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Soroptimist Artisan Shopping Extravaganza returns Nov. 22

Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting its tenth annual pre-holiday Artisan Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Gorge Room. The event will feature Gorge and Portland area artisans exhibiting holiday gift items of jewelry, metal art, alpaca garments, pottery, glassware, paintings, cards, and more.

Cascade Observations: A grudging Luddite keeps in touch

I’m living in a dichotomy. I have one foot firmly planted in the land of the Luddites, and the other just as anchored to the whirling world of technology. For example:

Strike a pose: Gala Fashion Show Nov. 7

The Hood River County Christmas Project held its biggest fundraiser of the season Nov. 7 with its Gala Fashion Show, held at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Gorge Room.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 12

‘Old Soul’ at CEBU Nov. 15; more

Roots and Branches: Rockin’ those sticky senior adventures

I have made several personal discoveries about aging as the golden era envelopes me. Comprehension of its impact on one’s physical and mental abilities seems to come and go as frequently as the sunrise. And it continues to be a surprising revelation each time you rediscover that you can’t put a name to a familiar face, or that rising from a crisscross applesauce position on the floor is seldom achievable without looking like one of those hip hop, robot poppin’ dancers.

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Cuevas, Rodrigiquez wed

Blanca Cuevas and Damián Rodriguez of Hood River were married Aug. 30, 2014, in a ceremony in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hood River, with reception at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.

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Family scrapbook offers detailed account of Hood River County’s World War II sacrifices through news clippings

In August 1944, Grace Paasch, lifelong Pine Grove resident, started a scrapbook that would span the course of World War II.

Warming Shelter to open early due to projected inclement weather

Due to the projected weather forecast, the Hood River Warming Shelter will open on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. at Mid Columbia Center for Living.

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For Celia Smith, cutting hair ‘doesn’t feel like coming to work’

When Celia Smith started out as a beautician 28 years ago, it wasn’t in the iconic A-frame near the fire station in downtown Odell where she’s worked more than two decades.

Meals with Meaning: Gorge Soup and other groups host food events for good causes

Gorge Soup events will be Nov. 11 for adults and Feb. 26, 2015, for kids.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 8

‘Easy Boys,’ more at River City; ‘Pale Ales’ at Naked Winery; more

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Pet of the week: Sugar is ready to play, snuggle

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

Paddling, storytelling, and cooking: honors, events and thanks

Mary Parrott, a member of Parkdale Grange will be telling a story from her childhood as part of the Evening of Excellence on Friday Nov. 14 at the 2014 National Grange Convention in Sandusky, Ohio.

Parkdale News: Parkdale Grange will honor Veterans on their day

For the last several years, the Parkdale Grange ladies have been baking up more than just blueberry muffins on Veteran’s Day.

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Into the Woods

Sondheim skews fairy tales in musical that opens Friday at HRVHS

Much depends on a bunch of beans in Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical, “Into the Woods,” opening Friday, presented by Hood River Valley High School drama department. Directed by Mark Steighner, it’s based on the Grimm Bros. fairy tale characters all famous in their own right but who interact in ways you never dreamed of. Much of what befalls them (off stage but with sound effects) is just as gruesome as in the original tales.