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How to Help: Volunteer opportunities are plentiful

‘Share the Warmth’ at Windermere; more

Insider’s View: The canned food drive -- Students compete to help FISH food bank

As the height of the holiday season is approaching, a fully stocked food bank is needed.

Volunteer as tax preparer

For more than 35 years in the Gorge, the AARP Tax-Aide program has been operating with volunteers to prepare taxes for senior citizens and low- to moderate-income persons, free of charge. Volunteers are needed to join the program.

Christmas Project sign-ups conclude Dec. 5-7

Here’s how to get help and give help to annual food-toy drive

Registration for the Hood River County Christmas Project is nearly over for 2013.

How to Help for Nov. 30

Get a haircut, donate to FISH; Volunteer as tax preparer; Parkhurst House Senior Living Community; FISH food bank building project; Robotics volunteers needed; Hat Project welcomes volunteers, yarn; Next Door seeks foster parents; Help grant senior wishes; Help with Christmas Project registration

‘Share the warmth’

In partnership with nonprofit organizations in their communities, Windermere Real Estate offices in the Gorge are hosting Windermere’s annual “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive.

‘Chair Affair’ raises $14,000

Megan Spears of the Westside PTO writes: “Westside’s Chair Affair: Oh, My Word! Reflecting back over the last three years, I have to say that the Chair Affair event is getting better and better. More of our Westside community attended this year than ever before; the night was a wonderful opportunity to connect with some friends and meet some new!

Soroptimist Extravaganza is ‘more than a sale’

Nov. 30 bazaar brings together artisans from far and wide

Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting its ninth annual pre-holiday Artisan Shopping Extravaganza on Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn Gorge Room. The event will feature Gorge and Portland area artisans exhibiting holiday gift items of jewelry, metal art, alpaca garments, pottery, glassware, paintings, cards, and more.

New volunteers join CASA

Judge Janet L. Stauffer swore in the newest group of Columbia Gorge CASA volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates) on Nov. 7.

Hospice youth visit Veterans Home

The Saturday before Veterans Day the Youth Heart of Hospice YoHoHs from Hood River and The Dalles visited the Oregon Veterans home. Their visit included giving flags to the veteran residents, and every Heart of Hospice patient received a certificate of appreciation with their name and branch of service.

4-H’ers ‘Tie One On’

Youth pay it forward — with aprons and cookies

Since there was no school on Monday, Nov.11, due to Veterans Day, the Hood River County 4-H members gathered at the OSU Extension Building to decorate their own aprons, as well as cookies, to give to people of the community.

Local notes on quilts, dogs, pears and more

Mooreen Morris of Soroptimist International of Hood River writes:

Christmas Project sign-ups continue

Here’s how to get help and give help to annual food-toy drive

Registration for the Hood River County Christmas Project is under way at locations around Hood River County.

Crew hauls trash from Indian Creek

On Sunday, Nov. 3, Indian Creek Stewards and community volunteers picked up about 10 cubic yards of garbage, including an armchair, propane tanks, and a lot of plastic along Indian Creek in the area from 12th Street to the Union Street substation.

How to help for Oct. 30

Volunteer as tax preparer; more