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Sept. 3 First Friday — here’s what’s on tap

2 Sep

Thanks to Tracy Kaiser of the Chamber, here’s a report from the Downtown Business community on what’s in store for Sept. 3 First Friday. Remember, it’s from 5 to 8 p.m., and involves a closure of Oak Avenue and connecting side streets during that period. Take it away, Tracy:

“Our next First Friday is September 3 and the street will be closed for the festivities. We extend a big thank you to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for sponsoring July, August and September’s street closing for our First Friday event. Providence will have its Mobile Health unit available to the public during First Friday, located at the corner of 3rd and Oak Street.

Here is your First Friday line-up:

  • Naked Winery will have Hood River’s local Tess Barr is true blues from 8PM to 11PM.  A power house voice and backed by a rock solid band.
  • Melika kicks of their HUGE Labor Day Sale, up to 70% off.
  • Parts + Labour will have musician KEVIN HOLMAN on acoustic guitar and Cor winery for tastings of their wine collections.
  • Small Planet Trading hosts artist Diane Gadway showing her unique line of jewelry made from re-purposed materials. Gadzoolry is fun, funky and functional. Meet the artist between 6 – 8 pm and enjoy Fair Trade and local munchies while you shop.
  • Columbia Center for the Arts will have Plein Air Gallery Show & Opening Reception: 6 to 8 pm – Free; Gallery Show: Daily, September 3-26, 11 am – 6pm; Artworks created during the five-day Paint-Out will be available for purchase and selections of writers’ works will be on display.
  • Waucoma Bookstore is hosting author Jack Nisbit for a book signing, from 5 to 8 pm at the bookstore (212 Oak St, Hood River).  Nisbet will be signing his book “The Collector: David Douglas & The Natural History of the Northwest.”
  • The Enchanted Alpaca is hosting Jose Marroquin, Peruvian Photographer, with his very special exhibit “Sharing the Magic of the Andes.”. Also hosting Patricia Shypertt, local Hat Milliner Extraordinaire!
  • Cascade Acupuncture will have its Grand Opening  of the new Chinese Herbal Pharmacy! The grand opening is from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at 104 5th Street, in Hood River. There will be raffles, free chair massages, free usable tote bag, free champagne, free Greens First and Dream Protein shake samples, appetizers by Knead bakery and 15% off selected products.

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.”

Catch your breath — an Event-a-lanche is coming at us in August

30 Jul

Talk to business owners downtown about how summer has been, and “Busy” is the word. Weekend of Aug. 6-8 (Fri-Sun) promises to be busier still. What up? Hundreds of bike riders will descend on town Saturday, Aug. 7, for Jackson’s Ride the Gorge, a five-year-old fund-raiser for the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation. It’s all based at the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM). Rides of 100 miles or less begin at 6 a.m,. and continue through 5 p.m. Watch for cyclists on the road!

Also coming down that weekend is First Friday (Aug. 6), with streets closed for pedestrian rambles PLUS, in the middle of summer, a Snow Rail Jam. It’s an echo event, of the Jam that 2nd Wind Sports and IPS Skate organized last December, during the run-up to Christmas. Pepi Gerald at 2nd Wind tells me that, yes, “We’re hauling snow down from Timberline. We’re delusional. We’ve got five trucks and some trailers. It’ll be on 4th Street between State and Oak.”

In August? Dumped onto relatively warmish asphalt? How, Pepi, will you keep it from melting faster than you unload it? “Good question,” Pepi says. “We’re going to bring it straight down. And Sunderland is playing while we’re doing this. There’s also a snowboard movie premiere after at the parking lot of the British Pub.” Oh, lordy, this should be fun.

Same weekend, just west of Ground Zero, comes the Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest. No snow imports required. They just use the snow after it’s melted. You may be familiar with the substance called w-a-t-e-r. …

Then we have the sail BOAT folks (remember when this was sailing?), gathered together under the banner of the Columbia Gorge Racing Association. They’ve got a killer schedule of activities and races, and coming up Aug. 3-5 they’ve got the WIND Youth Clinic for kids (i.e. future sailors). If that doesn’t float your boat, hang on — for THREE national championships during the Columbia Gorge One-Design Regatta Aug. 6-8, also in Cascade Locks. …

Interesting post in the SF Gate about our fair city, from perspective of someone with a disability, trying to get around town. A chance for some empathy for those with such challenges, during the anniversary week of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

July 2010 First Friday draws huge crowd

3 Jul

If you have something to say in chalk, and more First Friday events

1 Jul

Get your chalk art on -- for big kids, little kids, and even kids recovered from chicken pox

For more First Friday events, click here.

First Friday, June 4, 2010

10 Jun

First Friday is coming, First Friday is coming (bring rain gear?)

3 Jun

During First Friday in May, the Buzzer popped in to the new location of Footwise, at 413 Oak Ave., and caught other visitors enjoying the new digs.

Patrick Quigley, who does sales for Express Color, first shared his appreciation. Store sales rep Greg Morris next shared his excitement. Winemaker Rich Cushman of Viento wines, and Kathy Watson of Nora’s Table, chatted in the background, totally ignoring all the awesome footwear decorating the walls.

First Friday for June is (duh) June 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. (or later, for dining establishments). Reminder: There will be no street closures for First Friday in June. Street closures will be in place for July, August and September (which leads into the Labor Day Weekend).

See you downtown on Friday.