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Winged healing: butterfly release

Hundreds of painted lady butterflies took to the sunny skies on Saturday, June 7, honoring the loss of loved ones for over 150 local residents who attended the sixth-annual Heart of Hospice Butterfly Release.

Locals boost foster teens, diabetes research, STEM fair

Tina Pasto of Allstate Insurance recently presented a $1,000 check from the Allstate Foundation to Heidi Venture of The Next Door. Pasto’s Hope Chest project, collecting new household items for teens leaving foster care, inspired the grant for The Next Door’s programs serving foster teens.

Adopt A Dog ‘Goin’ to the Dogs’ rummage sale

Hood River Adopt A Dog is holding its annual “Goin’ to the Dogs” Rummage Sale May 31-June 1 inside the Cody Fruit Stand in Odell, at the intersection of Davis Drive (Highway 282) and Graves Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

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Riders spur funds for Lila May, Donovan

“I got it, Dad!” Lila May Schow, 3, called out when her stepfather, Blake, urged her to hold on tight during a Saturday horse ride.

Mid Valley News: Guess who won the Lioness basket?

The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church will be worshiping at the Pine Grove church site on Eastside Road in June, July and August. Services begin at 10 a.m., and everyone is invited to attend.

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Pet of the Week: Marvin is ‘fun little guy’

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

SonQuest Rainforest comes to Parkdale

It’s already time to start thinking about summer and Vacation Bible School in the Upper Valley.

‘Be A Hero’ dance event boosts McCabes

Last month’s “Be A Hero Zumbathon” event benefiting the Matt McCabe family was a big success, announced organizer Alicia Beckman.

Two Duckwall employees run Boston marathon

The Hood River Valley was represented in Boston April 21.

Students experience science and adventure at Cascade Mtn. School

Climbing volcanic trails. Making fresh mozzarella cheese. Bicycling through alfalfa fields. Hunting for salmon. Cascade Mountain School isn’t your typical summer camp. It takes a roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty approach to outdoor education, attracting budding scientists, aspiring farmers and everything in-between.

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Aeromodelers display planes, copters and boats in Down Manor event

The high-ceilinged lobby of Providence Down Manor retirement living center had the look of a mini-airport on April 18, with dozens of small aircraft on the ground and, in some cases, in the air.

Pine Grove News: Visitors give an uplifting music gift

In my last correspondence I welcomed new neighbors; this week I need to mention the passing of a longtime neighbor, Betty Hudson. Betty had fought her illness many years and passed on April 1.

Parkdale News: Parkdale Garden Club hosts ‘Hats off to Spring’

The Parkdale Garden Club is hosting this year’s annual Hood River District meeting on Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m. at the Parkdale Grange Hall, and anyone in the community who is interested in the garden club is welcome to come to the free event.

Mid Valley news: Mercado del Valle to open in June

It’s been long rumored that a farmers market was coming to Odell … sometime. This summer, the Gorge Grown Mercado del Valle (Valley Market) becomes a reality.

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Families flock to Jackson Park for community egg hunt

Smokey, Sparky, Bunny greet kids as safety fair blends with hunt

Several hundred young children (with parents’ help) scooped up a total of 6,500 eggs at Saturday’s annual community Easter egg hunt in Jackson Park. Some of those eggs were refilled on the spot and distributed again by “secret egg layers.” The Easter Bunny was on hand, along with Sparky the Firedog.