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What's Happening from April 14

Rabbit brush blooms at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum in The Dalles.

Rabbit brush blooms at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum in The Dalles. Photo by Mark Gibson.

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LIBRARY FORUM: A public forum regarding the possibility of having a new public library at Maupin will be presented Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at the Maupin American Legion Hall. The public meeting will include Mark Seder, a Portland architect, who will give a presentation about three options for a new public library at Maupin. Seder will also show schematics from other new libraries in Oregon communities of comparable size and discuss the latest amenities for library buildings.

Development consultant Lyn Craig will present information on funding options for a new library and how other public libraries in eastern Oregon have been constructed solely or primarily with grant funding.

JAZZ CONCERT: High school jazz bands from the Mid-Columbia will gather for their 12th annual Mid-Columbia Jazz Night Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m., at The Dalles Civic Auditorium ballroom in The Dalles.

Participating in this year’s event are jazz ensembles from The Dalles Wahtonka, White Salmon, Goldendale and Hood River.

Admission will be $5 single or $10 per family at the door. Proceeds benefit the Civic.

OFFICE CLOSURE: The Hood River Ranger District Office will be closed April 30 through May 4, as a new HVAC system is installed. During that period, the Visitor Information Center will be closed, information staff will not be available, and phone services will be down.

There will be no special forest product permits issued during this closure period. Forest permitees are asked to plan ahead and acquire forest product permits before or after the closure period.

Forest information is available at other Ranger District offices: Zig Zag Ranger District, Barlow Ranger District, or Clackamas River Ranger District.

For more information, contact the Hood River Ranger District at 541-352-6002 or sfreston@fs.fed.us.

CASA TRAINING: Columbia Gorge CASA has set its Spring Volunteer Training to start May 9. CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of kids who are in foster care. This 5 week training involves an interactive on-line component and weekly in person meetings. For more information contact CASA at 541-296-2045 or visit www.gorgecasa.org.

April 17

COWBOY POETRY: Iin celebration of the 12th annual cowboy poetry week and national library week, The Dalles/Wasco Co. Public Library is pleased to host local cowboy poet Duane Lee Nelson. Come join us on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. at 722 Court St., The Dalles to listen to some great cowboy poetry and have a fun and engaging experience with Duane. Refreshments will also be served.

April 15

CHALLENGER REGISTRATION: A Challenger Baseball meeting and registration is planned Monday, April 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Spooky’s Pizza.

Challenger Baseball is a program designed for mentally or physically challenged youth to enjoy the full benefits of playing a team sport.

For more information or to register and order uniforms by phone, call coordinators Lori and Randy Carter at 541-980-9464.

April 16

RETIRED EDUCATORS: Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet at noon Tuesday, April 16, in Wasco, Sherman County, at the Catholic Hall. Gary Irzyk will present the program, which will relate his teaching experiences in Iran. Carpooling is an option by contacting George Clark at 541-296-5933 or Roy Nellermoe at 541-354-1007. Guests are welcome.

Attendees are asked to bring a gorge-themed basket item for the OREA State Convention which is May 5, 6, 7 in Hood River. Each member is also asked to submit photos or a list of their community involvements.

TUESDAY LECTURE: Corliss Marsh will be the featured speaker at The Mid-Columbia Senior Center’s Tuesday Lecture April 16, starting at 11 a.m. She will be discussing The Dalles Wasco County Library Expansion Project.

ONLINE PROGRAM: North Wasco Virtual Academy will conduct two informational presentations about the K12.com online educational program for students in grades K-12. This is an educational opportunity for homeschoolers and students enrolled in other online schools to be enrolled in a local school and take courses at home with a parent learning coach.

The meeting is April 16, in the meeting room at The Dalles-Wasco County Library, 722 Court Street. Grades K through 5, 1:15 to 2 p.m. Grades 6 through12, 2:15 to 3 p.m.

April 17

PIZZA FEED: The Annual The Dalles Area Habitat for Humanity Pizza Feed will be Wednesday, April 17, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Spooky’s in The Dalles.

Tickets for adults are $12, ages 7 to 14 $7, ages 6 and under $4. Tickets are available from Habitat members, the Habitat Office at UCC at Court and 5th, Klindt’s Book Sellers, the Habitat ReStore on West 6th, and at Spooky’s. Proceeds help build affordable housing in the Mid-Columbia.

April 18

KIWANIS PROGRAMS:

The Dalles Kiwanis Club meets Thursdays at noon at Spooky’s. Plans for April include:

• April 18, Lisa Farquharson on The Dalles Chamber of Commerce projects and Cherry Festival update.

• April 25, the club’s monthly business meeting.

• April 27, (Saturday) Kiwanians meet at 8th and Cherry Heights at 7:30 a.m. to organize Cherry Festival parade.

For more information go to www.thedalleskiwanis.org/.

April 20

ENDOWMENT BENEFIT: The second annual evening to benefit Jerri Walker DePriest Endowment Fund will be Saturday, April 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sunshine Mill. Tickets are $25 and include two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Tickets are available at Klindt’s Booksellers, Dufur School or the Sunshine Mill. The event is limited to 200 people, 21 and older. For more information call 541-467-2509.

April 22

BABYSITTING TRAINING: Learn basic first aid, child development and how it relates to babysitting, business techniques, making nutritious snacks and more at 4-H Babysitting Training, Monday, April 29, through Thursday, May 2, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Training is open to ages 11 and older. Preregistration and pre-payment are required. Cost is $15.

Deadline to register is Monday, April 22, but register early because space is limited. For details, call OSU Extension Office at 541-296-5494.

April 23

SPEAKER’FORUM: The Mid Columbia Fellowship of Churches will be having their Speaker’ Forum on April 23, 5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 305 East 11th St. across the street from the High School. The speaker for the month will be Judge Janet Stauffer who will give us an update on Youth Court and Drug Court. A light snack and coffee will be served.

April 24

OYSTER FEED: Mid-Columbia Shrine Club 29th annual oyster feed fundraiser will be April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Windseeker Restaurant, 1535 Bargeway Rd., The Dalles. Cost is $25 person for oysters, razor clams or stuffed chicken.

Net proceeds are for the benefit of Mid-Columbia Shrine Club activities. Tickets are not deductible as a charitable contribution.

April 27

CAR SHOW: The KODL Car Show will be Saturday, April 27, part of the Northwest Cherry Festival.

Entrants compete for trophies and plaques. All entrants receive dash plates and gift bags. Awards will be handed out Saturday at 3 p.m.

Look online at www.kodl.com, email ladykodl@kodl.com, or call 541-296-2101 for more information. Ask for Marcia.

April 30

HEALTHY LIVING: A Plant-Based Recipes class featuring legumes, grains and tofu, cooking demonstrations and samples, is planned in The Dalles Seventh-day Adventist Church multi-purpose building lower level at 3339 E. 13th St., April 30 through May 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. The class is free. RSVP to The Dalles Seventh-day Adventist Church at PO Box 2290, The Dalles, OR 97058, healthylivingcookingclass@gmail.com or 541-298-1956.

May 10

GOLF TOURNAMENT: St. Mary’s Academy Foundation of The Dalles will host their 4th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 10, at The Dalles Country Club. Registration is limited to the first 64 players. The pre-registration fee is $100 per player, registration on the day of the event will be $125. This event helps to fund SMA’s Tuition Assistance Program. In addition, there are cash prizes for both teams and individuals.

For additional information or to register, contact the school at 541-296-6004 ext 414 or e-mail devdir@smatd.org.

May 11

CRAFTERS SOUGHT: Cherry Heights Retirement is seeking crafters and vendors to participate in its spring bazaar. Space is limited, so vendors are asked to sign up soon at 541-296-6880.

Cost is $10 for a 10-by-10-foot space. Vendors provide their own table and display racks. The event will take place May 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the grassy area and parking lot of Cherry Heights Retirement.

May 14

LEADERSHIP SEMINARS: Beginning in April, Columbia Gorge Community College will offer a series of leadership seminars. Participants may choose the entire nine-month series or take individual seminars. Class dates are May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10.

All classes will be held at the Hood River Indian Creek Campus, 8:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. The cost is $659 for the series or $89 per seminar. Pre registration is required by calling the college at 541-506-6011or online at www.cgcc.cc.or.us

June 2

HAVEN RIDE: Breakaway promotions is organizing the first Gorge-us Gals Ride all-women’s bike ride to benefit HAVEN, serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault Sunday, June 2, starting at 7 a.m. at Riverfront Park in The Dalles.

This fully supported ride was created by those passionate about cycling, friendship, fitness and the desire to “brake the cycle” of violence. It includes 13-mile, 20-mile, 40-mile and 60-mile route options.

Registration is $50 online at www.gorge-usgalsride.com.

July 26

CLASS REUNION: The Dalles Wahtonka High School Class of 1983 Reunion will be held July 26 and 27. Contact Mike Urness 541-296-2284 or email: mjurness@hotmail.com for more information.

September 6

HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL: The 51st Huckleberry Festival will be held Sept. 6, at 5 pm. through Sept. 8. Bingen, WA. Contact Marsha Holliston at 509-493-2961. marshaholliston@gmail.com.

Ongoing

MOVING FUND: A fund has been established at Rivermark Community Bank to help with relocation expenses for Kathryn Riter and her 5-year-old son. Riter sustained head injuries Jan. 23 from a hammer attack in connection with the alleged kidnapping of her 5-year-old son.

Riter and her son want to move out of the house where memories of the attack linger, but their limited means won’t cover moving costs. The family is also seeking a rental house that can qualify for HUD. Riter lived at her previous address for six years and always paid her bills on time, family reported.

For more information, email ambertyler81@yahoo.com.

