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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.

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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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A golden anniversary

Charlotte Arnold celebrates 50 years teaching tap in Hood River

“ONE and TWO and THREE and FOUR!”

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It's A Wonderful Life

In words, music and sound effects, CAST recreates '40s radio play

Take a step back in time- be a part of a live radio show audience for the CAST Theater production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Columbia Center for the Arts Dec. 6-20. Sponsored by Jeff Sacre of Director’s Mortgage and Ruby Mason of Windermere Realty this is the first performance of the play in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Urban logging: Crews keep busy as beetle-kill trees become neighborhood hazards

When a tree falls in an urban wood, many people hear it.

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Cliffhanger Cooperation

Teamwork and training pay off as Crag Rats and plenty of friends rescue runaway youth

Summertime training came in handy in wintry conditions last week on a Hood River cliff’s edge.

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Elements of Friendship

Two Gorge artists create art and connect with Korean artists in week-long exchange

“In the End the Elements Win.”

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Into the Woods

Sondheim skews fairy tales in musical that opens Friday at HRVHS

Much depends on a bunch of beans in Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical, “Into the Woods,” opening Friday, presented by Hood River Valley High School drama department. Directed by Mark Steighner, it’s based on the Grimm Bros. fairy tale characters all famous in their own right but who interact in ways you never dreamed of. Much of what befalls them (off stage but with sound effects) is just as gruesome as in the original tales.

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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Cider Camp scrapbook

With an abundance of apples and pears in the Hood River Valley, it’s easy to understand why the emerging business of craft hard cider is such a natural fit for the Gorge.

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Mark’s Mozart Mix: Voci, Sinfonietta combine to present a grand choral work

What’s old, as in 1791, is new, and that’s the joy of it for a group of 100 Gorge musicians.

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Hood River native Alex Titus, and fiancée, pass through town along epic Pan-American ride

On the road again … After a brief hometown reprieve from the road, Hood River native Alex Titus and fiancée Maggie McDonell are again on two wheels and headed south with the geese, continuing their 18-month, 17,000 mile bicycling journey from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego in southern Argentina.

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

CAST tackles dark classic that taps ‘the pulse of truth or illusion’

What is truth, and what is an illusion?

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Under Way: Eight years in the making, Mariana finds water — what will be home port for Hood River man’s giant catamaran?

One of the largest boats ever launched at the Port of Hood River is safely in the water, but the catamaran Mariana remains in an uncertain position: what will be its home port?

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All lines point to the coming new season

In many cultures, the September equinox is a sign of fall (autumn) in the northern hemisphere. In Greek mythology fall is associated with when the goddess Persephone returns to the underworld to be with her husband Hades. It was supposedly a good time to enact rituals for protection and security as well as reflect on successes or failures from the previous months.

Go ahead, take the Big Art walking tour

Outdoor gallery of large sculptures graces the waterfront, downtown

Two notations about sculptures in the new “Big Art” walking art gallery: one of them spins, and the other is not yet in place.

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