Holiday Happenings

Odell bazaars, hotel party ring in season

While the pleasures and plenty of Thanksgiving are still a fond memory, it is time to begin looking ahead to the celebrations of the Christmas season. Here is a list of seasonal bazaars, concerts and other events to light up the weeks ahead.

Nov. 27

Hospice of the Gorge Light Up a Life celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Columbia Gorge Hotel.

The public is invited to attend the special tree-lighting ceremony, where refreshments will be served and all attending will be given an opportunity to offer a tribute in remembrance or honor of someone special. An outdoor procession will then move to the Hospice holiday tree. Bring tree ornaments suitable for outdoors to memorialize someone special.

Anyone wishing to participate in providing music or poetry for the event should call Hospice of the Gorge at 541- 387-6449 or 541-296-3228 or toll-free (800) 955-3911.

There will be Hospice trees at St. Peter's Landmark in The Dalles and at Bethel Congregational Church in White Salmon, Wash., which will be lit after Thanksgiving with name reading ceremonies after the New Year.

Nov. 28

A class in holiday wreath making will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coe Primary Building. Each student will complete one large decorative holiday wreath that would easily sell for $30 retail. Greens, pine cones, ribbon and bow included. Bring any additional decorations you might like to add. Limit of eight per class. Fee is $15. For information call Hood River Community Education at 386-2055

Nov. 29

The Trail Band will appear at The Granada Theater in The Dalles. For more information, call the theater at (541)298-4710.

Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 1

The annual United Methodist Church of Odell bazaar will take place all four days. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., except closing at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1.

One of the best-known annual bazaars in the valley will have jams, jellies, pickles, and mince pie filling; cookies, candies, pies a-la-mode, and home-churned ice cream; gift items for all ages, including linens, wind chimes, bird houses, hats, doll clothes, quilts, and more. Soup will be served as long as supply lasts. Free coffee or tea.

Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Hazel Rebekah Lodge of Odell hosts a bazaar at the lodge on Odell Highway, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring fresh baked bread both days along with other baked goods, lots of quilts, collectibles and handcrafts.

Nov. 29

The Hood River Hotel presents its 13th annual tree trimming and Christmas Project party from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to bring donations of new unwrapped toys and canned or dry foods and enjoy the festivities of traditional tree trimming, hot cider, cookies and breads by the lobby fireplace. Local performers will add to the fun throughout the evening, and Santa will be on hand as well. The toys will be donated to the Christmas Project and the food will be given to FISH so that all valley residents may enjoy a merry Christmas.

Dec. 1-2

The 22nd annual Mosier County Christmas Fair will take place at the Mosier School.

Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Santa will be available for pictures both days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Girl Scouts will sell Christmas trees, and the American Legion will serve breakfast both days beginning at 7 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. There will be pizza and lasagna for lunch beginning at 11 a.m., and the Mosier Menagerie 4-H will also provide food.

Dec. 6

Trail Band: The Hood River County Educational Foundation sponsors the fourth annual "Christmas With the Trail Band" concert at 7 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School Auditorium. The event will include the Trail Band playing holiday songs from the past with special guest performers, this year including blues and gospel singer Linda Hornbuckle and comedian Scott Parker.

Tickets are $15 for people over age 14, and $6 for all those 14 and under. The tickets may be purchased in advance from Waucoma Books in Hood River, Cascade Ice Cream and Deli in Cascade Locks, Collage of the Gorge in White Salmon, and Klindt's Bookstore in The Dalles.

A Christmas Cantata, "Journey of Hope, The Birth of the Savior," is performed at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Christian Church in Hood River. The Mid-Columbia Community Choir, under the directorship of Bob Van Alstine, will present religious and secular songs for the holiday season.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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