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‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

“I just happen to have the key …”

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Gale Arnold blends food and education at Odell FISH Food Bank location

The FISH Food Bank in Odell has opened many doors for the people of the community — and not just in the area of food assistance.

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Pet of the Week: Janni is a sweetheart in need of warm forever home

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

How to Help: Updated for Dec. 3

Warming shelter, HR Care Center, more

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It's A Wonderful Life

In words, music and sound effects, CAST recreates '40s radio play

Take a step back in time- be a part of a live radio show audience for the CAST Theater production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Columbia Center for the Arts Dec. 6-20. Sponsored by Jeff Sacre of Director’s Mortgage and Ruby Mason of Windermere Realty this is the first performance of the play in the Columbia River Gorge.

PARKDALE NEWS: Parkdale Christmas tree to shine its light

The annual Parkdale Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 12, starting at 6 p.m. in Rail’s End Park on the corner of Baseline and Clear Creek Roads.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 3

Bunzow, more at The Pines; Museum open house Dec. 13; more

Santa Sightings

Good news, boys and girls — Santa Claus is coming to town (and more than once) this Christmas season, and you can find him at the following locations:

Advent and Christmas

Hood River Valley Christian Church invites friends and the community to Advent and Christmas services.

Parkhurst Place helps Cat Rescue

Parkhurst Place Senior Living announces a partnership with Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue, a non-profit (501c3), all volunteer organization that helps homeless cats and kittens, and Dutch Bros Coffee of Hood River.

How to Help, updated for Nov. 20

Warming Shelterl HR Care Center; more

Entertainment Update for Nov. 29

Groove Project returns Dec. 14; Camero gives Trans America Bike Trail talk Dec. 9; Old Wave at Trillium Dec. 6

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Going to see a band that really gives

It’s serendipitous that I get to write about a band, during the Thanksgiving holiday no less, which actually thinks about others and makes a special point to give back to their community.

’12 Days of Christmas’ authors come to Hood River Dec. 6

Waucoma Bookstore hosts Portland authors Susan Blackby and Carolyn Digby Conahan, author and illustrator of “The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon” for a book signing on Saturday, Dec. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. at the store (212 Oak St.). From the forest to the desert to the mountains to the beach, cousins Liz and Danny are seeing it all as they spend their Christmas in Oregon. With everything from busy beavers to tumbling waterfalls, Oregon is showcased in this installment of the “Twelve Days of Christmas in America” series.

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Rodrigo Silva brings orchard foreman experience to the gift box line

Rodrigo Silva — or Rigo, as he’s also called — really knows pears. He also really knows gift boxes.