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A Christmas Carol…presented by Plays for Non-Profits, December 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. and 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center in Odell.  $20 adults, $15 seniors & students, available at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River, Mugs Coffee in Bingen, and showtix4u.com.

Merry Christmas, Strega Nona…December 15 at 7 p.m. and December 16 at 2 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.  $20 adults, $15 for students and seniors, $8 for children under 10.  Tickets available at Waucoma Bookstore, Columbia Art Gallery, or at columbiaarts.org.

White Salmon Valley Library Teen Art Night…December 15, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the White Salmon Valley Community Library.

The Voci Choir presents Sacred…choral music from a world of traditions and faiths…December 15 at 7 p.m. and December 17 at 2 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School Auditorium.  Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for students and children ages 10-17, under 10 free.  Available at the door or at gorgeorchestra.org.

Santa In The Downtown…December 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 407 East 2nd in The Dalles.  Presented by The Dalles Main Street.  Pictures with Santa ($5 donation suggested), make a fun craft, and peruse baked goods sold by the Kiwanis Key Club.

Concert by Keepers of the Faith…December 16 at 6 p.m. at Tucker Road Baptist Church in Hood River.  Free admission with freewill offering at the end of the program.

The Dalles Elks Club Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest…December 17, 2 p.m., at the Chenowith Elementary School gym.  Free and open to all children between the ages of 8 and 13 living in Wasco And Sherman counties.  Registration starts at 2 p.m., please bring proof of age.  For more information call 541-298-2258 or 541-980-0864.

Gorge Winds Christmas Concert…December 17 at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles.  Free to the public, but donations will be accepted.

Hood River Library Winter Solstice Party…family event on December 21, 7 p.m. at the Hood River Library.  Puppeteer Sarah Frechette presents award winning puppet show Snowflake Man, the story of William Bentley, the man who first photographed snow crystals.  Refreshments and a craft activity follows.  Free and open to the public.

Columbia Center for the Arts Christmas Eve Sing-along…December 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Center in Hood River.  Free and family friendly.

Freeze Your Gizzard Blizzard 5K Fun Run/Walk…December 30 at 10 a.m., meet at Lewis & Clark Festival Park in The Dalles.  Run or walk along the Riverfront Trail.  Co-sponsored by Northern Wasco Parks and Recreation District and Colonel Wright Elementary School  For more information call 541-296-9533.  Register at nwprd.org.

Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps Blanket Drive…January 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. across 3rd Street from Sawyer’s True Value in The Dalles.  Donate warm blankets, socks, gloves, hats, and travel-size soap, shampoo.  All items must be new or gently used (and washed), and in good condition.  Donations benefit the Warming Place in The Dalles, and Sherman & Gilliam County Emergency Management.

“Chinese Puzzles”…Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presentation with Marilyn Urness…January 12, dinner at 6 p.m. and program at 7 p.m.  Dinner and presentation $19, presentation only $5.  Call 541-296-8600, ext. 201 or go to gorgediscovery.org.

Jazz Performance Clinic with the Mel Brown Septet…from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on January 13 at Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center in Odell.  Check-in and registration at 1:15 p.m., cost $10, anyone interested in participating should email parkerc@nwasco,k12.or.us.  Presented by Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association Jazz Collective.

Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation “No School?  Swim at the Pool!”..January 15. $10 fee provides transportation to the Hood River Aquatic Center, admission and a snack.  For ages 8 & older. Please provide a lunch for your child. A maximum of 26 spots available.  For more information or to register,go to http://www.nwprd.org/programs2/, call 541-296-9533, or stop by NWCPRD at 602 W. 2nd St., The Dalles, OR.

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce 2018 Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet…January 18 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center.  Happy hour at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m.  $40 per person, $500 per table, call 541-296-2231 to reserve a seat.

“Fish Tales”….Columbia Gorge Discovery Center/Oregon Humanities program with Jennifer Burns Bright on the traditions and challenges of seafood in Oregon…February 9, dinner at 6 pm.. and program at 7 p.m.  http://www.bicoastalweb.com/vidhost/mct121117.mp3

Big Bingo at Hood River Valley Adult Center Every Tuesday night at 6 p.m., doors open and food available at 5 p.m. Funds raised support the Meals on Wheels program.

Bingo for Meals on Wheels at Mid-Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles…every Saturday at 6 p.m.  Minimum buy-in is $10.

Wahtonka Community School Farmer’s Market…every Thursday, 8:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in front of the Wahtonka campus on 3601 West 10th in The Dalles.  Seeking vendors, consignors, and customers.  Call 541-506-3410 for information.

Free car seat checks the second Wednesday of each month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Hood River Fire Station on 1785 Meyer Parkway.

Hood River Farmers Market…every Saturday from May 7 to November 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at 5th and Columbia.