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SUPPORT GROUPS


Al-Anon: meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 11th and Eugene streets in Hood River. Family and friends of alcoholics are welcome.

Al-Anon Paths to Recovery: meets every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at 216 Cascade Ave., Ste. 26, Hood River. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. The meeting is open to anyone who wishes to attend. There are no dues or fees.

Alcoholics Anonymous: meets every Sunday from 6-7 p.m. at the Parkdale Fire Department, 4895 Baseline Drive, Parkdale.

Alzheimer’s Association Support Group: meets from 2-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the HR Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place. Contact: 541-387-6246.

Bereavement Group sponsored by Heart of Hospice: meets Tuesday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. in the fourth floor family dining room at Providence Down Manor, 1950 Sterling Place, Hood River. Contact: 541-386-1942.

Breastfeeding Support: meets the second and fourth Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m., at Riverside Church, Fourth and State streets, Hood River. Contact: 541-387-6344.

Cancer Caregiver Group: meets the third Wednesday of each month at Celilo Cancer Center, 1800 E. 19th St., The Dalles, at 10 a.m. in the Columbia Room. This is an ongoing, committed support group for adults who are the primary caregiver for someone with cancer. Contact: 541-296-7205.

Celebrate Recovery: Do you have hurts, habits, hang-ups? Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program that meets Tuesday evenings at Hood River Alliance Church, 2650 W. Montello Ave., and Friday evenings at Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 508 Ninth St. Dinner is provided at 6:15 p.m. and large-group meetings begin at 7 p.m. Child care and programming for children infant to fifth grade is available. Call 541-436-0852 for more detailed info on Tuesday evenings and 541-436-0868 for Friday evenings.

Columbia Gorge Chronic Pain Self-Help Group: meets twice a month on Tuesday evenings in the Hood River Library’s Jeanne Marie Gaulke downstairs meeting room. Those interested should email cgcpgroup@gmail.com.

Columbia Gorge GLBTA: meets when needed at the United Church of Christ in The Dalles. For more info go to yahoo groups, Columbia Gorge GLBTA.

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group: meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. Call Helping Hands for meeting location and other info, 541-386-4808, or the 24-hour crisis line, 541-386-6603.

Emotional Empowerment Women's DBT: Combines cognitive and behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques, providing skills to solve life’s problems while enduring intense emotion and destructive behaviors, such as self-injury and suicide attempts, drug/alcohol or food-related problems. Meets at 216 Cascade, Ste. 26, HR. Women's group meets Thursdays, 2-3 p.m. Start dates are ongoing. To preregister, contact Jane Rekas at 971-285-5679 or janerekas@hotmail.com or visit hoodriverdbt.com.

Gamblers Anonymous: meets on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 11th and Eugene streets, Hood River.

Grief Support Group offered by Providence Hospice of the Gorge, free of charge; all are welcome: meets every first and third Wednesdays of the month, 11 a.m. to noon in Hood River, 1795 Eighth St. (Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Facility), and 9-10 a.m. in The Dalles, 751 Myrtle St. (Providence Hospice and Home Services). For more info call 541-387-6449.

Mid-Columbia Lyme Disease Support Group: meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, Hood River, at 5:30 p.m. Each meeting will have a time for planned informational exchanges, with occasional guest speaker. Contact: Pam Ritzenthaler at pritz@gorge.net.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group: Contact: Shannon Pulliam, 541-354-2208.

Overeaters Anonymous: meets every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State streets (305 Ninth St.) in HR. Contact: Liz at 541-386-7160.

SAFE: a Bible-based discipleship ministry helping people who struggle with addiction, depression, self-worth, anger, fear, bitterness, forgiveness, guilt or shame, meets Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at Tucker Road Baptist Church, 1455 Tucker Road, Hood River. Contact: 541-386-1049.

Sexual Behavior/Pornography: A faith-based 12-step recovery group for men who struggle with inappropriate sexual behavior and use of pornography meets regularly. Contact: Lud, 541-308-5339.

