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What to do during Thanksgiving Week? Kids’ fun, this way …

For youngsters, the fact that there is no school all week, along with a big Thanksgiving dinner, and the prospect of snow on the mountains (be optimistic!) are enjoyable enough aspects to the last week of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving week: ‘Hymns of Thanksgiving’ benefit Nov. 19

Updated event listing

The public is invited to a benefit concert, “Hymns of Thanksgiving,” featuring gospel hymns with Perry Cole, director of the Mid-Columbia Community Choir, along with vocalist friends from the choir, on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Parkdale Community Church, 4910 Baseline Drive, Parkdale. There is no admission at the door, but a freewill offering will benefit the FISH Food Bank.

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Yesteryears: Crag Rats make vinegar plant run in 1926

Last Sunday, members of the Hood River Crag Rats were all set to scale Wind Mountain when it was reported by one of the “Rats” that 40 tons of vinegar apples were at the Ralph Jarvis ranch, ready to be hauled to the vinegar plant, and nobody ready to haul them.

Roots and Branches: Honoring Benji’s Legacy

Benji Izazaga-Flores, a fifth grader at Mid Valley Elementary, lost his battle with cancer in the loving arms of his family on Thursday, Nov. 10.

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Gala Fashion Show raises money for Christmas Project

The Gala Fashion show, the primary fundraising event for the Hood River County Christmas Project, is set to take center stage at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn on Thursday, Nov. 17. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m

HRVAC News: It’s a busy November at the HRV Adult Center

November is here, but those looking to slow down after the busy summer months might be in for a surprise. The Hood River Valley Adult Center is as busy as ever, said Board President Beth Peters in a recent newsletter.

‘We are one’ event held on Saturday

‘Somos Uno’

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) invites all community members to participate in a community expression of unity and solidarity, “We Are One—Somos Uno” on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Church News: St. Mary’s Ham Dinner is Sunday, Nov. 13

Nobody can quite remember when the St. Mary’s Ham Dinner and Christmas Bazaar first started, but it’s been going on for at least the past 40 years.

Special Olympics thanks

Writes Terry Cannon, Hood River Special Olympics coordinator: “Our local Special Olympics sincerely appreciates community support of the Barb Langer Memorial Shred Day held on Sept. 10."

Cascade Observations: Isaac Newton’s lessons

I’ve spent the last few days hanging out with Isaac Newton — yes, that Isaac Newton, the guru of gravity, who should properly be addressed as Sir Isaac Newton. This past week, his lordship was reincarnated by local educator and May Street Principal Kelly Beard to help bring science alive — literally — to hundreds of kids from Odell.

Double Mtn. hosts fundraiser Nov. 10 for Tilly Jane cabin

Blue Collar Agency has partnered with Double Mountain Brewery, Doug’s Sports, Shortt Supply, and the Oregon Nordic Club to host a fundraiser for the iconic Tilly Jane A-Frame. The event will take place at Double Mountain Brewery on Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

The Porch, Nov. 5

WELL SAID: “Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used.” — Paul Collier

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The Daily Bread: O Canada!

There has been a fair amount of press coverage about a mass exodus of Americans heading to Canada if Trump becomes president. I hope this isn’t the case. It’s not because I think people should stay and soldier on with their lives. You see, I have fallen in love with a slice of Canadian heaven, my new true north, and I want it all to myself.

Entertainment Update for Oct. 29

Jazz Society plays Oct. 28; ‘Magic Sword’ at River City; more

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