The Hood River County Library District will have summer reading programs at all of its sites, although dates and prizes vary; details below. Some Hood River County School District libraries will also have open on limited days and hours, and adult supervision is required.

Cascade Locks Library — July 5-29; children can register their Summer Reading Logs any time after June 14 and choose a book goal for those four weeks. Prizes include freebies from Bridgeside, Eastwind and Locks of Dogs & Treats.

Hood River Library — Beginning June 14 and running through August; children can register their reading goal and receive freebies such as pool passes, cookies, books and/or ice cream.

May Street Elementary — Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m., from June 22 to August 17.

Mid Valley Elementary — Mondays and Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., from June 27 through Aug. 2.

Parkdale Library — June 14-July 13; children can choose a reading goal and receive coupons for a freebies from McIsaac’s, Alabama Jim’s, and Apple Valley BBQ, plus a free book.

Note: The library branches in Hood River, Parkdale and Cascade Locks all have additional programs; see the Happenings section for more details all summer long.

Summer meal programs

Summer meals are provided at no cost to children ages 1-18:

• Mid Valley Elementary, 3686 Davis Drive, July 6-27 — breakfast runs from 7:15-8 a.m., and lunch from 10:55 a.m. to noon.

• Hood River Valley High School, 1220 Indian Creek Rd., July 6-27 — breakfast from 8-8:30 a.m., and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Camps and contests

Gorge Roller Girls Roller Derby Youth Camp — For ages 6-17, June 27-July 1. Cost is $60; register through Community Education at 541-386-2055 or community.ed@hood....

Triple Threat Basketball Camp — Two camps run June 20-24: Grades 4-6 from 9 a.m. until noon, and grades 7-9 from 1-4 p.m. Camps are co-ed. Cost is $70 per player, and $60 for each additional family member. Registration is June 20 from 8-8:45 a.m. Each camper will receive a t-shirt, but must provide other athletic wear. No food will be provided; campers should bring a towel. For more info, contact HCS at 541-387-3200.

EnviroGorge Kids Summer Writing Contest — For kids in grades 3-12. Entrants can submit an original essay related to the Columbia River Gorge and the environment by Aug. 30 and be entered to win prizes and publication on the EnviroGorge website. First place prizes include a $100 gift certificate to Hood River Hobbies, a month of free lessons from The Underground Music Station, or a month of free lessons at Northwest Taekwondo. The first 50 entries will receive a goodie bag donated by Bonneville Power Administration. Further details and entry forms are available at

Summer Musical Theatre Workshop — For grades 2-5, June 27-July 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at Hood River Middle School. With instructor Rebekah Meyer; will end with a performance at Jackson Park. This summer’s musical will be “The Jungle Book.” Bring snacks, water bottle and scripts, pencils and highlighters each day. Class fee $295; register through Community Education at 541-386-2055 or community.ed@hood....

Skateboard Art — For ages 10-16, July 18-22 from 1-3 p.m. at Hood River Middle School. With instructor Michelle Yamamoto; demos, cool art supplies. California-made skateboard included in supply cost of $170; $20 materials fee. Wear clothes that can get messy. Register through Community Education at 541-386-2055 or community.ed@hood....

Youth Eagle Soccer Camp — For grades K-6, June 27-30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Westside Elementary. With HRVHS soccer coaching staff and student athletes; teaches fundamentals, establishes practice routines, encourages teamwork and more. Class fee is $110, and some scholarships are available. Register through Community Education at 541-386-2055 or community.ed@hood....

Youth Sailing — Introductory class June 20 through Aug. 31 from 5:30-8 p.m.; advanced class June 28 through Aug. 16 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Class fees by session and taught by Columbia Gorge Racing Association. More information and registration at Community Education, 541-386-2055 or community.ed@hood....

Volleyball Camp — Grades 1-5 runs Aug. 8-10, 8-9 a.m. at HRVHS; class fee $30. Grades 6-8 runs Aug. 23-25 from noon-3 p.m.; class fee $40 and taught by Tara Henderson. Register through Community Education at 541-386-2055 or community.ed@hood....

And no, school hasn’t even ended yet, but the 2016-2017 school year begins August 30 — just FYI.


