December Events & Activities
NOVEMBER 27A month of Cinnamon Bear drive-by shows at Oaks Park: Starting tonight, the Cinnamon Bear Outdoor Theater at Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood begins a series of live musical productions of the Cinnamon Bear show for kids and families – in a socially-distanced drive-by format. This live musical production features a sing-along with the Cocklebur Cowboys Band; enjoy special appearances by the Cinnamon Bear, Chipper the Squirrel, and Santa Claus. The show dates are November 27-28, and December 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 26-27, and New Year's Eve—December 31. The cost is $49 per car which covers everyone inside – although there are vehicle size restrictions (no buses or semis, please!). Oaks Park is at 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, accessed from the foot of Spokane Street. Holiday treats, beverages, and merchandise available for purchase during the event. Tickets must be bought in advance, online, at – www.oakspark.com/cinnamonbear
Drive-By Christmas on the Campground: Recently, the Apostolic Faith Church on Duke Street just east of 52nd Avenue has been offering a family Christmas event for those of all faiths. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are instead offering a "Drive-by Christmas on the Campground". Starting today, and running continuously through New Year's Eve – nightly, from dusk until dawn – you are invited to pile the family into the car and drive by, or take a stroll, past their forested campground on Duke Street – to enjoy thousands of lights, a life-size nativity, and "the tallest decorated Christmas tree in Southeast Portland". Seasonal music will also be playing from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each evening. The church hopes to return to their usual family Christmas event next year.DECEMBER 2
New Woodstock newsletter and a "solar" talk: Tonight, at the virtual Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting on ZOOM, you can sign up under "chat" with your e-mail address to receive the "monthly colorful, engaging and informative" online newsletter. "Do You Know Woodstock?" is a monthly quiz to see how well you know, or can get to know, the neighborhood. Go to – www.woodstockpdx.org – and click Woodstock Neighborhood Association, then "Monthly Newsletter." There will also be a presentation on "community solar" from Ryan Cook, of the Energy Trust of Oregon. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. The ZOOM link is – zoom.us/j/97984723663
"Friends of Trees" neighborhood planning in Brooklyn: This morning, starting at 9 a.m. and until no later than 1 p.m., Friends of Trees will be planting dozens of tall street and yard trees (6 to 10 feet high) in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Due to pandemic restrictions, public volunteers are not invited to help this year, but Brooklyn neighbors wanting a tree – and who have not already arranged one – should go online AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE BEFORE TODAY'S PLANTING to fill out the application – www.friendsoftrees.org/get-a-tree
Lewis Elementary PTA hosts annual tree sale, today only: Midday today, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lewis Elementary PTA hosts its annual tree sale in the front parking lot of the school, at 4401 S.E. Evergreen Street in Woodstock. There will be Grand and Noble Firs for sale. Come early for best selection. All proceeds benefit the Lewis PTA. Please note due to PPS buildings being closed, there will not be a Holiday Bazaar this year – only the outdoor tree sale. The school thanks the community for its continued support.DECEMBER 6
"Chrismons, Carols and Wassail": Moreland Presbyterian Church celebrates the Second Sunday of Advent at 11 a.m., physically-distanced in the church's parking lot, and open to all. The parking lot is on S.E. 19th, just south of Bybee Boulevard.DECEMBER 12
"Nutcracker Vignettes" for drive-by enjoyment this evening: With COVID-19 making its traditional downtown presentation of "The Nutcracker" impossible this year, Sellwood's Classical Ballet Academy is instead working with eleven Eastmoreland neighbors to present "vignettes" from the Nutcracker, featuring their ballet students, on their front lawns – for those driving by. These vignettes will include lighting, music, props, sets, and the dancers in Nutcracker costumes. It takes place tonight from 5 to 9 p.m., and it's free to enjoy. A playbill detailing the sequence of addresses to visit will be given at the starting point to all who want to drive through this display – the starting point is 7400 S.E. 31st Avenue. Coffee, hot chocolate, and treats will be available halfway through this eleven-stop Holiday drive-by event.
Christmas Eve Celebration at Moreland Presbyterian: In this case, the celebration is at 4:30 p.m. in the church's parking lot, physically-distanced, and open to all – with bells and carols. The parking lot is on S.E. 19th, just south of Bybee Boulevard. More, online – www.morelandpres.org
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