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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
    9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Creation at the Volcano conference, Mount St. Helens Creation Center,  147 Front Ave N.W., Castle Rock, Wash. 98611. Keynote speaker is Jay Seegert, founder and president of The Starting Point Project.  Others speakers include center director Paul Taylor, Pastor David Martin of Heritage Bible Church of Cathlamet, Wash., and teenage creation speaker Isaac Pope. Free admission.  360-274-5737. www.mshcreationcenter.org
    3 to 6 p.m., Christmas at Dairyville and Storybook Lane, first of nine days this month, Alpenrose Dairy, 6149 S.W. Shattuck Road, Portland 97221. Also 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. A tradition in Portland for more than four decades, this allows families to stroll the beautifully decorated Old Western town at the dairy, enjoy sleigh rides as well as old movies in the theater, hear various local choirs, experience the famous storybook lane, pet live animals and visit Santa Claus. But the emphasis is on the true Christ-centered meaning of Christmas. www.alpenrose.com
    4 p.m., Felida Art and Craft Fair, first of two consecutive days, Felida Bible Church, 3027 N.W. 119th St., Vancouver, Wash. 98685.   Continues Saturday to 3 p.m.. All proceeds go to Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child.  360-573-5071.
    5:30 to 8 p.m., Bethlehem Walk, Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School, 4221 S.W. Golf Course Road, Cornelius 97113. A progressive walk on campus through the Christmas story, ending with a presentation by middle school students. Free admission. 503-359-4853.
    5:30 to 8 p.m., 13th annual Living Nativity, Church on the Mountain, 68301 US-26, Welches 97067. Both an indoor and outdoor presentation.   Free admission.  Also 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. 503-622-4079 or tcotm.org
    6 p.m., 16th annual Follow the Star, first of six presentations this month, Gladstone Park Seventh-Day Adventist Conference Grounds, 19800 Oatfield Road, Gladstone 97027. Also at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 5 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10. This is a 45-minute walking tour of seven outdoor live-action scenes that tell the story of the search for the Christ child. Tours begin approximately every eight minutes. Admission is free.  Inspired in part by the success of the annual Christmas pageant that was held for many years at Journey Adventist Church in Kelso, Wash., Oregon’s Adventist churches in 2002 collectively launched this separate program. Participants should dress for outdoor weather.  503-655-2614 or gladstonepark.org/followthestar
       7 p.m., Journey Theater Arts Group presents Elf the Musical Jr., first of seven public performances, Washburn Performing Arts Center at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., Washougal, Wash. 98671. Also at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 8, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9, and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10.  Based on the popular holiday season movie. For ticket prices, go to journeytheater.org
   7 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents My Heart Longs for Christmas by David Clydesdale, First Presbyterian Church, 390 N.E. Second St., McMinnville 97128.  This production blends narration with a collection of Christmas music in contemporary and traditional styles, performed by a 30-member choir, youth chorus, American Sign Language choir for the deaf, narrator and instrumental musicians.  Free admission; freewill offering taken for Yamhill County food bank.  www.CantataChoir.org
   7 p.m., Christmas Jubilee concert featuring Greater Vision and  Legacy Five, Salem First Baptist Church, 395 Marion St. N.E., Salem 97301. $30 “Artist Circle” seating or $25 for advance standard seating. 1-800-965-9324 or www.IMCconcerts.com
    7:30 p.m., Portland’s Christmas Celebration, first of 10 performances this month, Portland Christian Center, 5700 S.W. Dosch Road, Portland 97239. This annual production features more than 300 musicians, including a live orchestra, adult choir, children’s choir and youth choir with handbells. Also at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2,3,9 and 10.. For free tickets, phone 503-245-7735 or go to www.pcctoday.com
    7:30 p.m., Passinart Theatre Company presents Black Nativity by Langston Hughes, first of nine performances this month, Greater St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, 3535 N.E. Mallory Ave., Portland 97212.  Also at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 and 3 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17.  This is a retelling of the classic Nativity store with an entirely black cast. It was originally first performed off-Broadway in 1961 and was the first play written by an African-American to be staged there.  Traditional holiday carols are sung in gospel style with a few additional songs selected for the show. www.passinart.org
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
    AWR360 Rally sponsored by Adventist World Radio, Rockwood Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1910 S.E. 182nd Ave., Portland 97233. Adventist World Radio carries the gospel to the most difficult areas on earth. Stories that cannot be published nor broadcast will be shared, as will be, answers to prayer, an early look at some of AWR’s upcoming outreach projects, and more. 1-800-337-4297.
