Fun stuff for kids: Who says there’s nothing to do around here?

From comic books to soccer, here are four fun upcoming events for local kids:

Dragon’s Maze unveiled

Hood River Hobbies is hosting five prerelease events for the new set of this popular trading card game, Dragon’s Maze, on April 27-28 as well as launch events May 3-5.

For more information, email: info@hoodriver for detailed times and sign up information or come by the shop which is located at 110 4th Street, Downtown Hood River.

Free Comic Book Day

Do you want a free comic book? Who doesn’t? Hood River County Library District will be handing out free comic books for readers of all ages on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 4.

Free comics for kids, teens, and adults will be available at the Hood River, Cascade Locks, and Parkdale libraries.

Potential titles that the libraries may be giving away this year include Star Wars, Infinity, Sesame Street, Superman, Archie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Smurfs, Archie and much more.

Free Comic Book Day has been around since 2002 on the first Saturday in May. It is just what it sounds like: Participating stores and organizations hand out free comics. It is a way to promote literacy generally, and reading comics specifically.

Comics and graphic novels have been recognized in the past several decades as a literature and art form in their own right, and this day celebrates that.

Free Comic Book Day is sponsored by Ape Entertainment, Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, Boom Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Image, Marvel, Papercutz, United Plankton Pictures and Viz Media.

For more information, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535 or info@hoodriver, or visit

Soccer Shoot-Out Tournament

The Wy’east Student Council, in partnership with the Hood River Valley High School boys soccer program will host the May 11 event.

Three divisions are planned: elementary, middle school, and high school; teams will be co-ed. A maximum of 12 teams for each division will be accepted. For more information, contact ASB Advisor, Ashlei Keimig, at Ashlei.keimig@hood or call 541-354-1548.

Principles of flight

This class is being offered by Hood River Hobbies through Community Education on Saturday May 18 at 1 p.m.

If you are interested you can enroll through Community Education or contact Hood River Hobbies for more information at info@hood

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