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Holiday wreaths and chocolate
The Parkrose High School choir department is selling Christmas wreaths, wrapping paper and decadent chocolate. Please contact a choir member or call 503-408-2695 to obtain a catalog or to place an order.

Choir brings Harrison home
The Parkrose High School a cappella choir is hosting the fifth annual Back Home with Michael Allen Harrison on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. This has become a holiday tradition for many people, featuring choral specials from two of the Parkrose elementary schools as well as the high school a cappella choir. The highlight is the inspiring piano work of Parkrose alum Michael Allen Harrison as he touches the heartstrings of his audience and melts them with his passionate melodies.

Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For tickets please call 503-408-2718 or contact a choir member.

Give green this holiday season
This year Friends of Trees offers four kinds of personalized gift cards for people who buy tax-deductible gift trees for the holidays. For $25 Friends of Trees will plant a young native tree in honor or memory of someone, and for $50 it will plant a grove of six young native trees. You can personalize the message on your gift card and choose a hemlock, fir, dogwood or oak background. To view card options and order a commemorative tree or grove, click on Commemorative Trees at

In addition to the handsome gift card, both you and your gift recipient will receive invitations to plant the gift trees at the Friends of Trees annual commemorative planting at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge on March 23, 2008. Friends of Trees will plant your gift trees for you if you’re unable to attend the planting.

Since 1989, Friends of Trees has mobilized thousands of volunteers to plant more than 340,000 trees and shrubs in the Portland-Vancouver metro area. This year plantings are scheduled in a record 60 Portland and Vancouver neighborhoods and at natural area sites across four counties.

Buying a gift tree or grove leaves a living legacy for the people you love. To learn more about gift trees or Friends of Trees, visit or call 503-282-8846, ext. 17.

Legion to offer handcrafted items
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #1 annual Christmas Bazaar will be Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handcrafted gifts, Christmas items, baked goods and more will be offered. The legion hall is located at 1830 S.E. 122nd. To learn more, call 503-252-6245.

Artisans and crafters featured
Local artisans and crafters will display handcrafted gifts at the Parkrose Community United Church of Christ Holiday Christmas Bazaar on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday Nov. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fresh baked goods will also be offered at the church located at 4715 N.E. 106th Ave.

Church cookbook featured item
The Circle of Friends Women’s Group Bazaar at the Church at Rockwood, 17021 East Burnside St., will feature a cookbook prepared by its members. Crocheted and knitted gifts, baked items and homemade candy will be offered as well on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jewelry and crafts offered
The Freedom Foursquare Church Holiday and Harvest Bazaar is Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 660 S.E. 160th Ave. Shoppers will find jewelry along with handmade arts and crafts.

Proceeds benefit cat shelter
A bazaar in support of the House of Dreams Cat Shelter will be held at the Russellville Grange Hall, 12100 N.E. Prescott St., on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a silent auction, raffle prizes and gifts for people and pets.

Lunch and crocheted gifts
The Rose City Church of the Nazarene bazaar will be Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7016 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Enjoy lunch while browsing displays of handmade jewelry and crocheted items.

Proceeds fund activities for kids, meals for seniors
East Portland Community Center Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 17 will feature 46 vendor tables with all handcrafted items. Proceeds from table rentals fund scholarships for children’s activities at the community center.

Loaves & Fishes will offer snacks and lunch at reasonable prices to help support the Meals-on-Wheels program and its dine-in program for seniors.

There will also be a raffle with numerous prizes.

To learn about table rentals or for more information, contact Judy Collier, event coordinator at 503-465-9202.

East Portland Community Center is located at 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

It’s a Dickens of a Christmas
As they have for 55 years, members of the congregation of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., will host It’s a Dickens of a Christmas. Members of the church make nearly all of the items offered at this holiday bazaar. There are no commercial vendors.

Shoppers will find quilted throws and hangings, knitted and crocheted items, aprons, hand-embroidered dishtowels, handbags and pillows along with cookies, jams, syrups and breads while enjoying live music. One hand-quilted king-size quilt will be the prize offered in a raffle.

The event is set for Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Child care for children 3 and under will be available. All proceeds benefit community outreach projects and the church women’s group.

