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Here are some highlights of the events and activities open to you in December in Inner Southeast

DECEMBER 1

"First Sunday of Advent" in Westmoreland: At 9:30 a.m. this morning, Moreland Presbyterian Church invites the community to worship on the First Sunday of Advent, and the decoration of the Chrismons Tree. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

DECEMBER 3

Michael Allen Harrison concert tonight: St. Philip Neri Catholic Church presents popular Portland composer and pianist Michael Allen Harrison in his 18th consecutive Holiday Concert there, at 7 p.m. tonight, with special guest singer Julianne Johnson – in the church's acclaimed acoustic environment. The church is at 2408 S.E. 16th Avenue, just north of Division Street. The Altar Society will host a reception with traditional homemade cookies. Concert proceeds benefit the Altar Society. For more information, and to purchase tickets, call 503/231-4955. Tickets will also be available at the door tonight.

DECEMBER 6

Christmas contemplation this evening in Brooklyn: "Quiet Joy – an Advent Service" takes place at 7:30 p.m. this evening at Sacred Heart Church, 3926 S.E. 11th in Brooklyn. For people of all faiths and spiritualities, the Community of Sacred Heart Parish and the Sacred Heart Choir, under the direction of Marie Phillippi, invite you to an evening of music, prayer, and reflection – "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." Open to all; no admission charge.

DECEMBER 7

"Homemade for the Holidays" Christmas Bazaar: Today, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy the Trinity United Methodist Church "Homemade for the Holidays" Christmas Bazaar and Soup Luncheon. The Luncheon features chicken noodle or vegan soup, a roll, pie a la mode, and coffee – while the Bazaar features homemade cookies and bars, quilted items, needlework, jewelry, "Grandma's Attic" items, and jewelry. Local vendors invited. S.E. Steele and Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th). For info, e-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lewis Holiday Bazaar and lunch in Woodstock: The annual fundraiser by the Lewis Elementary School PTA is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the school. 60 local artisan vendors and student vendors; trees, swags, and wreaths; lunch available for purchase; hot chocolate and treats available for purchase at the Lewis Bake Sale, as well, today. 4401 S.E. Evergreen Street. "Decemberville" all day today in Sellwood & Westmoreland: The nonprofit Sellwood-Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA) is holding its annual day of fun, merchant bargains, and acceptance of charitable donations from 11 to 4 today, with the fun including double-decker bus rides around the neighborhood, a puppet show, photos with Santa and Sasquatch, seasonal music, cocoa and cookies, raffles, sales, discounts, dining, and special events here and there in the neighborhood. Fun for the whole family; shopping for the Holidays. Free Santa photos – then, later, Parents Night Out: Start your Christmas family fun this afternoon 1 and 4 p.m. with a visit to Santa and his Candy Cane Christmas Fair at Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church at S.E. 73rd and Harold. Bring the kids for a photo with Santa, plus crafts and activities, top it off with hot cocoa and goodies. Photos, and all activities and treats, are FREE. Schedule a convenient time between 1 and 4, or just drop in. Then, parents, from 4 to 8 pm treat yourself to a FREE evening of babysitting for a Parent's Night Out while church staff watches the kids. Find out more, or schedule a time for a photo, or register for Parent's Night Out, online – www.mtscottparkpres.org

Christmas comes to Woodstock: This evening, starting at 5 p.m., the ninth annual Holiday Tree Lighting at the nonprofit Homestead Schoolhouse, on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard across from Otto's, will feature food, snacks, hot cocoa, carols, and a cheerful community gathering. Join the fun. The tree lighting countdown is at 6 p.m.

DECEMBER 8

"Second Sunday of Advent" in Westmoreland: The 9:30 a.m. service this morning at Moreland Presbyterian Church includes the annual Children's Pageant. Open to all. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Sellwood Community House Holiday Celebration: "Frosted Fete", described as "a spirited Holiday Celebration", is open to everyone today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and celebrate at the corner of S.E. 15th Avenue and Spokane Street in Sellwood.

Reed College Chorus and Collegium Concert: Everyone is welcome, free of charge, to attend the Reed College Winter Concert at 3 p.m. this afternoon, featuring the Reed Chorus and Collegium Musicum in Kaul Auditorium on campus. The concert will feature Reed music students and community members, under the direction of John Cox. Park in the West Parking Lot, on S.E. 28th, north of Woodstock Boulevard, for easiest access.

Annual Tree Lighting at "Save the Giants Park" this afternoon: In Eastmoreland, at 3656 S.E. Martins Street, this afternoon 3:30-6 p.m. is the date for the Annual Tree Lighting, Holiday music, and free hot drinks, at "Save the Giants Park". Donations received will be given to a local charity working to address homelessness. Everyone welcome.

