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Welcome to Monday, Dec. 17, National Maple Syrup Day. Happy birthday to Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936), the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and the first from the Americas. Today in 1944, U.S. military leaders approved Public Proclamation No. 21, which ended the forced 'evacuation' of Japanese-American citizens on the West Coast, who were required to live in camps. The proclamation said that as of Jan. 2, 1945, the Japanese-Americans could return home. Most of them lost everything in the three years since they were forced from their homes. It should rain, with a gusty south wind, and more rain, with a high near 50. Here are a few things to do after you've polished off some maple syrup today:



• Grab a few tasty locally made cookies at the Pioneer Courthouse Square's Holidays on the Mall, Sarah's Cookies Giveaway, noon to 1 p.m. thesquarepdx.org/events/

• See lights on the farm at the Fantasy Trail, 6 to 9 p.m., Wenzel Farm, 19754 S. Ridge Road, Oregon City. Cost: $6 to $7 (cash only). www.fantasytrail.com/xmastrail.htm

• Hear performances by some of the region's best musicians and raise money for Fly Me to the Moon, a cultural enrichment program at the Lake Theater and Café's "Sugar & Spice" holiday showcase, 7 p.m., 106 N. State St., Lake Oswego. www.laketheatercafe.com

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