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CANDIDATE VISIT: Candidate for U.S. Senate Jo Rae Perkins will be visiting The Dalles Wednesday, Sept. 4. Meet her at a no-host dinner at Spooky’s between 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information call 541-467-2371.

POOL MAINTENANCE: The Aquatic Center in Hood River will be closed to the public Sept. 3 through Sept.12, for annual maintenance. The pool will reopen Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 a.m. Three-month and annual pass holders will have their passes extended for the time the pool is closed.

SWIM LESSONS: Registration is currently underway for Hood River Aquatic Center’s fall swim lessons, beginner through advanced levels.

The first fall session starts in October, and sessions run monthly. Fees include options for swimming for your child and one parent before or after swim lessons. Register at the Aquatic Center, or visit to print out a registration form and register by mail. If you register by mail, please follow up with a phone call for confirmation at 541-386-1303.

September 2

COLUMBIA SWIM: The 71st annual Roy Webster Columbia River Cross-Channel Swim will be Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, starting at 5:30 a.m. at the Hood River Visitor Center, 720 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River.

At dawn on Labor Day a group of hearty souls boards the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge at the Hood River Port and is ferried across to the Washington shore. When signaled, swimmers jump off the sternwheeler into the Columbia and head back to Hood River along a volunteer-delineated swim lane.

To register for the swim, visit and search for the 70th annual cross-channel swim. For more information, call the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce at 541-386-2000, or find the event on the chamber’s event listing online at

September 5

STEAK FEED: The Kiwanis Steak Feed takes place Thursday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. The annual event is The Dalles Kiwanis Club’s major fundraiser for community projects, most of which serve children and youth. Adult meals include a 10- ounce ribeye steak, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink for $15. Free meal for children 12 and under features a hot dog plus the other entrees. Tickets are available from Kiwanis members or may be purchased in the park Sept. 5.

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.

September 7

BOOK SALE: The Dalles Friends of Library Book Sale Blow Out will be Saturday, Sept 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at 722 Court St., at the Book Barn behind the library. Books by will be available the bagful. From 9 to 10 a.m. $3 bag, 10 to 11 a.m. $2 bag, 11 a.m. to noon $1 bag. Proceeds aid the library and their community programs. Help support Literacy.

September 8

POTLUCK SUPPER: The Dalles AFS chapter has four new students to meet and welcome: Botond from Hungary, Rocco from Italy, Torbjoern from Switzerland, and Xavier from Italy. AFS Potluck Supper, Sunday, Sept. 8, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sorosis Park Bring a dish to share (main dish, salad, or dessert) Utensils and beverage will be provided.

September 11

ANNUAL MEETING: The Dalles Friends of the Library Annual Meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. Refreshments will be served. The presentation will be “The Library of the Future; We’ve got Google and Kindles, so why do we need a library?” Speakers include Buzzy Nielsen, director, Hood River County Library District, and Jayne Guidinger, teen program coordinator, The Dalles Wasco Library. Everyone is welcome.

September 20

BENEFIT CONCERT: Hit Machine will play Friday, Sept. 20, at Clock Tower Ales to support the United Way of the Columbia Gorge. Our local United Way helps fund agencies such as Haven, Meals-on-Wheels and CASA. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the band starts at 7 p.m. 21 years and older. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and are available at Clock Tower Ales, The Dalles Fitness Club and Klindt’s.

September 28

CONSTITUTION SEMINAR: The Coalition for an Educated Electorate will host a Constitution Seminar with the Wall Builders and Tim Barton Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. Introduction will be by historian John Brennan of Hood River.

Seminar speaker will be Oregon Rep. Dennis Richardson from U-Choose.

The event will be at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Cost is $15 per person in advance. Seating is limited. For reservations call 541-467-2371 in Wasco County, 541-980-0605 in Sherman County, and 541-308-5375 in Hood River County.

September 29

WHITEWATER RAFTING: The 2013-2014 Sense of Place lecture series will kick off with a place-based lecture on the scenic White Salmon River, Sunday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join a guided whitewater rafting trip on the White Salmon River and learn about the process of removing the Condit Dam from some of the key players involved with the project. Plus, enjoy light fare and refreshments at the end of the float. http://gorgeown


FARMERS’ MARKET: White Salmon Farmers’ Market is every Tuesday through Sept 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Feast Market parking lot, White Salmon. It includes barbecue, live music, beer and wine. Online:

DAM TOURS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will offer tours of The Dalles Dam this summer, every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tours will end the last weekend of September.

Pre-registering for tours is strongly recommended, as space is limited. Details: The Dalles Dam Visitor Center at 541-296-9778 or The Dalles Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-7857, and

To reach The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, from Interstate 84, take Exit 87 and go east on Bret Clodfelter Way, located at the junction of U.S. Highway 197 and I-84.

ZUMBA PROGRAM: Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation along with Licensed Zumba Instructor’s Marsha Morrison and Brenda Green are offering Zumba to the community at the Muscle and Fitness Center, 915 Garrison St., Mondays at 9 a.m., Tuesdays 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Thursdays 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Drop-in fee is $5. A punch card is available.

Contact the Parks District at 414 Washington St. Suite 1D, The Dalles, 541-296-9533, or email for more information.

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.

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.

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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