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Tile for a Change

First Friday on Nov. 4 featured a unique citizen art project with a purpose.

Voci gives winter choral concerts Dec. 3-4

Fresh off its inspiring, sold-out performance of Beethoven’s 9th, the Voci Community Choir is preparing to present its second “Voci and Friends” winter choral concerts. The performances are Dec. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. in Wy’east Middle School’s Performing Arts Center.

Gorge Soup for Kids applications due Dec. 4

Gorge Soup for adults has been cancelled this year due to lack of applicants, but the program is still stirring the pot for two early 2016 events: Gorge Soup for Kids (Feb. 25) and Gorge Soup for Arts, at a date to be announced.

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Community Conversation’ on local agriculture at Grange

Gorge Grown hosts a “Community Conversation” on local agriculture Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at Rockford Grange. Everyone is welcome to attend, be they vendors, shoppers, or community partners.

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Grace and Giving: Gala Fashion Show racks up gifts for needy

The high-energy Gala Fashion Show, now in its 19th season, hit the Gorge Room at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn Friday night. A packed, energetic crowd turned out for the musical extravaganza, which is the primary fundraiser for the Hood River Christmas Project.

A Map to the STRs: City Council rallies recommendations for regulating rentals

Break down the big task or get broken down by it. City Council chose the former tack Monday in its continued meeting on the controversial topic of how to regulate short-term rentals — STRs — giving city staff a “roadmap” to follow, according to City Manager Steve Wheeler.

Sheriff Log, Nov. 9 to 15

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River

Minoru Yasui honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

‘Unsung Hero’ gains Medal of Freedom

Hood River native son Minoru Yasui, who forged a life as a champion of civil rights first by breaking the law for walking down a Portland street, will be posthumously honored with the Congressional Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Police Log, Nov. 2 to Nov. 15

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River.

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From hostile to habitat

Willow Ponds neighborhood bands together on community wetlands project

Where once there was a bristling tangle of bramble and noxious weeds, the Friends of Willow Ponds are shaping a patch of healthy wetlands for native creatures to enjoy.

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Energy meeting brings interest of renewal

More than 50 people gathered on Nov. 6 at the Hood River fire station to explore ways Hood River can increase its investment in clean energy and benefit from local energy projects. On the same day that President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline, local government leaders, including city councilors and State Rep. Mark Johnson, came together with city staff, business owners, residents and regional experts to discuss Hood River’s clean energy future.

How to help, updated for Nov. 18

Start-up operations for the 2015 Hood River County Christmas Project have begun.

Sam Grotte: Gorge Winds music director, pilot retires

This year’s Gorge Winds Christmas Concert will be Music Director Sam Grotte’s last.

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Gorge Ecology Institute gives WS students hands on education

Fifth grade students at Wallace and Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School in White Salmon got a chance to experience outdoor education and stewardship firsthand thanks to a Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute program funded by Hood River’s annual Festival of the Fly.

Chinese hydropower company hopes to partner with Klickitat PUD

A Chinese hydropower company valued at $70 billion is looking to partner with Klickitat Public Utility District (KPUD) on its plan to build a pumped storage facility, the Yakima Herald reported.