Holiday open house

As a community thank you, the Discovery Center in The Dalles museum is offering free admission on Nov. 30. Live holiday music will be provided, featuring music from several area choirs, bands and ensembles. (Submitted photo)

Mark your calendar for the annual Holiday Open House and Community Appreciation Day at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum in The Dalles on Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 pm.

This day is the museum’s chance to thank everyone for their support during the past year by offering free museum admission. Celebrate the holidays with complimentary cookies, hot cider, and cocoa. For lunch, the café’s regular menu will be available, as well as specials on homemade soup, specialty salads, and meatball sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Santa Claus will visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live holiday music will be provided, featuring music from several area choirs, bands and ensembles. Share what you can to help those who are less fortunate during the holidays by bringing a non-perishable food item, blanket, or winter coat to donate to local families in need.

Gift Locally! Columbia River Trading Company, the museum store, is open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store showcases products from over 40 artisans and suppliers from the Columbia River Gorge and Pacific Northwest. There is a selection of educational toys, books, jewelry, lotions & soaps, jams, fruit & salmon treats, wine, pottery, artwork, home decor, T-shirts, Pendleton blankets and bags.

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