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly): meets Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m., downstairs at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road.

Women’s Cancer Support Group: open to all women with cancer, meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and third Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Celilo Cancer Center, 1800 E. 19th St. on the campus of Mid-Columbia Medical Center. Contact: 541-296-7205.



BUSINESS


Business After Hours: First Thursday of each month, 5-7 p.m., at different locations. Contact: Hood River Chamber of Commerce, 541-386-2000.

Carpenters Local Union No. 306: has informational meetings which are open to all carpenters regardless of their union affiliation. The purpose is to discuss job opportunities and issues pertaining to apprenticeship and training. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at Spooky’s Pizza, 3320 W. Sixth St., The Dalles, at 7 p.m. Contact: 541-548-4447.

Columbia Gorge Chapter, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM): meets every other month on the third Thursday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Members and nonmembers are welcome to attend. For more info visit http://columbiagorge.SHRM.org.

Downtown Hood River Business Association: meets at 8 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Sage’s Cafe. Contact: 541-490-0022 or downtown@gorge.net

Hood River Rotary: meets at noon every Thursday, usually at the Hood River Inn, Gorge Room. Visit: hoodriverrotary.org.



COMMUNITY


Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Coalition: meets the third Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at China Gorge Restaurant. The mission of the coalition is to reduce the use of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs by youth and ultimately adults through identifying the factors in our community, schools, families and selves that increase risk of drug abuse. Contact: 541-386-2500, option 3.

American Legion Auxiliary, Hood River Unit #22: meets monthly at Monagon’s Pancake House, 1301 Belmont Ave., the first Wednesday of each month at noon, beginning Oct. 2. Contact: Gwen Hughes, 541-490-3798.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters: Advisory Board meets on the second Wednesday of the odd-numbered months (May, July, etc.) at varying locations around the Mid-Columbia. Contact: Kristin Reese, 541-308-2231 or kristinr@nextdoorinc.org.

Cascade Locks Against Drugs (CLAD) coalition: meets on the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at Cascade Locks School. Contact: 541-386-2500.

The Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen: meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Hood River Saddle Club on Belmont and Country Club Road. This is a nonprofit group dedicated to maintaining and riding trails on our public lands.

Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society: meets the second Saturday of each month at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center at 1 p.m. Contact: Fred Henchell, 509-365-5283.

Columbia Gorge Lions Bingo: Every first and third Friday at Cascade Locks City Hall, 7 p.m. (6 p.m. Early Birds), $250 jackpot; $900 progressive jackpot.

Columbia River Fellowship for Peace: To learn more call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550.

Deaf Chat: A coffee shop social for deaf, hard of hearing and signing individuals, meets on the third Friday of every month from 6-8 p.m. at Starbucks, 1040 E. Marina Way, Hood River. Contact: signsoflife@hotmail.com.

Duplicate Bridge Club of the Mid-Columbia: meets every Monday and Wednesday in The Dalles. All bridge players are welcome. For more info call Carole Murphy at 541-490-6657 or Darlene Kemper at 541-399-7065.

Friends of the Hood River Library: meets on the second Tuesday of the month (except July, August and December) in the Jeanne Marie Gaulke meeting room in the HR Library at noon. Contact: Ruth Tsu, 541-386-5465.

Gorge Gospel Riders: The local chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association meets from 8-10 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at Charburger in Cascade Locks. Contact: John Randall, 541-400-9511 or john@gorgegospelriders.org, or visit gorgegospelriders.org.

Gorge Home Learners: meets on Tuesdays from noon to 2 p.m. From November through March meetings are held at the Rockford Grange in Hood River, and in April through October meetings are held at the Underwood Grange in Underwood, Wash. Admission is free, and open to all home-schoolers. For more info visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gorgehomelearners.

Harmony of the Gorge Chorus: meets Tuesdays at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road, from 7-9:30 p.m. Guests welcome to participate in four-part a cappella singing. Follow them on Facebook or call Judy at 509-493-2006 or 541-490-2481 for more info.

