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Parkdale Pumpkin parade, fun run Oct. 29

Parkdale Elementary hosts its fifth annual Pumpkin Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 29. The event is sponsored by the PTO.

Ed Foundation lists Scholarship awardees

Hood River County Education Foundation has awarded scholarships to eight local students attending college.

Death café at the library Oct. 26

The Hood River Library will host its seventh Death Café on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jean Marie Gaulke Meeting Room.

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What’s the BUZZ on pollinators?

Bees are critical to pollination, and new sculptures in the community will become homes to bees while standing as artistic representations by middle school students.

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‘Age of Dignity’ discussion series starts Oct. 22

With most of the 400 copies of “The Age of Dignity” now out in the greater Gorge, the Aging in the Gorge Alliance (AGA) is gearing up for the second part of their book program: Discussion groups.

Gorge receives national honor this weekend

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will honor the Columbia Gorge Region, Oregon and Washington at its RWJF Culture of Health Prize National Celebration and Learning Event this weekend at its headquarters in Princeton, N.J.

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Master Gardeners now taking applications

Do you want to be involved with a service program that outreaches and educates about sustainable gardening practices in your community?

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Deputy DA speaks on domestic violence

A ‘profound lack of understanding’

Calling it “a disease that touches all of us,” Deputy District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen told her own family’s story of domestic abuse, as keynote speaker at the Helping Hands Against Violence candlelight vigil Oct. 12 at Georgiana Smith Gardens.

Asai, Sankari named Merit scholars

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced Hood River Valley High School seniors Douglas Asai and Pico Sankari as Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of Commendation from the school and NMSC, which conducts the program has been presented to these scholastically talented seniors.

Hood River student wins scholarships

Lauren Gray, a 2013 graduate of Hood River Valley High School, has won two college scholarships while attending University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash.

Elks select Skwarczynski, Walker as Sept. students of the month

Julia Skwarczynski and Abby Walker, two Hood River Valley High School seniors, have been selected as this school year’s first Elks Students of the Month. Both were presented checks for $100 in recognition of their volunteer efforts and achievements at school during last week’s lodge meeting.

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Mid Valley move

Hood River Rotary completed a mascot relocation project at Mid Valley Elementary on Oct. 13.

Ecumenical Ministries hosts voter forums

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM), an interfaith organization composed of representatives from area faith communities and churches, invites community members to attend voter forums in White Salmon and Hood River this month for political candidates.

Jan Virk resigns from School Board

Jan Veldhuisen Virk will depart from school board in February after 18 years.

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How to Be Happier

Does it feel like some people are just born happy? That’s because they are. But after hundreds of scientific studies on happiness, we now know that at least 40 percent of our happiness is in our own control. What’s more, it can be boosted by a few key habits.