READING PROGRAM: The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library and The Dalles Kiwanis sponsor the summer reading program June 17 through Aug. 20. Sign up is under way for three different age levels.
For grades K-3, the theme is “Dig into Reading,” Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. June 18, will kick off the season with the comedy magic and ventriloquism of Steve Taylor and Rudy O’Riley.
For grades 4-8, the theme is “Beneath the Surface,” Thursdays fromt 2 to 3 p.m..
June 20, will start off with a Hobbit party. Dress up as your favorite character and play hobbit trivia, food and surprises.
For high school age, the theme is “Ground Breaking Reads,” Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. beginning June 17. The high school program will include a book club, concerts, zombie walk and more.
For more information concerning programs and dates, call the library at 541-296-2815. Online: www.wasco.plinkit.org.
GOLF BENEFIT: Structured Communications will sponsor the 28th annual Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Tournament of Tradition Golf Benefit. The tournament takes place June 3 and 4, at The Dalles Country Club.
The beneficiary for the tournament this year is the Breast Health for Strong Families Program. For further information please contact the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation at 541-296-7275 or at email@example.com.
FARMERS MARKET: The Dalles Farmers Market is now open every Saturday through Oct. 13 and will launch its Wednesday evening market starting June 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.
In addition to the Farmers Market vendors, several musicians have been booked to participate. The market is also adding a limited number of local artisan booths this year.
Items typically available at the market include salad greens, fresh flowers, farm-fresh eggs, locally produced USDA meats, fresh vegetables and fruits, locally produced honey, jams, jellies and other processed items produced in approved commercial kitchens or under Oregon Department of Agriculture rules.
For more information, call Jeff Phipps, market manager, 541-993-9974.
BARBECUE FUNDRAISER: The Dufur Historical Society hosts a barbecue fundraiser Saturday, June 8, at the Dufur Living History Museum grounds.
Dinner, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. features a menu of hamburger or chicken, salad, beans, drink and dessert is $7.50, a hot dog with the same side dishes is $5, hamburger only $3.50, hotdog only is $2. It will be accompanied by live music from Tom Graff. A speaking and picture presentation of the Great Southern Railroad by Jerry Tanquist will follow. The museum will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
POOL OPENING: Ted Walker Memorial Swimming Pool opens for its full summer season starting June 8 through Labor Day and will offer a number of water-related programs.
Activities will include: swim lessons (group, semi-private, or private), lap swim, open swim sessions, and the new splash and slam pool basketball. The pool is also available for party rental.
For more information, call Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation at 541-296-9533. After June 8, call Ted-Walker Memorial Pool at 541-298-2020.
SUMMER HOURS: The Wasco County Historical Society announces the opening of the Rorick House for the summer season. The House will be open Saturdays and Sundays during June, July and August, beginning June, 1. The Rorick House, at 300 W. 13th St. in The Dalles, was the home of Eck and May Rorick for 50 years.
The Historical Society will again sponsor a series of summer history programs:
June 8- Jean Vercouteren will follow up on her History of Celilo Village.
June 22- Caroline Wood will tell about the restoration and preservation of the Historic Columbia River Highway.
July 6- Jerry Tanquist will talk about the Railroad race along the Deschutes River.
July 20- John Lundell’s history of One Room Schools in this area.
SUNDAY RIDES: Monthly social bike rides are planned through September. The rides are every second Sunday, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8, starting at 7 p.m. at The Dalles City Park.
The rides are described as a “flat, slow, fun and easy” half-hour loop.
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 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 www.cgcc.cc.or.us
FIELD DAY: The Sherman Experiment Station field day is planned for Wednesday, June 12. Oregon State University and USDA Agricultural Research Service are co-hosting this field day for the agricultural community. Anyone with an interest in agriculture is encouraged to attend.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Sherman County Fairground. The program will begin at 8 a.m. with an address from a representative of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Field tours will begin at 8:25 a.m. The fairgrounds are one mile south of Moro on Lonerock Road.
A naming dedication will take place at the new building 11:30 a.m. to honor the contributions of Steve Burnet, who was instrumental in its construction. A hosted lunch is provided at 12:00 noon. Visit http://cbarc.aes.oregonstate.edu/ to see a detailed program. Call 541-278-4186 for more information.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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. email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 wwwafsusa.org, click on “hosting” and fill in the information to request a full application.
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 www.extension.oregonstate.edu/wasco. 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 email@example.com. Get a membership application or more information online at http://community.gorge.net/genealogy/about.html Blog: http://cggsblog.blogspot.com. 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 wasco.plinkit.org.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.reachthedalles.org.