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Under new ownership, the Recreation Building in downtown The Dalles is heading for major renovations, inside and out. Todd Carpenter and his wife Carla McQuade, who transformed the former Vault into the Last Stop Saloon, bought the building from the city of The Dalles urban renewal agency for $50,000 and have big plans for their latest acquisition.

The Northwest Cherry Festival begins Friday. Festivities will be held on First Street, between Union and Madison streets, with events at the Granada Theater and Civic Auditorium.

The Dalles Main Street will host “A Slice of Downtown” at the National Neon Sign Museum on Friday, Feb. 23, 7-9 p.m., to celebrate its programs and update the community on current and upcoming projects. While the evening will primarily be a social event, attendees will hear short presentations by Victor Johnson, who will be speaking on his Historic Herbring House Revitalization project; Travis Dillard, on his 2nd Story Apartments project in the Honald Building; and Dwight Unti, President of Tokola Properties Inc., who will present his company's proposed project in downtown 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.

Downtown The Dalles overflowed with ghosts, goblins, adventurers and hundreds of others during downtown Trick-or-Treat Tuesday afternoon.

A toothsome pumpkin, one of many submitted in a pumpkin contest at Gorge Outfitters in Rufus, enjoys a snack.

The Dalles downtown trick or treat activities will take place next Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. Orange pumpkin flyers in windows will indicate which businesses are participating in this annual Halloween event. Parents are encouraged to park in the parking lot across from The Dalles City Park (Fifth and Union streets) and walk to keep downtown traffic to a minimum.

The Dalles Main Street has won a statewide “Excellence in Downtown Revitalization-Best Retail Event” award for a campaign geared to boost downtown businesses.

The Neon Cruise brought crowds downtown The Dalles Friday night to watch and particpate in the cruise Friday evening.