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Wine takes center stage this week, weekend

Those interested in learning the fundamentals of wine appreciation will want to join Phelps Creek Vineyards and the Hood River County Library District for a hands-on workshop Sept. 3, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Parkdale Community Center.

Entertainment Update for Sept. 2

‘Take Two’ at CEBU; Amber Charms dance Sept. 19; more

Sports Briefs for Sept. 2

Rural Rampage Sept. 13; Cross-Channel Swim Sept. 7; Grominator skate Sept. 19; Gorge Kids Tri is Sept. 20

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Friendly but intense Orienteering event takes visitors all over town

CROC competition provides warm up to Labor Day event

You might have seen a few extra visitors running or quick-walking past your house on Sunday, maps in hand

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The Porch for Aug. 29

KUMARI UPDATE: Peter Marbach, a Hood River photographer and friend of Kumari, Nepal, takes his message of help to the flagship store of the L.L. Bean, in Freetown, Maine on Aug. 28.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 29

Elks Comedy Night Aug. 29; Maryhill Museum of Art celebrates Stonehenge; more

Updated: Body of missing paddle boarder found in Columbia River

Law enforcement recovered the body of a missing paddle boarder Wednesday morning from the Columbia River, just west of Hood River.

Sports briefs for Aug. 29

HRMGA hold club championship; Stock the Shelves Golf Scramble Sept. 13; more

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In its fifth running, Paddle Challenge is bigger than ever

Attendance at two-day Naish Gorge Paddle Challenge increases 50 percent since 2014

The wildfire smoke may have been thick, but it wasn’t able to smoke out the legions of stand up paddleboarders who came from all over the globe to compete in this year’s Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge.

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Team Adrenaline returns from Spartan Race

Nearly a dozen people representing the Gorge not only competed in, but survived the Pac West Spartan Sprint Race in Washoughal earlier this month, enduring a “race” that was really more like a sadistic obstacle course.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Beer Bible puts Hood River on the map

Hood River beer aficionados have a chance to meet up with Jeff Alworth, author of “The Beer Bible,” on Sunday, Aug. 23. He’ll be at Double Mountain Brewery as part of the Great Bottle Roundup, which starts at noon. If you’re ready for a 644-page reference guide that represents over two years of world-wide travel to major beer-producing regions, Sunday would be a good time to head down and check it out.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 22

Hillbillies at Vintage Grille; Free Moe Dixon concert Aug. 23; Ural Thomas at The Ruins; more

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Portland Timbers MLS team travels to HR to host community events

Portland Timbers players dropped their soccer cleats and picked up work gloves and paint brushes to help beautify Wy’east Middle School on Monday, sweating under the hot, midday sun as they cleared brush away from one of the school’s gardens and helped paint a mural on an outbuilding door.

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A Wylde finish to this year’s Gorge Cup

HR’s MacRae Wylde hangs on to win windsurfing race series

The wind held steady and the wildfire smoke was held at bay to allow the final race of the annual Gore Cup windsurfing series to go off without a hitch.

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Bridge of the Gods race returns for an even bigger sophomore year

The city of Cascade Locks more than doubled in size this past Sunday as runners from all over the Gorge and the world came to compete in the Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon and 10K races.

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