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GEM churches, KZAS host MLK Day event

Here are two ways to observe the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is observed Monday as a federal holiday; schools, government offices and banks will be closed.

Yesteryears: New Ray  T. Yasui Dialysis Center opens in 2006

The community is invited to an open house and dedication of the new Ray T. Yasui Dialysis Center on Jan. 15. The center is located on the third floor of the new addition to the Providence Health Services Building, 1151 May Street in Hood River. The new center boasts 12 state-of-the-art dialysis stations, an increase from eight in the former center. The added chairs allow people who had been traveling to Portland for their thrice-weekly treatments to now just drive the short distance to the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital campus.

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Rotary Ski Night returns Jan. 18

Advance tickets cost $15 for seven hours on the slopes

“Ski your heart out for a good cause” as Hood River Rotary hosts the annual Rotary Ski Night at Mt. Hood Meadows, on the Martin Luther King holiday, Monday, Jan.18, from 2-9 p.m.

Cascade Observations: Read any good books?

Steve Duin, a columnist for The Oregonian/Oregon Live, wants his readers to read. And read. And read.

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YoHOHs, friends spread cheer

On a cold, wet and windy Friday afternoon, while most students were leaving for winter break, the Hood River the Youth of Heart of Hospice (YoHOH) club met up with Santa (Robin Pereyda) in the front lobby of school to begin their annual Christmas outing.

MLK Day: Monday events surround ‘Justice for all’ theme

Gorge residents are invited to celebrate the life, work and dreams of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, Jan. 18, at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets in downtown Hood River.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 13

Brigid’s Cross at The Pines; Kay Floria at White Buffalo; more

Tongue Twister Tourney returns Feb. 26

Hood River County Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) has announced the sixth annual Tongue Twister Tournament will take place on Feb. 26, at a new location – Butler Bank Social Cub, 301 Oak St.

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2015 from the files

The year 2016 is settling in with its own personality — hefty snowpack, high desert dramas and elections at all levels — but for our second Kaleidoscope of the year, we take one last look back at 2015, and some of the photos that never made it into the paper.

Why Isn't This Illegal?

Getting snowed: Break out the shovels

This insanity must stop!

Community of Music: Concerts blend wide variety of music Jan. 22, 24

It has long been recognized that music is the “universal language,” and now local audiences will have an opportunity to hear many musical streams flowing together in one program.

Church News: New pastor, schedule at Pine Grove-Odell UMC

Community gospel choir at Riverside

Rev. Timothy Willis is the new pastor at Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church, and has announced the following Sunday worship service schedule.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Sold-out show features ‘30s style Barrelhouse Piano of Erick Haynie

I guess the first question of the New Year is: How fast did the “I Hate Cancer” concert coming up on Jan. 9 at the arts center sell out?

Entertainment Update for Jan. 9

‘Ron, Ben’ at Moth Jan. 9; American West at CEBU; more

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Up Up! Farm Film Festival: ‘Hanna Ranch’

Gorge Grown Food Network and the Rockford Grange present Up Up! Farm Film Festival, starting Jan. 15 at Rockford Community Grange, on Barrett Drive a mile west of Windmaster Corner, located south of Hood River.