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NOVEMBER EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

NOVEMBER 2 Free Home Energy Tune-Up Workshop in Sellwood. The Home Performance Guild of energy efficiency contractors will present tips on how to improve home energy performance in a workshop at the Sellwood branch of Umpqua Bank 2:30-3:30 this afternoon. Free, but an RSVP is required. Homeowners will learn the basics of a home energy assessment, how to navigate energy efficiency programs and incentives, and how to pinpoint opportunities for home energy performance improvements. The bank is situated across from the Sellwood Branch Library, at 7851 S.E. 13th Avenue – at Bidwell Street. Please RSVP to Jim at 503/219-6171. NOVEMBER 4 Friends of Trees Inner Southeast deadline TODAY! Residents of Sellwood, Westmoreland, Eastmoreland, Woodstock, and Brooklyn can order discounted trees for their front strip or yard, but TODAY is the deadline to be part of the December 7 plantings. Trees cost $35 to $75 – which includes delivery, planting by volunteers, mulch, stakes, and follow-up maintenance (a $200 value). To sign up and browse the selection, go online to: HYPERLINK "www.friendsoftrees.org/plant-it-programs"www.friendsoftrees.org/plant-it-programs – or call 503/282-8846.

NOVEMBER 5

“Symphony Storytimes” at Sellwood Library every Tuesday. The Oregon Symphony is on the road for interactive, musical storytimes, and will be at the Sellwood Branch Library every Tuesday afternoon 3-4 pm this month. This series focuses on books, music, instruments, sound and fun. Each week features a visit from an Oregon Symphony musician who will play and provide an introduction to his or her instrument and orchestral music. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

NOVEMBER 6

“Gingerbread Man” on stage at Ladybug Theater. Famous Ladybug Theater for children presents, at 10:30 am this morning, “The Gingerbread Man” – which repeats at the same time in two weeks on November 20 as well – at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma. Suitable for children of any age and parents, the show lasts about 45 minutes, and admission is $4 for all, except babes in arms. For information or to reserve, call 503/232-2346; pay cash or check at the door, which opens at 10:15 am. NOVEMBER 9

St. Agatha’s annual Christmas Bazaar today and tomorrow. The Altar Society at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Sellwood presents its annual fund-raising Christmas Bazaar today, 9-4, and tomorrow 9-1. Arts and crafts, plants, baked goods, thrifty cottage treasures, local vendors, homemade lunch, Gifts of the Spirit table, and treats for hungry shoppers. It takes place at St. Agatha Parish Hall, 7959 S.E. 15th. Christmas Bazaar at Our Lady of Sorrows today and tomorrow. Today and tomorrow, don’t miss the Our Lady of Sorrows Holiday Bazaar & Oktoberfest dinner. Open today 10 to 4, and Sunday noon to 5. On Saturday, cinnamon rolls and a soup lunch will be served. The Oktoberfest dinner will be held Sunday only, starting at 1 pm, and the charge will be: Adults and children over 10 years old, $12; and children 10 and under, $5. Holiday goodies, jams, and handcrafts will be on sale both days. The location is on the east side of Woodstock Boulevard at S.E. 52nd. “Paint Mix-Up” at Woodstock Library. Did you know you can make any color in the world with just red, yellow, and blue? Using dyes and acrylic paint, learn how to mix secondary colors – and create all the colors in the rainbow. Then conduct your own color experiments making pink, aquamarine, chartreuse, and more. Children ages 4-6 can work on basic mixing and painting techniques while kids ages 7-10 can practice advanced painting with tints and hues. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard, 2-3 pm.

NOVEMBER 11

Special Veterans Day program at Southeast Rotary. The Southeast Portland Rotary Club offers a special program at noon today, open to the public, honoring World War II veterans. Two members of the club who fought in WWII will participate. The meeting lasts about an hour, is held in the clubhouse of the Eastmoreland Golf Course just north of Bybee Boulevard at the east end of the Bybee Bridge. An optional lunch may be ordered. NOVEMBER>www.southeastportlandrotary.com NOVEMBER 15

Book Fair at All Saints’ Episcopal today and tomorrow. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, on the corner of S.E. 41st and Woodstock, presents a Book Fair today and tomorrow, 9 am to 4 pm both days – featuring “gently and lovingly used books, including coffee table pictorials, popular novels, and more.” Browse the books then sit and enjoy fresh pie and coffee while you make your decision. All proceeds benefit Outreach Ministries and All Saints’ Episcopal Church. NOVEMBER 16

“The Enchanted Ring” performed with puppets in Sellwood. The Jewel-like marionettes of The Olde World Puppet Theatre in Sellwood present, this afternoon at 2 pm, “The Enchanted Ring” from the Tales of Belvuria – repeated tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm. It’s madcap adventure, as the fiery little Princess dons a suit of armor and, with the help of gentle old Sir Sampson, the Knight, battles spooky Spiders, bedazzles a Unicorn, and matches wits with a dragon – all in a single afternoon. Fun for all ages! $7 admission for all. Reservations are not required, but when the limited space at 906 S.E. Umatilla Street, site of Ping Pong’s Pint-Size Puppet Museum, is full, no more can be admitted – so reserve your seats by calling 503/233-7723. NOVEMBER 20

