Parkdale News: Come see your neighbors at the Lions Follies

It’s that time of year again, when your friends, neighbors and school principal in the Upper Valley lend their time and talents to the annual Mid-Columbia Lions Follies fundraiser for the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.

Parkdale Elementary Principal Kim Vogel hams it up again in this year’s Follies, this year as a maintenance supervisor at a civic auditorium called the Madison.

From being called on to scoop up circus elephant droppings to using her trusty mini fan on her belt loop to revive people when the air conditioners break down, “Marge” as she’s known, is there to lend a hand.

Megan Ball, Emma Dexter and Natasha Muenzer of Parkdale and Shawn Gray and Emily Curtis of Mt. Hood are part of the large teenage ensemble this year, providing amazing singing and dancing performances in a five-song segment from CATS and a ‘60s prom scene, among others.

Parkdale resident Carol Arnold stars as Suzanne Sugarbaker, the zany shopaholic but loveable owner of the Madison and Wade and Emily Hogg of Parkdale lend their character and dancing talents to the cast.

This reporter can been seen as Gigi, the auditorium decorator who teams up with daughter Megan to perform “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now” and “Walk Like You’re Glam” in a beauty pageant scene.

Sarah Fox of Odell stars as Angela Madison, marketing director and daughter of owner Suzanne, and her daughter Haylie is a kitten in CATS.

Longtime Upper Valley resident Mary Jette assists backstage, but can also be seen onstage in her bathrobe as the over-controlling mother of billionaire geek Wes, played by Wade Hogg, chasing him home from a speed-dating venue.

The Lions Follies has raised over $300K over the years to help local residents receive sight and hearing assistance that they could otherwise not afford.

Three more performances are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, April 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under and can be purchased in the Upper Valley from any Lions member, McIsaac’s Market and Jim’s Market in Parkdale and Mid Valley Market in Odell.

Ticket prices are $1 more at the door.


The Parkdale Fire Department will hold its 21st annual Casino Night on Saturday, April 19, starting at 5:30 p.m.

A $20 entrance fee gives you $50 in starting poker chips, entrance to the beer garden and a chicken dinner.

There will be gift cards and prizes to be won and if you have an item you’d like to donate, please drop it off at the fire station at 4895 Baseline Road or send it by mail to the Parkdale Fire Department, P.O. Box 40, Parkdale, OR 97041.

The event is for ages 21 and over and free local rides home will be provided if needed.

All proceeds help Parkdale Fire to provide necessary yearly training to firefighters and to update necessary equipment.


The Mount Hood Town Hall has recently received an art program grant for $1,000 from the Hood River Cultural Trust, to support eight Parkdale Elementary students taking a six-week pottery class on Thursdays, from 2:30-5 p.m.

Teacher Shanda Pickhardt says four of these students are in the first session ending on April 24.

“Our theme for session one is birds and music, so we’ve been making owl planters, imaginary paper birds, bird houses, dissecting owl pellets and creating fossils, making bird sculptures and a musical instrument wall hanging. It’s not just about clay.” said Pickhardt. “I love integrating science, reading, art history, and math into the arts.”

“I see a lot of creativity, curiosity and smiles and if you enter the room when there are six kids working on the pottery wheels you can feel the excitement,” said Town Hall manager Nikki Stansel. “We are thankful to the HRCT for helping the Mount Hood Town Hall art program create a stronger community through the arts.”

The second session starts May 1 and ends on June 5.

For more information, contact Shanda Pickhardt at 541-385-1109.


It’s time for Kindergarten Round-Up at Parkdale Elementary School.

If your child will be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, you are asked to register him or her at the school between Monday, April 28, and Friday, May 2, when forms will be available in the school office from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parents need to bring a legal birth certificate and all immunization records for your child the day you register.

Birth certificates can be ordered in advance online and any needed immunizations can be done by Sept. 1 at the Hood River County Health Department on a walk-in basis.

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


There will be no school next Monday, April 14.

Hood River County School District has added two days to the school year to make up for snow days in February when school was canceled.

School will now be held on Thursday, June 12, and Friday, June 13, with the last day of school being June 13.


The Parkdale Lego Club is now meeting every third Saturday of the month at 12:30 p.m. at the Parkdale Public Library. Legos will be provided but children are also welcome to bring their own.


Parkdale’s OSU Extension Family and Community Education Study Group meeting for April will be a part of the Community Cultural Meeting.

On Thursday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in the OSU Extension Meeting Room at 2990 Experiment Station Drive in Hood River, there will be a presentation by Arlene Burns of Mosier, where she lives when not pursuing another exciting adventure in life.

Arlene is an accomplished filmmaker/consultant, worldwide traveler, adventurer, and river guide and has climbed mountains in Tibet, trekked across the salt flats of Bolivia and explored Mongolia from the back of a wild horse.

She will relate her experiences of connecting with people from across the world no matter the language or culture while telling of life-risking tales and wild places.

Everyone is welcome to come and bring a friend.

A lunch hosted by FCE County Council will follow the presentation, with a variety of delicious soups, breads and desserts for all attendees.

For more information contact Joanne Ehl at 541-352-7363.


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