, coffee and tea. For more information call the church at 503/777-3901.

Boy Scout Christmas Tree sale starts today. Starting today, Boy Scout Troop 351 will be having a Christmas Tree sale in the Westmoreland Wells Fargo Bank parking lot, 6646 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. The sale will be all day on weekends, and 5-9pm Monday-Friday. Proceeds are slated to help 30 boys make a trip to Maui and Oahu next summer.

Lewis Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale. The annual fundraiser for the Lewis Elementary School in Woodstock, 4401 S.E. Evergreen, is 10 am to 4 pm today, and everyone is invited to “shop, eat, and be merry!” Over 40 local vendors will be selling their handmade wares. Incredible treats at the bake sale, scrumptious soup and fresh trees and swags await you at this year’s Bazaar and tree sale. Teens: Make decorative boxes and gift cards in Woodstock. Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to a free workshop this afternoon, 2-3 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library – S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th. Dip into a treasure trove of colorful specialty papers, ribbons, stickers and sparkles to create beautiful one-of-a-kind cards and boxes to WOW the special people in your life.

Puppet museum players in SMILE Station family show. At 3 pm this afternoon, the puppeteers from the nonprofit Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum present a free puppet show at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma, as part of the Decemberville festivities in Sellwood and Westmoreland today. The puppet show is “Hats Off to Frosty”, a short Holiday comedy which is also showing at various times at the Puppet Museum.

S.E. Portland Rotary annual public “triple auction”! It’s a silent auction of hand-decorated wreaths, a silent auction, and an auction of major items with a professional auctioneer in charge, to make it fun! The evening includes dinner, and admission is only $25. It’s 5-9 pm in the gym at Our Lady of Sorrows, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard. Funds raised will be used to advance Inner Southeast assistance programs, the worldwide fight against polio, and the club’s own “Families in Crisis” program done in conjunction with Southeast’s public schools.


Second Sunday in Advent at Moreland Presbyterian. As part of this morning’s service at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, a Christmas Pageant will be presented at 9:30 am, open to all.

“Sing Along Messiah” at Reedwood Friends Church. Tonight at 6:30 pm, in the Worship Center of the Reedwood Friends Church – 2901 S.E. Steele – you are invited to join the crowd for the annual “Sing Along Messiah”. Scores of the work available, and light refreshments will be served.


“Finnegan’s” on stage tonight at Cleveland High. Poor Mr. Finnegan: His busiest season, and the incompetent employees at his toy store are destroying his business; his wife is having an affair with the Frenchman next door; and his disobedient daughter has fallen in love with a….. musician!!!! Cleveland High’s Company of Warriors presents its Holiday Special, “Finnegan’s”, an original comedy. Celebrate the season with a delightful family show filled with music, love, and laughter! Tonight at 7 pm; also 7 pm tomorrow night and Saturday night, on stage at Cleveland High School, S.E. Powell Boulevard at 26th. Tickets at the door: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors.


“The [Recycled] Gift of the Magi” at Sellwood Library. For kids and families, at noon today, for 45 minutes, KCPuppetree presents a new musical and interactive puppet performance focusing on friendship, sharing, and selflessness. It is Trashanalia Day, and BagMan Hank (made of recycled bags) and his best friend Egger (made mostly of egg crates) are excited to exchange gifts with each other. Neither of them, however, have any money. Instead, they offer up their favorite prized possessions, Hank’s hat and Egger’s favorite egg, in exchange. This silly homage to the classic O. Henry tale “The Gift of the Magi” is full of interactive songs, lessons on friendship and sharing, and several silly puppets made out of re-used and upcycled items. This presentation has been made possible in partnership with Tears of Joy Theatre and SCRAP. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program (11:30 am); be early, since space is limited. It’s free, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E.13th at Bidwell Street. (Also Tuesday, December 30, 1-1:45 pm, at the Woodstock Library, S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.) Hip Hop Toy Drive at Mt. Scott Community Center. Today from noon till 2 pm, there’s a Hip Hop Dance Workshop at the Mt. Scott Community Center Auditorium for everyone age 14 and up – for first-timers to expert dancers. (Preceded by a Meet and Greet 11:30-noon). Bring your toy donation when you come and gain FREE admission! Hosted by DJ Rayley, regional award winning & nationally recognized dancer and choreographer. Mt. Scott Community Center is partnering for this toy drive with Portland Fire & Rescue “Toy N Joy Makers”. The Center is located at 5530 S.E. 72nd, at Harold Street.

