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Plan ahead for July 4 weekend fun

The Hood River Lions are working with other community groups for another great Independence Day salute to the United States. Set for Saturday, July 4, the day opens with the 40th annual Kollas-Cranmer Run/Walk from Odell to Jackson Park in Hood River.

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Pickleball court opens in Hood River

On Monday, new courts dedicated to the sport of pickleball opened in Hood River behind Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, with about a dozen or so people playing in the inaugural games that evening.

Sports Briefs for June 17

Summer sturgeon seasons on tap above Bonneville; Mt. Adams Country Bike Tour June 27; Oregon Enduro series returns this weekend; Maryhill Festival of Speed

June column: Summer chinook on the lower Columbia

I blinked with disbelief as the salmon made a U-turn out of the net and streaked down river faster than you can say, “summer chinook.” Never in all my years (which are quite a few) have I seen a fish that large escape a landing net so deliberately.

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Erin Jones places first in Dallas duathlon

Triathlete Erin Jones, a Hood River native and 2009 Hood River Valley High School graduate, continues on her quest to make the Olympic qualifiers in Brazil this summer, and helped herself out last week by taking first in the Elite Women’s category of the International Triathlon Union’s Dallas CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon held in Dallas, Texas, June 6, as part of the Continental Cup series.

Sports Briefs for June 13

Tennis camps start next week; WS Backyard half marathon June 20; Families at Family Man; Sports news?

Mercado del Valle returning to Odell

On Saturday, June 20 at 3 p.m., the Mercado del Valle Farmers’ Market in Odell opens for the season at Mid Valley Elementary. The Mercado del Valle offers something for everyone with a diverse set of vendors selling locally raised vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, and bread.

Enertainment Update for June 13

Blues Cabaret June 21; ‘Dogg’ at Sawtooth June 20; more

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Here’s what you need to know for July 4 in Hood River

The Hood River Lions are working with other community groups for another great Independence Day salute to our country. Set for Saturday, July 4, the day opens with the 40th annual Kollas-Cranmer Run/Walk from Odell to Jackson Park in Hood River.

At WAAAM: Luhr Jensen remembered Saturday

Luhr Jensen history is the feature of the June 13 Second Saturday at Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum.

Entertainment Update for June 10

‘New Orleans’ night in Lyle; Scarlet Thistle at Moth Lounge; Feeny, Johnedis featured in house concert June 19; more

Gorge Geology Tour June 21

Retired Professor Steve Carlson will lead a geology tour Sunday, June 21, as he explains the dramatic upheavals, raging floods, and volcanic activities that shaped the Columbia Gorge. The tour van will depart the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center parking lot at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 21.

‘Independence Eve’ at the Bingen Theater July 3

Radio Tierra and Columbia Center for the Arts are proud to present the live radio broadcast of Independence Eve at the Bingen Theater, 210 Main, Bingen, Wash., on July 3 from 7-9 p.m.

Bike Tour on Mt. Adams

Bikers will traverse the scenic flanks of snow clad Mt. Adams soon — the 2015 Mt. Adams Country Bike Tour is hitting the Trout Lake, Wash. area on Saturday, June 27.

‘Author Talk’ at Discovery Center June 12

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum presents author Dr. Robert Boyd on Friday, June 12, with “Henry K.W. Perkins: Forgotten Wascopam Missionary.” The culture a la carte dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles.