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Local news briefs for Nov. 30

Donating food is a kick

U.S. West Taekwondo is asking residents to help the Oregon Food Bank, by donating non-perishable food items at their Gresham location, 2332 E. Powell Blvd.

Donors will receive two weeks of free lessons at the Taekwondo school, as well as a uniform. Existing students will receive 10 percent off a purchase from the Pro Shop.

For more information, call 503-674-4800.

Vista House sets winter schedule

One of the most spectacular viewing spots in the Columbia River Gorge may be officially closed for the winter, but volunteers have been given the go-ahead to host visitors provided the wind gauge and road conditions are agreeable.

Executive Director for the Friends of Vista House, Marguerite Perry, said volunteers are lined up to greet visitors at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, 'when it isn't too windy or icy.' The Vista House is closed to visitors when gorge winds reach 40 mph gusts.

Help brighten a child's holiday

Toy N Joy Makers are asking residents to help bring Christmas to needy children, by making it easier to donate this season.

Donations can be made at the Rockwood Station for Portland Fire at 1927 S.E. 174th Ave., Portland. For more information, call 503-231-8697.

State offers discounts on park permit

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has a stocking stuffer for the winter sports enthusiasts on your gift giving list.

From Thursday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 31, parkgoers can save $5 on the cost of a state park 12-month day-use parking permit. The permit, which is required at 26 Oregon state parks, is on sale for $25 instead of the regular price of $30.

Additionally, the Oregon Coast Passport is discounted during December. The passport is a multi-agency permit, valid at Oregon State Parks, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service sites along the Oregon Coast. Cost for the coastal passport is $30, instead of $35.

To purchase a parking permit or coastal passport, call the Oregon State Parks Information Center at 1-800-551-6949.

Your pet and Santa have a date with a photographer

Has your dog or cat been extra good this year? Then have your pet's photo taken with Santa from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Glendoveer Golf Course Community Room, 14015 N.E. Glisan St.

Photos are $10 each and benefit Multnomah County Animal Services.