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YARD SALE: The women of Gateway Presbyterian Church are having their annual rummage sale to raise money for a women’s retreat.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29 at 1111 Dry Hollow Rd.

BAPTIST TRIO: Heritage Bible Baptist Church hosts the Harvest Trio of West Coast Baptist College Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., at 905 Heritage Way (off Pomona and Eighth).

Finger foods will be served after the concert in the fellowship hall.

SWIM TEAM: The Dalles Swim Team summer season has started, but it’s not too late to join in.

Young people between the ages of 6 and 18 who can swim 25 meters unassisted are eligible.

For more information, contact Mimi McDonnell at 541-340-0023.

OFFICE CLOSED: The Wasco County Office of Assessment and Taxation will be closed Monday, June 24. Tax collection windows will also be closed.

Staff will be in training.

June 23

HABITAT GROUNDBREAKING: The Dalles Area Habitat for Humanity will host a groundbreaking for its 19th house at 2415 E. 16th St., Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m., for the Shannon and Joseph Devlaeminck family.

The community of The Dalles is welcome. The house marks the 20th anniversary of Habitat for Humanity in The Dalles.

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 and 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.

June 27

FREE WORKSHOP: Columbia Gorge Community College and Hood River Fire Department will present a free workshop for homeowners who have homes in woodland settings.

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 28

FILM FESTIVAL: Wet Planet Whitewater Center and Columbia Center for the Arts hosts 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.

Visit the website for more information: http://www.reel

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. It is 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.

GARDEN LESSONS: Early morning gardening lessons are planned this summer at The Dalles Imagination Garden, The DIG.

The topic Saturday, June 29, at 9 a.m., is dealing with pesky insects. Featured speaker is Wasco County Master Gardener Gary Peterson.

Coffee, a snack and a garden tour are part of the event, sponsored by the OSU Wasco County Extension Service.

Contact Lynette Black at or 541-296-5494 for more information.

DAY CAMPS: There’s still time to sign up for 4-H Day Camps. Camps and clinics are listed online at the OSU Wasco County Extension website at http://extension. in the Community Partners Summer Program Guide, or call 541-296-5494 to find out about activities.

June 30

VOLUNTEER SOUGHT: The Wasco County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for a volunteer position on the Fort Dalles Museum Commission. Applications are available on the Wasco County website: or at 511 Washington Street, Suite 101, The Dalles.

All applications are due no later than June 30. More information can be obtained by contacting the Board of County Commissioners at 541-506-2520.

July 4

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: Rufus hosts its annual Independence Day celebration starting at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, with a parade through downtown to the Community Center, where a quilt show, art show and car show are planned.

Live music will be provided by the Oregon Valley Boys. Food, games, a safety fair and vendors are also planned.

JULY PARADE: Mill A, Washington will hold its annual 4th of July Parade and Old Fashioned Fireman’s Picnic on Thursday, July 4 beginning at 10:30 am.

Assembly and registration begins at 9 am at the south intersection of Jessup Road and Cook-Underwood Road in Mill A, Washington. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and helmets must be worn for all bicycle entrants under the age of 18. Drivers registering vehicles must demonstrate current liability insurance. The parade itself begins at 10:30 am.

Following the parade, the Mill A Volunteers will hold their Old Fashioned Fireman’s Picnic. For more information, please contact Johanna Roe at 509-538-2643.

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.


DAM TOURS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will offer tours of The Dalles Dam this summer, every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tours will end the last weekend of September.

Pre-registering for tours is strongly recommended, as space is limited. Details: The Dalles Dam Visitor Center at 541-296-9778 or The Dalles Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-7857, and

To reach The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, from Interstate 84, take Exit 87 and go east on Brett Clodfelter Way, located at the junction of U.S. Highway 197 and I-84.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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