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

Community

Wednesday, Dec. 12

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: This group meets from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive.

GARDEN CLUB: The Oak Grove Garden Club will hold its Christmas Tea from 2-4 p.m. at a private home. The club welcomes new members. Interested parties may call Louise Umbarger at 503-653-7751 for more information about the tea.

HEALTHY LIVING: This presentation, by the Alzheimer's Association, focuses on how the brain and body are connected. It takes place from 10-11:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St., Oregon City. To learn more or register, call 800-272-3900.

CHRISTMAS SHIPS PARADE - Christmas Ships Parade on the Willamette River.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. The boats will swing by the Milwaukie boat ramp along the Willamette River at 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 14 and 19. For a full listing, visit christmasships.org.

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 clackamastowncenter.com/events or call 503-653-6913 for details. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.

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 childrensbookbank.org.

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 the 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; fantasytrail.com.

CAREER WORKSHOP SERIES: Learn about all aspects of a job search from 12:30-5 p.m. at the Oak Lodge Library, 16201 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove. Call 503-655-8543 for information. Also Dec. 13.

Thursday, Dec. 13

COMMUNITY JUSTICE NIGHT: All are invited to Clackamas United Church of Christ for the event "To Shine a Light" with Rabbi Ariel Stone and Adam Ericksen. They will discuss Judaism, Hanukkah, anti-Semitism, and how we can work together for a better world at 7 p.m. at the church, 15303 S.E. Webster Road, Milwaukie. A light dinner will be provided at 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14

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. 21.

Saturday, Dec. 15

MILWAUKIE'S WINTER SOLSTICE EVENT: Enjoy this annual event from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Milwaukie Bay Park, 11211 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.

PROCRASTINATORS HOLIDAY MARKET: The seventh annual Happy Valley Procrastinators Holiday Market will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Clackamas High School, 14486 S.E. 122nd Ave. The market will have more than 200 vendors, food, free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a gift-wrapping station.

VETERANS CEREMONY: Willamette National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation's veterans 1 p.m. at 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd., Happy Valley.

OREGON CITY FARMERS MARKET: The Winter Market runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every other Saturday, through April 27, at the corner of Beavercreek and Kaen roads, on the Clackamas County Red Soils Campus. The dates are Jan. 5 and 19; Feb. 2 and 16; March 2, 16 and 30; and April 13 and 27.

SPANISH STORYTIME: All ages are invited to this event at 10:30 a.m. at the Ledding Library, 9600 S.E. Main St., Milwaukie. Hora de cuentos en Español para los niños de todas las edades. Sábado, 15 de diciembre a las 10:30. ¡Gratis!

Sunday, Dec. 16

MOOT CLOSURE: The Museum of the Oregon Territory will close through Jan. 15, in order to refresh exhibits.

SCANDINAVIAN BREAKFAST: Enjoy a special breakfast from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Milwaukie-Portland Elks Lodge, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove. For details, call 503-654-9588 or send an email to Holly Haus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday, Dec. 17

YOGA & WELLNESS STORYTIME: Families with kids are invited to this event at 11 a.m. at the Oak Lodge Library, 16201 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove.

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: Join the group for an afternoon of adventure at 4:30 p.m. at the Gladstone Library, 135 E. Dartmouth St.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

VILLAGE PEOPLE WANTED: People who want to be more connected to their community are invited to learn how to age in place at this meeting from 7-8 p.m. at the Oak Grove Fire Station Community Room, 2930 S.E. Oak Grove Blvd., Oak Grove. Call 971-808-2340 for more information.

BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. at the Pioneer Adult Community Center, 615 Fifth St., Oregon City.

NATURE STRIDERS PRESCHOOL: Nature Striders preschool programs will give you and your little one a chance to explore nature together, through activities like storytime, crafts and walks in the forest/wetland habitat from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. First session is free, then $15/session. To register, email Renee Harber This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TALK BACK TO BOOKS: This book group for ages 10 and up takes place at 4:30 p.m. at the Ledding Library.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

VACANCY REMINDER: The North Clackamas School Board has set a 5 p.m. deadline today for applications to a vacant seat on the board. More information about the position and how to apply is available at nclack.k12.or.us/schoolboard/page/school-board-vacancy-application-timeline-process.

Neighborhood meetings

EAGLE CREEK-BARTON: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, Eagle Creek Fire Station, 32200 S.E. Judd Road. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ISLAND STATION: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, Milwaukie Grange, 12015 S.E. 22nd Ave.

LEWELLING: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, Chapel Theatre, 4107 S.E. Harrison St., Milwaukie.

