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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Perfectly good Broken Down Guitars

Musicians are known for breaking things. The other week, I helped out my friends in the Liberty Bond Jug Band, a band, by the way, that technically shouldn’t even need electricity to play music — and by the end of the gig, we had one questionably-functioning pre-amp and another guitar with only five strings left.

Gorge Quilt Show returns this week

The Columbia River Gorge Quilters’ Guild (CRGQG) will present its annual Quilt Show at the Hood River Middle School, Aug. 14-16.

Sallie Ford stops by with new band Aug. 15

Sallie Ford’s new sound comes from an all-girl rock band. But as far as she can tell, there’s only one thing that’s really changed as far as touring and playing shows with her old band.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 9

River City goes punk Aug. 12; Amber Charms returns Sept. 6; more

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Gorge Fruit Growers’ Jean Godfrey has big heart for orchard industry

Jean Godfrey, executive director of Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers (CGFG), has a detailed job description with a simple purpose.

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A sweet snack in a cool place

The best fruit in the fair is not available to eat.

Dean Kelly to serve as Tucker Road Baptist pastor

Pastor Dean Kelly Jr. is the new pastor at Tucker Road Baptist Church, 1455 Tucker Road, succeeding Rev. Joe Gonzalez.

See to Read: at library, free vision screening for kids

The See to Read Vision Screening Program will be held at the Hood River Library on Aug.19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program offers free vision screenings for children ages 3-7.

Farm Bureau seeks photos for ‘Bounty’ calendar

Oregon Farm Bureau is looking for citizen images of farming and ranching for its 2015 Oregon Bounty Calendar.

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The prolific, delicious blackberry

Thinking of a blackberry binge?

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Pet of the week: ‘Chug’ Marty likes lap time and treats

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Marty as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

Families in the Park return Aug. 7

Music, sponsors and fundraising schedule

Aug. 7 — Families in the Park: Radical Revolution (‘80s genre gems), 6-9 p.m. at Jackson Park, 13th and May Streets, Hood River. Toy Gun Conspiracy open. Fajitas will be served by Eye Openers Lions Club, raising money for sight and hearing. Free concert sponsored by Griffith Motors, Northwest Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Bruce Burton DMD, Lions Eye Openers, Rotary of Hood River.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 6

‘After the Rain’ plays Aug. 16; Kit Garoutte at The Pines; more

Coffman, Hukari named ‘Hearts of Gold’ honorees

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation honors community members through the annual Hearts of Gold celebration to benefit the Medication Assistance Program which provides advocacy in support of patients who cannot afford their medications.

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A connecting ritual

An airborne arc of water tossed in Monday’s event suggests the connections

The 50 people gathered Monday for the health of the Columbia River invoked the names of many rivers and waterways where they had lived or had seen human impacts: the Pacific Ocean and Great Lakes, San Francisco Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay, Columbia, Willamette, Mississippi, Colorado, Merced, Potomac, Thames, James, Shannon, and the Mekong.