PARKDALE NEWS: Busy autumn in the Upper Valley

Fall classes at the Mount Hood Town Hall are starting to gear up so whether you are looking to improve your mind, body, or mental health with creative activities you might want to check out what classes are being offered by visiting

If fitness and fun, cardio, strength and stretch are your goals, you might try Boot Camp with Christina McGhee on Monday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Yoga classes geared for stretch and strength are taught each Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with Eleanor or Friday mornings at 8 a.m. with Christina.

Virginia Thomas will begin teaching Gentle Core Yoga classes on Wednesdays from 8-9 a.m. beginning Nov. 7.

Starting Monday, Oct. 7, from 1-2 p.m. is the Tai Chi for Balance class where new forms of tai chi and qigong will be explored during these mind and body experiences that promote better balance and well-being with no experience necessary.

If you’ve always wanted to create with pottery, the adult Earthworks class with Fiona is on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and starting in October some dynamic children’s art classes by Shanda will begin at the Mount Hood Town Hall.

Class prices vary and more information can be found on the website.


The Mount Hood Town Hall Board of Directors is now looking to fill two board vacancies for this next year, an exciting one due to the building’s 100th birthday celebrations in 2014.

“During the next year the board will be managing important restoration projects and the use of the building while looking for ways to celebrate the 100th birthday,” said board member Bob Danko. “Volunteers are what make the Upper Valley a great place to live and we hope community members will consider helping out the Town Hall during this important time.”

The board meets at the Mount Hood Town Hall the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

If you are interested in being on the board or for more information about the position, please contact Jenni Donohue at or 541-490-7867.


Parkdale Elementary School is holding its open house and barbecue Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Parents of students can meet their children’s teachers in the classrooms starting at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served by the Parkdale Fire Department and the PTO starting at 6:15 p.m. with a cost of $1 per person or $5 per family.


The Gorge Kids Triathlon will be held this Sunday, Sept. 22, at Waterfront Park in Hood River with check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m. and a 10 a.m. race start.

All of the valley’s elementary school children, including Parkdale, participate and benefit from the proceeds raised at this event.

“We are excited for another great event which brings joy to the kids and money to the schools!” said Parkdale PTO member Christina McGhee. “What could be better?”

Students have already taken home registration forms for the event and can also register at for a cost of $20 through Wednesday, Sept. 18, for Easiest, Moderate, or Most Difficult races.

After Sept. 18 the registration cost is $30 and children will have to register at the event on Sunday, Sept. 22.

T-shirts and swag are given to the participants and food vendors will be available on site for family and friends to enjoy the event as well.


Breakfast is now being served at the Parkdale Grange Hall the second Sunday of each month now until Mother’s Day in May.

At the next breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Grange members invite the community to come out and enjoy scrambled eggs, sausage, choice of pancakes or biscuits and gravy, homemade applesauce, juice or coffee and visit with their neighbors.


A Soup and White Elephant Bingo Night is planned for Saturday, Sept. 28, at 4:30 p.m. at the Parkdale Grange as part of its continuing 100th anniversary celebration.

Various soups will be served along with breads, crackers and desserts for a cost of $6 per person for the meal and bingo.

Everyone in the community is invited to bring their white elephants and join in the fun!


Local residents may have noticed that the Memorial Garden on the corner of Baseline Road and Dee Highway in Parkdale has been enjoying a new facelift.

The Master Gardeners, Lions Club and Parkdale Garden Club members have been working very hard to prepare the garden for winter each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday mornings.

Everyone is invited to stop by and see what they have accomplished and if anyone in the community would like to help out by weeding, cleaning or trimming, they are welcome to join in on those mornings.


The Oregon State University Extension Study Group in Parkdale will be meeting Thursday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Parkdale Grange Hall.

The October program is called “Let’s Dine Out” and will teach nutrition facts about restaurant food and how to develop strategies to handle the nutritional challenges that dining out presents.

Also under discussion will be getting involved with the Helping Hands Against Violence group who operate two facilities that offer shelter and safety to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Extension study groups meet monthly from September through May. They are informal gatherings of neighbors and friends that feature educational programs taught by volunteer teachers who receive special training from OSU Extension agents or specialists. New members and visitors are always welcome.


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