Photo Contest Deadline Extended to June 30!

2013 Photo Contest Winner, photographer Gary Fields

The Next Door has extended the deadline for their Photo Contest to June 30.There is still time to submit photos of children from birth to eight years interacting with an adult in a healthy activity. Eight photos will be chosen for a community photo display, and each of those eight photographers will receive a $50 gift certificate from G.Willikers Toy Store or Klindt’s Booksellers.

Photos must show an adult and a child interacting together, and must include a child age zero to eight years. All photos must be in JPG format, with a minimum of 300 dpi. Entry forms and details are at

Photo Contest 2014 Begins

One of last year's winning photos--by Karin Tauscher

One of last year’s winning photos–by Karin Tauscher

Attention parents! Want to display your very own family moments in our local libraries? How about a $50 gift card from Klindt’s Booksellers or G.Willikers Toy Store? We are celebrating “Oregon Parenting Education Week” by having our second annual Photo Contest. Entry forms and details are at

Table of Friends in The Dalles May 2

TOF14Get ready to know your onions at Families First’s 5th annual benefit dinner and dessert auction, Table of Friends. This sockdollager features great food from Anzac Tea Parlor and live music by the Alan Taylor Band.. For those so inclined…get your Roaring Twenties beaded dress out of the attic and start practicing the Charleston. But if you’re not inclined, Ish Kabibble! You don’t have to be togged to the bricks to have fun with us.

The thrill of the night is our live dessert auction, where friends hit on all sixes, bidding together to win ducky desserts made by incredible local bakers – all in support of vulnerable children in our community!

Tickets are $35. Reserve yours now: call Families First, 541-296-8118.
Now you’re on the trolley!
Friday, May 2, 2014 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm | The Mint, The Dalles

For details on table hosting and sponsorship, please call Ida at 541-296-8118

You, too, can have health insurance

coveroregon4-30-14The deadline to apply for Cover Oregon has been extended. The Next Door’s Application Specialist Alicia Ramirez can make it easier for you to apply. She is available to help both Spanish and English speakers at our Hood River office. Call Alicia for an appointment 541-436-0329.



Help yourself to some hope.


You need a lot of stuff for your first apartment.

Tina Pasto has started the Hope Chest Project to gather new household items for teens leaving foster care. Because when your hope chest is empty, what you really miss is the hope. Bring new items to Tina’s Allstate office at the corner of 12th and Nix Dr. in Hood River.