June 1 — Wednesday evening race series starts, Hood River marina and waterfront, Hood River Yacht Club (hoodriveryachtclub,org).

June 1-26 — “Pack It Up” exhibit. Art made from suitcases and art made to fit in a suitcase in a salute to Hood River as a destination for travelers from around the world. Columbia Center for the Arts 215 Cascade Ave.

June 10-12 — Grand Opening Weekend at Packer Orchards & Farm Place, Highway 35, Odell.

June 17 — Portland Poetry Slam. Raw Evening of Poetry at 7 p.m. Part of Columbia Center for the Arts’ poTENtial arts series (

June 11 — Memaloose Hills Trail wildlife hike (

June 11 — Livestock Jackpot Show, Hood River County Fairgrounds. Begins at 9 a.m. Extended Application project by Ellie Smith, HRVHS class of 2017.

June 16-19 — Columbia Gorge Biennial Classic (Columbia River Volkssport Club), 11 walks, 2 bike rides and 1 swim (www., 503-649-7675).

June 18 — Father’s Day weekend hike at Horsetail Falls Loop (east.gorge@

June 17 and July 1 — Family Fun racing events, Hood River Yacht Club (

June 18-19 — Kids Weekend at Lavender Valley,

Mid-June — Gorge Ultimate summer league. Play ultimate Frisbee in this team league ( /GorgeUltimate).

June 18 — 10th Annual Gorge Ride. Fully supported bike ride on 19.25miles of the Columbia Gorge Historic Highway ( events/2016-gorge-ride).

June 18 — Columbia Gorge Racing Association opening day, Cascade Locks (

June 18— Second Annual Fistula Project fundraiser, “Returning Dignity to Women.” Champagne brunch and silent auction supporting the women and children in Uganda at Wilinda Blueberry Patch, 730 Frankton Rd. Hood River, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Tickets sold at the event or at Waucoma Book Store on Oak St. $20 adults/ $10 children.

June 23 — Summer Kick-Off Party Fundraiser, 4-7 p.m. at Kickstand Coffee and Kitchen. For Columbia Gorge Peace Village scholarships. Live music, raffle, art, kids’ activities, door prizes, more.

June 23-26 — The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association (CGWA) beach bash (

June 24-26 — Sternwheeler Days, Cascade Locks, with parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. Mountain Man Rendezvous and crafts, games and vendors in Marine Park, and more.

June 25 — Hood River Yacht Club City Front Regatta. Races start at 4 p.m.

June 25 — 20th Annual Hood River Elks Scholarship Golf Tournament. Four-person scramble at Indian Creek Golf Course (541-386-1507 or

June 25 — Ice Age Floods talk, 2-4 p.m. Meet with an Oregon State Parks Interpreter and learn about the Missoula floods that helped shape the land during the last ice age. Rowena Crest, on Historic Columbia Gorge Highway.

June 25 — Horse Sorting at the Hood River County Fairgrounds (

June 26 — Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour. Multiple loops to choose from on this fully-supported ride, but all are rough the beautiful Mt. Adams Country. Raises money for local nonprofits/charities (

June 24-26 — Sternwheeler Days, Cascade Locks, with parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. Mountain Man Rendezvous and crafts, games and vendors in Marine Park, and more.

June 26 — All Sports Swap Meet, 8-noon at Luhr Jensen parking lot, Hood River (

June 25 — City Front Regatta, 4-9 p.m. at the Hood River Yacht Club (www.

July 2-3 — 12th annual Lavender DAZE at Hood River Lavender, 10-5 p.m. daily. Live music, food and wine, crafts vendors, classes and lavender. No pets ( or 888-LAV-FARM).


July 1-2 — Plymouth Yarns Trunk Show, Foothills Yarn & Fiber, 4207 Sylvester Drive, Odell. Hand knitted garments of alpaca and other yarn.

July 1 — Hood River County Library District’s Fifth Birthday Party, 5:30 p.m. at the Hood River Library. Celebrate Star Wars style. Cantina band, Chewy impersonation contest, cake and ice cream. Come in costume! Free.

July 3 — Independence Eve, Bingen Theater, Bingen, 7 p.m. Public performance of music, comedy, and more, in English and Spanish, live broadcast on Radio Tierra.

