Today we are inundated with information, especially with the advent of social media — where anyone can share their cat pictures, thoughts and suspicions. With all this noise, it is our responsibility to know what is accurate and what is not.

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Gorge residents are invited to participate in a celebration of the life, work and dreams of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — virtually — on Monday, Jan. 18. The theme of this year’s celebration, sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM), is a paraphrased quote by Dr. King: “We are tied…

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Join historian and journalist David Mould on a journey to borders, both real and imagined in this virtual event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. 

In his latest book on travel, history and culture, Postcards from the Borderlands, Mould explores the meaning of borders. Are they simply political and geographical, marked by posts, walls and fences, or should we think of them more broadly? Some borders, set by surveys and treaties, take no account of geography, language or culture. There are borders within countries — physical, economic and social. And finally, there are the borders of our minds — the way we may think of unfamiliar places. 

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Columbia Center for the Arts presents in its lobby, “Consciousness, Contemporary Printmaking in Oaxaca — Honoring the History of Printmaking for Social Justice and Change,” an international exhibition curated by local artist and teacher Abigail Merickel. The exhibit is open to the public Jan…

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Doug Kelly started Dec. 1 as Chief Administrative Officer and Fire Marshal for West Side Fire District, succeeding Jim Trammell, who has retired from fire service after 50 years.

2020 has been quite a ride. And with all the stay-at-home orders and cancellations, you may be thinking, “I’m not adding this year to my age — I didn’t use it!” But we’re tough and resilient, knowing from every experience there is something to learn.

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A monolith was found at the Hood River Elks Lodge this morning, Jan. 5, by Kara Tobin, office manager, on the northeast corner of the parking lot. It is three sided, appears to be brushed aluminum sheets bolted together. Exalted Ruler Derek Larson said it is unknown who put it there or why b…

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Welcome to 2021! Another year to view the wonders of the night sky. January will feature the usual wonder of the bright constellations of winter, Mars shining as a red beacon in the evening sky, and a chance to spot Uranus, a planet many have never viewed.

Here we are, nearly into 2021. I’ve heard so many comments that 2020 close out soon enough. It has been a long, hard year, for sure. We hope all who are traveling over the holidays have safe journeys and those who are staying home to stay cozy in your homes.

We never saw 2020 coming. When Happy Ned Year 2019 hit the paper a year ago, I sure did not foresee that the next year would so vigorously reframe the very essence of this now 20-year-old column: To celebrate the strange and unexpected, and obscure stuff either unearthed or made up.

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The Riverfront Trail Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 23, honored long time trail volunteer Dave Neitling for his support of the trail as both a volunteer and a donor.

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... And how lovely will it be to put your basket in the crook of your arm and pluck those gorgeously perfect vegetables, or flowers from their stems for a lovely arrangement?! Okay, I think that might have been a scene from a movie I saw once.

WELL SAID: “I am grateful for the people who grow, harvest and sell the food that nourishes our bodies and souls.” — From the online book “With Gratitude,” find it at issuu.com/gratitudeuniversity

Nativity scenes, aka creches or manger scenes, can be found this time of year at many churches and other locations in the Gorge. 

Members of the community have been hard at work these past couple of months pulling together Washington Gorge Action Programs’ Tree of Joy program this year, and it was all worth it in the end. With 200 children accounted for, local families in need will be able to give gifts to their little…

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Poinsettia and Christmas cactus are the quintessential holiday plants. Whether you purchase them or are the lucky recipient of a lovely floral gift, keeping them happy after the tree is gone and decorations packed away, doesn’t take much.

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Members of the Gorge Women In Black advocacy group stand on Oak Street in Hood River on Dec. 18, in support of peace and social justice concerns, as they do each Friday, The women remain silent except to answer questions. From left in front are Sara McCaffrey, Lani Roberts, Margaret Tomas, a…

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What’s Happening is a free service of Columbia Gorge News and may be edited for length. Items can also be found online on the Columbia Gorge News website (Gorge Life tab); calendar items are updated daily. Send items to trishaw@gorgenews.com.

On Dec. 4-5, the Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate Team competed at the Virtual Holiday Edge Cleveland/Clackamas Tournament. There were 46 schools from around the state attending, with 583 entries. It is the largest tournament in the state.

Peri May, 6, leaves her letter for Santa at Second and Oak Street in Hood River. Hood River Chamber has teamed up with the North Pole for the fifth year, but this is the first time Chamber has kept a box at Overlook Memorial Park as part of its Hood River Holidays celebration. “It is a littl…

Don’t these days feel like when you had that dinner guest who was eating too much, drinking too much, and staying too long — and you just couldn’t get him to leave? Well, with the first vaccines arriving soon, we can start shoving him out the door. But until then we need to stay vigilant — p…

Many churches throughout the Gorge are using outdoor meetings and social distancing as they observe the Christian Advent season, the four-week series of worships celebrating the preparation for Christ’s nativity. Hood River’s Riverside Community Church (United Church of Christ) meets in memb…

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A reminder: Lyle Lions Club Christmas Food Boxes are waiting for those who call in advance and set a schedule for pick up, as it is by appointment only this year. Make that call now ... then set your reminder for the pick-up dates of either Saturday or Sunday, Dec. 19 or 20. Call Joan at 509…

December may be the season of giving — but it’s typically a challenging time to collect enough blood donations. Add in a pandemic, and this year could be even tougher than usual. That’s why the American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling well to give the gift of life by donating blood…

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Washington, D.C. — Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) delivered farewell remarks on the House Floor.

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What’s Happening is a free service of Columbia Gorge News and may be edited for length. Items can also be found online on the Columbia Gorge News website (Gorge Life tab); calendar items are updated daily. Send items to trishaw@gorgenews.com.

This year our dine and drink business locations throughout the Gorge have suffered with closures. You can help support your favorites by purchasing take out and gift cards. Many of these business will offer curb-side delivery and some will deliver to your home. Let’s keep the Gorge going strong!

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