MID VALLEY NEWS: Fruit, festivities and fun

— The annual Gorge Fruit and Craft Show will be held at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell on Oct. 20-21. The show only hosts vendors from the four counties in the Gorge, and features produce, plants and flowers, wine tasting, gourmet food products, baked goods, arts and crafts and jewelry.

The Odell Garden Club Flower Show, Art Club Show and Sale, and salmon bake in the park are hallmarks of the event. And this year, Rite Aid will be on site to give flu shots. As always, parking and admission are free.

Speaking of the Odell Garden Club Flower Show, everyone is encouraged to enter designs and horticulture. Club president Norma Curtis says that preregistration is not required to enter horticulture, but would be appreciated in the design classes. For more information, contact Curtis at 541-386-6635 or nlcurtis@hrecn.net.

The club will also sell bouquets for state and local projects.


St. Francis House youth center will celebrate its fifth birthday on Oct. 12 from 5-7:30 p.m. Events include a pet blessing and mariachi music from local band Los Temerosos. “We welcome the whole creature community for our celebration — leashes, please!” says AmeriCorps volunteer Rebecca Brochu.

Justin Velez is the newest St. Francis House team member. Velez has recently begun a year of service in Hood River with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. St. Francis House welcomes Velez, as well as JVC volunteers Bianca Fernandez, Daniel Taylor, Monique Stenger and Hollis Dunlop.

“We’re excited to have such amazing neighbors,” says Brochu.


Mid Valley Elementary PTO is hosting its Fifth Annual Harvest Hustle Fun Run on Nov. 3. The event begins at 9 a.m. with a kids’ half-mile with Principal Dennis McCauley. Adults can choose a 5K or 10K run, walk or bike ride beginning at 9:30.

Preregistration is due by Oct. 26. The kids’ half mile is free, and everyone else is $10 without a T-shirt, or $20 for adults and $15 for kids under 12 with a T-shirt. Registration after the deadline requires an additional $5 fee. Forms are available at the school.

Mid Valley students participated in International Safe Walk and Bike to School Day Oct. 3. Principal Dennis McCauley and Mid Valley staff met students at three locations, so those who usually ride the bus or get dropped off were able to take part, too.

The Gorge Marathon will be held Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. at the marina this year, and Mid Valley students are already logging miles at home and school. If they log 13.1 or 26.2 miles, they will receive a T-shirt at a special assembly in November.

Last year, 50 Mid Valley students participated in this free event, finishing the last leg of their marathons at the marina. PE Specialist Fran Rabaliati encourages all her students to participate.

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