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Honor Society Hosts Silent Auction

Trout Lake News for Jan. 23

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

sandiray@gorge.net

Terry Scott, 395-2760

dtscott@gorge.net

A silent auction is planned by the Trout Lake School National Honor Society on Friday, Jan. 31, between the high school boys' and girls' basketball games. They hope to raise funds for a trip to Washington D.C. for the 18 students and chaperones. Every spring a trip is planned. Some of the past trips were a visit to the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., a visit to Seattle, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Please, if you have any items for this auction contact Laurie Sherburne at 395-2571 before the auction date. All items that someone else could use or need will be appreciated. How about doing some early spring cleaning. Do you have a musical instrument you don't use, a piece of furniture, an appliance or? If you need your item picked up, call 395-2571 and the NHS will come and get it.

The Mt. Adams Nordic Ski Club is sponsoring an Avalanche Awareness Training Program. It will feature Roland Emetaz, a retired Forest Service avalanche specialist. Roland will do a lecture and slide show on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Trout Lake School multi-purpose room, starting at 10 a.m. After the two-hour presentation, participants will adjourn to a yet to be determined location for an afternoon field session. During this session Roland will demonstrate techniques used for snow pack evaluation. (This evaluation determines if the snow is prone to avalanche.)

Although this program is sponsored by the Mt. Adams Nordic Ski Club, it is free and open to the public. Anyone who spends time on hilly or mountainous snow-covered slopes is encouraged to attend. Dress appropriately for the outdoor field session; it is still winter!

Don't forget the Cabin Fever Festival on Saturday, Jan. 25. No matter the weather, we will have this fun event. There is a full morning which includes a Big Tree Ski Race beginning at 9:30 a.m., and a one mile "Forest Frolic' ski event for kids 12 and under. You can register for these cross-country ski events at Pineside Snow park at 9 a.m..

Wildlife biologists David Anderson and Harold Cole will lead a snowshoe walk through the Trout Lake Preserve at 10:30 a.m. Snowshoers will meet at the Mt. Adams Ranger District front parking lot.

An afternoon of fun activities begins at 1 p.m. with a snow sculpture contest. If the snow is too hard to sculpt or too slim, we will have a snow painting contest. Bring spray bottles and colored water. This is open to participants of all ages, so gather some friends and show the community your creative side! Outdoor snow games will begin for kids at 2 p.m. by a fun group of volunteers from the Northwest Service Academy. Remember to come dressed to play in the snow.

In the evening there will be a free dinner beginning at 5:30 and accompanied by music from the Trout Lake School Jazz Band. Following the dinner, Hood River climber, Linda Rust will present a slide program and tell of her 2002 mountaineering expedition to Mt. Everest. Come out and have a good time.

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