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Also: Tigard Public Library holds mitten drive; Sunset grad returns for concert; Big Horn Brass has holiday show.

COURTESY: JOHN NILSEN - Sunset High School graduate John Nilsen will perform with his piano trio Sunday, Dec. 17 at Beaverton First United Methodist Church.Tigard business seeks donations for homeless

Specialty Heating & Cooling, a Tigard-based business, is facilitation a food and clothing drive for the Good Neighbor Center, a local homeless shelter.

"Our goal is to fill as many vans as possible and make a large delivery of items that are essential to the residents of the Good Neighbor Center" said Sarah Streeter, president of Specialty Heating & Cooling. 

People can drop off donations of new or gently used clothing and non-perishable food items at 7500 S.W. Tech Center Drive, Suite 130, Tigard. They also can call 503-946-6396 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a donation pick-up.

The donation drive will run through Friday, Dec. 15.

Tigard library holds mitten, glove drive

The Tigard Public Library is holding its annual "Mitten Tree" donation drive for the 21st year in a row. The library is seeking all sizes of handmade and store-bought scarves, hats, gloves and mittens to decorate the tree, and to donate to the local homeless population.

The Friends of the Tigard Library have supported the Mitten Tree from the beginning. They contribute the tree and members of the community contribute its warm and woolly décor. In its first 20 years, the Library has donated a total of 4,032 Mitten Tree "ornaments" to the Tigard Good Neighbor Center, which distributes them to families in Washington County who are homeless.

The library will accept Mitten Tree donations through the end of December. For more information, contact the library at 503-684-6537.

Sunset grad returns to perform concert

Just back from an October and November 32-date national tour, Oregon pianist, guitarist and recording artist John Nilsen will perform with his piano trio at 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 17, at Beaverton First United Methodist Church, 12555 S.W. Fourth St., Beaverton.

Nilsen, who is halfway through recording his 20th album, has performed in all 50 U.S. states, Europe and Asia while selling more than a million CDs worldwide. A member of Sunset High School's class of 1974, Nilsen is one of Oregon's top-selling artists.

According to a press release, the concert will include an arrangement of "holiday classics, some boogie-woogie, jazz and always some of John's back catalog."

Attendance is free with a suggested donation.

Big Horn Brass presents annual holiday concert

Big Horn Brass will present its annual "Big Horn Brass Holiday Concert" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 10390 S.W. Canyon Road, Beaverton.

"The program features fifteen shining pieces of brass and percussion playing holiday favorites and crowd-pleasing surprises that will thrill the whole family, including music from 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' and a special reading of 'The Night Before Christmas,'" said Chuck Weswig, a member of the bands' board of directors, in an email to the Times.

This year's concert is sponsored by the Erik Weswig Memorial Fund, the St. Matthew Lutheran Church Foundation, St. Matthew Lutheran Church and the Beaverton Arts Commission. Weswig died of a sudden cardiac arrhythmia when he was a senior at Sunset High School, and his memorial fund is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that supports a variety of programs in the Beaverton area.

Attendance is free, with a suggested donation to fund future concerts.

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