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Southwest Portland holiday events guide

Thursday, Dec. 5, through Saturday, Dec. 7

Multnomah Arts Center’s Winter Arts & Crafts Sale

MULTNOMAH — Just in time for the December holidays, functional and decorative artwork by Multnomah Arts Center instructors and students will be available for purchase at this annual event open to the public. Handcrafted items for sale include ceramics, weaving, jewelry, prints, paintings, woodworking and photography created by more than 40 instructors and talented students of the center. Proceeds support local arts education and participating artists. Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway.

Friday, Dec. 6

2013 Portland Gingerbread Bridge Competition

ASHCREEK — Several Portland engineers and architects will gather to fundraise for the Children’s Cancer Association by showing off their gingerbread bridge building skills. Each firm/school will enter a bridge to compete. The requirements for each bridge to span 24 inches will be put to the test by increasing suspended weight until it collapses. A low ratio of the bridge’s weight to its supported load is what bridge designers will be aiming for. Additionally, each bridge will be judged on architectural design. All this and it has to be edible too. Bridges will be put on display at the Old Market Pub for event participants to judge, prior to the main event: the bridge breaking. Event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Old Market Pub, 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd.

Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7

Multnomah Village Holiday Gala

MULTNOMAH — Multnomah Village’s annual kickoff to the holiday season. On Friday, there will be carriage rides out of the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., train rides for kids in the Key Bank parking lot, 3515 SW Troy St. from 6 to 9 p.m., Oregon Music Hall of Famer Mark Bosnian leading caroling in the street at 6:15 p.m. and the traditional tree lighting at 6:42 p.m. On Saturday is the Southwest Hills Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lucky Lab, 7676 SW Capitol Highway.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Stephenson Winter Arts Festival

ARNOLD CREEK — The Stephenson Winter Arts Festival is a time for the community to come together to enjoy music, delicious food and snacks, participate in art classes, create fun crafts and shop. With local artisans, as well as parents, teachers and students selling their handmade products, this is sure to be a fantastic place to find a special gift for the people on your holiday list — and maybe a little something for yourself. Event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stephenson Elementary School, 2627 SW Stephenson St.

For more information, visit stephensonartsfestival.com.

Holiday Tea

HILLSDALE — While enjoying tea and treats at this event, sponsored by the Women of St. Barnabas, attendees will also learn from guest speaker Hoa Nguyen, SUN School Coordinator for Robert Gray Middle School. SUN stands for Schools United Neighborhoods. SUN Schools are full-service neighborhood hubs where the school and partners from across the community come together to make sure kids and families have what they need to be successful, in school and in life. The SUN School has started a weekend backpack food program to provide meal support for students who might otherwise go hungry. The Women of St. Barnabas have selected the SUN School Backpack Program for focused support and invite the public to learn more about the essential community services offered by this agency. There will be a good-will offering taken to support the backpack program and non-perishable food donations will also be accepted. Tea will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring a dessert or finger food to share. Attendance is free. Event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Barnabus Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St. Attendees are asked to RSVP to the church office at 503-246-1949.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling the church office at 503-246-1949.

Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8

Forest Market

MULTNOMAH COUNTY — In this annual sale, put on by the Friends of Tryon Creek State Natural Area, attendees may purchase locally made and handcrafted sustainable and eco-friendly crafts and edibles handmade by local artisans. From ceramics, accessories, jewelry, hand-woven baskets, organic body care products and holiday items to one-of-a-kind art pieces and much more, there is something that is sure to please everyone on your holiday list. Event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tryon Creek State Natural Area Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Friends of Tryon Creek.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Christmas Dessert Concert

MULTNOMAH — A yearly event sponsored by the Hillsdale Community Church, tickets ($6 for adults and $3 for children) include dessert and hot beverage at an evening of “sacred and secular” Christmas musical favorites on Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets are available after worship on Sundays and during office hours at the church. Event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Hillsdale Community Church, 6948 SW Capitol Highway.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Longest Night Service

MULTNOMAH — A service of healing and hope on the longest night of the year featuring quiet music, time for silence, candle lighting and prayer for those grieving or needing an hour of respite in the midst of a sometimes-frantic season. Event takes place at 7 p.m. at Hillsdale Community Church, 6948 SW Capitol Highway.

Sunday, Dec. 27

All Ages Spontaneous Christmas Pageant

MULTNOMAH — A relaxing and low-key way to wind up the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 27. Parts and costumes for everyone who wants one, and one more opportunity to sing your favorite carols. Event takes place at 10:30 a.m. at Hillsdale Community Church, 6948 SW Capitol Highway.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

New Year’s At Noon

HILLSDALE — On Tuesday, Dec. 31, stay awake for the party by counting down to the new year at noon. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a pool float, all-ages dance party and games and snacks. Countdown and balloons will ring in the drop at noon, with a family movie, “Wizard of Oz,” on the big screen in the ballroom at 1 p.m. Event takes place at 11 a.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway.