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First Friday lineup courtesy of Downtown Business Council

4 Aug

Following note from Tracy Kaiser, coordinator for Downtown, re: activities on tap for Aug. 6 First Friday. Take it away, Tracy (w. some editing, by yours truly, for brevity)…

“Providence (Hood River Memorial Hospital) will be sponsoring August and September’s First Friday event so that the City of Hood River and the Chamber’s Downtown Business Council can close Oak Street for safety. Here’s an overview of planned events:

  • IPS/2nd Wind Sports Snow Rail Jam on 4th Street between State and Oak, adjacent to The British Pub. It will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Set-up starts at 5 p.m. Volunteers are welcome to help shovel snow, hauled down from Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. Volunteers are needed as well to remove snow, after the event. During the Rail Jam, athletes will be hitting the sliders and judged on style, technique and “Wow!” factor. Hood River’s own Sunderland will be playing live during the rail jam, and there will be a breakdance demo outside the pub. After the Snow Rail Jam, stay for the premiere of the new snowboard flick filmed by Hood River locals: “it’Z ALL HOOD” at 9 p.m. outside The British Pub. There is an entry fee of $25 for athletes who get approval to participate by Wally Inouye of IPS and/or Pepi Gerald of 2nd Wind Sports. The entry fee may be waived if the participants help with set-up and take-down.
  • “At the intersection of Third and Oak, Providence will have its Mobile Health Unit on location. Providence staff will offer free wellness checks (also in September). Wellness checks include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure checks, height, weight and body mass index (BMI) testing, which should give a good baseline for overall health. A variety of freebies are also available — sunscreen, band aids, Frisbees, measuring tapes, sewing kits, pink ribbon key chains, etc…. as supplies last. Providence also will provide buckets of chalk so kids can create chalk art on sidewalks and street surface.
  • That’s Swank! hosts musicians Paul Crouch & Shane Lebcock playing live blues & rock music. Local middle school students created handmade duct tape wallets and accessories for sale at the store. Snacks, wine and store’s first clearance rack.
  • Bambinos Bounce House features non-profit groups offering face painting, a dunk tank and more.
  • BCI Insurance and the Hukari Animal Shelter will have several dogs available for adoption. Watch for “adopt me” vests or learn more about dogs available for adoption online.
  • Parts + Labour will feature singer-songwriter Alex Ellison and jewelry art by MinK.
  • RE/MAX River City will feature Gorge artist Karen Watson, from Aug. 6 through September. Watson is known for her beautiful pastel paintings and has lived in Hood River for over 20 years.
  • Columbia Center for the Arts will have its fundraiser raffle car — a 2010 Honda Insight LX Hybrid — available to view near 3rd and Oak Street. Raffle tickets will be on sale for $40 and only 1,500 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held on October 1, 2010.

Save the date – September First Friday is Labor Day weekend and what a great way to kick off your family’s Staycation in Hood River. Also, mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Hops Fest Oct. 2 from noon to 9 p.m.”

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Heights Urban Renewal, Bambinos nannies, window dressing & more

4 Aug

City Manager Bob Francis rolls out plans for a Heights Urban Renewal District at 8 a.m. Thursday, inside Columbia Gorge Community College Hood River-Indian Creek Campus. …

Want a night out with the squeeze? Tired of baton-passing the kids while you share sail time? Looking for help corralling the urchins while the big folks dance the macarena at your best friend’s wedding? Get your nanny on — by hooking up with Bambinos. Seriously, proprietor Lorena Lowell tells us that the nanny service for the child care and learning center has been  a huge growth area. She’s got 65 trained nannies available to oversee on-site kid care, or work off-site — at parties, hotels, corporate events. She’s had a couple of calls from guys staying at local hotels who wanted a nanny for the entire weekend, but when the nanny arrive, there were no kids. To put the kibosh on that sort of nonsense, Bambinos now lets hotel management know that a nanny will be meeting the client family in the lobby before beginning child care. Cost is $13 an hour. Weekends are busy, so call a week ahead, at least. Out-of-towners are calling a month early.

Downtown Business Council is working to create enlarged versions of the popular Walking Map, and with support of property owners managing (currently) vacant space, place those business promotion posters in street-level windows of dark stores. Do you have a vacant building? Would you like to promote the overall business community until you have a client? Call Tracy Kaiser at 541-399-6235 …

Heard that Eclipse Music Education Center, 212 4th St., has closed its doors. Phone number is out of service. …