PARKDALE NEWS: Parkdale Carnival fun this Friday

The Parkdale Elementary School Carnival is this Friday, March 14, with new additions this year.

Cooper Spur Restaurant, donating their time and food at cost to the PTO, will cater a delicious dinner menu of pork tacos, beans and rice, macaroni and cheese, chips and salsa, hot dogs and salad for $1.50 to $6 from 5-7 p.m.

Cotton candy and cookies will also be available for purchase.

The carnival fun will start at 5:30 p.m. with game booths and this year will include a bounce house as a new addition to the fun.

This year the cake walk will feature fresh doughnuts and cakes purchased from local stores and donations of cakes, cookies, desserts, pastries and healthy alternatives of fruit and vegetables from markets, restaurants and bakeries from Parkdale and Hood River.

A raffle will be held from 7:30-8 p.m. and tickets are currently on sale from students, PTO members, and at the school office for $1 a ticket.

Tickets will also be available to purchase at the carnival until the drawing.

Help is always appreciated for setting up the carnival, manning game booths, and cleaning up afterwards. If you would like to help, contact Alison Betzing at 541-370-5644.

For more information, contact the school office at 541-352-6255.


Family Math Night will be this Tuesday, March 11, from 6-7 p.m. at Parkdale Elementary School.

Kids in grades K-5 and their parents are encouraged to join staff for a fun evening of math to learn some great games to practice math fluency at home.


The Parkdale Skate Club will be holding its final night of the season this Saturday, March 15, in the Parkdale Elementary gym.

“We’ve had a great season this year and thanks to everyone who came and skated,” said Skate Club coordinator Hannah McCarty. “We’ll be back in November and we are in need of volunteers, so if you like to help please contact me at 541-806-6695.”


The Parkdale Public Library will be holding a kickoff party for its new Lego Club on Saturday, March 22 at 12:30 p.m.

There will be a raffle, snacks and creative activities at the event.

The Lego Club will meet at the Parkdale Library the third Saturday of each month at 12:30 p.m. starting March 22 and Legos will be provided, but children are also welcome to bring their own Legos to play with.


This Thursday, March 13, at 10 a.m. the Parkdale OSU Home Extension Study Group will be meeting at the Parkdale Grange Hall.

With spring just around the corner, Master Gardeners will be on hand to teach “Gardening for Healthy Aging.”

Information presented will include natural gardening, garden design, health and functional fitness outcomes and gardening activities that engage older adults in gardening for healthy aging.

This Grange Appreciation meeting is open to the community and attendees are asked to bring donations of paper towels, regular or decaf coffee, tea, Dawn dishwashing liquid, napkins or cash donations to show their appreciation for Grange hospitality.


“Portland’s Glorious Gardens” is this year’s Annual Spring Tour on Thursday, May 22, for the OSU Home Extension Study Groups.

Tickets are now available for the Portland tour when Master Gardeners will provide detailed information about horticulture, history and other facets of the Lan Su Chinese Garden, Rose Garden, and Japanese Garden as attendees explore them.

The trip will include a delicious lunch in the Pearl District and a stop for pre-placed orders at Voodoo Doughnut.

Pre-paid registration is required and must be received by May 15.

For more information and to register for the 2014 Spring Tour contact the Hood River County Extension Office at 541-386-3343.


Bearing Fruit Gymnastics classes for children ages 5-7 from 3-4 p.m. and for 8-12 from 4-5 p.m. are new at the Mount Hood Town Hall.

If you are interested in your child attending or need more information, go to or contact Marcy Schreiber at 541-408-6487.


The Mount Hood Town Hall is looking for skilled people to teach classes in areas such as cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, arts, musical instruments, language learning and more.

If you have a skill or talent you’d like to share with others, contact Nikki Stansel at 541-645-0341.


In case you’ve been wondering about this year’s Enchanted Evening at the Mount Hood Town Hall, traditionally held in April, there is a change for this year’s event.

This summer an even grander Enchanted Evening is being planned as part of the Town Hall’s 100th Year Anniversary celebration.

More information on the event, including the date it will be held, will be posted in this column as it becomes available.

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