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Hood River County Reads kicks off April 17

Hood River County Reads will kick off its 10th year with “Martin Marten” on April 17.

Saddle Club hosts spaghetti feed fundraiser

Hood River Saddle Club will hold their annual spaghetti feed fundraiser on Friday.

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Entertainment Update for April 9

T-Sisters in town Monday; Blossom Time Jam April 9; more

New exhibit opens at The Dalles Art Center

Three local artists of the Columbia Gorge are displaying a breadth of art at The Dalles Art Center, in an exhibit called “Pottery — Painting — Jewels.”

Church News: Nominations sought for ‘Inspired Service and Action’ award

Plus: Covenant hosts women’s conference, video series at Parkdale Baptist

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 “Inspired Service and Action” award.

YESTERYEARS: ‘Bat 6’ is first Hood River County Reads book in 2006

Sunday will be the closing event for the “Hood River Reads Bat 6” project, the first community reading project for this area. Virginia Euwer Wolff, a Hood River Valley native and author of “Bat 6,” will speak at Riverside Community Church about her book.

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‘Student Directed One-Acts Festival’ returns to Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Theater April 8-9

The Hood River Valley High School theater department, under the guidance of Rachel Harry, will present their annual Student Directed One-Acts Festival this weekend, April 8-9.

Give it a rest and hear this talk

Author Lisa Naas Cook speaks April 13 at CGCC on ‘Boundaries and Balance’

In America today, ask someone, “How are you?” and “Busy” is a common response. Despite all of the digital devices designed to save time, many people still feel there is never enough.

Gorge Literary Journal calls for submissions

The Gorge Literary Journal, a voice for writers in the Columbia Gorge, is accepting submissions for its third edition.

HR author Glenn Harris reads at the library

Hood River Library will host Hood River author Glenn Harris for an author reading and book signing on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Harris is the author of the McCall-Malone Mystery series featuring two Portland private detectives.

Roots and Branches: Lili's inspiring story

I would like to share a chapter in the story of Liliana Tello Castro, a beautiful young lady I have known since she arrived in Hood River 16 years ago.

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In support of a superhero

Friends mobilize for Kyle McCarthy

When Mid Valley staff and students set out to help third grader Kyle McCarthy and family raise the $6,000 needed to get him a new ultra-light wheelchair, no one imagined they would do it — and then some — all in one day.

Entertainment Update for April 6

Rob Guidera at White Buffalo; Stubborn Son at River City; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Solo show, new book from keyboardist Martin Gerschwitz recalls classic-rock days

April 8 gig in The Dalles features touring musician who played with Iron Butterfly, Meat Loaf and Eric Burdon

If there’s one dream for musicians who enjoy the classic rock genre, actually playing in your favorite all-time band and contributing the quintessential sounds to their most popular songs probably ranks as number one.

‘Earth, Wind, Fire’ exhibit opens Friday at Arts Center

Blue tributaries lined with sticky red clay, cascading towards the Columbia River, wind whistling through the narrow verdant Gorge, ancient lava flows creating fortress-like cliffs of columnar basalt — the dramatic landscape is what defines the Columbia River Gorge region.