LINWOOD: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, Linwood Elementary School, 11909 S.E. Linwood Ave., Milwaukie.

Arts

Wednesday, Dec. 12

ART LAB: Families are invited to explore the art world at 2:30 p.m. at the Oregon City Library, 606 John Adams St. Today's inspiration: Bubble-wrap prints.

BALLROOM DANCING: Dance to Swing Street Glenn Tadina Big Band and the Black Magic Band from 12:45-3 p.m. on alternating weeks at the Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St., Oregon City. The cost is $5 at the door.

ART EXHIBITS: See watercolors and oils by Jean Dupré through Dec. 13 at the Clackamas County DSB-third-floor gallery, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City; and photography by Kerry Edwards through Dec. 13 at the Clackamas County DSB-fourth-floor gallery. All art curated by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance.

BASKET EXHIBIT: An exhibit of James Carthel's baskets will be on display in the Club Room at Rose Villa Senior Living Center, 13505 S.E. River Road, Oak Grove, through the end of March. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 503-654-3171.

Thursday, Dec. 13

CHRISTMAS PLAY: OuterEast Arthouse presents "A Cratchit Christmas" at 7 p.m. Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22, with 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 15 and 22 at Eastridge Church, 14100 S.E. Sunnyside Road, Clackamas.

HOLIDAY HARP MUSIC: Celebrate the season with live holiday music performed by local harpist Joanna Pearson from 6-7 p.m. at the Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St.

Friday, Dec. 14

JOHN MUNGER MEMORIAL JAZZ BAND: It's a perfect opportunity for practicing dance steps from noon to 2 p.m. at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive. Free.

HOLIDAY THEATER: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" opens at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego and continues at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-16 and Dec. 18-23, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 15-16, 22-23. Call the box office at 503-635-3901, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 15

CHILDREN'S SHOW: Clackamas Repertory Theatre presents "Wing It: A Christmas Carol," an interactive show for kids at 10:30 a.m. in the Osterman Theatre in the Niemeyer Center on the CCC campus. Tickets are $5 at the door; all ages. For details, call 503-594-6047 or visit clackamasrep.org.

YOUNG TEEN CRAFT: Make LED cards from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Oregon City Library, 606 John Adams St.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

ADULT WRITING GROUP: Do You Feel A Draft? meets from 5:30-7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays at the Oregon City Library, 606 John Adams St.

ART LAB: There will be no Art Lab at the Oregon City Library until January.

Ongoing

SHARE THE WARMTH: Windermere Real Estate's annual Share the Warmth campaign continues through Dec. 19, collecting new or gently used adult-size coats and twin-size blankets to benefit Transition Projects. Donations may be dropped off at 15707 S.E. Happy Valley Town Center Drive or at the Oregon City Windermere, 1209 Seventh St.

BELL RINGERS: Salvation Army bell ringers are still needed to raise over $700,000 annually in the tricounty area to fund programs that serve those in need year-round. Sign up to ring for the Salvation Army at RingOregon.org.

ROTARY CLUB: The Gladstone-Oak Lodge Rotary Club meets from noon-1 p.m. Thursdays at the Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave. All are welcome.

PINOCHLE PLAYERS: Pinochle players are invited to play from 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at 3500 S.E. Concord Road, Unit 15, in the Concord Terrace Mobile Home Park, Oak Grove. Entry fee is $1.

STORYTIMES: The Gladstone Library hosts three different storytimes at 135 E. Dartmouth St. Toddler Storytime takes place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays; Baby Storytime is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays; and All Ages Storytime is at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays.

CHILDREN'S STORYTIMES: The Ledding Library offers the following weekly storytimes in its new space at 9600 S.E. Main St., Milwaukie, starting Nov. 5. Toddler Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; Book Babies at 1 p.m. Mondays; Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and Family Storytime at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

SUPPORT GROUP: Join the Goodness Group from 1:30-4 p.m. Thursdays at the NAMI Clackamas Office, 10202 S.E. 32nd Ave., #501, Milwaukie.

SUPPORT GROUP: The Open Minds Art Studio meets from 1:30-4 p.m. at the NAMI Clackamas Office.

NAMI CONNECTIONS: NAMI Connections meets from 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesdays and 6-7:30 p.m. Sundays at Kaiser Brookside, 10180 S.E. Sunnyside Road.

McLOUGHLIN/BARCLAY HOUSES: The McLoughlin and Barclay houses are now closed until Feb. 16. Visit mcloughlinhouse.org for hours, dates, location and history.

BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Oregon City Public Library Used Bookstore, 502 Seventh St., will offer a 10 percent discount to seniors age 55 and older on Mondays.

