Members of the community are invited to an open house, 4–6 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at 113 West Steuben, Bingen, to learn more about a project that will make traveling between State Route 14 and the growing Bingen Point area safer and more reliable.
The public and emergency responders currently use at-grade railroad crossings to access the Port of Klickitat and Bingen Point. With planned economic expansion and anticipated increased train traffic, delays and connectivity are expected through town in the future.
There is no formal presentation. During the open house, staff members from WSDOT will discuss the design and construction timeline with the public, as well as answer any questions. The $22.9 million project is funded by the 2015 Connecting Washington transportation package. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020.
Grow your own flowers and veggies – the 14th Annual Plant Sale sponsored by St. Joseph’s Church will take place on Saturday, April 29, from 9am to 2pm in the parking lot across from Thriftway Harvest Market in White Salmon.
Plants are locally-grown, gorge-hardy annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs, grown by Vanguard Nursery. This year will feature colorful planters in time for Mother’s Day.
Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Come early for best selection!
Join Oregon’s former U.S. Congressman Les AuCoin, Friday, May 12 for a conversation about our national republic values and the value of public debate, entitled ‘It’s a Republic, if You Can Keep It.’
Les AuCoin and Mark Hatfield were instrumental in getting legislation passed to create the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. This event will kick off our anniversary weekend, as we celebrate 20 years of being the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
A pre-program dinner will begin at 6 p.m., with the program following at 7 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Seating is limited. Make reservations by May 10 by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201. For more information, visit www.gorgediscovery.org.
The southern slopes of Mt. Adams in June are a pedaling paradise with good roads, exceptional weather, cool temps, easy to challenging rides and unequaled vistas against the glorious snow-clad backdrop of magnificent Mt Adams. The Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour is the perfect chance to explore the area with other riders enjoying the fresh mountain air and spectacular views from two-wheels.
The annual Mt. Adams Country Tour (MACBT) just gets better every year. The tours follow country roads with minimal traffic, winding through some of the most beautiful countryside around. The rides are fully sag and safety supported, with well-marked routes, rest/snack stops, lunch for century riders and dinner for everyone. Choose from four tour options:
11½-MILE FAMILY FUN RIDE is a leisurely loop through the beautiful Trout Lake Valley with panoramic views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. 240’ elev. gain. Check-In/Registration: 10am to noon.
51-MILE VALLEY LOOP first takes you south to BZ Corner, then a gradual 6½-mile climb to Glenwood passes through spectacular rural and farmland scenery, past Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge with many glimpses of Mt. Adams and possible sightings of elk, deer and migratory birds. The route then loops back through pine forest into the Trout Lake Valley. 2,700′ total elevation gain. Check-In/Registration: 8-11am
54-MILE FOREST LOOP starts with a challenging 14½-mile climb (2,000′ gain), including a short 10% grade, followed by a long downhill ride with waterfalls, creeks, eagles and all the majesty this special country provides. From there a 10-mile climb to Big Tire Junction precedes a downhill ride you’ll never forget back to Trout Lake. 3,800′ total elevation gain. Check-In/Registration: 7-10am
105-MILE INFINITY RIDE begins with the Green Loop, then a stop at Heavenly Grounds for lunch, before continuing on the Yellow Loop to complete your century+ ride. Total 6,500′ elevation gain. Check-In/Registration: 7-10am
Ride fees: 11½-mile Family Fun Ride – $15 by May 31st, $20 after June 1st.
51, 54 or 105 mile rides – $55 by May 31st, $65 after June 1st.
Prices include Post Ride Feast. A light lunch is included for the 105 mile ride. T-shirts are NO LONGER included in the registration fee for any routes. Ride T-Shirts and additional Post Ride Meals for non-riding guests may be purchased separately.
Additional information, online registration, and route maps at www.TroutLakeWashington.com
The Mt Adams Country Bike Tour is a major fund raising event organized by the non-profit Trout Lake Area Business Association to help support community charity and service groups, school programs, area fire departments, the local grange, etc. With your help we hope to do even better this year! For more information please contact Dr. Rick Allen at DrRick@CascadeWellnessClinic.
Want to be part of the biggest smallest town 4th of July parade in the Gorge? Everyone and anyone is welcome to march or roll along with other floats along the parade route, join the Husum Yacht & Canoe Club Kazoo Band, parade in a costume with the hula-hoop hula dancers, or just observe the craziness as a spectator along the 1/4 mile parade route.
