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Mabton plans two Halloween events

MABTON - The first of two Halloween social events for youngsters in Mabton will be staged tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 to 6 p.m.

A first ever Halloween dance and game day will be put on in the Artz-Fox Elementary School gymnasium for students who attend Mabton Jr./Sr. High School. Among the Saturday, Oct. 29, activities will be sumo wrestling, boxing, video games, foosball and dancing.

All Mabton children are invited to attend the Artz-Fox Elementary School Halloween carnival, set for Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. The carnival will be open to all children in the community,and is being sponsored by the Mabton High School FFA chapter. Games, treats, prizes and food will be readily available that evening.

In addition, the Mabton High School SADD Club will host a haunted house for older children at the Halloween night carnival. Admission will be $1.

Sunnyside church to host harvest fair Halloween night

Sunnyside's First Christian Reformed Church will host its annual harvest fair Halloween night, next Monday, Oct. 31.

The 6 to 8 p.m. social event will be staged at the Sunnyside Christian Elementary School gym.

"We have games for all ages, balloons, face painting, cakewalk and pictures can be taken at our photo booth," said Marente Prins, one of the harvest fair organizers.

Prins also invites community residents to join the church members for dinner that evening, as well as compete in the harvest fair costume contest and carved pumpkin contest.

Babysitting services will be provided to those families who have infants or toddlers.

Prins said the proceeds from the game and food booths will benefit the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Hood River Railroad adds ‘Polar Express’

to holiday schedule

HOOD RIVER, ORE. - Mt. Hood Railroad has announced a new partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of the holiday film

The Polar Express

.

The Polar Express will come to life when the train departs the Hood River Depot for a journey through the quiet wildnerness for a special visit to the "North Pole" with Santa Claus. Guests on board will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story of

The Polar Express

.

Parents are invited to experience the joy of watching their children's face when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa, his reindeer and his elves will be waiting. Santa will then board The Polar Express, where he will greet each child andhand them their own sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung on the return trip.

The Polar Express will begin its holiday schedule on Friday, Nov. 18, with a total of 23 departures throughout the months of November and December leading up to Christmas. Rates are $24 for adults and $16 for children up to the age of 12.

The Hood River-based departure will be an hour and a half round trip excursion, which will operate at night and depart at 6 p.m.

Those interested in taking the holiday season excursion are urged to call 1-800-872-4661 or go on-line to: www.mthoodrr.com.

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