Hood River Care Center Family Council: meets on the third Monday of each month, 5:30 p.m., to improve the quality of life for residents and caregivers at the Hood River Care Center. Contact: Carol Daniel, 541-490-6136, or Debbie Medina, 541-490-1575, or email hrccfc551@gmail.com for meeting info.

Hood River County Commission on Children and Families: meets the first Tuesday of the month from 5:15-7 p.m. at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital’s second floor board room. Local agencies and community members plan together to provide programs that address the needs, strengths and assets of HR County. Contact: 541-386-2500, option 3.

Hood River Early Childhood Center playgroup: meets Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. (follows the HR County School District calendar) at the Early Childhood Center (formerly Pine Grove Elementary School), 2405 Eastside Road. A free drop-in play group for children ages 0-5 and their parents. Our space provides an opportunity for you and your child to experience a variety of developmentally appropriate activities; play-dough, sensory table, gross motor and fine motor equipment and activities in a supportive and fun environment. Family and parenting resources and info will also be available. Contact: 541-386-4919

Mid-Columbia Cribbage Club: meets first and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living, 1795 Eighth St., Hood River.

Mosier Grange: First Tuesday, business meeting, 7 p.m.; third Tuesday, potluck at 7 p.m.

Mt. Hood Town Hall Board: meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Town Hall, Mt. Hood. Contact: 541-352-1078.

Oregon Retired Educators Association: Unit 20 meets the third Tuesday of the month at noon, at sites TBA. Contact: Unit 20 president Tom Greenough, 541-490-9641 or 541-386-3580. Membership is open to all interested in education from Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties.

Republican Central Committee: meets on the third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. at China Gorge Restaurant. Contact: John F. Brennan, HR County Republican Central Committee chairman, brennanbuildersinc@gmail.com or 541-308-5375.

Rockford Grange: meets the first Wednesday of every month starting at 5 p.m. with a potluck. Located at 4520 Barrett Drive, Hood River. Contact: Mark England, 541-490-3881; for rental info contact Linda Short at 541-490-9287.

Safe Connection Coalition: meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 11 a.m., in the Hood River County Courthouse conference room. Contact: 541-386-2500.

Toastmasters: meets at 6:30 a.m. every Friday (note: change from Thursdays) at the Charburger Restaurant in Hood River. All are welcome. The purpose is to enhance public speaking skills in a fun and supportive environment. Contact: Amy, 541-387-4360, for more info or visit toastmasters.org.

Toastmasters Gorge Windbags Group: meets Fridays at noon at The Next Door’s Conference Room, 965 Tucker Road. Learn to be a confident public speaker in a mutually supportive environment. For more info call Heidi Venture at 541-436-0303. Or just show up.

Waterfront Community Park Association: meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Nunamaker Realty, 2495 Cascade Ave., Hood River. The WCPA raised funds for the Waterfront Park and interested parties are welcome. Contact: Gorgeview@gorge.net or visit hoodriverwaterfront.com.



CULTURE


Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta: meets Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. in the Hood River Valley High School music room; open to all instrumentalists. Directed by Mark Steighner. No audition. Contact: 541-386-4826.

The Gorge Strings: rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Hood River Valley High School music room. Conducted by Deniese Sajdak, the string ensemble welcomes beginning and intermediate string players. Visit http://w3gorge.net/mdstg/stringorchestra.htm.

The Gorge Winds Concert Band: meets Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. at The Dalles Middle School music room. Musicians from all over the Gorge meet weekly; open to all brass, woodwinds and percussionists. Contact: music director Sam Grotte, 509-493-1082.

Hood River Valley Art Club: meets Thursdays at 10 a.m. for group painting, at the Christian Alliance Church, Rand Road and Montello, in the modular building at the east end of the parking lot. Anyone interested is welcome to attend, using media of choice, and artistic ability not a requirement. Bring art supplies, lunch; coffee will be furnished. The fourth Thursday meeting is usually a workshop or program and will be listed in the Happenings section. For more info call Irene Jonas at 509-493-2272 or Lois Neufeldt at 541-354-3161.

