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East Portland News
Community Calendar
November, 2023

Through December 17th
> Holiday Express steam locomotive train rides continue – The annual “Holiday Express” family train rides with Santa through Oaks Bottom in Southeast Portland begin today, continuing on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 17th. The trains depart from, and return to, the Oregon Railroad History Museum under the McLoughlin/Grand viaduct, north of Powell and east of OMSI (where there is an Orange MAX line stop, and also a large parking lot), traveling south through Oaks Bottom to the train station at Oaks Park and back on each ride. For tickets, departure schedule, and more information, and to get your tickets before all the rides sell out, go online: CLICK HERE.

November 30
> Centennial NET Team Meet & Treat – From 6:00 until 7:30 p.m., come meet with the volunteers who make up the Centennial Neighborhood Emergency Team. They are people interested in household preparedness and community resilience, to attend this get-together. It’s a LIVE meeting, featuring free refreshments, free “stuff” and preparedness information. It’s taking place at the Parklane Christian Reformed Church, located at 16001 SE Main Street, 97233. NOTE: They may be able to “live stream” the meeting; if you have questions, send an email to CentennialNET@gmail.com.

East Portland News
Community Calendar
December, 2023

December 2

> Parkrose Bronco Boosters Beverage Bottle & Can Drive – From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., take your deposit-return cans and bottles with you to help support their community educational efforts. A different school organization volunteers for duty during the event each month. They’re at Parkrose Middle School, front entrance, at 11800 NE Shaver Street, 97220.  It’s coordinated by Patty Meighen, contact her at pmeighen@hotmail.com.

> Leach Botanical Garden Winter Fest & Wreath Sale – It’s back! From 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., come pick out your holiday wreath and enjoy beverages and activities in the winter garden. There will be many more wreaths to choose from this year, either traditionally or botanically decorated, all of them unique, organizers promise. Stroll through the garden and stop by the gift shop while you’re there. Unclear if $5 Entrance Fee is waved if you shop. Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236.

December 3
> Live, ‘Music of the Season’ Concert – At 3:00 p.m., members of the all-volunteer East County Community Orchestra and Portland Metro Concert Band will present a FREE concert. The program will feature ‘Music of the Season’ – from light classics to show tunes and marches. Come by for a lovely afternoon of great music. It’s in the Howard Horner Performing Arts Center on the campus of David Douglas High School, 1400 SE 130th Avenue – between Stark and Division Streets. For more information see the Orchestra’s website: CLICK HERE.

December 5
> Wilkes Community Group General Meeting – From 6:30 until 7:30 p.m., this outer East Portland neighborhood association meets. The agenda hasn’t been announced. They’re meeting at the Community Room in St George Antiochian Orthodox Church, located at 2101 NE 162nd Avenue.

December 8
> Lents Neighborhood Livability Association Christmas Potluck – From 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., bring your favorite dish to share and enjoy. Meet neighbors and make new friends at this casual supper. NOTE LOCATION: They’re back meeting at New Hope Church at 10603 SE Henderson Street. [Please park in South side lot of building. You will be accessing our meeting thru the door closest to the South parking lot – NOT the main front doors.] For more information, email lnla2018@gmail.com.

December 10
> Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert – Their new season continues with a ‘Pre-concert Talk’ at 3:15 p.m. by new conductor Jonathan DeBruyn about the music, the composers, and behind the scenes notes about our orchestra. Then, at 4:00 p.m., DeBruyn will conduct this great orchestra in Holiday favorites. The program includes: Samuel Coleridge – Taylor — Christmas Overture; Ralph Vaughan – Williams — Fantasia on “Greensleeves”; Remo Giazzotto — Adagio for Strings and Organ, “Albinoni Adagio”; Archangelo Corelli — Concerto Grosso No. 8, “Christmas Concerto” Bob Cerulli — Christmas Sing-Along; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky — Symphony No 1, “Winter Dreams”. It’s taking place at the Sunnyside Seventh-Day Adventist Church, located at 10501 SE Market Street, 97216. For more information, and, find a link to their live stream of the concert, see their website: CLICK HERE.

December 13
> EPCC Annual Awards Breakfast – The tradition continues, from 7:30 until 9:00 a.m. as the East Portland Chamber of Commerce will be holding their event that organizers say “is our chance to reflect back on the year behind us, and to begin looking forward to the next year.” 2023 is EPCC’s 20th Anniversary; they’ll be recognizing their accomplishments. TICKETS: $35 buys you a buffet breakfast, entertainment, prizes, awards and recognition. Well, if you didn’t help out with the EPCC you may not be individually awarded or recognized. Bring a wrapped gift for our gift exchange. Sponsorship opportunities are available. It’s being held at Colwood Golf Center, 7313 NE Columbia Boulevard, 97218. CLICK HERE to learn more and buy your tickets securely online.

December 15
> Lents Grown Business Association Holiday Mixer – From 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., those with retail, service and home businesses are invited to stop by for an evening of fun and relaxation. Your first beverage is courtesy of the LGBA! You’ll find them at The Zed, located at 5718 SE 92nd Avenue.

Starting December 16
> Starkwood subdivision homes lit for Christmas – What’s been called the ‘Peacock Lane’ of outer east Portland continues a 60-year tradition showing off their homes, decorated for the Holidays. From 5:00 until 11:00 p.m., all along SE 111th Avenue, NORTH of SE Stark Street, homes are lit up, including this in the three col-du-sacs of Ash Street, Ankeny Street, and Pine Court. It’s FREE to visit, but please respect the neighbors by being courteous. It’s put on by the Starkwood Homeowners Association. It runs through January 1, 2024.

December 21
> Winter Solstice at Leach Botanical Garden – From 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., drop by the garden on the shortest day and longest night of the year for a special event.  Decorate a rock, leave a note on the 2023 Gratitude Tree, and enjoy warm drinks by the fire near the Covered Arbor. Bring your friends and family for a cozy time as we mark the turning point of the season and welcome the gradual return of light. This is a ticketed event, FEE: $5 | or, FREE for Leach Garden Friends member. Purchase your ticket securely online: CLICK HERE. Leach Botanical Garden is located at 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, 97236.

December 25

Merry Christmas!

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