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Uphill Challenge keys Meadows’ late summer fun

A field of 39 ranging in age from 4 to 71 took on the challenge in first-ever Uphill Challenge at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, in what is planned to be an annual event. Most ran, but some walked the 1.2-mile course which gained 621 vertical feet from the parking lot to the top of the Stadium Express chairlift.

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Local volunteers replenish Parkdale Bicentennial Gardens

What Upper Valley residents are seeing lately isn’t a mirage, but rather the oasis of the Bicentennial Gardens in Parkdale, taking shape once again through the combined hard work and efforts of the Parkdale Garden Club, The Central Columbia Master Gardeners and the Parkdale Grange.

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Smooth sailing for inaugural Commissioner’s Cup

Sunday saw the beginning of what many hope will become an annual event in Hood River. Supported by the Port of Hood River and Zepher Inc., the Commissioner’s Cup Regatta was the first local youth sailing race to be held in Hood River.

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‘Dad dunk’ yields Queen of the Hook for Kayla Schurton

Dressed in gold lamé glory and dunking her dad, Kayla Schurton took away top honors, and a valuable prize, in Saturday’s King of the Hook contest.

Sports briefs for Aug. 20

Sign up now for fall MS/HS tennis program; ‘Rural Rampage’ returns Sept. 7 at Westside; Dave Kalama talks SUP Aug. 19 at Big Winds

‘Team AARP’ wins first Battling Bob tourney

The first Battling Bob Hanel Memorial Golf Tournament was a big, sunny success, according to Mark Gradin.

CGCC golf tourney fundraiser grows endowment

Participants, volunteers and sponsors of Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s 15th Annual Founder’s Cup golf tournament helped raise approximately $18,000 for CGCC Foundation’s permanent endowment.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 20

Amber Charms returns Sept. 6; Music Thursdays at White Buffalo; more

Paddle Challenge gains acclaim as world-class event

Kids, don’t miss ‘Positively Kai’, free SUP opportunity

The Columbia River has again been a hotbed of activity this summer, and in case the frenzy of wind and wave junkies along the Hood River Waterfront wasn’t hot enough, next weekend’s Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is going to kick it up to a whole new level.

Bounty of the Hood River valley is on display in Fruit Celebration, Aug. 16-17

This weekend, all along the Hood River Valley Fruit Loop, find berries, peaches, cherries, Gravenstein apples, the earliest pears, all kinds of fresh summer garden produce, apple treats, wine and hard cider tasting, and country fun for the whole family.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 13

United Way benefit Sept. 5; Pacific Crest Trail Days Sept. 5-7; more

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Sold-out run showcases Cascade Locks

Bridge of the Gods Run draws 1,000 people Sunday

In surely the most colorful crossing in Bridge of the Gods history, nearly a thousand people gathered Sunday morning on the Washington side of the Columbia, awaited the countdown by Chad Sperry of Breakaway Promotions and, once released, spread out across the entire length of the bridge in bright running outfits as they began the inaugural Bridge of the Gods half marathon and 10k run.

HRATS update: Time to build, and rebuild

Mountain bike group focusing on future, looking for fresh energy

While much of Hood River’s flourishing summer recreation and tourism industry is focused on the Columbia River, the waterfront and the Gorge’s renowned wind and waves, another movement continues to build momentum in the forests just outside of town, and although not nearly as bad as the city center congestion, traffic on the local mountain biking trails is markedly busier this time of year than any other.

Sports Briefs for Aug. 13

Blowout postponed, again; Don’t forget Battling Bob (Hanel) Memorial Tourneyl ICMGA hosts “Joe Six-Pack”

Gorge Quilt Show returns this week

The Columbia River Gorge Quilters’ Guild (CRGQG) will present its annual Quilt Show at the Hood River Middle School, Aug. 14-16.