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Blossom Time is here

Blossom Time started with the cider spectrum — from clear to cherry red — enjoyed by an estimated 2,000 people at the second annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest in Odell.

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Reach out and Read comes to One Community Health

At first, Javier, who is here for his 2 year old well child check, looks at me skeptically when I show him the “My Little Word Book,” that I would like to look at with him. I turn the pages and show him the pictures. He is still is not sure what to make of this as he chews on his delicious cracker.

Try your hand at Casino Night on Saturday

Parkdale Fire Department Casino Night on April 18 is a 21-and-over event; admission is $20 and includes dinner and $50 in chips, and admission to the beer and wine garden.

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‘Chasing the Light’ art class April 26

Local photographers Peter Marbach and Brian Chambers will teach “Chasing the Light: Six simple steps to the Art of Landscape Photography” on April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Columbia Center for the Arts. The class is limited to 20; cost is $75.

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The Ale List: Pfriem launches first bottles

pFriem Family Brewing held a party April 2 to launch its first bottles since opening in 2012. pFriem now sells 23 beers in annual, seasonal, limited and barrel-aged varieties. The Classic series is offered in a capped 500ml German-style bottle while the Select line and barrel-aged beers are being packaged in a corked and hooded 375ml bottle.

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Pet of the Week: Andre is polite, sweet dog looking for a new home

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Andre as the program’s adoptable pet of the week:

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County curbs Logsdon brewery barn expansion

The Hood River County Planning Commission voted at a hearing Wednesday to limit Logsdon Farmhouse Ales’ public expansions. The commission plans to bar the rural Odell area brewery from expanding its barn facility and conducting public tours and beer tastings.

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Look beyond ‘easy solutions’ on climate says former White House staffer

In Wednesday talk, former Federal official says ‘what’s really needed is carbon pricing’

A crowd of about 60 gathered at Springhouse Cellars to hear former White House staffer Dr. Johannes Loschnigg speak about climate change, common misconceptions and steps residents can take to brace themselves for the global shift.

Local committee to develop four year plan for improving dental health of children

A committee of community members will be meeting over the next six months to create a four year plan to improve children’s dental health in Hood River and Wasco counties.

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HRVHS robotics student gives back to community

“I love giving back to the community” is Lucas Gilbert’s response to Hood River Valley High School Robotics newest project.

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Artist Robin Panzer employs ancient ‘new’ medium

Hood River’s Robin Panzer is a Chigiri-e artist — an ancient Japanese art form (Heian period, 794-1185) that uses layers of hand torn colored paper to create images that, when completed, resemble a textured painting. Although it’s an old technique, she unknowingly stumbled upon it in 2011.

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Blue Ribbon Campaign raises awareness

The Blue Ribbon Campaign, started in 1989 as a grandmother’s tribute to her grandson, who had died as the result of child abuse, came to downtown Hood River on April 4.

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Baby blanket drive supports hospital’s perinatal loss program

Cameron Teems, RNC-OB, Family Birth Center nurse at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, is organizing a special collection of baby blankets April 13-17.

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake raises funds, awareness

Big bowlers, Little bowlers and bowlers in between made a difference at Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2015 on Saturday, March 14. The event grossed more than $55,000, almost half of the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual budget.