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Neighbor fair raises funds for town hall

August 17, 2005

The Mt. Hood Towne Hall will be bustling Saturday with family fun, food and friends — and a rare opportunity to see what other people in the community are passionate about.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the historic schoolhouse will be alive with classes, displays, entertainment and demonstrations. From Tai-Chi to chain saw maintenance, jam-making to singing lessons; there will literally be something to interest everyone in the family.

“This is about fund raising, yes, but that’s not the main focus,” says Revelyn Rawdin, one of MHTH’s board members. “This is about promoting what’s out there. Many of the teachers — who are all volunteering — are offering their services for cheap rates, to try and build their businesses.”

The fair will also get people into the building and onto the grounds so they can see what a great place the Towne Hall is for the community to use, she said.

There is no cost for admission to the event, but small fees, ranging from $1 to $10, will be charged for the 1-hour classes. Some presentations and performances will be free, such as “Child Safety in the Home” (given in both English and Spanish), Hood River Grower-Shipper Association’s Backyard Tree Project, and a Mexican Folkdance performance.

There will be plenty to interest kids: basic beading, making playdough, a children’s play group, marimba, a petting zoo, and a game room.

Walk-ins are welcome in all classes, but sign-up in advance is recommended for some classes where there is a limit to class size — such as singing lessons, massage or Tae Kwon Do — or where materials are supplied and need to be purchased in advance — such as sausage-making, pie-baking, or flower-pounding. A complete schedule of classes and fees is listed online at:

http://community.gorge.net/mthoodtownehall

Other special events will include a kickoff for the Mt. Hood Towne Hall children’s playground project, a celebration of Senior Meal volunteers, a barbecue, and live music. Beer and beverages will also be available.

There are still a few openings for those who are interested in volunteering to teach a class or share information; for more information call 352-1078 or visit the Web site.

This is a great opportunity to see who is doing what in our community, and a chance to share what you do with others. Its promoters call it a “friend-raising fund-raiser!”

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