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‘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.

Repair work to begin on Benson Bridge

Repairs on the historic Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls are scheduled to begin this week. The bridge suffered damage from a rock fall that occurred early in the morning Jan. 9. Catworks Construction, a construction company from Battle Ground, Wash., was awarded the contract for repairs and plans to complete the project by Memorial Day weekend.

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Great day for a race as e-cars spin around downtown course

HRV senior Adam McCaw leads regional series

Adam McCaw of Hood River positioned himself for regional electric car dominance with his win Saturday in the 13th annual race in downtown Hood River.

‘Traditional’ Blossom Weekend

Hood River valley events April 18-20 bring good sights, sounds, and flavors

Plants for sale, desserts and fruit to sample, music to listen to, pancakes to eat are just a few examples of what’s in store this weekend with Hood River Blossom Festival, in its second weekend for 2014 throughout the Hood River valley.

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Hard-Pressed a resounding success

Gauging the success of a first-ever event can be “a bit of a crapshoot,” says Mike Glover, executive director of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce. Will people show up? Will the weather cooperate? Will people enjoy themselves

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Easter egg hunt returns Saturday at Jackson Park

The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt and Safety Fair will be held Saturday, April 19, at Jackson Park.

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PET OF THE WEEK: Calypso is ‘a happy, calm fella’

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

Peace Village ‘adult day camp’ scheduled April 26

Columbia Gorge Peace Village hosts an Adult Day Camp April 26 from 1-5:30 p.m. at Bethel UCC, White Salmon. It is based on the concept that “there’s a different story of who we are meant to be than the one that our current culture is telling us,” according to organizer Erika Rench.

Valley Christian presents ‘Shadow of the Cross’

On April 18 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.

Holy week services: Updated April 12

The following is a list of events for Lent and Easter week at various local churches. Community members are invited to any of these activities.

First cider fest comes to Odell

Blossom Festival starts off Saturday with a new event: Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, noon to 6 p.m. at Mt. Defiance Cold Storage, 3351 Stadelman Drive, Odell, just off Highway 35.

Entertainment Update for April 12

Portland Building - Stay or Go?; Connell, Dwyer play April 12; more

Maryhill Winery announces 2014 summer concert series

Classic rock and blues highlight the 2014 Summer Concert Series at Maryhill Winery in Goldendale, Wash. Tickets for the series are on sale Friday, April 11, at the venue’s website http://www.maryhillwinery.com/news-events/calendar-of-events.