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GOLFERS WANTED: Unit 20, Retired Educators extends an invitation to the public to join them Tuesday, June 18, at the Husum Hill Golf Course. Options include nine holes, 18 holes and/or luncheon. Prizes will be given. Reservations may be made with Unit 20 President Roy Nellermoe at 541-354-1007.

FREE WORKSHOP: Columbia Gorge Community College and Hood River Fire Department will present a free workshop for homeowners who have homes in woodland settings, are near forests or live in rural, remote mountain sites.

The workshop will help owners prepare for the eventuality of fire in wildland areas. Class meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at Hood River Indian Creek Campus, Room 302. There is no cost to attend. Advanced registration is required.

Call Student Services at 541-506-6011 or online at

June 17

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 from 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:

June 20

KIWANIS MEETINGS: The Dalles Kiwanis Club meets weekly, usually at noon at Spooky’s. Visitors are welcome.

June 20, is Rev. Deborah J. Allen from UCC on service project at State Office Building.

June 27, is the monthly club business meeting.

For more information go to www.thedalles

DECK PARTY: Solstice Eve Party on the Deck, Thursday, June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Come celebrate summer at The Dalles -Wasco County Library with music, refreshments and crafts. Fun for the whole family.

June 22

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 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.

June 23

REUNION PICNIC: The Friend Pioneer Reunion Picnic will be at the old Friend School Sunday, June 23, with a potluck at noon. Anyone interested in the history of the ghost town of Friend is welcome.

POKEMON CLUB: Sunday, June 23, June 30 at Hood River Hobbies. Free from 1 to 3 p.m. with parental supervision. If parents sign up through Community Education ($5 fee, may be registered at HR Hobbies) they may opt to drop children 7 years and up off from 1 to 2 p.m. Parents must come in the store and sign up at the shop at 1 p.m. each time, and child must be able to stay seated and play in the back game play area. Bring a deck or purchase one at the shop, bring cards to trade, meet new players, earn promo cards. Hood River Hobbies 110 4th Street, downtown Hood River. info@hoodriver

June 28

FILM FESTIVAL: Wet Planet Whitewater Center and Columbia Center for the Arts host: REEL Paddling Film Festival World Tour 2013. Join Wet Planet and CCA for two nights of paddling films, June 28, and 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 available online and at Columbia Arts.

Different films will be shown each evening. The festival sponsored in part by Kayak Shed and Columbia Gorge Kayak School. Proceeds of the Paddling Film festival will go towards the 2013 White Salmon RiverFest, July 10. Visit the website for more information about the festival and the films:

June 29

FUNDRAISER: Half the Gorge Sky is organizing a High Tea at Wilinda Blueberry Patch in Hood River on June 29, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 and the funds go directly to funding fistula surgeries at Kitovu Hospital in Uganda. A fundraiser organized by the organization Half the Gorge Sky, which is focused on raising awareness and funds for the issues described in the book (and now documentary) Half the Sky such as maternal health care, sex trafficking, fistulas, literacy and more.

July 9

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 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

July 14

SUNDAY RIDES: Monthly social bike rides are planned through September. The rides are every second Sunday, 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.

July 26 2013

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: for more information.

August 8

FULL-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP: The 2013-14 Columbia Gorge Community College full-year foundation scholarship application is now available. Any Mid-Columbia resident may apply. Recipients may be awarded up to 12 credits per term, which can only be used at Columbia Gorge Community College. Applications can be picked up in the Student Services department at The Dalles or Hood River campus, as well as online at http://cgcc. us/financial-aid/scholarships.

Applications must be hand-delivered to either The Dalles or Hood River Student Services no later than noon, Thursday, Aug. 8.

For more information, email Stephanie Gale-McKnight at, call 541-506-6021,

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.


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.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: St. Peter’s Holiday Bazaar is now taking reservations for table rentals for their bazaar on Nov. 23. Rentals are $30. Call Georgia at 541-296-2941 for more information.

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.

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, 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 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.

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

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 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


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