It's always a tiny bit awkward when the city tries to be your friend, like a vaguely familiar and ordinarily stern uncle, except with more bureaucracy. But in addition to festooning every tree in downtown with ropes of lights, they've gone and done the zany thing, tapping knitters to make outfits for the city's statues:


Maybe you've noticed them (or maybe you haven't, since they're routinely stolen), but they are part of the #uglysweaterpdx campaign, which has been concocted as the Downtown Marketing Initiative's answer to this year's sudden lack of sponsored pop-up shops, involving a photo contest and an event happening tomorrow at Punch Bowl Social, the newish entertainment complex in Pioneer Place mall that houses a restaurant, bar, bowling alley, karaoke, ping pong, shuffleboard, marbles, etc.

It's mainly worth mentioning because the event is a warm clothing drive for Transition Projects, but from 11 am-2 pm tomorrow you can enjoy free games and karaoke, sweater decorating, holiday treats, and a photo booth for free when you drop off your donation, should you be out and about doing your shopping in the area. (Oh, he's an awkward uncle, but he's trying.)