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There is something decidedly welcoming and comforting about houseplants, which is what I seek during trying times — and these are trying times. The old standards, philodendron and spider plants, are still around (and I believe those macramé hangers are making a comeback), but there are so ma…

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Dickey Farms, 511 W. Steuben St., Bingen, hosts a family-friendly “Mini Harvest Fest” Oct. 24-25. Every child is invited and Halloween costumes are encouraged, said a press release. The event will include apples, cider, candy, pumpkins, corn on the cob, tamales, pizza, hot chocolate and more…

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You may remember this Emo Philips quote that I’ve shared before. “I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.”

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Fill Your Pantry is back for its sixth year on Nov. 8, with far less of the face-to-face communal aspect to the fall tradition, but with just as much of the bounty.

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A modified Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair took place at the Hood River County Fairgrounds this past weekend, Oct. 16-17, with some COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Painters-tape arrows on the floor guided shoppers on a one-way route through each fair building, hand sanitizer stations were p…

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Portland General Electric Company announced Oct. 17 it has permanently shuttered its Boardman Generating Station in Eastern Oregon’s Morrow County. The closure fulfills an agreement PGE reached with stakeholders, customer groups and regulators in 2010 to significantly reduce air emissions fr…

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The “Columbia River Indian’s Giveaway” event happens Oct. 24 at Discovery Center in The Dalles. The socially-distanced event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles.

Canned goods and other food donations are requested in the annual Feed the Gorge food drive, through Oct. 31 at locations in Hood River, Klickitat, Skamania and Wasco counties.

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. Organizations like The Next Door that recruit and certify foster parents are pulling out all the stops to support children and teens in need of loving and consistent foster homes. For more information, call 541-386-6665 or email info@nextdoorinc.org.

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 The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, has released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and admini…

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Women who have primary financial responsibility for themselves and their dependents and have financial need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards for Women. Applications are available online at bit.ly/LYDA-apply 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.

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Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) will be hosting the 2020 Columbia Gorge Economic Symposium on Friday, Nov. 6 in a virtual format. With the impacts on the regional economy from COVID-19, this year’s annual event will focus on economic and employment trends, recovery and res…

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PARKDALE — The Mt. Hood Town Hall, the Upper Hood River Valley’s community center, is slowly opening again under the state COVID-19 guidelines. The annual spring event to raise funds to restore, maintain and operate the Town Hall had to be canceled. Town Hall volunteers hope a new donation c…

Columbia River Gorge cultural organizations received $380,858 in grant funding through Oregon’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support (CRFCS) grant awards totaling $25.7 million statewide.

While Forth Mobility had to delay the spring launch of their three-year electric carshare pilot program due to COVID-19, the nonprofit has acquired all five parking spots needed for the project, and expects to announce a new launch date soon.

A new multi-use studio is set to be springing up close to downtown Bingen soon. Previously home to USAUTOCARE, the shop-turned-studio will provide plenty of space for artistic endeavors.

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Welcome back to The Ale List, the Gorge’s basic beer compendium, in print again after a few months’ hiatus for no particularly good reason. The art of beer-making never dies and Gorge brewers and beer businesses have stayed active and creative during coronavirus. No pandemic panic by these m…

Tri-County Recycling hosts its next Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection at Mosier School on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collection is free to residents and businesses of Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties.

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Hood River county Early Childhood Committee will host its annual Children’s Fair on Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at River of Life Assembly, 979 Tucker Road, Hood River — with a twist, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The pandemic may have stopped the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association (CGOA) from performing live, but it hasn’t stopped the beat. 

The Dalles City Council adopted a resolution granting the appeal of a 83 lot subdivision known as “The Grove,” confirming their preliminary decision of Aug. 31 to deny the application submitted by Legacy Development LLC. The decision reverses staff and planning commission approval of the pro…

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Klickitat County and the Port of Hood River have received a $5 million grant award from the federal BUILD (“Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development”) Transportation Discretionary Grant program to fund Phase 2 of the ongoing effort to replace the Hood River-White Salmon Interstat…

Hood River Distillers has announced via press release that David Ballew will serve as its new president. Ballew will lead sales and marketing, and identify growth opportunities for the business, which is continuing its restructuring since the sale of its highly successful Pendleton Whisky br…

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Columbia Gorge News locations in White Salmon, The Dalles and Hood River (shown here) now have new signage, courtesy of Optimist Printers in The Dalles. Optimist’s David Marvin measures and cuts the bright blue-and-white signs on Sept. 21.

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Waucoma Bookstore, in partnership with Oregon State University Press, is pleased to present a virtual event with Tina Ontiveros in celebration of the release of her memoir, rough house. Ontiveros will be joined in conversation by writer Keenan Norris.

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