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Listings of a selection of free or nonprofit community, neighborhood and arts events in December 2018


Wednesday, Dec. 5

In March 2018, NCPRD took ownership of Concord Elementary School in Oak Grove to revitalize the vacant building and surrounding open space for public use and a possible library.LIBRARY TASK FORCE: The first meeting of Clackamas County's Concord Property/Library Planning Task Force is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Concord School Building, 3811 S.E. Concord Road, Oak Grove. The public is welcome to attend. More details, including the meeting agenda, are at

CHRISTMAS SHIPS: This year marks the 64th year for the Christmas Ships Parade on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in Portland and Milwaukie. The Christmas Ships fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the Columbia and Willamette River fleets. Both fleets will be out nightly for three weeks, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 5. The boats will swing by the Milwaukie boat ramp along the Willamette River at 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 12, 14 and 19. For a full listing, visit

OPERATION SANTA: Operation Santa Holiday Parade continues from 6-9 p.m. in the Damascus Station 19 area. For parade routes and information, visit

TOY DRIVE: The Ledding Library again will host a toy drive to collect new toys for less fortunate children in the Milwaukie area. Drop off a new toy at the Ledding Library temporary location at 9600 S.E. Main St., Milwaukie, by Dec. 23.

FOOD AND TOY DRIVE: BCT and the Beavercreek Lions Club are collecting unwrapped toys and nonperishable food until Dec. 21. Individuals who donate will be entered to win Blazer tickets. For directions and more information, call 503-632-3113.

SANTA AT CLACKAMAS TOWN CENTER: Visit Santa through Dec. 24, on the lower level at Macy's Home Court for children's photos with Santa. Visit or call 503-653-6913 for more information. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.

THE GIVING TREE: Donate toys, clothing and food to benefit Operation Santa Claus, organized by Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation. Take a tag from the tree, purchase the requested gift, and return the unwrapped item to the tree by Dec. 10 to help those in need in Clackamas County. Location: Food Court at Clackamas Town Center. Visit for more information.

BOOK DRIVE: Help give the gift of literacy this season by participating in the Holiday Book Drive for children of all ages, going on through Dec. 31 at Barnes & Noble, Clackamas Town Center. This year's recipient is the Portland Children's Book Bank. Participants may buy suitable books at Barnes & Noble. Please see the in-store book drive display or ask any bookseller how you can donate a book to the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive. For more information, call 503-786-3464 or visit

FOOD FOR FINES: During the entire month of December, the Gladstone Library is offering $1 off per overdue fine for every nonperishable food item donated. Ramen is not accepted and all items will be checked for expiration dates. The library is located at 135 E. Dartmouth St.

CHRISTMAS FANTASY TRAIL: Take a Christmas walk through a lighted, wooded "Fantasy Trail" decorated with thousands of lights. Continues Mondays-Saturdays, through Dec. 29. Closed Dec. 24 and Christmas Day. Hours: 6-9 p.m. Cost: $7 adults, $6 children under 12; Wenzel Farm, 19754 South Ridge Road, Oregon City 97045. Call 503-631-2047 for more information;

Thursday, Dec. 6

OPERATION SANTA: Operation Santa Holiday Parade continues from 6-9 p.m. in Clackamas Station 8 area. For parade routes and information, visit

LIGHT UP A LIFE CEREMONY: Providence Milwaukie Hospital will host its annual Light Up A Life ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Mother Gamelin Conference Room at 10150 S.E. 32nd Ave., Milwaukie. Community members are invited to dedicate an ornament in honor of a person important to them, or in memory of a loved one. With each donation to the Light Up A Life tree, the name of the person being honored or remembered will be inscribed on a heart-shaped ornament and will be placed on the tree. The names will be read during the Light Up A Life ceremony. Funds raised will be used for equipment and services that are not covered through insurance. To include your loved one's name in a reading, call 503-215-4622.

Friday, Dec. 7

LIVE NATIVITY: The annual "Follow the Star," a walk-through interactive live nativity event is held at the Gladstone Park Conference Center grounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, Dec. 7-9. The center is located at 19500 Oatfield Road in Gladstone. The tour is outdoors, so guests are urged to dress for the weather. For details, visit

FAMILY STORYTIME: Children ages 2 to 5 and their families are invited to this event at 11 a.m. at the Oak Lodge Library, 16201 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove. Also Dec. 14 and 21.

REMOVING RELOCATION ROADBLOCKS: From 10-11:30 a.m. this free, educational panel discussion at the Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St., Oregon City, will help you manage your sale, purchase and relocation without being overwhelmed. Find possible funding for a purchase that protects your sales proceeds and explore senior-living communities. RSVP to 971-207-2806.