Life Drawing open studio: meets on the fourth Friday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. $12 fee. For more info call 541-387-8877 or visit columbiaarts.org.

Mid-Columbia Folklore Society: meets on the second Saturday each month between October and June for contra dances at 7 p.m. at Rockford Grange, at the corner of Barrett Drive and Markham Roads. Contact: Keith Harding, 541-352-7550, or Tom Hons, 541-386-5771.

Portrait Drawing open session: meets on the second Friday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon at the Columbia Center for the Arts. $10 fee. For more info call 541-387-8877 or visit columbiaarts.org.




HANDCRAFTS


Busy Fingers: Handcrafts for Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital meets the first Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Down Manor, 1950 Sterling Place, Hood River.

Columbia Fibre Guild: meets second Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon, September through June, at The Dalles Library. Contact Kathy, 541-352-6328.

Lutheran World Relief Quilts: meets at 9 a.m. to noon on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1140 Tucker Road. Contact: Rose Miller, 541-490-3059.

MEOW (Machine Embroiderers of Oregon and Washington) chapter: meets at 10 a.m. on the second Friday of each month, at varying locations in the Mid-Columbia. Contact: Barbara Frasier, 541-490-1567.

Northwest Regional Spinners Association: meets on the fourth Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hood River Alliance Church.

Oregon Glass Guild, Gorge Chapter: meets second Monday of every month; locations vary. Contact: Charlene Ford, 541-386-3082.

Parkhurst House Hat Project: meets Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon at Parkhurst House Senior Living Community, 2450 May St., HR. Members crochet, knit or loom warm hats for those in need. Creations will be donated to various charities in HR and Wasco counties.

Project Keep Warm: ongoing project seeks donations of yarn from community, for making hats, scarves, mittens and blankets for low-income children’s programs in the Columbia Gorge. Contact: Sue Craig, 541-298-2937.

Rather Bees Quilters: meets every Monday to hand-quilt from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Contact: Elizabeth Garber, 541-387-2950.




HOME AND GARDEN


Hood River Evening Garden Club: meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Contact for meeting place: Tina Weekly, 541-678-3708 or tweekly3209@charter.net, or Diana Caryl, 541-352-1070 or thecaryls@juno.com. All gardeners welcome.

Odell Garden Club: meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Community Building at the Hood River fairgrounds. Contact: Norma Curtis, 541-386-6635 or nlcurtis@hrecn.net, or Jackie Shaw, 503-880-0713.

Parkdale Garden Club: meets on the first Tuesday of the month at the Parkdale Grange Hall. Contact: Mary Lou Larson, 541-352-7742, or Jean Hardman, 541-352-6691 or hardman_j@hotmail.com.




MIND, BODY, SPIRIT


Foot care: Tuesdays, 8:30-11 a.m., by appointment; Hood River Valley Adult Center; 541-386-2060.

Rising Light: a momentous beginning to the day for inquirers into the Mystery of ONE. RSVP (even that morning). Interview needed to see if this aligns well for you. 7 a.m. in-silence, followed at 7:30 a.m. by 30-40-minute awareness study guided by mystic Annam (Elle Collier Re). Held at The HeartGate study and retreat center in Oak Grove Park (where Country Club Road and Portland Drive meet). The HeartGate is an open-minded, open-hearted center for divine at-one-ment studies. Contact: theheartgate.org; 541-387-5554

Silverfit: Elderly exercise class meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., Hood River Valley Adult Center.

Tai Chi at Mt. Hood Town Hall: meets Mondays and Thursdays during the school year from 1-2 p.m. Designed for fall prevention; seniors and disabled citizens are welcome free of charge. Donations are accepted. For more info contact Elise Cain at 541-352-6566 or signage@gorge.net.

