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Sports Briefs for Dec. 10

HRV Nordic hosts ski flic; HRV water polo starting youth program; Fast Pitch softball tryouts Dec. 13; HRVHS searching for boys lax coach

Entertainment Update for Dec. 10

Kay Floria, more at The Pines; Secret Salsa lesson Dec. 12; Gorge Winds Concert Band Christmas Concert Dec. 21; more

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Riders hoof a grand time in Ranch Sorting at county fairgrounds

The Hood River County Fairgrounds were home to a series of Ranch Sorting contests that culminated with about 40 riders from around the region in attendance at the season finale held earlier this fall.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 6

Music for ‘Adopt-A-Dog’; United Way benefit Holiday Concert Dec. 7; more

PARKDALE NEWS: Parkdale Christmas tree to shine its light

The annual Parkdale Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 12, starting at 6 p.m. in Rail’s End Park on the corner of Baseline and Clear Creek Roads.

Entertainment Update for Dec. 3

Bunzow, more at The Pines; Museum open house Dec. 13; more

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Local ladies featured in ‘Where the Wind Blows’

While waiting-out the next few months of gloomy northwest winter weather, go online and check out the locally-produced kiteboarding web series titled Where the Wind Blows. The three-part video project features Gorge-based professional female kiteboarders Lindsay McClure, Laura Mayer, Colleen Carroll and Sensi Graves as they explore the waters of the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast.

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Four Gorge men conquer Spartan Trifecta

“Remain calm during registration. It gets much worse from here.”

Santa Sightings

Good news, boys and girls — Santa Claus is coming to town (and more than once) this Christmas season, and you can find him at the following locations:

Entertainment Update for Nov. 29

Groove Project returns Dec. 14; Camero gives Trans America Bike Trail talk Dec. 9; Old Wave at Trillium Dec. 6

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HR kiter claims Dutch national title

Hood River resident Vetea Boersma earned a unique claim to fame earlier this fall by winning the 2014 National Junior Dutch Kiteboarding Championships in Brouwersdam, Holland. Boersma, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Hood River Middle School, traveled to Holland with his family and was able to compete in the national kiteboarding contest because he is half Dutch.

Kegler's Corner: Rick Nishimoto rules the roost

League action was simply spectacular at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week — big scores were everywhere. Leading the parade of prominent producers was banker-turned-local-orchardist, Rick Nishimoto, who pummeled the pins to the tune of a fantastic 299 game in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league.

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Turkey Trot brings crowd Thanksgiving Day

The annual Turkey Trot run and fundraiser drew more than 300 people to the Historic Columbia River Highway’s Twin Tunnels Trail Thursday morning for a pre-meal Thanksgiving treat.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 26

Willie & Nelson at The Pines; more

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Gorge water-women win big

Ingrid Lerouche, Fiona Wylde finish one-two in AWT

Professional windsurfers Ingrid Lerouche and Fiona Wylde recently sent a statement to the rest of the windsurfing world that girls from the Gorge are not to be trifled with. When they’re not traveling the world in search of wind and waves, the two reside in Hood River, and they represented their home waters phenomenally over the last several months as they competed in the 2014 American Windsurfing Tour.