ST. NICHOLAS FAIRE: Choose a basket at the basket raffle and shop for handmade gifts, jewelry and apparel from 19 crafters from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. today and Saturday. A soup and sandwich lunch will be served with several choices available, plus a bake sale and a jelly and jam cupboard. St. Nicholas will be on hand at 1 p.m. Saturday for photographs. Venue: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 822 Washington St., Oregon City. For more information, call the church at 503-656-9842.

CHRISTMAS GIVING BREAKFAST: The North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual breakfast from 7-9:30 a.m. Proceeds of the Christmas Giving Breakfast Raffle will be presented to the Edwards Center. The event will take place at the Monarch Hotel & Conference Center, 12566 S.E. 93rd Ave., in Clackamas. For more information, visit

OPERATION SANTA: Operation Santa Holiday Parade continues from 6-9 p.m. in the Happy Valley Station 6 area. For parade routes and information, visit

FIRST FRIDAY FILMS: See "Life Itself" at 6:30 p.m. at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 1726 Washington St., Oregon City.

Saturday, Dec. 8

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: All are invited to have breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m. at the Milwaukie Portland Elks Lodge, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd. The cost is $10.?

PARK WORK PARTY: Volunteers are needed to salvage native plants as work begins on Robert Kronberg Park, 11910 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie. The work party takes place from 9 a.m. – noon; volunteers should park downtown and walk over the Kellogg Lake bridge. All tools provided; call 971-313-2031 for more info.

COMMUNITY FOREST DAY: Hopkins Demonstration Forest will hold a community forest day from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 16750 S. Brockway Road, Oregon City. For more information, visit

CLACKAMAS BOOKSHELF: From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. the Clackamas Bookshelf, a nonprofit with a mission to give books to all Clackamas County schoolchildren, is having its 10-cent sale of its entire store at Kraxberger Middle School in Gladstone.

CHRISTMAS AT THE MILWAUKIE MUSEUM: Enjoy seasonal decorations throughout the museum, holiday treats, live Christmas music and pictures with Santa from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the museum, 3737 S.E. Adams St. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

WINTER CELEBRATIONS: Celebrate winter holiday traditions from around the world with music, games and food from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive. Treat yourself to the hot chocolate bar, make a memory at the photo booth, and enjoy your favorite holiday songs with a special performance from Portland Chamber Music. Call 503-653-8100 for more information.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Kiwanis Club of Gladstone-Oak Grove will hold its Christmas Pancake Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at the Gladstone Nazarene Church, 4180 S.E. Jennings Ave. Donations are accepted; there will be raffles. Call 503-819-8367 for details.

OPERATION SANTA: Operation Santa Holiday Parade continues from 6-9 p.m. in the Happy Valley Station 6 area. For parade routes and information, visit

HOPS AND HERITAGE: From noon-4 p.m., visit the Ermatinger House, 619 Sixth St., Oregon City, for $15 tours that include talks on beer history and commemorative glasses filled with Coin Toss Brewing's Ermatinger Dark Lager.

PARTY AT THE NORTH POLE: The Milwaukie Lutheran Church, 3810 S.E. Lake Road, Milwaukie, is having a "Party at the North Pole" craft bazaar and baked goods sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be pictures with Santa and children's activities.

LEGO CLUB: Ages 5 and up are invited to build with expert Blair Archer at 2 p.m. at the Ledding Library, 9600 S.E. Main St., Milwaukie.

LEGO LAB: Kids of all ages are invited to build with Legos from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Oregon City Library.

FREE PRESENTATION: The American Association of University Women Lake Oswego invites the public to a free presentation by state Sen. Rob Wagner at 10 a.m. at the Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego.

HERITAGE HOUSE CLOSURES: Both the McLoughlin and Barclay House Museums will close for the season as of today. They will reopen in 2019.

Sunday, Dec. 9

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Play this game from 2-5 p.m. Sundays at the Oregon City Library.

OPERATION SANTA: Operation Santa Holiday Parade continues from 6-9 p.m. in the Pleasant Valley Station 7 area. For parade routes and information, visit

Monday, Dec. 10

EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC: Today is the deadline to sign up for the Expungement Clinic being held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Clackamas Law Library, 821 Main St., Oregon City. To attend the clinic, each participant must call Legal Aid at 503-224-4086.

BABY SIGN LANGUAGE: Children up to age 2 are invited to learn sign language with Christina at 11 a.m. at the Oak Lodge Library.

CLACKAMAS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS: All are welcome to this free program featuring speaker David Porter, who will speak about Leach Botanical Garden plants and history from 7-8 p.m. at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive. For details, call 503-653-8100.

WORKSOURCE WORKSHOPS: Learn how to search for a job and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Oregon City Library, 606 John Adams St. Also Jan. 7 and 14.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

BOOK BUDDIES: This book group for ages 7 to 9 will meet at 4 p.m. at the Ledding Library, 9600 S.E. Main St., Milwaukie, to discuss "The Poet's Dog," by Patricia MacLachlan.

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