To learn more, call the church at 503-252-5270 or contact Mary Ann Kawasoe at

Fresh baked goods
The women of Cherry Park United Methodist Church, 1736 S.E. 106th Ave., invite you to attend their holiday bazaar featuring a café, handmade Christmas gifts and Christmas home-baked goods on Friday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Student offerings shine at bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 1 is the date for the David Douglas High School PTSA Holiday Bazaar. Doors are open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. This popular annual event brings together nearly 100 local vendors and features the DDHS section showcasing student talent. There will be shopping fun for everyone from handcrafted holiday gifts to breakfast or lunch at the Jingle Bell Cafe. Proceeds support the DDHS Scholarship program, PTSA Reader Board Project and other student activities. For more information contact Karin Britton at 503-254-7702.

Garden offers holiday greens
On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Leach Garden Friends will hold the 21st annual Holiday Bazaar. A wide variety of fresh greens will be available in bulk, along with wreaths, swags and centerpieces, cones and dried flowers, handcrafted items and baked goods. As always the gift shop will be open and nursery plants will be offered for sale. Get into the spirit of the season, stroll the winter garden and sip hot cider in the historic Leach Garden Manor. Admission is free.

The Garden is located at 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., just south of Foster Road. All proceeds benefit the programs and maintenance of the garden’s botanical collection of over 3,000 species and cultivars. Leach Botanical Garden is Portland’s only public botanical garden.

For more information call Nancy Williams, administrative assistant, at 503-823-1671.

Quilts and wooden crafts
The Midway Christian Church bazaar is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2546 S.E. 131st Ave. Quilts, children’s items and wooden crafts will be offered. Enjoy lunch in the café.

Sharing the wealth
The Mindful Gifts Bazaar at Bridgeport United Church of Christ, 621 N.E. 76th Ave., offers gifts created by and supporting 35 local nonprofit organizations. The bazaar is Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Laughing with Shakespeare
The Parkrose High School Theatre fall production is William Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors." This delightful romp through mistaken identities and random confusion is appropriate for all ages and all those who like to laugh out loud.

Performances are scheduled for Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets at the door: $8 adults, $5 youths 18 and under and seniors.

PHS is located at 12003 N.E. Shaver St. Call Ms. Zena, theater program director, at 503-408-2621 for more information.

Music for every taste
The Parkrose High School Choral Department is pleased to invite you to attend its fall concert on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the PHS auditorium, 12003 N.E. Shaver St. This concert will feature each of the high school choirs, including the concert choir, treble choir, a cappella choir and the Debonaires. Hear an evening of delightful choral music as the members get their feet wet, while you keep yours dry.

Do you enjoy jazz with a little pizzazz? Then you will want to attend the high school jazz concert on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the PHS auditorium, hosted by the Debonaires and the jazz band. Come and hear some cool jazz that will warm your soul.

For more information, call 503-408-2695.

Advertising space is available in concert programs and will run in each program for the school year. Please contact a choir member or call 503-408-2695 for additional information.

Oz comes to local stage
The David Douglas High School Performing Arts Department will present "The Wizard of Oz" on Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the Horner Center for the Performing Arts, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and are now on sale. Call 503-261-8270 for more details and ticket reservations.

Public recreation swims
Dive in on Saturday afternoons at the David Douglas swimming pool, 13035 S.E. Taylor Court, for public recreational swims from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Admission is $2 for children, $3 for adults.

Youth water polo
Do you think water polo is a game played on horses in a swimming pool? If you can swim and have achieved the red, blue or gold patch in the grade school swimming lessons, come to the David Douglas swimming pool, 13035 S.E. Taylor Court, on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to see what the game of water polo is really all about. A former David Douglas student and water polo coach, Bobby DeRoest will host these fun-filled evenings. You will meet other students from around the district, learn the fundamentals of the game, work on the skills needed to play the game, and get the chance to put those skills to use by actually playing a game. Only $3 per evening.

Yoga and sign language for parents and children
East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave., is offering a pair of classes designed especially for parents and children this fall.

Sign language for you and me: Children can communicate using sign language even before developing verbal skills. Imagine your children telling you when they are hungry or tired, even before they can say the words. Sign language increases communication skills and strengthens the bond with your children.

This class is for children 6 to 23 months old on Tuesdays, Nov. 6-Dec. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost is $23. Class #249938.

Yoga adventures: Pretend to be an imaginary animal to encourage growth through focused play. A certified yoga instructor, Dena Wilder will teach beginning postures to promote coordination for both energy and creativity. She is able to accommodate a wide range of ages due to the stations format of the class. Parental or caretaker assistance is essential.

This class is for children 18 months to 6 years on Tuesdays, Nov. 6-Dec. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost is $28. Class #249933.

Call 503-823-3450 to register or learn more.

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