Weekend events April 5-7

FRIDAY

Something unusual as the North Central Public Health District presents a poverty simulation event today starting at 9 am at Wahtonka Community School in The Dalles.

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you’ve experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.

Your simulated “community” is a large room. You and your neighbors’ “homes” are chairs in the center. The services you need like banks, schools and grocery stores are tables that line the perimeter of the room. Like real life, you need transportation to work or school. You need food on the table. You might struggle with a chronic illness. Throughout the month you will face the daily stresses and challenges a person in poverty faces. This simulation is not a game. It is based on the stories of real-life Community Action clients.

The Dalles Wasco County Library presents a free family event: Eli March, Fire Entertainer of the Year, will entertain and enlighten with his fire juggling skills in the upper parking lot of The Dalles library. Show starts at 7 pm tonight.

SATURDAY

Explore the flora and fauna of the Rowena Plateau with a guided tour. Meet at 9 am at the Starbucks next to the Hood River Bridge where the tour will return by 3:30.With a few short hikes, the focus will be on wildflower identification and photography, examining 30-35 species of wildflower and a number of birds. Suggested donation is $15 for individuals and $25 for families. Participants will receive a wildflower ID packet and information about the creation of this spectacular area. Register to confirm your spot: at www.creationencounter.com/tours.

Join the FISH Food Bank & Spirit of Grace garden volunteers for the first official garden work party of the year starting at 9 am Saturday. Lots of weeding to be done at the gardens, located at 1130 Tucker Road in Hood River.

Free sheep and sheepdog demonstration and wool activities Saturday 9:30 to noon at the Hood River Saddle Club 4384 Belmont Drive in Hood River.

The Great Electrifying Event is a free adventure at Bonneville Dam Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm designed to teach the basics of electricity and how it is generated at Bonneville Lock and Dam. It is geared toward elementary and middle school students, but informative and fun for the entire family. Visitors will learn how different forms of energy work through hands-on activities and films, and can take a tour inside Bonneville’s Powerhouse 2. Tours will be offered every 15 minutes this year, starting at the visitor’s center off Highway 14 on the Washington side and will be limited to 25 people per tour. Families and groups will register when they arrive and sign up for a tour time.. Participants can visit all of the stations and go on a tour in about 1.5 – 2 hours. Stamp your Great Electrifying Event Passport at each station to earn a prize.

Teen Black Out Poetry event at the Hood River County Library Saturday from 11 am to noon Join the library for Poetry Month by writing in books! But just the books provided. Old books, new sharpies and poetry waiting to get out – supplies and snacks provided for ages 12 to 20.

Experience incredible feats of strength, grace and beauty at an open house and trapeze show Saturday, April 6 at 5 p.m. at 616 State Street in Hood River for free live demonstrations and performances.

Northern Wasco Parks and Recreation District presents this year’s Daddy Daughter Dance “Friends, Flowers, and Fairy Dust” for fathers and daughters age 4 to 12 Saturday from 6 to 8 pm t the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. It’s a whimsical time filled with dancing, Fairy themed refreshments, cookie decorating station, craft table where you can make your own fairy wings and wands, and a photo station so you can have a picture to last a lifetime. Tickets $30 plus $20 for each additional daughter.

SUNDAY

The Gorge Gravel Grinder bicycle race is back this Sunday starting at 9 am. Parking is at the Lewis and Clark Event Site and the race starts and finishes one block south at Clock Tower Ales. The course offers great views of the Gorge and surrounding Cascade Mountain peaks on the hundreds of miles of gravel farm roads with little to no motor traffic on them that surround The Dalles. Three lengths of course – 29, 37 or 59 miles. The race is completely sold out, but there’s plenty of viewing fun for spectators and and the after party at Clock Tower Ales starts at 11:30 and runs until 4 pm.