By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
‘Giving Tree’ to aid local residents
Dec. 1-15. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. The Albertina Kerr Giving Tree will be on display for those who want to fulfill holiday gift wishes for the community’s vulnerable residents. www.necommunitycenter.org. Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave.
‘Northeast Village’ plan under discussion
Dec. 1. 2-3:30 p.m. Get information and discuss creating a Northeast Village to help people grow old in their own homes, surrounded by a caring community. Free. Information: Margaret Baldwin (925) 788-6526. Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5630 N.E. Alameda St.
Madison Choir to sing at The Grotto
Dec. 1. 6 p.m. Madison High School choir present a free concert at the Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St.
Center to collect warm wraps for youth
Dec. 1-27. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Bring donations of new or gently used blankets, jackets, sweatshirts, rain gear and other warm clothing for Porch Light and Street Light youth shelters of Janus Youth Programs. (503) 284-3377. www.necommunitycenter.org. Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave.
Boosters, Fine Arts Guild open show
Dec. 2. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Dec. 28. The 19th annual Hollywood Boosters Art Show & Sale with the Portland Fine Arts Guild. Sales benefit both the artists and the Boosters. 42nd Street Station, 2000 N.E. 42nd Ave.
Guardino Gallery shows ‘Little Things’
Dec. 3. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The 13th year of the “Little Things” show includes small paintings, clay, fused glass, encaustic, metal, wood, photography, fiber art and mixed media ideal for gifts. www.guardinogallery.com (503) 281-9048. Guardino Gallery, 2939 N.E. Alberta St.
Healthy homes linked to personal health
Dec. 3. 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Multnomah County Health Department offers a session on “Seven Principles of a Healthy Home.” Personal health may be closely tied to the quality of the home environment. Share resources and information about healthy homes programs. Free. Registration required: (503) 988-5234. Albina library, 3605 N.E. 15th Ave.
Concert to support East Africa schools
Dec. 4. 7 p.m. The Asante Choir, named for the Swahili word for “thank you,” will perform traditional African and American worship music, folk songs, drumming and vibrant dance. The choir from East Africa helps support three schools in Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. Free. Donations accepted. (503) 489-7804. Celebration Tabernacle, 8131 N. Denver Ave.
Kids’ to learn about animals in winter
Dec. 5. 11:15 a.m. to noon. Families may join the children’s performer Red Yarn in an interactive program, “Winter in the Deep Woods.” Children will sing, dance and learn how animals prepare for the cold and dark days ahead. Free. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. (503) 988-5386. Gregory Heights library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Make holiday cards with rubber blocks
Dec. 5. 5-7 p.m. Learn to make holiday cards using the basics of printmaking. Speedball carving tools create designs on soft rubber blocks. Printing is with Versacolor pigment ink. Registration required in the library or call (503) 988-5234. Free. Hollywood library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St.
Program to outline special dwelling units
Dec. 5. 7 p.m. Join Living Room Realty for an informational session on accessory dwelling units, their design, construction and how they may be used. Speakers will be Kol Peterson, who builds the units in Portland, and Darin Walding, who handles mortgages for Advantis Credit Union. Free child care. RSVP: moc.e1481311114rmoor1481311114gnivi1481311114l@pvs1481311114r1481311114. 1401 N.E. Alberta St.
Pinter’s ‘The Lover’ playing at Imago
Dec. 5. 8 p.m. Harold Pinter’s one-act “The Lover” plays Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to Dec. 21. Tickets $10-$20. www.ticketswest.com/events/the-lover-by-harold-pinter. (503) 231-9581. Imago Theater, 17 S.E. 8th Ave.
Tree sales to support Madison High
Dec. 6-22. Times vary. Christmas tree sales by Madison High School Activity Committee and Rose City Park United Methodist Church to raise funds for school projects not covered by other sources. Event coordinator is Jennifer O’Leary (503) 997-8411. Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda St.
‘Family Man’ film set for community center
Dec. 6. 1 p.m. Movie Matinee: “The Family Man.” A Wall Street trader finds himself involved with a hold-up, then awakens the next day married to his college sweetheart and the father of two children. Will he take this offer of a happy family life? Stars Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni and Don Cheadle. Free. Registration required: (503) 288-8303. Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss St.
Artists open gallery, gift shop
Dec. 6. 6-10 p.m. Continues 2-7 p.m. Thursdays, 2-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until Dec. 22. Decemberfest is a gallery and gift shop with affordable art and craft items by local writers, publishers, musicians and artists affiliated with Milepost 5. Artistsmilepost.net Artists’ Milepost, 900 N.E. 81st Ave.
Grace Memorial Episcopal Holiday Art Faire and Bazaar
Dec. 7. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Arts, crafts, gifts of fused glass, wearable art, pottery, jewelry, textiles, paintings, photographs, cards, prints, candles, ornaments, preserves and home-baked goodies. Quilt raffle. Gourmet luncheon: $8. Proceeds benefit the Women of Grace and support the Grace Art Camp Scholarship Fund. Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 N.E. 17th Ave.
