If you live in Lake Oswego, there is no excuse for bah-humbugging it this season. Get in the spirit of things by checking out some of these events.
●Lakewood in Lights Fundraiser. This annual event features food, music, dancing and a tree auction to benefit the rising star program at Lakewood Theatre Company. Other highlights include a raffle drawing for a weekend wine getaway for 6 at De Ponte Cellars Vineyard. Monday, December 3, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street. Tickets are $50/person and can be purchased at the box office, online or by calling 503.635.3901.
●Lake Oswego Mom’s Club Holiday Faire. Special guests will be on hand for this second annual event to make the season magical for little ones including Santa and Mrs. Claus and Christmas gnomes. Friday, December 7 from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way. Call 503.675.2549 for more information.
●Reindeer Magic Returns. Bring the whole family to visit Santa and his reindeer. Activities for the kids include make-n-take projects, enjoying holiday tunes and hot cocoa and cider while parents can sample wines from Hip Chicks Do Wine or buy their favorite hot beverage from Pony Espresso and Ole Latte. Friday, December 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Dennis’ 7 Dees,1090 McVey Avenue. 503.636.4660
●Holiday Magic Breakfast Theatre–The Peppermint Bear Show: Who Needs Sneeds? Enjoy a special holiday continental breakfast ½ hour before the curtain goes up for this interactive production featuring area high school student performers. Geared for ages 3-12. Saturdays, December 8, 15, and 22 at 9 and 11 a.m. in the Lakewood Center Community Meeting Room at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street. Advance reservations are required by purchasing tickets either online, at the box office or by calling:503.635.3901.
●Gingerbread House Workshop. Kids can learn how to bake gingerbread, decorate a gingerbread house and go home with dough to bake. Geared for ages 6-13. Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road in West Linn. $40 for residents; $45 for non-residents. Register for class 4327200 through Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation: 503.675.2549 or at www.lakeoswegoparks.org.
●Horse Drawn Carriage Rides. Take a 15 minute sleigh ride through downtown Lake Oswego. Sign-up sheets available so first-come, first-served. Sunday, December 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Friday, December 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Rides begin and end at Millennium Plaza Park at the corner of First and Evergreen. $3/ages 11 and older; $1 ages 10 and younger; Free ages 2 and under. 503.675.2549
●Bells N’ Brass Holiday Program. Revel in the sounds of Christmas featuring the Covenant Bell Choir and brass from the Oregon Symphony. Sunday, December 9 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Drive. Free. 503.636.565
●Creative Centerpieces Workshop. Whether for yourself or a friend, learn how to make a centerpiece arrangement that takes advantage of the season’s natural bounty. Sunday, December 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Dennis’ 7 Dees, 1090 McVey Avenue. $10 fee goes towards materials. Register online. 503.636.4660.
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