EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
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.
Recycle your Christmas Tree today, and benefit Cub Scouts: Cub Scout Pack 351 this evening opens its annual Christmas Tree Recycling lot at St. Ignatius School, S.E. 45th Avenue at Powell Boulevard. Drop off your tree starting at 5 p.m. this evening, or on any day through January 12th. Hours are 5-8 p.m. weekdays, and weekends 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fee is ten dollars for trees, and seven dollars for wreaths and garlands. Or, if you wish, they will come pick it up from you! Call 503/912-4108 to schedule your convenient pick up! All funds raised go to providing the scouts the opportunity to go to summer camp.
Page-by-Page Art Journaling for adults at Sellwood Library: Join writer and creative facilitator Anya Hankin to jump-start your creativity in the New Year, and explore intention-setting through the practice of "art journaling". In this hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to unique art-journaling techniques, such as inspiring writing prompts, mixed-media collage, stamping, and pen and ink illustration. Learn how to utilize your journal as a place for imagination and vision to unfold. Please bring your own blank journal; all other materials will be provided. It's free, this afternoon 12:30-2 p.m., but registration is required. Register in the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13 th at Bidwell, or by calling 503/988-5123.
Tech help for adults at Woodstock Library: Do you have technology questions? Today, or any Monday this month except January 21, come to the Woodstock Branch Library for a free "one-on-one for 30 minutes" with a friendly, knowledgeable Tech Helper who will help you find answers to questions about mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. If you need help with a smartphone, tablet or laptop please bring it with you. Remember to bring any usernames and passwords you might need. It's free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The sessions each day are scheduled between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.
Pageturners Book Group for adults at Woodstock Library: JA Read "Born a Crime – Stories from a South African Childhood" by Trevor Noah, and then come to the Woodstock Branch Library this evening, 6:30-7:45 p.m., for conversation about books – and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored the by Friends of the Library. The location is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Avenue, and it's free.
"Creating Life Inside" on stage at Rogue Pack: "Creating Life Inside" is a stage presentation based on stories by young men aged 15-17 in Juvenile Detention at Donald E. Long. A Fertile Ground event in Sellwood by nonprofit "Rogue Pack"; Talkback and Reception after all shows. It starts tonight at Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane Street, and runs tomorrow night and on February 1 and 2. All shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but a donation of $20 would be welcome to support the theater. More information online – www.roguepack.org
"Micah and Me Family Dance Party" at Sellwood Library: Kids and families are invited to enjoy "Micah and Me" with highly danceable music, plus an instrument petting zoo at the end of the dance party. It's this morning, 11 to noon, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street. Free, but come early to be sure of getting into the party.
"Bollywood and Bhangra" dance workshop at Sellwood Library: Teens, you saw them in the Moreland Monster March and in THE BEE. Now, imagine being part of a Bollywood musical, with multicolored costumes coupled with high energy song and dance. Charismatic performer Prashant's dance workshops transport students into a world full of possibilities and big smiles, complete with the authentic Indian Head Shake. Teens at every skill level are welcome! It's at the Sellwood Branch Library, on S.E. Bidwell at 13th Avenue, 6:30-7:45 p.m. this evening. Free.JANUARY 30
"Affordable Child Care Conversation" for local residents: Woodstock's Trinity United Methodist Church offers three hour-long conversations – the first one is this evening, at 7 p.m. – about working together to find solutions for the challenges facing local families, including the issue of affordable child care in Inner Southeast Portland. Anyone interested is welcome. Children are welcome, and care will be provided at no cost during these sessions. There are two more besides tonight – February 4th at 7 p.m., and February 21st at 7 p.m. The location is at the church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street.
Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool open house this morning: Today, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., you're invited to stop by and learn more about the nonprofit Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool, in the Reed neighborhood – situated in the back of Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of the Reed College Campus. The open house offers prospective families to visit the school, see the classrooms, talk with current members, and meet the teachers. Kids can explore activities and play in the three classrooms, while parents learn more, and consider joining the co-op.
Crab fundraiser for All Saints', in Woodstock: Tickets are already available for the annual "Crackin' Crab Feast" at All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodstock today. Two seatings are available, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the church hall at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. "Each year this has been a big hit for those who love crab and like to have a good time with family and friends, and advance tickets make for great presents at or after the Holidays!" At $40, the meal comes with all-you-can eat fresh crab, coleslaw, and bread. Tables can be purchased at a discount. A cash bar will be available as well, and children 6 and under eat free with a Mac and Cheese option. All proceeds support All Saints' outreach ministries for weekly Hot Meals and a Dental Van providing free or low-cost dental care. For tickets or more information, go online – www.allsaintspdx.org – or call Nancy at 1-916/202-7132.