Happenings

FOR CHILDREN

April 24 — Shakespeare for Kids, 3:30-5 p.m. at the HR Library. Delightfully animated adaptations of three famous plays. Kid-friendly!

Story Time at Hood River Library: Preschool Story Time is held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

New Parent Services Playgroups

For parents and their children ages newborn to 5; for more info contact Nancy Johanson Paul at 541-436-0319 or nancyp@nextdoorinc.org.

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cascade Locks City Hall gym.

Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. at Hood River Alliance Church, 2650 Montello Ave. (Contact the church at 541-386-2812 for details.)

Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. at Hood River Early Childhood Center (former Pine Grove School), bilingual, with developmental specialists available (follows school calendar). For more info call 541-386-4919.

ON STAGE

May 8-10 — “The Good Body” by Eve Ensler, 7:30 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., HR. Directed by Judie Hanel. Tickets available at Waucoma Bookstore, Columbia Arts or online at columbiarts.org; cost is $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Subject matter might not be suitable for young audiences. Performances will also be held 2 p.m. May 11 and 7:30 p.m. May 15-17.

EXHIBITS

Through April — “Collective Voices” Kids Art Opening at Columbia Center for the Arts. For the first time ever, Columbia Center for the Arts will display young people’s art exclusively in both the gallery and studio. The show is a culmination of a six-week pilot project entitled “Collective Voices: Exploring Personal Narratives” facilitated between CCA and three Gorge middle schools.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

April 21 — Mid-Columbia Jazz Night, 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles. School jazz bands from Hood River, The Dalles, Trout Lake, White Salmon, Bickleton and Goldendale will perform. Admission is $5; proceeds benefit "The Civic."

April 22-26 — Know Your Shakespeare Challenge. Adults: Come to the front desk and take the Shakespeare Quiz for a Dog River certificate drawing. Kids: Come to the kids desk and pick up your Shakespeare bookmark, memorize your quote, recite it for the librarian and choose a free book.

April 22 — Woodland Crown Craft, 3:30-5 p.m. at the HR Library. Get ready for Midsummer Night’s Dream and make a forest fairy crown like King Oberon and Queen Titania.

April 22 — Workshop: Natural Solutions to Digestive Problems, 7 p.m. in the Bamboo Room at Cascade Acupuncture Center, 104 Fifth St., HR. Acid reflux, hiatal hernias, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and Crohn’s disease are just a few of the digestive disorders that affect more than 61 million Americans each year. Learn about natural means of improving or even correcting these problems. The free workshop is led by Carola Stepper. Class size is limited; call 541-387-4325 to register.

April 22 — Presentation: “Artificial Glaciers in the Northwest,” by Emily Smith and Tom Bennett of PSU, at the HR Watershed Group meeting, 7 p.m. in the OSU Extension meeting room at 2990 Experiment Station Road, HR. The talk will describe a proposal to investigate the potential for “growing” glaciers on the north side of Mount Hood to possibly off-set the recession of Eliot, Coe and Langille glaciers. The technique was pioneered by Chewang Norphel, a civil engineer in Ladakh, India.

April 22 — Big Bingo at the HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, off Brookside Drive. Doors open and food available at 5 p.m.; games begin promptly at 6 p.m. Funds raised support the Meals on Wheels program.

April 22 — Earth Day Birder’s Social, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at HR Hobbies, 110 Fourth St. downtown. Come meet local bird watchers, learn about and join in the Gorge Big Year count, learn about bird songs, learn about eBird, kids can make a paper bird or play a game of bird bingo. Free.

April 23 — Happy Birthday Shakespeare, 6 p.m. at the HR Library. Celebrate the Bard’s big day at a special performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Original Practice Shakespeare Festival presents the bard as you’ve never seen him. Fast-paced, energetic and full of surprise. Birthday cake served afterwards.

April 24 — Watercolor Workshop with local artist Jan Muir, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at HR Alliance Church, building M1, 2650 Montello St., hosted by the HR Art Club. Muir will guide participants through two or three small paintings, demonstrating techniques for various washes, wet into wet and dry brush. Participation limited to 15; all skill levels welcome. There will probably be a few slots for non-members, first-come-first-served; call Dell Rhodes at 509-493-3572 to reserve a slot and to get materials list. Class fee is $20 for members, $25 for non-members.

