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Wonderworks hits snag

Museum throws a first birthday party

Wonderworks has been open in its new building for a year now and will mark that fact with a celebration and auction Saturday night, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 at Wonderworks, Klindt’s Booksellers and the door. Proceeds will go toward museum operating expenses.

“We’ve been gathering donations for the auction,” said Erin Kovalchuk, Wonderworks board chair. “We have some really wonderful donations.”

Breakaway Promotions is offering a free race entry and a local coach is donating time to train the person for the event. Google is donating a lunch. Children’s birthday party packages, a night’s stay at Cousins’ Country Inn, spa packages, jewelry, wine, bags from Dakine, hats from Pistil, and a haircut and color from Salon Camilia will also be on the block, among other items.

“We’re also trying to encourage people who come to the auction to purchase memberships for foster families and other people who don’t make a lot of money and are in need of the memberships,” Kovalchuk said. Membership is $60 and provides free entry for the calendar year, as well as discounts on programs and party rentals.

The local area is home to 18 foster children under age 8.

The celebration will include appetizers and the first glass of wine for the $20 admission. Luke Throop will be performing on guitar.

Wonderworks will also offer a second fundraising event the first week in December, a Paint on Glass class with local artist Mike Newman.

The adult class is $40 and participants can take home their artwork. Participants are encouraged to bring their own refreshments for the fun and social class.

A second class for children will feature master recycler Jess Caudell and will focus on learning to make lavender Russian dolls and pocket notebooks.

Cost is $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers, ages 5 and older.

For more information on wonderworks events, email info@wonderworksc....

Wonderworks Children’s Museum will be taking a little longer than planned to repay the Port of The Dalles for purchase of their new building after a major grant they had hoped to secure didn’t come through...

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