Friday, April 8, 2011
Take your pick of things to do this weekend: dinner, theater, rally and auction.
Perhaps even at the same time.
This will be one of those weekends that happen just about anywhere but seem to occur in Hood River on a frequent basis: a wide array of enjoyable and worthwhile events, in the space of two days.
In short, it will be packed - and let's hope the events are, too.
Where to begin?
Bite of the Gorge, for Columbia Gorge Arts in Education, happens at Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, with a terrific assortment of food and drink, music, and gorgeous art plates up for bid. (Details in Happenings, B3.)
Mt. Hood Town Hall's annual "Enchanted Evening" is Saturday. There'll be dinner, dessert and dancing to the sounds of local band LoLo Mo, and a silent auction including get-aways and local art and jewelry.
Want to see a show? Choose between Lions Follies and Horizon Christian School's "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (Kaleidoscope, page B1). The two shows have identical runs, so you could see one performed this weekend and the other April 14-16.
The annual Hood River Apple Cup electric car rally happens downtown on Saturday (details in 3 to Go on page A1). In this annual event, students from the HRVHS e-car program get to show off their design and driving skills in a controlled course on closed downtown streets. The weather forecast is for light rain, which would allow the rally to proceed. It's based not on speed but on the distance a car can travel in one hour.
Speaking of WAAAM, and cars, the museum's monthly Second Saturday happens again Saturday.
Most of the displays are inside, but if the weather's right it's your chance to see some remarkable vehicles and airplanes rolled out of the hangar for a bit of exercise.
Rain or shine, this weekend's plethora of events provides a generous set of choices. Take a break from the yard chores and treat yourself.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge