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Bob Welch
Bob Welch
Yachats Lions Club Speaker Series Starts Sunday, Feb 25 at 2pm (Photo) - 02/16/24

Yachats, OR: The first of fourteen events for the Yachats Lions Club Speaker Series (Feb 25 – Oct 27) will take place on February 25.

SEVEN SUMMERS, a sequel to Cascade Summer (2012), answers one question among many: After “just doing Oregon,” can two sixty-something brothers-in-law complete the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail that defeats more than half those who attempt it? Poignant, poetic, and fall-down funny, this endearing story from the award-winning Welch will help readers understand the soul of America’s iconic trail, laugh in the face of aging, celebrate friendship, and , hiker or not, consider living life with more thirst for adventure.

Bob Welch is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Wizard of Foz, Track & Field Writer of America’s 2019 Book of the year, and American Nightingale, an Oregon Book Award finalist and featured on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Event info:

Yachats Lions Hall, 344 4th Street, Yachats, OR

Sunday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Bob Welch:
Seven Summers (And a Few Bummers)
My Adventures Hiking the 2,650 Mile PCT

Attached Media Files: Bob Welch
Lions Follies 2024 Logo
Lions Follies 2024 Logo
Mid-Columbia Lions Follies is back after five years: "Let's Get It Started!" (Photo) - 02/13/24

LOCATION: Hood River Middle School Auditorium

DATES:  March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 

The Mid-Columbia Lions Follies cast and crew will be bringing back their fun-filled musical performance on March 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7 pm and the Sunday matinee, March 3 at 2 pm.  All performances are  at the Hood River Middle School Auditorium located at 1602 May Street in Hood River. Tickets are $15.00 General admission and $10 for students 12 and under.   Pre-schoolers are free.  Tickets may be purchased from local Lions at Waucoma Book Store, Key Bank on the Heights, at the door, and online (olshf.org/lions-follies).  

“Let’s Get It Started” will not only celebrate bringing this show back to the community, but will add song and comedy to the way lives have changed over the past five years.  From hiring problems to flight travel issues, there is plenty of material for the show.  Music will include country, pop and standards. Two vocal highlights are “Sounds of Silence” performed by Amy White and “God’s Country” by Dave Tallman.  In addition to White and Tallman, Sarah Fox, Jeremy Belcher, and Diane Murphy are a few of the returning performers.  Oh, did we mention Bigfoot, Mario and Luigi – what in the world do they have to do with Follies?  You will need to find out for yourself.  

This is the 44th show, an annual event that has been performed since 1977 (cancelled during pandemic years.  Generations of audience and performers have enjoyed watching and performing in the show.  For many years, the Can-Can was a staple.  While there is no Can-Can this year, there is an opening number that will evoke those “hand-clapping in sync” memories, but with a new look.  The Follies Youth Corps will open with a rollicking Hip Hop number to “Let’s Get It Started.” Leading vocals on this number are Stanley Murray and Amy White.


The local performers are excited to get back on-stage.  Sarah Fox, whose entire family has been in the show over the years says, “Being a part of a show like this for 25 years is proof of how much the cast and crew are a family.  Follies is philanthropy at its finest.  We take the stage to dance and sing in the bright lights so others can see.  That is truly a blessing and a gift to everyone involved.”


Natasha Decker commented, “I am so excited that the Follies are back this year!  The long practices are always worth it, knowing that we are raising money for a great cause.  Not only that, but the show is so fun-filled and I enjoy being surrounded by so many amazing people. ‘Let’s Get It Started’ for Follies 2024!”

Brayden Fogle, a local student, wants to get on stage, sing, and dance and hopes to have a few lines of dialogue.  He is part of the Follies Youth Corps.

Bev Bridgewater returns as Director and Trudy Tallman as Producer.  Hood River Lions, Hood River Eye Opener Lions, and The Dalles Lions are the sponsoring clubs of the show.  The Hood River Leos will be offering cookies and water during the performances.  Bridgewater commented that they have worked on “modernizing” the show with a digital screen as part of the set, upgraded sound system, streamlined ad and ticket sales, and going to credit card options for sales.  “We are so excited to get in front of an audience again,” Bridgewater says.  “We’ve missed them and are ready to give them a show they will enjoy with plenty of music, comedy and action.  It’s Follies!”

All proceeds go to the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF), a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to screen, treat, save, and restore sight and hearing in partnership with Lions Clubs. 100% of donations go directly to sight and hearing programs that help Oregonians in need to access eyeglasses, hearing assistance, treatments, and surgeries.  The OLSHF, supported by the local Lions, perform screen screening for over 200,000 students across the State, including Hood River and Wasco county schools.  Further, local Lions provide sight grants to local folks in need.  For information on local support, contact Trudy Tallman at 541-380-0544.

Super Saturday Food Drive!
Super Saturday Food Drive!
Tualatin Lions "Food Fight 2024" set for Feb 10 (Photo) - 01/31/24

Every year in late January or early February, local Lions Clubs help re-stock the shelves of their local food pantries at a time when that help is sorely needed. Shortly after the holidays the Tualatin Lions Club, always serving their communities, challenges itself to a figurative “food fight” to collect more pounds of food and more dollars to help battle hunger than the year before. This year’s Tualatin Lions Club “Super Saturday” Food Drive will be at the Tigard Walmart, 7600 SW Dartmouth St., Tigard, and the Sherwood Walmart store at 21320 SW Langer Farms Parkway, Sherwood, on Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 9am to 4pm. The winner in this Lions “food fight” has always been their community food bank partners in Southwest Washington County. 

The 2024 “Super Saturday” Tualatin Lions Food Drive will benefit these three community food pantries:

  • The Tualatin School House Pantry in Tualatin;
  • The Bethlehem House of Bread in Tigard, and
  • The St. Francis Community Food Pantry in Sherwood.

According to community hunger experts: 

  • The rate of food insecurity (being without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food) in Oregon is about 14.6%.
  • About 552,900 Oregonians are food insecure, of those 194,070 are children, (35%).
  • About 72% of the people who receive food have incomes below the federal poverty level.
  • 18% of food pantry clients are seniors, 65 years old or older.
  • Of households utilizing food pantries, about 80% of them are able to meet their food needs for the month with the help of a pantry.

Hunger in Oregon continues to be a significant threat, even with the waning of the pandemic. Due to safety protocols and procedures over the past 3+ years, there has been more need than ever before.

Hunger hurts children, families, seniors, veterans and the disabled. The unstable economy is affecting families everywhere and there are still 1 in 7 neighbors facing food insecurity. Long-term unemployment, persistent underemployment and the ever increasing cost of food, gas, utilities and rent continue to plague people in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Hunger starves the human spirit. Communities thrive when people are nourished. 

On Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, the Tualatin Lions will be at both the Tigard Walmart Super Center at 7600 SW Dartmouth St. and the Sherwood Walmart Super Center at 21320 SW Langer Farms Parkway, from 9am to 4pm. The Tualatin Lions will gladly accept non-perishable, nutritious food items and will have shopping lists available.  Best rule of thumb? Think about what you like to put on your table to keep you and your family healthy. The Lions will also happily accept cash donations that will go directly to the community food pantries in Tualatin, Tigard and Sherwood. 

Help re-fill the shelves of local food pantries after a busy holiday season. Give your neighbors the gift of nourishing food and see if you can help your local Lions win the “Food Fight”. 

The Tualatin Lions are always looking for fun-loving people to join them in their mission to serve their communities. The Tualatin Lions can be reached at tualatinlions@gmail.com