Arts, crafts sale to aid Trillium school
Dec. 7-8. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts & Crafts Spectacular, with works by 40 talented artists and craftspeople, plus student work. To benefit Trillium Public Charter School. gro.m1481311114uilli1481311114rtrof1481311114rehte1481311114got@r1481311114aluca1481311114tceps1481311114. Trillium school, 5420 N. Interstate Ave.
Santa to visit L’Arch tree sale
Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa will spread holiday cheer at the Christmas tree sale benefitting L’Arch Portland, which supports community members with intellectual disabilities. Tree sales continue daily through Dec. 22. www.larche-portland.org/. Grocery Outlet parking lot, Northeast 44th Avenue and Hancock Street.
Author to read ‘Brownie Groundhog’
Dec. 7. 1 p.m. Local author Susan Blackaby will read from her picture book, “Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise,” about friendship with humor and a little mischief. Make an ornament after the reading. Free. www.greenbeanbookspdx.com. (503) 954-2354. Green Bean Books, 1600 N.E. Alberta St.
Vintage tapes to show comedy, music
Dec. 7. 9:30 p.m. Seattle’s Scarecrow Video presents a collection of vintage VHS tapes with music, magic, comedy, cartoons and commercials featuring Bob Hope, Run-DMC, Jack Elam, George Burns, RuPaul, Milton Berle, The Three Dog Night, Jack Benny, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and many more. General tickets $8; students and seniors $6. www.hollywoodtheatre.org . Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Hollywood Farmers Market
Dec. 7. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shop for produce, meat, fish, and other food products at the neighborhood’s year-round farmers market. Winter markets are 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. Northeast 44th Avenue and Hancock Street. www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org.
Holiday Bazaar/Open House
Dec. 7, 8. 1-6 p.m. Curated selection of one-of-a-kind gifts, crafts, fine art, treats and vintage items. Celebrate the season and support local artists and artisans. Refreshments served. Sample homemade jams, pickles, granola, holiday treats. 3403 N.E. 56th Ave.
Make-n-take holiday decor
Dec. 8. noon to 5 p.m. Make ornaments, cards or holiday decorations at a Holiday Craft Make-and-Take workshop with materials and instructors provided. For ages 13 and older. Free. RSVP: artisticportland.com/make-n-take. Artistic Portland, 4042 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Musical groups to give holiday concert
Dec. 8. 3 p.m. The Rose City Brass Ensemble, Grace Notes, Wesley Bell Ringers, organ, piano, soloists and ensembles to present sacred and secular music, with an audience sing-a-long on “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Free-will offering. (503) 281-1229. Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda.
Center schedules winter sessions
Dec. 10. 8 a.m. Member registration begins for winter youth activities. Member registration begins Dec. 12. (503) 284-3377. www.necommunitycenter.org. Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave.
Jeff festival to show ‘So-Called Enemy’
Dec. 10. 6-7:45 p.m. View “My So-Called Enemy,” part of Jefferson High School’s Multicultural Film Festival, followed by discussion. Free. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Sign language story time slated
Dec. 11. 11:15-11:45 a.m. Author Dawn Prochovnic, founder of SmallTalk Learning, will present an interactive sign language story time for babies and toddlers featuring “things that go” from her book, “Watch Me Go!” Free reading. Signed copies of her books will be available for $15 at this event. (503) 954-2354. www.greenbeanbookspdx.com. Green Bean Books, 1600 N.E. Alberta St.
No One Likes Scrooge: A Bouffon Christmas Special
Dec. 13, 14, 20, 21. 9:30 p.m. Post5 Theatre’s band of Bouffons (or grotesque clowns) bring light to the dark and awkward parts of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. In the hour-long satirical performance, ugly clowns that live on the outskirts of acceptable society climb out of their holes to find out whether anyone can be a good and generous human. Big, dangerous, and shockingly funny. All shows are “pay what you can.” Post5 Theatre’s Black-Box Theater, 850 N.E. 81st Ave. moc.l1481311114iamg@1481311114ertae1481311114htevi1481311114ftsop1481311114, postfivetheatre.org, (262) 853.9344.
Kids to bake cookies
Dec. 14. 1-2 p.m. A cookie bake will be free for the first 20 kids with reservations. (503) 459-4887 or moc.y1481311114rekab1481311114siled1481311114ruelf1481311114@ylli1481311114l1481311114. Fleur De Lis Bakery & Cafe, 3930 N.E. Hancock St.
Families to sing with Habiba
Dec. 14. 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Families may join Ghana native Habiba in singing, dancing and learning greetings and phrases from West Africa. Seating is first-come, first-served. (503) 988-5362. Albina library, 3605 N.E. 15th Ave.
