Market, other changes happen at Town Hall

The Mt. Hood Town Hall will hold its first farmers’ market on July 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. The market will be held on the second Thursday of each month through September.

The facility is located on Highway 35, 14 miles south of Hood River.

This is a family-friendly event and an opportunity for upper valley farmers and artists to sell produce, the Town Hall to showcase its new commercial kitchen and regular classes, and community members to buy locally.

Dinner will be in partnership with Fresh Start Culinary Institute, a supper series using locally sourced produce. The bar will be by local entrepreneur Christie Clark of Perfect Pour and live music will be provided by Nancy Cook.

Mt. Hood Town Hall board member Bob Danko reports two other new developments at the community center.

• With Hood River Valley Parks and Rec funding, the Town Hall playground park has been upgraded and now has four pickleball courts. Paddles and balls are available for use. As with the playground, the courts are open to all from 8 a.m. until dusk.

• With Tri-County Recycling funding, the Town Hall now has a bottle and can donation station as part of the recycling depot, which is used by many upper valley residents. The nickel deposits from the containers go the Town Hall restoration fund. John Ashby, who lives next door, has adopted the recycling depot and the donation station and often greets users, helps folks unload, keeps the area picked up, and does soft education on recycling and bottles and cans.

“He is an amazing volunteer,” Danko said.

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