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Christmas Star

A star shines down from the Eagle Caves area in west The Dalles. The star is lighted each year by the Fun Group and visible in town, along Interstate 84, and across the river on Highway 14.

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Student artists exhibit work in Dufur

The Dufur Community Center was transformed into a cultural enrichment venue Saturday as part of the annual Hometown Christmas Celebration. Local students showed off their acrylic paintings and entertained the audience with newly acquired ukulele skills.

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Lone Pine donation drive underway

A flood of contributions, dwarfing last year’s effort, has come to the Discovery Center for its second annual donation drive to benefit the Lone Pine Native American fishing village. The collection is still underway through Christmas — items can be taken to the museum, at 5000 Discovery Drive — but the needed items aren’t the typical holiday requests.

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Tractor Parade

A bright-red sleigh and a Christmas tree roll down Main Street in Dufur during the tractor parade Saturday night in Dufur.

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Christmas Carolling

Two classes of enthusiastic Colonel Wright sixth graders are arranged on the steps of the Wasco County courthouse as they prepare to sing a selection of carols Wednesday afternoon.

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Art workshops offered

The Dalles Art Center is offering five classes during “2017 Winter Break Art Camp” Dec. 20-23. Classes are for ages 6 to 14. Signups are at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. 4th Street, The Dalles.

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Holiday Harvest

Alexis “Lulu” Taylor, 10, of Sunnyside, Wash., cuts a tree at Green Ridge Tree Farm, 3715 Browns Creek Road, The Dalles.

Memorial focuses on loss, healing

“Everybody has scars and you will remember exactly how you got them, even though the wound has healed over,” said Tim Willis, pastor, celebrant speaker and “general problem fixer” for Celilo Chapel in The Dalles. “My father died in 2000 and every Christmas I get a little sad about it.” He invites people who want to honor lost friends and family to attend the “Tree of Remembrance Memorial” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the chapel, 202 E. Fourth St.

Santa comes to The Dalles

The Dalles Main Street welcomes a special guest once again this holiday season and children are invited to meet and have their picture taken with him on one of two different Saturdays. “Santa in the Downtown” takes place across from Petite Provence from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

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Winter Shelter

A Boxelder bug (Boisea trivittatus), with orange markings on its wings and bright red eyes, hunts for a crevice in the bark of a Ponderosa Pine where it can shelter for the winter. The insects often overwinter in large groups.

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Civic hosts Trail Band

Concert first in the newly-heated space

The Trail Band returns to the Civic Auditorium on Monday for its 24th annual concert — and this year people will not have to bring blankets into the theater to stay warm. The theater has been closed since last December for roof and HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) system repairs. The Trail Band will be the first performance in adequately heated space, although the cold has not stopped tickets from selling out in the past.

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Festival of Trees

The 2017 Festival of Trees live auction brought bidders to the ballroom floor Friday night at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

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Looking Back on December 3, 2017

From the archives of The Dalles Chronicle

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‘Tis the Season

The Dalles opened the holiday season in a big way Friday evening with the annual Starlight Parade that had entries based on the theme A Storybook Christmas.

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Community Thanksgiving

Margo Vankat, right, serves potatoes at St. Mary's Academy during the Community Thanksgiving meal Thursday. Organizers said the flow of diners was steady throughout the day, supported by a host of volunteers who were busy serving, preparing and cleaning.

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