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Santa Cuts at Moore Street

"Santa Cuts" will return to the Salvation Army’s Moore Street Community and Worship Center on Wednesday, Dec. 14 to give local children ages 0-18 a haircut for free.

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Viewing for Christmas Ships

Space is available for the public to view the annual Christmas Ships parades by visiting the M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp on the Columbia River across from the Portland airport.

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Kwanzaa Celebration at Kaiser

African American employees with Kaiser Permanente are inviting the community to join them for a celebration of Kwanzaa, the holiday honoring the culture and traditions of people of African origin or descent.

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Invest in Treatment, Mental Health and Better Medicine

The pain behind opioid abuse

Nine years ago, I lost my brother to a heroin overdose.

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Rent Control, Gun Control and Impeachment

What would Nelson Mandela do?

The excellent editorial cartoon and commentary about gun control (Preventing Gun Deaths and Protecting Gun Rights, Portland Observer, Nov. 15 issue) highlights the need to not lose heart when advocating for what the mainstream media tends to characterize as "impossible" goals.

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A Rhodes Scholar

Portland student soars to new academic heights

Portland student becomes one of only 32 other Americans selected for fellowship at Oxford University in England, the United Kingdom’s top-ranked university and one of the worlds’ most prestigious.

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No Sit’ Resistance to Mayor

Protestors say response criminalizes homeless

Portland’s Resistance calls ‘no-sit zones’ a means of ‘criminalizing houeselessness’ and criticizes Mayor Ted Wheeler for authorizing eight more city blocks with those designations

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Zimbabwe and Where it All Went Wrong

The people shall govern

Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as Zimbabwe's second president on Nov. 24, replacing his former boss Robert Mugabe who had led the nation in southern Africa since it gained political independence from Britain in 1980.

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Bigger Than Ever

Zoo’s popular holiday light display is back

ZooLights is back! The Oregon Zoo’s walk-through winter wonderland of more than 1.6 million colored lights has opened for its 30th season and is more popular than ever.

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On Alberta Street

Little Things Gallery Show

The ever popular “Little Things” holiday group show at Guardino Gallery is back for its 17th year.

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Homegoing Celebration

Perry Allen

A homegoing celebration for Perry Lee Allen, who died Nov. 23, 2017, will be held Thursday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Church, 8501 N. Chautauqua Blvd.

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In Loving Memory

Adelbert ‘Delbert’ Williams

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, sons, daughter, brothers and sisters and a host of nieces and nephews and grandchildren

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Livability Grants Awarded

Projects promote shared prosperity

Prosper Portland, the city of Portland’s urban development agency, is awarding $1.7 million in Community Livability Grants, leveraging $11 million in private investment, to promote projects with shared prosperity benefitting communities of color and people with low incomes.

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Winters Named Minority Leader

Sen. Jackie Winters, a long time African American lawmaker and business owner, has become the first black lawmaker to head one of Oregon’s major political caucuses.

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Skipping Meals Doesn’t Help

Do you ever have one of those days where your time is occupied with everything else but food? We all know that not eating is unacceptable and that we are supposed to eat but that is sometimes easier said than done.

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Improving Birth Outcomes

A new journey for a Portland entrepreneur

A Portland midwife, public health expert and business woman with decades of culturally-competent birth experience has taken on a new role in her journey to improve health disparities and reduce infant mortality in the African American community

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Remembering Steve "Snapper" Jones

Local standout had impact in two pro leagues

Steve “Snapper” Jones, former Portland Trail Blazers player, team announcer and later NBA broadcaster, died Saturday after reportedly battling a lengthy illness. He was 75.

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Artist’s Work Reflects on a New Generation

Celebrates diversity in east and outer east Portland

Mural pays tribute to growing diverse culture and ethnicities of east and outer east Portland

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Black Nativity Holiday Classic

Portland theater group presents powerful play

PassinArt: A Theatre Company is bringing to the stage Black Nativity, a moving and powerful play written by playwright, novelist, and poet Langston Hughes retelling the classic nativity story in song.

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Thriving on the Court

Immigrant youth start new basketball league

A new basketball league is geared toward Portland’s immigrant population

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