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School lets out, but learning will continue

School’s out!

Horizon Christian School winds up its 2013-14 year today, while Hood River County School District runs through Friday — that’s two “snow days” students missed in February added back by the school board this spring.

School days end at slightly different times throughout the district; motorists are reminded to be aware of extra kids on the sidewalks and roads, and they will be excited — and distracted — by the start of summer vacation.

Preschoolers from around the county will end their year Friday with a 2:30 p.m. “graduation” at Hood River Valley High School on Friday.

But summer remains a busy season in school buildings and other locations; there will be plenty of opportunities for learning.

Cascade Locks School is making the transition to hosting that community’s branch of the Hood River Library District.

The Cascade Locks and Parkdale libraries are hosting beekeeping classes this month; see Happenings, B3, for details.

For a full directory of classes, activities and events in schools and other locations around the county, consult the Hood River Community Education catalog (hoodrivercommunityed.org).

Columbia Center for the Arts hosts art classes for both adults and children beginning June 20 with an adult pastel class with Karen Watson. Children’s classes begin on June 23 with a Recycled Treasures class with Cynthia Caudill from 9 a.m. to noon. Classes continue throughout the summer in both visual and performing arts. Visit columbiaarts.org for more information.

Another notable in-school activity this summer: the district’s summer meals program.

The service returns weekdays June 30-July 22 at Mid Valley Elementary cafeteria, 3686 Davis Drive, Odell.

There is no fee or registration; just show up and eat. The service is made possible by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Anyone 18 or under eats free; cost for adults is $3.75. For details call 541-387-5011.

Breakfast will be served from 7:15 to 8 a.m.; lunch will be from 10:55 a.m. to noon.

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