SQUARE DANCING: All square dancers are invited to join the Bachelor 'n' Bachelorettes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Abernethy Grange, 15745 S. Harley Ave., Oregon City. For questions, call 503-654-9141.

BINGO: Bingo for those 21 and over is played at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Oregon City Elks Lodge No. 1189, 610 McLoughlin Blvd.

READ TO THE DOG: Children are invited to read aloud to a therapy dog from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ledding Library, in its new space at 9600 S.E. Main St., Milwaukie.

TOPS MEETING: The Milwaukie-based Take Off Pounds Sensibly group meets Thursdays at the Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ, 4790 S.E. Logus Road. Weigh-in is from 6-6:45 p.m. and the meeting is from 7-8 p.m.

BEAUTIFUL BABIES: This group for parents of mobile babies and young toddlers meets from 6-8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families, 18905 Portland Ave. Call 503-367-9116 for details. Free dinner and child care.

TERRIFIC TODDLERS: This group is for parents with children 2 to 3 years old. It meets every second Thursday of the month at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families, 18905 Portland Ave. Call 503-367-9116 for details. Free dinner and child care.

GROWING UP: This group is for parents who have children 3 to 6 years old. It meets every third Thursday of the month at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families, 18905 Portland Ave. Call 503-367-9116 for details. Free dinner and child care.

TOPS MEETING: The Gladstone branch of Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at 9:30 a.m. Fridays at St. Stephen Church, 290 W. Gloucester St.

TECH HELP: One-on-one computer and technology help is available by appointment from noon-4 p.m. Saturdays at the Gladstone Public Library. To schedule a half-hour appointment, call 503-656-2411, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the library at 135 E. Dartmouth St. Weekday appointments can be arranged if needed.

SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: This group meets from 2-4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of the month at the NAMI Clackamas Office, 10202 S.E. 32nd Ave., Milwaukie. Call 503-344-5050 for details.

SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST: Enjoy breakfast from 9 a.m.-noon Sundays at the Milwaukie American Legion Post, 2146 S.E. Monroe St. The event supports veterans and local community activities. Prices range from $3 for children to $7+ for adults.

CHARITY BINGO: The community is invited to play bingo from 3-5 p.m. Sundays at the Milwaukie American Legion Post, 2146 S.E. Monroe St.

GET MOVING: The Oregon City Walking Group (getthinspired.me) meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St., Oregon City. All ages and speeds welcome.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: This group meets from 7-8 p.m. Mondays at Clackamas Park Friends Church, 8120 S.E. Thiessen Road, Milwaukie. For more information, call Margaret at 503-757-1943.

WAGON TONGUE TOASTMASTERS: All are welcome to learn to be a better public speaker with this supportive group. It meets from 12:05-12:50 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in the commission chambers at the OC City Hall, 625 Center St. For details, contact Jaime Reed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MILWAUKIE TOASTMASTERS: The Milwaukie Talkies Toastmasters meet from 7:15-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Oregonians Credit Union, 6915 S.E. Lake Road, Milwaukie. For more information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AMERICAN LEGION: All are welcome to attend Oregon City's American Legion meetings starting at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesdays of the month at the Pioneer Center, entering the lower level near Washington and Fifth streets. For more information, contact Post Cmdr. Ed Mathews at 503-313-3395 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: From noon-1 p.m. Thursdays, join the Overeaters Anonymous group in Oregon City in the religious education wing of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Willamette Falls, 710 Sixth St. For more information, call 503-705-5599.

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT STORYTIME: Children up to age 5 are invited to this event from 10:15-11 a.m. Thursdays at the Oregon City Library, 606 John Adams St.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: Children ages 3 to 6 are invited to this event at 10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Oregon City Library.

MAH JONGG: Those who enjoy American Mah Jongg are invited to play from 1-4 p.m. Fridays at the Happy Valley Library. Be sure to bring your 2018 National Mah Jongg League cards.

MUSIC MAKERS: Singers in the Oregon City area are invited to join this group meeting from 10 a.m.-noon Fridays at the Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St., Oregon City. The cost is $30 per semester.

CURE: This organization that seeks to help people with incarcerated family members meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month (except the second Monday in September) at Abundant Life Church, 17241 S.E. Hemrich Road, Damascus. For more information, leave a message for Will Timberman at 503-757-7762 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DANCE LESSONS: Weekly lessons, $6 at the door, are held Sundays, starting Sept. 16 at 10666 S.E. 42nd Ave., Milwaukie. From 3-4:30 p.m. choreographed ballroom lessons; from 5 to 6:30 p.m. modern team dancing. More info at sites.google.com/site/rivercitydancers/lessons.


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