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Happy Ned Year: May we ‘intrarupt’? Imagination and reality duel for yet another year

In 2017, these leavings washed up on the rocky beach of my gust-swept brain.

The Porch, Dec. 23 edition

WELL SAID: “Why did I walk though crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode! Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me?” — Marley’s ghost, in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

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Keep the family entertained with these local activities

Winter break spans now through Jan. 7 — and there are plenty of local activities to keep everyone entertained.

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Himalayan Dreams: Listening to a wild heart

In life, there’s the plan, and there’s what happens.

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Roots and Branches: Wooly winter memories

‘Tis the season for Christmas programs, having already attended two Dance Academy Christmas programs, and, by the time this runs, three Mid Valley Elementary programs.

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Pick of the Week: Library hosts annual Winter Solstice party

Enjoy a family-friendly event celebrating the longest night of the year at the Hood River Library on Thursday, Dec. 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Gorge Grown, Rockford Grange ‘Friday Film Fest’ begins in January

Join Gorge Grown Food Network and Rockford Grange for the monthly Friday Farm Film Fest, with shows on Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16 and April 20 at the Rockford Grange. Films will be watched as a community, with discussion and related panelists to follow. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door. Movies are suitable for all ages.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 20

New Year’s Eve Planner, more

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History Museum of Hood River County hosts open house Saturday

The History Museum of Hood River County hosts its Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 4 p.m.

Holiday Happenings, updated for Dec. 16 edition

Holiday happenings

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YESTERYEARS: Postal Service breaks ground on new Odell distribution center in 2007

Groundwork has already begun in Odell on the new distribution center for the Hood River Post Office.

CGCAN hosts holiday party Dec. 20

Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network and partners will celebrate the holiday season with a kid-friendly potluck supper and program on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Springhouse Cellar.

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Lighted fire trucks roll Dec. 11 to 13

The annual Hood River County fire departments’ lighted truck Christmas parade will take place Dec. 11 in Odell and Pine Grove, Dec. 12 in Parkdale and Dee, and Dec. 13 on the West Side and Hood River, each night from 6-9p.m.

Kegler's Corner: Double A Orchards Takes Mixed

Congratulations to the Double A Orchards team, who won the first half of the spirited Tuesday Nite Mixed league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. This foursome has all the makings of a dynasty, comprised of a family of outstanding bowlers led by matriarch and perennial all-star bowler Nancy Asai, hubby Aron Asai, dynamic daughter Ciena Brittle and up and comer Austin Dehart.

New Year’s Day: State Parks offers ‘First Day Hikes’

The First Day Hikes tradition continues New Year’s Day 2018 when the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America’s State Parks in sponsoring the seventh annual event. All 24 hikes in 22 Oregon state parks will be guided by park rangers or volunteers who will share stories about a park’s geology, history, wildlife and plants. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.