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Church News for April 16

Kozen Sampson speaks at RCC

Kozen Sampson speaks at RCC; Jehovah’s Witness assembly April 17; A study of Judas, Sunday at Immanuel; Covenant Christian hosts OCC fundraiser

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'Little free book boxes': Student to bring libraries to 3 neighborhoods

A trio of “little free book boxes” will come to Hood River this spring, thanks to Lucy Fine, Hood River Valley High School junior.

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Art center’s got poTENtial

Columbia Center for the Arts has poTENtial — the center’s 10th anniversary series started off April 4 with 100 people in attendance to hear “Martin Marten” author Brian Doyle in a wide-ranging and hilarious talk.

Cosi Fan Tutte cast features opera singing HRVHS grad

The Mozart opera in town this weekend won’t be longhair music, unless you mean the hipsters’ beards.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Claudia Schmidt plays new venue in TD April 21

What’s the best way to describe a 12-string guitarist with an affinity for the mountain dulcimer who describes her 40-year career as more of a “careen”?

Blossom Time brings plenty of local color to the valley

With the heart of Blossom Time happening this weekend, Panorama special sections are a great way to plan your weekend.

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HRV Leos holds Soles4Souls drive

Attention anyone with a closet: Those shoes you no longer want are needed to help fight global poverty.

Library announces Shakespeare Week events April 19-23

The Hood River County Library Celebrates Shakespeare’s 451st birthday with a week of fun events for kids and families.

Annual Stafford gathering celebrates April Poetry Month

When asked “Why do you write poetry?” noted poet William Stafford answered, “Why did you stop?”

Gem documentary gets Oregon Premiere April 21

By traveling to East Africa searching out the finest colored gemstones, Ken Apland of Apland Jewelers has had the opportunity to help local communities in Kenya and Tanzania. While many jewelers wait for gem dealers to come to their store, Apland goes straight to the source — this not only provides access to gemstone rough directly from the mine but also provides much needed business for local miners.

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The Porch for April 16

WELL SAID: As City Council and staff discussed the water line installation project for busy Rand Road set to happen next month — see notice at right — Public Works director Mark Lago was asked by Councilor Mark Zanmiller if sidewalk improvements could be done at the same time (answer, no, this is being done with water line funding) so Planning Director Cindy Walbridge joked, “How about a kind of slip and slide for the summer?” That drew a laugh, but City Manager Steve Wheeler’s wry remark was, “Cindy is a great planning director, but perhaps she is not ready for the job of parks and rec director.”

Entertainment Update for April 16

Tuesdays at Springhouse Cellar; Tim Mayer at CG Hotel; more

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Mid-Columbia Lions Follies celebrates '40 Years of Magic'

The Mid-Columbia Lions Follies is celebrating 40 years of performances and presents“40 Years of Magic,” opening April 15 at the historic Hood River Middle School Auditorium. The show will feature selected songs, dances and skits from past shows in a variety format.

Cascade Observations: The shrouded harbor of memory

I come from a long line of women losing their minds, or rather their memories, and as I rapidly approach the age of 60, I’m finding my genes are wrecking some havoc on my own recall abilities.

Yesteryears: Earthquake rattles town in 1976

“We had an earthquake — I felt it,” said the unidentified caller Monday afternoon. “A friend called me, and he said he felt it too.” It was the first indication that Hood River area residents noticed what was later identified to be a mild earthquake which centered south of The Dalles and measured 4.8 on the Richter scale. No damage was reported.