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‘Cantina’ style?

Skye Weiseth, as Princess Leia, strikes a pose with her father, Teg, as Chewbacca, and her brother, Jack, as Boba Fett, while Ben Bonham and his “alien band” play swing tunes, at Friday’s Star Wars-themed Hood River Library District celebration fifth anniversary at Georgiana Smith Gardens.

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‘Before I Die’ encourages reflection

“Before I Die” walls have sprouted up throughout the Gorge over the last three summers, first appearing in Mosier, then in The Dalles and now near the corner of Sixth and Oak in Hood River.

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Keep fireworks legal, and safe

The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe” when using fireworks.

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Beauchamps celebrate 58th anniversary

Bobby Joe and Lourah Anne Beauchamp, of Parkdale, celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on June 21, 2016, with a private gathering.

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This summer, 'Have a Free Book'

Each year, the Leaders for Tomorrow high school senior group participate in a community project.

Church News: Updated Vacation Bible School list

As of June 25

Faith Bible Church, Parkdale churches, HR Nazarene, Riverside UCC, River of Life and Covenant Christian

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Cascade Observations: Making New Friends, Keeping the Old

I was a Girl Scout over 50 years ago, but the lyrics to a popular scouting song still remain lodged in my brain, years after memories of merit badges and the taste of campfire s’mores are long gone: “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.”

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Kayak prize at Kickstand event

This Pongo kayak will be the prize at the summer kickoff party at Kickstand Coffee and Kitchen, 13th and State streets, on June 23, 4-7 p.m. — and the Columbia Gorge Peace Village the beneficiary.

The Porch for June 18

WELL DONE: The kids in the Westside Elementary talent show, with a special shout-out to emcee Ben Bauman, a fourth-grader, who ably kept things moving with a dryly humorous touch, at Wednesday’s event.

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Church News: New church names for Wy'east Community, Spirit of Grace

The recently merged Lutheran/Methodist congregation, formerly known as Asbury Our Redeemer Partnership, officially changed its name to Spirit of Grace on June 5.

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A carnival to take on cancer

Luminaria remain, but changes abound in revamped ‘Relay For Life’ July 9 at Hood River Marina

This year’s Columbia River Relay For Life, titled “Evening of Hope,” moves to a new location, and proceeds on a different, shorter schedule, with an emphasis on music, dancing, and active fun while honoring cancer survivors and treasuring loved ones’ memories.

Nancy Ruth Skakel kicks off Hutson Museum summer schedule

The Hutson Museum, located at 4967 Baseline Drive in Parkdale, has planned a summer of cultural, visual and literary art exhibits in cooperation with local art groups and the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Entertainment Update for June 11

Highway lecture June 18 at Maryhill Museum of Art, Cripple Hop at Double Mt., more

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The Daily Bread: The Electrifying Cocktail of Unconditional Love

It took a recent 3,000 mile road trip to confirm what I have quietly and reverently embraced for 20 years. There is no deeper feeling than the unconditional love between father and daughter.

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