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The December Calendar, Part Two

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Una is one of Portland's most impressive destinations, so it's always a good idea to check in with them. They're hosting their own mini-holiday sale event, featuring favorite local vendors Boet, Better Late Than Never, Esser Vesper, Hilary Horvath, Jacqueline Davis, and Sara Barner. Una, 922 SE Ankeny, Thurs Dec 12, 5-9 pm

• Buying someone else lingerie takes a certain amount of balls. Fit aside (don't even bother trying to buy someone an underwire bra if they are not present to try it on), it's good to seek guidance. For this, one can solidly recommend Lille Boutique, which in addition to its year-round excellent selection is hosting a trunk show for New York underpinning designer Samantha Chang, augmented by a 10 percent storewide discount, and goodie bags with purchases (while supplies last). Lille Boutique, 1007 E Burnside, Fri Dec 13, 5-8 pm

• As part of the Merry Montavilla Soiree: An Elfin Good Time, Union Rose is staying open late for a holiday shindig featuring live music, demos by local milliner ElizaBeth Rohloff, art by painter Anne Rogers, bubbly, and other goodies. Union Rose, 7909 SE Stark, Fri Dec 13, 6-11 pm

• Hand-Eye Supply's Curiosity Club has been showcasing Portland makers, thinkers, designers, and inventors since 2010, and they're throwing a holiday party to honor the 84 speakers who've participated so far. But you're invited to the party too, which is moving to a more spacious venue so all the music, booze, food, and mingling can breathe. Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis, Fri Dec 13, 6-9 pm

• For the second year running, Nöel Marché gathers local designers and makers offering one-of-a-kind gifts, plus sparkling wine, eggnog lattés, baked goodies, and more. Oui Presse, 1740 SE Hawthorne, Fri Dec 13, 6-9 pm

• ADX is an amazing resource and support network for local manufacturers, and their annual holiday sale, Gifted, reflects those priorities. Emphasizing affordability as much as locality, the two-day event features live music, holiday-appropriate consumables, and vendors including Oregon Kombucha and North St. Bags. ADX, 417 SE 11th, Fri Dec 13, 5-10 pm, Sat Dec 14, noon-6 pm

Mazama is a new ceramics venture that specifically targets the drinking vessel market, and this weekend is their official launch, which they are celebrating with a big party and sale at the warehouse. Look for holiday cocktails and special promotions, including discounted factory seconds. Mazama Warehouse, 216 N Tillamook, Fri Dec 13, 4-7 pm, Sat Dec 14, 1-4 pm

• Bags, ceramics, and jewelry are reliably good gifts, and the open studio/sale being hosted by Seaecho, RabbitRabbit, and Seaworthy covers all three quite well, thank you. The first 10 purchases will receive a bonus discount, cocktails will flow, and you'll be able to shop each line's entire collection, including all the newest designs. Boxlift Lofts, 333 NE Hancock, #5, Sat Dec 14, noon-5 pm

• The annual holiday edition of Ladies' Day Out returns with 50 vendors, health and fitness demos, beauty treatments, a runway show, live music, and more in a giant woman-directed shopping orgy that goes to benefit Impact NW. Portland DoubleTree, 1000 NE Multnomah, Sat Dec 14, 9 am-7 pm, $5

• There are a lot of fun shopping events this month, but this is the only one I know of that features a hot tub. The Makery, a North Portland studio collective, has put together its first holiday market, and man are they swinging for the fences. There are almost 25 vendors featured at the two-day affair (like Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Make It Good, Betsy & Iya, and Laura Irwin), not to mention cocktails by Dig a Pony, Widmer beers, Portland Roasting Coffee, food carts, DJ Bad Wizard, and, yes, a mobile hot tub station courtesy of Monico Flores. The Makery, 424 N Tillamook, Sat Dec 14 & Sun Dec 15, 10 am-5 pm

• It's a local institution: Before everyone was doing it, Crafty Wonderland was banding together local makers for craft sales, an endeavor that has developed into a brick and mortar shop downtown and two massive sales each year. The holiday version, appropriately named the Super Colossal Holiday Sale, features over 250 artists selling a diversity of gift-ables. Oregon Convention Center, Hall D, 777 NE MLK, Sat Dec 14 & Sun Dec 15, 11 am-6 pm

elkarti Morocco is a Portland handbag startup helmed by Ahmed Abidine, a Moroccan PSU student who makes naturally tanned leather bags, giving a third of his profits to the Deaf Artisan Group of Morocco, a business-skill-development nonprofit. Currently releasing a travel collection, this is elkarti's very first event, but Abidine seems to be bending the right ears to his cause: along with displays of local fashion, live music, and refreshments, Mayor Charlie Hales and first lady Nancy Hales will be on hand, along with PSU professor Bill Jones—not bad for the first time out. Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, Sun Dec 15, 4-7 pm, $20+ suggested donation

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