The Porch: April 25

WELL DONE: Ink drawings by Kristina Cancelmi (above) on display through April 30 at Dog River Coffee. These bittersweet observations on love and life employe images and words, including a lyric by the 1980s Scottish band Big Country. Cancelmi is the graphic artist for Full Sail Brewing.

Parkdale News: Upgrades springing up at Mt. Hood Town Hall

Spring is usually the time we think about sprucing things up around our homes and the Mt. Hood Town Hall is no exception.

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Special rose delivery

Gordy Sato delivers roses to Brookside Manor Friday, a sort of Rotary Roses, part 2: Sato, a Hood River Rotarian and Parkdale orchardist, organizes the annual rose sale on the third Thursday of each April.

Folklorist speaks April 21 at Hood River Library

Learn about folklife and some of the people in your community who practice traditional crafts and skills. The Oregon Folklife Network presents Folklife in your community by folklorist Nancy Nusz at the Hood River Library on Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m.

Roots and Branches: The competition of spirit

Competition among kids has its pros and cons.

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Blue Ribbon Campaign raises awareness

The Blue Ribbon Campaign, started in 1989 as a grandmother’s tribute to her grandson, who had died as the result of child abuse, came to downtown Hood River on April 4.

Cascade Observations: The changing response to the familiar question, ‘What Do You Do?”

Imagine yourself at a gathering, surrounded by mostly unfamiliar people. You enter into a bit of polite conversation with someone close by. Inevitably, one of the first sentences out of your mouth, or theirs, is “What do you do?” The expected answer must be what you do for a job. Any other answer would most likely label you as someone eccentric, lazy, or unemployable.

Parkdale News: Health Fair comes to Parkdale on April 23

The new Parkdale Health and Wellness Committee is hosting a free Health Fair for the Upper Valley community on Thursday, April 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parkdale Elementary School.

‘Proud and honored to be here’

“On behalf of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, I want to thank all of those in our community who participated in the first ‘Share the Warmth’ event,” writes Rev. Anna Carmichael.

HRV Fashion Club is hosting youth fashion camp April 11

The HRV Fashion Club is searching for 14 to 16 future fashionistas to attend their Tutus and Tyvek Fashion Camp on April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in at Hood River Valley High School.

Parkdale News: Parkdale carnival a big success

Each year the Parkdale Elementary School carnival raises funds to help students by providing money for field trips, school assemblies and provides additional funds for music, PE and art programs that the school could otherwise not afford.

Wy’east OBOB team headed to state competition April 11

Wy’east won the Region 4 East Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Tournament, which was held at The Dalles Middle School on Saturday, March 14. The team consists of Kendra Wilkins, Aunika Yasui, Jimena Gonzaga, Nick Arenas, Ethan Happy, and coach David Sacquety, Wy’east reading teacher. Wy’east has won its regional OBOB tournament four times in the past six years.

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Root and Branches

Due to a deep seeded skepticism about the actual “reality” of television reality shows, I seldom watch one in its entirety.

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Lyle Nicholson celebrates 100 years

Lyle (“Nick”, “Doc”, and “AB7A”) Nicholson will celebrate his 100th birthday on March 23, 2015. Nicholson, a former veterinarian, resides at Providence Down Manor in Hood River, where he has lived since 2008.

Little Feet Preschool holds

Little Feet Cooperative Preschool, Hood River’s only cooperative preschool, has started its annual plant sale fundraiser. Planters, annuals, perennials, vegetable starts and herbs sourced from local nurseries are available for pre-order. Order deadline is April 3.