Photo by Miko Ruhlen
WHAT WOULD you like to write about the Gorge environment and what it means to you?
As of Friday, August 26, 2016
School starts Aug. 30, and there’s bound to be some enjoyment in that, but for a few remaining tips to get the most out of your summer, here are some things going on in the next week, starting with morning, afternoon and evening events on Aug. 27:
Gorge Rocket Club
It happens at Wy’east Middle School in Odell at 9 a.m., with more dates to come this fall. Bring a rocket and engine; cost is $10 or $15 for the family. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Get Outside for Education’
The Hood River Education Foundation hosts its “Get Outside for Education” fundraiser on Saturday, from 1-4 p.m. at Waterfront Park. Family fun includes the Zorb “human hamster ball,” dry land obstacle course, slack line, raffle and prizes. Then, beginning at 4 p.m., enjoy live music featuring Tsoko Marimba and Moe Dixon.
Cost is $5 per person or $20 for up to 5 family members; additional funds can be texted via #GO4E. The event is sponsored by Doug’s Sports and Merrell — Merrell will donate 20 percent of all its sales at Doug’s Aug. 27 to the foundation.
Games and food sponsored by Rare Earth Adventures, Solstice, Indian Creek Golf Course, Hood River Valley Parks and Rec, Dakine, the City of Hood River, and Hood River Community Education.
Final Movies in the Park
At Jackson Park at dusk, enjoy “Star Wars: A New Hope” (PG, 1977). The showing is free; bring chairs or blankets, and layers.
First Friday Fun brings fun on Sept. 2
Two events for the whole family happen downtown on First Friday:
Unity Picnic, 5:30 p.m. at Georgiana Smith Park, sponsored by Hood River Library. The party is a celebration of the community’s cultural diversity.
It also wraps up the summer reading program, but anyone may attend. Enjoy a free taco bar and Mike’s Ice Cream, games and activities, and prize drawings, along with music by River City Jug Band.
Rock Paper Scissors Tournament, sixth annual event, starting at 6:30 p.m. in front of Andrew’s Pizza on Oak Street, sponsored by Mr. Elive Productions. Prizes total $500 in this all-comers’ event that always fills an entire city block.
Deadline Aug. 30 for writing contest
EnviroGorge hosts a writing contest for kids ages 3-12; yes, there are prizes. Write an essay about the Gorge environment.
You have until Aug. 30 to send it in. For details and an entry form, go to www.envirogorge.com.
Topics could be about wildlife in your neighborhood, “One thing I do to help the Gorge environment is…” or “My environmental hero in the Gorge is…”
See the website for other suggestions, or come up with your own.