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EDUCATORS’ CONVENTION: Oregon Retired Education Association will hold its state convention May 5, 6 and 7 in Hood River. Featured speakers will include Dr. Hilda Rosselli, assistant to Dr. Rudy Crew; Hanna Vaandering, incoming president-elect of Oregon Education Association; Ellen Klem, director of Consumer Outreach and Education; and Leslie Morgan, wellness coach.

Other items of interest will include presentation of scholarship recipients, unit and state awards, installation of officers, musical entertainment, door prizes.

Inquiries may be directed to State President Paul Zastrow, 541-354-1002 or Unit 20 President Roy Nellermoe, 541-354-1007.

LABYRINTH DAY: Walk as One at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Mid-Columbia Medical Center Labyrinth Garden and United Methodist Church parking lot labyrinth as part of World Labyrinth Day, a global celebration of the labyrinth.

World Labyrinth Day is a day designated to bring people from all over the planet together in celebration of the labyrinth as a symbol and tool for healing and peace.

For more information, contact Joyce Powell Morin at

ONLINE PROGRAM: North Wasco Virtual Academy will be conducting two informational presentations about the online educational program for students in grades K-12. This is an educational opportunity for homeschoolers and students enrolled in other online schools to be enrolled in a local school and take courses at home with a parent learning coach.

The event will be May 15, in the meeting room at The Dalles-Wasco County Library, 722 Court Street. Grades K-5, 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. Grades 6-12, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

AFS FAREWELL: A potluck supper is planned as a send-off for exchange students Ben (Tunisia) and Alex (Germany) Sunday, May 19, at 5 p.m. at the Ian and Jennifer Weller home in The Dalles. Bring a dish to share. Beverage and utensils will be provided. Ben and Alex will share about their home country and about their exchange highlights. Call Rymmel at 541-296-6546 or Jen at 541-300-0864 for directions or other information.

May 3

LIBRARY BENEFIT: The Friday Night Out library benefit and auction will be Friday, May 3, at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The 21-and-older event will include complimentary pizza, desserts and a glass of wine, beer or other beverage. Auction items include a vintage Benny the Beaver hat from Oregon State, circa 1947, other memorabilia, books, and attraction passes. Tickets are available at Klindt’s booksellers.

May 4

BENEFIT WALK-RUN: A benefit for Home at Last, The Gorge Vineyard Walk-Run, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Dry Hollow Vineyards Tasting Room. Follow signs to the tasting room at 3410 Dry Hollow Lane, The Dalles.

The 3k walk-run will be two laps around the vineyard, and the 5k will add an out and back on roads through cherry orchards. Prizes include logo wine glasses for age groups over 21. Kids and dogs on leash are welcome.

For more information, call 805-610-3167 or email dryhollowvineyards The run fee is $5 or with T-shirt is $15. Day of registration begins at the tasting room at 8:30 and participants will be lined up at 9:50 a.m.

GARDEN CLUB: The Dufur Valley Garden Club’s annual plant and bake sale will be Saturday, May 4, at 8 a.m., at the Catholic Hall on First and Church streets in Dufur.

FUNDRAISER: The Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Group, a nonprofit organization that provides child abuse assessment services in the Mid-Columbia region, is holding a fundraiser Thursday, May 4, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Springhouse Cellar Winery, 13 Railroad Ave. (1st and Cascade) in Hood River.

Cost is $20 for adults. Live music will be performed by Tim Mayer. The event features appetizers and a no-host wine and beer bar. A silent and live auction features vacation rentals at the Oregon Coast and Disneyland, as well as a guided fishing trip, private cooking lessons and art created by professionals and area students.

Proceeds support the work to prosecute perpetrators of child abuse and help their young victims heal. For more information, call 541-386-2960 or access

May 5

POWER WORKSHOP: “History from Below: Power to the People” is an interactive workshop set for Sunday, May 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants are invited to explore moments when people from rural Oregon — Wasco County in particular — banded together in hopes of changing the course of history. Local historians will share the story of the fight to establish the PUD.

The event is set in the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center classroom.

