EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Kids and families – make decorative decoupage boxes: Decoupage is a fun and easy craft for the whole family; if you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved. Artist Shanon Schollian will show you how to decorate small boxes for keepsakes or gift-giving. Free. It's this afternoon, 2-4 p.m., at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.
Legos @ the Woodstock Library this afternoon: Kids, bring your mad Lego skills to the Woodstock Library and let your imagination flow. The group will build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Free. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5-11. It's at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.
"Southeast Portland Girls Basketball Club" now forming teams: The nonprofit and volunteer organization "Southeast Portland Girls Basketball Club" announces that teams are now forming for the 2018-19 season and beyond; it's for girls in first through eighth grade, all skill levels are welcomed, there are no tryouts, and payment plans are affordable and flexible. 21 existing teams. This is a year-'round program with a competitive winter league, and plenty of off-season activities: Open gyms, game nights, summer camps, clinics, and more. "Excellence on and off the court." For questions or registration, call Steve at 503/887-2928. "A feeder Cleveland program."
Red Cross Blood Drive at St. Ignatius: The American Red Cross has scheduled a public blood donation drive at St. Ignatius Catholic Church today, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 3400 S.E. 43rd Avenue. If you haven't made an appointment ahead of time, walk-ins are accommodated as space allows. Thanks very much.
City's "2018 Legislative Agenda Town Hall" in Southeast: This evening, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 27 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the P.C.C. Southeast Campus at S.E. 82nd and Division, you're invited to learn how to be an effective advocate for your community or neighborhood during the upcoming state legislative session. This event is also an opportunity to engage with professional advocates and elected officials, including Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and provide your input on the City of Portland's legislative agenda. Free snacks to be provided. The session will be in the Community Hall Annex at Portland Community College, Southeast Campus.
Two Inner Southeast Red Cross Blood Drives today: The American Red Cross is accepting blood donations today at two local locations – at Reed College, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard; and at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. Reservations are advised for your convenience, but walk-ins are accommodated as space permits. The disasters have been many this year and the need is great. Donate blood today. All types needed.
Plant and celebrate in Brentwood-Darlington: After a summer of radical landscape alteration, Hazeltine Park is looking fantastic – but Portland Parks today needs your help plant native, pollinator-friendly plants this morning to complete the naturescape. Volunteers will install hundreds and will be there for the cutting of the ribbon on the new natural landscape with guest of honor, and Hazeltine Park's namesake, Dick Hazeltine. It's today from 9 a.m. to noon; everyone is welcome. Arrive at 8:45 for orientation, or feel free to join in, as a second wave, later on. The park is situated at 5416 S.E. Flavel Drive; street parking available nearby in the neighborhood. Transit options include nearby bus stops on lines 71 and 75. Dress for the weather. On hand will be gloves, tools, and refreshments."Decemberville" a shopping – and also charity – event today: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Decemberville in Sellwood and Westmoreland, sponsored by local businesses, isn't just about shopping, eating, and playing. It's also about giving! In the spirit of the Holidays, local businesses are collecting NEW and unwrapped clothing and toys for nonprofit Raphael House – look for giant boxes in participating stores. In addition, RE/MAX Equity Group, on 13th Avenue, next door to the Sellwood Branch Library, is collecting "gently used" adult and kids' clothing for the neighborhood's homeless shelter on Milwaukie Avenue. Stop in anytime, but donations made today will be rewarded with cookies and sweet treats. "It's all part of fun and magic of Decemberville". For more information about the day, go online – www.decemberville.com
"Rogue Pack" theater offers open house today: Rogue Pack, "theatre for young people", has opened its doors today at the Sellwood Playhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a "Meet & Greet" event, as part of "Decemberville". Free and open to the public. The location is 901 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood. For more, go online – www.roguepack.org
"Hats off to Frosty" puppet show at 1 p.m.: The annual North Pole Christmas Snowman's Hat Competition will never be the same as Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer crashes the party with hats of his own. Snowball fights, giggles, and mayhem ensue in this delightful hand puppet show presented at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino in Sellwood, by the Portland Puppet Museum at 1 p.m. this afternoon, as part of "Decemberville". Great for any age. And, it's free!