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Portland Christian Schools’ Royals Holiday Bazaar, at the junior-senior high school, 12425 N.E. San Rafael St., Portland 97230.  The parent-led fundraising craft show will feature more than 25 local artists.  503-256-3960 or pcschools.org
    10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Gingerbread House Party, New Heights Church, 7913 N.E. 58th Ave., Vancouver, Wash. 98665. Includes lunch and an opportunity to make gingerbread houses. $5. per family. 360-694-4985.
      2 p.m., Christmas with Friends, a concert to benefit Friends of the Carpenter ministry of Vancouver, Wash., St. John Lutheran Church, 11005 N.E. Hwy. 99, Vancouver 98686.   Opening act is Doug and Judy Smith, followed by the headliner — Misty Mamas, a four-piece band playing bluegrass, Gospel and folk.  $20. 360-750-4752 or friendsofthecarpenter.org
    6:30 to 9 p.m., 13th annual Living Nativity, Church on the Mountain, 68301 US-26, Welches 97067. Both an indoor and outdoor presentation.   Free admission.  Also 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. 503-622-4079 or tcotm.org
    6:30 to 7:30 p.m., The King’s Heralds in concert, East Salem Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5575 Fruitland Road N.E., Salem 97317. khqofficial.org/events
    7 p.m., Northwest Christian University’s annual Experience Christmas production, first of three performances this weekend, in the university’s Morse Event Center, 1089 Alder St, Eugene 97401. Also at 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday.  This year’s theme is “Christmas Classics.” Features the university choir, orchestra and jazz band, Willow and The Grove Collective.  $10 general admission, $5 for students. 541-349-7400 or nwcu.edu/classics
    7 p.m., Multnomah University’s annual Christmas in the City concert, First Baptist Church of Portland, 909 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland 97205. Includes both Multnomah musicians and the Portland Christian High School Concert Choir. he concert will consist of traditional Christmas carols, “feel-good” holiday music, as well as excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.  Free admission.  multnomah.edu/chamberchoir
    7 p.m., The Ensemble presents the one-act opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, first of two performances this weekend, First Christian Church, 1314 S.W. Park Ave., Portland.  Also at 3 p.m. Saturday. $20. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3113778
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3
    Morning, Bethel Mountain Band performing Gospel bluegrass harmonies, Paradise Island Park, 3100 Turner Road S.E., Salem 97302. 503-363-7717 or  www.bethelmountainband.com
    2 p.m., The Salem Singers’ Final Farewell concert, Salem First Church of the Nazarene, 1550 Market St. N.E., Salem 97301.  Founded in 1943, this is the ministry’s final concert.  Followed by a dessert fellowship. 503-581-3680 or salemsingers.org
    4 to 5:30 p.m., Corban University music performance major Katelyn Bufford’s final flute recital at the university, Psalm Peforming Arts Center on campus, 5000 S.E. Deer Park Drive, Salem 97317.  The recital will include compositions by Debussy, Telemann, Hindemith and more.  Bufford will be accompanied by university staff accompanist Brenda Nolan.  Free admission. 503-375-7027 or akaspari@corban.edu
    6 p.m., Family comedy night featuring Panic Squad, Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene, 14410 N.W. 21st Ave, Vancouver, Wash. 98685.  Panic Squad has entertained businesses, churches and Fortune 500 companies for 15 years.  $5.  RSVP at 360-571-0015.
    6:30 p.m., Sing-Along ‘Messiah,’ Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele St., Portland 97202.  Those attending can sing of listen to selected portions of Handel’s Christmas masterpiece with piano accompaniment.  Bring musical scores, or use one that will be made available that evening.  Light refreshments served afterward.  Donations accepted to provide food for local needy. 503-234-5017.
