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Winner of Westmorelands Communion Bakehouses Baby Costume Contest on Halloween was baby Rahil, as the Cookie Monster - accompanied by parents Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird. Presenting the prize was Pastry Chef, and Co-Owner of Communion Bakehouse, Kat Zacher, with her own baby, Lazlo. Baby Costume Contest produces winner: The recently-opened Communion Bakehouse in Westmoreland, at 6116 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, held its "first annual" Baby Costume Contest on Hallowe'en afternoon, October 31, 4 to 6 p.m. A number of neighborhood families with babies turned out, to dine (they now have pizza, too), enjoy draft beer and wine for adults, and engage in the friendly competition. The winner was to be announced at 5:45 p.m., but entrants continued to arrive well after 6 p.m., so the votes were going into the ballot box for some time after that. When the winner was finally announced, according to Emily Fleming-Nash, the winner was baby Rahil, dressed as Sesame Street's Cookie Monster; with father Ashish as Oscar the Grouch (in a trashcan costume), and mother Amrita portraying Big Bird. The new bakery and restaurant plans on holding its second annual Baby Costume Contest next Hallowe'en. Meantime, Emily says the Bakehouse has been working on baking a selection of pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners.

Bargains at "Decemberville"; donations all December: In Sellwood and Westmoreland, Saturday, November 30, is the day for fun, rides, and special bargains in the business district. Bring the family and enjoy "Decemberville". Bring donations for those less fortunate to donate – at various merchants, not just on that day but throughout December. All around the neighborhood, several are collecting new and unwrapped gifts and children's clothing for Raphael House. RE/MAX Real Estate is collecting new and gently used adult and kids clothing for the Willamette Shelter. "Shwop" is collecting gently used and new coats, hats, gloves/mittens, shoes/boots, leggings, hats, and cold weather clothes for kids as well as new undergarments, and diapers, for all ages. Donations are welcome anytime, but those made on December 7th during Decemberville, will be rewarded with photos with Santa, a selfie booth, and sweet treats. Go online for more information – www.SellwoodMoreland.com

Two young Inner Southeast dancers in ballet: Two Southeast Portland dancers are performing in The Portland Ballet's world premiere of Tom Gold's "Petrushka" on Thanksgiving weekend. One is Ingrid Olson, 15, of Eastmoreland; she has studied ballet for ten years, and has also trained at Dance Center North. She also plays the piano, harp, and violin. The other is Josie Wagner, 12, of the Mount Tabor neighborhood. She, too, has studied ballet for ten years, and has also trained at Laurelhurst Ballet Studio. The ballet is being performed November 29 through December 1, at 1 and 5 p.m., at PSU Lincoln Hall.

ERIC NORBERG - Boy Scout Troop 64 prepares to raise Elmcroft Senior Livings new American Flag in a ceremony that was part of a Veterans Day observance. Elmcroft Senior Living celebrated Veterans Day: As part of a Veterans Day celebration on November 11, "Elmcroft of Sellwood Senior Living" invited Westmoreland Boy Scout Troop 64 to conduct a Flag Presentation and Raising ceremony at 11:30 a.m., followed by a special lunch highlighting Veterans in residence there, ending with a "pinning ceremony" for those veterans at 12:30 p.m. The public was welcome during the proceedings. Elmcroft Senior Living is located at 8517 S.E. 17th Avenue in Sellwood.

Windermere Moreland office again in coat drive: Real estate brokers at the Westmoreland Office of Windermere Real Estate, on Bybee at 15th, are joining their colleagues throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington in the company's annual "Share the Warmth" campaign. Now through December 18, they will be collecting new or gently used adult-sized coats, and twin-sized blankets, for community members in need. In the Portland area, the donations will benefit Transition Projects, a local nonprofit that helps individuals transition out of homelessness to secure housing, including at the Willamette Shelter on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Those who want to help are invited to stop by the Windermere Moreland office with their donation, during business hours.


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