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4th Annual GOvember Party & Fundraiser on Friday, November 10th!

GOvember Fundraiser

Join Gorge Owned’s network of local businesses, nonprofits and families for delicious food and drink, live music featuring Ben Bonham, great raffle prizes, silent auction, and other FUNdraising activities. This is GO!’s only fundraiser of the year and supports all of GO!’s programming, including the GO! Local campaign, Sense of Place Lecture Series, Green Drinks, and a new community conversation series launching soon. Come celebrate your love for the Gorge and show your support for Gorge Owned!

Visit go.rallyup.com/govember17 to purchase event tickets, raffle tickets, or to bid on online auction items! You do not need to be present to win the raffle or auction items. 

 
4th Annual GOvember Party & Fundraiser
  • Friday, November 10th 6PM – 10PM
  • Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen – 1235 State Street in Hood River
  • $10 suggested donation at the door includes a pint glass and one fill
  • Kids are free!
  • Great food and drink from Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen 10% of all proceeds are being donated to GO! 
  • Live music featuring the Ben Bonham Trio
  • Great raffle prizes, including a custom built Kona Rove DL bike (MSRP $1,099)! Raffle tickets are $6 each or 5 for $25, and can be purchased at https://go.rallyup.com/govember17. Raffle drawn on November 10th at 8:30PM. 
  • 20 silent auction items, including Gorge getaways, wine tasting and tours, custom art, and much more! Bid online at https://go.rallyup.com/govember17auction. Bidding closes on November 10th at 8:30PM.  
  • Face painting, kids activities, and more!
  • RSVP here!

GO! Green Drinks- Building Community with the Mt. Hood Town Hall

Join Gorge Owned on Wednesday September 13, 2017 from 5:30-7 p.m. for Green Drinks at Mt. Hood Town Hall in in Parkdale, OR. Learn about the history of this former schoolhouse for the upper Hood River Valley and the efforts to restore the Mt. Hood Town Hall to a vibrant community center hosting Art, yoga, cooking classes, New Visions Pre-school and more. Volunteers and community members have worked tirelessly for more than 10 years to breathe life back into this historic structure and the community it serves.
 
Come out to share in the community spirit and enjoy drinks and snacks from local businesses. Brought to you by Gorge Owned and member businesses, Green Drinks is a monthly networking event that aims to raise awareness about environmentally friendly business practices while providing a quality networking opportunity for members of the community. Cost of admission is a $5 suggested donation, waived for Gorge Owned members.

GO! Green Drinks – Fossil Fuel Threats on the Columbia River

Join Gorge Owned on Monday August 7th, 2017 from 5:30-7 for Green Drinks at The Griffin House in Hood River. Why is the Columbia a target for fossil fuel exports? How have river communities bagged major victories against the deep-pocketed fossil fuel industry? Columbia Riverkeeper’s Staff Attorney, Lauren Goldberg, will present on how fracked gas projects, coal export, and oil-by-rail threaten the Columbia River. Learn how the public is fighting back—from grassroots organizing, to cutting edge lawsuits, to advocating for new laws to protect public safety, clean water, and strong salmon runs. Get inspired and informed during Columbia Riverkeeper’s talk at Green Drinks.
 
Come enjoy the views of the Griffin House on the Columbia River Gorge and enjoy a glass of wine and light appetizers. Brought to you by Gorge Owned and member businesses, Green Drinks is a monthly networking event that aims to raise awareness about environmentally friendly business practices while providing a quality networking opportunity for members of the community. Cost of admission is a $5 suggested donation, waived for Gorge Owned members.

GO! Green Drinks at Syncline Winery

Join us Tuesday, July 11th, 5:30 to 7 p.m. for Green Drinks at Syncline Winery in Lyle, WA. Owners Poppie and Mark Mantone will provide a vineyard and garden tour and talk about sustainability practices used in their winemaking process. The couple’s experience with bio-dynamic farming plays an integral role and connection to the land and to the community are values exemplified in their wines and their business model.

Enjoy Syncline’s spectacular views, delightful wines and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Brought to you by Gorge Owned and member businesses, Green Drinks is a monthly networking event that aims to raise awareness about environmentally friendly business practices while providing a quality networking opportunity for members of the community. Cost of admission is a $5 suggested donation, waived for Gorge Owned members.

GO! Green Drinks – Cruising the Gorge: Towns to Trails

Join Gorge Owned on Tuesday June 13, 2017 from 5:30-7 p.m. for Green Drinks at Big Winds in in Hood River. Renee Tkach with Friends of the Gorge will share the ultimate vision for Gorge Towns to Trails a 200-mile trail system wrapping around the Columbia Gorge, connecting small towns, farms, wineries and wild areas together. The vision for a loop trail and trails connecting into communities is imbedded in the National Scenic Area’s Management Plan as two of the highest recreation objectives. In preparation for exploring the trails, Big Winds will share another way to bike the Gorge with their new electric bike branch, called Oregon E-Bikes. Take this chance to try one out!

