Busy weekend: Beach Bash, Sternwheeler, Garden Tour highlighted

The Upper Valley Garden Tour is one of three big community events covering plenty of ground this weekend.

Sports Briefs for June 24

Free fishing event for kids; White Salmon Backyard Half Results

Summer heats up at the HR Library

The Hood River County Library — and its branches in Parkdale and Cascade Locks — have a variety of classes, crafts and reading programs for the whole family to enjoy this summer.

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Port of Hood River announces waterfront closures for July 4 festivities

The Fourth of July holiday will limit access to several Port of Hood River waterfront properties beginning Friday, July 3 when the Hood River Eye Openers Lions Club begins setting up its fireworks display just west of the mouth of the Hood River.

County Fair comes July 22-25

The 2015 Hood River County Fair takes place Wednesday through Saturday, July 22-25, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Road, south of Hood River near the community of Odell.

Mid Valley news: Fifty-Plus Expo comes to Hood River County Fair this summer

I know it’s been a few months (or six), but rest assured, the Odell community column really does still exist. Grab your calendar — there’s a lot going on in our little community over the next few weeks.

Parkdale news: A sizzling summer of activities in the Upper Valley

There’s no need to wonder what you are going to do with your summer in the Upper Valley. With all the events going on, you’ll need to get out your calendar and write them in so you don’t miss anything!

Entertainment Update for June 17

Moe Dixon at The Pines; ‘Dogg’ at Sawtooth June 20; more

Celilo Park to be closed over weekend

Celilo Park’s lawn area and restroom will be closed this weekend while crews remove hazardous trees and limbs from the campsite.

Summer’s here — activities for every age!

How to beat the summertime doldrums

Camps, classes, reading, hikes, games and music. And all within — or close to — Hood River.

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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.