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It started out as a business district promotion, but it has grown into a one day Holiday festival

DAVID F. ASHTON - These Decemberville revelers wave for THE BEE before boarding the festive double-decker bus to discover more family fun elsewhere in the neighborhood. More than 80 members of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA) business association again hosted "Decemberville" throughout the day on Saturday, December 7.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Santa Claus listened to the wishes of Milwaukie neighbor Nathaniel Parson at Oodles 4 Kids on S.E. 13th Avenue. As always, it was more than just a sales promotion. The day featured 100 free activities, concerts, and crafts at numerous locations – from SMILE Station north through Sellwood and into Westmoreland.

Amid the light showers falling on "Decemberville", many of the hundreds of families who turned out for the fun ducked the raindrops by finding the seven giant snowflakes, tacked to telephone poles, marking stops for the festive Double Decker Bus throughout the district.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Happily decorating a Holiday cookie was Twiyla Roehm at the Windermere Moreland real estate office. "Decemberville is a great community-building event, which brings residents from across the neighborhood out for a few hours, to participate in Holiday activates and festivities geared at connecting the local business community with the neighborhood," explained the current SMBA President, Hailey Percival of Edward Jones Company.

"The best part of this day, for me, has been the buzz that it brings to the neighborhood; I love the sense of community we all have, with events like this," Percival told THE BEE.

DAVID F. ASHTON - On S.E. Bybee Boulevard, flanking Chipper - the mascot who came up from historic Oaks Amusement Park to be part of Decemberville - were Davey and Sarah Billings; and Ben Jackson, holding Connor. From the grins seen everywhere on that afternoon, Decemberville was an ideal way for families to get into the Holiday spirit, right in their own neighborhood.

Find out more about what all these local businesses have to offer by visiting the SMBA's website – www.sellwoodmoreland.com


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