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RETIRED TEACHERS: Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators will meet in Wasco, Sherman County, at noon Tuesday, April 15, at the Catholic Hall. Kathy McCullough, local resident, will share her experiences as a commercial pilot. Inquiries may be directed to Unit 20 President Tom Greenough at 541-386-3580.
OYSTER FEED: Mid-Columbia Shrine Club fundraiser, 30th annual Oyster feed will feature oysters, razor clams or stuffed chicken April 23, from 5 to 7 p.m at the Windseeker Restaurant, 1535 Bargeway Rd. Tickets (not deductible as a charitable contribution) are available at the door or call John 541-980-6499. Net proceeds benefit Mid-Columbia Shrine Club activities.
BEARS WANTED: The Cherry Festival Teddy Bear Run in The Dalles will be Saturday April, 26. Motorcycle riders are asked to bring a small to medium-sized bear or other stuffed animal to be donated to Mid-Columbia Medical Center for children. Clean toys without easily removed (and swallowed) decorations are needed. The Abate Poker Run follows. Sign up and start at the Kmart parking lot.
EYE CARE: Indian Creek Family Eye Care in Hood River is having a Kids Free Vision Clinic for uninsured kids age 18 and under Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dr. Rebecca Chown and Dr. Fraser Horn will be offering free comprehensive eye exams and glasses. Time and space is limited so contact Indian Creek Family Eye Care to set up an appointment today.
For any questions regarding this upcoming clinic, contact the clinic office by email or phone 541-386-1700. www.indiancreek
DONKEY BASKETBALL: A four-team basketball tournament atop donkeys is planned at Dufur High School, with great half-time entertainment, April 13 at 2 p.m. Proceeds of the event support the All Night Drug and Alcohol-Free Grad Party.
Tickets are available at the Dufur High School office, Klindt’s Booksellers, and at a higher price when purchased at the door.
CHERRY RIDE: St. Mary’s Academy of The Dalles will host the 10th annual Cherry of a Ride Sunday, April 13. This is a fully supported recreational ride in the Columbia River Gorge and offers scenic route options for every level of rider. Rides begin at St. Mary’s. Route lengths are 30, 48, 60, 80 and 100 miles.
For more information, contact the school at 541-296-6004 or email email@example.com.
COMMUNITY DINNER: The Mosier Grange and Mosier Volunteer Fire Department are sponsoring a community dinner Sunday, April 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dinner will be at the Mosier Grange Hall and feature grilled salmon, glazed ham, main dishes, salads and a cherry dessert. For cost and other information, call 541-478-3505.
Signs will mark the blossom and wildflower drive route through the Mosier Valley for an after-dinner drive.
SENIOR SERIES: OSU Open Campus presents “Mastery of Aging Well,” an informative series developed by OSU Extension in partnership with the AARP. This course is for seniors and for anyone who cares about seniors. The course includes 5 sessions of practical, research-based information on healthy aging that is delivered through a combination of video and facilitator-lead discussion. Topics covered include:
April 14, Memory difficulties: Should I be worried?
April 21, Depression in later life
April 28, Medication jeopardy
May 5, Food as medicine
May 12, Physical activity and exercise in later life
Classes are 10 a.m. to noon at Columbia Gorge Community College-Hood River Campus
Attend the entire series or one course-at-a-time. Register online at www.cgcc.edu or call 541-308-8211. Cost $10 per class or $50 for the series. For information, call Ann Harris at 541-296-5494.
LATINO ART: The Dalles Art Association is calling for art for the “Viva los Artistas” juried art show, May 1 to May 31. An opening reception and awards are planned Thursday, May 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Artists from the Latino community are urged to submit entries in all media. Submissions will be accepted Tuesday, April 15, through Saturday, April 19, at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. Fourth St., The Dalles. Submission guidelines are available online at www.thedallesartcenter.org under the “Upcoming Events” tab.
