PARKDALE NEWS: Parkdale Christmas tree to shine its light

The annual Parkdale Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 12, starting at 6 p.m. in Rail’s End Park on the corner of Baseline and Clear Creek Roads.

Last year, the Parkdale Fire Department brought back the tree lighting after being in the dark for many years and local residents and visitors alike enjoyed the beautiful Christmas tree.

Community members are welcome to come see the tree light up, sing Christmas carols with their friends and neighbors and enjoy warm drinks and snacks generously provided by local businesses.

If you are interested in donating or offering any assistance, contact Fire Chief Mike McCafferty at 541-352-6092 or 541-387-5609.

This time of year, every second Sunday of the month, the Parkdale Grange serves up a delicious breakfast and Sunday, Dec. 14 is no exception.

The difference this month, however, are mouth-watering pumpkin pancakes being served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., along with the regular scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, and/or biscuits and gravy with a side of homemade applesauce and juice or coffee.

Prices are still $6 for adults, $4 for children 4-12, and under 4 are free.

Did you also know that the Parkdale Grange holds Social Night every third Monday of the month?

The community is always welcome to come out to the Grange Hall and the Monday, December 15 Social Night will be a potluck Christmas Party.

“This will be a fun night,” said Jean Hardman. “We would like to see new people there.”

If you’d like to participate, there will also be a gift exchange with the value of no more than $10.

Don’t forget that Santa Claus is coming to town on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mt. Hood Town Hall!

Children and families are invited to come visit and take a picture with Santa and enjoy decorating and eating cookies, sipping hot drinks and making some fun holiday crafts.

The free event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Mt. Hood Town Hall as a way of saying thank you each year to the community.

Hood River Valley High School Phoenix Theater students be performing for Parkdale Elementary School students in the school gym on Thursday, Dec. 4, and the shows are open to the public.

The 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. performance will be for kindergarten, first and second graders and the 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. performance will be for third, fourth and fifth graders.

The Parkdale Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization is gearing up for their December service month with a couple of sponsored enrichment days.

On Friday, Dec. 5, local artist C.J. Rench will be at the school to direct an art project with students that ties into their ornament fundraiser project.

The artist has created three different styles of ornaments, one wooden and two handcrafted steel designs, from $5 to $15 each that the students are selling to benefit both the school and FISH Food Bank, splitting the sale profits 50/50.

Ornaments are on sale now until December 8 and can be ordered from students or by calling the school at 541-399-6255.

On Friday, Dec. 12, students will once again be creating art projects sponsored by the PTO, only this time they will be giving them to residents in need at the Hood River Care Center.

“This service project for the community will be during the school day from 7:40 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in each classroom,” said PTO member Alison Betzing. “Please feel free to come and be involved, helping the kids help our neighbors as they create multiple works of art to spread good cheer.”

In addition to help, the PTO needs a lot of craft supplies for this project, so if you have any of the following you are asked to send it to school with your students or drop it off at the school office.

Items needed are artificial flowers and green foam for pots, glass or plastic beads, sequins and stamps to decorate pots, spools of fishing line, small driftwood pieces, fleece material and needles and thread.

For questions or more information contact Alison Betzing at 541-370-5644.

Scrabble Night is back at Parkdale Elementary on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the library.

It cost $2 to play each game and the money raised benefits the Parkdale Elementary Oregon Battle of the Books team.

You are asked to please call the school office and let them know you plan to attend at 541-352-6255.

Several members of the Celilo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have taken on a special project for literacy to support the Parkdale SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) program by donating books for the students.

Students in the SMART program can earn one book for every ten recommended books in the program that they read at home.

The Parkdale Elementary Book Fair is coming up this month at the school and the D.A.R. ladies are hoping students get excited to read books so they can choose one or more books at the Book Fair.

The Parkdale SMART program is always looking for volunteers in the community willing to help students learn to read on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

If you would like to help, please contact the school office at 541-352-6255.

Teacher Jill Warila has announced that her Mt. Hood Town Hall Ceramics Open Studio class, normally held each Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is changing to Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“This seems to be a more convenient time for the regulars as well as myself,” said Warila. “I hope to see you there!”

Warila also encourages Upper Valley residents to take advantage of the Holiday Pop Up Shop in Hood River, featuring 55 local and regional artists creations, for Christmas shopping.

The Holiday Pop Up Shop is at 301 Oak St. and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 12, when it will be open seven days a week until Dec. 24.

“You’ll be surprised at the creativity!” said Warila.

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