Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sailing in Cascade Locks


Cascade Locks is known across the world as an amazing location for sailing and other water sports. Cascade Locks is located along the Columbia River Gorge and includes more than just access to the water. Cascade Locks is home to waterfalls, hiking and the Bridge of the Gods, connecting Oregon to Washington. Learn more about sailing in Cascade Locks from the Columbia Gorge Racing Association below.
“The best place in the world to sail!” That’s what multi-class dinghy champ Jay Renehan had to say about Cascade Locks, Oregon, home of the Columbia Gorge Racing Association after the final race of the 2013 Tasar World Championships. “I could sail like that all day, every day. It was too much fun!”  - cgra.org  "Through our community sailing program in Cascade Locks, CGRA offers learn-to-sail programs for children ages 8-17 and recreational sailing opportunities for all.  CGRA also hosts weekly 'Open Sail Evenings' during the summer at Cascade Locks Marine Park. It's a great opportunity for parents and kids to come down to the water and get out in the boats outside of class."  - cgra.org
"Through our community sailing program in Cascade Locks, CGRA offers learn-to-sail programs for children ages 8-17 and recreational sailing opportunities for all.  CGRA also hosts weekly 'Open Sail Evenings' during the summer at Cascade Locks Marine Park. It's a great opportunity for parents and kids to come down to the water and get out in the boats outside of class."  - cgra.org 
SRC: Find information and resources for Sailing in Cascade Locks at: www.cascadelocks.net/things-to-do-sailing.php

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Corbett Children's Theater


The Corbett Children's Theater presents You Can't Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman starting April 30th. This performance is based on the classic 1950's comedy about life. The Corbett Children's Theater has moved to The Chapel located at 27132 SE Stark Street in Troudale Oregon. Learn more about the Corbett Children's Theater below.
Developing What do theatre kids learn? You might be surprised to learn that the primary things kids learn in a children’s theater are life skills like Teamwork, Problem Solving, Focus, and the Ability to Meet Deadlines. Sure they learn to sing, dance, and act, and those are useful skills, but the ability to think on your feet and confidently face a room full of people are skills that every individual can benefit from.
Think of it this way; in the theatre a performer is portraying a character who reacts differently from the way they naturally react to the same stimuli and they have to do it with a roomful of people watching them, while knowing the director is evaluating their performance and at the same time that they can see the chaos that is taking place backstage while...More About What CCT Youth Learn Coming Soon
SRC: Find more information about the Corbett Children's Theater at: www.corbettchildrenstheater.com/

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Corbett Oregon


Corbett Oregon is located along the Historic Columbia River Highway at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. Corbett is home to just over 3,000 people and to a variety of wildlife. While visiting Corbett it would be an experience of a lifetime to visit the Vista house. The Vista House is an octagonal shaped building in the perfect location to appreciate the view of the Columbia River Gorge. Read about the Corbett Oregon online community resources below.
Corbett Oregon is located between the Sandy River and Crown Point on the Columbia River Historic Highway. View a map here. We are at the mouth of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge twenty miles east of Portland on the way to Hood River.
It is the goal of the web site to encourage participation and community by providing a local online hub for Corbett. Please don’t hesitate to contact the web site if you have any questions, comments or suggestions!
Everyone can now post their own events, things for sale, places to rent, discuss topics and share ideas for solutions to all kinds of things …. like encouraging the moles out of your yard …. from the Corbett Community Forum. ….


