Pathways to Health

Open house for veterans

The Mt. Adams Institute is hosting an open house for veterans and community members who are interested in supporting veterans as they transition back to civilian life.

The Institute has developed VetsWork, a program to help veterans gain skills to prepare them for a career in natural resources. The program needs people who are interested in serving as mentors, being on the board, weighing in on program design or supporting the program in other ways.

Those interested are invited to an open house Jan. 8 at the White Salmon Library, 77 Wauna Ave., from 7-8 p.m., or Jan. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hood River Port office’s boardroom, at 1000 E. Port Marina Drive. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

To learn more or to RSVP visit or contact Amanda Lawrence at

Free weight loss workshop

Learn why diets don’t work and how your metabolism works at a free workshop presented by Carola Stepper, LAc and owner of Cascade Acupuncture Center. “Five Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss” will be held Monday, Jan. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Bamboo Room at Cascade Acupuncture Center, 104 Fifth St. in Hood River.

Class size is limited; call 541-387-4325 to register. For more information about Cascade Acupuncture Center visit

Free Speed Fitness Boot Camps

Melika will offer free Speed Fitness Boot Camps during January, each Monday at 9-9:30 a.m.

Fitness professional Erin Ford will lead the free 30-minute sessions at Melika, 316 Oak St. in Hood River. Bring extra layers in case the class moves outside.

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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

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