October is Gorge Happiness Month!

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Happiness is good for your health. A review of hundreds of studies has found compelling evidence that happier people have better overall health and live longer than their less happy peers. Interestingly, 50% of our happiness is genetic, 10% is environmental, but the rest is in our control. Why? Because 40% of our happiness can be helped through habits.
 
Gorge Happiness Month is 31 days of fun and free activities in October based on the science of happiness. It’s hosted by One Community Health who are celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year. They’ve asked local businesses and organizations throughout the Gorge to help spread the word, host classes, randomly give away things and generally make October happy.
 
David Edwards, the CEO of One Community Health, and/or Emily Reed, partner at the Open Intelligence Agency, will fill us in on the details of Gorge Happiness Month and how we can participate at our upcoming September program meeting this coming Wednesday, September 21st, noon-10pm at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.
 
In the meantime, you can find out more at www.gorgehappiness.org
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June 15th program meeting: Emily Goodwin Martin

4cd94a_b7213f7b48a243e991a346eda6e6a28bEmily Goodwin Martin, Founder and Director of Cascade Mountain School, will speak at the upcoming Soroptimist of Hood River program meeting on June 15th. She will discuss some of the challenges our society faces in supporting young women to pursue careers in science and engineering. Emily will also share a bit of her personal story in starting and nurturing CMS, a Gorge-based outdoor science school she founded in 2011.
 
Through place-based education, Cascade Mountain School inspires students to use creative problem solving skills to become stewards of their communities. The school offers day and residential summer camps, a residential semester program for high school and “gap year” students, and custom programs for schools, teachers and adults. The school is committed to helping close the achievement gap for women and minorities pursuing careers in science and engineering. CMS is a program of the Mt. Adams Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the connection between people and the natural world through education, service learning, career development and research.
 
Emily started Cascade Mountain School after realizing it was the perfect intersection of her passions: environmental stewardship, youth education, and experience of the natural world. She received her BS and MS in Earth Systems, an interdisciplinary environmental science program, from Stanford University. Before founding CMS, Emily worked for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation on ocean conservation issues. She serves on the board of the Oregon Ocean Science Trust and is a community grant evaluator for the Oregon Community Foundation.
 
All are welcome to attend this program at noon on Wednesday, June 15th, at the Hood River Adult Center (2010 Sterling Place, Hood River). These programs are provided by Soroptimist of Hood River at no charge.
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The Community Baby Shower is back!

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Soroptimist International of Hood River is once again organizing the Annual Community Baby Shower to benefit babies born to local families who are not able to afford those things for their child that many of us take for granted.

Soroptimist members will be in the lobby of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital on Saturday, June 4th from noon until 4:00pm to accept donations. Can’t swing by that Saturday? Checks (made payable to SIHR) may be mailed to SIHR, P.O. Box 51, Hood River, OR 97031; cash or checks may be deposited to SIHR’s account at Centerpointe Bank in Hood River. Donations may also be dropped off at The Next Door at 965 Tucker Road in Hood River.

 Suggested donations (new and unwrapped, please):

  • Disposable diapers (newborn & larger sizes)
  • Baby oil, shampoo, wash, wipes
  • Q-tips
  • Teething supplies                                                           
  • Pacifiers
  • Glass bottles                                                           
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Disposable cameras, photo albums
  • Baby toys, board books
  • Receiving blankets/quilts                                   
  • Socks/ booties/ hats                                                                                               
  • Pajamas (newborn-up to 24 months)
  • T-shirts/onesies

All donations go to The Next Door’s “Healthy Start” program, which provides a “Welcome Baby Visit” to all first-time parents and weekly home visits to new families experiencing extra stress in their lives. “I can’t tell you what a difference these gifts make for many of our new parents,” says Grace Parson, who manages the program. “The baby shower gifts are given to deserving families throughout the year who are so grateful for the help.” 

Questions: Contact Kate Dougherty 541-386-3850 or email kated@gorge.net.

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