July 3 — All Sports Swap Meet, 8-noon at the Windance parking lot, Hood River (

July 4-19 — Crazy for U-Pick Cherry Days at Draper Girls Country Farm, 6200 Highway 35.

July 4 — Fort Dalles Fourth Celebration at Lewis and Clark Festival Park in The Dalles, First and Union streets. The premiere small town big Fourth experience, with music, booths and fireworks after dark.

July 4 — Hood River Parade and Jackson Park celebration, 10 a.m. parade, 11 a.m. park; fireworks at dusk on the waterfront, courtesy of Hood River Eyeopener Lions.

July 4 — 42nd Annual Kollas Cranmer Run, 8 a.m. The de facto start Fourth of July festivities in the Hood River Valley, featuring a run from Odell to Hood River (

July 4 — Odell Fourth of July Parade, 4 p.m., downtown.

July 4 — White Salmon parade and concert, 1 p.m., Jewett Blvd. (

July 5-8 — CGRA Wind Youth Clinic, Cascade Locks (

July 8-30 – Musical, “Avenue Q” by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx, directed by Mark Steighner, Columbia Center for the Arts (columbiarts. org). Avenue Q is an “autobiographical and biographical” coming-of-age musical, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood, notable for use of puppets. Suitable for adults 18 years and over.

July 9 — WAAAM Traffic Jam. A Car Show and Swap Meet, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. WAAAM is located three miles from downtown Hood River at 1600 Air Museum Road (541-308-1600 or

July 9 — Kriekfest, inaugural sour beer festival featuring Lambic-style ales from the Northwest, United States, and Belgium. Starts at noon, $25, at railway park, Parkdale. Event is all-ages, 21-and-over to drink (

July 9 — Relay for Life, 4-10 p.m. in downtown Hood River at Second and State. Carnival-theme with games, entertainment, food, silent auction, events recognizing those fighting cancer, survivors and those lost. More at 541-490-8622.

July 9-10 — CGFA Wind Youth Regatta (

July 10 — JenJoy Memorial Walk/Run 5K/10K. Walk/run at the Cascade Locks Marina near Thunder Island Brewing. Donations benefit Gorge families celebrating Christmas with cancer (

July 16 — Windermere Glenn Taylor Real Estate first ever benefit golf tournament, Skamania Lodge, to support Stevenson High School’s Ruff Cuts program which teaches students skills in the trades.

July 15-17 — 10th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer. A multi-day kiteboarding festival held at the Hood River Event Site that raises money to help people affected by cancer (athletes

July 16 — Fifth Annual Wild Woman Marathon. A run created by women and for women, this run features a marathon, a 50K and a relay with a portion of the proceeds going to a local nonprofit (

July 16-17 — Apple Valley Country Store cherry celebration, with pastries, ice cream, pulled pork barbecue and more 2363 Tucker Rd, Hood River (541-386-1971).

July 16 — Columbia Gorge Relay for Life at the Hood River County Fairgrounds.

July 18 — Gorge Downwind Champs: A weeklong event with races for paddlers of outrigger canoes, surfskis, and stand up paddleboards (SUP). Serves as a fundraiser for Rivers For Change (

July 20 — Laser Gorge Blowout. Hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association, this sailboat race features a “white-knuckle 18- mile downwinder” from Cascade Locks to Hood River (

July 22-24 — 16th Annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest, billed as the nation’s longest-running amateur kiteboarding competition. Takes place in Stevenson (

July 27 — Giant Bicycle Demo (

July 27-30 — Hood River County Fair. Entertainment and fun for the family. Displays, carnival rides, daily music and entertainment, livestock, flowers, 4-H, art, food and more; featuring country music’s Tracy Lawrence on July 30 (

School’s soon out for summer, but this year one sample of summer fun is all about school: “Encyclopedia to Wikipedia” exhibit at History Museum of Hood River County, open daily. It’s just one of a wide variety of indoor and outdoor “Summer Fun” activities and events, on this page, B2 and B3.

For starters, summer is the perfect time to support farmers’ markets for local produce, bread, cheese, meat, baked goods, and more.

Here are three changes in the local market scene:

• Odell’s Mercado del Valle has a new location and schedule: 4-7 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month; the street is closed for that period, next to the Methodist Church.

• A new market has been added at Mt. Hood Town Hall, 4-7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.

