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Cascade Observations: Dennis, dedicated driver

At Mid Valley Elementary School, it’s the same occurrence every May, as dependable as the annual arrival of one’s birthday.

‘Finding Peace Art Tour’ at the library

Visit the Hood River Library through May 22 to view the “Finding Peace: Art Tour.” The art display is part of a larger project created by Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC).

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Tons of tutus for Lila May

Fun run raises over $10,000

“I get knocked down/But I get up again/No, you’re never going to keep me down...”

Mountain View cemetery featured in TLC episode

Timothy Farrell writes: “Several years ago the Board of the Mountain View Memorial Cemetery suggested that I take Master Gardening classes in order to better manage the historic two acre property just outside the city limits of Hood River.

Words of Gratitude

C.J. Woodward and Ken Tubbs write: “On the morning of May 6, we needed the help of medical and emergency services and was very lucky to live in Hood River County.

Entertainment Update for May 13

Ken DeRouchie Band with Tracy Klas at River City May 30; Ted Horwitz at The Pines; ‘Lowest Pair’ at CEBU Lounge; more

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‘After Life’ screens at HR Library

The Hood River Library will show a free screening of the film “After Life” (PG) on May 20 at 6:30 p.m.

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Deadline for ‘Big Art’ May 15

Art of Community was established in 2014 by artists to build on this dynamic relationship, engage the community with art and work collaboratively to further promote and develop public art throughout the Gorge making it available to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Genealogy class May 16

Learn how to do family history research in the town you live in and how to find hidden resources. The class will be taught at the Hood River Library on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. by local Pam Sanchez who has years of experience researching family history.

Mother’s Day celebration at the Discovery Center

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is giving free admission to everyone during the annual Mother’s Day Celebration on Sunday, May 10, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free admission is offered as a thank you to the Columbia Gorge community for support over the past year.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: A different side to Pamela Parker

Pamela Parker started out playing music at a super-young age — in fact, based on our phone conversation last month, she detailed her entire musical upbringing in a very clear and organized way.

Entertainment Update for May 9

Bob Connolly schedules shows; Wasco Bros. play May 9; ‘Anita Margarita’ at CEBU May 8; more

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‘Remembering the Year 1980’: Lloyd presents slide show of St. Helens

Local photographer Darryl Lloyd will present “Remembering the Year 1980” at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson on May 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is part of the Mount St. Helens Institute’s Volcanic Views and Brews Scenic Pub Lecture Series, which is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the mountain’s eruption.

Nellie Hjaltalin shares Meals on Wheels experience

Nellie Hjaltalin, 88, has found it hard to retire as a driver with the Hood River Valley Adult Center (HRVAC) Meals on Wheels program, where she’s volunteered for the past 25 years.

Don Howell becomes Valley Worship pastor

On Sunday, April 26, exactly 73 years to the day from the date that the church came into being, Rev. Don Howell was voted unanimously to become the permanent pastor of Valley Worship Center, which was formerly called the Mount Hood Assembly of God.