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What's New for Families in the Columbia River Gorge
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fun Community Education Summer Camps

From environmental education to rock climbing, kaying, mountain biking and more...see our Summer Camps page for ideas.

Parenting in the Gorge Guide for 2014

New baby resources, story times, playgroups, parenting classes, family life skills and recreation guides for kids K-12.

Skamania County Fair & Timber Carnival

This year “The Fab Fair” celebrates the 50thanniversary of the Beatles first visit to the United States that sparked the British Invasion. At the Skamania County Fair, all you need is love…and free admission, and live entertainment, and carnival rides, and fireworks, and crafts, and livestock, and contests, and yummy food and vendors!  Located in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, the event is the last original “free-gate” fair in the Northwest, and offers plenty of groovy good times for the whole family.

Wonderworks Museum Fun with Artists

For children 3-5 years old, join us to learn about artists and make some art of your own! Mondays 10am - 11am August 4 through September 15. To register call 541-980-5922.

First Light Academy Summer Camps

For children 6-12, camp activites range from martial arts, yoga, nature awareness and ancestral skills. Campers are led in a variety of social, movement and game based activities. Email for more info.

Gorge Grown Farmers Market

Every Thursday from 6-7pm, with over 20 vendors selling locally raised vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, eggs, bread and more. In addition, the live music, local hot food vendors and festive family-friendly atmosphere that have become beloved market traditions continue.

WAAAM Museum Second Saturday

Please join us! Ride in antique cars, watch the antique planes take off and land, eat ... drink ... be merry! Join us the of each month Second Saturday, when WAAAM gets the engines running. Check the WAAAM Museum Website for more info on events throughout the season.

Parenting in the Gorge Guide for Hood River and Wasco Counties

It's everything you'd like to know about opportunities & resources for parents - welcome baby resources, library story times, playgroups, wonderworks playstation, parenting classes for toddlers to teens!

Group Games Social Group at Kidsense

This group is designed to guide students in developing appropriate social skills important for students as the create friendships and being to participate in various school and community activities. Emphasis will be in communication skills, working with others and friendship skills. Group begins September 26, every Wednesday from 5-6pm.  Call Kidsense at 541-386-0009 for more information and to register.

Recommended Websites for Kids

The Hood River County Library announces that the Association of Library Services to Children has created a guide to parents for their child’s online use.  See their recommended websites for kids.

Providence Coffee Shop Teaches Life Skills for Local Students

Walk through the main entrance of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, and chances are you will notice the smell of coffee—and the energy of high school students at Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop. The Youth Transition Program at Hood River Valley High School is using the café to provide valuable work experience for youth with barriers to employment.

Families in the Park

Every Thursday night from 6-9pm at Jackson Park in Hood River, it's free live music & great food.

New Preschool

Alternate Roots Preschool in Hood River is now accepting applications for the 2014/15 school year.  We are a Reggio Emilia inspired program focusing on sustaining creativity and playful inquiry.  Our program focuses on natural learning through open ended materials, outdoor experiences and collaboration. For more information regarding program approach and philosophy, please visit our website .

Gorge Kids Triathlon!

Gorge Kids Triathlon comes to Hood River Waterfront Park Sunday, Sept. 21. The event is a fun and safe entry-level triathlon open to all elementary aged kids. Three separate start waves accommodate kids in grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5, and are designed to allow kids of varied skill levels to participate.

Gorge MakerSpace

is a place where young people transform their ideas into reality. Part science lab, part metal shop, and part art studio, Gorge MakerSpace provides the coaching and tools participants need to design and build science and technology-based solutions to human challenges.

Playgroups in Hood River County

Hood River County Library and New Parent Services Playgroups happening each week for children.

Breastfeeding Support Group

The Columbia Gorge Breastfeeding Coalition will begin a newly formed mother-to-mother support group that offers guidance during this important time. The group is conducted by a trained facilitator who listens and guides the discussion, the first and third Wednesday each month at Riverside Church in Hood River from noon to 1.

Parent Connections Group at KidSense Pediatric Therapy Center

Parents share their personal experiences related to Sensory Processing Disorder. Meetings will take place the 2nd Monday of Every month.

Good Parenting Support

Here are a few excellent places to check for information or to call when you, a parent or a teenager you know needs some quick support and help. Parent Trust for Washington Children.

Parent Trust Family Help Line: 1-800-932-HOPE (4673) - Toll-free in Washington State.
Washington State Teenline:1-800-562-1240

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