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Parkdale News: ‘It Takes a Community’ project makes progress

When one of its own needed help with a safe place to live, the Upper Valley community responded with donations, fundraisers and offers of help.

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Archery Tag event benefits BBBS

Global Sessions, an event and destination management team specializing in event coordination, hosted an Archery Tag tournament on Saturday, June 6 at Hood River’s Waterfront Park. The event was a huge success, with 11 teams raising over $2,000 to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge.

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Chasing Normal: CAST Theater tackles mental illness, heartbreak and redemption

CAST Theater’s summer play is anything but ordinary — “Next to Normal” covers the dark terrain of mental disorder and family dysfunction, but treads with humor and tenderness.

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July 4 rolls out the fun, despite the heat

Annual festivities bring out crowds in Hood River, Odell, Bingen

Barbecue smoke wafted over an empty main lawn of Jackson Park on July 4.

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Traffic Jam: first the cruise, then the show

WAAAM hosts annual antique vehicle display; look for a cruise through town this Friday night

Come on out July 11 to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum to enjoy all sorts of cars, motorcycles, trucks, and more 30 years old or older.

Laurie Lewis, Sierra Hull play CG Bluegrass Festival July 23-26

2015 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival, and the celebration boasts some of the biggest stars in bluegrass: Sierra Hull, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. They join The Caleb Klauder Country Band, the Downtown Mountain Boys, North Country Bluegrass and Jim Faddis with Farmstrong beginning July 23-26 when the event hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds in scenic Stevenson, Wash.

Entertainment Update for July 8

‘3 Speed’ at The Pines; ‘Dreams’ at Mt. Hood Winery; more

Three CrossFit Hood River athletes qualify for the CrossFit Games

Hood River residents Christine Wells, Karen McCadam, and Regan Huckaby qualify for world-level competition held later this month

For the second year in a row, CrossFit Hood River Athletes are heading to the annual CrossFit Games in southern California to compete against some of the sport’s best athletes on the planet.

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40TH ANNUAL KOLLAS CRANMER RUN

Fourth of July celebrations kicked off with the 40th Annual Kollas Cranmer Run early Saturday morning that saw 213 runners and 107 walkers make the 7.4-mile trek from downtown Odell to Jackson Park in Hood River.

Sports Briefs for July 8

Wild Woman run in TL July 18; HRVLL teams fare well in All-Star tourney

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No doldrums here: Keep kids busy with local summer fun

Kid-friendly programs abound in Hood River County. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Outdoor News: Salmon fishing hot at the Columbia Mouth

A flooding tide, calm ocean and lack of boat traffic made the sometimes rough water between the jetties seem mystically calm as our boat skimmed the salty surface heading west.

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GORGE EXPLORER: Chinidere Mountain offers unmatched views

Like many people who live here, or visit here, I love hiking in the Gorge.

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Kiteboarding 4 Cancer returns next weekend

Part endurance race, part festival, part fundraiser, the 9th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) presented by Patagonia is an action-packed, feel-good event with a goal that lifts everyone’s spirits: help young cancer survivors find hope and healing through outdoor adventure.

Entertainment Update for July 4

July 4th music gigs; ‘TRAILGATE’ happens July 11; more