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Neighbors: Thanks, invitations, and ‘good appetite’

Writes Carrie Macrum of White Salmon, “I want to thank Chuck Walston for all the help he gave my family on the organization of my dad Ed Chapman’s celebration of life."

‘Understanding Islam’ event planned June 9

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) invites community members to “Understanding Islam” on June 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Travelogue: Greyhound

Towns and times: across the U.S. by bus — and back

"What — were the wagon trains all booked?" This was just one response I got when I told people I had returned from a cross-country Greyhound bus trip.

Munoz, Marines win county Congressional art competition

Elizabeth Munoz, a senior at Hood River Valley High School, and Roger Marines, a sophomore at South Wasco High School, have been selected as Hood River and Wasco county winners for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) made the announcement recently.

Look for a full First Friday on June 3

First Friday brings a bevy of activities to downtown Hood River, including two street closures:

Entertainment Update for June 1

Ruth Moody in TD June 10; John Bunzow at White Buffalo; Kit Garoutte at Stave & Stone; more

Mercado del Valle opens June 2 in new location

El Mercado del Valle, the farmers’ market and community gathering space in Odell, will host its opening day of the 2016 season on Thursday, June 2 from 4-7 p.m. on Atkinson Drive in downtown Odell. That’s right: a new time and location near the landmark Odell Methodist Church.

Riverside UCC votes for fossil fuel divestment

Riverside Community Church in Hood River has become the first faith-based congregation in the Gorge and the first within the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) to vote to divest funds from the fossil fuel industry.

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‘Air Panther’ goes aloft

Hood River Middle School will be involved in a school-wide art project on Friday, June 3 from 2:45-3:25 p.m. All students will be participating in a giant, living painting of a hot air balloon on the athletic field. This is the culminating event of local aerial artist Daniel Dancer’s Art For the Sky residency.

‘Honoring Those Who Have Served’: May 30, 11 a.m., Memorial Day Service

Idlewilde Cemetery is located at Tucker Road and Brookside Drive, Hood River.

Entertainment Update for May 28

‘Twin Mandos’ at Riverside; Volcanic celebrates with Prollyotta May 28; more

Yesteryears: Horizon Christian ‘changing skyscape’ with new building in 2006

Horizon Christian School is changing the skyscape on the Heights in Hood River. Crew members aboard a high lift installed rafter caps on the west end of the building, at Eighth and Pacific streets. The 30,000-square-foot building is ahead of schedule, said administrator Chris Herring. “We’re working hard to get the new campus open for business in September,” Herring said. Phase one includes classrooms and offices. Phase two will be the gym and cafeteria, and phase three will be athletic fields.

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Snapshots of Culture Fest

This year’s Culture Fest at Columbia Gorge Community College was indeed a Kaleidoscope of vibrant color, dance and community interaction.

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Columbia Gorge Peace Village now a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization

Group to hold scholarship fundraiser June 23

What began in 2008 by a small handful of volunteers and 50 campers, Columbia Gorge Peace Village has grown to serve 150 campers annually.

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Family photo contest enters fourth year

Once again, in honor of “Oregon Parenting Education Week,” May 16 – 20, the Parenting Together program of The Next Door is seeking photos of children from birth to 8 years interacting with an adult in a healthy activity.

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