    7 to 8 p.m., The King’s Heralds in Christmas concert sponsored by Tillamook Regional Medical Center, Don Whitney Auditorium at Tillamook High School, 2605 12th St., Tillamook 97141. Free admission.  khqofficial.org/events
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4
     1 p.m., 18th annual Pacific Northwest City Advance, first of two consecutive days, hosted by One Hope Network of Lane County at Willamette Christian Center, 2500 W. 18th Ave., Eugene 97402.  The purpose of this event is to encourage and equip city leadership teams from Oregon, Washington and Idaho to collaborate to impact those cities with the gospel.  Guest presenter is Chuck Proudfit, a graduate of Harvest Business School and director of Ohio-based At Work on Purpose.  Total costs range from $20 to $89, depending on full or partial attendance and on whether Monday dinner is requested. $4 discount per person for groups of five or more. www.eventbrite.com/e/pacific-nw-city-advance-tickets-36867272003
    7 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents My Heart Longs for Christmas by David Clydesdale, Pacific Room at Western Oregon Univerrsity, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth 97361.  This production blends narration with a collection of Christmas music in contemporary and traditional styles, performed by a 30-member choir, youth chorus, American Sign Language choir for the deaf, narrator and instrumental musicians.  Free admission; freewill offering taken for Yamhill County food bank.  www.CantataChoir.org
    6 p.m., Vancouver Aglow monthly meeting with featured speaker Sheila Parnell, Shiloh Fellowship Church, 10709 S.E. 10th St., Vancouver, Wash. 98664.  From The Dalles, Parnell is co-founder of Benchmark Ministries and also a veteran Aglow leader.  Food and fellowship during the first hour, followed by Parnell’s ministry at 7.  360-694-6914.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5
    6:30 p.m,. Disaster Preparedness: Coping with Disaster, presented by a Cowlitz County chaplain, Fellowship Hall of Castle Rock Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7531 Old Pacific Hwy. N., Castle Rock, Wash.  98611.  360-967-2165.
    6:30 p.m. Family Christmas Caroling Party sponsored by Grace Baptist Church of Newberg, starting at the church, 1619 E. Second St., Newberg 97132, and going through the local neighborhood. Followed at 7:30 p.m. with hot drinks, games and a short Christmas movie at the Chehalem Park and Recreation District Youth Building, 620 N. Morton St. in Newberg,  RSVP to gracebaptistchurch@gbcnewberg.org
    6:30 to 7:30 p.m., New volunteer information and orientation night for Safe Families for Children, The Den at Well & Good Coffee House, 7357 S.W. Beveland St., Tigard 97223.  steve@kindredpartners.org
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6
    9:30 a.m., Portland AM Aglow monthly meeting, Discovery Christian Center, 6030 S.E. 136th Ave., Portland 97236.  Speaker this month is Deborah Gliebe, founder with her husband, Tom, of Alha-based FireGate Ministries International.  portlandamaglow@gmail.com
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Salem Leadership Foundation’s CaN (Church as Neighborhood) Centers Luncheon, Bethany Baptist Church, 1150 Hilfiker Lane S.E., Salem 97302.  Topic is “The Great Season of Benevolence.” 503-315-8924 or SalemLF.org
    6 to 9 p.m., Journey to Bethlehem, first of four evenings this week, Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 21610 N.E. Butler Market Road, Bend.  Also 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  This free-admission outdoor experience is a presentation of life 2,000 years ago at the very first Christmas, surrounded with the sights, sounds and smells of village life.  Those attending should dress for an outdoor, walk-through event.  541-382-5991 or bendadventist.org
    7 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents My Heart Longs for Christmas by David Clydesdale, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 17500 S.W. Cedarview Way, Sherwood 97140.  This production blends narration with a collection of Christmas music in contemporary and traditional styles, performed by a 30-member choir, youth chorus, American Sign Language choir for the deaf, narrator and instrumental musicians.  Free admission; freewill offering taken for Yamhill County food bank.  www.CantataChoir.org
