Page 22 The INDEPENDENT, December 18, 2003 Yuletide Pops program at Oregon Symphony Come celebrate the holiday season Broadway-style with music, theater and dance as the Oregon Symphony wel- comes back Yuletide Celebra- tion, a Bank of America Pops family concert featuring tradi- tional symphonic holiday music paired with theatrical produc- tion numbers on Dec. 19 through 22 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The third annual Yuletide Celebration features a lineup filled with festive stage décor, new eye-catching productions, an extraordinary, national cast of actors, singers and dancers, as well as local talent, sumptu- ous costumes and dazzling sets. This year’s concerts are co-hosted by Broadway talent Benjamin Brecher, who ap- peared with the Symphony in last season’s Celtic Celebra- tion, and vocalist Cara John- ston; it also features the return of tap dancer Stephanie Cad- man, who has thrilled Sympho- ny audiences with her flashing feet for the last two years. Concert-goers who attended last year’s Yuletide Celebration will enjoy the return of the cho- rus line of tap-dancing Santas performed by dancers from the celebrated dance programs at Jefferson High School and “The Three Yuletide Tenors.” This year’s show also features excit- ing new numbers, including “Christmas Toons,” a retelling of favorite Christmas stories in cartoon format. The Symphony, led by conductor Orcenith Smith, will perform arrange- ments created specifically for Yuletide Celebration, including holiday favorites “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “The Christmas Song,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and Thank you for your patronage in 2003 Wishing you a New Year of Peace and Joy Vernonia True Value 834 Bridge Street,Vernonia • 503-429-6364 Arnie, Mary, Craig, Bill, Kathee 503-640-6311 CARPET SERVICE Truck Mounted Extraction Cleaning • Installation Repairs • Stretching • Hard Surface Cleaning Restoration • Floor Covering Sales: carpet, pad, vinyl, laminates, tile Don’t be fooled by gimmick retail sales & carpet scams seen at home improvement centers! We use a contractor showroom to get great prices for YOU. We take time to educate our clients so you get the best quality carpet for your money. Our Rotary Jet Extraction cleaning method may rejuvenate & save your carpet. Saving you hundreds of dollars in replacement costs. For honest, reputable & faster service call Extract Away! Owner operated servicing YOUR area since 1988 We accept – VISA & MASTERCARD CCB #68842 Rietta Behnke’s bears were just one of many delightful and interesting handmade items avail- able at the Vernonia Christmas Bazaar earlier this month. The gym at Washington Grade School was full of shoppers looking for unique gifts. “We Wish You a Merry Christ- mas.” In addition, a chorus of eight singers directed by Portland Opera’s chorusmaster, Carol Lucas, will lend their voices to the Yuletide cast as they sing a little bit of everything from the Bach-Gounod “Ave Maria” to Cole Porter. Saxophone player Patrick Lamb, a rising Oregon talent, will perform favorite holi- day selections. The Westminster Presbyter- ian Church Concert Bell Choir, directed by David Greger, will be ringing in seasonal favorites in the Prelude programs that are held in the lobby of the Ar- lene Schnitzer Concert Hall pri- or to each concert. Their pro- gram includes arrangements of “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night” and the “Arab Dance” from “The Nutcracker.” In what is becoming an an- nual holiday tradition, the Sym- phony is once again partnering with Northwest NewsChannel 8 in support of their annual holi- day toy drive; on-air KGW tele- vision personalities are sched- uled to make appearances at each concert. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for the Northwest NewsChannel 8 Toy Drive are accepted at the Sym- phony’s ticket office and non- perishable food for the Oregon Food Bank are accepted at all Oregon Symphony Holiday concerts. Performances are sched- uled for Friday, Dec. 19 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 at 3 :00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets range in price from $23 to $65 and may be purchased at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Of- fice (923 S.W. Washington), Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or charged by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343. Tickets also may be purchased at all Ticket- master outlets (503-790-ARTS) or through Ticketmaster Online, via the Symphony’s Web site at www.orsymphony.org. Service fees may apply.