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HAPPINESS PASSPORT: The Passport to Happiness monthly talk will be held Wednesday, February 20 from 3 to 4:30 at the Senior Center in The Dalles. This month’s speaker is Julie Reynolds, PhD. Her talk will be on “Social Health and Happiness” and will feature some short video clips and volunteer opportunities.

The public is invited to this free event, and every person who attends will receive a free copy of Passport to Happiness


OPEN SWIM: The Hood River Aquatic Center will have a special open swim from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. Admission is $1. The slide, rope swing and zip line will be open, and the party room will be available for rental.

ALUMNI SOUGHT: Sonrise Academy is seeking alumni to come to the Wendy & Friends High Tea and Auction Saturday, March 2.

Please contact the Sonrise Academy office at 541-298-8922.

FLAGGING COURSE: Columbia Gorge Community College is offering a Work Zone Traffic Control and Flagger Training course Tuesday, March 5, at CGCC’s The Dalles campus.

This course covers the fundamental principles of traffic control. Class meets from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $75 and advanced registration is required. Discounts and tuition waivers do not apply.

Call Student Services at 541-506-6011 or 541-308-8211 to register.

February 18

UMPIRES NEEDED: The Mid-Columbia Umpire Association (MCUA) is looking for men and women to umpire baseball and softball games in the upcoming 2013 High School Season. The MCUA covers games for local high schools in the Mid-Columbia.

The season starts in March and ends in May. All umpires are paid by the game. Interested individuals should attend meetings at The Dalles Middle School Monday, Feb. 18, and Monday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. or contact Bob Ford at 541-980-4165.

February 19

RETIRED TEACHERS: Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers Association will meet noon Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the cafeteria at the Columbia Gorge Community College where a faculty representative will speak on the college’s course offerings.

Retired school personnel from Sherman, Wasco and Hood River counties are invited to attend. InquiriesRoy Nellermoe at 541-354-1007.

February 21

KIWANIS CLUB: The Dalles Kiwanis Club meetings are held every Thursday noon at Spooky’s. Visitors are welcome.

Speakers include:

Feb. 21, club business meeting and preparation for Chamber after Hours sponsored by Kiwanis and held at La Fogata Grill, 400 E. 2nd St., 5 to 7 p.m.

Feb. 28, Trudy Townsend from North Wasco County School District with an update on the schools, Achievement Compact, and the P-20 model.

February 22

SINFONIETTA PERFORMS: The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association presents the Sinfonietta Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

performing Beethoven, Teleman and Copeland Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium and Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Wy’east Middle School. Recommended donation is $10.

February 23

CHRISTIAN COWBOYS: The Fellowship of the Christian Cowboys is having a reunion Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center. Everyone is welcome to join in the fellowship and music. For more information call Dick LaFever, 541-999-0971.

February 26

SPEAKER’S FORUM: Mid- Columbia Fellowship of Churches Speaker’s Forum invites the community to their program Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. This forum will be held at The First United Methodist Church at 305 East 11th Street. The Speaker for the evening will be The Honorable Municipal Judge Tom Peachey, speaking on how the municipal court is functioning. Light snacks and coffee will be served.

February 27

HABITAT EVENT: The Dalles Area Habitat for Humanity is beginning the selection process for prospective home owners. Applications will be available at the following information meetings: Wednesday, February 27 at 7 pm at UCC Congregational (5th and Court) basement or Sunday, March 3 at 2 pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church parish center. For more information call: 541.296.8817

February 28

THEATRE COMPANY: “I Hate Hamlet” by: Paul Rudnick Feb. 28, March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 7:30 p.m. Columbia Gorge Community College-Auditorium Building 2, Floor 3. Advanced tickets available at Klindt’s Book Sellers, The Dalles. Also available at the door. Adults $12, Students/Senior $10. Adult Comedy. Call The Theatre Company of The Dalles at 541-370-2513 for more information.

CATTLEMEN’S MEETING: Sherman & Wasco County Cattlemen’s Poker Tourney and Barbecue. Let the chips fly and dining commence on March 6, at the Imperial River Company as Sherman and Wasco County Cattlemen’s Associations meet once again to discuss the merging of their two groups. RSVP by Feb. 28, by calling Keith Nantz or The Imperial River Company at 541- 395-2404.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE: The Wasco County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for the Wasco County Veterans Services Advisory Committee. The Veterans Services Advisory Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month to address issues related to veterans and veterans’ services in Wasco County.

Applications are available on the Wasco County website: or through county offices, at 511 Washington Street, Suite 101, The Dalles. All applications are due no later than March 1. More information can be obtained by contacting the Board of County Commissioners at 541- 506-2520.

April 27

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, email, or call 541-296-2101 for more information. Ask for Marcia.


SENIOR CLASS: Chocolate-covered cherries being sold by The TDW Class of 2013 are still available and can be purchased from any member of the class or from Kristal Corey in the main office. They come in one-pound bags at $10 each. Sales support the TDW Senior Class of 2013 and their drug and alcohol-free year-end party.

CHINOOK SEASON: There will be no spring chinook season on the Deschutes River. Fisheries managers have announced that the popular spring chinook fishery will not open in 2013. Deschutes River Anglers can expect fall chinook season in August.

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.

WILD ART: The Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River is looking for artists who have the sense of adventure to explore one of the region’s federally designated wilderness areas. Eighteen artists will be selected for this project by a jury of art professionals. Those chosen will visit one of the following: Indian Heaven, Trapper Creek, Mt. Adams in Washington, and Oregon’s Mark O. Hatfield, Mt. Hood and Badger Creek wilderness areas.

The artist will then create art that represents the spirit of the wilderness. The art will be hung an offered for sale at Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River during August 2014. Applications must be received no later than March 1, 2013.

For more information, call the Columbia River Art Gallery at 541-387-8877 or email

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

OPEN CALL: Cascade Singers extends an open call to choral singers. Spring 2013 concerts include Celtic music on St. Patrick’s Day and favorite show tunes on May 31 and June 1.

The regional community choir meets under the leadership of Lloyd Walworth Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union streets in The Dalles. Rehearsals are open to all interested singers.

REIKI CIRCLE: A reiki share-circle is held the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in conference room (new location) starting at 7 p.m. There is no charge and all are welcome.

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Dalles Meals on Wheels, Inc. is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver hot meals to home-bound clients between 11 a.m. to noon.

Drivers can volunteer one to five days per week or even twice a month. The routes usually go out around 11 a.m. and most routes take about 45 minutes.

Call Denise or Ashley at 541-298-8333 to sign up to be a volunteer.

KID’S SAKE: Mark your calendar for Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2013, on March 9, 2013. Every dollar a team raises makes a difference for the kids that The Next Door, Inc., serves. For more information contact The Next Door, Inc.

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

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.

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.

MARKET BOARD: Hood River Saturday Market is accepting applications for new board members.

The organization has operated in Hood River for 23 years. Its focus is to promote local artists, craftsmen and produce vendors in the gorge by hosting a weekly market every Saturday, May through September.

Those who are supporters of local markets and have an interest in supporting the organization may apply by submitting an application to Hood River Saturday Market Board, PO Box 1101, Hood River, OR 97031. Board meetings are the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Call 971-258-1446 for information and specific location.


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