DECEMBER 14 Third Sunday in Advent at Moreland Presbyterian. As part of this morning’s service, the decorating of the Chrismon Tree and a Wassail Party are scheduled for 9:30 am, open to all. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland.

“Holiday Music and Desserts” at Reedwood Friends Church. At 6:30 pm this evening, stop by the Worship Center of the Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, for “Holiday Music and Desserts”. Bring a dessert or healthy treat of your own to share. Celebrate the season, and listen to Reedwood choirs sing.


Breakfast Forum considers warming topic. The free monthly “Breakfast Forum” developed by Reed neighborhood resident Ann B. Clarkson takes place 7:30-8:30 this morning at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Library at 5441 S.E. Belmont Street, with the topic for today being “Global Warming As a Positive Force?” All aspects of the topic are discussed. The Breakfast Forum is an informal group, whose members meet monthly “to learn about and discuss political and educational issues in respectful ways”. Members choose both topics and speakers. Guests welcome and no registration required. Free. For information call 503/774-9621.

Wooden Train Playtime for kids this morning in Woodstock. Children ages 2 and up (with a favorite adult) who enjoy trains can put together and run wooden trains in the Woodstock Library, 10 till 10:45 this morning. This fun-filled program connects junior train fans with creative and imaginative play activities. The library is situated at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.


Fundraiser: Four course Italian dinner! FIRST Robotics Team 1432 is holding its annual fundraiser, a four-course Italian dinner, tonight from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Reedwood Friends Church, on S.E. Steele Street one block east of 28th. Lasagna included. An auction will follow the dinner. Only $15 per person, or $35 per family (up to five people).


For teens: “DIY Hangout – Rapid Prototyper” in Sellwood. PDX DIY is a young makers club that fosters creative minds and a “create it instead of buy it” attitude. Draw 3-D art, build 3-D objects, and design prototypes to print on a 3-D printer. The future is here. It’s 1-3 pm this afternoon and it’s free, at the Sellwood Branch Library – for teens in grades 6-12. The library is on S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.


Fourth Sunday in Advent at Moreland Presbyterian. As part of this morning’s service at Moreland Presbyterian Church, S.E. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, Special Music with Strings and Continuo will be presented at 9:30 am, open to all.


Christmas Eve at Moreland Presbyterian. The Family Service is at 5 pm, and the Candlelight Service is at 11 pm, at Moreland Presbyterian Church, S.E. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. Open to all.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service in Reed Neighborhood. The Reedwood Friends Church swings wide its doors at 6:30 this evening for a candlelight Christmas Eve service, in celebration of the birth of Christ. The service will be in the church’s Worship Center, 2901 S.E. Steele Street. Open to all. The Food Barrel will also be open for contributions, as it is at all events of the church.


Bloodmobile in Westmoreland today! If you haven’t donated blood lately, the Holiday Season is a great time to do it…there’s always a critical need, this time of year. Today, 2-7 pm, there will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmorland. Appointments are a good idea – make yours by calling 1-800/RED-CROSS, or go online to www.redcrossblood.org.


Kids: Make your own spectacular arcade game at Sellwood Library! From 1 to 3 pm this afternoon, for kids and families, join Tinker Camp, and imagine, design, and create your one-of-a-kind arcade game using cardboard, recycled materials, and electronic components such as LED lights and motors. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program, starting at 12:30 pm. Be early; space is limited. It’s free, and it’s at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

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