Tuesday, July 2, 2013
First Friday returns July 5 to downtown Hood River, but there will be no street closures this year.
In the past few years, the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Council had arranged, with Providence Health System’s help, to pay the $600 monthly permitting and security costs to shut down Oak Street and several side streets to make way for the festivities.
But that won’t happen this year, according to Chamber Executive Director Mike Glover.
Providence decided not to provide the street closure funding this year, and not enough downtown merchants offered to help cover the costs, according to Glover.
“In a way, this takes First Friday back to its roots, putting the emphasis back on guiding people into the businesses, making it more of the art walk it started out as.”
Numerous downtown businesses will stay open late, and many provide music and other amenities.
The Center for the Arts hosts the opening of “The Earth Laughs in Flowers” photo exhibit, in Columbia Art Gallery, starting at 5 p.m.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge