EXCHANGE FAMILIES: AFS is seeking host families for exchange students. Students arrive in August and stay for 10 months.
The sooner applications are completed, the more students host families have to choose from and the better chance to find a student who best fits with family habits, interests and activities.
The Dalles Wahtonka accepts up to three exchange students, while Hood River Valley High School accepts one. Dufur would also like to have an exchange student.
To apply, go to www.afsusa.org, click on “hosting” and fill in the information to request a full application.
COMMUNITY SALE: Skamania County General Services is organizing the seventh annual Community Garage Sale held on the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, April 19-20.
An early bird sale is set for Friday, April 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $2 per person.
The sale continues Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free admission.
For more details, contact Jennifer Jackson, email@example.com, 509-427-3980.
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/.
CLEAN-UP: An Earth Day clean-up of the land surrounding the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum grounds is planned Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The event will help prevent fire hazard by cleaning up dead vegetative materials and trimming back the abundant growth of trees and shrubs on land that has been restored to native vegetation and is an exhibit in itself with over 90 species of wildflowers.
Bring leather gloves, trimmers, loppers and hand clippers. Lunch is provided for volunteers who stay the morning (RSVP required).
For details and to RSVP, contact Linda Turner at 541-296-8600, Ext. 3
204, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, or call 541-296-2101 for more information. Ask for Marcia.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-298-1956.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
SPRING CONCERT: “Music from Movies and Musicals” is the title of the Cascade Singers’ 2013 spring concert.
Performances are Friday, May 31 and Saturday June 1 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Landmark, W. 3rd and Lincoln Streets, The Dalles.
Choral selections from “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Godspell” are featured, with many other Hollywood and Broadway favorites by the choir, ensemble, and children’s choir. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and children 12 and under free.
Contact Director Lloyd Walworth for program sponsorship or further information at 541-340-9858.
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.
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: email@example.com for more information.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.