The 57th Annual Christmas Ship Parade will set sail again soon, providing fun and festive viewing opportunities on the Willamette and Columbia rivers this holiday season. Sellwood Riverfront Park (SE 7th Ave & Miller St) is situated in a perfect viewing location on the shores of the Willamette. The ships will be viewable from the park docks on December 9th, 11th, 14th, 16th, and 19th, with ships arriving at about 7:45 and 8:15pm, river conditions permitting. The floating parade is comprised of a volunteer fleet of local boat owners who take great pride in decorating their ships with beautiful lighted Christmas displays. For complete schedules with route details, including viewing locations and times www.christmasships.org.
Whether you’re just starting to can fresh produce or working your way off the grid, Portland Homestead Supply Company (8012 SE 13th Ave) will provide the support and supplies to make the transition to a simpler lifestyle. This warm and inviting store is a one-stop resource for urban homesteaders. They carry specialty baking products that are very difficult to source locally. Candle and soap making supplies. They also carry canning goods, such as Weck brand glass jars, grinders for coffee, and many fermentation products for the home brewer or vintner. Livestock such as chickens and goats, as well as feed, organic seeds and tools are also part of the homesteading resources. Gift ideas include hard-to-find kitchenware, glass preserving jars, scales, and other kitchen supplies not available at the big box stores. Learn the ropes of urban homesteading classes starting in January. www.homesteadsupplyco.com
Service is a two-way street at Sellwood Cycle Repair (7953 SE 13th Ave), where owner Erik Tonkin has spent 20 years making his shop an integral part of the community. Specializing in parts made in the Northwest, Sellwood Cycle Repair is a full service repair shop utilizing the finest replacement parts available. It’s important to note that while Sellwood Cycle is one of Portland’s biggest shops, the staff of ten is primarily engaged in good old-fashioned bicycle repair most of the time. Due to their emphasis on service, they’re able to rely on their reputation and customer referrals. The retail side of the business is closely allied with local bike manufacturer Kona of Bellingham, WA, making Sellwood Cycle one of the top five retailers of Kona bikes in the country. They also accept good quality used bicycles for sale on consignment, as well as bike parts such as frames, wheels, accessories, and more. The mix of new and used bikes makes shopping there very convenient. Current inventory of new and used bikes and information on the consignment program can be found at www.sellwoodcycle.com.
Haggis McBaggis (6802 SE Milwaukie Ave) is a children’s shoe boutique that specializes in fashionable, good-for-your-feet shoes. Owner Riki McLenithan says the store’s goal is to find the best shoes to match your kid’s feet. The knowledgeable and well-trained staff helps achieve that goal by spending as much time as needed to measure and fit your child. They have a wide variety of stylish children’s shoes with a balanced selection of reasonably priced and well-designed shoes that fit a range of feet—from wide to narrow, pre-walker to size six. They also carry a range of clothing, gifts and accessories for kids, including newly launched local clothing brand, Sister Fresh, and other exciting new locally designed brands. Some of their other brands include: Keen, Robeez, Primigi, Merrell, Umi, Geox, Bogs, Simple, Teva, Ecco, Naturino, Tsukihoshi, Blundstone, Simple, See Kai Run, Bobux, and Kamik. www.haggismcbaggis.com
See the Christmas & holiday show, Dancing Joy to the World, presented by Dance With Joy Studios (7981 SE 17th Ave). Performances will be on Saturday evening, December 17th from 7-11pm, with a Sunday matinee December 18th from 1-5pm. Enjoy dancing and singing performances from Dance with Joy Studios students and staff as well as special guest performers from the Portland dance community. A social dancing intermission between the performances will be hosted, followed by social dancing after the show is done. The Sunday matinee will feature live music with a band and time for singing Christmas carols. For details, call 503-236-8160 or visit www.dancewithjoystudios.com.
Sock Dreams was started by a girl named Niqkita whose feet were always cold wearing ordinary socks. Now Sock Dreams is best known for their wide variety of warm socks. In there Sellwood store (8005 SE 13th), or online at www.sockdreams.com you’ll find all types of socks made from acrylics to wools in all styles, shapes, sizes, and colors. And many accessories; leg warmers, arm warmers, garters, leggings, and petticoats.