Sellwood's "Classical Ballet Academy" presents two shows: Classical Ballet Academy, situated in Sellwood at the point at which S.E. Milwaukie converges on 17th Avenue, presents four performances of "The Nutcracker" and two performances of "A Christmas Carol" in December – an annual event characterized as "a wonderful tradition for the entire family". "The Nutcracker" follows Clara and her beloved nutcracker on a magical Christmas Eve journey. The two survive a raging battle between a horde of roguish rats and toy soldiers. They experience the wintry beauty of the snow forest and its dancing snowflakes. "A Christmas Carol" is a "spectacular dance adaptation of Charles Dickens' most well-known story". The high-energy show, based on the original Broadway musical, showcases dancers from Classical Ballet Academy's Pre-Professional Contemporary, Modern, and Jazz Program. All performances are at Portland State University's Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Avenue. "A Christmas Carol" is performed December 13th at 8 p.m. and December 14th at 8 p.m. "The Nutcracker" runs December 15th at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and December 16th at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. All tickets are being sold through the PSU ticket box office, which is online at – www.pdx.edu/boxoffice/home – or, call 503/725-3307. Prices are $25 for Adults 18+), or $19 for Seniors aged 65+ & Youths aged 10-17. $14 for ages 2-9.
"Thanksgiving weekend" retail promotion includes Southeast: The 8th annual "Little Boxes" Holiday Season shopping promotion, intended to encourage patronizing local businesses, includes participating stores in all of Portland's business districts, including those in Inner Southeast. It starts on "Black Friday", November 23, the day after Thanksgiving, and continues through Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. "As the support organization for Portland's 50 neighborhood business districts, 'Venture Portland' is proud to once again partner with 'Little Boxes' to ensure the season is merry and bright for local retailers," said Heather Hoell, Executive Director of city-sponsored Venture Portland. "In Portland, where 98% of neighborhood businesses have five or fewer employees, shopping small is really big. And, Portlanders can feel good knowing when they shop local, their money stays home for the Holidays: For every $1 spent at a local business, 70% stays in the local Portland economy." For a list of all participating shops throughout the city, go online – www.shoplittleboxes.com
Christmas Season starts in Woodstock on December 8: The 8th annual "Woodstock Tree Lighting" takes place starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, December 8th, hosted again by the Homestead Schoolhouse. Come by for free goodies from local restaurants, and warm up by the fire pit roasting s'mores. The tree will be lit at 6 p.m. Homestead Schoolhouse is across from Otto's, at 4121 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Open to the whole community.
"Music Together of Portland" celebrates 20th Anniversary: "Music Together" is holding free classes for families' young children in Inner Southeast Portland as part of its year-long 20th year anniversary celebration! On Thursday, December 13, there will be free family music classes for children ages 0-5 and their grownups, at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard – enter down the ramp from the parking lot on S.E. 19th. The morning classes are conducted in English, and the late afternoon/evening classes are bilingual Spanish/English classes. Please sign up so they know you're coming; go online -- www.musictogether-pdx.com – or call 503/236-4304.
OLCC statewide promotion has winner in Woodstock: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission's first-ever public drawing for rare and limited edition liquors ended on Thursday, October 18. A total of 2,261 eligible entrants from throughout Oregon entered the drawing for an opportunity to purchase one of six bottles of 2018 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. Six winners, selected randomly from all entries statewide, were drawn on Friday, October 19 at 9 a.m., and there was one winner drawn in Inner Southeast: Amy Quimby, who entered at Woodstock Liquor on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Based on total eligible entrants, the odds of winning that chance to purchase the rare liquor were 1 in 377.
Prana Pilates and Wellness Center is open in Sellwood: Fruzsina Varga is a co-owner of, and is also General Manager of, Prana Pilates and Wellness Center, which opened recently in Sellwood at 8628 S.E. 17th Avenue. She is also currently a Board Member of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance business association. She tells THE BEE: "Our business serves the local community by providing over 60 group Pilates Reformer Classes from beginner to advanced level each week, along with different workshops, events, various guided meditation classes, and private Pilates sessions that help facilitate the complete transformation of the body, mind, and soul. Amongst the colorful programs also offered are nutritional therapy consultations and energy work, including but not limited to Jikiden Reiki, Egyptian Healing Rods session, DNA Life Activation, and so forth." Telephone 503/765-8822; online at – www.pranapilatespdx.com
Cleveland grad inducted into PIL Hall of Fame: Abby Reuler Tolchin, a 2002 Cleveland High School grad, was inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 21. She was one of 36 athletes honored this year. She was a first team All-PIL selection in Soccer, and doubles champion in Tennis. Cleveland inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 2016; she lives on Crystal Springs Boulevard in Inner Southeast. Inducted with her was Richard "Dick" Hennessy, a Benson High grad from 1948. He was one of two recipients of the Roy Love Distinguished Service Award this year. He lettered three years, each, in Football and Track, and coached Football, Wrestling, and Track 30 years at Sweet Home, Grant, and Benson. He was Athletic Director at Benson from 1971-75. An award in his name is given to Benson's Outstanding Senior Athlete each year. The PIL has a 118-year history. The 31st Induction Ceremony brought HOF membership to 921.
Windermere "Share the Warmth" campaign underway: Real estate brokers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are again gathering coats and blankets in Windermere Real Estate's annual "Share the Warmth" campaign. November 5 through December 19, Windermere brokers will be collecting new or gently used adult-sized coats and twin-sized blankets for the local community. In the Southeast Portland area, the donations will benefit Transition Projects, a local nonprofit that helps people transition from homelessness to housing. The public can stop by participating Windermere offices to drop off donations. The Windermere Westmoreland office is situated at 1610 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.