Neon golf?

It’s just one fun community event to enjoy in and around Hood River

Several unique opportunities for community are found this week.

They involve basketball, wintertime golf, and dogs at church.

Let’s start with the golf: Youth leader Mike Mueller and other Immanuel Lutheran Church members have created an amazing indoor golf course in the basement of the church. While there is no windmill in sight, the individual holes do not lack for challenge and creativity. The course is suitable for all ages, and proceeds benefit the church’s youth mission programs, which recently included outreach to Guatemala.

Adding to the fun is that you play under black lights, and the balls are neon. With the neon lights and the planets, stars and comets adorning the walls, you have a sensory-filling experience that helps with a good cause. (The course is open 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday; if you miss it this time, the church will periodically offer glow-in-the-dark golf in coming months.)

This Thursday, hear some seasonal music by talented local musicians and meet some canine citizens in Diana Beterbide and friends’ concert at Riverside Community Church, 7 p.m. on Thursday. The event is a benefit for the Adopt-A-Dog program, based in Odell and serving the whole county. Some of the canine “graduates” of the program will be there to greet you. Thursday’s event is a great way to celebrate the season and to support a volunteer-based organization richly deserving of support.

On to basketball: For the first time since this year’s high schoolers’ parents were in school, HRVHS basketball teams will play Columbia High School of White Salmon. It actually takes place twice – home and away. On Dec. 6, the girls varsity and boys varsity teams host the Bruins at Vannet Court at HRVHS 5 and 6:30 p.m. On Dec. 10, the boys JV and varsity teams play at the White Salmon school at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

While HRVHS is a larger school, the games should be competitive and the fact that they happen at all constitute an example of natural cross-river interaction that ought to happen more often.

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