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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.










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