Hood River County Library District Board of Directors holds a regular meeting on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Jeanne Marie Gaulke Community Meeting Room of the Hood River Library. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The agenda and full meeting packet is available for download at http://bit.ly/YdLzbr.

Members of the public who are considering running for the board are particularly encouraged to attend; the deadline to file is March 21.

“This meeting provides a great opportunity to see how the board operates and what it does,” said Director Buzzy Nielsen.

The Hood River County Forestry Department has scheduled a regular meeting of the Forest Recreation Trails Committee for March 20.

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. at the Oregon State University Extension Service Center conference room. The Extension Office is located at 2990 Experiment Station Drive (the road next to Your Rental and Party Center) in Hood River. Meetings are open to the public.

Mosier City Council holds a goal-setting session March 16, starting at 9 a.m., at 1102 Fourth Ave.

Possible discussion items: maintenance of city property, parks, streets, water, sewer, cemeteries, contracted services, an update of fees and “staff wish list.”

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, March 19, at Grace Su’s China Gorge restaurant, 2680 Old Columbia River Highway, Hood River. Following the luncheon and meeting, the group will take a tour of the newly renovated History Museum of Hood River County. Hostesses are Mary Watts, Wilma Townsend and May Reffett.

The April 16 meeting will be held in Wasco, Sherman County. All interested persons in education are encouraged to attend both meetings. Inquiries may be directed to Unit 20 President Roy Nellermoe at 541-354-1007.

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