Saturday, April 5, 2014
One of the community’s best resources for planning spring and summer events is the new catalog, hot off the press, from Hood River Community Education.
Want to try tennis or mountain biking? Learn to paint or do yoga?
The offerings range from adventure sports such as family mountain biking at Family Man on Post Canyon to arts and crafts, and go from “Intro to Pickle ball” to word processing. Find out about a day hike, bone up on CPR, or learn to make artisan bread. Then take the class in making pesto, to complete the delectable combination.
The range of possibilities seems to grow wider with each new round of classes. Most courses are taught by local people with an interest or expertise to share. In many cases, the courses require a minimum enrollment. If you have an existing interest you wish to embellish, want to investigate something new, or revisit an old hobby or topic, a brief perusal of the catalog is likely to fill anyone’s needs.
This edition of the catalog features sections dedicated to summer camps, trips and tours, health and wellness, and Cascade Locks Community Center programs.
The catalog is also a clearinghouse of information about community programs such as Watershed Group hikes and outings, Peace Village day camp, Gorge Grown, Cascade Mountain School, and Gorge youth sailing, soccer, golf, tennis, basketball and football programs.
To register or for more info, visit hrcommunityed.org or call 541-386-2055.
Copies of the catalog are available at library branches, businesses, schools, and the Community Ed offices on Eugene Street. Or consult the online version about the many ways it is possible, thanks to Community Ed and its partners, to gain a skill, try an adventure, visit an unfamiliar place, or look into a new part of local life.
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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