If you’ve been wondering what to do now that the kids are back in school, how about spending some time getting in shape with classes at the Mt. Hood Town Hall?

Christina McGhee is mixing it up a little this year, teaching her new “Power 30” class, a quick, high intensity and fun workout on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. at the Town Hall.

On Wednesdays Christina teaches Yoga at 8 a.m., and for those of us who are older or just need to get started, Sloga class is available at 9:00 a.m., all for just $7 a class or $25 for 5 classes.

Brian Connors is new to the Town Hall and is now teaching Beginner Yoga with Brian on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.

If you are looking for a class outside of regular work hours there is Community Yoga with Nichole Murphy on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. and All Level Yoga with Brian on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.

This year there are also some wonderful children’s classes available.

Rachel Beitler is teaching Kids Theater Workshop on Tuesdays from 3 – 4 p.m. and 4 – 5 p.m., Parents and Tots Art with Shanda Pickhardt is Tuesdays from 10:00 -11:15 a.m. and Kids Pottery Class with Shanda is taught on Thursdays from 3 – 5 p.m..

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week Marcy Schreiber is teaching Bearing Fruit Gymnastics and for more information on any of these children’s classes you can go to the website at http://mthoodtownhall.org/classes/children.

All classes are taught at the Mt. Hood Town Hall and for more information on the adult classes, go to http://mthoodtownhall.org/classes/wellness2014/ or contact Nikki Stansel at 541-645-0341.


The Mt. Hood Town Hall Senior Meals is looking for reliable volunteers to serve our community.

Senior Meals happens every Thursday at noon in the Town Hall Dining Room and members of the community are invited to join in for a great meal and fellowship.

If you can help with Senior Meals, please contact Dottie Nelson at 541-352-7141.


The Mt. Hood Town Hall board would like to thank everyone in the community who helped and supported the Centennial Project.

The project included creating a new playground on the north side of the Town Hall, installing 49 energy efficient windows throughout the building and properly preparing and repainting the entire building exterior.

A special thank you goes out to The Oregon Community Foundation, the Collins Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, the Kinsman Foundation, and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for providing substantial funds for parts of the Centennial Project.

Thanks also go to Hood River Parks and Recreation, Cardinal IG, Nate Clarke Painting, Jeff Lloyd construction, Alldridge Concrete, Nic Laurance, Art Larsen, Greta’s Gardens and Terra Surveying for providing substantial donated services.

There were also many volunteers, financial contributors and supporters of the Mt. Hood Town Hall who assisted with the Centennial Project.

“While it may take a village to raise a child, it definitely takes an entire community to restore and maintain a community center,” said Board Member Bob Danko. “We invite the community to stop by and take a look, but better yet, use the building and grounds… attend a class, bring a child to the playground, have your get together there. Everybody in the Upper Valley deserves to be proud of this wonderful community asset. Thank you!”


Breakfast is back at the Parkdale Grange this Sunday, September 14 and will be held every second Sunday of the month from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. through May, 2015.

On the menu will be scrambled eggs, sausage patty, pancakes or biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee or tea.

Come out and support your local Grange and visit with friends and neighbors!


Members of the Parkdale Garden Club, the Parkdale Grange and the Columbia Gorge Master Gardeners who have been working on restoring the Parkdale Centennial Garden would like to thank the community for making the Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 7 a big success.

“A big Thank You to all that came and all that gave donations to help with the Garden and the Veteran’s Blue Star Marker Fund,” said Jean Hardman, Garden Club President. “It is a beautiful garden and the people of Parkdale can be proud of the entrance to the town. It is still a work in progress and we welcome anyone who wishes to come and join us in working on the Garden.”


The Upper Valley Community Education Study Group will meet for the first time this season on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Parkdale Grange Hall.

“Caring for Aging Skin” is the lesson topic and will look at on what causes changes in the skin as we age, techniques to preserve skin quality, and treatments to prevent or address skin damage or pre-cancerous cells.

A potluck lunch will follow the meeting and the community is invited to attend.

For more information contact Joanne Ehl at 541-352-7363.


For Upper Valley citizens opposed to the Mt. Hood Meadows Park and Ride at the Mt. Hood Corner there is now an online petition available for residents to sign.

You do not need to be a Facebook user in order to go to the page at https://www.facebook.com/mhparkandride.

Just follow the link at the top of the Facebook page to get to the petition.


If a proud mom can share, I recently returned from seeing my second son, PVT Jarrett Ball, graduate from Army Infantry boot camp at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Seeing him receive his blue cord signifying Infantry in his “Turning Blue” ceremony and watching him at his graduation ceremony made me very proud as I know how hard he worked to achieve both.

Thank you to all those who serve, or have served, to keep our country safe from harm.


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