Mid Valley News: Wy’east school library will be open Aug. 8, Aug. 21

El Mercado del Valle was closed July 26 because of the Hood River County Fair, but rest assured, it will be back Aug. 2 in the covered play area at Mid Valley Elementary. The market will have a new time — 3 to 7 p.m. — for the rest of the summer; the market ends Sept. 20.

“This change was made through taking into account many voices in the community,” said coordinator Anna Osborn, who said that 100 people participated in the survey that included both vendors and shoppers. “We feel that this time change will enable more families in our community to attend the Mercado and have access to fresh local foods, family friendly activities, and a vibrant gathering space.”

St. Francis House has a busy August planned. On Aug. 3, 12 kids and three volunteers will be traveling to Portland to watch the Thorns play soccer. This professional women’s team shares Providence Park stadium with the Timers.

And on Aug. 4-8, five kids will attend Peace Village at the Mosier Community School on scholarships offered by the camp. One family is also volunteering three of the five days. “The kids really enjoy the opportunity to go to camp and talk about it all year round,” said Jesuit Volunteer and AmeriCorps member Hannah Ladwig, whose last day as coordinator was July 15. She will remain in Hood River and with the JV program, this time serving with Gorge Grown.

Marielle McKenna will be the new JV/AmeriCorps volunteer for St. Francis House this year. Ladwig said she is from a suburb of Chicago and is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

Wy’east Middle School’s summer reading program is in full swing, and “all kids should be working their way through the three books they’re required to read over the summer,” said Wy’east representative Teri Adams. The Wy’east library will be open to families Aug. 8 and 21 for book exchanges. “Students are required to complete a bookmark slip for every book read over the summer and turn them in to their reading teacher the first week back to school,” said Adams.

For more info or to download a slip, visit the school’s website at www.hoodriv-er.k12.or.us/wyms.

Fall registration for all incoming students will be Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Students and their families will be able to update registration information, pay student fees, sign up for fall sports and receive their class schedules. Contact the school at 541-354-1548 for more info.

The Odell Garden Club had a busy time at this year’s Hood River County Fair, said club president Norma Curtis. Entries in design and horticulture were higher this year than last, she said. Jackie Shaw won the Emily Plog Arrangers Award and the Most Imaginative award. Best horticulture perennial award went to Shirley and Bob Cheney, and best of show horticulture to Curtis.

Curtis also reports that the Ruby Ragazza chapter of the Red Hat Society recently went to tea at Shelia Heinemann’s. “There were 25 ladies present in their dress for tea,” said Curtis, with several more guests present as well. “Tea was poured in the English tea fashion by our own Jill McBee. We felt so pampered by the time we left.”

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