In 2016, a group of performing arts enthusiasts — local artists, business professionals and community leaders — joined forces and formed the Performing Arts Initiative. This nonprofit organization of committed volunteers has been working steadily towards its mission — and big dream — to buil…

Live theater returns to The Dalles the third weekend in May as the Serious Theater pod of actors presents “The Edgar Allan Poe Afterlife Radio Show” by Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello, produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com).

HOOD RIVER — Visit Hood River opened a visitor center and office within common area space at the History Museum of Hood River County, located at 300 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River, on May 1. The visitor center reopening is a significant leap forward for Visit Hood River, following a year o…

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Friday, April 23 marked the first live music in more than a year performed at the Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Center in Hood River. It was also a milestone for the musicians, the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association’s (CGOA) trombone trio composed of Bob Smith, Ed Price and Hugh Amick, who h…

District No. 4 (LFD) has been busy responding to multiple car accidents along Highway 14 and Old Highway 8 Rowland Lake, along with multiple accidents along Highway 142. With the great weather we’ve been having, more people are venturing out to enjoy the outdoors. Please pay attention, watch…

We are shocked and saddened to hear of the recent, sudden passing of Mary Anita Leaton Addington. Mary Anita was the daughter of Bill and Sylvia Leaton and spent her entire life here in Glenwood. She and her husband, Vern, raised their children, Vernadean and Bill, on the family ranch. Mary …

Grade schoolers join a “bike train” to ride safely to May Street school. Parents earn prizes by cycling to work. And more Hood River kids discover the joys of biking, thanks to local bike donation programs.

As a youth, I was fortunate to have some special friends more than twice my age. When I was 30, my friend Helen Cornelius, in her late 60s, lamented to me, “I’ve spent my whole life learning what to do next time.” I don’t think she meant to be droll, let alone suspected how those simple word…

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Hood River Cultural Trust (HRCT), Hood River Outrigger Canoe Club (HROCC), and a private donor have joined forces with professional textile artist Chloë Hight to fund and create a large fence weaving public art installation at the southeast corner of Nichols Basin near the dock. The exhibit …

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PACT — Performances at Adult Center Theater — is broadcasting “Calendar Girls” on Saturday, May 8 via Zoom, us02web.zoom.us/j/89364968240, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. There is no admission charge, but viewers are encouraged to make a donation to the Hood River Valley Adult Center/ Meals on Wheels p…

In spite of the pandemic, several area musicians have found an enthusiastic new audience through Age+ Circles of Care. Age+ Circles of Care is a program that connects older adults to volunteers in The Dalles and Mosier to help them with supportive services. Volunteers help with grocery shopp…

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We have so much good news to share this week, it’s hard to know where to begin. The Glenwood Middle School girls’ volleyball team finished their season with a win in Klickitat last Friday night to complete an undefeated season. We here in Glenwood are very proud of our girls and their coach,…

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The White Salmon-Bingen Rotary club appreciates the article in the March 17 issue of Columbia Gorge News. Our youth exchange program is quite unusual for a club our size and is recognized both in our district as well as larger circles. The unique three-year process starts with selection, ass…

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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering another free day this month, when visitors to state parks will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits; the next is Thursday, April 22 for Earth Day. Washington State Parks theme of “Step into Spring” with a State Parks’ ad…

For all you loyal Glenwood Ketchum Kalf Rodeo fans, here’s some good news. Glenwood Rodeo Association members met March 19 and made the decision that the 2021 rodeo is a go. Mark your calendars for Father’s Day weekend for an exciting weekend of roping, riding, good food, and lots of fun. Ro…

Just over 13 months since the global pandemic brought an end to live performances, the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association (CGOA) is poised to present its first new theatrical performance, Tom Jones’ and Harvey Schmidt’s beloved romantic comedy “The Fantasticks.”

Columbia Center for the Arts’ First Friday show-opening receptions returned April 2 as the gallery presented “Lillian Pitt: Ancestors Known and Unknown.”

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The “Organ Crawl” featuring five historic pipe organs in The Dalles happens every other year, and 2021 is the year — only this time, the local tradition will be presented virtually.

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The Central Gorge Master Gardeners Annual Plant sale is well under way (virtually of course!) and can be accessed online at https://blogs.oregonstate.edu/cgmga/   If you haven’t placed an order, yet, I highly recommend you do so soon. The deadline to order is May 8; however, supplies are lim…

Welcome to April. Our first full month of spring has plenty to see in the night sky, although you do have to stay up a bit later in the evening. At the start of April, sunset comes at about 7:35 p.m. By the end of the month, it will be about 8:15 p.m. before the Sun sets. The good news is th…

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On April 22, 1970 — 51 years ago — the first Earth Day took place with the participation of 20 million Americans. This was the catalyst for environmental action across the United States and eventually worldwide.

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The president of the Lyle Community Council, Julie Larson, wishes the public to hear about and join in on the acquisition of access to the sandbar at the mouth of the Klickitat River. She wrote asking for Lyle residents to support the council’s effort backing this subject. The message she wa…

Another great couple in Glenwood recently celebrated a milestone. Darlene and Dennis Humphrey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 27 with dinner out and a Zoom party with family. Dennis and Darlene met in Everett, Wash., and were married on a snowy day in Kirkland. They visited…

This year our dine and drink business locations throughout the Gorge have suffered with closures. You can help support your favorites by purchasing take out and gift cards. Many of these business will offer curb-side delivery and some will deliver to your home. Let’s keep the Gorge going strong!

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