Sellwood Moreland Improvement League

Mid-December thru January - Events nearby!

DECEMBER 13

Wooden Train Playtime for youngsters, in Woodstock: Children ages 2 and up (with a favorite adult) who enjoy trains can put together and run wooden trains in the Woodstock Branch Library this morning, 10 until 10:45 a.m. This fun-filled program connects junior train fans with creative and imaginative play activities. Free. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Street.

“December’s Tale” – Reed College annual seasonal offering: Tonight at 7:30 p.m., with “December’s Tale”, John Vergin brings new stories and songs to his annual offering. Through prose, poetry, and song, memories both humorous and poignant are evoked, to weave a winter tapestry. It takes place in Eliot Hall Chapel, in the center of the Reed College campus, and nearest the east parking lot. No ticket presale; tickets are $5 to $10 at the door.

 

DECEMBER 15

“A Christmas Carol” in Ballet, from Sellwood’s school of ballet: Classical Ballet Academy presents Christmas programs each December on stage at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, open to the public. This evening at 8 p.m. is this year’s only performance of a spectacular dance adaptation of Charles Dickens’ immortal story “A Christmas Carol”. This high-energy show is based on the original Broadway musical, and showcases dancers from the Sellwood School’s Pre-Professional Contemporary, Modern and Jazz Program. Tickets are sold through the PSU box office: 503/725-3307. $25 for adults 18+, $19 for 65+ as well as ages 10-17; $14 for ages 2-9.

DECEMBER 16

Children’s Scandinavian Dance Performance: This morning at the Woodstock Branch Library – families, come see a special performance by “Leikarringen of Portland”. The children in this performing group offer a variety of dances from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Free. 11 a.m. until noon today at the Woodstock Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

 

Today and tomorrow, “The Nutcracker” in ballet: Classical Ballet Academy in Sellwood offers its annual Christmas ballet, “The Nutcracker”, following Clara and her beloved nutcracker on a magical Christmas Eve journey. Suitable for all ages. Presented downtown, featuring many Southeast Portland students, at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University. Shows today at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and again tomorrow at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are sold through the PSU box office: 503/725-3307. $25 for adults 18+, $19 for 65+ as well as ages 10-17; $14 for ages 2-9.

 

DECEMBER 17

Third Sunday of Advent in Westmoreland: As part of the 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, the Moreland Presbyterian choir, with brass quintet, perform “Gloria” by K. Lee Scott. The Moreland Presbyterian choir, with brass quintet, perform. Come to the regular morning service ("Gloria" is 20 minutes in the 60-minute service); no charge; no RSVP needed. Followed by a Wassail Party at 10:30 a.m. Everyone invited. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

 

Eclectic Band Concert at Reedwood Friends Church: At 7 p.m. tonight, you are invited to be in the Worship Center of Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of the Reed College Campus – for an Eclectic Christmas Band Concert, bringing a diverse mix of musical styles to Christmas music, from jazz to pop, bluegrass to blues. Eclectic Christmas, entering its fourth season of concerts, helps create space and community during the Christmas season. Featuring Nathanael Ankeny, Nate Macy, Aaron Pruitt, Nolan Staples, Melissa Thomas, and Frank Verhoorn. Eclectic Christmas is helps you get into the Christmas spirit. Bring friends!

 

DECEMBER 18

Sellwood Library helps teens make their own Franken-animal: Here’s something just a little different for the Holidays – create your very own Franken-animal or creature, by hacking apart stuffed animals and reclaimed materials, then putting it all back together using needle, thread, and hot glue. For the final touch, add in animatronics, to make it one of a kind. Free, for teens in grades 6-12, this afternoon 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

 

DECEMBER 19

Pageturners Book Group for adults at Sellwood Library: Read “The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan” by Jenny Nordberg; then come to the Sellwood Branch Library this evening 6:30-8 p.m. to engage in stimulating conversation about books with other adults, and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Free, but space is limited, so come early. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.
 

DECEMBER 22

 

Holiday choir concert on S.E. Woodward Street: “The Healing Voices Choir” presents its Winter Concert: “Alleluia!” Which draws from different traditions and languages, this community choir will share inspiring choral works by Palestrina, Lewandowski, Sweelinck, Handel, Leonard Cohen, and others. “This concert will feature an exciting new work by local composer Patrick Rooney, as well as some thrilling solos and chamber selections.” The concert is this evening, 7-9 p.m., at Waverly Heights United Church of Christ, 3300 S.E. Woodward Street. A suggested donation of $15 ($10 students/seniors) will be gratefully received at the door.

