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Selected Events and Activities in Inner Southeast Portland from mid-December thru January

DECEMBER 22

Holiday choir concert on S.E. Woodward Street: "The Healing Voices Choir" presents its Winter Concert: "Alleluia!" Which draws from different traditions and languages, this community choir will share inspiring choral works by Palestrina, Lewandowski, Sweelinck, Handel, Leonard Cohen, and others. "This concert will feature an exciting new work by local composer Patrick Rooney, as well as some thrilling solos and chamber selections." The concert is this evening, 7-9 p.m., at Waverly Heights United Church of Christ, 3300 S.E. Woodward Street. A suggested donation of $15 ($10 students/seniors) will be gratefully received at the door.

DECEMBER 24

Christmas Eve in Westmoreland: Three events on the calendar today at Moreland Presbyterian Church – at 9:30 a.m., an informal Advent Worship; at 4 p.m., Intergenerational Family Worship; and at 11 p.m., Candlelight Worship. Open to all. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on S.E. 73rd: Pause the Holiday bustle to attend a traditional candlelight service of music and worship, 5 p.m. this afternoon at Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church. "Celebrate the spirit of the season and still be home by dinnertime." The address is 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue.

DECEMBER 28

Woodstock puppet show features "The Snowflake Man": Puppetkabob's "The Snowflake Man" swings family audiences into historic 1920 through creative storytelling, intricately designed Czech-style marionettes, and a striking pop-up book of watercolor scenery. Come chill this winter, and 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. It's 11-11:45 a.m. this morning, in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street.

JANUARY 1

Happy New Year from THE BEE!

JANUARY 7

"Canva for Cards, Posters, and More" in Sellwood: Are you looking for a fun and easy way to design beautiful cards, invitations, or flyers? Do you wish your social media posts looked snappier? Do you want to explore alternatives to PowerPoint for your presentations? Come to a free class at the Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon, 1-3 p.m., to learn about "Canva", a free online design studio. Please sign up for a Canva account before coming to class. Free class, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

JANUARY 13

For teens – Video Gaming, Analog Style, in Woodstock: A storm knocked out the power, and now the batteries in all your devices are dead. What are you and your friends gonna do? Why not play a video game ... analog style! Using materials often found at home – such as paper clips, bottle caps, string, and wire – can you make a video game that doesn't require power? Of course you can! Come to the Woodstock Library this afternoon, 2-5 p.m., and tinker with us and make a "no plug required" version of your favorite video game – or one that you invent entirely on your own. For added fun, Tinker Camp will show you how to wire up LEDs and buzzers to coin cell batteries so your game can light up in the dark. Free. For teens in grades 6-12. The Woodstock library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

JANUARY 20

Adults – make Chinese Dumplings at Woodstock Library: Learn how to make delicious home-style Chinese dumplings to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Includes how to make dough from scratch, and different ways to wrap a dumpling. Take home a recipe to impress your family and friends. This 2-3:30 p.m. program this afternoon is presented in Mandarin! Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard. JANUARY 22

For adults -- resume help at Sellwood Library: Do you need some help with your resume? Are you unsure about your choice of words? Struggling to describe your accomplishments? Today, 6-7:30 p.m., come meet with an experienced volunteer for one-on-one help. If you have a paper copy of your resume, bring it along. Free, but registration is required; register for your own 30-minute session in the Sellwood Library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street. JANUARY 26

"Truth AND Dare" Stories and Improvisational Comedy in Sellwood: This evening and tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., at the Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane Street, nonprofit "Rogue Pack" presents "Truth AND Dare" – brave girls ages 10-18 in the foster care system offer an evening of storytelling and improvisational comedy. Rogue Pack teens from Boys & Girls Aid give voice to their truths and dare to improvise, taking the stage and sharing their honesty through their writing, daring to peel away society's labels and face the unknown, as they collaborate with the audience. Tickets are $10 online (at www.roguepack.org), $15 at the door, and $12 for students and seniors. JANUARY 27

For adults – silhouette art in Sellwood: This afternoon, 3-4:30 p.m., create trendy silhouette pictures with "your local reuse-repurpose artist, Sally". She'll bring a variety of stencils that you can trace, cut out, and mount on book paper, for a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Free, but registration is required; register in the Sellwood Library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

For adults – make a "Leatherwork Minimalist Wallet": In a hands-on workshop 3-5 p.m. this afternoon at the Woodstock Library, presented by Purpose Handmade, you will learn to make a minimalist wallet design. With your pre-cut leather pieces, you will learn to edge dye, wax, burnish edges, chisel stitch, and saddle stitch to complete your leather wallet. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

FEBRUARY 3

Open House this morning at preschool co-op: Nonprofit Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool, in the Reed neighborhood, is holding its annual Open House this morning between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. "Visitors are free to come and go at their convenience; kids can explore activities, and play in the three classrooms, while parents meet teacher Merry, and visit with current co-op parents. This is a great opportunity to get first-hand answers to all your questions about the world of preschool and joining the co-op community." The school is situated in the back of Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of the Reed College Campus.

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