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Daily Bread: Mending broken hearts

Last week was the 15 year anniversary of my open heart surgery. Since that time, I have always honored that day with something celebratory out in nature, like watching the sunrise from the summit of Mount Hood. There is no equal to the power of wilderness therapy.

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Avenue Q is no Sesame Street

Puppetry — and pointed comment on stage at CAST

Yes, Avenue Q features puppet and human characters interacting together. And yes, there are intermittent, computerized visuals reminiscent of The Electric Company and Sesame Street.

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Much Ado About Nothing brings outside experience

Non-Profits troupe performs the Bard on Stonehedge Gardens lawn

Summer has arrived and Plays for Non-Profits is opening this season with outdoor dinner theatre, a first in the nine-year history of the program.

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Kiteboarding 4 Cancer party, fundraiser, returns July 15-17

The annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) event returns to the Hood River Waterfront July 15-17, and with this year’s event comes a significant milestone.

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Friends provide thrilling finish to Odell-HR race

Pesky wind, pesky competitor.

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‘Cantina’ style?

Skye Weiseth, as Princess Leia, strikes a pose with her father, Teg, as Chewbacca, and her brother, Jack, as Boba Fett, while Ben Bonham and his “alien band” play swing tunes, at Friday’s Star Wars-themed Hood River Library District celebration fifth anniversary at Georgiana Smith Gardens.

Entertainment Update for July 6

Bram Brata’ Steel Band at Mt. Hood Winery July 9; Skamania Lodge hosts annual free Live Music Series; more

44 Trails Association’s Trailgate bike and hike party this Saturday

Celebrate the largest multi-use single-track trail system on the Mount Hood National Forest at Trailgate 2016 this Saturday.

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Gorge Explorer: Nestor Peak; Valley views worth the hellacious climb

Easy-going hikes in the Gorge are pretty hard to come by. The geography of the area doesn’t lend itself to many leisurely, pleasant strolls through the woods. Believe me, I’ve looked.

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Fun at the CGWA Beach Bash

The wind may not have been as cooperative as it could have been, but that didn’t stop people from coming out and enjoying the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association’s annual Beach Bash party that happened last weekend at the Hood River Waterfront. On Saturday, people took to the water to enjoy windsurfing and paddling, or hung out with some refreshments at the Event Site.

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Keep fireworks legal, and safe

The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe” when using fireworks.

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Downtown streets closed for First Friday

Library celebrates Friday with ‘Star Wars’ party

Nearly six years ago, Hood River County’s three public libraries in Hood River, Cascade Locks, and Parkdale closed. Thanks to a vote of the people, those libraries reopened on July 1, 2011, as an independent special district. Hood River County Library District invites the community to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the libraries’ reopening at its “Star Wars birthday party” on Friday, July 1, 5-7 p.m., in the Georgiana Smith Memorial Gardens.

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Entertainment Update for June 29

Art on Oak celebrates; STEM Fair on Oak Street Friday; more

Sports Briefs for June 29

HRMGA Chapman Tourney results; HRV wrestler Justin Wilson heads to Japan for cultural exchange program; Tennis events going on throughout summer