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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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The 10th Annual United Way of the Columbia Gorge (UWCG) Holiday Benefit Concert returns Dec. 15 with rock violinist Aaron Meyer, his 12-piece band and special guests The Brown Sisters. This is a family-friendly holiday tradition, said a press release, and all proceeds benefit the United Way …

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The Christmas season is fast approaching, and Hood River Valley Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is offering a unique invitation to people of all ages throughout the Columbia Gorge.

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Hood River County Library District hosts a free teen movie night on Saturday, Nov. 30 beginning at 4 p.m. Popcorn and snacks will pe provided for those ages 11-19.

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JD and the Fearless Few at RivertapLive music coming up at Rivertap:Wednesday, Nov. 27: Annual Turkey Day Eve Party with Al & Nolan, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28: Closed for ThanksgivingFriday, Nov. 29: JD and The Fearless Few, 6-9 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 30: McDougall, 6-9 p.m.Rivertap, …

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Free community Thanksgiving SundayParkdale Community Church, Valley Worship Center, Parkdale Church of the Nazarene and the Parkdale Grange host a free community Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, Nov. 24 at the grange from 1-3 p.m. All are welcome.

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Stephanie Sweet, more at White BuffaloLocal songwriter Stephanie Sweet, known for her captivating lyrics, smooth vocals and soulful instrumentation, said a press release, teams up with Amber Russell, an award-winning fingerstyle guitarist and composer, for a “rare and powerful performance” a…

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“Our Town” concludes its redux run this weekend and “Turn of the Screw” continues  its road show, this weekend in The Dalles and at Hood River Elks next weekend.Ambiguous Theater presents “Turn of the Screw” at The Mint in The Dalles Friday and Saturday, and “Our Town” is at the Hood River V…

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A select list of plays have been performed more than once on Hood River stages over the years. They include the upcoming “The Vagina Monologues,” the next Judie Hanel Presents production, scheduled for this spring (Hanel’s third time with the Eve Ensler show since 2005) “Oklahoma,” “Les Mise…

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For the second year, the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association’s Jazz Collective Big Band will share the stage with five Gorge school jazz bands as CGOA presents Jazz Rocks! on Nov. 15 and 17.

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Country Dance returns Nov. 9The Mid-Columbia Folklore Society presents the Second Saturday Country Dance at the Rockford Grange in Hood River on Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. with dance caller Marte Fallshore (Ellensburg, Wash.) and music from the Yard Art Ensemble featuring local fiddler Genavie Thomas…

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Tim Mayer plays at 301 GalleryPianist Tim Mayer will play from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening at 301 Gallery, performing solo and featuring a variety of jazz, rock, and blues songs.The gallery is located at 301 Oak St., Hood River.Mayer will also play a house concert on Nov 7. from 7-8 …

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‘Hot July’ at RivertapLive music coming up at Rivertap:Friday, Oct. 25: Jeff Carrell and Kenny Olsen, 6-9 p.m. (Duo, Covers, Rock and Roll)Saturday, Oct. 26: Hot July, 6-9 p.m. (Rock, Covers)Rivertap, 703 E. Second St., The Dalles, 541-296-7870.

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Radio Tierra turns 15 this year, and to celebrate, its board of directors is hosting a Radio-Thon on Saturday, Oct. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts. The event will be broadcast live over Radio Tierra.Board member Nubia Contreras said music and entertainment will be pro…

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I think I’m finally understanding the concept of “TV Movie.”These things must have been made within 10 feet of TV studios, when actors could walk off the set of one TV show directly into the set of a TV movie.For the full effect, you need to go back at least 42 years, preferably via thrift-s…

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Columbia Center for the Arts is offering a series of events and performances featuring a blend of Spanish and English language and cultural traditions. The program is made possible by a grant from the Kinsman Foundation. All events are free and open to the public (see sidebar).The program’s …

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On stage this weekend: ‘Cell’ cast members Leti Valle, left, as Jenny; Viviana Rafakowski as Rosa; and Sonja Marquez as Marti; not pictured, Angel Reyes as Leo. Gary Young directs Cassandra Medley’s play. The limited-run production is Oct. 4-6 at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.

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For me, nearly every conversation I’ve had this past week has included something along the lines of “Have you seen Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’ special on PBS?”

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Hops Fest Rock and Roll Edition:Let’s start with “Rock and Roll Trivia that I learned Just This Week.”1. In the early 1990s, a recovering drug addicted Elton John delivered Meals On Wheels to AIDS patients in the greater Atlanta suburbs. (From Elton’s book “Love is the Cure.”)2. In 1997, cro…

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Kit Garoutte at RivertapLive music coming up at Rivertap:Friday, Sept. 20: Chris Baron & Dale Jones, 7-10 p.m. (duo, covers)Saturday, Sept. 21: Kit Garoutte, 7-10 p.m. (one man band, easy listening, covers)Sunday, Sept. 22: Sunday Night Jam featuring The Reddy Black Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m.R…

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Hood River Hops Fest, an annual celebration of beer’s bitter friend, freshly harvested hops, returns Saturday.Hood River County is surrounded by world-renowned hop growing regions, and since 2003 brewers have gathered each September in downtown Hood River to share their fresh-hop beer creati…

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Take a free Harvest Moon walk on Friday, Sept. 13 on the Riverfront Trail in The Dalles. USDA Forest Service Ranger Alyssa Thornburg will lead a one hour interpretive nature walk; meet in front of Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum at 6:45 p.m. Sunset is at 7:20 p.m., and the full mo…

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‘Magic Words’ promotion is onBig Britches Productions is presenting the comedy “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn, opening Sept. 13 at Bingen Theater.Opening weekend performances of the three-act Big Britches Productions comedy are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13-14, Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-28, at 2 p.m. on …

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Kerry & Chic at the White BuffaloOn Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m., Kerry Williams and Chic Preston blend guitar and mandolin artistry with spirited vocal harmonies at the White Buffalo. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5534.

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Run On Sentence at Ruins Aug. 27Music starts at 6 p.m. with opening act. Free admission except ticketed show as indicated.Tuesday, Aug. 27: Run On Sentence (full band) Thursday, Aug. 29: Stephanie Jean & The QuarantineTuesday, Sept. 3: Igor & The Red ElvisesWildwood Academy, 13 Railr…

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Petty Fever fans rock out at Families in the Park at Jackson Park last Thursday. The summer concert series wraps up Aug. 29 with “Hit Machine” on stage starting at 7 p.m. The event starts at 6 p.m., with Hood River Valley High School drama department students taking the stage to perform song…

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In keeping with the History Museum’s mission of preserving and telling the stories of former Hood River County citizens, Cemetery Tales will once again take place in Hood River’s Idlewilde Cemetery on Sept. 20-22.“The hearts and souls of this year’s selected Idlewilde residents will come ali…

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Anniversary Party at Rivertap Aug. 23Live music coming up at Rivertap:Friday, Aug. 23: Rivertap’s 10 Year Anniversary Party with Al & Nolan, Tyson Huckins, Megan Alder and Britnee Kellogg. Music starts at 3 p.m. The $5 cover includes commemorative mug.Saturday, Aug. 24: Uncle Doug Cooper…

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