OPEN HOUSE: North Wasco Virtual Academy’s Open House will be on April 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Learn more about free and local online learning options. If you are interested in home schooling, accelerated learning, or taking classes that are not offered at your school, this event is for you. For more information, contact NWVA @ 541-506-3449 x3003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Dalles Meals on Wheels needs kitchen helpers and dining room helpers. Help in the kitchen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or help set up and clean up the dining room 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information or to sign up to be a volunteer, call Ashley at 541-298-8333.
VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: The Dalles Main Street is looking for volunteers to help with the two-day downtown spring clean-up, Wednesday, April 16, all day starting at 9 a.m., and Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To register, contact Matthew Klebes, Main Street Coordinator at 541-370-2966 or email@example.com to let him know what date and time works best.
HISTORY DINNER: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents “Pioneer Surveyors of the Columbia Gorge,” with Jerry Olson, Friday, April 18, 2014. The April history dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles. Jerry Olson will provide a progression of the original surveys in Wasco County with maps from 1858-1872, the role of the General Land Office, and information about the early pioneer surveyors of the Columbia River Gorge, including Justin Chenoweth and the first government surveyor from Wasco County, Edward Sharp. For tickets or more information, call 541-296-8600x201 by April 16.
DESSERTS NEEDED: Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. six local AFS students will be giving a multi-cultural presentation at the public library, to be followed by a dessert social. If you plan to attend and can bring a finger-food dessert (such as brownies, cookies or fruit), RSVP to Anya Kawka so she can keep track of how many desserts there will be. firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-965-2902.
EXCHANGE EVENT: Five students from countries around the world will be presenting photos and stories from their homelands on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco Co. Public Library. The presentations will feature the countries of Jordan, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain. These dynamic young people are currently enrolled as exchange students at schools in Hood River, Dufur and The Dalles. Sponsored by AFS Intercultural Programs, this presentation is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a dessert social.
For more information, contact Michal Kawka, 541-965-2902
LAST DAYS: Easter week brings the Last Days of Jesus pageant, starting Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church (new location) with the Last Supper and Garden scenes; Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m., on the Wasco County Courthouse steps for the Trial, Crucifixion and Tomb scenes; Saturday, April 19, at 7 p.m., prayer walk begins at the Wasco County Courthouse with the Seventh Day Adventists as sponsors; Sunday, April 20, at 8 a.m., at the First Christian Church for the Resurrection scene.
The pageant is free and open to all.
KIWANIS MEETINGS: Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday noon at Spooky’s
April 17, is Lauren Goldberg on the activities of Columbia Riverkeepers. April 24, is the monthly club business meeting.
April 26, Kiwanians organize the Cherry Festival Parade: 8th and Cherry Heights 7:30 a.m.
EGG HUNT: Flagstone’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m. All Kids ages 1-12 are invited to come and hunt eggs. Bring your own basket. The carrot carving contest will take place first, then the egg hunt, staged by age divisions. “Bonus Prize” tickets will be in some of the eggs, as an extra surprise. Kids may enjoy free ice cream afterwards. The public is welcome.
RECYCLING SESSION: Bring recycling questions to The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library Saturday, April 19, at noon. Master Recycler Jodi Tepoel will host an information question-and-answer session.
FREE MOVIE: The Dalles/Wasco County Public library will be hosting another “movie at the library” on Saturday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. Pick up free tickets at the main desk. Call 296-2815 for more information.
Also, if possible, help support the St. Vincent food bank by bringing in a nonperishable food item or can.
JAZZ NIGHT: School jazz bands from the Mid-Columbia will converge on The Dalles Civic Auditorium Monday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. for Mid-Columbia Jazz night.
School jazz bands include The Dalles, Hood River, Trout Lake, White Salmon, Bickleton and Goldendale.
Admission proceeds benefit the Civic.
STORM SPOTTER: Volunteers are being sought to participate in the latest weather spotter training on April 22, in The Dalles and Goldendale. The Skywarn Weather Spotter training is free. In Goldendale, the training will be at the 911 Center, 199 Industrial Way, beginning at 1 p.m. In The Dalles, the training will be in Room 1166 of Building 1 at Columbia Gorge Community College, 400 E. Scenic Drive, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be light refreshments and door prizes. The training sessions are being co-sponsored by Klickitat and Wasco County Emergency Management.
