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First Book awards five grants to local programs

First Book is a national nonprofit organization (501c) with a simple mission: to provide new books to children and youth in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy — access to books. Team First Book/Hood River is part of the national literacy effort and has been awarding book grants since 2000.

Death Café returns to library Nov. 30

The Hood River Library will host its eighth Death Café on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hood River Library Reading Room.

‘Being Mortal’ film screens Nov. 20 at Center for the Arts

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital holds a free screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” on Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts.

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‘Stepping Outside Polite Conversation’: Tar Sands Valve Turners speak Tuesday in HR

The Tar Sands Valve Turners — not a rock band, but a group of committed anti-fossil fuel activists — will speak Nov. 15 in the Pioneer Room at Riverside Community Church in Hood River. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.

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Chair Affair Nov. 11

The annual “Chair Affair” event for Westside Elementary will be Nov. 11 at Springhouse Cellars from 6-10 p.m.

AARP holds Safe Driver class in HR Nov. 10-11

The next AARP Safe Driver class will be held at Down Manor on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10-11 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The two-day class will cover the many changes in Oregon’s driving laws in the past few years.

Elks honor Margaret Totten and Daisy Dolan

Margaret Totten and Daisy Dolan, both Hood River Valley High School seniors, have been selected as the Elks October Students of the Month.

Sam Bertrand takes fourth

Hood River Valley High School Junior Sam Bertrand won fourth place in radio commentary at the Silverton High School Fox Invitational Speech and Debate tournament on Nov. 5.

Education Foundation lists 2016 scholarship awardees

The Hood River County Education Foundation has awarded scholarships to eight local students attending college.

Pool notes: lifeguard training starts, classes and special swims offered

The Hood River Aquatic Center will be offering a lifeguard training course Nov. 14, Nov. 15, Nov. 16 and Nov. 17.

HOW TO HELP: Fresh Start Culinary forms volunteer cadre

If you are a van wrangler, Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program needs you. They also need volunteer servers, mentors, kitchen grunts, and occasionally, decorators.

‘Putting Your House in Order’ at Anderson’s on Nov. 17

Anderson’s Tribute Center hosts a “Putting Your House in Order” seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 17 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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‘Get yourself a notebook’

Writer makes stops in Hood River

The Hood River Library hosts Portland author Ana Consuelo Matiella on Saturday, Nov. 12 for an author talk and book reading — the second time she’ll have presented in town in less than a month.

District seeks public input on school bond project designs

On Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. the Hood River County School District will hold the first of several community open houses at Wy’east Middle School to talk about the design, layout, and function of the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) addition.

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Gov. Brown extols Gorge health care program

Gov. Kate Brown spent Wednesday in Hood River, focusing on health and education.


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