Husum, WA, hosts its annual July 4th Parade and .1K Micro-Marathon Fun Run, not surprisingly on July 4th. The parade includes an ex-military honor guard, floats, a kazoo band, antique vehicles, animals, and many 10’s of (costumes encouraged) participants and spectators lining the streets. The parade begins at (or about) 10:00am at the north end of Main Street and proceeds south and east along the approximately 1/4 mile (440 yards) parade route to the Husum St. bridge over the White Salmon River.
Everyone and anyone is welcome to participate in the parade. To “march” in the parade just begin to congregate at the North end of Main Street around 9:30am. Or you are encouraged to at least line the streets as spectators about 10:00am, and then join the procession to the end of the parade route.
At the end of the route everyone, parade participants and following spectators alike, will turn around and take off on the famous Husum .1K Micro-Marathon Fun Run (yes, that’s point 1 kilometer, 100 meters, approximately 328 feet!!!). For anyone who needs hydration during the run the micro-marathon includes a mid-run water stop, and there’s a huge group photo at the end.
There is no entry fee for either the parade or the micro-marathon, even though the run includes the totally awesome water stop, and the event includes a free hot dog barbeque and no-host bar following the parade and fun run at nearby Taste of the Gorge Restaurant. However, if you must drop some cash, you can purchase an Official Husum .1k Micro-Marathon Fun Run T-shirt for only $20 to commemorate this spectacular patriotic celebration.
The annual parade began in 2005 with a small group of goofy locals marching down Main Street “just for patriotic fun”. It has since grown to become the self-proclaimed “Biggest Small Parade in the Country”. Though it’s still pretty goofy, this may be the best way ever to celebrate this great country and this magical place we live.
The best 4th of July celebration in the Gorge is right here in White Salmon! Join us for a patriotic hometown parade, followed by family-oriented fun in the park, including a band concert, old-fashioned games for kids, hot dogs, and refreshing beverages.
The parade starts up Jewett Blvd at 1:00 pm, led by the color guard and a large contingent of veterans riding in vintage cars, and followed by everything from colorful floats to kids on their bikes. Upon reaching the city park, parade and spectators alike will be welcomed to the music of the White Salmon Jazz Band. Recognition of Veterans will take place at 2:30 with the help of Harmony of the Gorge singing the anthems of the branches of service. The concert will be rounded out by the Gorge Winds Concert Band from 3:00 to 4:00pm.
Games for kids will begin at 2:00, including the “wheelbarrow” race, balloon toss, and 3-legged race. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a picnic lunch with your friends and neighbors. Community Partners will be selling loaded sausage dogs, regular hot dogs for the kids, and soda, water or beer. Then choose from a selection of sweets — rootbeer floats, snow cones, cotton candy and ice cream.
Everyone is invited to take part in the parade – businesses, families, individual ‘floats.’ Decorate your dog, chicken, bike, wagon, wheelbarrow, car, or anything that can move, and join in the fun.
Parade entry forms are due by July 1 and can be found at City Hall, Gorge Ink at 176 Jewett, or download the July 4th Parade Application 2015. For more information call Karen at 541-340-0174. Veterans can sign up to ride in the parade by calling Jerry Smith at 509-493-1934.
The 6th annual Wild Woman Trail Marathon, Relay, and 50K is a trail run created by and for women. Enjoy the fabulous network of trails at the base of Mt. Adams in Trout Lake, Washington. This is an endorphin-filled weekend for women who like to run trails, do yoga, eat local, camp-out (optional) and enjoy the company of girlfriends.
Wild Woman Marathon has all the ingredients for an untamed weekend: good trails, good food, and great women. Friendship in Fitness. Consider this an invitation to all the wild women who like to run long, play hard, and eat locally.
We live (and run) up, down, and even around the base of Mt. Adams (a 12,276-foot volcano). For the past few years, long runs (road and trail) have provided us with an opportunity to reconnect with girlfriends from Austin to Boston, Seattle to Eugene. We’ve traded life stories over plates of pre-run pasta and post-run pinot gris.
We decided it was time to return the favor, and hold a women’s trail run in our backyard and invite gals from all over to run with us. Not everyone wants to run a marathon or an ultra, so that’s why we are offering a relay with legs ranging in difficulty and distances of 4.6 to 8 miles.
