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Roots and Branches: Winter charm

Living in Hood River affords you the opportunity of experiencing four unique seasons.

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Columbia Arts, Fresh Start team up Dec. 21-22

Students of Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program, under the direction of Pastry Chef Rainbow Trosper, will team up with Columbia Center for the Arts to bring eatable art to the holiday table this Dec. 21-22. Fresh Start will showcase a wide variety of pastries, confections and cakes that can be purchased at the arts center, or ordered in advance.

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The Bond of Boxes and Bags

All December, community rallies again for FISH, Christmas Project and more

Clearly there is not enough space here for all the acts of goodwill shown by Hood River County residents for Christmas Project, FISH food bank and other project to help those in need.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 21

‘Al & Nolan’ at Stave and Stone, New Year’s Eve music planner, more

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‘Tinsel and Tails’ rescheduled

Matthew Frost, Jason Barringer and Josh Barringer will play a piano trio arrangement of “Ukrainian Bell Carol" in the “Tinsel and Tails” concert on Dec. 29.

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Students spread holiday cheer

Mid Valley Elementary School second graders visited Down Manor, Hawks Ridge and Parkhurst on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 13 to sing and visit residents.

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Church News: Nazarene holds Christmas bazaar

Hood River Church of the Nazarene, 2168 Belmont Drive, hosts its first ever Christmas bazaar Saturday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Oregon State Parks hosts ‘First Day’ hikes

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America’s State Parks in sponsoring “First Day” hikes in 21 Oregon State Parks on New Year’s Day.

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Stuffing Stuffies

Christmas Project volunteer coordinator Kym Zanmiller, left, laughs with Jacquie Barone at the table laden with stuffed animal toys during this week’s toy and gift organization party at Hood River Fairgrounds.

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Steep Slope

Yellow “Caution/Cuidado” tape stretches from power pole to power pole at Seventh and Montello.

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Santa Visits

Alexia Aguilar, a Westside Elementary kindergartener, hugs Santa Claus Thursday during the annual Hood River Rotary holiday luncheon in the Gorge Room at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.

Entertainment update for Dec. 17

La Boheme screens Dec. 18, Karaoke at Thirteen-O-One, more

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‘Owen Meany,’ ‘Twist’ conclude this weekend

Two local Christmas-themed plays conclude their runs this weekend: “Twist and the Trees” and “Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant.” The CAST production of “Twist” is at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade, and “Owen Meany” is at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets. “The Twist and the Trees” runs Dec. 16-17 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.

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‘Upcycling’ class

Trash to Treasure class participants enjoy their “upcycled projects” class Tuesday at Old Trunk Store, owned by Karin and Dan Platt, on Dee Highway.

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