April 24 — Crop Talk, 5:30 p.m. at Rockford Community Grange, 4250 Barrett Drive, HR. Open to anyone who grows food and would like an informal, non-structured gathering to share, learn and commiserate about working in the soil.

April 25-26 —Providence Hospice volunteer training, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 1630 Woods Court. Hospice volunteers are ordinary people with an extraordinary love and concern for others. They come from all walks of life, are of every age, and offer a variety of services to meet a variety of needs. Volunteers can choose to serve in a number of different ways that make a tremendous difference. The training offers a practical understanding of end-of-life issues and hospice care. Another session will be held May 2-3. To register or for more info contact Christine Jones at 541-387-1152 or christine.jones@providence.org.

April 25 — Friday Fun Lunch with The Strawberry Mountain Band, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, off Brookside Drive on the Heights. Dancers and listeners welcome.

April 26-27 — Cascade Locks Annual Citywide Garage Sale Days, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maps available at local businesses. Find collectables, baby items, household items, furniture, antiques and more. The fire department will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

April 26 — HR Watershed Group’s Water Supply tour, a 3½-hour tour (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) exploring Crystal Springs Water District’s source water, following its route through Odell, and stopping by the Odell Sanitary District to find out what happens to wastewater before it is discharged into our waterways. Also, learn about recent improvements to our water supply system and learn how to protect this essential element of our everyday lives. Cost is $10; register with Community Ed at http://bit.ly/1iwQM8p.

April 26 — Annual Earth Day Weeding Party, 9 a.m. to noon at Waterfront Park. Volunteer to celebrate Earth Day pulling weeds and spreading mulch at our loved community park. Bring energy, labeled tools, water bottle, buckets for weeds, gloves. The event will happen rain or shine; please leave four-legged friends at home. Register online at http://bit.ly/1pgNVpm. Questions? Contact: Marge Guth at 503-313-4576.

April 26 — 11th Annual St. Joseph’s Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot across from Thriftway Harvest Market in White Salmon. Plants will be quality Gorge-hardy annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs, locally grown. Colorful planters will also be available.

April 26 — Hood River County Reads sponsors a free writing workshop with Kim Stafford, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the HR Library. Register in advance at the Library checkout desk.

April 26 — Adopt A Dog Microchip Clinic, a benefit for the community and Hood River’s Adopt A Dog program, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the old fire station on WaNaPa in Cascade Locks (next to the post office). The cost is $16 (half the typical price). Dogs must be on leash; handlers must be 18 or older and the owner of the dog. Pet owners and dogs from Oregon and Washington are welcome. A rabies vaccine for dogs will also be available; approximate cost is $15. A certificate will be provided (for doggie daycare providers or for obtaining a dog license).

April 26 — Open House at Rockford Community Grange, 4250 Barrett Drive, HR, celebrating April as Grange Month, 3-8 p.m. with a community potluck (Rockford members will prepare the main dish) starting at 6 p.m. There will be music, dance lessons, a plant sale and seed swap, just to name a few offerings.

April 26 — Made for Mosier benefit auction, 5:30 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar Winery. The evening will feature a no-host social hour, silent and live auctions, games and musical entertainment. The live auction begins at 7:30 p.m. and will showcase student art pieces created in association with local artists Tickets are $35, available at the Mosier Community School office, Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles, the Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River or reserved by emailing Susan Vallie at vallies@nwasco.k12.or.us. Proceeds will help fund the STEAM program (science and technology interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in mathematical elements) at Mosier Schools. For more info visit madeformosier.com or call Susan Vallie at Mosier Schools, 541-478-3321.

April 26 — Taste of Tsuruta, 6-8 p.m. at Mt. Hood Winery. Enjoy Japanese cuisine provided by Kaze and China Gorge to celebrate and raise funds for the HR-Tsuruta Sister City program. Tickets are $25 each or two for $40; funds raised will help support the student travelers visiting Tsuruta in August and students coming from Japan in the fall and spring. All proceeds go directly to the nonprofit organization. Tickets can be picked up from Niko Yasui at HRVHS, from other Sister City board members or from the HR News front desk.

