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2017 Visitors’ Guide comes out in time for Memorial Day Weekend

Want a fresh view of the Gorge and a long list of things to do this summer and fall? The 2017 Visitors Guide comes out just in time for summer planning. Look for the free 80-page full color joint publication of Hood River News and The Dalles Chronicle at area businesses, visitor centers, and the newspapers’ offices.

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party fun

Jena Hager (Alice), Camilla Blanco (Queen of Hearts), Jadyn Howard (Rabbit) and Mallory Keller (Mad Hatter).

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Memorial Day Weekend events … and beyond

Kids and families will find plenty of things to do this weekend and in the next week. Here’s a short list of fun events happening right away and a few more to plan for as summer approaches:

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DRAGON DASH

Second graders Nancy Mendoza, Grace Vasquez and Sarah MacPherson group up in May Street Elementary’s annual Dragon Dash May 17.

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Acute story

Talk about the tree of knowledge: Jared Nagreen, third grade teacher at Horizon Christian School (and an alumni himself) holds a fallen cherry branch, gleaned from the school grounds, to help in his math instruction.

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Memorial Day service, May 29 at Idlewilde

Reveille, Memorial Day 2017 poem

Service begins at 11 a.m. at Idlewilde Cemetery, Tucker Road and Brookside.

Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society meets June 10 at Discovery Center

Jan Bony, OrGenWeb state coordinator will be the speaker at the next Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society meeting and program on June 10 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. The public is invited to attend.

The Dalles museums offer free admission for military

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Fort Dalles Museum, both in The Dalles, are participating in the 2017 Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and up to five family members, from Memorial Day weekend beginning May 27, through Labor Day, Sept. 4.

Entertainment Update for May 27

Bluenami takes the stage at Moth Lounge, The Hazelnuts play Brian’s Sunday, more

Next Walking Tour June 5

The Historic Downtown Walking Tour, sponsored by the History Museum of Hood River County, offers an insight into the architectural and cultural history of how downtown buildings and sites developed.

Lyle Pioneer Days return May 27

Lyle Pioneer Days returns May 27 after a 14-year hiatus with a full day of events planned that includes carnival games, a bouncy house, blacksmithing demos, a car and bike show, and craft and food vendor booths.

CASA launches 2017 Playhouse Raffle

The fifth annual CASA Playhouse Raffle marks the program’s return.

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YESTERYEARS: Ross, Daphne Hukari Animal Shelter opens in 2007

Camille Hukari wore her “I love my dog and my dog loves me” t-shirt to Thursday’s dedication of an animal shelter named after her parents.

‘Guy, Guitar, Girl’: young actor seeks film support

Connor Muhl, 17, is seeking community support for his film project “A Guy, A Guitar And A Girl,” directed by Katie O’Grady and produced by Muhl and his mother, Maura Muhl.

Author signing June 3 at HR Farmers’ Market

Waucoma Bookstore and Gorge Grown are hosting authors Kirsten and Christopher Shockey for a book signing at the Hood River Farmers’ Market, Fifth and Columbia streets, on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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