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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A food drive will be held at the First Friday Irish Music and Dance Christmas CéilÍ (Kay lee) MÍr on Dec. 6. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a dance lesson and participants can dance to live music from 8 to 11 p.m. at Winona Grange, 8340 SW Seneca St., Tualatin. December musicians are Mikey Beglan, Bob Soper and Danny OHanlon. Cost is all ages 12 and older, $10 for veterans and students, and $8 for seniors 65 and older. Bring a few items to donate to the Tualatin School House Pantry.

COMMUNITY

Nov. 28

A Thanksgiving buffet will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Wilsonville McMenamins Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road. Featuring roast turkey and poached salmon, the buffet is $28 for adults, $16 for kids 5 to 12 and free for 4 and younger. Reservations required. Open to the public, all ages. Details: mcmenamins.com/Wilsonville.

Wilsonville city offices and the public library will be closed Nov. 28 and 29 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Nov. 29

Langdon’s Grill at Langdon Farms Golf Club is hosting “Jazz at the Grill” with Ray Hardiman and Friends on Nov. 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The club is located at 24377 Aurora Road, Aurora. For more information, call 503-678-4653 or visit langdonsgrill.com.

Dec. 5

Trudy’s Living Room is hosting a special local photographer showcase Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 9740 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville. Enjoy live music and support local artisans, with refreshments and beverages. These monthly First Thursday Art Focus events are free and open to the community.  See more details on this event as well as future monthly Art Focus events on Trudy’s Living Room facebook page and visit their website at TrudysLivingRoom.com.

Seriously Cupcakes is hosting a Mingle Jingle Shop and Holiday Party on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 30 women will receive a swag bag. Participants can shop for holiday gifts, make a wish list for Santa and receive complimentary 10-minute massages. There will be raffle prizes and coffee and snacks provided. Participants are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a toy drive. Seriously Cupcakes is located at 29030 SW Town Center Loop East, suite 200.

Dec. 6

The annual Acoustic Guitar Summit holiday concert at Frog Pond Church is set for Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Grammy Award winner Mark Hanson brings his award-winning finger-picking friends Terry Robb (Oregon Music Hall of Fame) and Doug Smith (fellow Grammy winner) for their holiday show. Discounted tickets for Frog Pond members are only $10 in advance. The regular advanced price is $17.50. Tickets at the door are $20. The church is located at 6750 SW Boeckman Road, Wilsonville.

Dec. 7

Children and adults of all ages are invited to share in an old-fashioned holiday celebration on Dec. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the visitor center at Champoeg State Heritage Area. Costumed volunteers will help families and friends create holiday decorations and traditional crafts. The activities will be accompanied by local musical duet, Heartstrings, playing songs on hammer dulcimer and standup bass. There will also be baked goods for sale and hot cider to sample. This event is sponsored by Friends of Historic Champoeg, a nonprofit organization dedicated to interpreting the cultural and natural history of Champoeg State Heritage Area, and is free with a $5 Oregon State Parks and Recreation parking permit. For more information, contact Corinne Flake at 503-678-1649 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit champoeg.org.

The Tualatin Valley Community Band, under the direction of Steve Heuser, will present a free Holiday Harmonies concert Dec. 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tualatin High School Auditorium, 22300 SW Boones Ferry Road, Tualatin. Selections in the first half include a symphonic suite from “Star Trek,” “Jupiter” from Holst’s “The Planets,” and “Variations on a Korean Folk Song.” The second half includes holiday favorites “Midnight Sleigh Ride” from Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kijé Suite,” “Joy to the Season” and the Leroy Anderson favorite “Sleigh Ride.” For more information, visit tvcb.org.

A holiday open house is set for Dec. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. at Holmes House at Rose Farm, 915 Rilance Lane, Oregon City. The event will feature period music and storytelling. Admission is free. For more information, call 503-656-5146.

Dec. 8

Ring in the holidays with bells and the Newberg Community Band on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at Chehalem Valley Middle School, 304 W. Foothills Drive, Newberg. Three bell choirs, Newberg Friends Church, Newberg First United Methodist and George Fox University will each play. The Community Band will play holiday favorites including “Fantasy on a Bell Carol” and a medley of Leroy Anderson Christmas favorites. The finale will feature the band plus all three bell choirs playing “The Bells of Christmas.” An offering will be collected to benefit Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity. For more information, visit newbergcommunityband.com.

Dec. 9

Clackamas County Master Gardener chapter will host Chris Wille of Rainforest Alliance from 7 to 8 pm Dec. 9 at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie. Free, open to the public. Wille will present “Rainforests: Nature’s Most Exuberant Gardens,” which details the ecosystems that host fully half of all the plant and animal species on earth. The Rainforest Alliance certifies farms that meet rigorous standards for environmental protection, worker rights and benefits, pollution and waste. Wille will share how many of the techniques are used to get coffee, banana, cocoa, tea and other tropical farms on the path toward sustainability. Details: 503-653-8100.

Dec. 13

A drawing for a holiday quilt raffle will be held at lunch on Dec. 13 at the Wilsonville Community Center, 7965 SW Wilsonville Road. Until then, tickets are available at the community center for $1 each or six for $5. Open to the public. Details: 503-682-3727.

Dec. 14

Don’t miss the first Wilsonville Reindeer Romp and Bullwinkle Bash. The event starts Dec. 14 at Town Center Park with a kids dash at 8:45 a.m., followed by the 5K fun run. The party starts at Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center as soon as the race is over. Participants who sign up early will receive T-shirts, reindeer antlers, a red nose and a $5 game card for the Family Fun Center. The post-race party includes treats provided by sponsors: Bullwinkle’s, Lamb’s Thriftway, Costco, Fred Meyer and Golazo. Sign up the whole family today at ci.wilsonville.or.us/parksandrec. Cost is $5 for early registration, $10 day of the event.