• Hood River’s weekday market and Saturday Market have combined, at the Fifth and Columbia streets parking lot, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, and there is no market at Hood River Middle School.

What’s summer without frozen treats? Get them at Mike’s Ice Cream and Yum Yogurt downtown, East-West Drive-In in Cascaded Locks, Froyo Yogurt adjacent to Rosauers, and Cicci’s gelato on Portway Avenue across from the Waterfront Park.

Shoreline Trail in Hood River (2.5 miles, flat asphalt and concrete surfaces) now runs all the way from The Hook to the west to Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, including three new sections completed in 2015 and 2016. Public restrooms are located at the Waterfront Park, Event Site, and Marina.

Keep cool at Hood River County Library in downtown, which is open as a cooling center during its regular hours. The library will give free water bottles when the temperature is 85 degrees or more, which can be filled at the library or various other locations downtown.


Aug. 4 — Families in the park, Hood River’s Jackson Park, 7 p.m. free concert with Radical Revolution (‘80s hits).

Aug. 6 — Ninth annual Double Damned Boat Race. 36 nautical miles of anything goes from Cascade Locks to Stevenson.

Aug. 7 — Bridge of the Gods Cascade Half Marathon (

Aug. 7 — All Sports Swap Meet, 8-noon at Luhr Jensen parking lot, Hood River (

Early August — 17th Annual Founders Cup Golf Tournament. Golf tourney at Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River that benefits the Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation (

Aug. 7 — Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon and 10K. Run on the Bridge of the Gods as well as the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail (

Aug. 11 — Families in the Park, Hood River’s Jackson Park. Free concert, 7 p.m. The Junebugs (folk 2 funk).

Aug. 13 — Post Canyon 50K and Half Marathon. Run on forest trails near Kingsley Reservoir outside of Hood River (

Aug. 13 — Comics & Graphic Novels with Paul Tobin; Columbia Center for the Arts, poTENtial arts series (

Aug. 19-21 — Pacific Coast Trail Days, Cascade Locks Marine Park and environs (

Aug. 20 — Bridge of the Gods community bridge walk (

Aug. 27 — Un Día de Teatro & Mexican Performance Columbia Center for the Arts. Part of the poTENtial arts series (

Aug. 18 — Families in the Park, Hood River’s Jackson Park, 7 p.m. Free concert; Catch A Wave, Beach Boys/Hawaiian shirt night.

Aug. 20-21 — Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. SUP festival featuring races, live music, demos, and lessons at the Event Site (

Aug. 25 — Families in the Park, Hood River’s Jackson Park. Free concert, 7 p.m.; Hit Machine.


Sept. 1-30 — “Creatures” featuring art by Kris Joy, Robin Panzer and Ann Fleming. Opening reception Thursday, Sept. 1 — 5 to 7 p.m., at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. Fourth St., The Dalles.

Sept. 3 – Cascade Locks Alumni dinner, Port Pavilion (

Sept. 4 — Old Timers Picnic, Cascade Locks (

Sept. 4 — All Sports Swap Meet, 8-noon at Luhr Jensen parking lot, Hood River (

Sept. 3 — PCT: Bunker to Bonneville 50K. Run from the Whistle Punk trailhead to North Bonneville (

Sept. 5 — 74th Annual Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim. One of the oldest recreational events in the Gorge, participants challenge themselves to swim across the Columbia River at the Hood River Waterfront; limited entries (

Sept. 10 — Performances by BodyVox, Columbia Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Part of the poTENtial arts series (

Mid-September — Grominators Skate Competition. Annual skate competition with prizes that takes place at the Rotary Skate Park in Hood River. Check the Hood River News for detail as the date gets closer.

Mid to late September — Gorge Kids Tri. Annual kids’ triathlon race for kids grades K-5 at the Hood River Waterfront with different races for different ability levels (

Sept.24 — Hood River Hops Fest, Fifth and Columbia streets; Awarded silver medal for best beer festival from the Willamette Week, Oregon Beer Awards, the Hood River Hops Fest is an annual celebration of beer’s bitter friend, freshly harvested hops.

Sept. 24 — 30 Years of TV Animation with Joe Ansolabehere & Paul Germain, Columbia Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Part of the poTENtial arts series (

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