Monday, November 30, 2015

Hood River Holidays

Join the city of Hood River, OR as downtown Hood River transforms into a place full of holiday cheer!
The Hood River Holiday Kick-off Party takes place in downtown Hood River on Friday, December 4, 2015. Ignite your holiday spirit with an old-fashioned downtown parade, a gorgeous tree lighting, caroling, and a visit with Santa. The Holiday Happy Hour starts at 4 p.m. and the streets will close at 5 p.m. for easy, safe holiday shopping, followed by the 6 p.m. Holiday Parade. The Tree Lighting, which cannot be missed, will follow the parade’s conclusion at 2nd and State Street, and Santa will be waiting at G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe on 2nd and Oak Street downtown. Even before the Kick-off, Hood River is in full holiday splendor.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

City of Fairview: 9th Annual Tree Lighting

Join the city of Fairview for their holiday tree lighting event on December 5th, 2015. Enjoy music, take photos with Santa, make holiday crafts, and bring your ugliest holiday sweater to compete for a prize. The event will be fun for all ages, is free, and all are welcome.
Join us Saturday, December 5 from 4 PM to 6 PM for Fairview's 9th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event. The lighting will be at 5 PM but there will be lots to do before and after. Listen to local choirs share their holiday music, visit with Santa, make a holiday craft, join in on holiday story time, or enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. New this year...the Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest! Judging will be at 5:40 PM and the winner will receive a prize. Please plan to join us for this wonderful Fairview holiday tradition. This event is free and all are welcome.
The event will be held at Fairview City Hall and Community Park, 1300 NE Village Street.

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Columbia River Gorge Model Railroad Display

Every weekend November, the Columbia River Gorge Model Railroad Club opens their doors to the public to put their creative and detailed work on display. The Club, whose space is in Portland, OR, has recreated the scenic Columbia River Gorge railroad, running on the Oregon and Washington sides of the Columbia River. For 32 years, the club has continued to add detail to their Columbia Gorge Model, welcoming the public to view their work as a fundraising event every year. This is the last weekend for the event: 
Times: 10am – 5pm
Show dates: only two more public shows, November 28 & 29, 2015
Admission: $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids ages 3 to 11.
Address: 2505 N. Vancouver Ave (@ Russell St.), Portland, OR.
Contact: call 503-28-train (503-288-7246) or email
VIP tours: available by reservation, they begin at 8:45 a.m. each day of a public viewing and cost $15
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A Destination for Fall: The Columbia River Gorge

Out of hiking destinations across the country, the Columbia River Gorge has been featured as the most "unforgettable place" to hike in the fall. With leaves changing on deciduous trees, waterfalls galore, and some crisp, cool Oregon days still in the forecast, the Gorge is a premier place for you to enjoy during the holidays. 
The rain season might detract some people from hitting the Pacific Northwest in fall, but that makes it the perfect time to have the place all to yourself. The Columbia River Gorge is like an amusement park of natural wonders.

The Columbia River is the second largest river in North America, and the gorge region is its prized possession.

It’s an extremely well-kept trail that passes along sheer, moss-covered rock face and literally hundreds of waterfalls. The canyon is 80 miles long, but the highlights are the aptly named Angel’s Rest and Mount Defiance. We’ll let you guess which one is more challenging.
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Oregon Park Fees Waived on Black Friday

This Friday, while many are packed into local malls and department stores, Oregon State Parks is giving everyone the opportunity to give thanks for our wonderful Oregon State Parks for free. Memaloose and Ainsworth State Parks in the Columbia Gorge (and all State Parks across Oregon) will have no parking fee, and offer lovely scenery for hiking and picnicking. An added bonus, the forecast is calling for clear weather on Friday; even more reason to go out and enjoy Oregon!
Want to get outside instead of hitting the crowded stores on Black Friday? No problem.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is waiving day parking fees on Friday, Nov. 27, at all 26 state parks that charge one. Normally, the day-use parking fee at those parks is $5.

Without naming the retailer, the department cited REI's announcement to close on Black Friday as a key factor in the decision. The company is paying its employees to take the day off while urging shoppers to spend the day outside.

"Rain or shine, windy or not, we're thankful Oregon's outdoors are a constant source of joy," department director Lisa Sumption in a statement. "Take a break, get out, and enjoy some fresh air."
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Thanksgiving Dinner Hosted at Skamania Lodge

If you are looking for a full Thanksgiving spread without a full Thanksgiving load of dishes at home, Skamania Lodge will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner buffet this Thursday. With a large menu including starters, salads, "chef-stations," entrees, and desserts, come enjoy delicious food and lovely scenery at the scenic Skamania Lodge venue. The event sells out, so place reservations in advance!
 When: 11/27/2014

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet - 11 AM - 8 PM

Join us in the Cascade Dining Room for all your favorites prepared deliciously and served buffet style.

Reservations are required. Event will sell out.  Call 509-427-7700.

Thanksgiving Holiday Menu at Skamania Lodge
Adults- $44.95
Children Ages 8-12-$22.00
Ages 4-7- $13.00
Ages 3 and Under- Free

Antipasto and Crudité platters
Assorted Tapas plates
Imported and Domestic Cheese with Sliced Fruit
Fresh Seafood with Caviar and Cocktail Sauce
House Smoked Lox, Cream Cheese and Bagels
Snow Crab Legs, Peel and Eat Shrimp.  Mussels on Ice with Condiments
Fresh Artisan Breads and Muffins
Seasonal Squash Soup

Mixed Green Salad with assorted dressings
Baby Spinach, Bacon, Candy Nuts, Egg, Warm Cranberry Vin
Chopped Romaine Caesar
Tomato and Mozzarella “Caprese” with Basil, Balsamic Syrup and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Farfalle Pasta Salad with Shrimp, Tomato, Fennel and Pesto Dressing
Waldorf Salad with Apples, Celery and Walnuts
Red - Red Quinoa, Apples, Cucumbers

Chef Stations
Steamship Pork Roast with Pear Glaze
Carved Burgundy Shallot Sirloin
Pork Roast in Pear Glaze
Carved Turkey, Giblet Gravy, and Cranberry Relish
Pasta Station

Braised Bacon and Brussel Sprouts with Honey White Wine Butter
Myer’s Rum, Brown Sugar glazed Sweet Potatoes and toasted Marshmallow
Whipped Buttermilk Potatoes
Steamed Vegetables with Herb Butter
Honey Crusted Ham
Pan Roasted Salmon
Cider and Herb Brined Turkey
Skamania Family Stuffing
Giblet Gravy

Assorted Mini Pies – Pumpkin, Pecan, Apple
Mini Cannoli’s, chocolate fondue, fruit, Marshmallows 
Petit Fours
Jell-O Desert Casserole
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wood Village Tree Lighting

On Saturday, December 5th, the 6th annual tree lighting will be taking place at the Wood Village City Hall. It will be a fun event for all, with a visit from Santa and a music performance by the Reynolds High School Expression Choir:
Where: Wood Village City Hall 
When: Tree lighting taking place at 6pm. Followed by refreshments and a visit from Santa.
Free gifts for kids will be provided by KOHL'S 
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