Busy 13th: one active Saturday

This weekend, thirteen is a busy number.

Saturday, April 13, brings a huge number of community events throughout Hood River County, from the a day-long family fair to evening music and dance events.

The Family and Children's Fair at Hood River Valley High School will provide a range of activities for children and families including workshops for parents and teens, pony rides, a magic show and gymnastics. For a full list of activities, turn to page B4.

The Missoula Children's Theater production of "Cinderella," featuring a local cast of 50 children, takes to the stage at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Westside Elementary School. The performances cost $5 for adults and $3 for children.

"Evening of Music & Dancin'," is a benefit for Bravissimo, a new music camp in Hood River starting this summer. Tickets are $13 in advance (Waucoma Bookstore, Community Education) and $15 at the door. Gipsy Ale, Red-Haired Boys, Cascade Trio, Henry Schifter and other groups will perform at the Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub and the River City Saloon.

The Pine Grove Elementary rummage sale will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the gymnasium. Call Edie Nichols at 386-2503 to make a donation. Details on page A3.

Hood River Saddle Club hosts a spaghetti feed from 5 to 8 p.m., $6 for adults and $4 for children 6-12; all you can eat spaghetti, bread, salad, beverage and dessert. The Saddle Club, established in the 1940s, helps maintain public facilities for horse-related activities for riders of all ages. Call 386-5913 for tickets.

Spring Clean-Up is Saturday. Community groups and individuals can help with litter patrols and other clean-up efforts along the Blossom Festival Tour Route. Call the Chamber of Commerce at 386-2000 to sign up.

The International Ministerial Association conducts a fellowship meeting at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 6 p.m. Pastor Richard Brotherton of Payette, Idaho, is featured speaker. Call 541-490-6305 for information.

The monthly Second Saturday Country Dance will be at Rockford Grange, Barrett Road, 7-10 p.m. Mill Creek String Band, from the Mid-Columbia, will provide the music. Bring desserts to share with the group, as a fundraiser for the Mid-Columbia Folklore Society. Admission $6, MCFS members $5. Cost is $1 for youth through 16.

An Eco-Friendly home tour runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting at Windance. Registration takes place 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tourgoers will receive a map of participating buildings. To encourage carpooling, the fee for the tour is $10 per car. Homes on the tour demonstrate unusual building techniques, including strawbale, panel and eco-block homes. Builders and home owners will be on hand to answer questions.

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