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Happy Holidays from Jim Drake's Entertainment Blog

The best Christmas songs you've never heard, and getting ready for 2015

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mile marker 6 returns Jan. 6

Music at Springhouse Cellar with mile marker 6

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The Art of Christmas

Nine kids, nine visions

Look to the Christmas Carols special section in this edition for the annual presentation of kids’ holiday drawings.

Pet of the Week: Axel’s wish for Santa is a new home

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Axle as the program’s adoptable pet of the week:

JIM DRAKE’S ENTERTAINMENT BLOG: Ben Ballinger brings ‘State I’m In’ to Gorge Jan. 2

Austin resident and Gorge native Ben Ballinger is taking a slightly different marketing approach on “The State I’m In,” his sixth album to date. Ballinger signed with Good Horse Records, and it’s called “records” for good reason — that’s what they make.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 25

Mile Marker 6 returns Jan. 6; Erick Haynie at CEBU Dec. 26; more

How to help, updated for Dec. 20

Warming Shelters open; coat donations needed

Advent and Christmas, updated for Dec. 20

Valley Worship Center is hosting a one-hour Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, including the reading of the Christmas story, Christmas caroling and a candlelight ceremony. The church is located at 5780 Hwy 35 in Mt. Hood.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 20

Live Fire Dancing at Solstice; Smiley at Everybody’s Brewing; more

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Jeff McCaw and Boy Scout Troop 282 help bring Christmas cheer to families in need

Leadership. Responsibility. Generosity. Thrift.

Pine Grove News: Historic church hosts Chritmas Eve Service

The congregation of the Pine Grove /Odell United Methodist Church is hosting the Twilight Service on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. The service will be held at the Historic Pine Grove Methodist Church at 2415 Eastside Rd.

Parkdale News: Churches of the Upper Valley celebrate Christmas

The Upper Valley is gearing up for the religious holiday with special church services for those who are wanting to celebrate.

Roots and Branches: ‘Justice for all’

Minoru Yasui inspires

An enthusiastic class of sixth graders at Hood River Middle School under the mentorship of Sarah Segal has been exploring the life of Minoru Yasui, a native of Hood River and one of our nation’s unsung heroes.

Gorge Winds Band plays Christmas Concert Dec. 21

The Gorge Winds Concert Band will be presenting its 15th annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. The concert will be held at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles, located at the corner of Fourth and Federal streets.

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Annual questions: 7-year-olds talk about life now and what is ahead

Tracks to '26

“Tracks to ‘26,” a yearly inquiry into what drives and inspires six young hearts and minds, returns for Installment 2 of 13.

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