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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It’s going to be a gorgeous day today, a nice break from the Junuary weather. You can expect sunshine this morning, high clouds this afternoon, a high near 75, and light wind all day long. We have light easterlies this morning, and we’ll probably see light west this afternoon. A big upper low off the coast sends a weather system our way tomorrow, for west wind at 10-15 in the morning and 23-26 in the afternoon. The wind tomorrow will be strongest at Stevenson and gusty everywhere else.
On Friday, we’re back to light wind, and then on Saturday afternoon and Sunday, strong westerlies return to the Gorge.
Coming up this evening, there’s the Post and Pinot women’s mountain bike ride out of Dirty Fingers at 5:30, there’s Families at Family Man, with family-friendly bike riding for kids of all ages, there’s the Kayak Shed’s whitewater shop paddle and sailboat races out of the Hood River Marina. Ladies standup paddle night is tonight this week, due to bad weather last night and a return to summer today. Join Big Winds for free standup paddle demos and lessons at Hood River’s Event Site.
Also tonight, it’s the movie Rising from Ashes at Columbia Center for the Arts at 7:00. This is the bad-ass story of the Rwandan cycling team, headed to the Olympics this summer. You know the awful story of the Rwandan genocide. Come see this inspiring film about Rwandan cyclists.
Coming up this weekend, it’s a big one for organized bike rides, with the Cascade to Crown Ride out of Cascade Locks on Sunday and the Mt. Adams tour out of Trout Lake on Saturday. Also on Saturday, it’s the Splash for Pink on the Descutes River, raising money for breast cancer research by sending you whitewater rafting.
Have an awesome day today!