Blooming Garden’s Ice Cream Social & Silent Auction. This annual fundraiser for Blooming Garden Preschool is tonight, from 6:30 to 8 pm, at 3915 S.E. Steele Street. Enjoy delicious ice cream sundaes featuring Cloud City ice cream, and check out great auction items available for bidding. More online at: www.bloominggardenpreschool.com – or call 503/775-4883. NOVEMBER 21

“Breakfast Forum” this morning, open to all. At 7:30 am this morning, at Tom’s Restaurant, S.E. 39th (Chavez) and Division, the nonprofit “Breakfast Forum” presentation and discussion will be on “Modern Israel: From Personal Experience”. David Tver, a Portland native, will speak on modern Israel, and on his experiences in living there for seven years. The “Breakfast Forum” is an informal group; members are interested in a wide range of issues, including educational and political issues. “We discuss these monthly in respectful ways. Members choose both topics and speakers.” No registration required. Free. Call 503/774-9621 for more information.

NOVEMBER 22

Michael Allen Harrison in concert in Woodstock. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church presents Michael Allen Harrison with Julianne R. Johnson Weiss in concert tonight at 7 pm in the OLS Gymnasium, 5239 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Famed Portland artist Betty Gimarelli will sign her new Christmas ornament. General seating, $15; preferred seating $25. Tickets at the Parish Office. For more information or to order, call 503/775-6731. NOVEMBER 23

“The Snowflake Man” this afternoon, 1 to 1:45 pm, at Sellwood Library. Puppetkabob’s “The Snowflake Man” swings audiences into historic 1920 – though creative storytelling, intricately-designed Czech-style marionettes, and a striking pop-up book of water color scenery. Come learn about American inventor W.A. "Snowflake" Bentley, pioneer of snowflake photography. This award-winning show combines art, science, and a little-known piece of American history to magical effect. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes before the program. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street in Sellwood. NOVEMBER 30

“Snowflakes in Sellwood” Holiday Bazaar. Today and tomorrow, it’s the annual Snowflakes in Sellwood Holiday Bazaar, offering the chance to shop for affordable, unique, quality gifts for friends and family while supporting local vendors – with the event located at and sponsored by the Sellwood Community Center, operated by Portland Parks and Recreation. Hours are 9-4 today, 10-3 tomorrow. The Center is situated on S.E. Spokane Street, at 15th. Boy Scout Christmas Tree lot opens today. Troop 351 Boy Scouts and Venture Crew unite for their 2013 Christmas Tree and Wreath sales lot, on the southwest corner of the St. Ignatius parking lot – 3400 S.E. 43th at Powell Boulevard. The non-profit sale funds the Boy Scouts and Venture Crew’s summer camps and activities for the entire year. The sale is run by the volunteer boys, girls and parents. The trees have been hand-picked from local growers, and this year they also offer for the first time a limited number of SERF-certified trees (grown on sustainable farms). Now taking VISA and Mastercard for your convenience. Open weekdays from 5 to 9 pm; weekends 9 to 9. For more information call lot – at 503/775-2848. For future reference, the Cub Scout Recycle Tree Lot will be open December 27 through January 11 at the same location – weekdays 4 to 9 and weekends 9 to 8.

DECEMBER 2

Michael Allen Harrison benefit concert on Division. St. Philip Neri Catholic Church presents Michael Allen Harrison in concert with special guest Julianne Johnson tonight at 7 pm; it’s a benefit for the St. Philip Neri Church Altar Society. The location is S.E. 18th at Division Street; tickets at the door: $15 regular admission, and $25 preferred seating. DECEMBER 6

Duniway Holiday Home Tour today! The Duniway Holiday Home Tour celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary with a selection of graciously decorated Eastmoreland homes. From historic stunners to modern creations, tourgoers will enjoy their visit to six homes, while supporting Duniway Elementary School. A special feature of this year's tour is the addition of Mayor Charlie Hales and Nancy Hales' home. The Hales have been Eastmoreland residents since 2007, and are excited to open their doors to the community in support of Duniway Elementary School. The morning session today runs from 10 am to 3 pm; the evening session is 6 to 9 pm. When you purchase your ticket(s), the tour booklets include descriptions of each home as well as a map showing their locations. Attendees can enjoy the tour at their leisure in whatever order suits their fancy. Tickets are $25 each, and have been available since early November at Duniway Elementary School, online at www.DuniwayHomeTour.org – and at local area businesses. The home tour is the Duniway PTA's biggest annual fundraising event. All proceeds go directly to Duniway Elementary School. DECEMBER 7

Annual S.E. Rotary Club charity auction in Woodstock. The Southeast Portland Rotary Club presents its annual auction, which funds various nonprofit activities in Inner Southeast and worldwide, including its own Families in Crisis program, community grants, and the worldwide effort by Rotary to end polio forever – and Rotary is almost there! The auction is 5-9 pm today at Our Lady of Sorrows’ gym, S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. $20 admission ticket includes a buffet dinner catered by Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que. The auction itself is in three parts – a silent auction, a silent auction of hand-decorated fresh wreaths, and the oral auction of various vacation and other prizes by professional auctioneer Brad Caldwell. It’s all a lot of fun.