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Local ranch offers colorful horse experience for kids

Double Mountain Horse Ranch in Hood River offers a unique equestrian experience for kids, in the weeklong Pony Pal program, done in conjunction with Hood River Community Education.

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Pet of the week:Terrier Maury is the ‘total package’

Maury ... what a dog! Maury is about 10 years old, likely a rat terrier mix and a happy, perky fella!

Entertainment Update for July 12

Best bets in live music!

EXTENSION REPORT: Got a grand champion squash? How to enter your local county fair

Could your spotless peppers or flawless flowers have what it takes to claim the blue ribbon at your county fair this summer?

Cascade Observations: What we leave behind

In 1979 author and illustrator David Macaulay produced an extremely clever book called “Motel of the Mysteries.” The publication of the book followed the Tutankhamen exhibit that toured the USA from 1976-79. The premise of the book was ingenious — archaeologists from the future uncover a strange complex of buildings of unknown origin.

Locals enjoy dog agility trials

Organizers and competitors of the recent American Kennel Club’s Dog Agility Competition raved about the beautiful setting at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, according to organizer Sue Gaulke of Hood River.

Cuevas to marry Rodriguez

Blanca Cuevas and Damián Rodriguez, both of Hood River, have announced their engagement.

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Urinetown: With grit, CAST show looks to the sky

It’s hard to describe Urinetown, the Musical.

Entertainment Update for July 9

‘Dreams’ at Mt Hood Winery; ‘3 Speed’ at The Pines; more

‘Decades of Play’ July 13

The History Museum is bringing back “Decades of Play,” a fun filled free Family Day, on Sunday, July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum will have game stations inside and outside that will allow kids and families of all ages to play games and activities from the past century.

Bluegrass festival returns July 24-27

2014 marks the 31st anniversary of the Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival, and the celebration boasts some of the biggest stars in bluegrass.

White Salmon River Fest returns July 9

Raft trip, barbecue and film discussion highlight 7th annual event in Husum

White Salmon River Fest and Symposium will flow with a variety of activities for all ages on July 9 in Husum, Wash.

Find local produce at Odell’s Mercado del Valle

El Mercado del Valle is open each Saturday for the summer season under the Mid Valley Elementary covered play area. Local vendors provide hot food and cold drinks, craft items and information booths, along with children’s activities.

Odell, CL, HR celebrate 4th

The Hood River parade rolls at 10 a.m. and fireworks shows are planned in Hood River and Cascade Locks, both at dusk. The Odell community parade starts at 4 p.m., with formation at 3:30 p.m. at Mid Valley elementary School.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Getting back in the Loop with Arthur Lee Land

Do you have some days when you feel that you’re just not in the loop?