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Christmas tree-lighting ceremony includes sing-a-long, food bank donations

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square will host its annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony Friday at 5:30 p.m. A sing-a-long led by Thomas Lauderdale and donations to the Oregon Food Bank donation are part of the annual program.Nothing to do after your Thanksgiving Day treats are eaten and all the stores are sold out?

Head to Portland's annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23.

Portland's Thomas Lauderdale with Pink Martini and friends will lead a community sing-a-long during the tree-lighting ceremony.

Don't forget to bring nonperishable food items to the ceremony for the Oregon Food Bank to collect. Pioneer Courthouse Square is working with Oregon Food Bank to raise $10,000 through collecting donations and its text-to-donate campaign. To get involved in the campaign, text "OFB" to 20222 to donate $10.

For more information, check the website www.bemerrydowntown.org.