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A bunch of fun things — just a few steps away

Auditions will be held Monday, Feb. 24, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center for the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Hansel and Gretel,” courtesy of the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Registration is now open through Hood River Community Education at hrcommunityed.org.

Students from grades 1-12 will be cast in this production of 55 roles with an enrollment fee of $40.

Rehearsals are Feb. 25-28 from 3:30-8 p.m. each day and the final performances will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 2:30 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $5.

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Looking for more fun family activities in the coming weeks? Here’s a list to get you started:

Feb. 22 — Father-Daughter Dance, 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Lodge. Dessert and picture provided. $30 per couple, $10 each additional daughter. Tickets are limited; available at Shortt Supply in Hood River, or contact Patti Munk at 541-386-5433. (Note

Feb 22 — Derby Race at the Westside Elementary School cafeteria. Boys in grades 1-5 will have the opportunity to come race a derby car against their friends. A complimentary car will be provided at the event (if necessary). In addition to the race, there will be games, crafts and a photo booth. Check in will be at 9 a.m. and the race will begin at 10 a.m.

Through Feb. 26 — History display, “What if the Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?”, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The History Museum of Hood River County, 300 E. Port Marina Drive. An interactive exhibit that recounts the poor treatment Japanese-American Nisei soldiers received upon returning home to the valley after World War II.

Feb. 28 — Musical, “Kid Next Door,” 7 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School auditorium. Directed by Rebecca Nederhiser, written by Mark Steighner, and presented by the Hood River Middle School theater department. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids 14 and under.

March 1 — Musical, “Kid Next Door,” 2 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School auditorium. Directed by Rebecca Nederhiser, written by Mark Steighner, and presented by the Hood River Middle School theater department. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids 14 and under.

March 14 — Parkdale PTO Carnival, 5-8 p.m. at Parkdale Elementary School. Game booths, raffles and fun. Raffle tickets, $1 each.

Beginning in April — Youth indoor soccer academy at Wy’east Middle School. Sign-ups are currently under way. Children will be divided by age group; for children ages 4-10. Fee is $75 per player with discounted rates available. Proceeds will help fund the Hood River Valley High School boys and girls soccer programs. Enroll through Community Education, hrcommunityed.org, or call Jaime Rivera at 541-490-0699.

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