By James Bash
For the Hollywood Star News
Northeast Portland has an abundance of unique events that will help you to stay warm and cheerful during the month of December. Most of these events are free and open to the public, so it’s time to get out of the house and let go of your inner Scrooge.
- The Hollywood Boosters Art Show & Sale (42nd Street Station, 2000 N.E. 42nd Ave.), gives you a month-long opportunity (Monday through Saturday) from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to view artwork created by members of the Portland Fine Arts Guild. You can even be a critic and cast a vote for the piece you like best.
- If lots of preserves and homemade goodies tickle your fancy, try the Grace Holiday Art Faire & Bazaar, which will take place on Saturday, December 6th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church (1535 N.E. 17th Ave.). This event offers a raffle for a beautiful quilt, and you can enjoy breakfast and lunch there, too.
- The da Vinci Arts Fair is a juried show that features the creations of more than 70 local artists. It takes place at the da Vinci Arts Middle School (2508 N.E. Everett St.) on Saturday, December 6th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It sports a snack bar and a room where you can create your own crafts to take home.
- You might want to check out the Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar at Laurelhurst School (840 N.E. 41st St.), which promises to have a lot of eclectic holiday arts and crafts from more than 80 local artisans. There will also be raffle prizes, baked goodies and delicious hot food available. This bazaar takes place on Sunday, December 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- If you want beautiful Christmas music, you consider attending A Celebration of Carols at Westminster Presbyterian Church (1624 N.E. Hancock St.) on Sunday, December 7th at 1 p.m. The Westminster Chancel Choir and the Westminster Concert Bells will perform. An offering to benefit the church’s Music Fund will be gratefully received.
- At the Providence Festival of Trees, you can wander through a winter wonderland of 25 uniquely decorated Christmas trees. Also on display will be beautiful wreaths, mini trees and other holiday items. You can visit Santa for photos, decorate cookies and make holiday crafts. This event takes place on Friday, December 5th from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 6th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center, Hall A (777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.). The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $4 for children ages 3-12.
- On Friday, December 5th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Fremont Holiday Fest in a fire truck at Noho’s Hawaiian Café (4627 N.E. Fremont St.) where they will be taking pictures with children. Also, Beaumont (Hardware 4303 N.E. Fremont St.) will host Santa Paws where photos will be taken of owners and their dogs.
- More than 60 vendors will showcase delicious foods, arts, crafts and other products from Northern Europe at ScanFair on Saturday, December 6th (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, December 7th (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Exhibit Hall of the Memorial Coliseum at the Rose Quarter. Two stages will feature traditional Nordic music and dance. The Pippi Longstocking Children’s Craft area will provide hands-on fun; and all visitors can have their photos taken with Joulupukki — the Finnish Santa — in front of a Viking ship. This event costs $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $15 for families.
- Try Doing Dough: Holiday Cookies at the Kenton Library (8226 N. Denver Ave.) on Saturday, December 13th from 3 to 4:30 p.m. You’ll learn how to use one basic dough to make three different kinds of cookies from scratch. You’ll leave with three cookies from each type to bake at home, as well as three cookies you’ve frosted yourself from the pre-baked batch.
- On Saturday, December 20th at 12:30 pm and on Sunday December 21st at 11 a.m., you can watch the Frozen Holiday Show at Lloyd Center Ice Rink. If your child wants to participate in the show, it will cost $35 or $89, depending on how many classes your child takes. All show registrations will be accepted in-person at the rink.
- Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture will take place at the North Portland Library (512 N. Killingsworth St.) on Saturday, December 27th from 1 to 2 p.m. It’s your chance to celebrate “Ujima,” collective work and responsibility.