SRC: Discover more about Corbett Oregon at: corbettoregon.com/about/

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Oregon's Best Waterfall for Spring


Terry Richard, of The Oregonian has provided an extraordinary list of Oregon's Best Waterfalls. The Columbia River Gorge holds an entire section in the list of the Best Waterfalls for Spring in Oregon. The Columbia River Gorge has a high concentration of waterfalls surround by natural beauty providing a surreal environment to those who visit. Read about each of the Best Waterfalls for Spring in The Columbia River Gorge below.
Latourell Falls: The first show stopper east of Portland is in Guy Talbot State Park at the west end of the gorge. Take exit No. 28 eastbound from Interstate 84 at Bridal Veil and drive three miles east on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Westbound traffic should use exit No. 35 and follow the scenic highway west. The lower falls, 249 feet of mist, can be viewed from the parking area, with a short paved trail leading up to the spray. An 80-foot upper falls can be viewed by following the trail 0.8 miles.
Multnomah Falls: Is there anyone in Oregon who hasn't heard of this one in the  heart of the Columbia Gorge. Multnomah Falls can actually bring traffic to a standstill on I-84, during peak viewing days/times while drivers maneuver to negotiate the left lane exit. The upper falls drops 542 feet and the lower 69 feet. Exit No. 31 from I-84 has a parking area between eastbound and westbound lanes. The falls can also be reached from historic Route 30. Or you can view the falls at 65 mph from the freeway, but the better plan is to join the crowds, bite the bullet and hike the paved trail for one mile to an overlook platform at the top of the falls.
Elowah Falls: The second highest named falls in the gorge is in John B. Yeon State Park, two miles east of the campground at Ainsworth State Park. Elowah Falls plunges 289 feet on lower McCord Creek. Take eastbound exit No. 35 from I-84 and drive two miles east on the frontage road. Westbound traffic should use exit No. 37, then cross south under the freeway and drive a short way east on the frontage road. Also known as McCord Creek Falls, the spectacular lower falls is connected with a 100-foot cascades higher up. The trail is well marked, though noisy from freeway traffic. Plan to hike 1.6 miles round trip to the lower falls and three miles for both falls. The parking lot also gives access to a new state bicycle trail that reaches nine miles east to Cascade Locks. 
Wahclella Falls: This gorgeous falls blasts out of a slot canyon in two sections, more than 100 feet high for both. Access is across I-84 from Bonneville Dam. Use exit No. 40 from I-84, then drive a few hundred yards to the parking lot on the southwest side of the freeway exit. The small parking lot can be jammed, so you may need to park in the first lot at Bonneville Dam or at Tooth Rock trailhead on the southeast side of the freeway. To reach the falls, hike upstream along Tanner Creek for one mile to the end of the trail. There is a high and low loop option along the way, but both end at the same place.
Tunnel Falls: Now we get serious. To see this waterfall, you need to hike up the Eagle Creek Trail near Bonneville. Use eastbound exit No. 41 (signed Eagle Creek), drive one mile to the end of the road and park. Westbound traffic should use Exit No. 40, then get on the freeway going east for a mile. The 100-foot Tunnel Falls is just one of many spectacular sights along the Eagle Creek Trail, one of the most popular hiking routes in the gorge, 5.9 miles from the trailhead. The trail is blasted through basalt behind the falls, thus giving the falls its name. You'll see Punchbowl Falls about two miles in on the trail, which is a turn-around destination for many hikers.
SRC: See all of Terry Richard's Oregon's best waterfalls for spring splashes, Columbia gorge to North Umpqua at: www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/04/oregons_best_waterfalls_for_sp.html


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Columbia River 2nd Most Endangered Rivers in USA


