Pulling weeds and pulling for each other

“I am still smiling ear to ear from a wonderful Waterfront Park weed-pulling Earth Day event!” writes Marge Gale of Hood River.

“The stars and moons all aligned to make for a perfect day filled with wonderful community members helping to beautify the park and all her many plots.

“I felt like a happy bee buzzing from plot to plot, totally energized by all the smiling faces and hard work happening all around. We had previous adopters mixed with new adopters mixed with high school students, mixed with new folks in town, mixed with folks just out enjoying the park — it was just so lovely!

“I know that we all are busy and have 10 things pulling us in different directions at the same time, so to see those who made the choice to come and love the park and care for the plots, well, that just makes this Adopt-A-Plot gal dang teary and proud and joyful.

“Thanks so much to all who gave their time on Earth Day. I am especially thankful to Nate at Dog River Coffee for the generous coffee donation along with a hearty thanks to Subway for their cookie donation.

“A big shout out of thanks to Kristen and Drew at Humbleroots Nursery in Mosier, 503-449-3694.”

Anyone interested in adopting a plot may contact Gale at 541-386-6135 or www.adoptaplottoday@g-mail.com.


On April 19 at 1:30 p.m., Providence Down Manor held a “‘90s Celebration” to recognize each of the 38 residents who are 90 years or older.

The residents put on skits, sang and shared stories. They also watched “Steamboat Willie,” a 1928 animated film that introduced the world to Mickey Mouse, to reminisce in the “good ol’ days.”


Author Paula Friedman of Parkdale writes, “As it tends to be, the Hood River/mid-Gorge area was enormously neighborly recently, with the Hood River News, Waucoma Bookstore, the Hood River Library and a wonderful bunch of book-loving friends, neighbors and other readers all providing encouragement and support for my April 1 reading from “‘The Rescuer’s Path,’ my new novel of love, politics and family.

“Also, thanks to the News for the important coverage of the Whistling Ridge appeal, and to Kirby Neumann-Rea for his delightfully informative article on the impending State Street construction and other traffic projects.”


Hood River Valley High School is looking for adults interested in sharing information on life beyond high school — with a focus on careers.

The first HRVHS Career Fair will be held May 2, 1-3:30 p.m. in the commons area. Adult volunteers are being sought to provide career insight.

Employers, individual career representatives (doctors, firefighters, nurses, small business owners, engineers, etc.) and trades people (plumbers, beauticians, wind energy technicians, etc.) are encouraged to bring their personal employment knowledge to the students attending the fair.

Career opportunities in the Gorge are the focus. Volunteers will meet students one-on-one during the casual event. Contact Wendy Herman at 541-387-5034, ext. 1, or wendy.herman@hood-river.k12.or.us for more information.


Look for a “Connect the Dots” global day of action on climate change on May 5 starting at 9 a.m.

Gorge area residents are invited to join with thousands of communities around the world to “connect the dots” between climate change and extreme weather conditions.

Participants will meet at the park and ride lot in Hood River (Highway 35 and State streets across from China Gorge) at 10 a.m. Those of all ages are welcome. For more information visit climatedots.org.

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