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PARKDALE NEWS: Run or walk to the Parkdale Pumpkin Parade

Last year’s Parkdale Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk was such a big success that the Parkdale Elementary PTO is doing it again this year.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, before the Pumpkin Parade, the 5K/10K fun run/walk will start and end from Rails End Park on the corner of Baseline and Clear Creek roads in Parkdale with the run beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Costumes for the race are not required, but are encouraged and each child participant wins a prize!

Registration is now open for the race and forms are available at the Parkdale Elementary School office or by going to www.active.com.

The entrance fee for the 5K/10K run is $15 per person with a 9 a.m. check- in time and start time of 9:30 a.m.

The 1K entrance fees are $5 per person with a 10 a.m. check-in time and a start time of 10:30 a.m.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Parkdale PTO to sponsor extra academic and fitness programs for students.

A Parkdale Elementary “runners” float will be available at the finish line to transport those who want to participate in the Pumpkin Parade to the start of the parade route. For more information contact Sarah Wilson at 503-819-4092.

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The highlight of fall events in Parkdale, the annual Pumpkin Parade, will begin at 11:30 a.m. following the Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Everyone wanting to participate by walking or riding in a float in the parade is asked to be at the Public Works parking lot on the corner of Allen and Baseline Roads in Parkdale by 11 a.m.

Each year Upper Valley community members get in the spirit of Halloween by decorating everything from bicycles to hay wagons and dressing up in their favorite costumes to walk, ride or drive down Baseline Road in Parkdale and throw out candy to the bystanders along the parade route.

Families, friends and neighbors who would like to watch the parade is encouraged to come out and celebrate the spirit of the season in Parkdale.

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The Oregon Coast Aquarium is coming to Parkdale Elementary on Wednesday, Oct. 30, and the community is welcome to see its presentations.

At noon in the gym, kindergarten, first- and second-graders will learn about “No Bones About ‘Em,” followed by a 1:10 p.m. presentation for third- through fifth-graders called “From Tubefeet to Tentacles.”

For more information contact the school office at 541-352-6255.

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Local resident and studio potter Jill Warila is taking over the Ceramics Open Studio classes at the Mount Hood Town Hall from Fiona Moorehouse.

With the change comes an extended extra hour of open studio time for those who would like more time to work on projects, beginning Oct. 24 from 6-9 p.m.

With the holidays coming up, who wouldn’t want a handmade piece of artwork from someone they love?

“I can show students a few tips on creating texture and building up work in stages, which works well for a weekly open studio class,” said Warila. “I enjoy making functional kitchen-ware that is a pleasant daily addition to everyday living.”

Warila said she has recently been exploring hand-building and incorporating it with wheel work and promises new opportunities for students with some new glazes and two cone six clay bodies.

The base fee will still be $20 per class.

If you are interested in viewing her work, Jill Warila’s pottery is represented in Hood River at Art on Oak, 13 Oak St., next to Hood River Bagels.

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