April 26 — Wild Bill’s Bingo at the Elks Lodge, a fundraiser for Elks scholarship programs, 7 p.m. Open to the community. Minimum $250 progressive blackout each week. Hosted by the Elks and the Mid-Columbia Knights of Columbus. Dinners, starting at $8.50, are available from 5-7 p.m.

April 27 — HR County Reads program, 2 p.m. at the HR Library: Kim Stafford will discuss the poetry of his father, William Stafford, as well as his own work and life.

April 29 — Big Bingo at the HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, off Brookside Drive. Doors open and food available at 5 p.m.; games begin promptly at 6 p.m. Funds raised support the Meals on Wheels program.

April 30 — Documentary, “Half the Road,” 6:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. at Andrew’s Pizza and Skylight Theatre. An award-winning film about the passions, pitfalls and power of women’s professional cycling by Kathryn Bertine; co-directed, filmed and edited by Hood River local Kevin Tokstad, who will be in attendance.

May 2 — Friday Fun Lunch with the For the Good Times Band, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, off Brookside Drive on the Heights. Dancers and listeners welcome.

May 2-3 —Providence Hospice volunteer training, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 1630 Woods Court. Hospice volunteers are ordinary people with an extraordinary love and concern for others. They come from all walks of life, are of every age, and offer a variety of services to meet a variety of needs. Volunteers can choose to serve in a number of different ways that make a tremendous difference. The training offers a practical understanding of end-of-life issues and hospice care. To register or for more info contact Christine Jones at 541-387-1152 or christine.jones@providence.org.

May 3 — Kids Free Vision Clinic, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Indian Creek Family Eye Care, 1700 12th St., Ste. A, HR. Free comprehensive eye exams and glasses for uninsured kids age 18 and under. Time and space is limited so contact Indian Creek Family Eye Care to set up an appointment today, at 541-386-1700, reception@icfec.com or visit indiancreekeyes.com.

May 3 — Leos Club bottle/can collection, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rosauers parking lot. Monies raised from return deposit containers are donated to a different nonprofit group each month. Containers do not need to be sorted, but it is very much appreciated.

May 3 — Mother’s Day celebration, given by Daughters of the American Revolution, Celilo Chapter, 1-3 p.m. at the HR Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day, the DAR Celilo Chapter invites all Blue and Gold Star mothers to attend a special tea in their honor. Please RSVP to Joni Walker at 541-354-1115 or djwalker@gorge.net.

May 3 — Wild Bill’s Bingo at the Elks Lodge, a fundraiser for Elks scholarship programs, 7 p.m. Open to the community. Minimum $250 progressive blackout each week. Hosted by the Elks and the Mid-Columbia Knights of Columbus. Dinners, starting at $8.50, are available from 5-7 p.m.

May 4 — Bird Walk, meet at 8 a.m. at HR Hobbies, 110 Fourth St. downtown, and caravan to nearby locales. Children welcome with parental supervision. Bring binoculars and good shoes. Participants will be looking for new species for the Gorge Big Year count. Walks should be finished by 10 a.m., but times may vary depending on location. Additional walks are May 18, June 8 and June 22. Sign up through Community Ed (hrcommunityed.org), $3 per walk. Email HR Hobbies to be notified of future birding activities: info@hoodriverhobbies.com.

May 6 — Big Bingo at the HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, off Brookside Drive. Doors open and food available at 5 p.m.; games begin promptly at 6 p.m. Funds raised support the Meals on Wheels program.

May 7 — The Mellow Guitar of Bill Davis, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (lunch hour) at HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, off Brookside Drive on the Heights.

May 9 — Friday Fun Lunch with Jack Shepherd & Friends, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, off Brookside Drive on the Heights. Dancers and listeners welcome.

May 9 — Free Estate Planning Seminar, noon to 1:30 p.m. in classrooms 1 and 2 at Providence HR Memorial Hospital. Join PHRMH Foundation for this free seminar, by reservation, to discover how, through planning, to have power over the distribution of your estate. Learn answers to: What is probate? Is a living trust for you? When does my will need updating? Email julie.raefield-gobbo@providence.org or phone 541-387-6950 to register.

May 10 — Spend a day at a Trout Lake Farm with Cascade Mountain School. Open to prospective and former students and parents. Cost is $5 per person; includes lunch. These outings are made possible by funding from the Alpinees Outdoor Education Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation. To learn more or register, visit cascademountainschool.org or call 503-358-1949.

