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Here are events and activities in Inner Southeast Portland in late December and in January

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: At Moreland Presbyterian Church, 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 on S.E. 73rd Avenue: Bring your family for a traditional candlelight service of worship and familiar carols this afternoon at 5 p.m. at Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church, 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue.

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.

JANUARY 3

Beginning Lego STEAM at Woodstock Library: Kids, learn about how to incorporate Lego Technic parts, motors, and power functions into your Lego creations with an expert Lego builder. Great for young beginners to Lego movement. Free. It's this afternoon, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard. JANUARY 4

"Abstract Acrylics" to Beat the Winter Blues, for Teens: This afternoon, 2-3 p.m., in the Woodstock Branch Library, teen students of this playful and colorful workshop will learn painting techniques and design tips to create unique and expressive artworks out of acrylic media. Options for finishing touches and display methods will also be covered. Free, but registration is required – in the Woodstock Library, or by calling 503/988-5123. S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Avenue. (The same program, for adults this time, will be held a week from today at the same place and time; preregister for that one to attend.)

JANUARY 7

Resume Help for Adults this afternoon in Sellwood: Do you need some help with your resume? Are you unsure about your choice of words? Struggling to describe your accomplishments? Come to the Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon, 4-7 p.m., meet with an experienced volunteer for one-on-one help. If you have a paper copy of your resume, please bring it along. Participation is free. No library card required, but a reservation is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

JANUARY 8

Woodstock Neighborhood Assn. meeting: This evening at 7 p.m., the Woodstock Neighborhood Association will have its General Meeting (postponed from January 1) – followed by a Board Meeting at 8:35pm. There will be a presentation from Lucien Dallaire from the Eastside Village. It's in the Woodstock Community Center west of BiMart, at 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue.

JANUARY 14

"Hands-on Henna for Teens" at the Sellwood Library today: Henna is used by many cultures as a form of artistic expression. Henna is not permanent, but it does temporarily stain the skin for about two weeks. In this hands-on cultural art program, artist Raina Imig will share information on the art of henna in India, and will create a brief, authentic, intricate henna design on your hand. You'll get to create a henna design on yourself, too! It's free, this evening 6-7:30 p.m., in the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. Bidwell Street at 13th Avenue.

JANUARY 25 "Creating Catapults" at the Sellwood Library: From 11 a.m. till noon today, kids will explore the physics behind catapults and trebuchets, and what makes them hurl or launch. Working in small groups, participants will design and engineer their very own working models, and create defense systems to be used in a friendly challenge between teams. Best for kids in grades 2-5. Free; free tickets are required, due to limited space, and they will be available 30 minutes in advance, at the Sellwood Branch Library – S.E. 13th Avenue at Bidwell Street. Open House at Homestead Schoolhouse in Woodstock: Today at 2 p.m. it's Open House at Homestead Schoolhouse – preschool for ages 2-1/2 to 5 years. Registration for the 2020-2021 school year available. 4121 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Call 503/970.7168 for more information.

"12 Key Acupressure Points For Everyday Health": This afternoon at the Woodstock Branch Library, 2-3 p.m., it's an experiential holistic event for adults, sharing information based on the wisdom of the ancients to improve your health and strengthen your immune system. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard – or by calling 503/988-5123.

JANUARY 26

Open House at Holy Family Catholic School: This morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., it's the annual Open House at Eastmoreland's Holy Family School, 7425 S.E. Chavez Blvd. (formerly 39th). If you can't make it today, you have one more opportunity on Wednesday, January 29, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; drop in at the best time for you.

FEBRUARY 6

"Crackin' Crab Feast" returns today in Woodstock: Today, two seatings are available at the annual "Crackin' Crab Feast" – 4:45 and 7 p.m. – at All Saints Episcopal Church Hall, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. It's for those who love crab, and like to have a good time with family and friends. A bargain at $40, the meal comes with fresh crab, salad, and bread – and a cash bar is available. Children under 6 eat free; children 6-11 get mac and cheese for $10; and there are vegan options for all. Childcare available at first seating only. Table pricing for 6, 8, and 10 people. All proceeds support All Saints outreach ministries. For tickets – available now – or for more information, go online -- www.allsaintspdx.org – or call 916/202-7132.


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