Friday, April 5, 2013
Breastfeeding support group meets
The Columbia Gorge Breastfeeding Coalition has formed a mother-to-mother support group to offer a place to turn during this important time. The group is facilitated by a certified lactation consultant who listens and guides the discussion.
The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at Riverside Church (Fourth and State streets) on the following Wednesdays: April 10 and 24. For more information, call Jennifer McCauley at 541-387-6344 or Ellen Mallon at 541-387-7131.
‘Mastery of Aging Well’ class series offered
Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles campus, is offering a series of classes on aging. The OSU “Mastery of Aging Well” course will be offered in a five-session series; each one consisting of a 45-minute online training followed by an hour question Q&A period with a local expert on the topic. Each will also provide information on local resources and take-home activities.
The cost is $10 per session (scholarships may be available; contact OSU Open Campus Coordinator Dani Annala at 541-386-3343). To register, call 541-308-8211 or visit cgcc.cc.or.us; be sure to identify which course(s) you wish to attend.
Upcoming subjects include April 18, Memory Difficulties; April 25, Depression in later life: An overview of depression and aging; and May 2, Medication Jeopardy: The risks attached to taking medications and how age influences risk.
Tips on ‘Raising a Child with Down Syndrome’
Swindells’ Resource Center is offering a free class on parenting a child with Down Syndrome. It will be held April 25 at Pine Grove School, 2405 Eastside Road, beginning at 6 p.m.
“Raising a Child with Down Syndrome: Building a Foundation for a Great Life” is a free event, but registration is required: call 541-387-5720 or visit www.providence.org/classes. More information may be found here: http://bit.ly/16VZhDi.
Learn to be a hospice volunteer
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital will hold a training session for hospice volunteers on May 3, 4, 10 and 11. The training offers a practical understanding of end-of-life issues and hospice care.
Volunteers can choose to serve in a number of different ways that make a tremendous difference in the lives of patients. To register or to learn more, call 541-387-1152.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
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