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BRAIN TEASERS: The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center teams up with OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) for Brain Teasers 2, beginning May 25. From mathematical conundrums to mind-boggling block puzzles, hands-on problem-solving is the theme of this popular exhibit for kids of all ages. Each puzzle stimulates active participation, creative thinking and innovative strategies to solve the challenges.

This brightly colored exhibit encourages parent-child interaction as families team up to solve the brain teasers. The exhibit will be offered for three months.

Museum members get a sneak preview of Brain Teasers 2 on Friday, May 24 at 6 p.m. during a members-only opening reception. Light refreshments will be provided.

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 parkerc@nwasco.k12.or.us or 541-506-3350 ext. 5058.

May 18

VOLUNTEER MENTORS: Mentor for Success will hold a training class for new volunteer mentors Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Next Door Inc. office, 965 Tucker Rd., in Hood River. A mentor can make a big difference in the life of a struggling teen, and have fun doing it.

For more information: www.mentor4success.org ; or call 541-490-9919; bonnien@nextdoorinc.org

CAR WASH: The Dalles Babe Ruth Baseball will be holding a car wash Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carwash will be held at the CH Urness lot by Cup of Mud coffee shop. Donations will be kindly accepted. Funds will be used for League operations and Tournament play.

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 marymcintosh100@gmail.com. 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

HABITAT DEDICATION: The Dalles Area Habitat for Humanity home dedication for the Macleod family will be Sunday, May 19, at 1 p.m.

The home is located at 2409 E. 16th Street and will be open for viewing. For more information, call 541-296-8817.

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 jessica@crgta.org or 541-296-2266.

May 23

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

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

May 30, is the monthly club business meeting.

For more information go to www.thedalleskiwanis.org/.

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 programs@nwprd.org 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 programs@nwprd.org 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. www.vibrant-living.com/www.hoodriver.k12.or.us/coe

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 1

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 www.cgcc.cc.or.us.

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.

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 www.gorge-usgalsride.com.

June 8

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

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 www.cgcc.cc.or.us

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: mjurness@hotmail.com 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. marshaholliston@gmail.com.

Ongoing

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 programs@nwprd.org 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 wwwafsusa.org, 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 www.extension.oregonstate.edu/wasco. This service is available to home gardeners only.

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.

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 wildflowers@gorge.net. 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.

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 dgwimberly@charter.net 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.

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