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Tour mill and logging sites July 16

Join managers of the Mt. Hood Forest Products Mill, U.S. Forest Service and Hood River County Forestry Department for a behind-the-scenes look at our local forestry industry, from planting to processing.

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Avenue Q opens next weekend

Avenue Q, a coming of age musical suitable for adults 18 and over, opens next weekend at the Columbia Center for the Arts for a four-week run. Show dates are July 8-9, 14-16, 21-23 and 29-30, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The show combines human and puppet characters and centers on the theme of the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood.

Antique cars tour Historic Highway

As part of the Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial Celebration, the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway is hosting an Antique Car Tour, Saturday, July 23, 2016 from Troutdale to The Dalles.

Entertainment update for July 2, 2016

Entertainment update for July 2, 2016

Crews begin constructing Fallen Trooper Memorial

Fundraising to include Champoeg run July 9

Flag Day, June 14, was celebrated with the groundbreaking for the long-awaited Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial. The memorial is located in front of the Public Service Building on the Capitol Mall in Salem. The groundbreaking was organized by White Oak Construction, the company chosen to construct the memorial.

Church News: VBS’ planned

Church News for July 2, 2016: VBS’ planned

Highway centennial celebration continues this month in The Dalles

Wasco County Historical Society invites the public to a program featuring the Historic Columbia River Highway’s centennial on Saturday, July 9 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Moody/Rorick House, located at 300 W. 13th St., The Dalles. Presenter Carolyn Wood, longtime member of the HCRH Advisory Committee, will highlight the history and centennial events. The program is free.

Yesteryears: Summer heatwave hits valley in 1936

Residents who, less than two weeks ago were wondering whether summer would ever come to Hood River Valley, did not have to look at thermometers last Sunday to assure themselves that summer had arrived, for many were, long before noon, hunting shady spots and a trace of breeze.

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Roots and Branches: Grandkids, softball, memories

Two more showery days have passed and our abundant crop of cherries is amazingly still intact. Yes, there has been damage, but it is harvestable, which means we can pick these really big beauties and get them to market with a profit margin rather than a loss.

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‘Before I Die’ encourages reflection

“Before I Die” walls have sprouted up throughout the Gorge over the last three summers, first appearing in Mosier, then in The Dalles and now near the corner of Sixth and Oak in Hood River.

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Color Run for Haiti

Horizon Christian School students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade enjoy a “color run” June 10 to raise funds for a Haiti mission organization called I’mMe helping orphan children.

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How does July 4, 2016, Stack Up?

Your guide to Independence Day events around

Parades happen in Hood River at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Odell.

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Keep fireworks legal, and safe

The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe” when using fireworks.

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Art, and more art

Venue 301, CCA open varied shows featuring Gorge artists

Two downtown venues host art openings Friday, providing the community two opportunities to meet with artists and purchase works. The shows will be at the Columbia Center for the Arts, and the historic Venue 301, located a block away from each other.

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Downtown streets closed for First Friday

Library celebrates Friday with ‘Star Wars’ party

Nearly six years ago, Hood River County’s three public libraries in Hood River, Cascade Locks, and Parkdale closed. Thanks to a vote of the people, those libraries reopened on July 1, 2011, as an independent special district. Hood River County Library District invites the community to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the libraries’ reopening at its “Star Wars birthday party” on Friday, July 1, 5-7 p.m., in the Georgiana Smith Memorial Gardens.