Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

Make your new Northeast Portland holiday tradition local

(Oregon Children's Theatre)

(Oregon Children’s Theatre)

By Jamie Caulley
For the Hollywood Star News

A Bubbly Spectacular
Get your holiday sparkle on at Bar Vivant and Pix

Owner Cheryl Wakerhauser has amassed the largest collection of champagne in the country, with more than 250 bottles. A Bubbly Spectacular will feature samples from sixty bottles of champagne and sparkling wine from around the globe, along with fresh oysters from local restaurateurs, Eat and Parish.

Focusing on value wines from small producers and growers, this is an excellent opportunity to broaden your bubbly repertoire.

“People can walk around, taste different things and see what they like,” explains Wakerhauser.

Plan to come in your Sunday best for the “best dressed” contest and hone your knife skills with sabering demonstrations and techniques. Sabering, the act of slicing off the top of a wine bottle with a knife, may come in handy on New Year’s Eve when that cork just won’t come out and time is precious.

Date: December 15
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Cost: $20-35
Location: Bar Vivant, 2225 E. Burnside St.
For more information: (971) 271-7166,

Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Young Professionals Company presents: A World War II Radio Christmas, 1943 edition

Adults and children alike will enjoy becoming part of the audience in this musical portrayal of a 1943 live radio broadcast. Set in Portland during World War II, true stories and songs of the era will inspire and entertain while recreating the atmosphere and follies of a live radio broadcast during its golden age.

World War II Radio Christmas is presented by Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Young Professionals, a group of young acting students aged 13-18 years who are participating in a year-long mentoring program. The cast is composed entirely of Young Professionals students, as is a large portion of the production designers.

Written by Portland’s Pat Kruis Tellinghusen and based of the Christmas from Home series originally produced by Tapestry Theatre, Radio Christmas returns for its third year with a new rendition.

Dates: December 6-8 and13-15
Times: Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Cost: $10 advance or $15 at the door
Box Office: (503) 228-9571.
Location: Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Black Box Studio, 1939 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Ladies Day Out – Holiday Edition

Alright gals, this is your event. Grab your friends, your purse and plan to enjoy everything local at this unique holiday event.

Ladies Day Out, December 14, features more than 35 local businesses on-site for a day of shopping like no other. While checking off items from your gift-giving list, you can enjoy holiday-themed cocktails, ales and wine; local food vendors; fashions shows featuring local designers; a Portland film festival screening of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s;” and a live taping of the new Portland reality show “Cart and Soul.”

“It’s like a trade show for local businesses. Something that has never been done before,” says Thalia Cabrera, event manager for Ladies Day Out.

But the day is not all about you, after all. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales, as well as proceeds from a silent auction, will go to Impact NW, a Portland-based non-profit that provides educational and social services to children, youth, seniors, families and adults with disabilities.

Date: December 14
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $5, available on-line or at the door
Location: Portland Doubletree, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St.
For more information:

Rose City Park United Methodist Church Concert Series

Music, the most classic holiday tradition, transcends time and religion. For thirty years, Rose City Park United Methodist Church (UMC) has hosted its concert series for the community. This month they have two holiday concerts to enjoy.

On December 8, members of the church—the Rose City Musicians—present a combination of brass, bell, vocal, piano and organ music for an afternoon of secular and non-secular music. As usual, the audience will divide up for the annual sing-a-long to the Twelve Days of Christmas.

“People always enjoy it. It’s very fun,” states Patricia Holman, the UMC concert series coordinator.

Need more handbell in your holiday festivities? On December 15, Rose City Park UMC hosts the Bells of the Cascades, a Portland-based handbell ensemble. Handbells are each tuned to a specific pitch or note. Together, the ensemble makes the melody, harmony and chords of the music. The Bells plan to play many classic holiday songs and will be accompanied by a vocal choir.

Dates: December 8: Rose City Musicians. December 15: Bells of the Cascades.
Time: Both concerts start at 3 p.m.
Cost: No admission fee. A free-will offering is requested
Location: Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda St.
For more information: (503) 281-1229,

Fremont Holiday Fest in Beaumont Village

December 6:  Visit with Santa: 5-9 p.m. Grand Central Bakery, Northeast 45th Avenue and Fremont Street. Tree lighting: 6 p.m., Umpqua Bank, 4335 NE Fremont St. Santa Paws: 5:30 p.m., Paper Jam Press, 4730 N.E. Fremont St.
All month: Golden tickets, redeemable for gifts and discounts at participating Fremont businesses.
Location: Businesses on Northeast Fremont Street between Northeast 42nd and 57th avenues.
For more information:

Geek the Halls Portland’s only Geeky Craft Fair

Date: December 14
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Jupiter Hotel, 800 E. Burnside St.
For more information:

Madison High School Winter Craft Night Dinner
Followed by crafts: caramel apples, gingerbread houses and card making

Date: December 12
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Madison High School Cafeteria, 2735 N.E, 82nd Ave.
Cost: Free event

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