Fairy, little tree star in puppet play
Dec. 14. 3-3:45 p.m. Penny’s Puppet Productions brings an adaptation of the folktale about Fay the Fairy and Newton, a little tree, who wishes for important pine needles. The mini-musical includes singing, laughing and dancing. Free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. (503) 988-5370. Kenton library, 8226 N. Denver Ave.
Tots to hear gnome stories
Dec. 15. 1 p.m. Listen to gnome stories, craft clothespin gnome dolls and make magic mushroom wands. Then go on a hunt for gnomes hiding in storefront windows on Alberta Street. Free but reservations required: (503) 954-2354. www.greenbeanbookspdx.com. Green Bean Books, 1600 N.E. Alberta St.
Bells to ring in concert
Dec. 15. 3 p.m. Bells of the Cascades, a community handbell choir, will present holiday music on 6 ½ octaves of bells and 7 octaves of chimes. A vocal ensemble also will be featured. Free-will offering. (503) 281-1229. Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda St.
Library slates Word 2007 class
Dec. 16. 5-7 p.m. Learn basic functions of Microsoft Word 2007 and other free word processing products. Must be comfortable using a keyboard and mouse. Free. Registration required: in the library or call (503) 988-5234. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Readers focus on Alaska legend
Dec. 17. 6:15-7:45 p.m. A Pageturners book group discusses “Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival,” by Velma Wallis. Free. (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Off The Couch plans activities
Dec. 20. 7-9 p.m. Activities, including games, crafts, dancing and snacks, for differently-abled adults age 18 and older with Off the Couch Events. Admission $7 per person, but first companion is free. (503) 702-2394 and moc.l1481311114iamg@1481311114stnev1481311114Ehcuo1481311114CehTf1481311114fO1481311114. St. Charles Catholic Church, 5310 N.E. 42nd Ave.
Sing ‘Messiah’ at Central Lutheran
Dec. 20. 8 p.m. The 20th annual community sing-a-long “Messiah,” with Soveig Nyberg directing and Laurie Chinn at the organ. The Rev. Marvin Webster will be narrator of soloists parts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the church fills quickly. Information: Skip Twietmeyer (503) 282-7893. Free. Central Lutheran Church, 1830 N.E. 21st Ave.
Bach Cantata Choir of Portland presents Baroque Christmas Concert
Dec. 20. 7:30 p.m. Features Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” J.S. Bach’s Cantata #110 and Johann Kuhnau’s cantata “Es ist ein kind geboren.” Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 N.E. 45th Ave. Required tickets: $25 for adults. $20 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. (503) 702-1973.
Labyrinth walk, healing service planned
Dec. 21. 4-5:45 p.m. Walk a candle-lighted labyrinth in the Great Hall. 5:30 p.m. A healing and wholeness service in the sanctuary with music in the Taize tradition. (503) 287-1289. www.westprespdx.org. 1624 N.E. Hancock St.
Hollywood Farmers Market
Dec. 21. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shop for produce, meat, fish, and other food products at the neighborhood’s year-round farmers market. Winter markets are 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. Northeast 44th Avenue and Hancock Street. www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org
Christmas Eve Service
Dec. 24. 7 p.m. All are welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst, 935 N.E. 33rd Ave. (503) 232-9129.
Library plans Kwanzaa event
Dec. 28. noon to 2 p.m. Come celebrate Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, community and culture, and Ujima, or collective work and responsibility. Free. Seating is first-come, first served. (503) 988-5394. North Portland library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.
Scouts to recycle trees
Dec. 29. Continues Jan. 4 and 5. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Boy Scout troop 107 will recycle Christmas trees and other greenery. Suggested donation of $5 or more. Proceeds support troop activities. Cash or check, payable to BSA Troop 107. Use credit card at Paypal t107.com or at collection point in Wilshire Park. For curbside pickup on Jan. 4, call (503) 482-8107. Questions: moc.7148131111401t@s1481311114eert1481311114. Collection point: Northwest corner of Wilshire Park, Northeast 33rd Avenue and Skidmore Street.
Register to donate blood
Dec. 30. noon to 5 p.m. Register in advance for a time to donate blood: (503) 284-3377. Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave.
Non-natives to practice English
Dec. 1. 12:30-2 p.m. Continues Sundays. An informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice English. Free. (503) 988-5386. Gregory Heights library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Senior services times slated
Dec. 3. 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 9-11:30 a.m. Provides information on senior services, classes and activities. Free. (503) 288-8303. North Portland Senior Services in Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss St.
Labyrinth walk to support peace
Jan. 1. 1-4 p.m. Grace Labyrinth Guild will hold a New Year’s Day labyrinth peace walk. Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 N.E. 17th Ave.
Kenton seeks graphic design
Jan. 2. Deadline for Kenton residents of any age to submit a new neighborhood graphic image for a line of apparel and merchandise. Merchandise sales will benefit neighborhood projects and services. Information and complete rules: http://historickenton.com/calling-all-kenton-artists-graphic-design-contest-show-us-your-unique-vision-of-kenton