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PARKDALE NEWS: 100th anniversary celebration at the Parkdale Grange

The Parkdale Grange is inviting the community to an open house Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2-6 p.m. for cake and beverages to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

On Nov. 18, 1913, the Parkdale Grange was organized and early meetings were held in the second floor of the old McIsaac’s Hall on Baseline Road.

Through the years locations and Grangers have changed, but the Golden Rule of the agriculturally based fraternal organization has stayed the same.

Pictures, memorabilia, and a history will be on display at the event.

Tickets for a raffle with items such as homemade quilts, Pampered Chef bakeware and gift certificates from local and valley businesses are just $1 each and can be purchased from any Grange member or by calling Jean Hardman at 541-352-6691.

The Parkdale Grange always welcomes new families and friends to join its organization in the community.

Anyone who would like to find out more about the Grange and joining can call the Master of the Grange, Mary Parrot, at 541-352-7418.

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The Parkdale Grange will be serving up its monthly breakfast again on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Grange Hall from 7:30-11:30 a.m.

A breakfast of eggs and sausage with pancakes or biscuits and gravy, homemade applesauce, juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate is just $6 for adults, $4 for children; ages 4 and under eat for free.

Grangers invite you to come out, visit with your neighbors and let them do the cooking that morning!

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Upper Valley schools are hoping residents need a little Christmas because they are taking orders now.

The New Vision School at the Mount Hood Town Hall is raising funds for the school and sending aid to the Philippines by selling fresh Christmas evergreen garlands, wreaths and swags.

Choose from 18-inch ($22.50), 22-inch ($24.50) or 30-inch ($30.50) wreaths; a 24-inch mixed evergreen swag ($22.50); or 25-inch ($35) or 75-inch ($75) garlands.

Orders are going in this week so call Heather Laurance at 541-490-0352 as soon as possible to order yours.

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There is also still time to order “Happy Human Holiday Ornaments” from Parkdale Elementary School students.

The handcrafted ornaments made by local steel sculpture artist CJ Rench include A Happy Human “Ta-Dah!” red steel ornament for $10 and a crafty wood ornament that children can decorate for $5.

Students will be taking orders for the ornaments until Dec. 3.

To learn more about CJ Rench’s artwork, go to djrdesignstudio.com.

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It seems Christmas is in the air and so is Santa!

The jolly guy in the red suit will be visiting children at the Mount Hood Town Hall on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1-3 p.m.

Craft activities, cookie decorating, and lots of fun visiting with Santa are in store for the children attending this free event.

Parents are invited to enjoy activities, Christmas treats and hot cider with their kids at Cookies with Santa.

Hart’s Images will offer photographs of children with Santa for a minimal charge.

For more information contact Marie Pickering at 541-352-6702 or mpick@gorge.net.

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