A new report from American Rivers states the Columbia River is the second-most endangered river in the United States. The report explains the endangerment is due to outdated dam operations that prevent passage of many fish to the upper Columbia River. Fishing of our river contributes to many people's livelihood and some say without adding an Ecosystem Function to the Columbia River Treaty, the fish and wildlife in this river could dramatically decline. Read an excerpt from the new Report provided by American Rivers below.
The Threat
Dam and reservoir operations have fundamentally changed the Columbia River’s natural flows. Spring run-off is captured behind dams, thereby reducing flows and slowing the migration of young salmon headed out to sea, exposing them to predators in a series of slow-moving reservoirs. Reduced flows also harm the health of the Columbia River estuary by shrinking the size of the river’s freshwater plume— an area that hosts a variety of fish and bird species and accommodates the gradual adjustment of salmon to living in saltwater. Dams have also blocked salmon from thousands of miles in the upper Columbia River system, including tributaries such as the Spokane and Kettle rivers in Washington and numerous rivers in British Columbia. Releasing more water from behind Canadian and American dams in the spring can help restore healthier flows for salmon and other species, even in the face of more winter precipitation coming as rain rather than snow, coupled with an earlier snowmelt from climate change. Combined with improved dam operations, floodplain and estuary restoration projects, and building fish passage at currently impassable dams, the future for the Columbia River’s salmon, steelhead, and other species could be surprisingly bright. Conversely, failing to prioritize ecosystem health on par with hydropower production and flood control under the Columbia River Treaty could condemn the river and its fish and wildlife to further decline.
SRC: Learn what this report suggests for 'What Must Be Done' to protect The Columbia River at: act.americanrivers.org/page/content/columbia-river/#sthash.y6OwUbxb.dpbs

Monday, April 6, 2015

Play & Stay: Blooms & Brews

Friends of  the Columbia Gorge are celebrating their 35th Annual Meeting & Luncheon by making it a Play & Stay weekend event, formally known as their Blooms & Brews weekend. Enjoy art, flowers, hiking and the local micro-brewery for a weekend of fun in Cascade Locks starting this Saturday, April 11th. Read details about this Play & Stay: Blooms & Brews event below.
Make it a Play & Stay weekend* (revised itinerary) for Friends' 35th Annual Meeting & Luncheon. Enjoy visiting artists work places and gallery tours for the 9th Annual Gorge Artists Open Studios throughout all weekend, April 10-12. Celebrate the creativity in Gorge communities on your own Friday-Saturday using the tour map, then join Gorge Towns to Trails Project Manager Renee Tkach at Lorang Fine Art Studio on Saturday evening for a private gallery tour, presentation and reception. Artist and gallery owner Deborah Lorang will talk about the international art community she's fostered, and Renee will share the latest Gorge Towns to Trails updates. Enjoy a selection seasonal bites to eat and beverages from a local micro-brewery.
The next morning, enjoy a hike at Dry Creek Falls with hike leader and Friends Board Member Debbie Asakawa before joining us at Skamania Lodge for Friends' 35th Annual Meeting and Luncheon (click to go to registration page).
SRC: Find Lodging Options and Play & Stay Event Registration at: gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/upcoming-events/event/351

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Columbia Gorge Wine Passport Month


The Portland Grand Tasting is this Friday, April 10th. The Portland Grand Tasting is the first of four major events where the Columbia Gorge Wine Passport can be used for exclusive offers, incredible discounts and unique experiences at 24 participating Gorge wineries. Then April 11th and 12th is the Passport Food & Wine Weekend followed by the Passport Gorge Grapes Weekend on April 18th and 19th. The Grand finale will be April 25th and 26th at the Passport Barrel & Reserve Tasting Weekend. The Columbia Gorge Wine Passport also provides special opportunities at participating wineries, listed below.
Wineries participating in April Passport Month include: 
  • Analemma Wines
  • AniChe Cellars
  • Cathedral Ridge Winery
  • Cerulean Wine, COR Cellars
  • Garnier Vineyards
  • The Gorge White House
  • Hood Crest Winery
  • Jacob Williams Winery
  • Major Creek (at Gorge White House)
  • Maryhill Winery
  • Memaloose / Idiot's Grace
  • Mt. Hood Winery
  • Naked Winery
  • Pheasant Valley Winery
  • Phelps Creek Vineyards
  • The Pines 1852
  • Springhouse Cellar
  • Stoltz Winery
  • Sunshine Mill & Quenett Winery
  • Syncline Viento
  • Waving Tree Winery
  • White Salmon Vineyard 
  • Wy'East Vineyards

SRC: Learn how to get your Columbia Gorge Wine Passport at: www.columbiagorgewine.com/events.html


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