RSVPs are requested to

May 9

KIWANIS MEETING: Spooky’s Restaurant is the site for weekly The Dalles Kiwanis meeting Thursdays at noon.

May 9, is the Presby Museum in Goldendale, first in series of nearby tourist sites.

May 16, is Patty Fields from Sherman County Museum.

For more information go to www.thedalles

CASA TRAINING: Columbia Gorge CASA has set its Spring Volunteer Training to start May 9. CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of kids who are in foster care. This five-week training involves an interactive on-line component and weekly in person meetings. For more information contact CASA at 541-296-2045 or visit

May 10

GOLF TOURNAMENT: St. Mary’s Academy Foundation of The Dalles will host their 4th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 10, at The Dalles Country Club. Registration is limited to the first 64 players. The pre-registration fee is $100 per player, registration on the day of the event will be $125. This event helps to fund SMA’s Tuition Assistance Program. In addition, there are cash prizes for both teams and individuals.

For additional information or to register, contact the school at 541-296-6004 ext 414 or e-mail

May 11

CRAFTERS SOUGHT: Cherry Heights Retirement is seeking crafters and vendors to participate in its spring bazaar. Space is limited, so vendors are asked to sign up soon at 541-296-6880. Cost is $10 for a 10-by-10-foot space. Vendors provide their own table and display racks.

The event will take place May 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the grassy area and parking lot of Cherry Heights Retirement.

May 14

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 May 14, 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

May 15

BRAINWAVE FREQUENCY: A Gateway to Relaxation and Happiness event, is set for May 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Hood River Coe Building, 1009 Eugene Ave, with Beth Welton-Miller. For details, call 503-680-5810 or go online to

This class teaches about the four brainwaves and practice experiential techniques to explore and shift their landscape.

May 18

POKER FUNDRAISER: The Dalles Wahtonka High School student Mary McIntosh is fundraising to earn money for an AFS exchange state to Norway. Her family will host a poker night Saturday, May 18, at the Hi-Way House in The Dalles. Registration is at 9:30 p.m., with the game starting at 10.

Buy-in is $50, or buy a ticket to sponsor a player. Tickets are on sale at Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles, or contact Tina at 541-561-3234 or email For more information, contact Steve at the Hi-Way House.

CHILDREN’S FAIR: The Dalles City Park will be the site of a free Children’s Fair Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Follow the Growing Path to discover activities for every age and stage, meet community partners, fill out a Fair Passport to win prizes.

The event stage will feature music by Victor Johnson at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and community drumming with Dr. Steve McLennon at 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. A light lunch will be available for purchase.

May 31

SPRING CONCERT: “Music from Movies and Musicals” is the title of the Cascade Singers’ 2013 spring concert.

Performances are Friday, May 31 and Saturday June 1 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Landmark, W. 3rd and Lincoln Streets, The Dalles.

Choral selections from “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Godspell” are featured, with many other Hollywood and Broadway favorites by the choir, ensemble, and children’s choir. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and children 12 and under free.

Contact Director Lloyd Walworth for program sponsorship or further information at 541-340-9858.

June 2

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

July 26

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.

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.


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.

MOVING FUND: A fund has been established at Rivermark Community Bank to help with relocation expenses for Kathryn Riter and her 5-year-old son. Riter sustained head injuries Jan. 23 from a hammer attack in connection with the alleged kidnapping of her 5-year-old son.

Riter and her son want to move out of the house where memories of the attack linger, but their limited means won’t cover moving costs. The family is also seeking a rental house that can qualify for HUD. Riter lived at her previous address for six years and always paid her bills on time, family reported.

For more information, email

MUSEUM EVENT: In 2013, Fort Dalles Museum will join other historic venues in welcoming the Queen of the West, Safari Legacy, National Geographic Linblad cruise ships and the Tall ships.

Find out the seasonal tour boat schedule by emailing:, calling The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Toll Free: 1-800-255-3385, Local: 541-296-2231, or stop by at 404 West Second St., The Dalles.

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.

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 or call 541-296-4547.

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: 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

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.

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 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

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.


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