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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 Recreatopm at 541-296-9533, after June 8, call Ted-Walker Memorial Pool at 541-298-2020.

GARDENING CLASS: Columbia Gorge Community College is offering an Urban Gardening class Saturday, June 1.Topics will include soils, composting, pollination, irrigation and crop rotation. Optional visits throughout the growing and harvesting season are included in fee. Class meets outdoors at a local working garden. Bring a lunch and dress for cold weather. Location provided upon registration.

Class meets from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $99 and advanced registration is required. Discounts and tuition waivers do not apply. Call Student Services at 541-506-6011 or online at

SHRED DAY: Griffith Motors is having a Shred day at the dealership Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. This is a community event partnering with Opportunity Connections in The Dalles.

May 15

BREAKFAST EVENT: Breakfast at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center on Saturday, May 15, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. is sponsored this month by The Dalles Health and Rehabilitation Center. Enjoy a breakfast for $5 and $3 for children 12 and under.

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.

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 16

HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS: Interested in learning about becoming a Mid-Columbia Medical Center Volunteer? An Open House is set for Thursday, May 16, between 9 a.m. and noon in the Hospital Conference Room on the second floor. MCMC has openings in clinical and non-clinical areas, greeters, guides, Spiritual Care, Planetree Patient Visitors, gardening, music and healing arts, etc.

A new position is being created to place volunteers at Water’s Edge to assist visitors and patients in search of various locations. Additional information available by contacting

ARTS FESTIVAL: Sherman Junior/Senior High School in Moro hosts 21st annual Fine Arts Festival on Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Spanish students will offer a variety of Mexican entrees in the home ec room at 6 p.m. The elementary, middle and high school bands will perform, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Students will display their poetry and art work. The library will hold its annual book sale along with a dessert sale.

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

May 16, is Patty Fields from Sherman County Museum.

May 23, is a Ft. Dalles Museum presentation by the “floozies.”

May 30, is the monthly club business meeting.

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BOOK DISCUSSION: On Thursday, May 16, at noon at the Hood River Campus, Columbia Gorge Community College and Waucoma Bookstore will host Portland author Kim Stafford who will discuss his book 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. Told in one hundred episodes, this is a story of two brothers separated by suicide and the secret pain that shadows the family of poet William Stafford. Stafford’s brother, Bret, lived and worked in Hood River in the 1980’s.

May 17

CHOIR FESTIVAL: The first annual “Elementary School Choir Festival” featuring the choirs from Dry Hollow, Colonel Wright, and Chenowith Elementary Schools. It is on May 17, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Wahtonka Campus. It is free and open to the public. These students would love to share their music with you. If you have any questions, please contact Corin Parker at or 541-506-3350 ext. 5058.

May 18

GRAND OPENING: One Community Health (formerly La Clínica del Cariño Family Health Care Center, Inc.), will celebrate the grand opening of its brand-new health care facility Saturday, May 18, at 1040 Webber Street, The Dalles, Ore.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with the building open for tours until noon. The public is invited to attend.

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 19

TEA PARTY: Opportunity Connections and Columbia Gorge Hotel are presenting the Mad Hatter Tea Party, Sunday, May 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. There will be Pink Flamingo Croquet and a Cake Walk for the kids and an auction of garden art and treasures for the adults. Vintage clothing and hat contests with beautiful bouquets for prizes. Tickets are on sale at Klindts and Waucoma Bookstores. Seating is limited.

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 22

SCIENCE PRESENTATION: “Complexity: A Guided Tour” looks at the complexity science is finding as it probes the nature of life, society and technology, in a presentation Wednesday, May 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar Winery, 13 Railroad Ave., Hood River.

Melanie Mitchell, professor at Portland State and Santa Fe Institute, will share examples of how complex systems science is discovering common principles underlying different natural and technological systems. A $10 entry fee applies for non-Gorge Tech Alliance members. Everyone is welcome. Appetizers will be provided.

For more information contact Jessica Metta at or 541-296-2266.

May 26

COUNTRY BREAKFAST: ABC Huskies Day Care will sponsor the 30th annual Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, Sunday and Monday, May 26 and 27, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at North Sherman Rural Fire Hall, 411 Yates Street in Wasco. The menu includes ham, eggs, hotcakes and choice of drink for $7. Proceeds will be dedicated to facility improvements at the day care site.

May 27

ROLLER HOCKEY: Players ages 4 to 8 and 8 and above are being sought to form balanced roller hockey teams. This year team supporters will be renovating the rink by adding new wall panels and new seal coat and paint. We need your support in finding more 4 to 8 year olds and 8 and above to form balanced teams.

The league begins May 27, with the first game June 8. Cost to register is $45. Players need a pair of roller blades. All other gear is provided.

Organizers also want to start an sdult division this year, please email if you are interested in participating. Volunteer coaches are needed. Paid referee positions available too.

Contact the parks district at 414 Washington St. Suite 1D, The Dalles, 541-296-9533, or email for more information.

May 29

INTUITIVE WISDOM: Developing and Following Your Intuitive Wisdom, May 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hood River Coe Building; 1009 Eugene Ave., with Beth Welton-Miller, 503-680-5810.

In this experiential class, we will build inner awareness skills by paying attention and following the body and mind. We will explore the inner landscape through guided meditation leading to the answers to our questions. Receive clarity and relaxation.

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

June 11

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

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.


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.

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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