May 10 — Wild Bill’s Bingo at the Elks Lodge, a fundraiser for Elks scholarship programs, 7 p.m. Open to the community. Minimum $250 progressive blackout each week. Hosted by the Elks and the Mid-Columbia Knights of Columbus. Dinners, starting at $8.50, are available from 5-7 p.m.

May 13 — Big Bingo at the HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, off Brookside Drive. Doors open and food available at 5 p.m.; games begin promptly at 6 p.m. Funds raised support the Meals on Wheels program.

May 13 — Author Reading with Brian Doyle, 6:30 p.m. at the HR County Library. The event is free and open to the public. Doyle will be discussing his new book “The Plover.” For more info contact the Library District at 541-386-2535 or info@hoodriverlibrary.org, or visit hoodriverlibrary.org.

May 14 — Free Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop with Oregon Book Award author Jay Ponteri, 5-7 p.m. at the HR Library. Registration is required; sign up at the library. For more info contact the Library District at 541-386-2535 or info@hoodriverlibrary.org, or visit hoodriverlibrary.org.

May 16 — Hazardous Waste Collection event, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at HR Garbage Service, 3440 Guignard Drive. Get rid of unwanted dangerous and hazardous materials. For more info call 541-506-2636 or visit tricountyrecycle.com.

May 16 — Friday Fun Lunch with The Simcoe Boys, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, off Brookside Drive on the Heights. Dancers and listeners welcome.

May 17 — Rafting on the Klickitat River with Cascade Mountain School. Open to prospective and former students and parents. Cost is $5 per person; includes lunch. These outings are made possible by funding from the Alpinees Outdoor Education Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation. To learn more or register, visit cascademountainschool.org or call 503-358-1949.

May 17 — Wild Bill’s Bingo at the Elks Lodge, a fundraiser for Elks scholarship programs, 7 p.m. Open to the community. Minimum $250 progressive blackout each week. Hosted by the Elks and the Mid-Columbia Knights of Columbus. Dinners, starting at $8.50, are available from 5-7 p.m.

May 18 — Bird Walk, meet at 8 a.m. at HR Hobbies, 110 Fourth St. downtown, and caravan to nearby locales. Children welcome with parental supervision. Bring binoculars and good shoes. Participants will be looking for new species for the Gorge Big Year count. Walks should be finished by 10 a.m., but times may vary depending on location. Additional walks are June 8 and June 22. Sign up through Community Ed (hrcommunityed.org), $3 per walk. Email HR Hobbies to be notified of future birding activities: info@hoodriverhobbies.com.

May 20 — Big Bingo at the HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, off Brookside Drive. Doors open and food available at 5 p.m.; games begin promptly at 6 p.m. Funds raised support the Meals on Wheels program.

May 23 — Friday Fun Lunch with The Strawberry Mountain Band, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, off Brookside Drive on the Heights. Dancers and listeners welcome.

May 24 — Wild Bill’s Bingo at the Elks Lodge, a fundraiser for Elks scholarship programs, 7 p.m. Open to the community. Minimum $250 progressive blackout each week. Hosted by the Elks and the Mid-Columbia Knights of Columbus. Dinners, starting at $8.50, are available from 5-7 p.m.

May 27 — Big Bingo at the HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, off Brookside Drive. Doors open and food available at 5 p.m.; games begin promptly at 6 p.m. Funds raised support the Meals on Wheels program.

May 31 — Wild Bill’s Bingo at the Elks Lodge, a fundraiser for Elks scholarship programs, 7 p.m. Open to the community. Minimum $250 progressive blackout each week. Hosted by the Elks and the Mid-Columbia Knights of Columbus. Dinners, starting at $8.50, are available from 5-7 p.m.

June 7 — Leos Club bottle/can collection, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rosauers parking lot. Monies raised from return deposit containers are donated to a different nonprofit group each month. Containers do not need to be sorted, but it is very much appreciated.

June 8 — Bird Walk, meet at 8 a.m. at HR Hobbies, 110 Fourth St. downtown, and caravan to nearby locales. Children welcome with parental supervision. Bring binoculars and good shoes. Participants will be looking for new species for the Gorge Big Year count. Walks should be finished by 10 a.m., but times may vary depending on location. Another walk is scheduled for June 22. Sign up through Community Ed (hrcommunityed.org), $3 per walk. Email HR Hobbies to be notified of future birding activities: info@hoodriverhobbies.com.