For more information, contact Dennis Hull at 541-969-7136 or email Hull at email@example.com. Additional information is also available at the National Weather Service website at weather.gov/pendleton.
HABITAT PIZZA: The annual The Dalles Area Habitat for Humanity pizza feed will be Wednesday, April 23, at Spooky’s in The Dalles from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available from Habitat members, at the Habitat office at UCC Congregational Church, Klindt’s Book Sellers, the Habitat ReStore and Spooky’s. Proceeds help build affordable housing in the Mid-Columbia.
CHERRY TOURNAMENT: The 2014 MSP National Qualifier and 2014 Co-Ed Tournament are set during Northwest Cherry Festival Weekend at Kramer Fields. The Men’s Slow Pitch Qualifier is Saturday, April 26, with eight teams, two brackets and seeding from pool play. First, second and third places will receive plaques and medals. The national tournament fee is paid for Top D Teams.
Sunday, April 27, is the co-ed tournament featuring eight teams, two brackets and seeding from pool play.
Learn more from Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District at 541-296-9533 or online at www.nwprd.org.
ROLLER DERBY: The Gorge Roller Girls will host a home team roller derby bout at the Goldendale High School Saturday, April 26. The Cherry Bombers and the River Reapers, two local home teams that field women from across the gorge, will battle for glory on the flat track.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Action starts at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.gorgerollergirls.org or at the door. For more information, contact Sarah White, aka Wreck-Less, at firstname.lastname@example.org
DOCUMENTARY NIGHT: A free Geoengineering Documentary is planned for Tuesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco County Library, 722 Court St., The Dalles, featuring “Look Up.” Dane Wigington, lead researcher from Geoengineeringwatch.org will be on hand to answer questions afterward.
Also included will be flyers, photos, local lab analysis of rainwater, patents, documents and other supporting evidence on discs free for attendees to take home.
PIONEER MEETING: The Wasco County Pioneer Association 92nd annual meeting and luncheon will be Saturday, May 3 at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Drive in The Dalles.
Registration is at 9:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m., program at 1 p.m. Annual dues are $12.50 for individual, $15 per family, $14 for lunch.
For more information, call 541-993-9991.
MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER: The Mid-Columbia Car Club, in conjunction with The Dalles Burgerville, will host a memorial fundraiser for two car club members who recently died: Donna Keller and Dale Coles on Wednesday, May 7.
Ben Vollmar, chair of the raffle prize committee will be seeking donations of raffle prizes.
Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets and a percentage of sales occurring that evening at Burgerville will be evenly split between Hospice of Hood River (Donna Keller) and Sherman County Scholarship Fund (Dale Coles).
GOLF TOURNAMENT: St. Mary’s Academy Foundation of The Dalles will host its fifth Annual Golf Tournament Friday, May 9, at The Dalles Country Club.
Registration is limited to the first 64 players. The pre-registration fee is $65 per player. This event helps to fund SMA’s Tuition Assistance Program. Every participant will receive a specially designed tee prize, raffle items, silent auction opportunities, refreshments both on and off the course, as well as lunch. In addition, there are cash prizes for both teams and individuals.
Friends can put together a four-person team or sign individually to be placed on a team. For additional information or to register, please contact the school at 541-296-6004 ext. 414 or e-mail email@example.com.
DROP-IN VOLLEYBALL: Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District is offering drop-in volleyball every Thursday through May 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wahtonka School campus main gym.
Anyone over 16 years of age is welcome. A $1 drop-in fee applies.
For more information, call 541-296-9533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL BAZAAR: Cherry Heights Retirement is holding its annual bazaar May 10. Crafters and vendors are sought who are interested in selling their wares at this outside event. The space is 10 by 10 feet on the front lawn of Cherry Heights. Crafters provide their own tables and chairs. All proceeds go toward resident outings for items like admission into museums, ice cream treats and lunch trips.
