Community-building comes in many forms. Here are four to think about for early summer and beyond:
• City Council and Hood River County School District Board positions are open for applicants.
Kateri Osborne-Lohr has stepped down from School Board Position 3, downtown Hood River, effective after the June 22 meeting. On that date, the school board will interview final applicants, and make its selection.
Interested applicants should contact the school board secretary, Terri Martz, at 541-386-2511 to inquire about the process and requirements.
Applications, which must be turned in by June 14 at 5 p.m., are available at the district office or at the district website.
City Council is accepting applications until July 1 for a replacement for Laurent Picard, who resigned last month. The council plans to interview and appoint someone on July 11 to finish the last six months of the term. Submit a resume and cover letter to City Hall; applicants must be registered voters who have lived in the city for the past 12 months.
• July 4 parades are looking for participants. The theme of the Hood River Parade this year is “Serving Your Country In Many Ways.” Community groups of all kinds are encouraged to get together, create an entry and tell your story by walking in the parade.
Application forms and parade rules are posted at www.gorgelions.org. Completed registration forms should be turned in between 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. on July 4 if an entry wants to be judged. Parade lineup starts at Eighth Street and Sieverkropp Drive on the Hood River Heights. (Remember, the parade has a “no candy distribution” policy that will once again be encouraged during the parade.)
• Support your local fireworks show. Eye Openers Lions is again planning a slam-bang fireworks show from the Hood River Waterfront. Inflation has taken its toll on the group’s funding, and donations have so far fallen short. The Lions will host a fireworks retail shop on West Cascade starting June 27, but in the meantime anyone may help out by sending donations to Lions Fireworks, 1767 12th St., No. 136, Hood River, OR 97031. Lions’ recent letter to businesses asked for donations in these levels: Patriot ($1,000), Family Show ($500), Big Bang ($200), Gold ($100), Silver ($50) and Bronze ($30).
Donations of any amount are welcome.
The dedicated group known as Pyro Techs also noted that adding to costs is the wear and tear on equipment, which must be repaired or replaced, for safety sake.
• Hood River County Fair is about six weeks away, and anyone can enter. Pick up a fair book at businesses throughout the county, and learn about the events for “Carnival Lights and Country Nights,” as the fair is themed this year. Look a little deeper in the book and see how to enter your flowers, art work, collections, garden produce, and more.
In the Horticulture Division, the floral arrangement competition follows the fair theme in what sounds like a golden (and red and green and purple) opportunity to get creative: The Carousel, Tunnel of Love, Cotton Candy, The Fortune Teller, House of Mirrors, Midway Treats, and Carnival Lights are a few of the adult themes, with kids and high school divisions including Pony Rides, Ducks in a Row, and Ring Toss. Special Prizes include Best Unusual Vegetable and, for men only, the Chocolate Cake Baking contest. Also, try your hand using Challenge Fair Fabric to create something for display at the fair; fabric is available at the fairgrounds office or ETC on State Street in downtown Hood River