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Blues and Brews returns June 26-27

Stevenson’s signature event returns for its 22nd year, June 26-27, when Gorge Blues and Brews Festival hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds, 650 SW Rock Creek Drive.

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Heart of Hospice: ‘It’s amazing what a little butterfly can do’

On another beautiful spring day at Jackson Park, the Heart of Hospice Foundation released butterflies for their 7th Annual Community Memorial Butterfly Release. The oohs and aahs from over 150 people in attendance were very moving. This year’s May 30 release was one of the best ever.

Valley Christian Church to welcome new pastor

On Sunday, June 14, Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road, will welcome its new pastor, the Reverend Alicia M. Speidel, who has been called to the congregation from the First Christian Church of Medford, where she served as pastor for 12 years. The service will start at 10:30 a.m.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Earth Camp comes to Riverside UCC July 13-17

Looking for a summer camp that incorporates art, outdoor activities, music, games and healthy snacks? Sign up for Riverside’s “Earth Camp,” where kids will grow in faith, have fun, and change the world.

3 brothers arrested, 2 charged with murder

Siblings suspected in 2014 disappearance of Parkdale man

Three brothers are facing felony charges in connection to the May 2014 disappearance of a Parkdale man—two were charged with murder.

Yesteryears: First-ever use of airplanes to spray orchards in 1925

One of the most important experiments ever attempted came to a successful conclusion on Friday of last week, when 60 acres of the well-known Oregon Apple Company orchard near Monroe, Ore., were sprayed with dust of arsenate of lead and sulphur by two airplanes piloted by Lieutenants Oakley Kelly and Miller; the exact time to perfectly cover all trees in the 60 acre tract being 34 seconds. This was the first attempt ever made to dust spray an apple orchard by airplane, but all of the experts present declared that the “coverage” of the trees was perfect.

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Mid-Columbia Community Choir concert is June 7

Mid-Columbia Community Choir Ladies Chorus will present a benefit concert on June 7 at 3 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 1280 W. Jewett, White Salmon, Wash.

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BBBS holds first golf event; Scouts convene Court of Honor

Indian Creek Golf Course hosted Big Brothers Big Sisters’ first ever golf clinic on Saturday, May 16. Justine Ziegler of Big Brothers Big Sister writes, “Mark Gradin, Director of Instruction and Player Development, and a few volunteers from the Hood River Valley girls and boys golf teams generously presented the event.

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‘Gorge’ book released

Linda and John Hardham of Cook, Wash., meet writer Janet Cook, seated at left, and photographer Peter Marbach at Wednesday’s book release event and photo presentation at Columbia Center for the Arts, attended by about 40 people.

Camp for free on June 6

State parks throughout Oregon invite the public to camp and play for free the weekend of June 6-7 in celebration of State Parks Day and Free Fishing Weekend.

Art Center showcases ‘Best Of The Gorge’

The Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) will host a two-month art show celebrating the best artwork produced by Mid-Columbia River Gorge residents.

Pulitzer Prize author Megan Marshall at Klindts June 6

Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers, Oregon’s oldest bookstore, will host author Megan Marshall June 6, for an evening featuring her Pulitzer Prize winning biography, “Margaret Fuller; A New American Life.” Marshall will offer a reading and informal question-and-answer session followed by book signing. The Pines winery will be on site pouring wine by the glass and Klindt’s will provide refreshments.

Entertainment Update for June 3

‘Playboys’ at CEBU June 5; Steady Riot plays Trillium Café'; more