    7 p.m., Portland pianist Michael Allen Harrison in Christmas concert, Northside Community Church, 1800 N. Hoskins, Newberg 97132.  503-538-0440 or northsidenewberg.org
    7 p.m., Violinist Aaron Meyer in concert co-sponsored by Newberg Young Life and Newberg Strings Program, Newberg High School Auditorium, 2400 Douglas Ave., Newberg 97132. $20 adults, $10 students. 503-791-1761 or bailie@newberg.younglife.org
    7 p.m., 45th annual Singing Christmas Tree, first of five performances through Sunday, Vancouver Church (of God), 3300 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver, Wash. 98665.  Also at 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday and both 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday.  For more than four decades, this popular free-admission presentation of the Singing Christmas Tree has featured traditional songs of the season. Donations of canned food will be accepted for The Giving Closet, which supplies food for those in need from the congregation and community.. 360-574-1611 or www.vancouverchurch.org
    7 to 8 p.m., The King’s Heralds in concert, Astoria Seventh-day Adventist Church, 300 Nehalem Ave., Astoria 97103.  khqofficial.org/events
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7
    14th annual Community Christmas Concert sponsored by Friends of the Family ministry of Corvallis, LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Contemporary celtic music performed by Jeff Johnson, keyboardist and vocals; Brian Dunning, on flutes and whistles; violinist Wendy Goodwin and guitarist Eric Miller.  Special guests Comerford School of Irish Dance of Corvallis.  Free admission; opportunity to donate provided.  541-757-1761or fofm.org
    6:30 to 8:30 p..m., Alpha Unplugged dinner, Greater Portland Bible Church, 2374 S.W. Vermont St., Portland 97219. Theme is  “Never Ending Story,” focusing on  what God is doing through lives he has transformed through the Alpha program locally, nationally and worldwide. Featured speaker is Craig Springer, new national director for the Alpha program in the United States.  He is former lead pastor at a campus of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago,Ill., former teaching pastor at Cherry Hills Community Church in Denver, Colo., and an international church planter. kirkpetersen@alphausa.org
    6:30 p.m. Tom Flaskerud Evangelistic Association’s Partner Appreciation and Partner Acquisition Banquet, Foundry Church, 60 N.W. Oregon Ave., Bend 97701. Flaskerud and his “Freedom Team” hold do evangelistic outreach in U.S. and Mesican prisons.  541-390-7770 or thefreedomteam.org
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friends of the Carpenter ministry’s Product Sale, The Friendship Center, 1600 W. 20th St., Vancouver, Wash. 98660.  Local hand-made wood products. 360-750-4752 or friendsofthecarpenter.org
    Family Holiday Weekend, first of three consecutive days, Twin Rocks Friends Camp, 18705 Hwy. 101 N., Rockaway Beach 97136.  503-355-2284 or twinrocks.org
    6 to 9 p.m., Ninth annual Christmas on the Campground, first of three consecutive evenings, on the 12-acre grounds of the Apostolic Faith Church, 5415 S.E. Duke St., Portland 97206.  Continues 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Includes 700,000 colored lights, live animals, a “Nativity Pageant” in the historic tabernacle, a petting zoo, and more. Free admission. 503-777-1741 or apostolicfaith.org
    7 p.m., Let There Be Light concert, first of five weekend presentations, Peoples Church, 4500 Lancaster Drive N.E., Salem 97305. Also at 4 and 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Taking a break from its long-running Salem’s Singing Christmas Tree format, the church, 4500 Lancaster Drive N.E., this year will feature a concert of choral and orchestral music, accompanied by some drama pieces, titled Let There Be Light.  Includes 90-voice adult and youth choir, 50-voice children’s choir, 30-member orchestra, drama and multi-media.  Those attending are urged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Union Gospel Mission of Salem to distribute to local children.  For free tickets: 503-304-4000 or peopleschurch.com
