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EDUCATION CONVENTION: Oregon Retired Education Association will hold its state convention May 5, 6, and 7 in Hood River. Featured speakers will include Dr. Hilda Rosselli, assistant to Dr. Rudy Crew; Hanna Vaandering, in-coming President-Elect, Director of Consumer Outreach and Education; Leslie Morgan, Wellness Coach.

Other items of interest will include presentation of scholarship recipients, unit and state awards, installation of officers, musical entertainment, door prizes. Inquiries may be directed to State President Paul Zastrow, 541-354-1002, or Unit 20 President Roy Nellermoe, 541-354-1007.

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@thedalles, 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 This service is available to home gardeners only.

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.

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, 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

May 2

DAY OF PRAYER: The 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer will be Thursday, May 2, at 5:30 p.m. at Sorosis Park Shelter.

Worship will be led by Gorge Gospel Riders. Special music will be by Sonrise Academy students. Emcee will be Sonrise administrator Scott Winters. Opening prayer will be by Pastor Andy Johnson, First Church of the Nazarene followed by open prayer time. Closing prayer will be by Pastor Jeremiah Porter, Calvary Baptist Church. The event is presented by Wasco County Chapter of Concerned Women for America and Sonrise Academy.

May 3

LIBRARY BENEFIT: The Friday Night Out library benefit and auction will be Friday, May 3, at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The 21-and-older event will include complimentary pizza, desserts and a glass of wine, beer or other beverage. Auction items include a vintage Benny the Beaver hat from Oregon State, circa 1947, other memorabilia, books, and attraction passes.

Tickets are available at Klindt’s booksellers.

May 4

GARDEN CLUB: The Dufur Valley Garden Club’s annual plant and bake sale will be Saturday, May 4, at 8 a.m., at the Catholic Hall on First and Church streets in Dufur.

CHILDREN’S FUNDRAISER: Spring for Kids, a fundraiser to benefit Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar in Hood River. Live music will be provided by Tim Mayer, appetizers will be served, and live and silent auctions are planned. Adult admission is $20.

PLANT SALE: Covenant Christian Academy and Vanguard Nursery of Bingen are hosting a Community Plant Sale Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the former Griffith Motors lot downtown at Third and Laughlin streets.

Locally grown flower baskets and hanging pots will be sold.

For more information, call 541-296-2952.

May 5

POWER WORKSHOP: “History from Below: Power to the People” is an interactive workshop set for Sunday, May 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants are invited to explore moments when people from rural Oregon — Wasco County in particular — banded together in hopes of changing the course of history. Local historians will share the story of the fight to establish the PUD.

The event is set in the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center classroom.

RSVPs are requested to

May 9

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 five-week training involves an interactive on-line component and weekly in person meetings. For more information contact CASA at 541-296-2045 or visit

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

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.

GRAVITY GAMES: The second annual Gorge Gravity Games soapbox derby competition through the streets of downtown will be Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., down court street, which will be blocked off from Ninth to Third. Twenty student teams from around the gorge will participate int he event.

A free science, technology, engineering and mathematics education fair is planned, as are robotics demonstrations, and exhibits including Insitu, OSU Mars Rover, Gorge Technology Alliance, wind energy demonstrations, OMSI, electric cars and LEGO ADD.

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 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

May 18

POKER FUNDRAISER: The Dalles Wahtonka High School student Mary McIntosh is fundraising to earn money for an AFS exchange state to Norway. Her family will host a poker night Saturday, May 18, at the Hi-Way House in The Dalles. Registration is at 9:30 p.m., with the game starting at 10.

Buy-in is $50, or buy a ticket to sponsor a player. Tickets are on sale at Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles, or contact Tina at 541-561-3234 or email For more information, contact Steve at the Hi-Way House.

CHILDREN’S FAIR: The Dalles City Park will be the site of a free Children’s Fair Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Follow the Growing Path to discover activities for every age and stage, meet community partners, fill out a Fair Passport to win prizes.

The event stage will feature music by Victor Johnson at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and community drumming with Dr. Steve McLennon at 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. A light lunch will be available for purchase.

May 21

SAFETY TRAINING: Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are offering two safety training workshops beginning May 21. Each workshop is offered in both Spanish and English: Safety Training and Your Multicultural Workforce and Safety Committees and Safety Meetings.

The workshops are free. Pre-registration is required by calling the college at 541-506-6011, or online at

May 30

MUSICAL THEATER: “Sing Out, Sweet Land” by the Theatre Company of The Dalles will be at The Dalles Civic Auditorium theater, 323 E. Fourth St., The Dalles, May 30, 31, June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30. A June 2 matinee show starts at 2 p.m. doors open at 1:30 p.m.

May 31

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.

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

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: 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.


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, click on “hosting” and fill in the information to request a full application.

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

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 Get a membership application or more information online at Blog: 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

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.

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 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


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