Annual Holiday Gala and Wreath Auction at Oaks Park: The Southeast Portland Rotary Club presents its annual Holiday fundraiser and party, its Wreath Auction – featuring a selection of hand-decorated wreaths – at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, starting at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes a supper catered by Sellwood's famed "a Cena" restaurant, and live music. Tickets available online – www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com – and from any Southeast Portland Rotarian, or at the door as available. Go north on Oaks Park Way from the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, just west of the railroad crossing. Plenty of free parking.
First Sunday of Advent at Moreland Presbyterian: The morning worship at 9:30 a.m. includes decorating the Chrismons Tree. There's an advent wreath-making at 3 p.m. also.
Open to all. Moreland Presbyterian is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland.
The power of "story" – composing your college essay: High school juniors and seniors getting ready for the college application process, join a former PPS English teacher at the Sellwood Branch Library today for a workshop on brainstorming and composing a college essay that tells the power of your story. It's free, 1-2 p.m. this afternoon, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Streeet."Sing Along Messiah" at Reedwood Friends Church this evening: Tonight at 6:30 p.m., come to the Reedwood Church at S.E. Steele Street at 29th to sing along with the Messiah! Bring your own score or borrow one at the door. Selected choruses and solos with piano accompaniment. Light refreshments following the concert. Please bring canned food donations for the Oregon Food Bank. More, online, at – www.reedwood.org
For adults – "Printmaking for the Holidays": Printmaking is a wonderful way to add personal touches to Holiday cards, wrapping papers, decorations, and more. Students of this fun and engaging workshop today at the Sellwood Branch Library will design, carve, and print their own linoleum block stamps. Participants will take home their carved lino blocks, so that they can continue preparing for Holiday festivities on their own. It's this evening, 6:30-8 p.m., and it's free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street in Sellwood.
Guest speaker at WNA meeting tonight: At the Woodstock Neighborhood Association's Community Meeting at 7 p.m. this evening, in the Woodstock Community Center, a special guest from "Meals on Wheels" will present on how this unsung service provides a critical lifeline to isolated seniors and how local residents can help right in their our own neighborhood. The Center is on S.E. 44th, just north of Woodstock Boulevard and just west of BiMart.
40th Annual Duniway School PTA "Home Tour": This year's tour presents the opportunity to view seven houses in the Eastmoreland neighborhood, including a 1925 Eastmoreland English, a 5600 sq.ft. Frank Lloyd-Wright inspired contemporary home, and an early modern house designed by nationally-recognized architect Herman Brookman – who also designed Portland's Commodore Hotel and Temple Beth Israel.
As usual there are two tour times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets are $30 each pre-sale, $35 today. Tickets available at the Duniway Home Tour website – www.duniwayhometour.org – where there is also more information on the tour. Whether you take the tour or not, everyone is invited to Duniway School's Holiday Boutique, open 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the school, featuring items from local artists and makers. No ticket needed for that. All proceeds benefit the Duniway PTA.
"Quiet Joy" this evening, at Sacred Heart Church in Brooklyn: This evening at 7:30 p.m. is the annual Christmas Season "Quiet Joy" Advent Service for people of all faiths and spiritualities at Brooklyn's Sacred Heart Catholic Church. This year's theme is "The Least of These" – an evening of scripture, stories, and song. "All too often the Holidays come upon us so quickly, we forget about nurturing our own soul and spirit. Take some time with others in our community to reflect and be refreshed, before beginning the busy Holiday Season." 3926 S.E. 11th Avenue. Everyone is welcome.
Second Sunday of Advent at Moreland Presbyterian: The morning worship at 9:30 a.m. includes Children's Pageant "Light of the World" by Mark Patterson. All are welcome. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland.
