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44 Trails Association hosts Trailgate event on July 11

Celebrate the world of Mt. Hood single track at Trailgate, hosted by the 44 Trails Association and the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Bagge Gardens holds last gospel garden concert

Bagge Gardens, located at 1805 Carroll Rd., Mosier, will hold its last-ever gospel music garden concert on July 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Enter parenting pix contest by June 30

There is still time to share your photos of summer fun with the community, in a photo contest sponsored The Next Door Inc.

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Lions collect food

Lions Don and Bonnie Benton hold up an order form given to shoppers as part of the June 6 food drive at local grocery stores.

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Indian Creek Golf Course teams up with BBBS

Indian Creek Golf Course hosted Big Brothers Big Sisters’ first ever golf clinic on May 16. Mark Gradin, Director of Instruction and Player Development, and a few volunteers from the Hood River Valley girls and boys golf teams generously presented the event.

Roots and Branches: Calendar swirl never stops

June is jam packed with celebrations of every manner. My day planner notations look like a Spirograph has had its way with each date, recording a whirlwind of grandkids, family and friends celebrating birthdays, weddings, babies, graduations, talent shows and dance recitals.

Cascade Observations: Love, punctuated

May 29, and the handcrafted love notes from second graders keep coming — their teacher has informed them that today is my birthday, and that I will be retiring from teaching in the coming year. If I felt uncomfortable about turning 59 when I awoke this morning, their lovely cards have temporarily banished those feelings.

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BBBS holds first golf event; Scouts convene Court of Honor

Indian Creek Golf Course hosted Big Brothers Big Sisters’ first ever golf clinic on Saturday, May 16. Justine Ziegler of Big Brothers Big Sister writes, “Mark Gradin, Director of Instruction and Player Development, and a few volunteers from the Hood River Valley girls and boys golf teams generously presented the event.

The Porch for May 30

SEEN AND HEARD: elementary students checking seed starts in morning light before school … bird-spotted bench in front of downtown store … shop owner flipping cardboard coasters at friends in open car windows, then retrieving his misses … tomato starts leveled by the wind … blackberry blossoms already emerging … new businesses on the Heights gestating behind butcher paper in the windows …

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Mid-Columbia Celilo DAR makes donation of books, bags to Children’s Book Bank

The Mid-Columbia Celilo Daughters of the American Revolution chapter donated over 550 books for the Children’s Book Bank, a nonprofit located in Portland, which will distribute them in the Portland area to low income preschool and grade school children.

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Culture Fest

Community members taught origami, provided music, and showed aspects of their folklore during the first Gorge Culture Fest, May 21 at Columbia Gorge Community College.

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PINE GROVE NEWS: John Stehlik named Wy’East Firefighter of the Year

I am slow/late getting this information in the paper but felt it should still be reported. Unfortunately, with all the recent passing of neighbors and friends, I thought I should remind everyone that for interment arrangements at the Pine Grove Butte Cemetery, Jean Godfrey is the Secretary and can be reached on her cell at 541-490-7713. Randy Holmstrom is the Sexton (grounds keeper) and can be reached on his cell at 541-380-1130.

PARKDALE NEWS: Valley Worship Center has permanent pastor

Exactly 73 years to the day the church first came into being, life-long valley resident Rev. Don Howell was voted unanimously to become the permanent pastor of Valley Worship Center.

Cascade Observations: Dennis, dedicated driver

At Mid Valley Elementary School, it’s the same occurrence every May, as dependable as the annual arrival of one’s birthday.

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Tons of tutus for Lila May

Fun run raises over $10,000

“I get knocked down/But I get up again/No, you’re never going to keep me down...”