Holiday Happenings

TREE IS UP: Lifting and tipping the tree into its stand requires a six-person team, but takes less than half an hour. Above, a crew massages the tree trunk into place after cutting the lowest branches, and adding metal shims for the screws to press against the trunk and straighten the tree (the city’s Robin Chambers, left, and Alan Wilm of Pacific Power). The tree was donated by Betz & Sons Construction, Inc., of Hood River.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
TREE IS UP: Lifting and tipping the tree into its stand requires a six-person team, but takes less than half an hour. Above, a crew massages the tree trunk into place after cutting the lowest branches, and adding metal shims for the screws to press against the trunk and straighten the tree (the city’s Robin Chambers, left, and Alan Wilm of Pacific Power). The tree was donated by Betz & Sons Construction, Inc., of Hood River.



Dec. 1 — Advent Concert Series, noon at Riverside Community Church. With Rule Beasley. Free. First of three concerts. Attendees with mobility challenges should park in the Sherman Street parking lot.

Dec. 1 — Hood River Holidays Kick-off, 4-7 p.m. downtown Hood River. Parade begins at 6 p.m. at Oak and Seventh and ends at the Hood River News parking lot (lineup is first come, first served except for parade sponsors). Tree lighting at 7 p.m.

Dec. 1-2 — Festival of Trees, The Dalles Civic Auditorium, The Dalles. Community Day Dec. 2, 9-noon; free admission that day.

Dec. 1-2 — 67th Annual Christmas Bazaar, Wy’east Community Church, Odell, 10-5 p.m. Dec. 1 and 10-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Soup, pie, ice cream, baked goods, jellies, cookie plates, handmade gifts, Christmas items and more.

Dec. 1-2 — Happy Hands Craft and Bake Sale, 10-3 p.m. daily at Spirit of Grace Church, 1140 Tucker. Saturday cookie walk; bake sale, cream puffs, novelty gift items, scrubbers, tea towels and more.

Dec. 2 — Breakfast with Santa, 8-11 a.m. at West Side Fire Station, 4250 Barrett Drive. Adults $6, kids $4; all you can eat pancakes, sausage and eggs. Pictures with Santa!

Dec. 2 — Holiday Bazaar, 9-3p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 11th and Eugene. Gifts for all ages including children, men and pets. Handcrafted items, baked goods, holiday décor, jewelry, artwork.

Dec. 2 — Holiday Open House, 9-5 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles. Free admission, live holiday music, Santa. More at www. gorgediscovery.org or 541-296-8600 x 201.

Dec. 2 — Photos with Santa, 10-2 p.m. at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living. Non-perishable food item, unwrapped toy or cash donation requested for Christmas Project. Sponsored by Eyeopener Lions Club and Hawks Ridge.

Dec. 2, 8-9, 15-16 — A Christmas Carol, 7:30 p.m. at the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center. Matinee performances Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults and $15 seniors and students, available at Waucoma, Mugs Coffee (Bingen) and showtix4u.com. Plays for Non-profits production, directed by Gary Young.

Dec. 2-3 — Mosier County Christmas Fair, 10-4 p.m. at Mosier Community School. Photos with Santa, 11-3 p.m. both days. More than 65 vendor booths featuring artisans, crafts, food and more.

Dec. 3 — Cookies with Santa, 11-4 p.m. at the Mt. Hood Town Hall. Cookie decorating and crafts for the kids; handmade holiday market features local artisans and crafters. Professional photos with Santa; lunch available for purchase.

Dec. 3 — Festival of Lights, 3-5 p.m. at Cascade Locks City Hall. Pictures with Santa, music, refreshments and crafts for the kids.

Dec. 3 — Holiday Benefit Concert with Aaron Meyer, 3:30 p.m. in the Gorge Room, Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. Benefit for United Way. Tickets $60 preferred seating, includes glass of wine/beer and appetizers and a pre-concert party with Meyer. General admission $20, kids 12 and under $15 at Waucoma, at the door, unitedway@gorge.net or 541-386-6100.

Dec. 8 — Advent Concert Series, Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State, Hood River Valley High School choral music. Attendees with mobility challenges should park in the Sherman Street parking lot.

Dec. 7 — Tinsel and Tails, 7-8:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church. Fundraiser for Hood River Adopt A Dog featuring friends and students of Diana Beterbide. Meet adoptable dogs and enjoy human treats and drinks. Well behaved dogs are invited to attend. Tickets $15 adults and $5 for children.

Dec. 9 — Wreath Contest, 10-2 p.m. at Parkhurst Place. Annual event; make a wreath and donate to Parkhurst Place before 5 p.m. Nov. 27-Dec. 8. Entries will be judged and purchased by the public, with proceeds benefiting the Hood River County Christmas Project. Stop by Dec. 9 to judge and purchase a wreath. Live entertainment, snacks and beverages.

Dec. 9-10 — Last Chance Holiday Bazaar, 10-4 p.m. at the Hood River County Fairgrounds Community Building. Free admission and parking. Over 40 vendors; Special Olympics fundraiser, lunch and beverages available in kitchen.

Dec. 9-10, Dec. 14-16 — “Merry Christmas, Strega Nona,” family-friendly theater, at Columbia Center for the Arts, 2 and 7 p.m. (columbiaarts.org; $20 adults, $15 student/seniors and $8 children under 10.)

Dec. 14 — Tree of Remembrance Memorial, 5:30 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center, Hood River. Decorate an ornament in memory of a loved one; live music. Can be placed on Tree of Remembrance and taken home later, or taken home that night.

Thru Dec. 24 — Columbia Center for the Arts Annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Original arts and fine crafts created by artists living and working in the Gorge.



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