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Market in Odell debuts

Students from Sandy Salazar’s Folklorico group dance during the season opening of Gorge Grown’s El Mercado del Valle Thursday evening.

Entertainment Update for June 4

‘Time Travels’ music performance June 12; Concert, book signing at Mosier School June 12; more

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Yesteryears: Memorial Hospital addition plans approved in 1956

Final Hill-Burton approval of plans and specifications for the addition to Memorial Hospital was grated early this week, reports Glenn Howell, administrator. The approval was granted by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the architect has been instructed to invite bids. It is estimated construction will be started as early as 30 days, hospital officials report.

Pick of the Week: ‘Pack It Up’ begins showing at Columbia Center for the Arts

Opening reception June 3

“Pack It Up,” featuring suitcase-sized art, begins its exhibition at Columbia Center for the Arts today, June 1, and will run through June 26. Curator is Rene Westbrook. An opening reception will be held June 3 from 6-8 p.m.

Neighbors: Thanks, invitations, and ‘good appetite’

Writes Carrie Macrum of White Salmon, “I want to thank Chuck Walston for all the help he gave my family on the organization of my dad Ed Chapman’s celebration of life."

‘Understanding Islam’ event planned June 9

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) invites community members to “Understanding Islam” on June 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Travelogue: Greyhound

Towns and times: across the U.S. by bus — and back

"What — were the wagon trains all booked?" This was just one response I got when I told people I had returned from a cross-country Greyhound bus trip.

Munoz, Marines win county Congressional art competition

Elizabeth Munoz, a senior at Hood River Valley High School, and Roger Marines, a sophomore at South Wasco High School, have been selected as Hood River and Wasco county winners for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) made the announcement recently.

Look for a full First Friday on June 3

First Friday brings a bevy of activities to downtown Hood River, including two street closures:

Entertainment Update for June 1

Ruth Moody in TD June 10; John Bunzow at White Buffalo; Kit Garoutte at Stave & Stone; more

Mercado del Valle opens June 2 in new location

El Mercado del Valle, the farmers’ market and community gathering space in Odell, will host its opening day of the 2016 season on Thursday, June 2 from 4-7 p.m. on Atkinson Drive in downtown Odell. That’s right: a new time and location near the landmark Odell Methodist Church.

Riverside UCC votes for fossil fuel divestment

Riverside Community Church in Hood River has become the first faith-based congregation in the Gorge and the first within the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) to vote to divest funds from the fossil fuel industry.

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‘Air Panther’ goes aloft

Hood River Middle School will be involved in a school-wide art project on Friday, June 3 from 2:45-3:25 p.m. All students will be participating in a giant, living painting of a hot air balloon on the athletic field. This is the culminating event of local aerial artist Daniel Dancer’s Art For the Sky residency.

‘Honoring Those Who Have Served’: May 30, 11 a.m., Memorial Day Service

Idlewilde Cemetery is located at Tucker Road and Brookside Drive, Hood River.

Entertainment Update for May 28

‘Twin Mandos’ at Riverside; Volcanic celebrates with Prollyotta May 28; more