Roundup of downtown news

13 Nov

This is a copy of the newsletter I send to downtown businesses. More eyes, better.

The HRDBC is seeking candidates …

This is the committee that considers and recommends policy, programs and expenditures affecting downtown, to the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce board. It is a nine-member board. Current members whose terms expire Dec. 31 include Jon Davies of Columbia River Insurance, Sue Collins of Cascade Travel, and Andrew McElderry of Andrew’s Pizza (Andrew was just elected to the Chamber board). We have received expressions of interest from three candidates. Each position is a three-year term. Commitment involves attending monthly meetings of 60 to 90 minutes, and work (as your life allows) on subcommittees, such as promotions, Hood River Holidays, Hops Fest, etc. If you would like your name to be placed on an electronic ballot in early December, please notify Stu Watson by Nov. 27. Call him at 386-8860, or write to swatson@hoodriver.org/

City and PP&L crews …

will be installing Christmas wreaths on Sunday morning, Nov. 15. Beginning the same day and continuing until done, city crews will start hanging garlands and tree lights on trees along Oak Street. According to Dave Smock, of city public works, garlands and banners will go up on the classic light poles from Front Street to 5th Street, and along Second Street from State Street to the North side of the Second Street bridge (Exit 63 interchange). Huge thanks to the city and Pacific Power for making this annual explosion of festive color happen. If you see these guys out there doing their thing, thank them — with a hot cup of cocoa, if you have it.

 

Gorge Music Series …

presents Rio Con Brio at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Riverside Community Church, 4th and State St., Hood River. The concert features Tim Connell on mandolin and Mike Burdett on guitar. Cost is $12 adults, $8 kids, tickets in advance at Oak Street Hotel, 610 Oak St. Get more info at http://gorgemusicseries.com/ or listen to a sound clip now at http://www.myspace.com/rioconbrio

Naked Winery offers live …

music several nights a week. This week it features Lucky Friday, 11/13, “Blue Day” Jazz standards from 7-10 p.m.; Saturday 11/14, “The Connelly Bros,” rock and country 7-10 p.m.; Sunday 11/15, “Henry Schifter,” mellows your afternoon 5-7 p.m.; Monday, 11/16, open mic/jam hosted by Les Vaughn 7-10 p.m.

Authors to read at library …

Waucoma Bookstore and the Hood River County Library are hosting two authors for readings during the next week at the meeting room of the Hood River County Library Hood River main branch. At 7 p.m. tonight (Nov. 12), author Ken Scholes will read from his new book, “Canticle”, the second book in “The Psalms of Issak” series.

Amy Foster, author of “When Autumn Leaves,” will read at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Hood River County Library Meeting Room, 502 State St., Hood River. She also will sign copies of her new book, described as “a touching and truly magical tale about friends, family, community, and finding ourselves.” For more information, contact Jenny at Waucoma Bookstore, 541-386-5353, or write to her at books@waucomabookstore.com

 

Give a coat, get a discount …

on the new book by Jess Walter, at The Book Stop’s “One Warm Coat” Coat Drive Kick-Off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Bring a new or gently used coat in clean condition, and get 20 percent off Walter’s new book, “The Financial Lives of the Poets,” or any other purchase that evening. Walter, a National Book Award finalist, will be on hand. Learn more about him and his writing at http://www.gorgebookstop.com/walter/index.html

Sparking Creations is having a sale …

starting Thursday, Nov. 12, and running through Nov. 16, at its downtown store. It’s the third annual “Make Your Own Christmas Presents” sale. Everything in the store (except consignments) is ond sale, at savings up to 30 percent. In addition, the store will host a free Basic Beading Class from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.

Hood River reDesign organizes clothing swap …

From 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Alliance Church Youth Center, 2650 Montello, women of all ages are invited to attend the “Frugal Fashionista — Style on a Budget” event. Women and teen girls are invited “to clean out their closets and bring their no longer needed gently used clothing & accessories (jewelry, purses, scarves, shoes, hats, and belts too)!” If you want to shop – that is, take what you want — you pay $5 for admission. You can take what you want. Donating is free. There’s no one-for-one ratio, so if you bring a decent sweater, you can take some thong underwear and a stole and a skort and a quilted Nepalese Army sherpa jacket and a … well, you get the idea. What you bring goes on display for others to eyeball. If you want to shop, too, you pay $5. So, you can take home new-to-you stuff, or simply donate what you no longer need for use by those who do (need it, that is). All clothing seasons, styles & sizes welcome. Leftover items go to charity. Get details at http://hoodriverredesign.com

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