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Hood 2 River Relay is back June 4

The Hood 2 River Relay, presented by Tonkin Subaru, returns June 4 for another year of multi-sport action in Hood River.

Sports Briefs for June 1

20th Annual Elks Charity Golf tournament June 25; Andres Baeza signs with Concordia; Joel Garcia signs with St. Mary’s University

Look for a full First Friday on June 3

First Friday brings a bevy of activities to downtown Hood River, including two street closures:

Entertainment Update for June 1

Ruth Moody in TD June 10; John Bunzow at White Buffalo; Kit Garoutte at Stave & Stone; more

Mercado del Valle opens June 2 in new location

El Mercado del Valle, the farmers’ market and community gathering space in Odell, will host its opening day of the 2016 season on Thursday, June 2 from 4-7 p.m. on Atkinson Drive in downtown Odell. That’s right: a new time and location near the landmark Odell Methodist Church.

Sports Briefs for May 28

Mt. Adams Country Bike Tour next month; White Salmon Backyard Half returns June 18; Columbia Chinook season reopens; sturgeon season closes; Oregon beach wrestling state championships June 4; Triple Threat basketball camp June 20-24

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HRSC hosts Gorge Classic Racquetball Tournament

The Hood River Sports Club hosted a racquetball tournament May 12 through May 15.

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Two locals, Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen owner Nick Hardin and his wife, Kim Hardin, took home the top spot in the Pro division on both days of racing this past weekend for the first round of the Cascadia Dirt Cup mountain bike race series, dubbed the “Deux-Deuro,” which was held at the Post Canyon trail system west of Hood River.

Entertainment Update for May 28

‘Twin Mandos’ at Riverside; Volcanic celebrates with Prollyotta May 28; more

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Snapshots of Culture Fest

This year’s Culture Fest at Columbia Gorge Community College was indeed a Kaleidoscope of vibrant color, dance and community interaction.

Pool notes: Dollar open swim offered Memorial Day

Here is what’s new at the Hood River Aquatic Center, corner of May and 17th streets, courtesy of pool Director Marcie Wiley:

Entertainment Update for May 25

Cascade Singers announce Spring Concerts June 4-5; Concert, book signing at Mosier School June 12; more

Hutson Museum seeks arts and cultural events

Parkdale’s Hutson Museum would like to encourage visitors to the museum by offering art and cultural events this summer.

Gorge Soup for the Arts seeks applicants

Micro-philanthropy event supports new art projects

Gorge Soup returns with a new focus this fall: the arts. The Hood River based group is seeking presenter applications from individuals or teams from throughout the Gorge who are starting a new artistic endeavor or community initiative centered on the arts.

Arts Center presents discussion with humanitarian Anna Marie Spindler

Columbia Center for the Arts presents “One Woman’s Humanitarian Experiences: From Hood River to Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” with Anna Marie Spindler, on May 25 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.