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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.

Entertainment Update for March 29

Night Club Salsa with Ari Levitt; ‘Parkdale’ at Solera March 29; Western-swing dance April 3; more

Need more music on your plate? There’s plenty more happening ...

On Monday, March 31, The Hapa Hillbillies will be swinging it up in decidedly vintage Hawaiian fashion from 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel.

Entertainment Update for March 26

Ryan Kolberg at The Pines; Kids free at Discovery Center; more

Songwriter’s Showcase, Barnstorming Bluegrass in Stevenson April 12

The Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival presents Stevenson's Barnstorming Bluegrass on Saturday, April 12, inside the Exhibit Hall on the Skamania County Fairgrounds.

Gorge Fiddle Contest returns July 24-25

After a two-year absence the Columbia Gorge Fiddle Contest returns to the Gorge on July 24 and 25 in Stevenson, Wash. The contest will be held in conjunction with the long-running Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival.

McDougall stops by with ‘A Few Towns More’ CD April 5

Americana and folk-rock artist McDougall is on tour with his latest full-length CD “A Few Towns More” and will be in Hood River at the River City Saloon on Saturday, April 5.

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HRMS performers get to watch themselves in ‘Kid Next Door’ screening at Skylight Theatre

A group of middle schoolers got together Wednesday after school at Skylight Theatre.

‘Good Body’ opens May 8

“The Good Body,” by Eve Ensler and directed by Judie Hanel, will open May 8 and run through May 18. The following actors have been cast in the show: Julie Jindal, Jessica Metta, Kathleen Morrow, Irene Fields, Brenda Hering, Lisa Roth, Desiree Amyx Mackintosh and Kim Robichaud.

Entertainment Update for March 22

Ceramic button and charm class; ‘Science!’ plays March 22; Toney Smiley at Pheasant Valley; more

Entertainment Update for March 19

Dancing at Elks March 20; ‘Good Men' opens March 28; more

Stargazing talks March 28-29

Join amateur astronomer Jim White for an evening with the stars, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Saturday, March 29. The evening will start with a gourmet burger bar dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a Spring Stargazing presentation by Jim White at 7 p.m. If weather allows, there will be a telescope sky viewing at 7:30 p.m.

Staffords highlight Hood River County Reads

Join Hood River County Reads, an annual community reading adventure. This year, Hood River County is celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday or Oregon's quintessential poet William Stafford. You can pick up free copies of “Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems” at the libraries in Hood River, Parkdale and Cascade Locks.