    7 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents My Heart Longs for Christmas by David Clydesdale, Dayton First Baptist Church, 300 Flower Lane, Dayton 97114.  This production blends narration with a collection of Christmas music in contemporary and traditional styles, performed by a 30-member choir, youth chorus, American Sign Language choir for the deaf, narrator and instrumental musicians.  Free admission; freewill offering taken for Yamhill County food bank.  www.CantataChoir.org
    7 p.m., Clackamas Community Choir presents the Christmas musical Almost There by Michael W. Smith and others, first of two performances this weekend, Hillsview Community Church, 23225 S.E. Borges Road, Damascus 97089. Free admission. Also presented Sunday, Dec. 10.  503-698-4765 or clackamascommunit    7:30 p.m., 19th annual Gospel Christmas presented by the Oregon Symphony, first of three weekend performances, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland 97205.  Allso 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Each year the Northwest Community Gospel Choir and its conductor, Charles Floyd, team up with the Oregon Symphony for this holiday presentation. Tickets start at $35.  tickets.orsymphony.org
        7:30 p.m., Christmas concerts by Corban University vocal and choral ensembles, first of two performances this weekend, Psalm Performing Arts Center on campus, 5000 S.E. Deer Park Drive, Salem 97317.  Also at 3 p.m. Saturday.  503-375-7027 or akaspari@corban.edu
    7:30 p.m. George Fox University’s annual Christmas concerts, first of three consecutive days,  Bauman Auditorium on the Newberg campus. Also at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.   Theme is “Glory to God in the Highest.” Features the university’s Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Chorale and Festival Orchestra. $12 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and George Fox alumni, and $6 for students and children.  georgefox.edu/concerts
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
    11 a.m.., Fountainview Academy Orchestra and Singers in Christmas concert, Cascade Seventh-day Adventist Church, 60670 Brookswood Blvd., Bend 97702 Affiliated with the Adventist church, the  academy is located in British Columbia, Canada. 541-749-9005.
    11 a.m. to noon, The King’s Heralds singing during morning worship, Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist Church,  26 S.W. Condor Way, Portland  97239. khqofficial.org/events
    4:30 to 5:30 p.m., The King’s Heralds in concert, Beaverton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14645 S.W. Davis Road, Beaverton 97007. khqofficial.org/events
    5 to 9 p.m., First annual Christmas at the Grove, Canby Grove Christian Center, 7501 S. Knights Bridge Road, Canby 97013.  This free-admission event includes a dazzling display of lights on the historic campground, s’mores by the fire, Dickens Carolers, cookie decorating, a classic Christmas movie, festive tunes by Casey MacGill and the Spirits of Rhythem Swing Band, the West Linn High School Choir, a holiday variety show, a “12 Days of Christmas” scavenger hunt and crafts for the whole family.  www.canbygrove.com
    6 p.m. Good Samaritan Ministries’ annual Christmas dinner, at the ministry offices, 7929 S.W. Cirrus Drive, Bldg. 23, Beaverton 97008.  A party and chili feed in support of the ministry’s outreach in Egypt. 503-644-2339 or goodsamaritanministries.org
    7 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents My Heart Longs for Christmas by David Clydesdale, Newberg Church of the Nazarene, 23177 Old Yamhill Road, Newberg 97132.   This production blends narration with a collection of Christmas music in contemporary and traditional styles, performed by a 30-member choir, youth chorus, American Sign Language choir for the deaf, narrator and instrumental musicians.  Free admission; freewill offering taken for Yamhill County food bank.  www.CantataChoir.org
    7 p.m.., Fountainview Academy Orchestra and Singers in Christmas concert, Bend Presbyterian Church, 230 N.E. Ninth St., Bend 97701. Affiliated with the Adventist church, the  academy is located in British Columbia, Canada. 541-382-4401.
    7 to 9 p.m., Christmas Together with songwriter and saxophonist Patrick Lamb and the Brown Sisters, Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 S.W. Borland Road, Tualatin 97062. $15. 503-638-5900.
