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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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To readers of this column: I want to simply say Thank You to the community.* I’d have to check, but I believe we’ve been running for more than 15** years. One thing I’ve always known: Music and performing arts events could have filled the entire paper, each and every time. But, sadly, you ca…

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There is resiliency in music. Instead of listing all of the cancellations, I’d rather talk about what our local music community is up to, and, of course, try to make you smile while reading it. Thanks to the News for running what they can, in these difficult times. I’d also like to thank the…

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The Confluence Story gathering event on March 18, in collaboration with the Sense of Place Lecture Series, has been postponed to a date to be announced, due to coronavirus concerns, according to an emailed statement from Confluence Project Executive Director Colin Fogarty. Purchased tickets …

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On March 16, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown prohibited all gatherings larger than 25 people, effective for the next four weeks, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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The Friends of the White Salmon Valley Community Library will host a “Spring Used Book and Multi-Media Sale” March 13-15 in the Sprint/Baker Gallery inside the library.

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Barley Draught ‘Farewell Tour’ postponed“Barely Draught has decided that gathering people in a tight space with friends and fans coming from Portland and Seattle for our three shows (March 13, 14 and 21) would be irresponsible due to the expected trajectory of the Corona Virus. We are postpo…

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‘Rhythm Inflictors’ play Route 30Lyle’s own JT Blue and the Rhythm Inflictors — specializing in toe tapping, groovy blues — return to Route 30 Bottles and Brews on March 6 at 7 p.m. The band features Tom Reinerth (guitar) and Victor Roy (drums).Route 30 Bottles and Brews, 317 E. Second St., …

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Al and Nolan at Rivertap Feb. 28Friday, Feb. 28: Al and Nolan, 6-9 p.m. (brothers playing covers)Sunday, March 3: Sunday Night Jam featuring The Reddy Black Trio, 6:30-8:30 p.m.Rivertap, 703 E. Second St., The Dalles; 541-296-7870.

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Hood River Valley High School presents “Radium Girls” beginning Feb. 28 in the Bowe Theater. The play is based on the true story of factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. Pictured, from left, are Arthur Roeder, president (played…

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Waucoma Bookstore and Double Mountain Brewery are hosting an author event with local author Sierra Crane Murdoch in conversation with Michelle Nijhuis on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Double Mountain Brewery, located at on Fourth Street in Hood River. They will be discussing Murdoch’s new…

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 Small farmers, commercial fruit growers and gardeners alike are invited to attend a free workshop highlighting practices that promote the conservation and management of pollinators and beneficial insects on the farm or home garden by Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District.

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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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Wasco Brothers at Zim’sLive music coming up at Zim’s:Friday, Feb. 7: Wasco Brothers (country/honky tonk), 7-10 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 8: Al & Nolan Hare with Ben Tibbets, 7-10 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 11: Tuesday Taps & Tunes with Al Hare and Kenny Olsen, 7-9 p.m.Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E. Second …

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In celebration of World Read Aloud Day, SMART Reading, a statewide children’s literacy nonprofit, has issued a challenge to get 10,000 Oregonians reading with children on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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Barney & the Stray Kitties at White BuffaloOn Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6-8 p.m., Barney & the Stray Kitties return to the White Buffalo, with country rock and blues seasoned with rich vocal harmonies.White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Drive, Hood River; 541-386-5534.

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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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Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday, meaning schools, government offices and banks will be closed. Hood River Library and branches will be closed Sunday and Monday, but the pool will be open on Monday (see details below). Hood River News will be open.

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CCA After-Hours music series startsNew York-based singer and performance artist Robbi Kumalo will be joined by local musicians Tim Mayer, Mike Turley and Mike Groder at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 in the first After-Hours Music event hosted this winter and spring by Columbia Center for the Arts.Sug…

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As we move into the new year, many people choose to refrain from booze for their health, their family, their wallets, and a myriad of other reasons. Additionally, countless adults in the Gorge have been sober for years or are somewhere along the path of their own recovery.

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Once again, CAST brings “The Vagina Monologues,” directed by Judie Hanel, to audiences in the Columbia River Gorge. Much has changed in society as well as the play since Hanel first directed the show in 2006. Sarah Savitt, publisher at The New Yorker, believes that playwright Eve Ensler’s cr…

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Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) and Aging in the Gorge Alliance (AGA) invite the community Jan. 15 to the first of three monthly brown bag lunch presentations exploring the ups and downs of caring for an aging loved one and how to navigate delicate topics while maintaining your own persona…

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CGOA auditions for Youth ChorusOpen auditions for the CGOA Youth Chorus are Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 5:45-6:15 p.m. at Chenowith Elementary School in The Dalles.Under the direction of Corin Parker, the goal of the ensemble is to offer high quality choral ensemble instruction, said a press releas…

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Maddie McLean and Tim Mayer at CCALooking for something to do over the Christmas holiday with friends or relatives? Drop by the Columbia Center for the Arts on Thursday, Dec. 26 from 5:30-7 p.m. Maddie McLean (vocals) and Tim Mayer (piano/vocals) will be playing at the premier performance of…

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Silverhill Band at Rivertap Dec. 21Live music coming up at Rivertap:Friday, Dec. 20: Kit Garoutte, 6-9 p.m. (one man band, covers)Saturday, Dec. 21: The Silverhill Band, 6-9 p.m. (old school rock’n roll trio)Sunday, Dec. 22: Sunday Night Jam featuring The Reddy Black Trio, 6:30-8:30 p.m.Rive…

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School is out for Hood River County School District and Horizon Christian School students beginning Monday, Dec. 23 and running through Friday, Jan. 3. For students at Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School, vacation begins Dec. 19 and runs through Jan. 2.

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