Neighbors teach at Towne Hall

August 24, 2005

Work and play went on, with sparse numbers but strong spirit, in the first Neighborhood Fair at Mt. Hood Towne Hall on Saturday.

The talents expo and fund-raiser for the Towne Hall renovation project produced real results despite a lower-than-hoped turnout, according to Town Hall board member Revelyn Rawdin.

“For a first year event I’d consider it a qualified success,” she said. “We didn’t have the turnout we had hoped, but there was generous support in time and in financial contributions.”

The event netted more than $800 for the renovation project, and recent contributions to the ongoing campaign have totalled $4,300. In addition, Rotary has pledged $500, with more to come following its annual Family Ski Night in January.

At lunch, the community gave a farewell to Senior Meals Program volunteers Leslie Hoover-Lauble, Todd Hoover-Lauble, Beth Pine and Marlene Nelson. Mt. Valley Meats and Elliott Glacier Pub provided the victuals and liquids for the day-long barbecue.

Also on Saturday, volunteer Tobias Ammon led stage one of the playground complex construction. Ammon and his wife, Erika, had dug 28-inch-deep holes and planted the playground posts in concrete, and a small crew added cross beams and platforms Saturday. More help will be needed in ensuing stages of the project, and financial donations are welcome, Tobias said.

Rawdin said that as a result of the Neighborhood Fair, two more people have signed up to serve in the Towne Hall board, and an Upper Valley artists group has committed to using the center on a regular basis for people wanting to pursue their weaving, quilting, basketry, fibre arts and other talents.

For details on the studio, or to donate to the renovation project, call the Town Hall office at 352-1078.

The fair was publicized as “an opportunity to share with the community your skills, services, business, organizations, clubs, projects, ideas and enthusiasm during a weekend of classes, displays, performances and visiting.”

Classes offered included Tai Chi, The Art of Pie Baking, Knitting, Balancing Your Checkbook, Scrapbooking, Massage, How to Bake a Dutch Oven Pie, Agricultural History and Apple Varieties, Senior Fit, Weaving, Yoga, Gymnastics, Beadwork, Child Safety, Raising Emus, Quilting, Bicycle Maintenance, Acupuncture, Gorge Wildlife, Chainsaw Maitnenance, Singing, Canning, Guitar, Mexican Folk Dance, and more.

Extension Service, Parkdale Fire Department, Hood River County Sheriff’s Department, Gorge Rebuilt-It Center, and other community organizations provided information at the event, and desserts and local produce were for sale in addition to the barbecue.

In addition, a “Connections Board” gave like-minded people information about getting involved in a book group, gourmet club, hiking club, and others.

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