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How to Help: Updated for Jan. 14

Warming Shelter — A training session is planned Jan. 15 from 7-9 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State streets. The training is open to anyone 18 or older. Visit hoodrivercares.org for details.

Cascade Observations: Where charity begins

In 1978, just after graduating from college, I began pounding the pavement in the city of Boston looking — or, better said, begging — for a job.

Community choir forms for MLK observance

Gorge area music lovers of all ages are invited to join in a community wide Gospel Choir that is forming to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 19.

Elks Lodge honors Acosta, Sanchez as December Students of the Month

AnnElise Acosta and Ibette Sanchez have been selected as December Students of the Month and were presented checks for $100 at the Elks Lodge weekly meeting.

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Heart of Hospice youth spread cheer

Each year The Dalles and the Hood River Youth of Heart of Hospice (YoHOH) clubs end their year with a Christmas celebration, singing and giving out decorated gifts and cards.

Gorge First Tech Challenge comes to The Dalles Jan. 31

Families and robot lovers of all ages are invited to watch the fun at the Columbia Gorge First Tech Challenge (FTC) Tournament on Jan. 31 at The Dalles Middle School (1100 E. 12th St.).

Class Notes: Gray, Gallagher, Norton earn honors

Lauren Gray, of Hood River, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2014-2015 academic year at Illinois Wesleyan University.

School Board meets tonight

Hood River County School District Board of Directors meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School Library.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 14

Kevin Carr in Trout Lake Jan. 20; Onehum plans CD release show Jan. 14 at Hood River Library; more

Director’s cut: insight to auditions and accents

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog

The story in the news last week on the upcoming auditions for the CAST production of “Good People” prompted me to contact director Judie Hanel and ask her a few questions on a topic I know very little about: auditioning for a play.

‘Save the Date’: ‘On the Beat’ debuts Jan. 31

Time to “save the date” for a variety of community events in the next few weeks.

Backcountry Film Fest is free, tonight

The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival comes to Hood River Jan. 14, with a free showing of the festival’s nine video pieces starting at 7 p.m. at Double Mountain Brewery.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 10

HRVHS benefit show postponed to Jan. 31; ‘Braceros’ talk Jan. 31; ‘Chicken,’ Will West at CEBU

‘Good People’ auditions Jan. 18-19

Auditions for “Good People,” David Lindsay-Abaire’s tough and tender new play about the insurmountable divide between those who make it and those who don’t, are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 18, from 1-3 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

Backcountry Film Festival in HR Jan. 14

The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival comes to Hood River Jan. 14, with a free showing of the festival’s nine video pieces starting at 7 p.m. at Double Mountain Brewery.