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Holiday Happenings (Dec. 1)

Holiday Happenings (Dec. 1)

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Albany Helping Hands Christmas trees, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., AHH Woodlot, 5150 SE Santiam Highway; Mid-Willamette Family YMCA, 3201 Pacific Blvd. SW.; North Albany Road and Hickory Street, North Albany; the Party Store, 1230 Pacific Blvd. SE. Masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer are required at tree lots. AHH also offers delivery for seniors and immune-compromised people; for a $15 fee, AHH will deliver within Albany city limits and North Albany. To purchase a freshly cut local noble or Douglas fir tree and arrange for delivery to your front door, call 541-926-4036 or go to www.albanyhelpinghands.com. Trees will be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on your selected delivery date of Thursday, Friday or Dec. 10, 11, 17 or 18. Trees will be scheduled for delivery on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, deliverers are unable to the bring the tree into the house.

Winter’s Eve Corvallis, Reinvented, through 9 p.m. Sunday. The annual event is sponsored by the Assistance League of Corvallis in cooperation with Corvallis merchants. The heated tent has been replaced by an online silent auction and raffle. Items being offered include a raffle for a $1,000 Market of Choice gift card, two three-day passes to the 2021 Oregon Jamboree, an inflatable paddleboard, Oregon State University gear, and gift baskets from local businesses. Also available: an array of gift certificates and items for the home, personal wellness, fashion and more. Local artist Jan Roberts-Dominguez has created another painting in her series of original Winter’s Eve artworks. This year’s piece, "Private Party," features Bruce the Moose, the Corvallis Museum mascot. All silent auction proceeds will help sustain the league's philanthropic programs, Operation School Bell, Hygiene Help, SAT Review, Dental Education, Read Every Day and Hug-a-Bear. Information: 541-757-1978 or www.assistanceleague.org/corvallis.

First Presbyterian Church 2020 Advent Recital Series, noon, www.1stpres.org or www.facebook.com/1stprescorvallis. This week: “Jazz Sounds of Christmas Joy,” the Gratitude Jazz Band, under the direction of Winston McCullough.

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Business Unwind, "Celebration of Trees," 4 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Albany, 1215 Hill St. SE. Spread out over two large gymnasiums to give room for social distancing. Masks required. Stroll among the trees, view a silent auction, enjoy refreshments and appetizers from Jacopetti's. Drawing for one chamber member to win $1,000 in Chamber Dollars; must be present to win. Cost: members, $7 in advance, $8 at the door; nonmembers, $10. Registration: www.albanychamber.com.

Wednesday

Weekdays at the Whiteside: “It's a Wonderful Life,” 7 p.m., Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. State guidelines of social distancing, disinfection and personal protective equipment are followed. Tickets must be purchased at https://bit.ly/2G9abRA prior to the event.

Friday

The Penny Cottage Country Christmas Market, 4 to 8 p.m., Riverview Community Hall, 37510 Gilkey Road, Scio. Local vendors featuring items for holiday home decor and gift giving. 

Giving opportunities

Trillium Family Services Children’s Farm Home is displaying Wish Tags throughout the community. Virtual shopping and donation options are also available. Tags include information that allows for online shopping with direct shipment to the Children’s Farm Home campus, 4455 NE Highway 20, Corvallis, OR 97330; or a gift can be purchased locally and returned to the location where it was selected by Dec. 9. Adopt-A-Family is an opportunity for community members to support a local family in need that is receiving services through Trillium. Virtual shopping for a child’s holiday request can be done through Trillium’s Amazon wish list or by viewing frequent client requests on Trillium’s website, https://trilliumfamily.org/shop-client-wish-tags. To Adopt-A-Family or display Wish Tags at your place of business, email kwoekel@trilliumfamily.org.

The Corvallis School District Welcome Center is conducting a Holiday Gift Card Drive, seeking gift cards to area grocery stores for students and families in need this holiday season. Gift cards can be mailed or delivered to Western View Center, 1435 SW 35th St., Corvallis, OR 97333, by Dec. 10. They will be added to holiday gift bags containing treats and masks and delivered to families before winter break. To donate, visit https://cpsfoundation.org.

Low-income Benton County children and families will receive toys, clothing, food and other items through Vina Moses Center’s Giving Tree & Christmas Program. Vina Moses will host its Christmas Store from Dec. 11 through 17 at Timberhill Shopping Center, 2359 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis. Community members can pledge to buy a gift by choosing a gift tag from a Digital Giving Tree on Vina Moses' website, vinamoses.org. Gift tags also can be found on Giving Trees in public locations, including Vina Moses, 968 NW Garfield Ave., Corvallis, and others published on the Vina Moses website. Tags are organized by age and include gift suggestions and instructions. New, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Dec. 10 at the Vina Moses Christmas Store. Gifts can also be dropped off at Vina Moses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays now through Dec. 10. Gifts can also be shipped to Vina Moses Center. Information: 541-753-1420, info@vinamoses.org or https://www.vinamoses.org/donate​. To volunteer at the Christmas Store or at Vina Moses Center, email ​shannon@vinamoses.org​. For a resource kit about sharing the Vina Moses Digital Giving Tree, write to ​givingtree@vinamoses.org​.

The Lebanon Senior Center is hosting its Senior Tree of Giving program for its sixth year, though there are some changes due to pandemic policies in place. The aim is to support seniors who do not have family locally, facing hardship or isolation. Area agencies can nominate seniors (50+) for this program. Application forms are available through Dec. 18. If you would like to sponsor items to be included in gift packages, a wish list is available. Donations should be turned in by Dec. 21. Information: 541-258-4919.

