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BUDGET VOLUNTEER: North Wasco County School District is recruiting one community member to serve on the budget committee for a two-year term expiring June 30, 2015. Eligible community members must be qualified voters in the district and may not be an officer, employee or agent of the district.

The budget committee is comprised of seven members appointed by the school board. The committee meets according to statutory guidelines in public meetings that must be announced in advance.

Interested parties may complete an application, available on the district website www.nwasco., or by calling the district office at 541-506-3420 or in person at 3632 W. 10th St., The Dalles.

December 20

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

Dec. 20, Kiwanis members will be Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army.

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

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. 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, open to all ages. Leave the Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. Tickets at the Senior Center or call 541-296-4788.

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.

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 or to obtain orchestral music in advance of Dec. 21, rehearsal with soloists, chorus, organ and orchestra. Please call Chloris Mullins 541-340-0840 or Lloyd Walworth 541-340-9858.

December 28

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.

SASQUATCH REVEALED: The “Sasquatch Revealed” dinner event for Saturday, Dec. 28 is sold out at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, but an afternoon presentation at 3 p.m. that day has been added to the schedule for those who still wish to hear Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Chris Murphy and Thomas Steenburg. Cost is $15 for non-members, and $10 for members. Space is limited.

Call 541-296-8600 Ext. 201 for more information or visit The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 23.

FIRE BENEFIT: Arlington Fireman’s Ball, dinner, dance and live auction is Saturday, Dec. 28, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Rock Creek Schoolhouse. A tri-tip dinner will be provided by Paradise Rose Chuckwagon. Ticket prices for dinner, dance and one complimentary drink are $25. This event is for the benefit of the Ric and Pam Rosenbalm Fire Fund.

To reserve dinner tickets call 541-980-4949.

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. 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


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.


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