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Robbie Smith joins Discovery Center as director of education

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is welcoming Robbie Smith as the new director of education, following the retirement of Steve Thompson, who has held the position for the past 12 years. He began work at the museum on April 12.

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GEM hosts annual awards dinner May 1

Friends and members of Gorge-area faith communities are invited to Gorge Ecumenical Ministries’ annual celebration on May 1 at 6:30 p.m.

24th Annual White Salmon Valley K-8 PTO Silent Auction April 29

The White Salmon Valley K-8 PTO will hold its 24th Annual Silent Auction on Friday, April 29 from 5-7:30 p.m. at Whitson Elementary School. Bidding will end promptly at 7 p.m. Hundreds of items donated by local businesses and individuals will be available for bidding. The entire community is invited and encouraged to attend. You do not need to have students attending White Salmon schools to participate.

Deadlines near for CGCC, OREA scholarships

The Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) Foundation full-year scholarship application is available. Recipients may be awarded up to 12 credits per term, which can only be used at CGCC. Applications can be found in the CGCC Student Services department at The Dalles or Hood River, as well as online at

HRCSD to hold ‘Kindergarten Roundup’

The Hood River County School District will hold their annual “Kindergarten Roundup” during the week of May 2-6.

‘The Big One’: Cascadia subduction earthquake event April 21

In honor of Earth Day, Columbia Gorge Community College and Hood River County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management present an interactive learning event, offering insight into Cascadia earthquake geology, impacts and preparedness actions residents can take. Cascadia earthquake is “Oregon’s greatest natural threat,” according to the Governor’s Task Force on Resilience

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HRV Leos holds Soles4Souls drive

Attention anyone with a closet: Those shoes you no longer want are needed to help fight global poverty.

Gorge Grown hosts two school garden workshops

Gorge Grown Food Network is hosting two events this spring to support and celebrate regional school gardens.

Family and Community Education plans Spring Tour

This May 19, OSU Extension’s Family and Community Education offers the organization’s annual Spring Tour, an opportunity to tour historic Champoeg State Park, the DAR Newell Pioneer Village museums, walk through blooming iris gardens and see chocolates being made. The public is welcome.

Scholarships available through CGCC Foundation

The Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) Foundation full-year scholarship application is available.

Immigration Counseling opens HR office

Immigration Counseling Service (ICS), a not-for-profit immigration law firm based in Portland, announces the opening of a new regional office in Hood River, located in the Union Building at 216 Columbia St.

Earth Day natural death care symposium

The Hood River Library will be hosting an Earth Day natural death care symposium. The two-day symposium will feature a workshop, film, conversation, and natural burial site tour.

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Wear blue in April

Show support for prevention of child abuse

During the month of April, the Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center (CGCAC) is asking the community to wear blue ribbons in support of preventing child abuse.