Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Wy’east Middle School will host Art Night for the Family Feb. 27 beginning at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. “Families are invited to join us as we offer different make ‘n’ take art projects they can experience together, making for a fun family night out,” says school representative Teri Adams. For more info, contact the school at 541-354-1548.
Friday Skate Nights are in full swing at Mid Valley Elementary. The next event happens this Friday, Feb. 28 — with a “crazy hair” theme. At $1 a person, it’s a cheap night of family entertainment. The PTO is always looking for parent and grandparent volunteers to help with skate nights; call Julie at 541-490-9005 if you can help.
The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist Church invites everyone to its Shrove Tuesday pancake brunch on Sunday, March 2, at 11:15 a.m. at the Odell site, and following the regular 10 a.m. service. Come for one or both.
Ash Wednesday service will be held March 5 at the Odell church site, beginning at 6 p.m. And again, all are invited.
The Blossom Craft Show is scheduled for April 19-20 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, and vendor applications are now online at hoodriverfair.org. More than 150 vendor spaces are available. This annual event attracts vendors and visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest.
And for those curious about this year’s Hood River County Fair: This year’s theme is “Memories, Music and Magic 2014” and will take place July 23-26. Fair Manager Clara Rice says John Michael Montgomery has been booked for the Saturday night concert.
Next week is Arts Week at Mid Valley Elementary, sponsored by the PTO. Ten different media opportunities will be offered: painting, ukulele, fused glass, cooking and science, Taiko drumming, photography, clay, wearable art, batik and weaving. Family night, showcasing the students’ artwork, will be March 13.
Inclement weather kept the Odell Garden Club from celebrating its annual tea party as scheduled, but the group was finally able to come together Feb. 14. This year’s theme was “Colors of Friendship” and was attended by 34 people — clubs from Parkdale, Hood River and Odell were present, as well as four district officers and presidents, and eight guests, says Odell Garden Club president Norma Curtis.
The Tea Party Committee — Joann Gage, Jill McBee and Elizabeth Spiker — led the group in singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” with Gage on the keyboard. Later, McBee gave a history of the rainbow, where members learned that many countries and cultures have ties to the rainbow. Poems, quotes and letters about the meaning of friendship were also recited.
The Odell Garden Club’s next meeting will be March 11, when the group will travel to various nurseries in the Portland area. For more info contact Curtis at 541-386-6635 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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