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Recalling the holiday programs from the golden age of television, the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association is preparing a pandemic-safe, holiday-themed variety show that will bring together both national and local talent for the benefit of local charities. The “Stay At Home Holiday Musical S…

Prestige Care invites Hood River community members to send positive notes, warm wishes and fun artwork to its residents at the Hood River Care Center. 

Washington Gorge Action Programs (WAGAP), which serves Klickitat and Skamania counties, have joined “GivingTuesday,” a global movement highlighting volunteers and donors.

WELL SAID: “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” — Malcolm Forbes

Does it feel like the Grinch is trying to steal Thanksgiving as well as Christmas? Wait! That was last week’s opening line! Well, you’re right. But since last week I’ve been thinking (which, for me, is dangerous) that because large family gatherings are being discouraged, many folks are feel…

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Judge Paul Crowley of Hood River, who served Gorge communities for more than 22 years as an Oregon District and Circuit Court judge before retiring in 2014, has been awarded the Oregon Senior Judge of the Year award by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. 

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Mallory Morrow of Wamic, mother of two children, Marco, 4, and Makhail, 2, is the 2020 recipient of the Bicoastal Media “Wheels of Hope” car, a 2014 Ford Focus.

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HOOD RIVER — Sense of Place is connecting people from all over the Columbia Gorge with Dear Neighbor, a letter-exchange project that invites those living in the Gorge to write a letter to someone they’ve never met.

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Every Friday at the Rockford Grange, 4262 Barret Drive, the Hood River County School District Bookmobile rolls into the parking lot from 1-3 p.m.

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Friends of the Columbia Gorge, a Portland-based conservation organization dedicated to protecting the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia Gorge — is accepting submissions for its sixth annual photo contest. The 2020 contest is entitled “Picturing Protection.”

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I’m not really all that early mentioning the upcoming holiday — I started seeing Christmas decorations in the big box stores a month ago. It’s like they skipped right over my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving: Turkey, mashed potatoes, pies, mmm … but I digress. The holidays will likely look dif…

At the Oct. 28 Lyle School Board meeting, Lisa Bren was selected to fill the position vacated by Nick Fitzsimmons. Bren, like Fitzsimmons, has children in the district and lists this as a predominant reason for wanting to serve. 

White Salmon —The Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network (CGWAN) collected donations this fall in the amount of $1,000 to benefit the Chuush Fund. The Chuush Fund was created  by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to accept contributions from foundations and individuals to directly benef…

Does it feel like the Grinch is trying to steal Thanksgiving as well as Christmas? As many predicted, during these indoor winter months the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening, and it has been found that small family gatherings are an important contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Consequen…

Members of the Kiwanis Club of The Dalles gather at Sorosis Park for Kiwanis One Day, an annual day of service for Kiwanis clubs around the world on Oct. 31. Although was originally scheduled for Oct. 24, The Dalles club postponed due to weather. Paint brushes in-hand, Kiwanis members spent …

The Dalles High School Drama Department’s production of The Radio Play Disaster by Don Zolidis continues Nov. 19-20. Harlan Bean, the self-proclaimed genius, is attempting to make history with his sci-fi radio masterpiece “Battle of the Planets.” Unluckily for him, his play is in the hands o…

The Gratitude University community project is about to publish an on-line book honoring essential and frontline workers and “unsung heroes,”  and submissions are needed this week, “expressing your gratitude for them and their work,” said GU founder Sara Rose Donahue of Parkdale.

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White Salmon — White Salmon schools will now begin their transition to a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning starting Nov. 30, two weeks later than originally slated.

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The Dalles — Wasco County has not yet met state metrics for starting hybrid and in-person schooling, according to the North Central Public Health District.

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Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts — filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys — to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions, according to a pres…

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Join Seth Tibbott, founder of Tofurky, on Nov. 18 for a Sense of Place lecture on his incredible journey to become a pioneer in the early plant-based food movement. While many may recognize the “Tofurky” brand, in this presentation, Tibbott will take us back to Tofurky’s roots in Klickitat C…

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Mount Adams Ministerial Association (MAMA), an interfaith organization composed of religious leaders from area faith communities invites the public to attend its annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. 

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Small gatherings of veterans celebrated Veterans Day Nov. 11 in The Dalles. 

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Hood River Valley High Speech and Debate’s Jacob Kaplan took first place in Open Informative Speaking at the Nov. 14 Wilson Speech and Debate Tournament — in all five rounds. Kaplan also made it to finals in Open Impromptu speaking.

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I’ve been thinking about how different the holidays may look for most of us this year — if you’re used to having a large gathering and this year it’s pared down to just a few, you may find yourself much less stressed and with a little extra time on your hands, hallelujah! I’m thinking this m…

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While The Dalles' Annual Veterans Day Parade has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, The Dalles has found other ways to honor veterans on Nov. 11. 

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.

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On Nov. 11, the United States of America takes time to say thank you to the men and women who have served this country in military uniform.

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