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Advent and Christmas services, updated for Dec. 13

The Parkdale Community Church Choir will sing the Christmas Cantata, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” during the service at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 21.

Last Chance Holiday Bazaar Dec. 13-14

A favorite event of procrastinating shoppers — the Last Chance Holiday Bazaar — takes place at the Hood River County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14.

How to Help: Updated for Dec. 13

Giving Tree — For the 20th year, John L. Scott realty offices host the Giving Tree. Gifts will be distributed to needy families in the area. Gift tags can be taken from trees located at any of the following John L Scott offices: 1000 W. Steuben, Bingen; 3206 W 6th St., The Dalles; 138 NW Second St., Stevenson; 512 Cascade Ave., Hood River.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 13

Robert Blake at CEBU Lounge; ‘Ritual’ at Springhouse Dec. 16; more

Food bank benefit Dec. 14

Barley Draught & Friends return to old St. Peter's Landmark Church in The Dalles for their third annual Christmas Concert, Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m.

Lighted fire trucks roll Dec. 15-17

The annual Hood River County fire departments’ lighted truck Christmas parade will take place Dec. 15 in Odell and Pine Grove, Dec. 16 in Parkdale and Dee, and Dec. 17 on the West Side and Hood River, each night from 6-9 p.m.

The Porch, Dec. 13

SCANNING: In years past we’ve published “a scanner year” – entertaining excerpts from what we heard over the dispatch communications device in our office – and while we did not get it together in 2014 to compile such a list, one item overheard on Dec. 9 was funny in itself: the words of the officer were, in full and verbatim: “An inquisitive toddler.”

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A golden anniversary

Charlotte Arnold celebrates 50 years teaching tap in Hood River

“ONE and TWO and THREE and FOUR!”

Cascade Observations: The closeness of Christmas

Last week I woke up at 3 a.m. with a severe case of the night sweats. My doctor would have diagnosed it as a post-menopausal event, but I think it was the Ghost of Christmas Past paying me a visit.

Lachino, McDowell named October ‘Students of the Month’

Diana Lachino and Mason McDowell, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as October “Students of the Month” for their outstanding commitment to community. Each student was presented with a check for $100 at a recent meeting.

This Week at HRVHS: Food drive continues through Dec. 18

This Week at HRVHS: Food drive continues through Dec. 18

Entertainment Update for Dec. 10

Kay Floria, more at The Pines; Secret Salsa lesson Dec. 12; Gorge Winds Concert Band Christmas Concert Dec. 21; more

Mayer, Groove Project play holiday shows this weekend

Hood River jazz pianist Tim Mayer performs two concerts this weekend, starting with the Friday noon Advent Concert at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State, with Mayer joined by Char Mayer on vocals, Ed Dietrich on bass, and Tim Ortlieb on drums. The concert is free.

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Pet of the Week: Tommy is a fun-loving hound

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Tommy as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

Entertainment Update for Dec. 6

Music for ‘Adopt-A-Dog’; United Way benefit Holiday Concert Dec. 7; more