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Here are the seasonal events and activities in Inner Southeast Portland reported to THE BEE for the Holiday Season

NOVEMBER 26

Santa starts to collect his mail: Starting today, Santa is collecting letters regularly from All Saints Episcopal Church's bright red Santa's Letter Box at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, and no postage stamp is needed – so be sure to write one soon!

DECEMBER 4

Wreath-making event at Moreland Presbyterian: From 2 to 4:30 this afternoon, you are invited to learn wreath-making techniques at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. Everyone invited. All supplies included (just bring pruners). Leave with a beautiful wreath for your home, or to gift. $20 donation requested to cover cost of the materials.

DECEMBER 11

Annual Woodstock Tree Lighting this afternoon: The location for the tree lighting is right at 4121 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at the Homestead Schoolhouse, across from Otto's Sausage Kitchen. Free and everyone invited. Starts at 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Encore of "Nutcracker Vignettes" in Eastmoreland: Because of the pandemic, the dancers of Sellwood's Classical Ballet Academy performed eight scenes from "The Nutcracker" ballet on lawns in Eastmoreland for drive-by audiences as their only performance of the season a year ago. Although they are now able to perform the full-length ballet downtown (see below), these special drive-by performances in Eastmoreland proved so popular they are repeating it this year – tonight, between 5 and 9 p.m. Walk or drive the route at a convenient time during those hours, following the playbill and map available at – http://www.classicalballet.net; there is no charge, but donations are very welcome (suggested, if you are able: $25 per car). Bring the whole family.

DECEMBER 12

Third Sunday of Advent at Moreland Presbyerian: The 9:30 a.m. service features "Lessons and Carols in the Groove" led by youth and families. All welcome. Moreland Presbyterian Church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. DECEMBER 16

Sellwood dancers perform at PSU downtown: This evening and again tomorrow night, the dancers of the Classical Ballet Academy in Sellwood are on stage in Lincoln Hall, at Portland State University, at 8 p.m. for a performance of the ballet "Alice in Wonderland" – and then, on Saturday, December 18, at 2 and 6 p.m., and on Sunday the 19th at 1 and 5 p.m., the dancers perform the complete ballet "The Nutcracker". The address is 1620 S.W. Park Avenue. All performances are under the direction of Sarah Rigles and her staff. All youth, adult, and senior tickets are sold through the PSU box office – call 503/725-3307, or go online to – https://portlandstate.universitytickets.com/w/default.aspx?cid=175

DECEMBER 19 Fourth Sunday of Advent at Moreland Presbyterian: The 9:30 a.m. service includes bells and carols; and at 6 p.m. there is a "Blue Christmas" solstice gathering at the church. All welcome for either or both. Moreland Presbyterian Church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. DECEMBER 21 Solstice service at Mt. Scott Presbyterian: Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church invites the community to a "Longest Night" service at 7 p.m. this evening, open to all. "The service recognizes that the Holidays often include feelings of grief, loss, and regret, and will hold a sacred space in which we can both honor our losses and look for hope". Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church, 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue.

DECEMBER 24

Christmas Eve services at Moreland Presbyterian: "Welcoming the Wondrous" is the theme both of the 5 p.m. Family Christmas Celebration, and the 11 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Celebration, with choir and strings. All welcome. Moreland Presbyterian Church is situated at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Mt. Scott Presbyterian: 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. Open to all.

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