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Rasmussen’s Van Gogh Days returns Aug. 2

Van Gogh Days, celebrating the beauty of summer’s signature flower — the sunflower — returns to Rasmussen Farms in the heart of Oregon’s Hood River Valley Aug. 2-3.

Cycle Oregon 2014 launches in The Dalles

City will be the start and finish for Oregon’s biggest bicycle event in September 2014.

Ways of the Wind: It’s all good in the Hood

Are windsurfers and kiteboarders finally realizing they are doing virtually the same sport?

Entertainment Update for July 23

‘MGM’ at Raven’s Nest July 26‘MGM’ at Raven’s Nest July 26; Food bank benefit Aug. 2; more

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14th annual kitefest runs July 25-27 in Stevenson

The 2014 Bridge of the Gods Kitefest in Stevenson is set for next weekend, with the pro contest July 25, the amateur event July 26 and the Blow-out July 27. In its 14th year, the event is touted as the longest-running amateur kiteboarding competition in the country, and has successfully served as a platform for many young men and women aspiring to climb the ranks of the sport from amateur to professional.

Sports Briefs for July 19

All HR County Forestry trails closed to OHV use; Indian Creek hosts Bob Hanel Memorial tourney; Youth summer running group meets twice a week; Veatch plays part on U18 state champion team

Forecast’s good for weekend wind events

A busy summer at the Hood River waterfront continues this weekend with two wind-related events, and if forecasts hold true, they’ll escape the occasional “if you schedule it, it won’t blow” curse.

Entertainment Update for July 19

Lavender DAZE returns; ‘Power Trio’ at River City July 26; more

Fire restrictions issued on east side of Mt. Hood

Due to extremely dry and hot weather conditions on the east side of the Mt. Hood National Forest, officials have issued public use restrictions effective Friday, July 11.

Meadows stoked to receive summer operations permit

Managers say biking, disc golf probably not a good fit for the resort

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort announced with enthusiasm last week that it has been granted a summer operations permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Starting with two one-day events this August, Meadows will be allowed to run limited summer operations for the first time in the ski area’s 46- year history.

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KB4C breaks $100k in fundraising

Heart, Strength, Tenacity: Seventh Kiteboarding-4-Cancer unifies with wind and water

The wind gods smiled on the Hood River Event Site Saturday afternoon. Despite a less-than-favorable forecast, the wind kicked in at about noon, increased throughout the day and blew strong and steady for several hours, giving the 154 participants of the 7th annual Kiteboarding- 4-Cancer fundraiser a full afternoon of sunny skies and steady wind to make this year’s sixhour endurance race one of the best and most competitive in event history.

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Local ranch offers colorful horse experience for kids

Double Mountain Horse Ranch in Hood River offers a unique equestrian experience for kids, in the weeklong Pony Pal program, done in conjunction with Hood River Community Education.

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Barrel racers win big in Scappoose

While many girls their age are relaxing in the sunshine, hanging out with friends, sleeping-in and catching up on the latest Zac Efron movies, Josee Claxton and Maddie May Lewis have been spending their summer vacation taking care of their animals, training and traveling the Northwest to compete in the summer rodeo and barrel racing circuits.

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Laser Blowout

Columbia Gorge Racing Association (CGRA.org) hosted the annual Laser Gorge Blowout race from its headquarters in Cascade Locks to the Hood River bridge Thursday (official results unavailable as of presstime Friday morning).

EXTENSION REPORT: Got a grand champion squash? How to enter your local county fair

Could your spotless peppers or flawless flowers have what it takes to claim the blue ribbon at your county fair this summer?