PARKDALE News: Cedar’s fundraiser a big success

Upper valley residents packed the house at the fundraiser dinner at Solera Brewery on Wednesday, Feb. 11 to support Parkdale resident Cedar and the effort to build him a home.

“The fundraiser was a huge success … we raised $10,400,” said Leila Coe of Apple Valley BBQ, co-chair of the event. “What an awesome showing of support in such a tiny little town.”

Solera Brewery provided the venue, beer and cider, Apple Valley made the delicious dinner of barbecue chicken and pork, mashed potatoes and green beans and many generous people donated to the raffle and live auction items.

A fun time was had by all who came out to enjoy the dinner, auction and live music provided by the Bonneville Power Trio.

Many people have already donated to the “Build Cedar a Home” GoFundMe account posted at; however, an additional account for cash and check donations has been set up locally in Hood River at CenterPointe Community Bank.

Anyone who would like to donate directly to the bank fund can walk in and ask that their donation go to “Cedar’s Fundraiser.”

“We are currently at almost $19,000 of our $25,000 goal,” said Coe. “If (people) are in Parkdale they can also find me Wednesday through Sunday at Apple Valley BBQ between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. to drop off their donation.”

The Mt. Hood Railroad begins its 2015 schedule this weekend, running trains on both Saturdays and Sundays.

That means the Hutson Museum will now be open from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and as the train adds days to their summer schedule, more open days will be added to the museum’s schedule to accommodate train visitors to this Parkdale treasure.

Volunteers are needed to act as docents during open museum hours.

If you are interested in helping out while learning more about Parkdale’s history, please call Mary Pellegrini at 541-352-5551.

The women of Parkdale Community Church will begin studying “Twelve Women of the Bible” beginning Wednesday, March 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Pat Franz, 8403 Clear Creek Road in Parkdale.

“All women in the community are invited,” said member Tania Tyrrell. “Please join us for inspirational teaching, supportive friendship and delightful tea!”

With the Parkdale School Carnival coming up on Friday, March 13, organizers are looking for volunteers to help run the carnival booths and serve in the kitchen.

This year a dinner of pork sliders, coleslaw and beans by Apple Valley BBQ will be available for purchase as well as hot dogs, cotton candy, cookies and desserts.

Raffle tickets are currently on sale for $1 each from Parkdale students or at the school office from 7:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on school days and you do not need to be present to win.

Prizes include a 2-night beach house rental, horseback riding lessons, beautiful artwork, handmade quilts, wine gift baskets, gift certificates for local restaurants, local store merchandise and gas cards.

Raffle prizes are still being accepted and can be dropped off at the school office or mailed to Parkdale Elementary School at P.O. Box 69, Parkdale, OR 97041.

If you’d like to help out or have any questions, contact Sarah Wilson of the Parkdale PTO at 503-819-4092 or by e-mail at

The presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” on Saturday, Feb. 21 by Parkdale Elementary students, with the help of the Missoula Children’s Theater, was a big success.

Admission was free, but donations were accepted to help fund much-needed new curtains and a new sound system for the school stage.

“We’d like to thank all of the families and friends who came out to watch the show and support the students and their theatrical talents,” said Parkdale PTO member Sarah Wilson. “Also a special thank you to Bill Weiler, who was our piano accompanist for the week.”

Jackie Wiles and Nick Cartusciello of MCT spent all week presenting acting workshops in each classroom at Parkdale Elementary and brought the set, lights, costumes, makeup and props and worked after school every day with students cast in the show so they would be ready for their Saturday performances.

“MCT is an international tour children’s theater that for over 40 years has been fostering developmental life skills in more than a million kids,” said Wilson. “The PTO is pleased to be able to provide this wonderful experience for our students.”

Saturday Skate Nights are coming to an early close at Parkdale School this season due to a lack of volunteers.

The final Skate Night will be held this Saturday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gym.

“Skating at Parkdale Elementary is a fun and inexpensive way to get out and have some fun with your family right here in Parkdale,” said coordinator Hannah McCarty. “Sadly, with the busier times it is not easy to get volunteer help to keep the skate nights going. If we cannot get some help, we may have to discontinue this fun activity.”

If you would be interested in volunteering just two hours of your time on a Saturday evening next season from November through March, please contact Hannah at 541-806-6695 or

The March community breakfast served up by the Parkdale Grange will be held on Sunday, March 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Take a break from cooking that day and come out to support the Parkdale Grange!

The Spices of India will be the topic for the Parkdale Home Extension Study Group meeting on Thursday, March 12 at 10 a.m. at the Parkdale Grange Hall.

This presentation on exploring the array of spices and herbs from India, the health benefits of them, and how they are used in family meals around the world was postponed from last fall due to the weather.

Community members are invited to come learn about these amazing spices and enjoy tea and snacks featuring them.

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

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