‘Taken aback’, taken to tea

Beth Hukari, of Parkdale, writes:

Town Hall lunch diners enjoy meal donated by Cooper Spur

The weekly senior meals program at Mount Hood Town Hall had a special guest Jan. 23: a guest chef.

Sweet Adelines hold Guest Night Jan. 28

Are you a woman who loves to sing? In the shower, in your car, or on a stage? Harmony of the Gorge chorus is hosting a special guest night, Jan. 28, for women who love to sing.

‘The interest and support for civic organizations’

The next Sense of Place lecture will be Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., at Columbia Center for the Arts, with Parkdale orchardist Randy Kiyokawa describing “Generations of Farming in the Hood River Valley: One Family’s Story.”

Thanks by the shelf-load

As the Hood River County FISH food bank closed the books on the 2013 year, it has been able to look back over the year to evaluate its accomplishments and successes, writes Billie Stevens, the organization’s volunteer coordinator.

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HR starts the home stretch on cancer awareness ride

Stephen Swift concedes he might be riding homeward to die.

Neighbors: Giving goes on in Cascade Locks

Ralph Hesgard was doing repairs at the Cascade Locks Community Church when a semi truck driver, from Florida, approached him. He handed Ralph an envelope said he hadn’t tithed in December, turned and walked back to his truck. Later when the envelope was opened it was found to hold nine $20 bills.

Jesuit volunteers live simply, help the community

At the beginning of August, Hood River welcomed six new Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest members for an intensive year of service with several local agencies. While the program is Catholic, volunteers come from all religious backgrounds. But all live according to the four pillars of the program: Community, spirituality, social justice and simple living.

Sumako Kobayashi

Sumako (Akiyama) Kobayashi recently celebrated her 99th birthday. She was born on Binns Hill in Hood River on Nov. 30, 1914.

Santa photos help Adopt A Dog

The community is invited to help Adopt A Dog by having photos taken with Santa at the Hood River Hotel.

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Blocks of love: Cascade Locks ladies make, donate quilts to domestic violence shelter

For those who have been displaced from their homes following a domestic violence incident, the holidays can be an especially difficult and traumatic time of year.

Snow didn’t stop ‘Girl Up’ supporters: ‘I really couldn’t have done it with you’

“To the community of Hood River — I want to say thank you,” writes HRVHS junior Caitlyn Fick.

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Fire truck parade rolls Dec. 17-18

The annual Hood River County fire departments’ lighted Christmas parades continue Dec. 17-18, 6-9 p.m.

Elks clinic visits, screens Head Start kids’ vision

The Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at OHSU provided vision screenings to preschool children Nov. 10 at Hood River Head Start.

A memorable ‘Tree of Remembrance’

Julie Raefield-Gobbo, director of Providence Foundation, writes: