Fun Run to kick off pumpkin parade

— This year’s annual Parkdale Pumpkin Parade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11:30 a.m. and has a new twist.

Before the parade, the Parkdale Elementary PTO is hosting a one-mile fun run starting and ending at the parade start location at the Hood River County Road Department parking lot on the corner of Allen and Baseline Roads.

Registration for the run starts at 10:30 a.m. is $5 per person and is open to all ages.

The run will start at 11 a.m. with enough time for the runners to come back and join the parade.

All run participants are welcome to walk with the Parkdale Elementary School float on the parade route.

There is no cost to participate in the Pumpkin Parade and any business, club or individuals who would like to join in the fun can decorate a float to ride or walk the parade route.

Families can enjoy watching the parade along Baseline Road between the fire station and the Hutson Museum.


The Parkdale Grange will hold its annual Harvest Grange Dinner at the Grange Hall on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, as part of the Valley’s Harvest Festival celebration.

The old-fashioned chuck wagon-style dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

Dinner includes ham and steak and an all-you-can-eat buffet of baked beans, coleslaw and salads and includes a choice of tasty desserts baked by Grange members.

Cost for the dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and under.

The Grange is always looking for new members and volunteers. If anyone in the community would like to get involved, contact Jean Hardeman at 541-352-6691.


Don’t forget to celebrate the season at “Scary Story Reading Night” at the Parkdale Elementary library on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Librarian Marg Guth will be reading scary library books by lantern light to all third-, fourth- and fifth-graders who would like to attend.

Parents will be able to wait with their younger children in the Flex Room.


The Parkdale Skate Club is back in session in the Parkdale Elementary School gym every Saturday from Nov. 3 through March 23, except school holiday weeks for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This year skate sessions will be 6-8 p.m. for all skaters, with a one-time $2 individual registration fee and a $1 fee each time to skate.

Last year Hannah McCarty, Skate Night coordinator, also started an adult volleyball game on Friday nights.

“We’re going to have adult volleyball again this year,” said McCarty. “All adults in our community and older teens who can play volleyball are welcome to join in the fun.”

Volleyball will be held the same weeks as Skate Night and the cost for volleyball is the same as skating, $1 each time.

For updates on both Skate Night and Volleyball Night, you can e-mail Hannah McCarty at to receive the updates, or “like” Parkdale Skate Club on Facebook.


Nanda in “The Jacket” will be performing at an assembly in the Parkdale Elementary School gym on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m.

The acrobatic ninja theater performers will be giving students a preview of their show to be held Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Hood River Middle School auditorium.

Parents and community members are welcome to attend the teaser performance of the show referred to as, “Funny, smooth and daredevilishly inventive” by the Seattle Times newspaper.


Parkdale Elementary would like to remind parents to sign up to receive school closure information on the district’s FlashAlert system.

FlashAlert is an internet-based system for delivering changes in the school schedules such as snow closures.

You can register to get notifications send directly to up to five of your home or office email addresses and/or cellphone text message addresses through the system.

To sign up, go to the school district web site at and click on the FlashAlert link located on the left side of the page under the site shortcuts, then fill in the information to receive the updates.


Send items to: or P.O. Box 448, Parkdale, OR 97041.

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