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Blossom Fest starts with cider

Hard-Pressed Fest in Odell celebrates valley’s burgeoning libation industry

It is blossom time again, and Hood River Blossom Festival starts off Saturday with a new event: Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, noon to 6 p.m. in Odell.

Entertainment Update for April 5

Music Mondays at Solstice; ‘Noble Spirit’ screens April 9; ‘DamNation’ screening April 18; more

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'Hotel Impossible' films at Vagabond Lodge

Tom Reid, left, and Theo Davis of Green Home Construction of Hood River stand with designer Blanche Garcia on the grounds of the Vagabond Motel Thursday, the final day of filming for an upcoming episode of The Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible,” with TV host Anthony Melichiorri.

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Preschool teacher Socci Galvez: ‘There is so much to learn with them.’

If someone could figure out a way to harness the enthusiasm in Socci Galvez’s preschool class, the energy crisis would be solved.

Author Willis to discuss Columbia River Highway

Join The History Museum on Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. as it explores the roots of the Columbia River Highway with author Peg Willis. Admission is a $5 suggested donation.

Gorge Community Foundation requests grant proposals

The Gorge Community Foundation announced Monday that they are accepting grant applications for projects that promote outdoor education or recreation.

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Team Blackhawks concludes season at Super Regionals in Sacramento

Team Blackhawks from HRVHS robotics traveled to Sacramento for First Technology Challenge Super Regionals, and struggled in the first four rounds with a robot that was not tested.

RMEF celebrating 25th anniversary in Hood River

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to protecting wild elk and other wildlife and the land they inhabit. This organization was started around 1984 and has around 1,000 members in the Gorge and 200,000 members nationwide.

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Mid-Columbia Lions Follies goes Broadway, starting this weekend

‘Mayhem at the Madison’

The Mid-Columbia Lions Follies will be presenting “Mayhem at the Madison” as its 38th annual show starting Thursday.

Snowpack is close to average

Late season storms bring SWE to 93% at Mt. Hood

Fantastic February transitioned into marvelous March on Mount Hood, and as this winter’s erratic attitude improved dramatically from depressing December, it delivered enough snow by the start of spring to end in an almost average April.

Holy week services: Updated April 2

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.

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Pet of the Week: Ruger is ‘super-duper playful’

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

Entertainment Update for April 2

World’s Finest at CEBU Lounge; ‘Poem in Your Pocket,’ April 17 at Maryhill Museum of Art; more

Claudia Schmidt plays White Salmon Guitar April 4

Hailing from Michigan, she knew at a young age that she was destined to be a singer. Performing in numerous choirs throughout her youth, Claudia Schmidt soon pursued a professional career while in Chicago, leading her to Wisconsin and Minnesota, where she was a frequent guest on the early days of A Prairie Home Companion.

Open Studios Tour returns April 11-13

The Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour April 11-13 is your opportunity to meet artists in their studios, to ask artists about their inspiration and process, to see artists at work.