Volunteer, run, learn, have fun — there are lots of things to do in April and May in the Gorge. Here are a few:
April 26 — Annual Earth Day Weeding Party
Join SOLVE and the Waterfront Community Park Association for an Earth Day Weeding Party, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 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, from 9 a.m. to noon; please leave four-legged friends at home.
Register online at http://bit.ly/1pgNVpm. Questions? Contact Marge Guth at 503-313-4576.
April 26 — Spring Garden Community Work Party at Hood River Middle School
Come one, come all! Help shake the winter blanket off the Hood River Middle School garden and greenhouse. Plant trees and flowers, prep beds, and spread mulch! The event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon.
Students will be there to lead work parties and show off the winter research and construction projects: climate batteries, chicken coops, aquaponics and cobb oven recipes.
Bring some work gloves, and hand tools (pruners) — wheelbarrows would be very helpful — a big smile and perhaps a raincoat! Water and hot tea will be provided.
Bring food for a potluck lunch after the work is complete. Bring your own dishes and utensils for eating and serving.
RSVP to Michael Becker, food and conservation science teacher at HRMS, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 28 — Kids track meet at HRVHS
Kids ages 2-12 are invited to join a just-for-fun track meet on Monday, April 28, 6 p.m. at the Hood River Valley High School track.
This Community Education event is a fun, non-competitive track meet designed for kids to experience some of the same running and jumping events that the high school team competes in. If they can run, then they can participate.
The fee is $1 per child. No pre-registration required; just show up and have fun!
May 2 — Hood River Alpine Veterinary Open House
Alpine Veterinary Hospital, 300 Frankton Road in Hood River, is holding its annual open house Friday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m.
Come tour the facility, see a barn full of animals, and have a cookie and juice.
May 3 — Water’s Edge Kid’s Run and Fitness Festival, The Dalles
On Saturday, May 3, the Water’s Edge Kids Run and Fitness Festival will happen at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.
Festivities kick off at noon with the opening of the Kids Fit Zone, where participants can test their speed, strength and flexibility with a number of activities.
The Water’s Edge Kids Run will start at 1 p.m. with a 1.1-mile course on paved pathways through the beautiful Discovery Center Campus. The event is free and open to all kids ages 4-12.
For more info visit watersedgefitnessfestival.com and facebook.com/watersedgefitnessfestival.
May 3 — CGCC Student Wind Challenge
Columbia Gorge Community College and Google are proud to announce the 2014 Student Wind Challenge, which will be held at The Dalles Civic Auditorium in The Dalles on May 3.
The Wind Challenge is a creative, hands-on program that fuels student interest in science, technology and wind energy. Students from area middle schools and high schools in teams of three to six will build, test, and present their wind turbine models to a group of judges.
In addition to the Wind Challenge competition, there will be a STEM fair at the event featuring local programs for students — elementary to high school — to get involved in STEM activities like robotics, wind energy, and more!
The event will be held Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, on East Fourth Street in The Dalles.
For more info, visit windchallenge.org.
May 4 — Bird Walk
Hood River Hobbies invites children (with parental supervision) and teens and adults to its first Bird Walk of the season. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. at the store, 110 Fourth St. in Hood River, and caravan to nearby locales.
Bring binoculars and good shoes. Birders 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. The cost is $3; sign up through Community Ed at hrcommunityed.org or 541-386-2055.
May 8-11 — ‘Peter Pan Jr.’ at Wy’east Middle School
Wy’east Middle School presents the musical “Peter Pan Jr.,” May 8, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and matinees on May 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. The cost is $3 for students and $5 for adults.
Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's enchanting play, Disney's Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up with no flying required!
May 10 — Second Saturday at WAAAM
Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum holds its monthly Second Saturday event May 10. Action occurs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Lunch is served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Weather permitting, cars and airplanes will be taken outside. Otherwise, there will be indoor events including demonstrations, special exhibits and hands-on experiences for visitors.
There is also a children’s hands-on exploration space to be enjoyed by all (with adult supervision).
WAAAM is located at 1600 Air Museum Road, Hood River. For more info visit waaamuseum.org.