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SONRISE EVENT: Winter graduation and the singing Christmas tree presents “Yesterday, Today and Forever Jesus is the same” Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. The cast is all students attending Sonrise Academy. Friends, family and the public are welcome. Admission is free.

CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST: The Mid-Columbia Senior Center’s Annual Christmas Breakfast sponsored by the Springs at Mill Creek will be Saturday, Dec. 21, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. It will feature music, a quilt raffle, Santa plus a breakfast of Texas French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage plus fruit and beverage. Cost is $5 for the general public and $4 for center members.

BINGO BASH: Celebrate the coming New Year by attending the Mid-Columbia Senior Center’s end of the year Bingo Bash on Saturday, Dec. 28. There will be a free dinner featuring pulled pork sandwiches, served between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. with a minimum buy-in of $10.

December 17

TAIZE PRAYER: A Taize candlelit service is offered Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Old St. Paul’s Chapel, 601 Union St., featuring song, silence, darkness and light. All are welcome.

December 19

KIWANIS CLUB: Kiwanis December meetings are every Thursday noon at Spooky’s and visitors are welcome.

Dec. 19 and 20, Kiwanis members will be Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army (no noontime meeting).

Dec. 24, (Tuesday) Kiwanians will meet with Lions Club.

Dec. 26, Boxing Day- no meeting.

For more information go to www.thedalles

December 20

BENEFIT CONCERT: A Christmas Concert to benefit the Oregon Food Bank with Barley Draught is planned Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at Old St. Peter’s Landmark, West Third and Lincoln streets in The Dalles. Traditional Irish Ballads, Carols, sing-along songs and Christmas Stories are planned. A donation is requested at the door.

December 21

CHRISTMAS MATINEE: The Mid-Columbia Senior Center is selling tickets to see the Singing Christmas Tree in Portland for the 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday Dec. 1. Tickets are $55, including transportation. There is room for 20 and it is open to all ages. Leave the Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. Purchase tickets at the Senior Center or call 541-296-4788.

MEDITATION EVENT: Solstice Sound Meditation for Healing, Power and Connection, is planned Dec. 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Trout Lake Abbey. A donation is requested.

Please register beforehand at Trout Lake Abbey, with Beth Welton-Miller 503-680-5810.

December 22

MESSIAH CONCERT: Performance is Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Landmark on West Third and Lincoln in The Dalles. Community orchestra members are also invited to participate. Call for more information, Chloris Mullins 541-340-0840 or Lloyd Walworth 541-340-9858.

December 31

HEALTH COVERAGE: Allison Varga, a representative from Cover Oregon, will be available to provide assistance on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Dalles/Wasco County Public Library meeting room during November and December. She will be answering questions and providing application assistance for health coverage. There is a sign-up sheet at the library for those filling out applications. Individual questions can be answered on a drop-in basis. For more information, contact Allison at 541-386-6380 extension 1352.

January 4

INDOOR MARKET: The Shaniko schoolhouse will host indoor markets and bazaars every month through March to raise money for school improvements. Events include:

Jan. 4-5 — New Year Bazaar

Feb. 1-2 — Valentine Bazaar

March 1-2 — St. Patrick’s Day Bazaar

Cost of a table is $10. For more information, call 541-489-3434 or email


COATS NEEDED: As local temperatures have dropped, many school children in the North Wasco County School District are without winter coats to keep them warm. A coat drive is under way to collect as many coats as possible for school children of all ages.

Drop off coats at Windermere/Glenn Taylor Real Estate in The Dalles, or in the lobby of The Dalles Chronicle.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Volunteers are needed to knit, crochet shawls and lap robes for cancer patients. Yarn and patterns will be provided. Call Betty at 541-980-0774.

DONATIONS NEEDED: Both First Community Credit Union at 701 Hostetler Way West and Liberty Tax at 100 East Second Street are accepting donations of cash and non-perishable food items for Community Meal. Large #10 cans are preferable. Soups, pastas, rice, sauces are all great items. No home canned items accepted. Community Meal is a non-profit 501(C)(3) corporation providing a hot meal every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the SVdP meal site at 315 West Third Street (behind Johnny’s Automotive). Community Meal has been serving the Mid-Columbia Area since April 1, 1983. If you have any questions, please check out our web site:

MARKET PLACE: Crafters, food and farm products will be on sale at the Marketplace at The Mint on East Second Street in The Dalles, every Saturday in November through December.

COAT GIVEAWAY: The Salvation Army is offering coats all winter long during business hours for people in need, Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their office or thrift store at 623 E. Third St. in The Dalles.

Coats will be given to low-income individuals and families in need of warm coats for the winter.

For more information, call Kris at 541-296-6417.

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.

INDOOR MARKET: The Shaniko schoolhouse will host indoor markets and bazaars every month through March to raise money for school improvements. The events start with the Big Indoor Marketplace Nov. 1 through 10 with videos, new and used books, handmade jewelry, ceramics, natural fibers, history and more. Other events include:

Jan. 4-5 – New Year Bazaar

Feb. 1-2 – Valentine Bazaar

March 1-2 – St. Patrick’s Day Bazaar

Cost of a table is $10. For more information, call 541-489-3434 or email


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