Dennis Carlson, Volunteer of the Year

Dennis Carlson-Volunteer of the Year

The Next Door is pleased to honor Dennis Carlson as our 2012 Volunteer of the Year.  As a master gardener, Dennis has been instrumental in starting both the Klahre House School Garden and the Raices/Roots Community Garden.  These vegetable gardens have benefited Klahre House students and community members.  Dennis has put in hundreds of hours teaching gardening skills and working in the gardens.

Hood River Prevents

The latest issue of Hood River Prevents features our Health Media Club on the fourth page, and a couple great articles about quitting smoking and the effects of marijuana on developing teenage brains.

Health Media Club Fights 2nd-Hand Smoke

This month’s issue of Hood River Prevents features our Health Media Club’s efforts to promote smoke-free family events in Hood River Parks, and to make the Hood River County Fair second-hand smoke-free.

Early Childhood Attitudes Change

Joella Dethman, Director of the Hood River County Commission on Children and Families, says, “Over the past 20 years public awareness about the critical importance of the early childhood years of life has grown dramatically.”  Read the rest of her article to see how our attitudes about early childhood have changed.

July Prevents is Here

The latest issue of Hood River Prevents features short articles in English and Spanish about bike helmets, secondhand smoke, suicide prevention and binge drinking! Heavy stuff, but you can’t change things by avoiding them.