Friday, November 23, 2012
Hood River and Cascade Locks are kicking off the holiday season with community tree lighting events.
On Nov. 30, the Hood River Holiday Kick-Off starts at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Hood River. The festival begins with the city’s holiday parade, starting on Oak Street and threading through downtown. The lighting of the 30-foot Christmas tree by Mayor Arthur Babitz will immediately follow on State and Second streets. Free hot cocoa and cookies will be served, and participants may write a holiday wish and tie it to the tree.
Caroling on Oak and Second streets begins at 7:15, where professional singers will lead and everyone will be given a songbook. Afterwards, enjoy live music, food vendors, bouncy houses, children’s art and crafts, Santa, and merchants staying open late. Parking is free and the streets will be closed to vehicles.
In Cascade Locks, the 10th Annual Festival of Lights begins at 4:30 p.m. at the City Hall Gym. Participants will enjoy free cookies and warm beverages, pictures with Santa, ornament making and Christmas carols, and, of course, the lighting of the tree.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge