Columbia Center for the Arts, on June 27th, presents the cycling film Rising from Ashes, a feature length documentary about the first Rwandan National Cycling Team and their six year journey to the Olympic Games in London. It’s not about the bike. It’s about second chances, how our past doesn’t have to define our future, and the triumph of the human spirit over one of the world’s most devastating genocides. The story is told by Forrest Whitaker and follows Team Rwanda. Producer, director and Editor T.C. Johnstone will be on hand to talk about the film. The team’s top rider Adrien Niyonshuti rode in the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic and will be riding in the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. There will be a reception in the lobby at 7:00. with the film beginning at 7:30.
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I haven’t mentioned this yet, because… well, because I’m a bum, I guess. Outside Magazine is having a contest to name the best river town. Hood River is in the running. Now, I know we don’t want to encourage more people to move here, but remember, we have two secret weapon to scare off immigrants: the Inversion and Junuary. So, feel free to take part in the Facebook voting. You can vote once a day.
In the weather today, we’ll start off with clouds, but as this upper low moves east, we’re likely going to get hit with a few bands of heavy rain. That’s what I’m hoping, anyway, as I don’t feel like dragging the hose across the parking lot and watering my guerrilla garden this morning. As the low moves east, the wind will pick up: gusty 21-23 near Hood River, and gusty 25-29 east of Mosier, all the way to Arlington. There’s a chance of thunderstorms with this system, and that, along with the rain, is going to make for inconsistent wind.
Tomorrow sees high pressure build over the Gorge, with sunny skies in the morning and high clouds moving in later. Anyone who needs light wind is going to like Wednesday – we’ll see variable 5-10 at most. Westerlies return at 10-15 Thursday morning, picking up into the twenties on Thursday afternoon. Friday looks like, as does Saturday morning, but westerlies return Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
Tonight in town, there’s the Hood River Tri club’s practice at the east end of the Event Site at 6pm. Also tonight, also at the Event Site, weather permitting, free standup paddling for women at the Big Winds Ladies SUPper club.
More importantly, tonight at 4pm is the Hood River County trails meeting. If you want to understand how the trail system is managed, you should be at this meeting. 601 State. Speaking of trails, the dirt is in excellent shape right now, and you should be riding your mountain bike if at all possible.
Tomorrow night’s a busy night. For you families with bikes, it’s Families at Family man at 5:30. Bring the kids up for a family-friendly night of testing the newly built features in our beginner skill park. For you grownup gals, tomorrow night is the Post and Pinot women’s mountain bike ride, leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30. Also tomorrow, the Kayak Shed’s whitewater shop paddle and the Hood River Yacht Club’s sailboat races.
For you cyclists, and for anyone who just loves a good story, tomorrow night at Columbia Center for the Arts it’s the movie Rising from Ashes, about the Rwandan cycling team, headed to the Olympics this summer. This is one of those not-to-be-missed movies, so make plans to be there. Showtime is 7:30pm.
Have an awesome day today!