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The Daily Bread: The Art of Discipline

It started with the yuletide moon.

Yesteryears: J.C. Penney closes downtown Hood River branch in 1986

James Cash Penney’s store in Hood River won’t quite make it to age 70. Management of the national mercantile store confirmed Monday that the J.C. Penney store, a fixture in Hood River since 1917, will close its doors for good here on June 7. The closure announcement was made Monday to store employees by Wayne Mohn, district manager, who met with the employees together with store manager Joe Farnsworth. Mohn cited adverse local economic factors, competition from larger markets and the resulting impact on store profits as reasons for the close.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 27

Scratchdog Stringband at Trillium Café Jan. 30; Brothers Gow return to River City Saloon Jan. 29; Maryhill Winery celebrates

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Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts mentor appreciation event

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Columbia Gorge hosts an annual Mentor Appreciation event each year to say thank you to volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) for everything they do for children (“Littles”) in the program. This year, the event took place at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles with approximately 30 attendees.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 23

OneParty: One Breath Beverage Kickstart launch at Kickstand; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment blog: Breathe, breathe in the air

Free workshop teaches basic exercises for singing

How did Frank Sinatra do it? Janis Joplin? If we could ask them today, I’d be interested in what they’d have to say about the mechanics of singing.

YESTERYEARS: City jail resembles ‘secondhand store’ in 1936

Hood River’s city jail, on Monday afternoon of this week, more nearly resembled a secondhand store than anything else, for, displayed on a large auto robe which had been spread on the floor was as varied an assortment of stolen goods as has ever been brought into the city jail.

Roots and Branches: So much for retirement

It has been six months since my official retirement.

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Ellen Dittebrandt and Judith Cunningham: Women of Substance

Untitled work. That’s what the placard says next to many of the paintings in “Women of Substance,” on exhibition in the Columbia Art Gallery through Jan. 31.

Entertainment Update for Jan. 20

Kolberg, Gould at The Pines; Saunders at White Buffalo; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: ‘Europatopia’ features guitarist Joel Kabakov

By now, you should know that the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association will be presenting “A Community of Music” at the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center on Friday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m.

Learn to knit at the library

Winter is here and that means it is time to knit! What better way to spend hours inside than creating knitted items to wear and share?

Entertainment Update for Jan. 16

Scratchdog Stringband at Trillium Cafe Jan. 30; Wasco Bros play Jan. 16; more

The Porch: Jan. 16

WELL SAID: From late last year, on The Mesquitery chalkboard, and an excellent thought for the New Year:

Church News: 'Mission-Minded Women' at Covenant Christian

Christian women from across the Columbia Gorge are uniting to focus on local and global missions, says Ann Dunagan, director of the new Mission-Minded Women group now forming.