Things to Do
Looking for something special to do this weekend and into next week? Check out this list of events. Most are free and many are family-friendly.
Dec. 30 (3:30 to 6:30 p.m.) — Attend the first Indie Book Fair at Nordic Northwest, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road, Portland OR 97223. It's a book fair inspired by a beloved Icelandic tradition because "Christmas Book Flood" or marks the high publishing season in Iceland. Gifted books are exchanged on Christmas Eve to be read all through the night leading up to Christmas Day. Portland will celebrate a few days late with a collection of local authors, refreshments and holiday fun. Fimbul, Portland's Nordic Supper Club, will serve delicious bites and beverages, Icelandic style.
Through Dec. 30 (5 to 9:30 p.m.) — View the 31st annual Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., Portland, OR 97220. Main entrance is at N.E. 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. Tickets are $12 general admisison, $11 for seniors and military, $6 for children ages 3 through 12 and free for those 2 and under. Visit thegrotto.org for choir performances and more information.
Through Dec. 31 (4 to 9 p.m.) — Lighting of Maddax Woods, 5785 River St., West Linn. Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods to the viewing platform on the Willamette River. Free.
Through Dec. 30 — "A Christmas Memory" paired with "Winter Song" at The Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., Portland. Visit pcs.org for showtimes and tickets.
Dec. 27 (2 p.m.) — Cookies and Coloring at West Linn library, 1595 Burns St., West Linn. Free fun for the whole family. Drop in for some relaxing coloring and thumbprint art.
Jan. 1 (10 a.m.) — MicroMarathon at George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. This is a benefit for Oregon Department of Human Services Foster Care program. A family-friendly 2.62 mile fun run/walk along the Willamette River from George Rogers Park. Sign up online at micromarathon.com. Come early for registration and course review.