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Riverside celebrates centennial

Built in 1912 at a cost of $20,000, Riverside Church is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its church building.

Listed as a historical landmark, this basalt rock church continues to serve the Hood River community with a welcoming spirit.

Many activities are under way as part of this centennial celebration including a weatherization and solar project, the design and development of a community labyrinth and preserving the historical records of the church.

On Saturday at 7 p.m. Riverside is presenting a free public concert as a gift to the community. Under the direction of Perry Cole, Riverside Church choral director, “100 Years of Music at Riverside” will feature current and past chancel and Gospel choir members. Margaret Marshall and Diana Beterbide will accompany the choir on organ and piano.

“I am very excited about the upcoming concert celebrating 100 years of music at Riverside Community Church,” said Cole. “Through the years there have been many great events of music including Advent concerts, community concerts, recitals and great music from the chancel and Gospel choirs each Sunday morning.

“We will be bringing together many of these musical moments in one grand concert, showcasing the choirs and musicians who have made the music at Riverside so special,” Cole said. “We’re especially thrilled to have some of the choir members from past groups join us for this special event.”

Pastor Vicky Stifter added, “This concert is our gift to the community and admission is free. Any donations received will be used to equip and maintain the church for the next 100 years of ministry and community service.”

Riverside Church is located at Fourth and State streets in Hood River. For more information, contact the church office at 541-386-1412.

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