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Downtown gears for Soapbox Derby

Hood River Community Education, the Lions Club and Print IT will sponsor the first-ever sanctioned All-American Rally Race in the Gorge on April 20-21 in downtown Hood River. Boys and girls ages 9-16 are eligible to compete with a possibility of qualifying for nationals, to be held in Akron, Ohio. Races will be run in a double-phase, double-elimination format and each racer will have a minimum four races down the hill in vehicles powered only by gravity. Three cars donated by the Lions Club are still available. Call Community Education at 386-2055, or Jeff McCaw at 386-3580 with questions

Swim lessons at HR Aquatic Center

The Hood River Aquatic Center is currently taking reservations for spring swim lessons for kids 6 months and older. Classes are Tuesday and Thursday nights or Saturday mornings. Sessions are April 2-18 and April 30-May 2. For details, call the pool at 386-1303.

CGWA to sponsor Hook Work Party

The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association has scheduled its second work party of the season for Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be working on the area known as the “Hook” on Hood River Port property (take Oregon I-84 to exit 63). The association hopes to improve windsurfing access for the Hood River Parks and Recreation Community Windsurfing Program. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels, rakes and clippers. With questions, contact the CGWA office at 386-9225.

Ski and Tee Open set for April 20

The fifth-annual Ski and Tee golf open will be held Saturday, April 20 at Timberline Ski Area. Cost is $500 for a team of four and includes lift tickets, racing, lunch, green fees, golf cart rental and evening barbecue. The event benefits the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol volunteer organization. Call 503-622-3151 by April 10.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge

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