Calendar of events features toy drives, candlelight tours and library activities


North Marion County Firefighter Toy Drive — Dec. 1. Starting at 9 a.m., firefighters in Woodburn, Hubbard, Aurora, Donald, Gervais and surrounding areas will be driving through communities collecting non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys and monetary donations for local families in need. When you hear the sirens, bring out donations to the curb. Donations may also be left curbside, or can be brought to Aurora Fire Station or Woodburn Fire District's main station. Donations go to Love Santa Inc. and St. Vincent De Paul Society, which provide food and toys to more than 150 needy families in northern Marion County. Donations for Love Santa Hubbard can be dropped off at Dollar General in Hubbard, White Rabbit in Aurora, Donald Cafe, Hubbard Chevrolet or Les Schwab in Woodburn through Dec. 7. Donations for Love Santa Woodburn and St. Vincent De Paul Society can be dropped off through Dec. 14 at Woodburn Independent, Woodburn City Hall, Webb Chiropractic and Long Bros. Building Supply. For more information, call James Audritsh at 503-951-2366.

Newell Pioneer Village Candlelight Tour — 3:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1. The village will come alive with costumed interpreters in Christmas finery. At Newell House, enjoy a snack and listen to Robert and Rebecca Newell's dinner conversations with guests. At Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin, children can make and take home a gingerbread house, and all ages can enjoy music and peruse the general store. At Butteville Academy, join in the classroom fun by stringing popcorn and cranberries to hang on a tree. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and DAR, and $3 for ages 12 and under. Newell Pioneer Village is at 8089 Champoeg Road N.E., St. Paul. For more information, call 503-678-5537, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Old Aurora Colony Museum Candlelight Tour — 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Step into the year 1878 and experience an Aurora Colony Christmas as seen through the eyes of the school master, his students and other Aurora residents. Visit the Steinbach log cabin, the tool shed, the Ox Barn and more. Complete the tour by enjoying hot cider and cookie and listening to pioneer music played on hammered dulcimer and string bass by Rob and Nancy Downie (known as Heartstrings). Small groups start the tour every 15 minutes, but call to ensure a tour time. Admission is $15 or $10 for members, students and military servicepeople with ID. Reserve tickets by calling 503-678-5754 or stopping by the museum. Proceeds benefit Aurora Colony Historical Society.

Be Ready to Help When Disaster Strikes — 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Start preparing and organizing a group of interested people on how to assist those hit by a disaster. Hope Lutheran Church, 211 Parr Road, will host this presentation by the Office of Disaster Response of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Receive free materials. The only thing to bring is a genuine desire to assist people in need. Lunch will be provided. The bilingual instructor will present in Spanish but can provide English translation as needed.

North Marion Community Library Association fundraiser — Dec. 1. NMCLA is taking orders for holiday decorations. Proceeds will support the volunteer-run library, which currently runs out of the lower level of the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora, in finding a community rental site that would allow the library to stay open for more hours. At Aurora's American Legion Post from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, someone will be on hand to take orders, while other members will canvass the northern county region. Call Nancy at 503-678-5999.

Christian Lecture Series9 a.m. Dec. 1. "Finding God in the Jumble." Deacon Chris describes this presentation as a reflection on the form of parable as a way of understanding the nature of revelation and the meaning of our own lives. Cost is $15/Students $5. At the Mount Angel Abbey, 1 Abbey Drive.

Sacred Heart BBQ Chicken Dinner — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2. Sacred Heart-St. Louis Parish will be hosting its 60th semi-annual chicken dinner at 485 Seventh St., Gervais. Adults are $11, ages 12 and under are $7. Dinner includes a half barbecue chicken, baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, homemade pie or cake, and a beverage. Dine in or take out. During dinner hours, guests are also invited to the Sweet Shop & Country Store with holiday gifts and crafts. The dinner benefits parish and school activities.

Mayor's Tree Lighting — 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Join in at the Downtown Plaza for caroling and the tree lighting. Drop into the Metropolis for a holiday bazaar, children's activities, hot chocolate and an appearance by Santa.

Recreational Youth Basketball League — Jan. 12-March 2. Registration deadline: Dec. 3. Cost is $60 per child ($45 for 3-5). Non-competitive youth basketball league with an emphasis on fun and skill development. Games to be held on Saturdays with separate practice time during the week depending on the coach. Teams subject to play games in Salem based on number of teams. Divisions: Ages 3-5 (no kindergarten students; coed), kindergarten (coed), first-second grade (coed), third-fourth grade boys/girls, fifth-sixth grade boys/girls. Register with Woodburn Recreation and Parks, 503-982-5266 or at

Perler Bead Ornaments craft — 3:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Children ages 6-12 can take part in this free crafting activity at Mount Angel Public Library. Create an ornament using plastic beads that are fused together. The library is located at 290 E. Charles St. For more information, call 503-845-6401.

Storytime with the chief 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5. Enjoy storytime at Mount Angel Public Library with Mount Angel Police Chief Mark Daniel. This event is open to all families. The library is located at 290 E. Charles St. For more information, call 503-845-6401.

St. Paul Red Cross blood drive — 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and has issued an urgent call for eligible individuals of all blood types to donate blood. This blood drive will be at the St. Paul Fire Hall, 4233 Church Ave., St. Paul. While walk-ins are welcome, anyone can schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross blood donor app, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To be eligible to give blood, potential donors must be at least 17 (16 with parental consent) weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

Santa's Workshop — 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Register by Nov. 29. Join the Boys and Girls Club (Settlemier Park) as they help run Santa's Workshop. Kids will construct gifts and wrap them in preparation for the gift-giving season. Each child will make 2 handmade gifts that they can take with them. Cost $5 per child. Ages 5-12. Contact Recreation and Parks at 503-982-5266.


Christmas Golf Car Parade — 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Golf cars will convert into Christmas floats, starting at the Woodburn Estates & Golf clubhouse before spreading cheer around the neighborhood. Thursday night's route will focus on the Estates community (and several local senior living facilities) on the south side of Highway 214. Friday's route meanders through as many streets as possible on the north side of the highway. Foursom Golf Cars of Woodburn is the sponsor and they will provide a banquet dinner for the participants following Friday's parade. For more information, contact the parade coordinator, Becky Butts, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-982-3979.

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