This week’s forecast is brought to you by the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, located
at 215 Cascade Street. Sure, it’s fun to use the Gorge as your gym, exercising your body every day, but how long has it been since you attended a cultural event? A play? A show? An indie film?
Well, Columbia Center for the Arts has you covered. Coming up on July 19th, Oregon author Jon Bell will be at CCA discussing his book ‘On Mount Hood: A biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak.’ Jon was on OPB a couple of weeks ago, and he’s pretty engaging, so this should be a great talk. On July 20th, ‘Bicycle Dreams’ plays on the big screen at CCA… it’s a documentary about the Race Across America. Definitely a must see, and a bargain at $5. Finally, on the 27th, there’s another great film, ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’. And those are only the highlighted events – you can check the website for more. And, if you want to support art in the Gorge,
Now, your forecast:
First off, we’re looking for Paco’s gear. Paco’s fine, but his gear went missing at Rowena last night. It’s a Cascade board and 3.3 Ezzy sail. $100 reward for return.
Yesterday was a huge west wind day on the Columbia, with gusts around 50 miles per hour at Rowena, Doug’s, Maryhill and Arlington. My friends and I were at Arlington on 3.2’s. We gave it an A (not an A+, mind you, but a solid A) Today doesn’t look as windy, but we’ll still have some wind. It’s going to blow 21-24 early from Hood River to Mosier, picking up at Stevenson, Maryhill and Arlington into the 23-26 range early afternoon as a front pushes across the Cascades.
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Tomorrow looks lighter, with a start in the 5-10 range, building to 13-15 late in the day. Sunday starts off light too, building to 17-20 in the afternoon. The wind will be strongest from Hood River to Stevenson all day Saturday and Sunday morning, filling in further east as yet another weak system pushes through on Sunday afternoon.
Today marks the start of the Tenacity games, a three-day sporting event benefiting cancer research and camps for survivors. You can make a donation at the Tenacity Games website. Why? Because cancer touches all of us. Because it took windsurfing and snowboarding away from a good friend of mine for the last 5 years of his life. Because it’s probably done the same or worse to friends of yours. So make a donation.
Today and tomorrow there are standup paddle races, and Saturday and Sunday are kiteboarding events. Sunday is Kayak for Cancer, running the White Salmon below Condit Dam and crossing the Columbia to finish at Hood River’s Event Site. There are also bands and other events going on at the Waterfront Park and Event Site, so be sure to swing by and check it out.
Coming up this evening at the Hood River Inn, there’s a fundraiser featuring the Ultronz for Peg Lalor, the Gorge Games Goddess. Peg was involved in a bad bike wreck last year, which has left her needing continual rehab and assistance. Even after she is released to the greater world, her need for therapy will continue, and the bills will mount. (thanks to everyone who is against universal health care with reasonable coverage and out-of-pocket expenses). All of you, please show up and make a donation. Doors open at 7pm.
This evening is also the Tenacity Games Hoop and Heal hula-hoop party at the British Pub. That starts at 8pm.
Coming up Sunday, it’s the White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium. If you live in Klickitat or Skamania county, or in Hood River, you can sign up for a whitewater rafting trip for just $25. Give Wet Planet a call for more details. Along with the raft trip, there are kayak races, movies, and a bbq, along with more information about the removal of Condit dam happening this fall.
And speaking of the White Salmon, it’s at 3 ¾ feet, the Hood’s at 4.1 feet, and the Klickitat’s at 2350 cfs.
Have an awesome day today!
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