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ELFF DRIVE: The 28th annual ELFF (Everyone Loves a Fire Fighter) canned food drive will be rolling through The Dalles and Dallesport the first week of December.

Eastside The Dalles collections will be Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. Westside The Dalles collections will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. Dallesport collections will be Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is sponsored by Mid-Columbia fire and Rescue Volunteer Association, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul.

COATS NEEDED: As local temperatures have dropped, many school children in the North Wasco County School District are without winter coats. A coat drive is under way to collect as many coats as possible for school children. Drop off coats at Windermere/Glenn Taylor Real Estate in The Dalles, or in the lobby of The Dalles Chronicle.

November 24

COMMUNITY CONCERT: Vocal auditions for the upcoming Messiah Community Concert will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, following choral rehearsal, or by appointment. Please call Chloris Mullins 541-340-0840 or Lloyd Walworth 541-340-9858.

Choral rehearsals will be Sundays: Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, and Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1815 E. 15th St., The Dalles, with a run-through on Saturday, Dec. 21, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Landmark. Community members are invited to participate. Participation in a minimum of one choral rehearsal and to the run-through Dec. 21, is requested. Performance is Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Landmark on West Third and Lincoln in The Dalles.

Community orchestra members are also invited to participate. Call above individuals for more information or to obtain orchestral music in advance of Dec. 21, rehearsal with soloists, chorus, organ and orchestra.

November 26

KIWANIS CLUB: The Dalles Kiwanis Club hosts regular meetings every Thursday noon at Spooky’s. Visitors are welcome. Online: www.thedalles

Nov. 26, (Tuesday) Kiwanians meet with Lions Club for annual Thanksgiving week joint meeting.

Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day; no meeting.

Nov. 29, (Friday) Kiwanians meet 4 p.m. at 8th and Cherry Heights to line up Christmas Starlite Parade


November 29

BLOOD DRIVE: American Red Cross blood drive in loving memory of George Holcomb. The Dalles Community sponsored by Lions Club, Marlys Krein and Family. St. Peter’s Parish Center. 10th and Cherry Heights Rd. Friday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To schedule your appointment or for more information visit and enter sponsor code: thedalles or contact Linda Holcomb at 541-296-9322. Identification is required to donate.

November 30

BARLOW BAZAAR: Barlow Gate Grange hosts its annual Christmas bazaar Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the grange hall in Wamic. The event will include 25 vendors. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

BOOK TALK: Local author Richard McBee presents a book talk about his recent historical non-fiction biographical work “Rough Enough.” Presentation will be in the library meeting room of The Dalles/Wasco County library on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m.

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 HISTORY: Three historic preservation groups are sponsoring a Historical Christmas Open House Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Original Wasco County Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place, The Dalles. The event features Santa (bring kids and cameras!), refreshments, live music, and holiday gifts including books, DVDs and stocking stuffers. Co-sponsors are Wasco County Historical Society and Fort Dalles Museum.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: “Elves on Overtime” Holiday Bazaar Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flagstone Senior Living, 3325 Columbia View Drive, The Dalles. Limited spaces. Cost is $10, table rental $5. Please call Danette or email to reserve a space. 541-298-5656.

OPEN HOUSE: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts the annual Holiday Open House with free admission all day, Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special holiday activities will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., including holiday music, discounts at Columbia River Trading Co., brunch in the Basalt Rock Café, a film short, watercolor art demonstration, kids craft activities and a visit with Santa Claus. Log on to for more information.

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 through 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

December 13

ARTS EVENT: Richard Nelson’s “Sweet and Sad” will play as a staged reading at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River Dec. 13 and 14, at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles at 7:30pm.

December 14

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The Last Chance Holiday Bazaar, a favorite event of procrastinating holiday shoppers, arrives at the Hood River County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and15. The bazaar is the perfect event for people seeking unique gifts, delights for the holiday table, handcrafted items, gourmet food, holiday decorations, and much more. The bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in the community building at the fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Road, and will offer shoppers a “last chance” before the holidays to find one-of-a-kind gifts, holiday decorating ideas, artwork, scented products, and much more.

SONRISE BAZAAR: A Bazaar Crafting Fundraiser for Sonrise Academy will be happening on Saturday, Dec.14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Looking for vendors to display their merchandise and crafters to rent table space to do their craft projects. Call Sonrise Academy for more information at 541-298-8922.

December 15

BOOK DRIVE: The Citizen Review Board in Wasco County is holding a book drive from Nov. 23 through Dec. 15. The books will be donated to children in foster care in Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler Counties. Books of all reading levels are appreciated. The goal this year is to collect 200 books for 200 children.

Donate books for children from toddler age through 18 at Klindt’s Booksellers, 315 E. Second St., The Dalles.

For more information about the Citizen Review Board, contact the Volunteer Resource Coordinator toll free at 1-888-530-8999 ext. 8585 or visit the CRB website at

December 21

CHRISTMAS MATINEE: The Mid-Columbia Senior Center is selling tickets to see the Singing Christmas Tree in Portland for the 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday Dec. 1. Tickets are $55, including transportation. There is room for 20 and it is open to all ages. Leave the Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. Purchase tickets at the Senior Center or call 541-296-4788.

December 31

HEALTH COVERAGE: Allison Varga, a representative from Cover Oregon, will be available to provide assistance on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Dalles/Wasco County Public Library meeting room during November and December. She will be answering questions and providing application assistance for health coverage. There is a sign-up sheet at the library for those filling out applications. Individual questions can be answered on a drop-in basis. For more information, contact Allison at 541-386-6380 extension 1352.


VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Volunteers are needed to knit, crochet shawls and lap robes for cancer patients. Yarn and patterns will be provided. Call Betty at 541-980-0774.

BOARD MEMBERS: The Dalles Wonderworks Children’s Museum is seeking board members who are passionate about the future of our towns’ children, families and community. Wonderworks Children’s Museum’s mission is to give children and their families experiences in an original, interactive environment that will cultivate challenge and uphold their creative and intellectual potential. Individuals are needed who can meet on a monthly basis and volunteer to help the museum build its internal capacity to support growth and sustainability.

If interested please send an email to or call 541-980-5922.

DONATIONS NEEDED: Both First Community Credit Union at 701 Hostetler Way West and Liberty Tax at 100 East Second Street are accepting donations of cash and non-perishable food items for Community Meal. Large #10 cans are preferable. Soups, pastas, rice, sauces are all great items. No home canned items accepted. Community Meal is a non-profit 501(C)(3) corporation providing a hot meal every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the SVdP meal site at 315 West Third Street (behind Johnny’s Automotive). Community Meal has been serving the Mid-Columbia Area since April 1, 1983. If you have any questions, please check out our web site:

BOARD MEMBERS: The Dalles Wonderworks Children’s Museum is seeking board members who are passionate about the future of the town’s children, families and community. Wonderworks Children’s Museum’s mission is to give children and their families experiences in an original, interactive environment.

Individuals are needed who can meet on a monthly basis and volunteer to help the museum build its internal capacity to support growth and sustainability.

If interested, send an email to or call 541-980-5922.

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

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.

What's Happening from Nov. 24, 2013.


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