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Entertainment update for Dec. 17

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

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Yesteryears: ‘Instant forest’ is planted at marina in 1976

Instant forest came to the Port of Hood River Marina area late last week. As part of landscaping, 35 large trees were brought in, put in place and were anchored with support wires until they become more firmly established.

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Festive Streets

Oak, State and some downtown side streets are illuminated this Christmas season courtesy of the Hood River Chamber of Commerce and local businesses and organizations that donate toward the tree lighting fund.

Cascade Observations: Facing ‘the undeniable hurdles’ in our cultural understanding

Two days after the presidential election, a local high school teacher asked her students, mostly of Mexican descent, to make two lists: one list should focus on the students’ hopes, and the other on their fears. After making their lists, they gathered in a large circle and shared, one by one.

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How to help: Christmas party for Native Americans, Christmas Project needs volunteers

Gifts are sought for all ages to pass out at a Christmas party for Native Americans at Lone Pine and other locations in the Gorge.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 10

‘Jazz Society’ at Stave and Stone, Gorge Bird Count meets Dec. 18, more

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‘Twist’ opens this weekend

Sylvester Von Scheister (Ann Marie Goodman) talks with Tailor (Azmat Bhatty) about a coat while children Norman and Edith (Noble Williams and Lara Clute) look on in “The Twist and the Trees."

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Travels in India

Enjoy an evening with Hood River Valley High School senior Deylan Gudiel as he shares his travels and experiences abroad on Dec. 10 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hood River Library.

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Swags for Hospice

Odell Garden Club members Judy Wols Jackie Shaw, Jill McBee, Diana Carroll, Margaret Taylor and Norma Curtis, club president, recently made 64 mini swags at Hood River Valley High School for Heart of Hospice patients.

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The Porch for Dec. 10

WELL SAID: “We can worry about it or we can just wax our skis.” — David Skakel, of Mosier, with the proper attitude about the winter storm.

The Daily Bread: Living in The Miracle of Now

It’s 5 a.m. on Dec. 1. Six years ago to the minute, my mother, Ethel Pochocki, left the captive bonds of earthly life for a joyful reunion with her beloved parents.

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Yesteryears: Hood River Inn has new owner in 1986

And now it’s Nendels Hood River Inn — no longer just the Hood River Inn. The change came abruptly last week when Gordon Weller took over general management duties after Hood River Village Resort, Inc., closed the purchase arrangement.

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Roots And Branches: The spirits of Willow Flat

A series of losses for our family, community and nation over the last year has left an empty feeling inside that is difficult to dispel. The empty places at our family table leave hollow openings in our heart.

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The Porch for Nov. 26

WELL SAID: “Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.” — J. Robert Moskin

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Community to gather at Thanksgiving events

Turkey Trot Nov. 24, more

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