Last day of school, first day of summer for kids

June 15, 2005

Wednesday is the final day of school in the Hood River County School District.

Ask any kid — that makes it officially summer.

In honor of this milestone, here is the first of a regular listing of summer events suitable for families, starting with this weekend’s Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper Horse Show.

The classic returns for the 14th time Wednesday through Sunday, June 15-19. One of the most popular and prestigious shows of its kind in the Northwest, the Classic will draw some 400 of the West’s top hunters and jumpers to the show site at spectacular Jensen Mills Meadow, on Leasure Road just off Highway 35, just north of the community of Mount Hood.

Outstanding horses and riders from throughout the Northwest and beyond will be on hand for the event.

Horses and riders are expected from Oregon and Washington, as well as other western states and Canada. The action begins at 8 a.m. each day, and continues until early evening with numerous special derbies and competitions. Riders will compete for cash purses and for quality product prizes.

No admission fee is charged to attend the Classic on Wednesday and Thursday. General admission is $3 per person or $7 per car, Friday through Sunday.

(www.hoodriverclassic.com)

Take a dip

June 15-17 the Hood River Aquatic Center celebrates the start of summer with 50-cent hot dogs served from 2-4 p.m. Starting June 15, the Aquatic Center will have a special open swim every day throughout the summer from 1-5 p.m. The slide, zip line and rope swing will be open and the party room is available for rental.

Library Park benefit

On June 19, Jackson Park will host a benefit concert, 3 to 7 p.m., to raise money for the Hood River County Library Park renovation project and to have fun. Victor Johnson, Django’s Cadillac and the Hapa Howli Boys will provide varied entertainment for all ages. The event is free. Vendors from nonprofit organizations will have food and refreshments available for purchase.

The Hood River Eye Openers Lions Club will offer hamburgers and hot dogs, and Soroptimists International of Hood River will offer root beer floats.

The event will celebrate the beginning of construction of the library park — officially, the Georgiana Smith Memorial Park.

Falls Father’s Day

The USDA Forest Service in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in partnership with Friends of Multnomah Falls and the Multnomah Falls Lodge will be celebrating Father’s Day and the long-awaited arrival of summer with the Gorge Family Weekend.

Festivities will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be much food, fun and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. Both days will include a wide variety of events such as hands-on children’s activities, face painting and games, as well as fire prevention education information.

The Wapato Dancers, of the Yakama Nation, will be performing traditional Native American Indian dance circles on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Providing live music for the event both days from 2-4 p.m. will be the Seventh Street and Second Wind Bands.

The Multnomah Falls Lodge will provide a delicious barbecue of chicken and ribs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday for $7.95. Strawberry shortcake will be served for dessert at $2.50.

Movie Nights

It’s movie night every Saturday in Jackson Park this summer: free movies will be shown, courtesy of Hood River Community Education and Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation.

The movies, which will be presented in surround sound and projected on a 20-by-25 foot screen in the park, will be shown Saturdays from the end of June to the end of August. On the program to start the summer are:

June 25: “Star Wars: A New Hope” (rated PG.) It all started in 1977 in a galaxy far, far away. George Lucas put himself on the pop culture map and cemented his status as a legend with this classic battle between good and evil.

July 2: “A Bug’s Life” (rated G.) This 1998 Academy Award nominee features an ant named Flick who hires a troupe of warrior bugs to defend his colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers.

July 9: “The Sound of Music” (rated G.) Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer lit up the box office in 1965 with this musical treasure. Join the Von Trapp family through their journey in pre-World War II Austria.

Thomas Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine Pulls into Hood River, commemorating 60 years of Thomas & Friends, June 25 through July 3. Tickets are now on sale for “A Day out with Thomas 2005,” at $14 for ages two and up.

This fun-filled family event offers preschoolers and their families the opportunity to take a 30-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine (a real steam engine). This event is expected to sell out, so advance purchase is recommended to ensure a choice of dates and times.

The tour provides a unique, interactive family experience at every station, offering a variety of entertaining activities including hands on arts and crafts activities; storytelling, video viewing and live music.

The 30-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every hour, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 25, 26, July 1, 2, and 3; and 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. June 27, 28, 29, and 30, rain or shine.

Call tollfree (866) 468-7630 or (800) 872-4661.

(www.mthoodrr.com)

Kids Safety Day

Hood River Community Education and Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation are sponsoring a Kids Safety Day on Thursday, June 30 at Jackson Park from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The event is free and recommended for children ages 4-13. Parents are also welcome.

Things on the agenda for that day include bicycle safety checks, bike helmet fitting and a bike skill course.

Kids will also be taught about water safety, fire safety, car seat safety, dealing with strangers and emergency first aid.

Smokey the Bear will be on hand, and children will also be able to take tours of police cars and fire trucks.

Kids are asked to bring their own bikes, skateboards, safety equipment and helmets. If the child’s bike helmet can’t be adjusted, a new one will be provided for a $2 donation.

For more information about Kids Safety Day, please call Community Education at 386-2055 or Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation at 386-1303.

Harry’s Back!

Harry Potter season is about to arrive.

Prepaid orders from Waucoma Bookstore for J.K. Rowling’s newest adventure, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” will receive a 25 percent discount on the purchase price; 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the Friends of the Library to support children’s programs at the library.

The bookstore has asked that preorders be made in June.

Pre-orders are also being taken on the audio cassette or CD edition and will also get the discount.

Waucoma plans a midnight party on July 15 (for official release at 12:01 a.m. on July 16), or you can pick up your copy at 9:30 a.m. when the store opens.

Library assistant Heather Clemons-Porter said the Hood River County Library has ordered eight copies of the book, one each of the CD and cassette editions. There are 14 holds so far on the print copies, she said.

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