It's going to be a busy, and intense, end of April for the White Salmon area, with three major community events taking place.
All the events address issues that impact local residents.
In chronological order, the events are as follows:
April 26: The Klickitat Meth Action Team is sponsoring "an evening of education, discussion, and theater" regarding the methamphetamine crisis in our country.
This educational and motivational event will be held at the Pioneer Center in White Salmon from 6-8:30 p.m. As the program for this event correctly points out, meth is a problem for the entire community, and a community working together will be needed to fashion a solution to help people avoid -- or recover from -- using this highly dangerous drug.
April 28-30: The annual Community Pride Week cleanup campaign shifts into high gear. For an amazing 11th straight year, the Mount Adams Chamber of Commerce and the White Salmon & Bingen Rotary Club will ably guide a sprucing up of the overall community.
This event is in effect a "spring cleaning" for the entire Bingen-White Salmon community, with students, business owners, service organizations, city officials, and dedicated individuals banding together to get the community in shape as tourists arrive to share in the wondrous region we live in.
The cleanup collection site is on Lakeview Road in Bingen, right next to the water treatment plant on the road to Bingen Point. Local residents will be able to drop off a long list of recyclable materials (scrap metal, building materials, large appliances, etc.), as well as yard debris such as limbs and grass clippings and much more at no cost. Even used tires can be dropped off, although there is a small fee to leave the tires.
Community Pride Week is a cleanup party that has taken on a life of its own, and it's a joy to see everyone pulling together to help boost the appearance of our community. Those who work to organize this event every year deserve a salute.
April 29: Last on the list, and certainly not least important, will be the annual, PTO-sponsored Ice Cream Social & Silent Auction at Whitson Elementary School, now in its 14th year.
The fundraiser will be held at the Whitson gymnasium this year, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This combined auction/social reflects a community's outpouring of backing for education. Local artists, businesses, and individuals graciously donate a wide variety of gifts and services that are auctioned off to raise funds for the school, and ice cream is sold as well.
In 2005, the event raised about $13,000, with 100 percent of the take going to benefit students at Whitson, whether through programs, special assemblies, or in-class grants to bring in materials to enhance the learning experience for our kids.
All in all, these three events help to create a web of caring and support that demonstrates, yet again, what a great community we have here.