 

 

 

DECEMBER 24

 

Christmas Eve in Westmoreland: Three events on the calendar today at Moreland Presbyterian Church – at 9:30 a.m., an informal Advent Worship; at 4 p.m., Intergenerational Family Worship; and at 11 p.m., Candlelight Worship. Open to all.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on S.E. 73rd: Pause the Holiday bustle to attend a traditional candlelight service of music and worship, 5 p.m. this afternoon at Mt. Scott Presbyterian Church. “Celebrate the spirit of the season and still be home by dinnertime.” The address is 5512 S.E. 73rd Avenue.

 

 

 

DECEMBER 28

 

Woodstock puppet show features “The Snowflake Man”:Puppetkabob’s “The Snowflake Man” swings family audiences into historic 1920 through creative storytelling, intricately designed Czech-style marionettes, and a striking pop-up book of watercolor scenery. Come chill this winter, and learn about American inventor W.A. “Snowflake” Bentley, pioneer of “snowflake photography”. This award-winning show combines art, science, and a little-known piece of American history, to magical effect! Free. It’s 11-11:45 a.m. this morning, in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street.

 

 

 

JANUARY 7

 

“Canva for Cards, Posters, and More” in Sellwood: Are you looking for a fun and easy way to design beautiful cards, invitations, or flyers? Do you wish your social media posts looked snappier? Do you want to explore alternatives to PowerPoint for your presentations? Come to a free class at the Sellwood Branch Library this afternoon, 1-3 p.m., to learn about “Canva”, a free online design studio. Please sign up for a Canva account before coming to class. Free class, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

 


JANUARY 13

 

For teens – Video Gaming: Analog Style in Woodstock: A storm knocked out the power, and now the batteries in all your devices are dead. What are you and your friends gonna do? Why not play a video game ... analog style! Using materials often found at home – such as paper clips, bottle caps, string, and wire – can you make a video game that doesn't require power? Of course you can! Come to the Woodstock Library this afternoon, 2-5 p.m., and tinker with us and make a “no plug required” version of your favorite video game – or one that you invent entirely on your own. For added fun, Tinker Camp will show you how to wire up LEDs and buzzers to coin cell batteries so your game can light up in the dark. Free. For teens in grades 6-12. The Woodstock library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

 

 

 

JANUARY 20

 

Adults – make Chinese Dumplings at Woodstock Library: Learn how to make delicious home-style Chinese dumplings to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Includes how to make dough from scratch, and different ways to wrap a dumpling. Take home a recipe to impress your family and friends. This 2-3:30 p.m. program this afternoon is presented in Mandarin! Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

JANUARY 22

 

For adults -- resume help at Sellwood Library: Do you need some help with your resume? Are you unsure about your choice of words? Struggling to describe your accomplishments? Today, 6-7:30 p.m., come meet with an experienced volunteer for one-on-one help. If you have a paper copy of your resume, bring it along. Free, but registration is required; register for your own 30-minute session in the Sellwood Library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

JANUARY 26

 

"Truth AND Dare" Stories and Improvisational Comedy in Sellwood: This evening and tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., at the Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane Street, nonprofit “Rogue Pack” presents Truth AND Dare” – brave girls ages 10-18 in the foster care system offer an evening of storytelling and improvisational comedy. Rogue Pack teens from Boys & Girls Aid give voice to their truths and dare to improvise, taking the stage and sharing their honesty through their writing, daring to peel away society's labels and face the unknown, as they collaborate with the audience. Tickets are $10 online at http://www.roguepack.org $15 at the door, and $12 for students and seniors.

JANUARY 27

 

For adults – silhouette art in Sellwood: This afternoon, 3-4:30 p.m., create trendy silhouette pictures with “your local reuse-repurpose artist, Sally”. She’ll bring a variety of stencils that you can trace, cut out, and mount on book paper, for a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Free, but registration is required; register in the Sellwood Library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

 

 

For adults – make a “Leatherwork Minimalist Wallet”: In a hands-on workshop 3-5 p.m. this afternoon at the Woodstock Library, presented by Purpose Handmade, you will learn to make a minimalist wallet design. With your pre-cut leather pieces, you will learn to edge dye, wax, burnish edges, chisel stitch, and saddle stitch to complete your leather wallet. Free, but registration is required; register in the library, or by calling 503/988-5123. The Woodstock library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Posted by smile333 on 11/13/2017
Last updated on 12/11/2017
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