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Celebrate season at First Friday

Make Christmas ornament and help poor children.

Make a Christmas ornament and help poor children around the world. Enjoy live music by local artists along with great local food and fun.

The place to do all this, and more, is the season's last First Friday, from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 5 in downtown Hood River.

This month enjoy artwork by Gigi, Mark Nilsson, Cathleen Rehfeld, Angela Lynn, and Joan Chase; glasswork by Andy Nichols and Jess Caudill; photographs by Penny Martin, Richard Hallman and Darryl Lloyd; metal work by Kelly Phipps and Sherman Rouse; upstairs artists such as Sheila Ford Richmond with Art to Wear and John Haugse Painting Studio and many more.

Create a holiday ornament for Peace Project to sell at the upcoming Mindful Gifts Bazaar on Dec. 13. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the Green Village School in Afghanistan. Come and join artists Sorcha Meek-Paul and Robin Johnson in creating unique holiday ornaments at Jeans Restaurant (on 5th Street between Oak and Cascade). Art supplies generously provided by Arts In Education.

Some music samplings to be enjoyed include Columbia Flute Choir, Larry Russ and Logan Merriam

Other special events this month include the Tree Lighting Ceremony, with singing by the Fourth Dimension and local Girl Scout Troops, at 6 p.m. at Overlook Memorial Park; the ever popular Holiday Show of local artists at the Columbia Art Gallery; a "Kids Art Show Benefit" exhibit at Summit Projects.

Also, look for Santa and elves strolling about town spreading holiday cheer.


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