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The Ale List: Brewers ready ales for Aug. 9 Solog fest

The biggest ale festival yet in the upper valley happens in Parkdale

At the Aug. 9 Solog Summer Fest, meet brewers Jason Kahler from Solera Brewery and David Logsdon and Charles Porter from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, and sample more than a dozen seasonal and specialty beers from the upper valley. It all takes place at Clear Creek Station (Mt. Hood Railway terminus park) from 1 to 9 p.m.

Entertainment update for Aug. 2

Ruins open at Springhouse; more

Van Gogh Days blossoms Aug. 2

Van Gogh Days, celebrating the beauty of summer’s signature flower — the sunflower —returns to Rasmussen Farms in the heart of Oregon’s Hood River Valley Aug. 2-3.

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Quilting three ways: This hot August, it makes perfect sense to wrap yourself in quilting

This 90-degree weather doesn’t exactly say “warm blankets,” but in fact August is the month to wrap yourself in quilting.

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CASA welcomes new volunteers

Five new advocates have joined Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

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Spotting some big assists at the County Fair

It’s a community gathering like no other.

‘Megafloods’ scholar speaks Saturday at HR County Library

The Hood River County Library District and the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute are hosting Dr. Victor R. Baker from the University of Arizona for a presentation on “Megafloods on Earth, Mars, and Beyond” Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Near Parkdale, Tannenbaums bring ‘Nature’s Finest’ to valley

Ronny and Ellen Tannenbaum have only been farming in the Hood River Valley for a couple of years, but their farm, Nature’s Finest, is quickly gaining a following.

Mid Valley News: Wy’east school library will be open Aug. 8, Aug. 21

El Mercado del Valle was closed July 26 because of the Hood River County Fair, but rest assured, it will be back Aug. 2 in the covered play area at Mid Valley Elementary. The market will have a new time — 3 to 7 p.m. — for the rest of the summer; the market ends Sept. 20.

Roots and Branches: Meeting friends, and life, face to face

Saturday night brought part of the family out on our deck for some catch up conversation with Cheyenne Humphrey, a nursing school graduate who interned with our office several years ago

Parkdale News: Hard work pays off for upper valley 4-H, FFA

This year’s Hood River County Fair turned out to be a bountiful one for Upper Valley 4-H’ers and FFA students, many of whom came home with Champion and Grand Champion ribbons for their efforts The students’ animals are judged in two categories, the first one is Confirmation, meaning the breeding, look and salability of the animal at auction, the other is Showmanship, or how the student presents and handles their animal in front of the judge and how much knowledge they have about it, from parts of their animal to particular diseases and treatments for them.

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Fair Moments

One of the great things about the Fair is meeting up with friends you haven’t seen for a while.

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Peace Walk visits Gorge with call for nuclear-free world

A quiet call to peace brought two Buddhist monks and friends to Hood River Monday.

Entertainment update for July 30

Folksinger, storyteller Adam Miller plays Hood River Library Aug. 12; Sallie Ford at Ruins Aug. 15; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Interesting influences for Great Elk

When I spoke to Paul Basile the other day, a band leader and songwriter for the indie-folk band Great Elk, I wasn’t expecting him to mention Billy Joel as an influential artist. But when he did, the insight brought a smile to my face and revived memories of seeing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.