    7 to 9 p.m., Comedy night with Taylor Mason, Youth center at East Hill Church, 50 N.W. Fifth St., Gresham 97030.  Sponsored by KPDQ and KFIS “The Fish” radio. Mason is a stand-up comic, musician and ventriloquist and a former Star Search grand prize winner.  $25 and $35.  kpdq.com or thefishportland.com
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
    10:30 a.m., Christmas concert presented by choir of Gresham Family Worship Center, at the church, 5001 W. Powell Blvd, Gresham, 97030.  Title of the program is “What Kind of Throne?” 503-661-7210.
    5 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents My Heart Longs for Christmas by David Clydesdale, Amity Christian Church, 1305 Goucher St., Amity 97101.  This production blends narration with a collection of Christmas music in contemporary and traditional styles, performed by a 30-member choir, youth chorus, American Sign Language choir for the deaf, narrator and instrumental musicians.  Free admission; freewill offering taken for Yamhill County food bank.  www.CantataChoir.org
     6 p.m., Ron and Kathy Green in Christmas concert, Idanha Community Church, 397 Church St., Idanha 97350.  Free admission; freewill offering will be taken.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11
    9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Salem Aglow Lighthouse for men and women, conference center at Peoples Church, 4500 Lancaster Road N.E., Salem 97315. David and Leslie Klug of Benai Yeshurun Messianic congregation will lead worship and Leslie will teach about Hanukkah. Coffee, tea and snacks provided. 503-508-0199.
    7 to 8:30 p.m., Portland Christian Schools’ Winter Concert, at the junior-senior high school, 12425 N.E. San Rafael St., Portland 97230. Presented by the senior high band and choir, junior high choir and vocal ensemble. Free admission.  503-256-3960 or pcschools.org
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
    6 to 7:30 p.m., Lebanon After 5 Connection dinner and program for women, The Lobby, 661 S. Main St., Lebanon 97355.  Theme is “Candlelight and Carols,” featuring dinner, festive Christmas carols and a creative Christmas story with audience participation, prizes and gifts.  Also guest speaker Kadie Cosby, co-owner of a cattle ranch near Baker City, will explain how she found peace and joy in  the midst of horrible circumstances.  $8.50. RSVP to 541-258-6414 or 541-259-1396 or d.neve@comcast.net or NancyPinzino@comcast.net
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13
    11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.., 31st Annual Christmas Portland Business Luncheon with featured speaker Larry Anderson, Portland Ballroom of Oregon Conventio Center, Portland.  Anderson is a retired Portland police officer who grew up in Northeast Portland and primarily worked in his North/Northeast community as a patrolman for 28 years. He is a founding member of a racial reconciliation movement in Portland known as the Friday Morning Men’s Group, and recently took on the role of president and CEO of Friday Group Enterprises, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting business relationships in communities of color. $55. 503-906-1581 or pdxlunch.com
    6 to 7 p.m., Portland Christian High School Choir performing at The Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St. Portland 97220.  Admission per Grotto Festival of Lights (https://thegrotto.org/christmas-festival-of-lights/)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14
    6 to 9 p.m., Christian authors and publishers special awards event, Willamette Valley Christian Supply, 916 N.W. Kings Blvd., Corvallis 97330.  All interested invited to attend as awards are given to Northwest fiction writers Karen Barnett and non-fiction writer John Mark Comer, and they also participate in a panel discussion on “Perservering in Writing.” 541-754-9295.
