The next AARP Safe Driver class will be held at Down Manor on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 12-13, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The two-day class will cover the many changes in Oregon’s driving laws in the past few years.
The Hood River Library will be hosting SOAR (Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees) citizenship classes on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Jan. 13 and running through April 28. The course will be conducted in intermediate level English.
Adrianna Vaca and Elizabeth Bricker, both Hood River Valley High School seniors, have been selected as Elks December Students of the Month. Both were presented checks for $100 in recognition of their volunteer efforts in the community and their achievements at school during a Lodge meeting.
Chandra Man Bajyoo, a 43-year-old Nepali guide who has done more than 100 treks in the Himalayas, will speak about his experiences at the Mt. Hood Town Hall on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. This is the first in a series of “Interesting People” talks at the community center, located at 6575 Hwy. 35 in the upper Hood River valley.
The Columbia Gorge is now home to an estimated 45 wineries, 14 breweries, 13 cideries, two distilleries, and one of the world’s largest yeast laboratories — not counting dozens, probably hundreds, of home brewers.
Madison Mooney and Morgan Graves, both Hood River Valley High School seniors, have been selected as the November Students of the Month. Both were presented checks for $100 in recognition of their volunteer efforts in the community and their achievements at school during a Lodge Meeting.
An end of the year is now a new year effort. The Hood River Valley High School food drive has been extended through January.
On Jan. 7 beginning at 10 a.m., Laura Jack will present a workshop centered upon grief and the holidays.
Firefighters Diego Vaca, left, and Kip Miller, right, welcome Finbar O’Donoghue, right, and his friends Jackson Bullock, left, Van Aiken and Jenner Baumhackl, aboard a Hood River Fire Engine for a special ride to school at May Street Elementary last month.
Parkdale Elementary School students worked on a special service project the week of Dec. 12 — creating gift bags for Hood River Care Center residents.
The next Aging in the Gorge Alliance / Alianza de la Tercera Edad meeting is planned for Monday, Jan. 9 from 5:15-7:30 p.m. in the fourth floor Down Manor dining room, Hood River. Dinner will be included.
Students of Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program, under the direction of Pastry Chef Rainbow Trosper, will team up with Columbia Center for the Arts to bring eatable art to the holiday table this Dec. 21-22. Fresh Start will showcase a wide variety of pastries, confections and cakes that can be purchased at the arts center, or ordered in advance.
Youth of Heart of Hospice/YoHOH visited the home of Bobbi and Bud Jones for their Thanksgiving outing. During their visit, they delivered homemade Thanksgiving cards, shared a few silly turkey jokes, and then received the warmest of welcomes from the Joneses, reports Jayne Mederios, Heart of Hospice volunteer coordinator.
The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute will host a free workshop on environmental education in the Gorge on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hood River Library meeting room, 502 State St.
Almost 400 students from schools all around the Gorge showed off their robotic talents over the last two weekends.