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’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.

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Turkey Trot brings crowd Thanksgiving Day

The annual Turkey Trot run and fundraiser drew more than 300 people to the Historic Columbia River Highway’s Twin Tunnels Trail Thursday morning for a pre-meal Thanksgiving treat.

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Urban logging: Crews keep busy as beetle-kill trees become neighborhood hazards

When a tree falls in an urban wood, many people hear it.

Photos with Santa helps Adopt A Dog

The Adopt-A-Dog program is again offering pictures with Santa this year, Saturdays beginning Nov. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel, 102 Oak Street.

Marbach hosts Holiday open house

Photographer Peter Marbach will host his first Holiday Studio Open House Dec. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3121 Eliot Drive in Hood River.

Marbach hosts open house

Photographer Peter Marbach will host his first Holiday Studio Open House Dec. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3121 Eliot Drive in Hood River.

Author Jan Brett comes to Hood River Dec. 12

Join us at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade, Street, Hood River, on Friday, Dec. 12 at 4:30 p.m. for a presentation and signing with bestselling picture book author, Jan Brett. Hood River is one of two stops in Oregon for Jan Brett’s 15 city tour across the U.S. This event is sponsored by Waucoma Bookstore, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Library, and G. Willikers Toy Store.

OCF gives $5,000 grant to Hood River Cultural Trust

Hood River Cultural Trust received a $5,000 grant in November to prepare and implement a public art plan in Hood River County.

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Pet of the Week: Roxie needs fun, active home

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

Entertainment Update for Nov. 26

Willie & Nelson at The Pines; more

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ opens Dec. 6

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. “It’s A Wonderful Life,” a holiday “live radio drama” will take to the stage from Dec. 6-20.

Thanksgiving Closures (… and openings)

Thursday, Nov. 26

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Fresh Tracks

Always a good measure of an encouraging start to the season, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort had people cruising its slopes before Thanksgiving. Although limited to a small section of the resort’s nearly 22,000 acres of terrain, the resort had two lifts (Buttercup and Easy Rider, along with the Magic Carpet) running over the weekend for “Preview Sunday,” and with winter weather bringing a foot of fresh snow through the day, those who made the trip were treated to the first powder turns of the newly- christened season.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 22

Cowboy Gathering returns Nov. 29; more