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The Aging in the Gorge Alliance has issued a challenge grant to support The Hood River County History Museum’s new Memory Café. During the months of February and March, donations made to the Memory Café program will be matched 1:1, up to the total of $1,500.

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Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) and Aging in the Gorge Alliance (AGA) invite the community to join in a second of three monthly brown bag lunch presentations.

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Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and North Central Public Health Department host a free, eight-week tobacco education and support group Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 through March 25 in classrooms 1-2, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, 810 12th St.

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Having a mammogram is a great idea. Turning it into a spa day makes it even better, state Skyline Hospital providers in a press release.

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Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center (DRC), a community non-profit specializing in interpersonal mediations, facilitations and communication workshops, trained and certified 12 new mediators in 2019.  Participants leave the 40-hour Basic Mediation Training prepared to address conflicts in th…

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On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Hood River County Prevention Department and Educational Service District (ESD) 112 will be offering a Youth Mental Health First Aid training in Hood River County.

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It is not too late to get vaccinated if you haven’t received your flu shot, said the North Central Public Health District (NCPHD). Vaccination is the best way to prevent spread of the flu. 

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All of Oregon is focused on preparing for the impacts of the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami, according to a press release. Those efforts lead to a culture of preparedness and more resilient communities.

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During this season of giving, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the gift of life to help ensure patients don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. Blood and platelet donations of all types are needed, especially type O.

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Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, individuals are urged donate blood or platelets and help the American Red Cross ensure a sufficient supply is available for patients throughout the holiday season.

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On Oct. 11, more than 100 Horizon Elementary students strapped on their running shoes, bundled up for the cold morning and took to the frosty field running to raise awareness and funds to bless a local friend, Vivian Rose Weaver, who is battling DIPG, a rare brain tumor.Friends and families,…

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Canopy overhang construction, top, and extensive plumbing and water service installation, left, are among the main tasks currently at the new One Community Health building project on the Heights. The project is about a week ahead of schedule and the building is almost sealed in and ready for…

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Food barrels are out for Christmas Project and other school and community efforts to provide for those in need for the upcoming holidays. Look for these and other ways to help, and let us know at hrnews@hoodrivernews.com if you have something you want the community to know about.

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Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recently added five new child advocates: Elise Byers, Sonja Good Stefani, and Cynthia Wheeler, Hood River; Barry Ginter, The Dalles; and Michael Marques, Husum. 

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The Gorge Wellness Alliance (GWA) has released an 8 minute documentary film, “Cultivate: Compassion,” on its website, www.gorgewellnessalliance.org/film. The film has Spanish subtitles.

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The Next Door, Inc., held a Stories of Hope breakfast on Sept. 27 at the Columbia Gorge Hotel, where staff shared personal stories from those who participate in its programs. Below is the text of two of the stories, edited for space. First names have been used to protect privacy.

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“Heart of Gold” honorees  — they are people who make a difference: People who enrich our community through their good works, selfless dedication and commitment to health.

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“Across the Poliical Divide” is a timely event for Gorge Happiness Month, Oct. 15 in White Salmon. Happiness Month is 31 days focused on the three daily actions scientifically proven to make people happier: Gratitude, acts of kindness and moments of silence.The goal is to inspire as many peo…

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Get There Challenge, spearheaded locally by the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, is underway.The annual Get There Challenge helps people who live or work in Oregon discover healthy and economical travel options like public transit, walking, or biking to work, school, or play, said…

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As the marketing of tobacco products is increasingly targeted towards youth, the Hood River County Prevention Department is continuing to spread the word on the dangers these products pose to people of all ages.Recent surveys conducted by the Oregon Health Authority shows that while cigarett…

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Gorge Happiness Month events return for the fourth year in the Gorge in October with 20 different free events and participation by more than 140 different businesses and organizations in 10 different towns.

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The Underwood Community Blood Drive happens Friday, Oct. 11, and 10 more donors are needed. There are appointments open starting at 11:45 a.m. until 4 p.m., said a press release. 

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Gorge Happiness Month events return for fourth year in the Gorge in October with 20 different free events and participation by over 140 different businesses and organizations in 10 different towns.

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One Community Health’s new CEO, Max Janasik, center, meets the community during an open house held at OCH’s morning open house at Waucoma Building. OCH’s administrative offices are temporarily housed at the facility on Wasco Avenue near downtown while construction continues on the non-profit…

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Mothers and their babies, from birth to 2 years old, are the focus of a series of free Mommy Wellness classes at MCMC Outpatient Therapy at Nichols Landing, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays beginning through Oct. 22; the classes began Sept. 10.

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Providence Hood River Foundation’s latest project, Basecamp, focuses on caring for your heart. With prevention and wellness at the forefront, the program also includes the goal of providing life-saving AED’s (automatic external defibrillators) to the community through other non-profits. AEDs…

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Evidence shows there’s a direct link between students’ oral health and academic success. In response, One Community Health (OCH) has ramped up its school-based sealant program for the 2019-2020 year, efforts that include expansion of its services to more youth and stronger program goals in t…

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Volunteers in Action Program Coordinator Britta Willson has scheduled a training event for Aug. 31, and she’s doing it in memory of late program volunteer and longtime Hood River resident Rodger Schock, who passed away in June.

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