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Wilsonville's Vanguard Brewing heads to this weekend's Ale Fest and citizens are encouraged to nominate a hero

Nominate a real hero

The American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (Cascades Region) is calling on the community to recognize people who have exemplified courage, kindness, selflessness and bravery by nominating them for a prestigious Red Cross Hero Award. Each year, for more than two decades, the Red Cross in the Cascades Region has recognized individuals who have lived the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate suffering.

Nominating a Hero is easy. Complete the simple online form at redcross.org/Heroes2018 or fill out the online form, print it and mail it to American Red Cross, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland, OR 97227. Nominate heroes in the following categories: Good Samaritan, Community, First Responder, Give Life, Military, Youth, Voluntary Service (go to redcross.org/heroes2018 to find out more). All forms must be received by Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.

The heroic actions of nominees should have taken place between December 1, 2016, and December 1, 2017, in the state of Oregon or southwest Washington.

Ale Festival featuring Vanguard Brewing

The Holiday Ale Festival is back for its 22nd year Nov. 29 through Dec. 3 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Ave., in Portland.

The Northwest's only outdoor winter beer festival — which is tented and heated — will feature 55 craft beers, ciders and meads in the main lineup, all of which are made or blended specifically for the event, including Wilsonville's Vanguard Brewing. Vanguard will be serving "Uninhibited," a sweet and creamy imperial oatmeal stout made with roasted and chocolate malts, oats and 100 pounds of local clover honey to provide a honey sweetened, dry finish.

The festival ale palooza runs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit HolidayAle.com or follow the event @HolidayAleFest on social media, hashtag #HolidayAle.

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