Sober holiday dinners in Portland

Christmas ornament (Image: paparutzi/Flickr.com)

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By Jenny Westberg, Portland Mental Health Examiner

If you’re in recovery from alcoholism, holidays can be especially challenging.  On top of the usual stress, exhaustion, family squabbles, financial strain and too-high expectations, it seems like everywhere you look someone’s pouring a drink.

Of course that’s not the case, but why not prove it to yourself by heading out to one of the free, sober holiday dinners around Portland?  Grab a drumstick, enjoy some fellowship and get your spirit renewed.

Holiday Dinners

9:30 Plus Group Christmas dinner
Turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and more
Sunday, Dec. 25, 5:30 p.m.
Samuel Johnson Memorial Hall, 433 NE 76th Ave., Portland, OR  97215

Portland Alano Club holiday dinner
Sunday, Dec. 25, 1-4 p.m.
909 NW 24th Ave., Portland, OR 97210 (basement community room)
503-222-5756

North Portland Alano Association (NPAA) holiday potluck dinner
Bring a dish if you can; not required
Sunday, Dec. 25, 1:45 p.m.-4 p.m. (or until everyone is done!)
8926 N Lombard Street, Portland, OR 97203
503-283-4953

U.R.S. Club holiday potluck dinner
Bring a dish if you can; not required
Sunday, Dec. 25, 1-4 p.m.
17200 SE Stark, Portland, OR 97233
503-253-9321
Plus marathon meetings from 9 a.m.Christmas Eve to 10 a.m. Christmas Day

St. Helens Alano Club holiday dinner
Sunday, Dec. 25, 1 p.m.
215 N. 6th St., St. Helens, OR 97051
503-397-9530

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Need help?  Call the Portland AA Hotline, 24 hours a day – 503-223-8569

For more information on Alcoholics Anonymous, including an online meeting finder:  Portland Area Intergroup, http://www.pdxaa.com/Home.aspx