Thanksgiving week community events

From opportunities to exercise to arts and crafts, here are community events to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday week:

Nov. 22 — Make Your Own Placemat: Kids and their families are invited to make their own special placemat for the holiday table, from 3-5 p.m.

All materials are provided, but families are welcome to bring family photos for a special touch. Each placemat will be laminated.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535,, or visit their website at

Nov. 22 — Rocket Building Class, 11 a.m. to noon at Hood River Hobbies. Build a rocket from a kit; $10 supply fee includes engine. Gorge Rocket Club members can also participate in the Nov. 23 rocket launch at Westside Elementary. More at or

Nov. 23 — Free community meal, Hood River and Cascade Locks; see page A1 for details.

Nov. 23 — Twin Tunnels Turkey Trot, 10 a.m., Mark Hatfield Trailhead (Pick of the Week, page B3).

Nov. 24 — “Green Friday” at Oregon State Parks. Play for free on Friday; the agency is waiving day-use parking fees in 26 Oregon State Parks, including Rooster Rock State Park in the Gorge. Free hot drinks and snacks provided.

Hood River Aquatic Center is closed Thursday, but open the rest of the week on regular schedule, with open swims Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m.

Starting Nov. 25-26 — The Next Door gift wrapping: Doing a little holiday shopping downtown? Starting Thanksgiving weekend, purchases can be wrapped at G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe, with donations going to The Next Door’s youth mentoring programs Big Brothers Big Sisters and Mentor For Success.

These programs provide adult volunteer mentors to youth ages 6 to 20 in need of a positive role model. For more information about The Next Door and all its programs, visit

Nov. 25 — Christmas Lighting Celebration, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Complementary cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider and mulled wine. See the grounds become an oasis of white lights.

Looking for more to do throughout the holidays? See Holiday Happenings in upcoming issues, and an extensive listing in the Gift Guide special section, included in this Hood River News.

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