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The holiday season is is fast approaching, and The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to make it special.

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The holiday season is is fast approaching, and The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to make it special.



Chamber powers up holiday with Christmas decor in TD

A panel discussion about making your storefront work for you, with an emphasis on the holiday season, will be the focus of a The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast Nov. 9, 7 to 9 a.m. at the Columbia Gorge Community College Cafeteria in Building 1.

The breakfast will also launch a Christmas window decorating contest in The Dalles.

“Turn Heads and Attract Customers” is the theme of the breakfast, preseted by Lisa Farquhareson and Rick Leibowitz with a panel of local business owners.

Deadline for registration is today, Wednesday, Nov. 7. Cost is $10, members and non-members, contact the chamber at 541-296-2231.

The window decorating contest will run until Monday, Nov.19, and all businesses within in The Dalles city limits are invited to participate, Chamber membership is no required.

The top three winners will receive prizes, Sign up sheet and additional information will be available at the power breakfast and at the chamber office.

Three storefront winners will be announced during the Community Tree lighting after the Starlight Parade. Points will be given for overall aesthetic, originality, and effort.

Each storefront winner chosen will get an insert in The Dalles Area Chamber Newsletter, a $50 value.

First place will receive a 1-year banner ad on thedalleschamber.com ($1200 value)

Second place will receive a 3-month banner ad on thedalleschamber.com ($300 Value)

Third place will receive a 1-month banner ad on thedalleschamber.com ($100 Value).

Join the Christmas parade

The holiday Season is fast approaching, and in The Dalles it begins with the 29th Annual Starlight Parade and Tree Lighting celebration Nov. 23. This year’s parade theme is “Hollywood Christmas.”

The parade features floats decked with lights, Christmas music and holiday cheer. Witness the delight in children’s eyes as they watch Santa’s sleigh rolling down the streets of The Dalles.

The holiday spirit then comes to life at the annual Tree Lighting Celebration, with Santa photos, hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn.

The parade begins 6 p.m. at West Sixth and Webber Streets, then rolls through downtown before ending in front of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce office.

The Tree Lighting Celebration will take place at 7 p.m. following the parade.

Want to showcase your business’ holiday spirit? Enter a float in this year’s parade. Applications are available online at thedalleschamber.com or in the chamber office, 404 W. Second Street. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Nov. 16.

Oranges, grapefruit available as AFS Intercultural fundraiser

Local AFS Intercultral Programs is offering orders of grapefruit, oranges and pecans for the holdidays, with pickup Dec. 8.

Each year, AFS welcomes more than 2,300 international high school students to the US. Local AFS volunteers support host families and their hosted students throughout the experience to help assure the most from their time together.

Local students also participate in AFS, traveling to other countries as part of the exchange program.

This year’s fundraiser offers ruby-red grapefruit, oranges, or half and half, 20 pounds for $25, and pecans, one pound bag for $15. Call Rymmel Lovell 541-296-6546 or email your order to afs.usa.td@gmail.com. All proceeds fund fees and activities for AFS foreign exchange students and scholarships for Gorge area students going abroad.

Orders must be made by Nov. 18. Fruit will be at Polehn Farms, 2121 Dry Hollow Rd., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, for pickup and payment.

Register for Festival of Trees

Registration is now open for those wishing to decorate and donate a tree for the Festival of Trees, which is hosted by the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation. This year’s festival takes place at The Dalles Civic Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 7. Columbia State Bank is the presenting sponsor. New this year, the Community Day sponsor is Avenue Properties—The Gorge.

To donate a tree for this event, download a form at www.mcmc.net/fot or email mchf@mcmc.net. For more information or to purchase your tickets for Festival of Trees, please contact the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, call 541-296-7275, email cynthiak@mcmc.net or find us on the web at www.mcmc.net/mchf.

The Festival of Trees is a live auction of decorated Christmas trees. For those donating a decorated tree, the fun starts Wednesday, Dec. 5, when decorators get together and put their trees up.

The evening auction and gala is a 21 and over event. On Saturday, Dec. 8, the display is open to all from 9 a.m. to noon. As an added bonus, Santa attends every year and will be on site for photos as a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Children’s Literacy Program.

There is no cost for donating a tree, due to the support of the presenting sponsor. New this year is an opportunity for decorators not ready to commit to a large tree to take part in a Silent Auction of Mini-Trees under 4-feet tall. Mini-trees will be similar to those available in the live auction, at a much smaller scope and scale.

“It’s great to see families, businesses, service clubs and even groups of friends come out and decorate trees for the auction,” said Celeste Hill-Thomas, executive director of outreach, communications and foundation at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. “This year I’m really looking forward to what’s in store!”

“We want the entire community to have a chance to see what our tree decorators have worked so hard to create,” explained Hill-Thomas.

Auction tickets are $10, which contributes to the event total. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Proceeds from Festival of Trees benefit the Celilo Cancer Center Fund and Bridge to the Future Campaign.



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