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PARKDALE NEWS: Strong women classes coming to upper valley

The Oregon State University Extension office is sponsoring a new program in the upper valley with a series of classes from May 12 through July 31.

Brian McClure Memorial Hike scheduled for May 9

Friends are hosting the Brian McClure Memorial Hike on May 9, to remember Parkdale resident Brian McClure, who died April 8 while mountain biking on Dog River Trail.

Roots and Branches: Turn, turn, turn

Sometimes life has to smack you on the noggin to get your attention.

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‘Tutu Trot’ May 9, helps Lila May, 4, in cancer fight

How much can we inspire a community to give when its most talked-about little girl is facing the cancer fight of her life, always smiling despite the grim odds? In Hood River and beyond, that’s the question that’s been on the minds of hundreds of people, particularly those who are making tutus and planning to wear other fun costumes to show their spirit and support in the 2nd Annual Lila May Tutu Trot.

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Bike Buddies holds bike drive this weekend

8-year-old organizes bike restoration, give-away program

Anson is a very special 8 year old who lives in Hood River.

Neighbors: Sweet Pea, Helping Hands

Cameron Teems, RNC-OB, Family Birth Center, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, reports that 27 new baby blankets were collected during the center’s Sweet Pea Project blanket drive.

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Reese receives Ford Foundation scholarship

The Ford Family Foundation of Roseburg, Ore., has recognized Parkdale resident Kristin Reese with a Ford Community Fellowship award. This honor is given to residents in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., who demonstrate a commitment to community service and to the pursuit of rural community vitality.

Week 3 Hood River Blossom Time highlights

Blossom Time, the valley-long spring festival in Hood River County, comes to a close this weekend. There are a variety of things to eat, drink, and experience.

The Porch: April 25

WELL DONE: Ink drawings by Kristina Cancelmi (above) on display through April 30 at Dog River Coffee. These bittersweet observations on love and life employe images and words, including a lyric by the 1980s Scottish band Big Country. Cancelmi is the graphic artist for Full Sail Brewing.

Parkdale News: Upgrades springing up at Mt. Hood Town Hall

Spring is usually the time we think about sprucing things up around our homes and the Mt. Hood Town Hall is no exception.

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Special rose delivery

Gordy Sato delivers roses to Brookside Manor Friday, a sort of Rotary Roses, part 2: Sato, a Hood River Rotarian and Parkdale orchardist, organizes the annual rose sale on the third Thursday of each April.

Folklorist speaks April 21 at Hood River Library

Learn about folklife and some of the people in your community who practice traditional crafts and skills. The Oregon Folklife Network presents Folklife in your community by folklorist Nancy Nusz at the Hood River Library on Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m.

Roots and Branches: The competition of spirit

Competition among kids has its pros and cons.

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Blue Ribbon Campaign raises awareness

The Blue Ribbon Campaign, started in 1989 as a grandmother’s tribute to her grandson, who had died as the result of child abuse, came to downtown Hood River on April 4.

Cascade Observations: The changing response to the familiar question, ‘What Do You Do?”

Imagine yourself at a gathering, surrounded by mostly unfamiliar people. You enter into a bit of polite conversation with someone close by. Inevitably, one of the first sentences out of your mouth, or theirs, is “What do you do?” The expected answer must be what you do for a job. Any other answer would most likely label you as someone eccentric, lazy, or unemployable.