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Have an event you’d like to see in Around Town? Send a brief description via email of who, what, when, where and other relevant information to Isabel Gautschi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11 a.m. Monday for inclusion in the week’s paper. Submissions will not be accepted after that time. If you have a relevant photo, send that too. Please note that submissions will be edited and that local items are given preference.

ASSISTANCE

Ponchos for Ponies

The Ponchos for Ponies program offers free gently used waterproof turnouts to horses who would otherwise go without a winter coat. If you are having trouble affording a blanket for your horse, call Bonnie Weber at 503-310-5052 or Sandy Leight at 503-616-0981 to make an appointment to measure and fit your horse.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Natural Christmas Ornaments

Use natural materials such as eggs and seed pods to create unique holiday ornaments during a workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at Wade Crek House, 664 N.W. Wade Street.

You will receive instructions, handouts and material for three ornaments.

The workshop costs $25.

Reservations are required.

Call Wade Creek House at 503-630-7556 to save a spot.

UpRiver Dulcimer Group

The UpRiver Dulcimer Group plays Appalachian, or mountain music, from 6:30-8 p.m. the first and third Monday of every month at the Spiral Gallery, 341 S. Broadway. The group is made up of local musicians who perform at events and centers around the area.

Tuesday Crafternoons

Crafternoons are held from 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday at Mossy Rock, 398 Broadway St. All ages and skill levels are invited to bring their favorite arts and crafts supplies and projects to Crafternoons.

For more information, or if you are interested in leading a workshop, call 503-630-3199 or 503-806-6211.

Quilt club meets

The Skip-a-Week Quilt Club meets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday at the Garfield Grange on Divers Road. For more information, call Ruth at 503-630-4669.

Spinning group

The Estacada spinning and fiber arts group meets from 2-4 p.m. Fridays at Betty Veveiros CPA, 309 S.W. Highway 224.

HOLIDAY EVENTS

Santa at the fire station

Santa is certainly keeping busy in the Estacada area this holiday season. He'll be at the fire station 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Pictures with Santa

Families, children and pets are invited to have their photos taken with Santa and one of his elves at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21 at Grace House Assisted Living, 380 N.W. Sixth Ave.

Santa comes to Barton Store

Barton Store is having a Christmas party noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.

Kid can have their photos taken with Santa and his sled for $3 or $5 for a set of two.

The store will be decked out in festive Christmas lights.

Cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be served and coloring contests will be held.

You may even run into state Rep. Bill Kennemer!

20th Annual Estacada Christmas Festival of Choirs

Local church and community choirs, along with the Estacada High School Choir will perform seasonal selections at the 20th Annual Estacada Christmas Festival of Choirs at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Estacada Auditorium. Admission is free.

The youth and adults of Orchestracada will perform the concert prelude under the direction of Elaine Butler.

The program includes performances from the Logan Community Church Choir, the Porter Mennonite Church Choir, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Choir, the Estacada Madrigal Singers, the Estacada First Baptist Church Children's Choir, the Estacada Web Academy Chorale, the Estacada High School Troubadours and the Estacada High School Concert Choir.

For the grand finale, the Estacada Community Choir will sing selections of George F. Handel's “The Messiah.”

Please join in for the singing of “The Hallelujah Chorus.”

Refreshments will be served after the show.

Holiday Lighting

Continuing with the decade-long tradition, Whispering Pines Senior Village are going all out for the festive season with a spectacular holiday light display. The display consists of holiday scenes and thousands of lights.

There will be a lighting ceremony 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Whispering Pines Senior Village, 525 Northwest Sixth Avenue.

Please bring one or more non-perishable food item for local food banks.

Christmas Fantasy Trail

All ages are invited to enjoy a walk through a lighted, wooded Fantasy Trail at 19754 South Ridge Road, Oregon City. Don't miss the lighted castle with Christmas scenes and bonfire.

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for kids under 12.

The rail is open 6-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday through Dec. 30. Closed Dec. 24-25.

For directions and more information call 503-631-2047 or visit www.fantasytrail.com.

LIBRARY ACTIVITIES

Library Centennial Quilt

You or your friends can be memorialized in the Library Centennial Quilt being made by the Skip-A-Week Quilt Club. Squares are being sold for $10 each, and all proceeds go to library services. For more information, call the Estacada Public Library at 503-630-8273.

Computer classes

The Estacada Public Library offers computer classes at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Half-hour, one-on-one tutorials are also available from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Call the library at 503-630-8273 to sign up for tutorials or classes.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Mossy Rocks 4-H Club accepting new members

Are you in sixth, seventh or eighth grade and interested in the natural sciences and great outdoors? Mossy Rocks 4-H is just the club for you.

In the coming year, club members will learn about geology, observe wildlife, help out with a few community service projects, go on one or two overnight trips and continue with natural science studies.

Members must like being outdoors (even if the weather isn’t perfect) and must be willing to wake up early for activities every now and then.

The club meets at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of every month.

For more information and the location of the meeting place, call Barb Hicks at 503-630-1906.

SERVICE AND SUPPORT GROUPS

AA offers hope

The Estacada friendship group of AA offers hope and help for the alcoholic who still suffers. Meetings are held from 7-8:30 p.m. every Monday and Friday at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church Community Hall, 297 N. Broadway St. For more information, call the AA hotline at 503-223-8569 or visit pdxaa.com.

Lions Clubhouse

The Estacada Lions Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at Viewpoint Restaurant & Lounge, 20189 S. Springwater Road. Call Jack White at 503-630-6950 for more information.

Women’s advocates

Clackamas Women’s Services has sites in Estacada and Sandy where rural advocates can provide crisis support, case management, advocacy, legal assistance, counseling and support groups for survivors of domestic and sexual violence living in Clackamas County. All services are free.

To reach these rural advocates, call 503-722-2366, ext. 115. You also can get information and support from the 24-hour crisis line at 503-654-2288.

Yellow House Thrift Store

The Yellow House Thrift Store, or the Community Services Center, is open between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, at 207 N. Broadway St. Inexpensive clothing, dishes and toys are available to purchase. Assistance in finding other services is also available. For more information, call Sharon at 503-819-3752.

WELLNESS

Free blood pressure screening

Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center offers drop-in, free blood pressure screening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Thursday of every month.

High blood pressure can lead to a number of health issues, so it is helpful to be screened. The center is at 1500 Division St., Oregon City.



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