Meals with Meaning: Empty Bowls dinner serves FISH Nov. 18

The third annual Empty Bowls Dinner is scheduled for Nov. 18 at 6:30 pm at Hood River Middle School. Hood River Valley High School students have made 150 bowls so there will be 150 tickets available this year. The event sold out last year with 100 participants. Mark Whitehead from Ahi Ohana Catering Co. is making some delicious soup with ingredients from the Gorge Grown Farmers Market. Pine Street Bakery is supplying the bread, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital is sponsoring the event, and Arts in Education of the Gorge is coordinating the affair.

All proceeds will go benefit FISH Food Bank as they complete its building project and transition into the new facility and begin providing more services for our community.

Solstice ‘Community Appreciation’ dinners

Continuing its Community Appreciation Campaign, Solstice Wood Fire Cafe & Bar is opening its doors and offering 15 percent of proceeds back to nonprofits and other organizations in the Community on Tuesday evenings this winter.

Normally closed on Tuesdays, Solstice welcomes groups to use its waterfront space fee-free for kickoffs, fundraisers, education nights or celebrations from 5-8 p.m. Solstice will prepare a wood fire pizza and salad buffet priced at $20 per person, or any menu requested. The cafe will serve local beer, wine and artisan cocktails from the bar, as well as its usual array of non-alcoholic drinks to guests. Nonprofits will then receive a check for 15 percent of the evening’s sales, as well as a fun, festive space to hold their event.

Area non-profits already booked to benefit from Solstice’s continuing Community Appreciation Campaign are:

  • Little Oak Montessori School, Tuesday, Nov. 18
  • Gorge Tech Alliance, Tuesday, Dec. 16

Other nonprofit bookings are in the works. To book your Tuesday night, contact Natalie Price, Solstice Wood Fire Cafe and Bar catering director, 541-399-6605,

St. Mary’s Ham Dinner and Bazaar Nov. 16

The annual St. Mary’s Ham Dinner and Bazaar will be held Sunday, Nov. 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in the basement of the Belmont Street church.

The bazaar opens at 9 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m., with dinner served from 3-6 p.m.

Dinner tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children, and features homemade pie for dessert. The bazaar features a bake sale, country store, silent auction and can raffle with $1 tickets.

There is another larger raffle for $200 in Rosauers scrip, a $100 gift certificate to the Hood River Inn, and a Kindle Fire; tickets are $5 each or six for $20. You do not have to be present to win.

The ham dinner and bazaar has been a continuing event at St. Mary’s for over 50 years. It is sponsored by the Altar Society and involves many parishioners and friends.

Community Soup Supper Nov. 16

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will host its monthly Community Soup Dinner on Nov. 16 from 4-6 p.m. (or until the soup runs out) at the United Methodist Church Fellowship hall in downtown Odell. The meal is free, but donations are welcome and shared between the Hood River Valley Adult Center Meals on Wheels program and the church, to offset the cost of food. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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