Come see the new Oregon E-Bikes storefront and enjoy a Full Sail beer and light appetizers by Tofurky and Blue Bus Cultured Foods. Brought to you by Gorge Owned and member businesses, Green Drinks is a monthly networking event that aims to raise awareness about environmentally friendly business practices while providing a quality networking opportunity for members of the community. Cost of admission is a $5 suggested donation, waived for Gorge Owned members.

GO! Green Drinks – The Renewal Workshop

Join Gorge Owned on Wednesday May 10, 2017 from 5:30-7 p.m. for Green Drinks at The Renewal Workshop in Cascade Locks. Hear from co-founder Nicole Bassett on this new kind of apparel company that makes discarded clothing and textiles into something new. They partner with the world’s best-loved brands and retailers to recover value from their unsellable returns and excess inventory.

Renewed apparel is sold direct-to-consumer and in selected stores or back to the brand. They’re the certified renewal partner of their brands and the accompanying labeling in the garment acts as a seal of trust and quality. The Renewal Workshop operates a zero waste circular system that recovers the full value out of what has already been created as a way of serving customers, partners and planet.

Your first beer and light appetizers are courtesy of our friends at Thunder Island Brewing. Brought to you by Gorge Owned and member businesses, Green Drinks is a monthly networking event that aims to raise awareness about environmentally friendly business practices while providing a quality networking opportunity for members of the community. Cost of admission is a $5 suggested donation, waived for Gorge Owned members.

GO! Green Drinks – The Mint: Revitalization through Preservation

Join us Wednesday, April 19th, 5:30 – 7:00 at Freebridge Brewing in The Dalles for a look behind the curtain of the historic Mint Building where the popular brewery is housed.

Originally constructed in 1869 as a United States Mint with the intention of minting gold and silver coins, The Mint is one of the oldest and most celebrated historic structures still in use in The Dalles. Tour the original hand-hewn basalt block cellar (not ordinarily open to the public) and hear a presentation from the Mint’s owner Tim Schechtel about the unique fortress-like building; how adaptive reuse of historic buildings conserves both resources and historic value, and how projects like these have the ability to unite and revitalize the community.

Enjoy your first pint and light appetizers on the house, courtesy of Freebridge Brewing. Freebridge owners Steve and Laurie Light will also let us in on some secrets of sustainable brewing.

Brought to you by Gorge Owned and member businesses, Green Drinks is a monthly networking event that aims to raise awareness about environmentally friendly business practices while providing a quality networking opportunity for members of the community. Cost of admission is a $5 suggested donation, waived for Gorge Owned members.

Nominations Open for Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards

Gorge Owned is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards. These awards celebrate individuals, businesses and students working on innovative, creative solutions to the environmental, economic and social issues facing the Gorge. This year, winners will be announced at the Gorge March for Science on Saturday, April 22 at Rheingarten Park in White Salmon (more details to come).

This award is named after Tod J. LeFevre, a longtime resident of Hood River and a true champion of sustainability. Tod passed away on March 7, 2011 when his long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis ended before donor lungs could be found. Among many other things, Tod was a respected civil engineer, a mountaineer, skier, adventurer, innovator and teacher. He launched a solar engineering and installation firm, Common Energy, which is now owned by his wife Marti and Scott Sorensen. Tod and Marti have two children, Cassell and Sutton Bell. We honor Tod and his humble determination to make our community and this world a better place.

Click HERE to make a nomination by April 12th.

More info: gorgeowned.org/awards

GORGE OWNED TO HOST WINTER RECOVERY CASH MOBS MARCH 18TH Gorge-wide community event to bolster bleak winter sales for local businesses

On March 18th, the last Saturday of the most punishing winter in the Gorge in more than 40 years, Gorge Owned (GO), a sustainable economic development organization in the Columbia River Gorge, is hosting a series of large scale cash mobs in an effort to lift the economic gloom that the record-breaking winter cast on locally-owned businesses.

For all of the inconveniences that this winter’s storied Snowmaggedon and Icepocalypse hoisted on the Portland area, particularly the Gorge, it was especially severe for locally-owned businesses, many of whom experienced days or weeks with little to no sales, with roadways debilitated by ice and customer parking occupied for extended periods of time by snow banks. Owners report layoffs and high anxiety about the future of their shops’ survival.

