Hood River County Christmas project sign ups… December 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and December 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Department of Human Services at 1610 9th Court in Hood River; and December 3, 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. at Odell Food Bank. For more information go tohoodrivercountychristmasproject.com.
Hood River Aquatic Center Holiday Open Swims…November 23-27, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. each day except Thanksgiving.
The Dalles Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner…November 26, noon-3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Academy. Sponsored by the Salvation Army. To volunteer or order a delivery meal call 541-296-6417.
Hood River Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner..November 26, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at Riverside Community Church. To volunteer, donate, or arrange a home-delivered meal, call 541-399-2384.
American Red Cross Blood Drive…November 27, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Hood River Elks Lodge on 3rd and Cascade. For an appointment call 541-387-3669.
The Dalles Starlight Parade…”Ropin’ in the Holidays” on November 27 at 6 p.m. Parade through downtown The Dalles with community tree-lighting ceremony afterwards at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. Photo session with Santa inside the Chamber.
The Dalles City Council Town Hall meeting on enterprise zones…November 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Mid-Columbia Senior Center.
Gorge Owned Sense of Place Lecture…”Glacier Caves of the Pacific Northwest: Hidden Laboratories” with Eddy Cartaya on December 2 at 7 p.m. in the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Dalles Art Center Holiday Show Opening Reception…December 3, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at 220 East 4th in The Dalles.
Hood River Holiday Kick-Off Party…December 4 in downtown Hood River. Happy Hour at 4 p.m., streets close at 5 p.m., parade at 6 p.m. Tree lighting in Overlook Memorial Park begins after the parade. To sign-up for the parade go to hoodriver.org.
Festival of Trees…December 4 at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m., Christmas tree auction at 7 p.m. 21 & over event, benefiting the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Breast Health for Strong Families program and Celilo Cancer Center. Tickets $10, call 541-296-7275.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever…December 4-5 and 11-12 at 7:30 p.m., December 6 at 2 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles in Building 2, on the 3rd floor. Free.
Lyle Lions Breakfast…December 5, 7 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Lyle Lions Community Center on the corner of 5th Street and Highway 14. $7 adults, ages 6-12 $4, under 5 free.
Westside Fire Department Breakfast With Santa…December 5, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Barrett Road Fire Station. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, and eggs, and pictures with Santa…$6 adults, $4 for kids.
Mosier Country Christmas Fair…December 5-6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mosier School. Admission $2 per person and one can of human or pet food. Canned goods donated to local Christmas charity and Home at Last Humane Society.
Free Photos with Santa…December 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River. Sponsored by the Eyeopeners Lions Club…donation of a non-perishable food items for the Christmas Project is requested.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Holiday Open House…December 5, noon-6 p.m. Free museum admission, live holiday music, complimentary cookies and hot cider.
Say Cheese With Santa…December 6, 13, and 20, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Columbia Center for the Arts lobby. $10 photos printed on site.
United Way Holiday Benefit Concert with rock violinist Aaron Meyer…December 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hood River Inn Gorge Room. Preferred seating tickets $45, general admission $20, and kids 12 & under $5, available at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River or at the door. All proceeds benefit United Way of the Columbia Gorge.
Groove Project Holiday Concert…December 6 and 13 at 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/children.
The Trail Band Christmas Concert…December 7 at 7 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Tickets $25, available at Klindt’s Booksellers and at the Civic.
Gingerbread Festival and Open House at the Springs at Mill Creek…December 10, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Gingerbread House fun and silent auction, proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Up! Up! Film Festival: The Young Farmers Movement…December 11 at Rockford Grange. Local farmer made soup at 5:30, film at 6:30.
Last Chance Holiday Bazaar…December 12-13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell.
Santa in Downtown The Dalles…December 12 and 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 523 East 3rd. Pictures with Santa, ornament making, sleigh rides, story time, and goodies.
Cascade Singers Christmas Concert…7 p.m. December 12 and 3 p.m. December 13 at Zion Lutheran Church in The Dalles. Donations accepted at the door.
The Dalles Civic Auditorium Flea Market…December 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tables $20, call 541-404-0724.
Gorge Winds Concert Band Christmas Concert…December 18 at 7 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School and December 20 at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles. Free admission, donations welcome.
Dancing With The Gorge Stars…January 8 at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School. Tickets $20 in advance at Klindt’s Booksellers, Lines of Design, or The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, or $25 at the door.
The Dalles Civic Auditorium Flea Market…January 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tables $20, call 541-404-0724.
The Dalles Civic Auditorium Flea Market…February 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tables $20, call 541-404-0724.
Gorge Artists Open Studios…April 22-24, 2016. Go to gorgeartists.org for more information.
Big Bingo at Hood River Valley Adult Center Every Tuesday night at 6 p.m., doors open and food available at 5 p.m. Funds raised support the Meals on Wheels program.
Bingo for Meals on Wheels at Mid-Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles…every Saturday at 6 p.m. Minimum buy-in is $10.
Wahtonka Community School Farmer’s Market…every Thursday, 8:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in front of the Wahtonka campus on 3601 West 10th in The Dalles. Seeking vendors, consignors, and customers. Call 541-506-3410 for information.
Free car seat checks the second Wednesday of each month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Hood River Fire Station on 1785 Meyer Parkway.