Saturday, June 7, 2014
Graduation’s past, school’s about to let out, what’s next?
July 4 is next.
Aka Independence Day, the holiday is less than a month away.
Why think about it now?
Because the occasion is more than the fun and frivolity, but if those events help us focus on the reasons we observe Independence Day, then it’s best to put an emphasis on the parade, picnic and pyrotechnics.
The public can play a role, big or small, making the Hood River July 4 celebration ring true.
For starters, the parade (10 a.m. on July 4) is open to all, and this year’s theme of the parade is “Proud to be an American.” Tom Yates and the July 4 committee are working with Chamber of Commerce Director Mike Glover to organize post-parade park entertainment, where festivities kick off with the raising of the American flag.
There are plenty of other ways to get involved, be it with the parade or park activities. It takes plenty of volunteers to make these things happen, and if someone’s recent statement that “being in the parade is more fun than watching it,” then perhaps the same might be said of helping organize it.
There will be some changes this year in the order of children, cars, horses and other parade elements. Yates can be reached at 541-386-7212.
Thanks in advance to Yates, and to all those who step up to make it all happen for the community to enjoy.
Meanwhile, it is not too early to make a donation to the Eye Openers Lions Club for the fireworks show, which seems to get better every year but depends upon community donations.
Send your tax-deductible donations to: Lions Fireworks, 1761 12th St. No. 136, Hood River, OR 97031.
We all have to buy the blasts.
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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