Space is limited so sign-up is first-come, first-served. Even those who have already given their name need to call back to confirm their space. For more information, call 541-296-6880.
GORGE-US GALS: The Gorge-Us Gals Ride in The Dalles, a benefit for HAVEN, is set for June 8. Registration is $50 until May 25, then increases to $60 per person. The registration fee helps survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking and dating violence.
For more information, call HAVEN at 541-296-1662.
CLASS REUNION: The Dalles High School Class of 1974 is planning its 40th year class reunion, Aug. 1, 2, and 3. We are seeking updated contact information for all classmates. For more information contact Joy Colvard Smith at email@example.com and visit the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TheDallesHighSchoolClassof1974.
CLASS REUNION: The Wahtonka High School class of 1994 will host a reunion this summer that is open to anyone who attended Wahtonka in the 1990s. The will take place on August 16, at the Hood River Elks Lodge. There will be a dinner and a nineties themed dance party. Tickets are available online at reunion.monicamgarcia.com for either that dance ($15) or the dinner ($20) or both. Tickets will be for sale until the deadline of May 31.
WEEKLY RUN: The Dalles Young Professionals hosts a weekly 5K run from Clock Tower Ales. The run happens each Tuesday starting at 5:30 pm. All skill levels and ages are welcome. It is a great opportunity to get a run in after work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions or concerns.
SOIL TESTING: OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners are now offering soil testing, which will continue weekly until October. Garden soil will be tested for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, pH, humus and texture. Cost is $25 per sample.
Information on sample collection is available on the OSU Master Gardener website. www.extension.oregonstate.edu/wasco or call 541-296-5494 with your questions. Testing is available for home gardeners only.
WOMEN VETERANS: Information and support for women veterans is available through the Veterans Administration and the local Veterans Services Office. Find out more about pensions, education, employment, health issues, sexual trauma, disability, death benefits, mental health, aid and attendance, home loans, community service and peer support.
Contact Wasco County Veterans Services, 201 Federal St., The Dalles, 541-506-2502; VA Outpatient Clinic in The Dalles, 541-296-3937; VA Women’s Clinic, Portland, 800-949-1004, ext. 52852; VA Rural Mental Health Triage, 800-949-1004, ext. 56409; Veterans Crisis Line, 800-273-8255, press 1. Online: www.va.gov.
MONTHLY MEETING: China Painters meet every Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Alphonses Hall on 1st and Church Street in Dufur. For more information call 541-467-2204 or 541-467-2465.
BINGO THURSDAY: The Dalles Meals on Wheels, Inc. has bingo every Thursday night starting at 6 p.m. at 1112 W. 9th St., The Dalles. Minimum buy-in is $8 and players could win between $750 to $1,000 on the pink card game. The Dalles Meals on Wheels has been serving seniors for over 40 years both in their homes and at the congregate mealsite. Bingo is our major fund raiser and makes up about 35 percent of the budget.
SUPPORT PROGRAM: The National Family Caregiver Support Program has respite funding available. Are you caring for an adult 60 years of age or older?
Are you at least 55 or older and raising a grandchild or grandchildren? Respite, a temporary break from caregiving duties, can make a world of difference in helping family caregivers.
Funding of the program is provided through the local Area Agency on Aging. To learn more about the program and its services call Melissa Howtopat at Area Agency on Aging, Mid-Columbia Council of Governments. Call 541-298-4101 or 1-888-316-1362.
EXERCISE PROGRAM: There are three components to exercise, stretching, strength training, and aerobics. The Oregon State Extension service sponsors three Strong People programs in The Dalles and Mosier that will address the strength training and stretching portion. Classes are approximately one hour in length twice a week. Columbia Gorge Community College Auditorium, noon Mondays and Wednesdays. Mosier Senior Center lunch Room, 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Mid-Columbia Senior Center basement, 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information call OSU Extension 541-296-5494.
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.
COAT GIVEAWAY: The Salvation Army is offering coats all winter long during business hours for people in need, 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.
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 email@example.com. 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.