Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Oak Street was abuzz with action during July First Friday activities last week, and the epicenter of action was in front of the British Pub, where a large crowd gathered to cheer on breakdancers battling it out in the seventh-annual Breaking in the Gorge competition.
Started by Oscar Villalobos, Hood River native and 1999 Hood River Valley High School graduate, the event was originally just a way to give dancers a captive audience to practice their latest moves. First Friday provided that, and within a few years word got out about the event in northwest breakdancing circle. With sponsors (this year the British Pub) chipping in to provide prize money, the event drew 32 dancers, who faced off in crews of two until only the best pair – called The Freshest Kids –– from Portland and Seattle was left to grab the $300 prize.
Villalobos says although the event does not offer much prize money, dancers from all over the Northwest have been coming to the event the last several years because they enjoy traveling through the Gorge and visiting Hood River.
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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