Boones Ferry Concerts at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 8818 SW Miley Road, Wilsonville, presents the Mike Strickland Duo on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The music will be warm and evocative of the feelings of the season. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Visit boonesferryconcerts.org for information and tickets.

West Linn Community Chorus will present “A Season of Lights” at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Mary’s Woods Chapel, 17400 Holy Names Drive in Lake Oswego. Under the direction of Tina Paradiso, the 80-member choir will present classical and contemporary songs of Christmas and Hanukkah. A program special highlight will be the singing of a mash-up version of “Hallelujah/Jingle Bells.” Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Children 5 and younger are admitted free of charge. Purchase them at the door or online at boxofficetickets.com or westlinnchorus.org.

Dec. 17

Santa Claus will visit the Kyle Bunch Agency on Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The public is invited to come have their pictures taken with him for free. There will also be hot cocoa and candy canes. The office is located at 30240 SW Parkway Ave., suite 200, Wilsonville.

Dec. 18

The Wilsonville Public Library will host the Great Conversation Discussion Group for adults at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road, for those wishing to explore philosophy and books. Those interested in the “big questions” of life will want to join the discussion of how modern-day issues are reflected and illuminated by classic books. Free, open to the public. Next session is Dec. 18. Details: Adult Services Librarian Greg Martin, 503-682-2744 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dec. 19

The annual Holiday Fun Fest gingerbread house building event will be held at the Wilsonville Community Center on Dec. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. For a $5 fee, children and their families receive all the supplies they need to create a fabulous gingerbread house. The center is located at 7965 SW Wilsonville Road.

Jan. 11

Registration is now open for the 2014 Sandelie Mud Run on Sandelie Golf Course, located at 28333 SW Mountain Road, West Linn. The event date is Jan. 11 and the race is limited to the first 250 entries. All race course conditions will be provided by Mother Nature and no extra mud or obstacles will be added. There will be a 5K and 10K event and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. To register, visit sandeliemudrun.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a paper entry. Details: 503-655-1461.

POLITICS

The city of Wilsonville seeks public comment via an online survey on issues related to the creation of a tourism development strategy. The strategy is designed to guide planning efforts and prioritize public and private investments that increase the number of travelers who visit and stay in Wilsonville, thereby helping to grow the local sector of tourism and hospitality businesses and provide additional employment opportunities. The survey is available at destinationbranding.com/wilsonvillesurvey until 9 p.m. Nov. 30. Depending upon the length of answers, the survey takes only a few minutes to complete. The survey is being conducted by Total Destination Marketing, the consultant firm that is facilitating the tourism development strategy.

The Wilsonville City Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m. with its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East. Open to the public. Details: ci.wilsonville.or.us.

Clackamas County Commission Chairman John Ludlow will host an informal chat in Wilsonville on Dec. 7 to hear citizen feedback about county road maintenance issues and also to listen to any ideas on any topic. It will be held at Seriously Cupcakes, 29030 SW Town Center Loop E, suite 200, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Tracy Moreland at 503-655-8520 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The city of Wilsonville and consulting firm ECONorthwest are working to craft an urban renewal strategic plan for the city. This process will examine existing urban renewal plans and possible future urban renewal areas. To accomplish this, a task force will meet in open session from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 Town Center Loop East. Details: Kristin Retherford, economic development manager, 503-570-1539 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FAITH

A live nativity scene has become a Christmas tradition at Attrell’s Funeral Chapel, 207 Villa Road, Newberg. The scene includes life-size mannequins playing the parts of Mary, Joseph and the Christ child along with a live pettable donkey and two sheep. Children can also push a button and hear a reading of the Christmas story. Staff members of the chapel erect the stable, decorate it with fir boughs and trees and then care for the animals from Dec. 12th through Dec. 25. The sheep and donkey are loaned from local residents. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Taizé Services are being held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wilsonville at 7 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Taizé worship consists of four elements — meditative singing, scripture, prayer and silence. St. Francis is located at 8818 SW Miley Road. Open to the public. Details: 503-678-5422 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ONGOING

If you or someone you know is interested in adopting a family this holiday season then Compassion in Action of Clackamas County is looking for you. CIACC is a nonprofit organization that connects private individuals, businesses, local churches and service organizations to needy families in the Wilsonville community that are in need of a complete meal and/or toys this holiday season. Referrals come from many social service agencies in Clackamas County. To become involved, contact Darlene Fritsche at 503-632-0562 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Wilsonville Community Center is collecting applications for the Compassion in Action Holiday Food and Toy Box program. This organization will distribute food, toys/gifts to children, low-income, elderly and handicapped residents of Clackamas County. Pick up an application at the community center if you are interested in participating in this program. Center staff also has a list of Thanksgiving meal sites that are open to the public. If you would like to assist a family in need during the holiday season, contact Sadie Wallenberg at 503-570-1526.

A community playgroup is held at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 SW Borland Road, Tualatin, on Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The free group is open to parents and children 5 and younger. For more information, call 503-655-8601.

A weekly trivia event is held Wednesdays at the BooneTown Bistro and Bar, 24925 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, inside the Holiday Inn. It is held at 7:30 p.m. with accompanying drink specials, prizes and trivia. Free, open to the public. Details: 503-682-5593 or boonetownbistroandbar.com.

Irish Culture in Tualatin is ongoing at Historic Winona Grange No. 271, located at 8340 SW Seneca St., Tualatin. There are Irish dance classes (Céilí) for those 13 and up from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the year. Cost is $5 per person. Open to the public. Details: 503-691-2078, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sandairishentertainment.com.



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