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Vista House needs volunteers

Spring training set for Saturday, April 21

It takes more than 100 volunteers to properly run Vista House - that means saying 'howdy' to thousands of guests, pointing out the bathrooms and telling people how to find the waterfalls.

Vista House is the jewel of Crown Point in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, and is nestled on a bluff between the Columbia River and the historic highway.

This year Friends of Vista House is about 15 people shy of the ideal number, and Hal Gowling, board member in charge of volunteer development, would like to find people willing to work a few hours a week at one of the most beautiful spots in Oregon.

'You get to meet thousands of people, help do maintenance and keep the building open,' Gowling said. Ideally the Vista House rotunda is run by four people each shift, working in teams of two.

Shifts are from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., every day of the week.

The timing is good for new volunteers, Gowling says, because the group's annual spring training event, an all-day session at McMenamins Edgefield, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is Saturday, April 21. That event will be followed in June with free excursions, including a sternwheeler trip, to acquaint volunteers with opportunities in the gorge.

'We'd love to find a few more volunteers,' Gowling said. 'And it isn't just hosting. We have opportunities in the gift shop and in the office.'

To learn more, call Vista House at 503-695-2230.