Gorge Life


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Yesteryears: Plans underway to make Hood River a tourist destination in 1947

An outline of the reasons why Hood River County should sponsor a Tourist Host school of information on the tourist business and its importance to both county and the state was presented to the Tourist Committee of the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday by Hal Powell and O.E. Palmateer, representatives of the Tourist Promotion Committee of the Oregon Advertising Club of Portland.

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Pick of the Week: Community Ed annual spring tour

The 2017 Family and Community Education annual spring tour, “Blooms, Bulbs, Bogies and Bread,” will explore the sites of nearby Woodland, Wash., on Thursday, April 27.

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Roots and Branches: Sulo Annala and Chop Yasui’s influence extends across generations

I slipped away from granddaughter Aunika’s softball game at Westside Elementary to meet son Niko and his family at the hospital. No, there was no emergency. In fact, it was a reunion of sorts.

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Visit the HR County library for a one-room tour of the Gorge

“It lets the architecture speak,” Mark Nilsson said of his new mural in the children’s section of Hood River County Library. “There are a lot of walls here, and angles, and they’re broken up. Initially I was going to paint on the angles but I decided to keep them as natural breaks.”

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2017 ‘Big Art’ additions look to the river

“Big Art” is in transition. Also known as Art of Community, the outdoor gallery is now in its third year with sites downtown, on the waterfront, and the Heights.

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Art auction, annual Studio Tour, and more local art notes

Columbia Arts is hosting an exciting live auction in the theatre on April 9 at 3 p.m., starting with music, silent auction and social hour at 2 p.m. The live auction will feature: 18 original works by artist Ellen Dittebrandt; three original pastels by artist Judith Cunningham; and additional collector pieces by Sherrie Wolfe, Sydney Roark, Roland White, and more.

‘Sense of Place’ seeks lecturers

Gorge Owned (GO!) “Sense of Place” is an annual lecture series that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to the landscape and community. Applications for the 2017-2018 series are now being accepted.

‘Death of a Salesman’ opens April 13 in Bingen

The American theater has always embraced classics from playwrights such as Williams, Hellman, O’Neill, Albee, Shepard, and Miller.

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Homelessness, Music for Healing: Oregon arts community grants support PHRMH, AIE programs

Understanding homelessness and healing through music are the aims of two arts grants that will go to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation and Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River. The two organizations are among 36 groups recently awarded Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Entertainment Update for March 29

Emily & Julie at Lyle Hotel; Young Irelanders in TD April 3; more

This year’s Follies is ‘Kid Awesome’

Youth star in ‘Superhero-Sized’ Lions musical opening April 21

It’s the year of the Superhero show, starting with the Mid-Columbia Lions Follies. The 2017 show will be “Kid Awesome and the Disco Girls.” It is an original script with story by Terri Tyler and Bev Bridgewater, written by Tyler.

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Parkdale Snow fun

Students at Parkdale Elementary took advantage of the snowpack around campus to do a little cross country skiing Feb. 28 and March 1.

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Downtown lawn prepared for Yasui Legacy Stone

The Minoru Yasui Legacy Stone might be in place downtown in time for the March 28 statewide Minoru Yasui Day.

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HRVHS artists collect Gold Keys

Celebrating 70 state-level Scholastic Art awards

Hood River Valley High School is celebrating 70 state-level Scholastic Art awards this year, but that’s not the only good news coming out of the art department.

Entertainment Update for March 25

CGOA’s Jazz Collective April 7, Garoutte, Mayer play, more