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This summer, 'Have a Free Book'

Each year, the Leaders for Tomorrow high school senior group participate in a community project.

Church News: Updated Vacation Bible School list

As of June 25

Faith Bible Church, Parkdale churches, HR Nazarene, Riverside UCC, River of Life and Covenant Christian

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Cascade Observations: Making New Friends, Keeping the Old

I was a Girl Scout over 50 years ago, but the lyrics to a popular scouting song still remain lodged in my brain, years after memories of merit badges and the taste of campfire s’mores are long gone: “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.”

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Kayak prize at Kickstand event

This Pongo kayak will be the prize at the summer kickoff party at Kickstand Coffee and Kitchen, 13th and State streets, on June 23, 4-7 p.m. — and the Columbia Gorge Peace Village the beneficiary.

The Porch for June 18

WELL DONE: The kids in the Westside Elementary talent show, with a special shout-out to emcee Ben Bauman, a fourth-grader, who ably kept things moving with a dryly humorous touch, at Wednesday’s event.

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Church News: New church names for Wy'east Community, Spirit of Grace

The recently merged Lutheran/Methodist congregation, formerly known as Asbury Our Redeemer Partnership, officially changed its name to Spirit of Grace on June 5.

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A carnival to take on cancer

Luminaria remain, but changes abound in revamped ‘Relay For Life’ July 9 at Hood River Marina

This year’s Columbia River Relay For Life, titled “Evening of Hope,” moves to a new location, and proceeds on a different, shorter schedule, with an emphasis on music, dancing, and active fun while honoring cancer survivors and treasuring loved ones’ memories.

Nancy Ruth Skakel kicks off Hutson Museum summer schedule

The Hutson Museum, located at 4967 Baseline Drive in Parkdale, has planned a summer of cultural, visual and literary art exhibits in cooperation with local art groups and the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Entertainment Update for June 11

Highway lecture June 18 at Maryhill Museum of Art, Cripple Hop at Double Mt., more

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The Daily Bread: The Electrifying Cocktail of Unconditional Love

It took a recent 3,000 mile road trip to confirm what I have quietly and reverently embraced for 20 years. There is no deeper feeling than the unconditional love between father and daughter.

Jim and Jean Wells celebrate 50th anniversary

Jim and Jean Wells were married at the Odell Baptist Church on June 18, 1966.

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The Porch for June 4

WELL SAID: “Some people have Crossfit. I call it ‘Bookfit.’” — Muir Cohen of Waucoma Bookstore, while schlepping a handcart full of boxes the three blocks from his store to the Post Office.

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."

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Snapshots of Culture Fest

This year’s Culture Fest at Columbia Gorge Community College was indeed a Kaleidoscope of vibrant color, dance and community interaction.

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Family photo contest enters fourth year

Once again, in honor of “Oregon Parenting Education Week,” May 16 – 20, the Parenting Together program of The Next Door is seeking photos of children from birth to 8 years interacting with an adult in a healthy activity.