Gardening with native plants: In a workshop this afternoon, 1-3:30 p.m., at OMSI in the Parker Room, the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District explores the benefits of gardening with native plants. "Discover Portland's most common native plant communities, learn which species do well in similar growing conditions, and get tips to help them thrive." Free but registration required; call 503/222-7645 to register, or for more information.DECEMBER 15"Nutcracker Cracked" returns to nonprofit Puppet Museum: Portland Puppet Museum in Sellwood revives its wacky send-up of the beloved Nutcracker Ballet. "You've never seen a version quite like this. Imagine – the entire ballet in 38 minutes – what a time saver!! It's a miniature satire of epic proportions, with Tchaikovsky's enchanting music, and 84 rod puppets. It came out wild and crazy - and oddly enough appropriate and fun for children as well." Shows are 45 minutes long. Suitable for the whole family. 2 p.m. today at the museum, 906 S.E. Umatilla Street. Also shows 2 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. on December 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. December 29 and 30. On Friday, December 28, it's a Family Night Out performance at 7:30 p.m., which includes hot chocolate and cookies. Tickets $8 in advance, and $10 at the door.
Third Sunday of Advent at Moreland Presbyterian: Part of the worship at 9:30 a.m. will be the Chancel Choir performing "And Peace On Earth" by Bob Chilcott. Open to all. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland.
Christmas Cantata at 10 this morning: Hear and enjoy a taste of the Christmas Season this morning at 10 a.m., when the Community Choir at Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church will perform during a service of music, worship, and fellowship. Open to all. The church is situated at S.E. 73rd and Harold Street. Call 503/771-7553 for more information.
Live Christmas songs and melodies at Reedwood Friends Church: 7 p.m. this evening, enjoy an evening of instrumental and vocal Christmas music with piano, guitars, reeds, brass, and percussion. "Eclectic Christmas" offers Holiday tunes in a variety of musical styles from jazz to folk to pop to bluegrass, with Nathanael Ankeny, Nate Macy, Aaron Pruitt, Nolan Staples, Melissa Thomas, and Frank Verhoorn. Please bring canned food donations for the Oregon Food Bank. CD's available for purchase.
Blood drive today in Woodstock: The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at Woodstock Bible Church this afternoon from 2 to 7 p.m. The church may be found at 5101 S.E. Mitchell Street. To schedule your appointment, or for more information, please visit www.redcrossblood.org; Sponsor Code: Woodstock. Walk-ins are also welcome, and are accommodated as the schedule permits. Thank you for donating.DECEMBER 18Three-day Lego STEAM Camp at Woodstock Library: For those in grades 6 through 12, today through Thursday 2-4 p.m., build amazing in-depth Lego creations that move and respond using RC motors, Power Function, and Technic parts. Free, but registration is required. Register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock Library is on the corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 49th Street.
Make a Winter Bird Feeder today: At the Sellwood Branch Library, this morning there is a free class for kids and families to learn how to create a bird feeder for wintering birds. It's fun and it's free; 11 a.m. to noon today. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
For kids and families – the story of Ebenezer Scrooge: At the Woodstock Branch Library, this morning 11 a.m. to noon, Traveling Lantern Theatre Company presents the classic tale of a miser's redemption. Ebenezer Scrooge is a nasty, mean, snarling old geezer, with no care for anything other than his money. His one and only friend visits him as a ghost, and starts him on a journey that melts his icy heart and teaches him the joys of caring for and giving to others. Free. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
Fourth Sunday of Advent at Moreland Presbyterian: At 9:30 a.m. "Worship with Bells". Wassail Party following. Open to all. The church address is 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.DECEMBER 24Christmas Eve at Moreland Presbyterian: At 4 p.m. everyone is invited to "Intergenerational Family Worship". The "Candlelight Communion Worship" is at 11 p.m., and also open to all. The church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.