"Sing Along Messiah" in Reed neighborhood tonight: Bring your own score, or borrow one at the door, to join in the annual "Sing Along Messiah" at the Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street. Open to everyone interested in joining in on selected choruses and solos with piano accompaniment. Light refreshments following the concert. Donations of nonperishable food for the Food Barrel are encouraged.

DECEMBER 10

Give input on the future Cleveland High: Tonight from 5 to 7 p.m., you are invited to the "Cleveland Conceptual Master Planning Forum" at Cleveland High School, S.E. 26th and Powell Boulevard. This forum provides an opportunity for the greater community to weigh in on ideas from the project team before they are finalized and presented to the full School Board.

DECEMBER 13

"Christmas at the Campground" today, tomorrow, Sunday: Again this year, the Apostolic Faith Church opens its campground to the community for a free family-friendly Christmas celebration. Meet Curly the Camel and more furry friends at the petting zoo; watch the Christmas Story dramatized in a 25-minute play presented three times each night by the youth of the church; travel through countless lights and festive decorations on a Christmas Train; warm up with a free cookie and hot cocoa – or purchase a meal at the Mexican food cart; and see the new 50-foot-tall decorated Christmas Tree. Gates open 6-9 p.m. tonight, and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The address is 5414 S.E. Duke Street, and parking is available across the street in the church parking lot.

DECEMBER 14

Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Walkabout: This afternoon, at 1:45 p.m., come to the parking lot on Powell Boulevard and S.E. 35th Avenue – that's the former Original Taco House site – to join a group stroll along Powell Boulevard from 35th to 28th Avenues, and then along Gladstone Street from 28th to 37th Avenue. Stops along the tour will include the former Original Taco House Center (currently under major renovation); the Oregon Buddhist Temple; a proposed Home Forward residential development at 3000 S.E. Powell Boulevard; a free coffee tasting at Starbucks; Jolene's First Cousin Buildings and The Unicorn Bake Shop, the Community Music Center, concluding at Gladstone Street Pizza as they celebrate 15 years in business. The group walking tour will be joined by State Representative Rob Nosse, a PBOT pedestrian safety representative, and "Oregon Walks". More details online – www.creston-kenilworth.org/upcoming-events.html

Reed College Winter Dance Concert: If you enjoy dance, don't miss this year's Reed Collee Winter Dance Concert, in the Greenwood Theatre on the north end of the West Parking Lot, on S.E. 28th just north of Woodstock Boulevard. Tickets go fast and there are only two performances – tonight at 7 p.m., and tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. Any available tickets ($3-$7) which may remain may be purchased online at – reedcollege.eventbrite.com

DECEMBER 15

"Third Sunday of Advent" in Westmoreland: Included in the 9:30 a.m. service this morning is a performance of "What Sweeter Music" by John Leavitt, performed by the Chancel Choir. Open to all. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Community Choir Contata on S.E. 73rd: Your neighbors have been practicing! The Community Choir will perform during a service of music and worship 10 a.m. this morning at Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church, S.E. 73rd and Harold Street. More info online – www.mtscottparkpres.org

DECEMBER 21

"The Nutcracker" and "Alice in Wonderland" ballet performances: Sellwood's Classical Ballet Academy students perform "The Nutcracker" at 1 and 5 p.m. tomorrow – and this year's new second ballet, "Alice in Wonderland", from the contemporary dance program at CBA, is at 8 p.m. both tonight and tomorrow night. Suitable for the whole family. All tickets sold through the PSU box office – call 503/725-3307, or go online – www.pdx.edu/boxoffice/home

DECEMBER 22

"Fourth Sunday of Advent" in Westmoreland: The 9:30 a.m. service today is presented "with bells", and is followed by a Wassail Party. Open to all. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Free Christmas Concert in Brentwood-Darlington: The Apostolic Faith Church free Christmas Concert, open to all, starts at 7 p.m. this evening, featuring the combined choirs, orchestra, and soloists in a musical performance called "God Speaking". The church is situated at 5601 S.E. Duke Street.

DECEMBER 24

Christmas Eve with Charlie Brown in Westmoreland: At 4 p.m. this afternoon, the community is invited by Moreland Presbyterian Church to a performance of "Charlie Brown's Christmas", followed by Family Worship. A Candlelight Worship will take place there at 11 p.m. tonight, as well. Open to all. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in Reed neighborhood: Enjoy an evening Christmas celebration at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street. Open to all. Donations of nonperishable food for the Food Barrel are encouraged.


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