On Nov. 19, Sesame Street celebrated it’s fiftieth year on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). For my preschool children, Sesame Street was their daily ritual—and one Christmas I even bought my son a three foot tall stuffed Big Bird. (I was also a fan of Big Bird!)

But what does that have to do with aging?

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The Festival of Trees auction is Friday night at The Dalles Civic Auditorium: Doors open at 6 p.m., tree auction begins at 7 p.m. 21 and over event, tickets $20. Event is hosted by the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation. This year’s auction consists of 26 decorated Christmas trees donated by local citizens, organizations and business to be sold at auction to the highest bidder. Silent auction items will also be available, as well as limited complementary champagne and hors d’ oeuvres.

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The theme of this year’s Starlight Parade is “Ruby Red Christmas” and the fun begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.

As we enter the holiday season, a time to be thankful for our bounty and to share it with others, there are many who find this time difficult because of memories of past holiday seasons, isolation, and loneliness—triggering seasonal depression, or the Holiday Blues.

How often have you heard that you should start following a Mediterranean Diet? But do you know what that really means? And if you do, how often do you follow it? I you’re like me, you may have found it hard to give up the pizza and ice cream.

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Hood River Valley Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (HRVCC) is hosting Nativity scenes from around the world—close to 500—in its the fellowship hall. Visitors are welcomed to view this unique collection 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., daily from Thursday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 8.

Gorge Community Music (GCM) will showcase student musicians Saturday, Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m. at their 410 E. Second St. stage.

Students at The Dalles Middle School listened quietly when Iraq veteran Aaron Carter, a Corporal with the U.S. Army, 4th Infantry (ret.), who is now manager of Columbia Gorge Toyota/Honda in The Dalles, spoke of his military service in Iraq.

Holiday Quilt This handmade quilt will be up for raffle at St. Peter’s Holiday Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary’s Academy, 1112 Cherry Heights Rd. The bazaar has been an annual event in The Dalles for 41 years. It hosts 90 rental tables, which feature local and out-of-town vendors and a…

Politics get very ugly in The Election by Don Zolidis, a timely satire on contemporary politics. The show at The Dalles High School Auditorium opened Nov. 7, with additional performances Friday Nov. 8 and Saturday Nov. 9. Next weekend, shows run Nov. 14, 15 and 16.  All performances are at 7…

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The Election Politics begin to get very ugly as Mark Davenport (Taylor Beesk, left) and his campaign manager Karl Merriwether (Audrey Hampshire), at right, accept the services of a slick professional campaign manager Gary McMaster (Jacob Vallie, at center) in dress hearsal for The Election b…

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Sunday presentation: Growing up in The Dalles, a view from two cultures: reading of a chapter titled “Celilo Falls: Parallel Lives Along N’Chi-Wana”

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“This season has been our revenge tour,” TD senior Samuel Alvarez said. “I think that in the last couple of years, everyone has kind of dismissed us and thought of us as not too much of a challenge..."

The Dalles Mayor Rich Mays will be hosting his monthly “Second Saturday” gathering at Zim’s Brau Haus Restaurant, 604 E. 2nd, The Dalles on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lisa Farquharson, CEO of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce, will be the special guest. All residents are invited to come and share their ideals and visions for the city.

Healing and planting go shovel-in-hand on Nov. 9 in an event that, in arboreal terms, has a deep and wide root ball.

Monday is Veterans Day and I hope you can take time to honor—in your own way—the veterans who served our country, whether it is by watching or participating in the Veterans Day parade at 11 a.m., attending the community potluck hosted by the VFW Post and Auxiliary 2471 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home following the parade, or by showing your appreciation by volunteering year-round at the Wasco County Veterans Service Office.

The Cascade Singers present “A Parker-Shaw Christmas” Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m. The holiday concert is at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, in The Dalles.

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society meets 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the downstairs classroom of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Linda Colton will be teaching a class titled “DNA: Whys, Hows and What to Do With Your Results.”

“The Election” is timely satire on the contemporary political scene by Don Zolidis. Show dates are Nov. 7, 8  and 9 and Nov. 14, 15 and 16; shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are adults and students $ 10, and Senior citizens and children under 12 $8. Doors open at 7 p.m., general seating in The Dalles High School Auditorium.

Two community input meetings are set for Wednesday, Nov. 6, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, to gather information from the public regarding the qualities of the next superintendent of School District 21.

The public is invited to attend the Wasco County Ageless Awards Wednesday, Nov. 6, noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center.

Honorees are Lucille Petersen, Terry Stoddard, Bill Hamilton and Prudence Amick. They are being recognized for their contributions to their communities by serving others and inspiring others to do the same.

Spookktacular Music An enthusiastic audience applauds a parade of costumed concert goers attending the Gorge Winds Concert Band’s “October Spooktacular” performance at The Dalles Middle School Sunday night. Band members, led by conductor Larry Loop, were also in costume. Find more photos onl…

What do you remember about visiting the dentist when you were a child? Fishing for a small toy out of the fish tank if you were good during your visit? Or a long needle painfully inserted in your gum before filling a cavity?

Six voice students of Shawn Lutz of Lutz Music Studio were selected to be finalists in the Honors Performance Series Honors Choir.  Selected for the Honors Choir are Noah Holloran, Jacob Vallie, Taylor Beeks, Alex Rector and Zora Richardson. Selected for the Young Adult Honors Choir is Savannah Ezelle. They were chosen from 20,000 voice students from the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, Japan and Australia. and will sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Cascade Singers community choir is beginning its fall season. The Singers meet under the direction of Miles Thoming-Gale Sundays from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church (10th and Union Streets) in The Dalles. One-hour work sessions also happen Thursdays at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (305 E 11th St.) in The Dalles.

Quilts for Cops A Quilts for Cops workshop was hosted by the city of Wasco Sept. 21 at the Wasco Event Center (903 Barnett St.) in Wasco. Attending were 30 sewers, including four 4-H beginning sewers. The assembled quilt tops were taken back to the Quilts for Cops headquarters near Newberg, …

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Have you always wanted to see inside the historic IOOF building?  Here is your chance! The Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held there on Sunday, Oct. 20, with registration at 12:30 p.m. and luncheon at 1 p.m. Cost of the luncheon is $15.