June 14 — Hazardous Waste Collection rural event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the wastewater treatment plant in Cascade Locks, 105 Herman Creek Lane. Get rid of unwanted dangerous and hazardous materials. For more info call 541-506-2636 or visit tricountyrecycle.com.

June 14 — Build a Model at HR Hobbies, 110 Fourth St. downtown, 11 a.m. Hands-on class where each student will build a skill level 1 airplane or car model. Suitable for children 8 and up, but younger children are welcome with parent help. Cost is $7; sign up through Community Ed (hrcommunityed.org) or email info@hoodriverhobbies.com for more info.

June 22 — Bird Walk, meet at 8 a.m. at HR Hobbies, 110 Fourth St. downtown, and caravan to nearby locales. Children welcome with parental supervision. Bring binoculars and good shoes. Participants will be looking for new species for the Gorge Big Year count. Walks should be finished by 10 a.m., but times may vary depending on location. Sign up through Community Ed (hrcommunityed.org), $3 per walk. Email HR Hobbies to be notified of future birding activities: info@hoodriverhobbies.com.

June 28 — Mount Adams Country Bicycle Tour, featuring four easy-to-challenging ride options, in and around the area of Trout Lake, Wash. All rides feature well-marked routes, rest stops with snacks and water, sag wagons, repair support, radio coverage, and emergency teams, as well as optional lunch and post-ride meals. Online registration is now open at http://bit.ly/1fjPfBu.

July 5 — Leos Club bottle/can collection, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rosauers parking lot. Monies raised from return deposit containers are donated to a different nonprofit group each month. Containers do not need to be sorted, but it is very much appreciated.

July 5 — Water Rocket Building, 11 a.m. at HR Hobbies, 110 Fourth St. Learn to build a water rocket, about water pressure, and about rocket safety. Water rockets will be built out of plastic bottles and launched at a nearby locale. Assistance by parents will be required for children too young to build a rocket on their own with direction, and will be needed to transport children to the launch site. Cost is $12; sign up through Community Ed (hrcommunityed.org) or email info@hoodriverhobbies.com.

Aug. 2 — Leos Club bottle/can collection, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rosauers parking lot. Monies raised from return deposit containers are donated to a different nonprofit group each month. Containers do not need to be sorted, but it is very much appreciated.

Aug. 15 — Hazardous Waste Collection event, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at HR Garbage Service, 3440 Guignard Drive. Get rid of unwanted dangerous and hazardous materials. For more info call 541-506-2636 or visit tricountyrecycle.com.

Sept. 6 — Leos Club bottle/can collection, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rosauers parking lot. Monies raised from return deposit containers are donated to a different nonprofit group each month. Containers do not need to be sorted, but it is very much appreciated.

Sept. 6 — Hazardous Waste Collection rural event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mid Valley Market in Odell. Get rid of unwanted dangerous and hazardous materials. For more info call 541-506-2636 or visit tricountyrecycle.com.

Oct. 4 — Leos Club bottle/can collection, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rosauers parking lot. Monies raised from return deposit containers are donated to a different nonprofit group each month. Containers do not need to be sorted, but it is very much appreciated.

Oct. 25 — Hazardous Waste Collection rural event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mosier Community School. Get rid of unwanted dangerous and hazardous materials. For more info call 541-506-2636 or visit tricountyrecycle.com.

Nov. 1 — Leos Club bottle/can collection, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rosauers parking lot. Monies raised from return deposit containers are donated to a different nonprofit group each month. Containers do not need to be sorted, but it is very much appreciated.

Nov. 14 — Hazardous Waste Collection event, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at HR Garbage Service, 3440 Guignard Drive. Get rid of unwanted dangerous and hazardous materials. For more info call 541-506-2636 or visit tricountyrecycle.com.

Nov. 15 — Hazardous Waste Collection rural event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Parkdale. Get rid of unwanted dangerous and hazardous materials. For more info call 541-506-2636 or visit tricountyrecycle.com.

Dec. 6 — Leos Club bottle/can collection, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rosauers parking lot. Monies raised from return deposit containers are donated to a different nonprofit group each month. Containers do not need to be sorted, but it is very much appreciated.