The 37th annual Spring Festival in White Salmon, Wash., happens May 31-June 1 with something for everyone: family fun, music and more.
Local audiences will have one more chance to savor the sweet singing of Hood River Valley High School’s Aurora ensemble, as the girls present their spring concerts Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27. Also on the bill will be Borealis, the men’s counterpart.
The Hood River Lions Club has chosen Don Benton as grand marshal for the July 4 Independence Day Parade. Organizations and commercial entries are encouraged to register for the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Line-up starts at 8:30 a.m.
Columbia Center for the Arts proudly presents Emmy Award-winning author and world-class kayaker Doug Ammons as he presents “Riverscapes: The Geology and Human Culture of Rivers,” on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The Oregon Book Awards Author Tour brings Oregon Book Awards finalist Alexis Smith to the Hood River Library for an author talk on May 19, at 2 p.m. Smith grew up in Soldotna, Alaska, and Seattle, Wash.. She holds degrees from Portland State University and Goddard College. She was selected as a finalist in fiction for her debut novel “Glaciers,” published by Tin House Books.
Vince Welch, author of “The Last Voyageur,” will speak Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts. The biography focuses on Amos Burg, one of the first commercial river guides, the last known individual to run all the major western rivers (Columbia, Snake, Yellowstone, Missouri, Mississippi, Yukon, Canada’s Mackenzie, Green and Colorado, Middle Fork and Main Salmon) before dams made such voyages difficult if not impossible.
There’s an enthusiastic tone in Larry Wyatt’s voice as he demonstrates a unique wooden instrument that sits on the floor in the front of his May Street School music classroom. “These are “Studio 49” German-engineered xylophone bass boxes. They’re set up so we can play in the key of C, which is the same for my ukuleles.” With large mallets, Larry deftly plays a bass line that could be used in any number of simple folk songs, and then plays the first few measures of “Ode to Joy.” Full, rich, bell-like tones resonate around the room.
The History Museum of Hood River County hosts an Antique Appraisal Fair Sunday, May 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is located in the Port Marina Park, Exit 64, off I-84 in Hood River There is a $10 to have one item appraised; this includes admission to the museum exhibits. Museum members pay $5 for the appraisal fair.
Imagine a sculpted, looping series of trails that wind through city neighborhoods, along creek sides, through parks, schools and open lands — allowing any trail user beautiful and easy access to experience Hood River on a personal, down-to-earth level.
Portland writer Kim Stafford will be in Hood River May 16 to read from his new memoir, “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do” about the life and death, by suicide, of his older brother, Bret, who worked as a planner for Hood River County for three years in the mid-1980s. Bret and Kim are the sons of former, famed Ore-gon Poet Laureate William Stafford. The reading will be at noon at the Indian Creek Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College. It is free and open to the public.