Bazaars and Beyond Holiday community events abound in Hood River Valley

* Nov. 15 — 3rd Annual Cascade Locks Benefit Association Christmas Bazaar, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cascade Locks City Hall. Features a variety of handmade items and benefits those with medical emergencies in the community.

* Nov. 15 — Alternative Gift Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverside Community Church. Shoppers seeking a different kind of gift can purchase “gift amounts” from several organizations on hand, ranging from The Next Door, Inc., and PROD to the International Justice Mission.

Shoppers get a gift card to give to the recipient telling what the amount purchased will buy for the organization.

There will also be a “child’s shopping list” with gift amounts from $11 and under so kids can participate, too.

* Nov. 16 — St. Mary’s Catholic Church holds its annual Ham Dinner and Bazaar. Dinner will be served from 3 to 6 p.m., with the bazaar starting at 11 a.m. and continuing through the dinner. Dinner costs $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10.

Once again, the big attraction of the dinner is the homemade pie offered for dessert.

The bazaar features the Country Store, which has been part of the annual event each year. Featuring handmade items for holiday and year-round, it is a must see for all who attend.

A special offering again this year will be the gift baskets created by members of the Altar Society. Also on hand will be homemade candy and baked goods. A booth run by parish youth offers youngsters a chance to shop among the donated items priced below $1. Gift wrapping also will be offered. Money made at this booth is used for youth field trips or projects. The annual dinner is a fundraiser for the St. Mary’s Altar Society.

* Nov. 16 — 5th Annual Fair Trade Gift Sale, noon to 4 p.m. at Bethel United Church of Christ in White Salmon.

The sale features gift and holiday items from around the world, coming from artisans and producers who receive a fair wage for their labor. Free goodies and fair trade coffee will be served free for shoppers.

* Nov. 21-22 — Asbury United Methodist Church at 626 State St., will hold its annual holiday bazaar and bake sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch of home-made soup and dessert will be served both days.

The baked goods table will include cinnamon rolls, candy, cookies, pies, and home-made jams and jellies.

The traditional handcrafts of Seminole kitchen towels, embroidered pillowcases and tea towels, child bath mitts and other gift items will be available.

* Dec. 3 — The annual Christmas Auction by Beta Sigma Phi will be held at the Hood River Elks Lodge. Preview of items begins at 6:30 p.m. with the auction starting at 7 p.m.

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Local non-profit groups are invited to let the Hood River News know about holiday events.

E-mail brief items, with daytime contact information, to: hrnews@eaglenewspapers.com, or mail to P.O. Box 390, Hood River, OR 97031. Information can also be delivered to the Hood River News’ office, 419 State St.

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