- Individuals or relay teams of up to four.
- Feast on a fabulous lunch of local foods.
- Post-run yoga and water trough plunge
- Easy camping, Mt. Adams view, big starry night sky.
Come find your inner wild on the flanks of Mt. Adams.
For more information visit http://www.wildwomanmarathon.com/
Steph and Betsy
Every year we choose a local non-profit to support. This year, we help victims of domestic violence get back up on their feet to live a safe and healthy life by donating a portion of our proceeds to Helping Hands Against Violence. Helping Hands is a non-profit organization in Hood River, Oregon which supports victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking through shelter, advocacy, education and outreach. For more information Helping Hands Against Violence
The annual Art & Wine Fusion celebrates many things that define our magnificent home in the Columbia River Gorge. The day will feature exciting and delightful family-friendly activities with talented local food vendors & restaurants, renowned local entertainment, top-notch artisans and award-winning vintners offering tastings of their incredible local fermentations. All enhanced by a wonderful early summer evening in the Gorge.
When: 4th Saturday in July 26, 3:00-10:00 pm.
Where: Downtown White Salmon, Jewett Blvd from Wauna to Garfield.
Who: Artists, vintners, chefs, musicians, crafts people, entertainers, and well over 2,000 attendees.
What: An exciting community event featuring carefully selected and highest quality local arts and crafts, wines, beers, ciders, foods, and activities that celebrate our unique and beautiful area of the Columbia River Gorge.
Downtown White Salmon will be transformed to a lively street fair with.
- Local artists and vendors — Offering locally made, quality crafted pieces in street booths and local shops.
- Exciting Music — Popular entertainers on the main stage and others at local venues.
- Award-winning local beverages — Tastings of great regional wines and ciders from local master vintners.
- Salmon Cook-off — Our guests vote for the best of our renowned local restaurateurs and caterers.
- Local food booths — Specially selected for their unique taste and quality.
- “Everybody’s” Beer Garden — Celebrating the success of our own local craft beer maker.
- Shops, galleries and businesses — Hosting wine tastings and items/demonstrations by local artists.
- Kid-friendly activities — Dress-up Bike parade, potato stamps, balloon-animals, street chalk art, and more.
Find more information at ArtWineFusion.com
Businesses and community organizations line the downtown Jewett sidewalks to hand out treats to the ghouls, goblins, fairies, and superheroes, even some for the parents. Any organization, business, or individual is welcome to join in to help feed the monsters.
Mid-Columbia Ministries will also host their Festival of Light Halloween Fair again this year, with hot cider, cookies, games, candy and other prizes, from 5:30-7:30 in the Wauna St. parking lot between Harvest Market and our three banks.
So join us on Halloween evening, Oct 31, 4:30-7:00 pm, for a ghoulishly great time.
Holiday Arts, Crafts, Music and Tree Lighting – 1st Saturday in December
*Start the day with Santa’s Breakfast and Bazaar
at Henkle Middle School 7:30 to 11:30
Pancakes, sausage and beverages for $5/person or $15/family of five, $3 for seniors and K-8 students, and $2 for preschoolers. Photos with Santa 8:00 to noon, package prices.
*Beginning at 12pm: Downtown White Salmon shops will open with food and drink, artists, entertainment, demonstrations, lots of gift ideas, and warm spaces.
*From 2pm to 5pm: The White Salmon Community Library’s
annual Holiday Wassail Event:
*Demonstrations and hands-on crafts for kids, music, seasonal snacks, and the traditional wassail punch provide a family-friendly afternoon for all ages.
*4pm to 6pm: Outdoor fire pits will be lit around the White Salmon Holiday Tree at Riverview Bank
*Santa, Christmas music, caroling, holiday booths, hot chocolate and S’mores makin’s will be available for all to enjoy, and to keep everyone warm and in the spirit of the day while awaiting:
*~5 pm: Lighting the White Salmon Holiday Tree, the Grand Finale of the day
As a hush comes over the crowd, the Mayor and all the children take a deep breath, then blow on the tree to magically bring it blazing alight.
This is THE community family event of the season in Bingen and White Salmon,
so don’t miss enjoying the start of the holiday season with your family, friends, visitors,
and the rest of our community.