     7 p.m., Salem Academy Christian School’s middle school drama class presents “The Gifts of Christmas,” chapel/gymnasium at the school, 942 Lancaster Drive N.E., Salem 97301.  Free admission; suggested donation of two cans of food to benefit Union Gospel Mission of Salem.  503-378-1219 or salemacademy.org
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
    6 to 8 p.m., Fourth annual The Living Christmas Story, first of three consecutive evenings, Hoodview Church of God, 1530 Mount Hood Ave., Woodburn 97071.  Presented the same hours on Saturday and Sunday.  This is a free drive-through or walk-through experience for the entire family featuring scenes from the life of Christ.  503-981-1660 or hoodviewchurchofgod.com
    6 to 11 p.m., Chasing Ebenezer and Bo Baskoro in benefit Christmas concert for Living Water International, Rock and Roll Chili Pit, 304 S.W. Second Ave., Portland 97204.  Chasing Ebenezer is a folk rock band from Portland; Baskoro is a singer and songwriter from Gresham.  Living Water International builds wells in communities that don’t have fresh water.  503-347-8890 or bryana@johnlscott.com
      7 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents My Heart Longs for Christmas by David Clydesdale, Newberg Christian Church, 2315 N. Villa Road, Newberg 97132.  This production blends narration with a collection of Christmas music in contemporary and traditional styles, performed by a 30-member choir, youth chorus, American Sign Language choir for the deaf, narrator and instrumental musicians.  Free admission; freewill offering taken for Yamhill County food bank.  www.CantataChoir.org
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
    9 to 11 a.m., Women’s Christmas potluck brunch sponsored by Grace Baptist Church of Newberg, at Newberg Church of tne Nazarene,  23177 Old Yamhill Rd, Newberg 97132. $3.  503-5386122 or 707-485-2270.
    9 to 11:30 a.m., Design Science Association monthly meeting, Greater Portland Bible Church, 2374 S.W. Vermont St., Portland 97219.  Paul Taylor, director of Mount St. Helens Creation Center in Castle Rock, Wash., will speak on “Bethlehem’s Star: What Was It and Who Were the Wise Men?”  designsciencenw.org
    11 a.m., George Fox University Midyear Commencement for traditional undergraduate, adult degree program and graduate students, Miller Gymnasium in the Wheeler Sports Center on the Newberg campus.  503-538-8383 or www.georgefox.edu
    7 p.m., Community Christmas Cantata Choir presents My Heart Longs for Christmas by David Clydesdale, Joyful Servant Lutheran Church, 1716 Villa Road, Newberg 97132.  This production blends narration with a collection of Christmas music in contemporary and traditional styles, performed by a 30-member choir, youth chorus, American Sign Language choir for the deaf, narrator and instrumental musicians.  Free admission; freewill offering taken for Yamhill County food bank.  www.CantataChoir.org
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
    10:30 a.m., Children’s Christmas program, Gresham Family Worship Center, 5001 W. Powell Blvd, Gresham, 97030.  Title of the program is A Christmas Carol, Special Report. 503-661-7210.
    5 and 7:30 p.m., Fountainview Academy Orchestra and Singers in Christmas concert, first of three presentations over two days, Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1360 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass 97526.  Also at 7:30 p.m. Monday.  Affiliated with the Adventist church, the  academy is located in British Columbia, Canada. 541-476-6313.
    7 p.m., Eclectic Christmas band concert, Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele St., Portland 97202. This brings a diverse mix of musical styles to Christmas music, from jazz to pop, bluegrass to blues. 503-234-5017.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22
    36th annual Sunnyside Christmas Musical, Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10501 S.E. Market St., Portland 97216. An evening of Christmas music presented by Portland musicians. Those attending encouraged to bring their musical scores and participate in the finale – Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from “Messiah”. Freewill offering taken to support feeding Portland’s homeless each Sunday morning in O’Bryant Square downtown. Refreshments served after the program. 503-252-8080.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24
CHRISTMAS EVE
    Christmas Eve.  Many churches will have special candlelight services or other observances.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 25
CHRISTMAS DAY
    Christmas Day. Celebrating the birth of the Savior.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30
    4 p.m., Resurrection Players’ After-Christmas Party, Resur-rection Lutheran Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., Portland 97230. Preceded at 1:30 p.m by the only rehearsal for the event by singers, dancers and interpretive speakers.  “Ringing Joy and Hope” is the theme.  503-254-6257.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE
    7 p.m., The Bethel Mountain Band performing Gospel bluegrass harmonies, Lebanon Mennonite Church, 2100 S. Second St., Lebanon 97355. www.bethelmountainband.com
    7 p.m. to midnight, Final dance event sponsored by the Mission Portland Singles Network, Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, Portland 97202.  After 23 years, this is the concluding event for this singles ministry.  Waltz lesson during first hour with Rachel Lidskog, then open dancing to midnight. “Dressy” attire requested. $10.  www.mpsn.org