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It still felt like summer on Friday, September 13, but just barely, as I drove toward Mt. View Orchards. The sky was blue and the breeze was warm but promised to turn chilly before the evening was over. I parked at the Mt. View Orchards venue in front of trees heavy with near-ripe pears. Mt.…

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Several months into the global pandemic, most people are very familiar with virtual meeting apps such as Zoom, now used in lieu of face-to-face meetings, in schools and even for families to stay connected. But what if a group of typical eighth graders are left to their own devices on Zoom? W…

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The Exquisite Gorge Project, designed to connect artists and communities via a single 66-foot steamrolled print, is now in Hood River. Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) is displaying the work, created in July and August 2019.

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Hood River County Reads kicked off its 2020 event -- with featured book, "The Highest Tide" by Jim Lynch -- on March 7 at the Hood River Library. Books were additionally distributed in Parkdale and Cascade Locks March 10. 

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“Reinvention” is the theme for the March art exhibit in the Columbia Center for the Arts.

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Visit the Hood River Library District throughout March and April to participate in the annual Hood River Reads program sponsored by the Friends of the Hood River Library.

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Tom Burns and Kathleen Morrow get acquainted at cane-point in “Leading Ladies,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig and directed by Bruce Ludwig (no relation). This is the first show for Big Britches Productions’ 2020 season, once again at the Bingen Theater. The 10-performance run began Feb. 7. The stor…

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Tony Smiley at Route 30 Feb. 15Live music coming up at Route 30:Friday, Feb. 14: Alonzo GarbanzoSaturday, Feb. 15: Tony SmileyFriday, Feb. 21: The New Prohibitions, 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 22: School Boi (AC/DC cover band), 7 p.m.Friday, Feb. 28: The Growlerz, 7 p.m.Route 30 Bottles and Brews, …

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Knot Another Hat owner Sarah Keller, center right, and about 20 friends gather Jan. 29 for the revived “Knit Night” event at her shop, located at 11 Third St. Knit Night was one part of the weekly Locals Wednesday Downtown (LWD), which started last month under the auspices of Hood River Down…

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One hundred and two Hood River Valley High School art entries in drawing, 2D and 3D art have received Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention in the Oregon State level of the Scholastic Art Awards 2020. They are students of HRV art teachers Carol Birdsell, Matthew Gerlick, Gabrielle Iverse…

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The Gorge theater scene burgeons again in the next few weeks after the holiday hiatus.A total of five productions open in Bingen, Hood River and Odell starting Jan. 31.First up are “The Vagina Monologues” at Columbia Center for the Arts and “Leading Ladies” at Bingen Theater.

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Lucy’s Informal Flowers and SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) supporter Jacquie Barone of Hood River is hosting a book event in Hood River as a fundraiser for SMART, a non-profit youth literacy program that operates in Hood River County schools and preschool facilities.

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The Hood River Art Club welcomes artist Nancy Houfek-Brown for a workshop on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the meeting room of the FISH Food Bank, 1130 Tucker Road.

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The Columbia Center for the Arts honored its team of volunteers recently at an event to celebrate “the dedication and passion that the team brings to the center throughout the year,” said a CCA press release. During the Holiday Show, board members, staff and volunteers shared a dinner provid…

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Two Christmas theater productions wrap up this weekend: “Christmas Radio” at PACT — Performances at Adult Center Theater — and “The Snow Queen” at Columbia Center for the Arts. Tickets and times on page A9. “Christmas Radio” features emcee Dennis Morgan, and Bill Weiler at the piano. Segments are:

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This is holiday theater weekend as “Christmas Radio” at Hood River Valley Adult Center Theater starts and ends, and “The Snow Queen,” directed by Sullivan Mackintosh, concludes its run.

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‘The Snow Queen,’ an adaptation of classic Russian tales by Sam Reiter and director Sullivan Mackintosh, opens Saturday at Columbia Center for the Arts. See page A9, “On Stage,” for details. Cast and crew are: Frost — Sylvia Perrin, Briseis Howard, Ann Marie Wagar; Snow Queen — Audrey Fuente…

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Serious Theater presents “A Weekend after Thanksgiving Christmas Show,” a 1940s radio-style version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This production, adapted for the stage by Joe Landry, features live sound effects and music.

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Arts, crafts, toys, jewelry, and more will be on display and available for purchase at the Columbia Arts Center’s Holiday Show & Sale, Nov. 29 to Dec. 24.

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