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Entertainment Update for Aug. 20

Amber Charms returns Sept. 6; Music Thursdays at White Buffalo; more

Paddle Challenge gains acclaim as world-class event

Kids, don’t miss ‘Positively Kai’, free SUP opportunity

The Columbia River has again been a hotbed of activity this summer, and in case the frenzy of wind and wave junkies along the Hood River Waterfront wasn’t hot enough, next weekend’s Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is going to kick it up to a whole new level.

Bounty of the Hood River valley is on display in Fruit Celebration, Aug. 16-17

This weekend, all along the Hood River Valley Fruit Loop, find berries, peaches, cherries, Gravenstein apples, the earliest pears, all kinds of fresh summer garden produce, apple treats, wine and hard cider tasting, and country fun for the whole family.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 13

United Way benefit Sept. 5; Pacific Crest Trail Days Sept. 5-7; more

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Sold-out run showcases Cascade Locks

Bridge of the Gods Run draws 1,000 people Sunday

In surely the most colorful crossing in Bridge of the Gods history, nearly a thousand people gathered Sunday morning on the Washington side of the Columbia, awaited the countdown by Chad Sperry of Breakaway Promotions and, once released, spread out across the entire length of the bridge in bright running outfits as they began the inaugural Bridge of the Gods half marathon and 10k run.

HRATS update: Time to build, and rebuild

Mountain bike group focusing on future, looking for fresh energy

While much of Hood River’s flourishing summer recreation and tourism industry is focused on the Columbia River, the waterfront and the Gorge’s renowned wind and waves, another movement continues to build momentum in the forests just outside of town, and although not nearly as bad as the city center congestion, traffic on the local mountain biking trails is markedly busier this time of year than any other.

Sports Briefs for Aug. 13

Blowout postponed, again; Don’t forget Battling Bob (Hanel) Memorial Tourneyl ICMGA hosts “Joe Six-Pack”

Gorge Quilt Show returns this week

The Columbia River Gorge Quilters’ Guild (CRGQG) will present its annual Quilt Show at the Hood River Middle School, Aug. 14-16.

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HR’s ‘Team Adrenaline’ second at Spartan race

If crawling uphill through the mud under cover of barbed wire, leaping over flames, throwing spears, climbing ropes and walls, carrying buckets of gravel and being hurled out of control into a giant mud pit – all with physical penalties for non-completion – sounds appealing, you should consider signing up for next year’s Pac West Spartan Race in Washougal.

Fall salmon: Record run is coming this way

When it comes to fishing the Pacific Northwest, Buzz Ramsey is something of a virtuoso, and even though his most recent edition of Outdoor News offers tips to maximizing fall-run salmon fishing success quite a ways downstream of Hood River, at the mouth of the Columbia, his column is relevant and extremely encouraging for the many Gorge-area fishermen and women who excitedly await the arrival of these great fish.

Sallie Ford stops by with new band Aug. 15

Sallie Ford’s new sound comes from an all-girl rock band. But as far as she can tell, there’s only one thing that’s really changed as far as touring and playing shows with her old band.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 9

River City goes punk Aug. 12; Amber Charms returns Sept. 6; more

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A sweet snack in a cool place

The best fruit in the fair is not available to eat.

BOTG Kite/windsurf Blowout race slated for Saturday

Rescheduled from two weeks ago due to lack of wind, the Bridge of the Gods Kitefest Blowout race from Stevenson to Hood River will, wind willing, take place Saturday (backup wind day Sunday).

No vacancy: Swimming, running events reach capacity

If international acclaim and recent nods in such publications as Sunset Magazine, National Geographic and The New York Times weren’t enough, here’s more proof the Gorge is a desirable place to visit: the upcoming Bridge of the Gods Marathon and the Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim are both filled to capacity.