Zen Meditation group: meet the second and fourth Sunday of every month at Cascade Acupuncture Center, 105 Fifth St., 3-5 p.m. Beginners are welcome; please arrive 15 minutes early. Contact Kyri, 541-386-3181 or visit hoodriverzen.org.




SERVICE


FISH Food Bank: Office hours are Monday 4-5 p.m., Wednesday 4-5:30 p.m., Friday 4-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, for distribution of emergency food supplies. FISH is located in Concordia Lutheran Church, 11th and Pine streets; Mondays, 4-6 p.m. at Parkdale Community Church; Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. at 3440 Odell Highway in Odell (across from fire hall); and on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Cascade Locks City Hall Gymnasium, 140 WaNaPa St., from 1:30-4 p.m.

Eye Opener Lions: meets every Tuesday at the Charburger Restaurant in Hood River. The first two meetings are held at 7 a.m.; the last meeting of the month is held at various locations. Contact: Paul Zastrow, 541-354-1002.

Hood River Lions Club: meets Tuesdays (except any fifth Tuesday) from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Lodge, Third and Cascade in Hood River. For more info visit the Hood River Lions Facebook page.

Hood River Watershed Group: meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Hood River Oregon State University Extension Center, 2900 Experiment Station Road (off Tucker Road). Open to the public.

Odell Lions Club: meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Odd Fellows Lodge, 3051 Odell Highway. Contact: Ted Weber, 541-354-1079.

Soroptimists: meets at noon on the first, third and fourth Wednesdays at Providence Down Manor.




SPORTS/RECREATION


Columbia Gorge Off-Road Association: meets in the spring and fall. For details contact info@cgora.com or visit www.cgora.com.

Hood River Saddle Club: meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Saddle Club, corner of Belmont and Country Club. Contact: Ken Hansen, 541-386-5913.

Sailing: Hood River Yacht Club hosts twice-monthly social and informational meetings on HRYC and sailing in general, 5 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays at CEBU Lounge at Best Western Hood River Inn. Contact: doug@donnunamaker.com.

Mt. Adams Chapter, Back Country Horsemen: meets the second Monday of each month at the Columbia River Bank in White Salmon, Wash. Contact: Dave Welch, 509-493-1014.




WORSHIP


Concordia Lutheran Church (ELS): meets every Sunday at 8 a.m. for adult and children's classes, followed by worship. Concordia welcomes visitors at our location at 11th and Pine in Hood River (same building as FISH). For more info visit concordiahoodriver.org.

“The Course of Miracles” study group: meets twice a month on Sundays, 2-4 p.m. at Bethel United Church of Christ in White Salmon. For more information or specific dates contact: 509-637-4689.

Faith Connection Coalition: meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m. at the courthouse in the first floor conference room. This is an opportunity for faith groups to learn more about collaborating with other faith groups and the community on drug and alcohol prevention activities. Contact: 541-386-2500, option 3.

Hood River Alliance Church: offers a women’s Bible study every Thursday: Morning study, 9-11 a.m. (child care is available), and evening study, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 541-386-2812. The church is located at 2650 Montello St.

Lighthouse Chapel: The Christian, non-denominational intercultural service meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at Wind River Place Apartments Community Room, located off Sieverkropp in the Heights. Contact: Dale Royce, 541-490-6305 or Joe Castilla, 541-386-3565.

Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: meets every Sunday at 10 a.m. for adult and children’s programs. The fellowship welcomes visitors to its meeting location at the Rockford Grange, 4250 Barrett Drive. For more info visit mcuuf.org.

Mosier First Christian Church Bible Study: meets Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. in the homes of members. Contact: 541-478-3338. All are welcome.

Public Bible meetings: meets Sundays at 4 p.m. at Hood River Adult Center. Contact: 541-296-6647.

Summit Church: welcomes all to attend Wednesday night Bible study beginning at 7 p.m. and Sunday worship and the Word at 10:30 a.m., at our location at 4201 Barrett Drive, Hood River. For more info visit gotothesummit.org.