The Arc Giving Trees are in place at The Arc Thrift Stores at 928 NW Beca Ave. in Corvallis and 111 N. 20th St. in Philomath. The trees are decorated with tags, each with detailed purchasing guidelines for a gift for an individual in the community with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who may not otherwise receive a gift this holiday season. Gifts don't require wrapping. Purchasers bring their gift to one of the thrift stores and it will be wrapped and personally delivered to the recipient. The deadline for bringing gifts is Dec. 19.

ABC House, the child abuse intervention center serving Benton and Linn counties, continues to rely on community support this holiday season. To reach increasing numbers of children impacted by abuse, monetary donations are needed. These donations will provide medical exams, forensic interviews, family support services and trauma counseling for children in crisis, and their families. If a monetary donation is not possible, in-kind donations of the following items are needed for families seen at ABC House: journals for teens; hygiene products, including toothbrushes and toothpaste; reusable water bottles; new winter clothing for children (all sizes); coloring books for all ages; crayons; board games; and card games. Information: glonstron@abchouse.org.

The Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis is operating full-day child care for families in the community, with programming focused on distance learning and proving a safe place for youth to be during the work day. The club needs donations for its Scholarship Fund to help fill the financial gap created when keeping costs low for families, charging only a fraction of the true cost to run the program. Visit www.bgccorvallis.org/give to make a gift.

The Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence is accepting monetary donations and gift cards for the holidays; physical gift tags will not be available this year. Donors and community partners can also sponsor a family's entire gift basket for a set price (staff members will do the shopping for them). Information: ireland.derosia@cardvservices.org or https://cardv.org.

Every holiday season, Community Outreach, Inc., asks the community to participate in the Adopt-a-Family Program. Adopting a child gives a donor the opportunity to meet the specific needs and wishes of a child who would otherwise go without this holiday season. Through the work of many volunteers and donors, the Adopt-a-Family Program makes a difference in the lives of children who come from families with a history of domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and/or chronic poverty. Adopt-A-Family serves Benton and Linn counties. Information: 541-758-3000 or info@communityoutreachinc.org.

Jackson Street Youth Services is accepting monetary and physical gift donations this holiday season. Youth requests are available at www.jackonstreet.org. Community members are invited to purchase, wrap and deliver gifts to the Jackson Street site associated with the request. Information: hannah.miller@jacksonstreet.org.

Real estate brokers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are gearing up for Windermere Real Estate’s annual Share the Warmth campaign. Now through Dec. 21, Windermere brokers are hosting a virtual fundraiser to help local charities purchase winter necessities for community members in need. In the Corvallis area, the donations will benefit Community Outreach. Share the Warmth has benefited local neighborhoods through donations of coats, blankets and other items for nearly two decades. Though the COVID-19 pandemic and recent wildfires have restricted physical collection of donations, this new virtual adaptation is needed now more than ever. To make a donation to Community Outreach, visit helpsharethewarmth.com to view a list of all participating Windermere offices and their beneficiaries.

Other opportunities

Christmas tree permits are now available from the Siuslaw National Forest, and can be purchased through Dec. 31. Permits are primarily being sold online at Recreation.gov, but local buyers can call the forest supervisor's Office in Corvallis at 541-750-7000. Cutting trees in some areas of the Siuslaw is prohibited, so tree hunters should check maps provided with permits prior to selecting their tree. Permits cost $5 per tree, and individuals can purchase up to five trees. Current fourth- and fifth-grade students are eligible for one free tree with an Every Kid Outdoors Pass.

Christmas tree permits are now available from the Willamette National Forest, and can be purchased through Dec. 31. People are encouraged to purchase Christmas tree permits at Recreation.gov. The Forest Service decided to move Christmas tree permit sales online as an added convenience for visitors, as well as to provide an alternative to in-person transactions at forest offices, which remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As an added bonus this year, fourth- and fifth-grade students who have an Every Kid Outdoors pass can apply for a free Christmas tree permit through Recreation.gov by entering their voucher or pass number when prompted. Visit https://go.usa.gov/x7pMN to purchase a Willamette National Forest Christmas tree permit. For those without internet service, Christmas tree permits can also be purchased in person from local vendors. Additionally, you can purchase Christmas tree permits via the telephone from the Sweet Home Ranger District. Permits are $5 per tree, with a limit of five permits per household. Recreation.gov charges an additional $2.50 service fee per order.

Send season's greetings to seniors at Prestige Senior Living West Hills in Corvallis. Prestige Care invites community members of all ages to send positive notes, warm wishes and fun artwork to its residents to spread cheer and uplift spirits. With the holidays just around the corner, Prestige Care is placing an emphasis on bringing joy to its residents during times of social distancing and other safety measures due to COVID-19. West Hills is welcoming cards, letters and other paper gifts such as drawings and homemade artwork, and asks that community members keep the following recommendations in mind: Messages should be handwritten and in large, easy-to-read print. Keep the messages positive. Prestige encourages writers to make their letters kind and heartfelt. If including a drawing or painting by a child, consider having them sign with their name and age at the bottom. Don't date your letters, as items can take up to three days to disinfect. Prestige will sort and disinfect all items prior to their being delivered to residents. All items will be opened and screened unless it is a private message sent from a family or friend of the resident. Community members can mail their season’s greetings to Prestige Senior Living West Hills, 5595 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis, OR 97333. Those who wish to drop off items in person can call 541-753-7136 and meet a staff member at the entrance.

To see a full-length list of Holiday Happenings, go to gazettetimes.com or democratherald.com.

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