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Chasing Normal: CAST Theater tackles mental illness, heartbreak and redemption

CAST Theater’s summer play is anything but ordinary — “Next to Normal” covers the dark terrain of mental disorder and family dysfunction, but treads with humor and tenderness.

Museum hosts ‘Recycling Days’ July 27-29

Have your kids been complaining that they are bored? Do they need a fun summer activity to beat this heat?

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July 4 rolls out the fun, despite the heat

Annual festivities bring out crowds in Hood River, Odell, Bingen

Barbecue smoke wafted over an empty main lawn of Jackson Park on July 4.

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Hoover Trust donation of $55,000 fuels crucial kitchen restorations at Mt. Hood Town Hall

The countertop requires a plastic covering, the dishwasher doesn’t work, and you have to lie on your back to light the pilot light to the stove.

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Pet of the Week: Logan is one-of-a-kind

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

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Traffic Jam: first the cruise, then the show

WAAAM hosts annual antique vehicle display; look for a cruise through town this Friday night

Come on out July 11 to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum to enjoy all sorts of cars, motorcycles, trucks, and more 30 years old or older.

Laurie Lewis, Sierra Hull play CG Bluegrass Festival July 23-26

2015 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival, and the celebration boasts some of the biggest stars in bluegrass: Sierra Hull, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. They join The Caleb Klauder Country Band, the Downtown Mountain Boys, North Country Bluegrass and Jim Faddis with Farmstrong beginning July 23-26 when the event hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds in scenic Stevenson, Wash.

Entertainment Update for July 8

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

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No doldrums here: Keep kids busy with local summer fun

Kid-friendly programs abound in Hood River County. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Entertainment Update for July 4

July 4th music gigs; ‘TRAILGATE’ happens July 11; more

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Updated for July 4

‘Inside Out’ at HR Church of Christ

Yesteryears: Swimming pool bond measure passes 398 to 61 in 1945

With a majority of better than 6 to 1,000 voters of Hood River City endorsed the $60,000 bond issue, proceeds of which are destined to be used for the construction of a swimming pool. The vote was: Yes, 398; No, 61. While the location of the pool has not been definitely decided upon, it is anticipated that a site near the city high school will be selected, and it may be incorporated into a wider plan for a recreation park at the same location.

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BBBS friends learn windsurfing basics

On a pleasantly warm and breezy day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge held its annual Windsurfing Clinic at The Hook.

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MID VALLEY NEWS: Celebrate the Fourth in Odell

First, a correction: I inadvertently typed the wrong date for the 50-Plus Expo coming to the Hood River County Fair on Senior’s Day in my last column — it will be on July 23, to correlate with the special admission price to the fairgrounds for seniors on that day.