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RETIRED EDUCATORS: Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, March 19, at the China Gorge Restaurant, 2680 Old Columbia River Hwy., Hood River.
At the conclusion of the luncheon and meeting, the group will reconvene for a tour at the newly renovated Hood River County Museum. All interested persons in education are invited to attend.
The April 16 meeting will be in the city of Wasco, Sherman County. Inquiries may be directed to Unit 20 President Roy Nellermoe at 541-354-1007.
MUSEUM OPEN: Fort Dalles Museum has begun opening three days a week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning April 17, Oregon’s oldest museum will also be open Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 6 p.m. Additional hours will be added as the season progresses. Group tours can be arranged by advance reservation. If you have questions or wish to talk with someone, please email email@example.com or call 541-296-4547.
SPRING BREAK: Kids will have free admission at the Discovery Center during both Oregon and Washington spring breaks, March 23 through April 7, when accompanied by an admission-paying adult.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, children can participate in a free scavenger hunt activity in the museum and on the grounds. Three age levels are geared for 3 to 5 year olds, 6 to 10 year olds, and ages 11 and older. A certificate of completion will be awarded to each child who finds all the answers. Those who finish in record time will also receive a prize.
The Discovery Center and Wasco County Historical Museum is located at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. For more information, call 541-296-8600 or visit www.gorge
ANNUAL CONCERT: “St. Paddy’s for St. Peter’s,” the annual St. Patrick’s Day concert at St. Peter’s Landmark, takes place Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m. A children’s choir and instrumentalists will join Cascade Singers choir, ensemble, and “Almost-All-Irish-Almost All-Brass Band” for Irish favorites and sing-alongs. Admission is a free-will offering to benefit St. Peter’s Landmark, located at 3rd and Lincoln Streets in The Dalles.
PIRATE CARNIVAL: The seventh annual Pirate Carnival is set for Sunday, March 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Klickitat School Gym in Klickitat, Wash. Admission is free. A costume contest for kids and adults is planned. Other activities include a silent auction, activities and games, a haunted pirate cove and food including clam chowder and rootbeer floats.
The event is put on by the Klickitat PTO in conjunction with the secondary ASB. For details, call 509-365-2173.
MEDICARE CLASS: Donna Delikat, advocate for SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance). March 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles Campus, 400 East Scenic Drive. Medicare 101, students will learn about the A, B, C, and D’s of Medicare. Get information on where Medicare recipients in your community can go for help with their choices. Visit their website at https://webreg1.
cgcc.cc.or.us/CE/classes.asp and look under General Classes and under The Dalles Campus or call (541) 506-6000. Free and open to all.
KIWANIS MEETING: The Dalles Kiwanis Club programs for March include:
March 21, monthly club meeting.
March 28, Dr. Frank Toda and Nolan Young on the Washington, D.C. team.
Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday noon at Spooky’s and visitors are welcome.
WHEELS MARCH: The Dalles Meals on Wheels is having a March for Meals event March 21, from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. They are asking everyone including high school kids to March around the MOW building to bring awareness to senior and all hunger in the local area.
ART WORKSHOP: Instructor Ed Labadie will review drawing fundamentals to focus on essential design and composition lessons, then advance from pencil sketches to improve paintings in a two-day workshop Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Dalles Art Center.
Admission fee is $110. To learn more about the instructor, go online to www.edlabadie.com.
CAST AUDITIONS: Theater Auditions for “Love, Loss and What I Wore” By Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, directed by Judie Hanel. Audition dates are Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. and Monday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m., at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade, Hood River. Enter via the stage door to the east of the front door.
Callbacks will be Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. Performances will be July 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19 and 20. Rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions. Bring to the audition an introspective, heartfelt or funny monologue about how clothes have influenced your life, no longer than two minutes. Sides will be available before auditions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain these.
OPEN SWIM: The Hood River Aquatic Center offers spring break open swims, March 25 through 29, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The slide and rope swing will be open, and the party room will be available for rental.
SPRING BREAK: Alex Zerbe performs a friendly action-comedy show for spring break, Wednesday, March 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco Public library.
Contact Kathy at email@example.com or call 541-296-2815. Online: www.alexz
SUNRISE SERVICE: The Masonic Lodge and The Mid Columbia Fellowship of Churches invite the whole community to the 89th year of Sunrise Services at Pulpit Rock on Easter morning. The services will start at 6:30 a.m., rain or shine.
The Lutheran Intern serving The First United Methodist Church will deliver the sermon.
EGG HUNT: Flagstone’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt and BBQ will be at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, March 30. The community is invited to bring the kids, grandkids and great grandkids for some Easter fun and lunch. Festivities include a free barbecue at noon, games, carrot carving contest, and prizes. The Egg Hunt is for ages birth to 12. Please bring your own basket.
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 www.kodl.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 541-296-2101 for more information. Ask for Marcia.
HAVEN RIDE: Breakaway promotions is organizing the first Gorge-us Gals Ride all-women’s bike ride to benefit HAVEN, serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault Sunday, June 2, starting at 7 a.m. at Riverfront Park in The Dalles.
This fully supported ride was created by those passionate about cycling, friendship, fitness and the desire to “brake the cycle” of violence. It includes 13-mile, 20-mile, 40-mile and 60-mile route options.
Registration is $50 online at www.gorge-usgalsride.com.
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.
CONTRACTORS NOTICE: Oregon Landscape Contractors Law (ORS 671) requires all businesses that advertise and perform landscape contracting services be licensed with the Landscape Contractors Board. This 4-digit number allows a consumer to ensure that the business is actively licensed, has bond insurance and is a qualified individual contractor who has fulfilled the testing and experience requirements for licensure.
For your protection, call 503-967-6291 or visit the website: www.lcb.state.or.us to check the license status before contracting with the business. Persons doing landscape maintenance do not require a landscaping license.
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.
HEAD START: Mid-Columbia Children’s Council is now accepting applications for the Early Head Start program, which serves pregnant women and children from birth to 3 years old. Mid-Columbia Children’s Council’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs are free. Applications are available at your local Head Start Center, library, Health Department, DHS, by calling Mid-Columbia Children’s Council, Inc. at 541-386-2010, or in our website at www.mcccheadstart.org.
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.
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.
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 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.
KAYAK ROLL: Evening Kayak Roll Sessions have returned to the Hood River Aquatic Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday roll sessions are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $3 for In District residents and $5 for Out of District residents Check in at the front desk.