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Salsa and scalawags: local events for late summer fun

Want to have some fun in these last days of summer? Here’s a selection of things to do in the Gorge in the next week or so.

MHM’s first Uphill Challenge results listed

Complete results are as follows for the Aug. 16 Mount Hood Meadows Uphill Challenge. Results are listed youngest to oldest, runner, home town (if available), time and age group.

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2014 Gorge Paddle Challenge: Bigger and Better

Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson stepped to the top tier of the podium, popped a couple corks, shook vigorously and had the pleasure of covering their fellow racers with Champaign Sunday evening after two ferocious and exhausting days of racing.

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Bruce Peterson claims Gorge Cup windsurfing series title, again

Bruce Peterson proved unbeatable in all but one race day this season on his way to yet another Gorge Cup windsurfing series overall title. The Sailworks owner and proverbial slalom racing guru ended the summer series with five wins out of six days of racing, just missing a clean sweep of the field with a runner-up finish to second place overall sailor MacRae Wylde, who won six heats in the two-day US Windsurfing National Slalom Tour to win that event.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 27

MacMillan at Sandbar Café; McDougall in Dufur Aug. 30; more

Reptile Man draws crowd

Corralling a snake is not as easy as it looks, as Cara Perry of Parkdale learned Wednesday.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 23

‘Hokum’ at Volcanic Aug. 22; Alonzo Garbanzo at Saw Tooth; more

Check out the Paddle Challenge

With Labor Day weekend in sight, the summer high season is nearing an end; however, the Gorge wind and weather seem to be paying no attention to the date. August has brought some warmer weather (did anyone else’s thermometer hit 106⁰?) and lower winds, but the westerly flow seems to be back in full force this week.

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Uphill Challenge keys Meadows’ late summer fun

A field of 39 ranging in age from 4 to 71 took on the challenge in first-ever Uphill Challenge at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, in what is planned to be an annual event. Most ran, but some walked the 1.2-mile course which gained 621 vertical feet from the parking lot to the top of the Stadium Express chairlift.

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Local volunteers replenish Parkdale Bicentennial Gardens

What Upper Valley residents are seeing lately isn’t a mirage, but rather the oasis of the Bicentennial Gardens in Parkdale, taking shape once again through the combined hard work and efforts of the Parkdale Garden Club, The Central Columbia Master Gardeners and the Parkdale Grange.

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Smooth sailing for inaugural Commissioner’s Cup

Sunday saw the beginning of what many hope will become an annual event in Hood River. Supported by the Port of Hood River and Zepher Inc., the Commissioner’s Cup Regatta was the first local youth sailing race to be held in Hood River.

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‘Dad dunk’ yields Queen of the Hook for Kayla Schurton

Dressed in gold lamé glory and dunking her dad, Kayla Schurton took away top honors, and a valuable prize, in Saturday’s King of the Hook contest.

Sports briefs for Aug. 20

Sign up now for fall MS/HS tennis program; ‘Rural Rampage’ returns Sept. 7 at Westside; Dave Kalama talks SUP Aug. 19 at Big Winds

‘Team AARP’ wins first Battling Bob tourney

The first Battling Bob Hanel Memorial Golf Tournament was a big, sunny success, according to Mark Gradin.

CGCC golf tourney fundraiser grows endowment

Participants, volunteers and sponsors of Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s 15th Annual Founder’s Cup golf tournament helped raise approximately $18,000 for CGCC Foundation’s permanent endowment.