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PARKDALE NEWS: Support Lions and locals … buy Follies tickets at McIsaac’s

Every spring upper valley residents come out to support the Lions Follies, both by performing in the show or attending the performances.

This year’s show, titled “The Wacky Wild West,” attempts to fill the house every night with hilarity.

The Follies opens this Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Saturday, April 6, evening performance and Sunday, April 7, matinee at 2 p.m.

Additional dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, April 11, 12 and 13, starting at 7:30 p.m. each night.

This year’s show features quite a few upper valley folks as some interesting characters including Parkdale Elementary School Principal Kim Vogel as bank robber Vertigo who gets reformed.

Children from the fictitious town of Beverly Gulch get in on the fun with dancing and singing and include Emily Curtis of Mt. Hood singing “Doodlebug Rag” and Emma Dexter and Megan Ball of Parkdale performing in “Grandma’s Feather Bed” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.”

Bob Fox of Odell plays Sheriff Matt Billion, while wife Sarah Fox is Disastrous Emma, the gal who can’t shoot straight, and daughter Kristin also performs with the town’s children.

Mike Oates of Odell guarantees to have folks rolling in the aisles with his performance as hillbilly Clevis Tubbs.

This reporter again joins in the fun as Holly Day, Innkeeper and one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Gulch and upper valley grower Mary Jette lends her hands to the show as part of the stage crew.

The Lions Follies is the single-largest fundraiser in the state of Oregon for the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation and each year money raised from the shows helps to provide free vision and hearing screening to children and glasses to those who otherwise cannot afford them.

Advance tickets are on sale now at McIsaac’s Store and Jim’s Market in Parkdale and Mid Valley Market in Odell for $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

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If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets to this year’s Mt. Hood Town Hall Enchanted Evening, there is still time.

Invitations were sent out in last week’s mail for the Saturday, April 13, event titled, “Seasons of the Upper Valley.”

Dinner and dessert will be followed by a silent auction and a new live auction that has been added to this year’s event.

Some items at this year’s auction include a Mother’s Day package with spa treatments, chocolate, flowers and jewelry, a brewery tour around the Gorge, a Sunriver vacation, a private party at the Mt. Hood Town Hall with live music and a pampered pet package.

To reserve your seating for the Enchanted Evening, call 541-490-0352, email rsvp@mthoodtownhall.org. or return your invitation response as soon as possible.

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The local “Hood Hoppers” from Parkdale’s 4-H group is collecting bottles and cans for a big 4-H fundraising drive going on at Rosauers this Saturday, April 6, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Needed cans and bottles must have a redemption value to count and items such as soda, beer, or that say “bottled water or H2o” on the label have a redemption value.

You can either bring your cans and bottles to the southwest parking lot entrance to Rosauers in Hood River at the above-listed date and time or drop them off before then in the upper valley at 6305 Miller Road.

Pickup may be available by contacting Shawn Summersett at 541-352-9313 or shawnsummersett@gmail.com.

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This Sunday, April 7, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Parkdale Grange members will be serving up another tasty community breakfast at the Grange Hall.

Scrambled eggs, sausage and a choice of pancakes or biscuits with gravy, along with a beverage, are available for $6 for adults or $4 for children 5-12; children 4 and under are free.

See you there!

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This month’s Upper Valley Home Extension Group meeting will be Thursday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at the OSU Extension Office conference room at 2990 Experiment Station Drive in Hood River.

This is the annual cultural meeting combined with Mosier and the topic presented will be Sri Lanka: The Jewel of the Indian Ocean, presented by Parkdale resident Paul Marcott who has lived and worked in Sri Lanka.

Parkdale residents Nancy Slagle and Mary Parrott will provide Sri Lankan snacks after the presentation.

Up for discussion at this meeting will be the upcoming annual field trip on May 24 that will include visits to the Goldendale Observatory and Maryhill Museum.

Candidates for positions on the county council are encouraged to make their preferences for positions known at this meeting as well.

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OSU Extension is currently taking applications for anyone wanting to become certificated as a Master Food Preserver.

The program starts Monday, April 29, and is limited to 15 people with only a few slots remaining.

With the warming weather and fresh produce coming in before we know it, OSU Extension is also offering a host of one-day classes that anyone can sign up for.

Any upper valley resident is welcome to sign up for classes on preparing, preserving, pickling and much more that will be offered from April through November this year at the OSU Extension Office, 2990 Experiment Station Drive in Hood River.

You can sign up for classes by going to www.hrcommunityed.org.

For more information on the courses, contact Lauren Kraemer at 541-386-3342, ext. 258, or Lauren.Kraemer@oregonstate.edu.

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If you have a kindergartner for the 2013-14 school year and aren’t already aware, the previously scheduled Kindergarten Round-Up dates as reported here previously were changed.

Due to overcrowding situations at schools in our district, the school board decided to postpone the Kindergarten Round-Up dates until May 6-10.

“Families who live in the current Parkdale school attendance area will not be affected,” said School Principal Kim Vogel. “They can plan on attending Parkdale Elementary next year.”

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There will be no school on Monday, April 15.

Friday, April 12, is the last day of the third quarter and teachers will use the day as a workday and for grade preparation.

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