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MUSEUM CLOSES: Fort Dalles Museum/Anderson Homestead has closed for the winter season. It will be open at the Historical Christmas Open House on Dec. 7 hosted this year by the Original Wasco County Courthouse on 2nd Place along with the Wasco County Historical Society and Rorick House.

Call 541-296-4547 and leave a message if you want to schedule a group tour during the off season or email us at

November 6

OFFICIALS NEEDED: The Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials are still looking for new and veteran officials for the upcoming 2013-14 season. The next meeting will be Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. at The Dalles Middle School in the Commons Area. There will be a follow-on meeting at 7 p.m. in Room 205. Training will be provided for new officials. If interested call Bob McFadden at 541-340-1900 or email

LECTURE SERIES: Sense of Place Lecture Series features Rick McClure discussing the significance of the 1933 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the gorge Nov. 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

The mobilization of a national CCC following President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation shaped much of the landscape and architecture of public lands in the Pacific Northwest. CCC companies recruited from Chicago were among the first in the Columbia River Gorge. The new agency would eventually put more than a million and a half people to work during the remaining years of the Great Depression. Online:

SWIM LESSONS: Registration is currently underway for Hood River Aquatic Center’s beginner through advanced fall swim lessons. The second fall session starts Nov. 5, and runs for three weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Fees include options for swimming for a child and one parent before or after swim lessons.

Register at the Aquatic Center, or visit to print out a registration form and register by mail. Those who register by mail should follow up with a phone call for confirmation at 541-386-1303.

November 7

TOPS EVENT: TOPS 0443 is having an open house and celebration of 45 years as an active chapter in The Dalles on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and union streets.

TOPS is a nonprofit charitable corporation engaged in research and group activity in weight control. The mission is to support members as they take off and keep off pounds sensibly.

Find more information online at or call 800-932-8677.

November 8

SHAKESPEARE PLAY: The Theatre Company of The Dalles presents William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” Nov. 8-9, 15-16 at 7:30 p.m., and a special matinee Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Ticket price is $12 per adult, $6 for seniors, students and children at Columbia Gorge Community College Building 2, Floor 3 theater.

The Nov. 10 matinee is military appreciation day and all military veterans receive an adult ticket at half price.

Nov. 15 and 16 performances include Arts Appreciation Night with $2 off adult tickets with a The Dalles Wahtonka High School Ticket Stub.

Online: www.thetheatre

ANNUAL BAZAAR: The Lyle annual Christmas bazaar will be Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lyle Activity Center, on the corner of Hwy 14 and Third St.

The event will feature arts and crafts by local vendors with one-of-a-kind, never before seen items.

November 16

AUTHOR TALKS: Author and journalist RaeLynn Ricarte will give a presentation based on her book, “Living the Oath: Warriors Take It, Families Endure It,” Saturday, Nov. 16, at 12:30 p.m. Ricarte, the mother of a Marine, will discuss the process of writing the heart-stirring stories of 29 men and women from all branches of the U.S. Armed Services who have served on the front line, and their families on the home front. She will be joined by a few of the people she interviewed for the book. Admission is $3.

Veterans will receive free admission to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center the week of Nov. 10 through 16 in honor of their service. Online:

November 17

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: The Dalles HOPE Warming Place located in the St. Vincent de Paul ministry building at 315 W. Third Place, needs volunteers to join teams staffing the overnight accommodations for the homeless.

The TD HOPE Warming Place is schedule to open on cold nights beginning Nov. 17. Volunteers receive training and are asked to volunteer for one night of the week as needed.

Call Nonie Cornell for details at 541-397-0591.

November 22

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: The Wasco County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on the Wasco County Fair Board which meets twice each month throughout the year. Applications can be obtained on the Wasco County website or at Suite 101 of the Courthouse and must be returned by 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22.

November 23

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: St. Peter’s Holiday Bazaar is now taking reservations for table rentals for their Nov. 23 bazaar. Rentals are $30.

Call Georgia at 541-296-2941 for more information.

December 6

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Dallesport, Murdock Community Counsel and Volunteer Fire Departments 10th annual Holiday Bazaar will be Dec. 6 and 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Hills Log Building on Highway 197. Table rent is $10 a day. Money from table rental and food sales go towards the Children’s Christmas party and Fire Department.

December 7

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Sherman County Scholarship Association’s Annual Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events include a basketball tournament, soup lunch and raffle. To reserve a table ($20) contact Linda von Borstel at 541-333-2454 or email

CHOIR REHEARSALS: The Cascade Singers will prepare works this fall by two great composers whose 200th birthdays are celebrated in 2013: Ciuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. “Verdi, Wagner, et al” is the theme for the community choir’s holiday concert Dec. 7 and 8.

Singers meet under the direction of Lloyd Walworth Mondays form 7 to 9 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union streets, in The Dalles. A one-hour work session takes place Thursdays at 7 p.m. Rehearsals are open to all interested singers, who will then audition with the director. The choir often appears at community events with formal concerts at Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day and late spring.

Director Lloyd Walworth can be reached at or 541-340-9858 for more information.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: “Verdi, Wagner & Holiday Favorites” is the title of the Cascade Singers’ 2013 Christmas concert. Performances are Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, The Dalles.

The community choir and children’s choir will present romantic era music by Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner whose 200th birthdays were observed in 2013, and a variety of pieces, classical to pops, sacred and secular, for the holidays. Admission is by donation at the door.

INDOOR MARKET: The Shaniko schoolhouse will host indoor markets and bazaars every month through March to raise money for school improvements. The events start with the Big Indoor Marketplace Nov. 1-10 with videos, new and used books, handmade jewelry, ceramics, natural fibers, history and more. Other events include:

Dec. 7-8 – Holiday Bazaar

Jan. 4-5 – New Year Bazaar

Feb. 1-2 – Valentine Bazaar

March 1-2 – St. Patrick’s Day Bazaar

Cost of a table is $10. For more information, call 541-489-3434 or email


MARKET PLACE: Crafters, food and farm products will be on sale at the Marketplace at The Mint on East Second Street in The Dalles, every Saturday in November through December.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: The Dalles Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers for several positions: Kitchen helper from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., dining room helper from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and meal delivery drivers for regular, fill-in and inclement weather delivery from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, or to sign up, call Ashley at 541-298-8333.

COAT GIVEAWAY: The Salvation Army is offering coats all winter long for people in need during business hours, Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their office or thrift store at 623 E. Third St. in The Dalles.

Coats will be given to low-income individuals and families in need of warm coats for the winter.

For more information, call Kris at 541-296-6417.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: The Dalles HOPE Warming Place located in the St. Vincent de Paul ministry building at 315 W. Third Place, needs volunteers to join teams staffing the overnight accommodations for the homeless.

The TD HOPE Warming Place is schedule to open on cold nights beginning Nov. 17. Volunteers receive training and are asked to volunteer for one night of the week as needed.

Call Nonie Cornell for details at 541-397-0591.

TAKING ORDERS: The Dalles Wahtonka High School senior class is taking orders for Pepsi products. Each case is a 24-pack of 20-ounce bottles for $24.

To place an order contact your favorite senior class member or call Sally at 541-506-3449 ext. 2012 or Maribel at 541-506-3449 ext. 2011 to pay with a debit-credit card.

Proceeds will pay for the 2014 graduation ceremony and class projects throughout the school year.

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.


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