GO Executive Director Courtney Christenson says, “These cash mobs are an education campaign about the importance and value of shopping locally, but we’re also ready to celebrate the end of this winter. It’s been hard on everybody. We all need a day to emerge from hibernation and hit the streets as a community to support these businesses.” Gorge Owned is billing the event as a fun opportunity to reconnect with the commercial sector which contributes so much to the character and vibrancy of Gorge communities, and to give back to those locally-owned businesses that are often supporting schools, clubs, and other community initiatives year-round.

Rather than “mobbing” a single establishment, Gorge Owned is encouraging a day for locals and tourists alike to descend on Gorge downtowns and commercial corridors to shop at dozens of participating shops and restaurants, most of whom are offering special sales or promotions for the occasion, and numerous raffle or door prizes for shoppers.

From noon to 5:00pm on the 18th, Gorge Owned will have home bases in three locations: Sedition Brewing on Laughlin St in downtown The Dalles, AniChe Cellars on Oak St in downtown Hood River, and Red Bluff Tap House in downtown Stevenson. Cash mob shoppers can find Gorge Owned at these locations to receive a free organic cotton tote bag featuring artwork from local artist Anna Laxague (while supplies last), and a program directing them to participating businesses. Shoppers can return to any of the three locations before 5:00pm to enter the raffle with more than a dozen prize packages. The extensive raffle includes gift certificates and gift baskets from many of the Gorge’s most beloved establishments, local artwork, museum memberships, performing arts season passes, ski lift tickets, and more. For every locally-owned business that customers patronize (no minimum purchase), they’ll receive one entry in the raffle.

Gorge Owned is a 501(c)(3) member-supported organization with a mission to help people invest in a strong local economy, healthy environment, and vibrant community in the Columbia River Gorge. With more than 200 individual and business members, GO! delivers year-round programing that informs and inspires people to invest in making the Gorge an even better place to live. Programs include Gorge Green Drinks, the Sense of Place Lecture Series, GO! Local, GO! Solar, and more. Learn More: GorgeOwned.org

For more information about the GO! Winter Recovery Cash Mobs, please visit www.facebook.com/GorgeOwned or contact Gorge Owned’s Executive Director Courtney Christenson at (310) 403 – 8460 or director@gorgeowned.org.

Sense of Place March 15, 2017, A Sense of Honor: How Community Members Supported Japanese Americans during World War II, Linda Tamura

Although Hood River garnered national notoriety for anti-Japanese American sentiments during World War II, it’s noteworthy that a small number of local citizens stepped forward on behalf of their neighbors.  In individual acts of support for Japanese Americans and – in some cases – as members of the League for Liberty and Justice, they demonstrated courage and a respect for civil rights.  Join Gorge Owned for this Sense of Place program as we welcome Linda Tamura to reflect on incidents of that time and place. She will be joined by community members who will recall stories of their families’ acts during and leading up to the Internment.  We will reflect on the past while also recognizing lessons for our community’s future.  

Tamura will summarize the immigration, wartime incarceration, and return to the valley of local Japanese Americans.  Integrated throughout will be remembrances of locals about their own family members.  We also plan to invite and recognize family members of affected individuals during the program. This program will be appropriate for youth as well as adults.

Tamura is Professor Emerita, Willamette University and author of two books about her hometown, Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence:  Coming Home to Hood River (University of Washington Press, 2013) and Hood River Issei:  An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon’s Hood River Valley (University of Illinois Press, 1994).  She also co-curated “What If Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?” an exhibit, now traveling, through the Oregon Historical Society.

Sydney Babson Blaine of Parkdale is granddaughter of an East Coast settler who hired and befriended Japanese workers.  Her family dedicated a plaque at the Mt. Hood Railroad Depot in 2012 to memorialize the forced removal of local Japanese Americans.

Jack Sheppard is retired businessman and son of the co-founder of Shepard’s downtown farm machinery business.  He discovered correspondence between his father and Japanese Americans whom he endeavored to support during and after the war.

Dorothy and Joan Laurance, both of Hood River, are the widow and daughter of the late Capt. Sheldon Laurance, who apologized to a Japanese American veteran who had been denied a haircut by a downtown barber.  Capt. Laurance wore a letter, published in the Oregonian in 1945, decrying “such unjustified prejudices and insults to…some of the nation’s best fighting men…”

Tamura will speak on Wednesday, March 15, at Columbia Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer and meet others in the community. Gorge Owned’s (GO!) Sense of Place is an annual lecture series that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another.

 

Event Details:

  • GO Sense of Place
  • When – Wednesday, March 15,  7PM
  • Where -Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon
  • Cost – $5-$10 suggested donation