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Poet Gaffney reads April 29

Master poet Tommy Gaffney will read from his new book, “Whiskey Days,” at noon on Tuesday, April 29, at Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River–Indian Creek campus. The reading is free and open to the public.

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A Slice of Local Life: Peter Hardy fills many roles at Adventist School

If you’re looking for Peter Hardy, you can find him teaching middle school math at Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School four days a week.

‘DamNation’ screening on April 18 benefits Columbia Riverkeeper

“DamNation,” a long-awaited documentary film about dam removal, featuring the Condit Dam removal as well as the plight of Columbia River salmon, will premiere in Hood River at the Hood River Middle School auditorium on Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, benefiting Columbia Riverkeeper. The film is 87 minutes.

Learn about the Grange April 26

Rockford Community Grange celebrates Grange Month with an open house.

Tour Portland gardens with study groups May 22

OSU Home Extension Services invites the community to join the Mid-Columbia Family and Community Education Study Groups on their annual Spring Tour, set for May 22.

Roots and branches: Cousins separated by time and distance, joined by experience

My sister Ginny is making a pilgrimage to Finland next month to meet our cousin Raija Huusari for the very first time. It is one of those Internet miracles where you find long-lost relatives through Facebook postings or an advanced Google search.

Microchip clinic April 26

Join Hood River Adopt A Dog for the second-annual Adopt A Dog Microchip Clinic during the annual city-wide yard sale event in Cascade Locks on Saturday, April 26, from 10 am to 1 p.m. It will be held at the old fire station on WaNaPa, next to the post office.

Kaleidescope: Firefighters gain in-house knowledge, as structure is torched in west Hood River neighborhood

A rare practice burn in a Hood River residential neighborhood recently gave firefighters from several Hood River County agencies the chance to practice hose handling techniques and other interior and exterior strategies for suppressing a house fire.

Valley Christian Church Choir presents ‘Shadow of the Cross’

On Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. the community of Hood River is invited to experience “The Shadow of the Cross” as presented by the Chancel Choir of Valley Christian Church under the direction of Carolyn Ternahan.

Pet of the Week: Kirby is ‘all goofy and no growly’

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Kirby as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

Entertainment Update for April 16

Benefit for United for Marriage at 10 Speed Coffee April 26; ‘Gentlemen’ at CEBU Lounge; more

Casino Night returns Saturday at Parkdale FD

Parkdale Fire Department holds its 21st annual Casino Night Saturday, April 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the fire station, 4895 Baseline Drive.

‘Heart and Mind:’ Joni Mitchell's 70th birthday tribute concert

Last year, this sold out show captivated audiences at Columbia Center for the Arts right from the first note. Bringing together some of Portland’s finest musicians, this is a true celebration to Joni Mitchell and her 70 glorious years (and counting!) on this planet making music that just gets better and better.

Root rot closes Herman Creek campground

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Forest Service is temporarily closing Herman Creek Campground/Horse Camp, located just east of Cascade Locks and 47 miles from Portland, to protect public health and safety. This temporary closure is expected to last throughout the 2014 summer season, and the public will be notified when the campground is reopened.

Security, tax base concerns lead Lyle school board to restrict Cherry Orchard access

Hikers wishing to access Friends of the Columbia Gorge-owned Lyle Cherry Orchard property can no longer reach the trail via Lyle High School following a decision by the school board.