SMART Tongue Twister Tournament returns Feb. 27

Students versus teachers in 2015 contestant list

Students and teachers will vie for the title in the fifth annual Tongue Twister Tournament, Feb. 27.

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Missoula Children’s Theatre brings Oz to Parkdale

Parkdale Elementary School is teaming up with Missoula Children’s Theatre! Audiences will skip down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and her friends when the MCT and more than 45 local students perform an original musical adaptation of the timeless favorite, The Wizard of Oz.

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Hook project provides great new river access

Should be done by the end of the month

A welcomed addition to the Hood River Waterfront is quickly taking shape, and with a finish date of the end of February, the new river access at the west end of the Hook will be ready for windsurfers, kayakers and stand-up-paddlers who come out of the woodwork in droves as winter winds down and the river-recreation season rapidly approaches.

Entertainment Update for Feb. 18

‘Mbrascatu,’ more at CEBU; Gorge Sinfonietta plays Feb. 20; more

Darryl Lloyd tells Mt. Adams tales Sunday

Mt. Adams is like an old friend to professional photographer Darryl Lloyd, who will present “Time and Change on Mount Adams” Saturday, the next presentation in the Regional History Forum, at the Original Wasco County Courthouse in The Dalles.

Zumba event helps Lila May Schow on Saturday

Cancer victim, 4, loves to dance

Friends and family continue to work, and play, on behalf of Lila May Schow, a Hood River four-year-old who is fighting cancer.

Sports Briefs for Feb. 18

HRV baseball fundraiser Feb. 21; Gorge Roller Girls host Feb. 28 bouts

Kegler's Corner: Len Hickman is back

Last week we had some remarkable league action on the friendly boards at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, and when the dust settled a truly eclectic mix of bowlers who shot the most over their averages ended up making our coveted Team of the Week. This particular lineup is particularly special because it’s comprised of three new faces who have never made it before

Kegler's Corner: Tim Furlong and Joyce Ebersole are leaders at the lanes

Tim Furlong and Joyce Ebersole took top honors over the last few weeks at Orchard Lanes, as you’ll read in this combined report from league action in the last week of January and the first week of February.

Entertainment Update for Feb. 14

Jim MacMillan at The Pines; Gorge Sinfonietta plays Feb. 20; more

Parkdale News: ‘Follow the yellow brick road’ to Parkdale Feb. 21

The Wizard of Oz will be performed at Parkdale Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Cascade Observations: Books’ great beginnings

9,651 pages of pleasure

Signs and signals are everywhere that 2014 is behind me and the New Year has formally arrived. Bank statements recapping last year’s paltry interest earnings arrive in the mail box; I no longer write “2014” on dated material; and it’s time, once again, to recap the previous year’s reading history.

Entertainment Update for Feb. 11

Hop Trip, more at White Buffalo; Tillinghast plays House Concert; more

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‘Somebody yelled ‘Falling!’ and I looked up, and here they come ...’

A first-hand account of wild double rescue on Mount Hood

JAN. 31, 2015: Erik Broms was climbing down from the summit of Mount Hood Saturday morning when two climbers roped together came plummeting down the mountain, right at him.

Then & Now: Replay coming to HRVHS Feb. 9

Eastern Oregon University Musical Theatre program is onstage at the Hood River Valley High School Bowe Theatre Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. for a full program of popular music and dance from the past 50 years.