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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Remembering grandma’s 8-track still a key note for Mare Wakefield

I’m beginning to think the 8-track copy of John Denver’s Greatest Hits must have existed in every household in America. I certainly remember hearing his voice in our Toyota Corolla, as a passenger of course, in New Jersey in the early ‘70s. Yesterday, musician Mare (pronounced Mary) Wakefield told me of a similar experience it brought on — the simple comfort of liking music.

Fruit Galore: Plan ahead for these pear and apple events in HR Valley

The harvest is happening, and local orchardists are more than ready to provide you with all the fruit you need for canning, baking, or fresh eating.

Double Cross race returns to Hood River

Cyclocross racing returns to in a couple weeks for two days of lung-burning action around the campus of Hood River Valley High School. The annual bike race, called Double Cross, runs Sept. 13-14 and has historically attracted hundreds of riders from around the region who are just gearing up for the Northwest’s fall and winter cyclocross racing scene.

Sports Briefs for Sept. 3

PCT Days this weekend; Hall of Fame golf tourney benefits HRV athletics

Entertainment Update for Sept. 3

Williams at The Pines Sept. 5; ‘A Light in the Wilderness’ author visits Sept. 5; more

Too Much Coffee Man Opera in Hood River Sept. 19-20

Maryhill Museum of Art and Columbia Center for the Arts are proud to co-present Too Much Coffee Man Opera at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River on Sept. 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. In a genre now called Gonzo Opera, the show melds zany plots and sub-plots with classical vocal technique.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 30

‘Disclosure’ UFO film Sept. 12l Cider parties this weekend; more

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Hawks Ridge Fair raises $2,000 for senior wishes

All of the hard work and preparation paid off this year for the annual Country Fair fundraiser at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living.

Cross Channel Swim is Monday

Undeterred by the distance (1.1 miles) or water temperature (average of 69 degrees), almost 500 hardy swimmers from around the world will again take the plunge this Labor Day during Hood River’s 72nd annual Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim.

HR team competes in ‘Rat Rod’ contest

Team “Resurrected Rust” from Hood River competes in the 2014 RAT HARD Great American Blue Collar Build-Off, sponsored by Ratrod Magazine & Ride Hard Magazine, in Lebanon Tenn., next month.

Sports Briefs for Aug. 30

Windance hosts end-of-season party; Rural Rampage adventure race is Sept. 7; more

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Tri like Ellen: Friends remember, mourn loss of Ellen Dittebrandt

Joyful, exceptional, irreplaceable, inspirational, unforgettable … and absolutely one-of-a-kind, Ellen Dittebrandt leaves behind a vast and saddened network of confidantes who will remember her spirit, determination and moxy for the rest of their lives.

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Savor Summer

Kids get into the getting out

Thinking of an educational adventure for your kids next summer?

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Salsa and scalawags: local events for late summer fun

Want to have some fun in these last days of summer? Here’s a selection of things to do in the Gorge in the next week or so.

MHM’s first Uphill Challenge results listed

Complete results are as follows for the Aug. 16 Mount Hood Meadows Uphill Challenge. Results are listed youngest to oldest, runner, home town (if available), time and age group.