MUSEUM EVENT: In 2013, Fort Dalles Museum will join other historic venues in welcoming the Queen of the West, Safari Legacy, National Geographic Linblad cruise ships and the Tall ships.

Find out the seasonal tour boat schedule by emailing: info@thedalleschamber.com, calling The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Toll Free: 1-800-255-3385, Local: 541-296-2231, or stop by at 404 West Second St., The Dalles.

SOIL TESTING: OSU Wasco County Master Gardeners now offer soil testing every week through October 2013. Garden soil will be tested for nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, pH, humus, and texture.

The cost is $25 for each sample tested. For information on how to collect a sample, contact the OSU Wasco County Extension Service at 541-296-5494, or find out online at www.extension.oregonstate.edu/wasco. This service is available to home gardeners only.

MUSEUM OPEN: Fort Dalles Museum has begun opening three days a week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning April 17, Oregon’s oldest museum will also be open Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 6 p.m. Additional hours will be added as the season progresses. Group tours can be arranged by advance reservation. If you have questions or wish to talk with someone, please email fortdallesmuseum@gmail.com or call 541-296-4547.

CONTRACTORS NOTICE: Oregon Landscape Contractors Law (ORS 671) requires all businesses that advertise and perform landscape contracting services be licensed with the Landscape Contractors Board. This 4-digit number allows a consumer to ensure that the business is actively licensed, has bond insurance and is a qualified individual contractor who has fulfilled the testing and experience requirements for licensure.

For your protection, call 503-967-6291 or visit the website: www.lcb.state.or.us to check the license status before contracting with the business. Persons doing landscape maintenance do not require a landscaping license.

AFTER SCHOOL: Thursday afternoons at Sherman Elementary in Grass Valley, a kids’ cooking class was recently added as part of the afterschool program, “Sherman Kids on the Road to Excellence” (SKORE).

Led by OSU Sherman County Extension staff and teen 4-H members, and assisted by a teen employee of the afterschool program, the opportunity to cook has been well-received by enthusiastic youngsters.

The goal of the cooking program is to focus on basic skills to inspire self-sufficiency and self-confidence in the kitchen.

HEAD START: Mid-Columbia Children’s Council is now accepting applications for the Early Head Start program, which serves pregnant women and children from birth to 3 years old. Mid-Columbia Children’s Council’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs are free. Applications are available at your local Head Start Center, library, Health Department, DHS, by calling Mid-Columbia Children’s Council, Inc. at 541-386-2010, or in our website at www.mcccheadstart.org.

GENEALOGY MEETS: The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society meets the second Saturday of each month at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. The public and guests are welcome. A no-host lunch starts at noon in the Basalt Cafe.

For more information, call Sandra Bisset at 541-298-1240 or email wildflowers@gorge.net. Get a membership application or more information online at http://community.gorge.net/genealogy/about.html Blog: http://cggsblog.blogspot.com. The society is also on Facebook.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The Dalles-Wasco County Library now offers a mobile app for patrons.

The new app, WascoCoLib, allows patrons to check their account, renew books, review requests and holds, search the library catalog, log onto LibraryToGo for e-books and e-audio, get library locations and directions and connect with the library on Facebook using their mobile devices.

For more information call 541-296-2815 or visit wasco.plinkit.org.

AWANA CLUB: Children 3 years old to sixth grade are invited to Awana Club Wednesday nights, from 6:05 to 8:05 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2819 W. 10th Street, The Dalles. Call Nate at 208-255-6397 or 541-296-2631 for more details.

DODGEBALL SEASON: Every Monday, hit the court for a classic game of Dodgeball. No experience required, just drop in Monday nights at 6 p.m. Cost is $1 at the door at The Dalles Armory, 713 Webber St.

Contact Parks and Rec for more information at 541-296-9533 or, like The Dalles Dodgeball Club on Facebook.

KNITTING GROUPS: Knitting groups meet in the libraries in both Dufur and The Dalles. All are invited to join. Crocheters are also welcome.

The Dalles Knitting Group meets Wednesdays from about 6:30 p.m., until about 8. The Dufur Knitting Club meets Thursdays, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact the Dufur Library at 541-467-2588; or The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library, at 541-296-2815.

RELAY DATES: The year-long annual fundraiser to fight cancer, Relay for Life The Dalles area, has been set for Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, as the dates for their signature main event for 2013, Sid White Field at The Dalles Wahtonka High School West Campus, 3601 West 10th St.

Volunteers are needed this year. Contact Don Wimberly 541-296-1007 or dgwimberly@charter.net for more information.

SUPPORT GROUP: Reach support group meetings are on the last Monday of the month, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Spooky’s Pizza Parlor. Contact Lori Carter 541-980-9464 or www.reachthedalles.org.

KAYAK ROLL: Evening Kayak Roll Sessions have returned to the Hood River Aquatic Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday roll sessions are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $3 for In District residents and $5 for Out of District residents Check in at the front desk.

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