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COWBOY BUCK and Elizabeth will be performing at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at The Dalles/Wasco County Public Library.  This show is fun for all ages featuring music, comedy, ventriloquism and a dash of science that fits the summer reading theme: “FIZZ BOOM READ.”	Contributed photo

COWBOY BUCK and Elizabeth will be performing at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at The Dalles/Wasco County Public Library. This show is fun for all ages featuring music, comedy, ventriloquism and a dash of science that fits the summer reading theme: “FIZZ BOOM READ.” Contributed photo

What's happening from Aug. 8

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HOME-BUYING CLASS: The Mid-Columbia Housing Center, Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation and the Columbia Gorge Community College are sponsoring the “ABC’s of Homebuying” on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Dalles Campus of the Columbia Gorge Community College.

Think you can’t buy a home? You might be greatly surprised. Come to this class to learn about the entire process of purchasing a home. Class is $30 with lunch included and pre-registration required. Call 541-506-6011 to register and start the process of being a homeowner. Scholarships are available. Contact Dave Peters for more info at 541-296-3397 x18. An equal housing opportunity.

BOOT CAMP: Sorosis Park will be the site of a Fitness Boot Camp starting Monday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m.

The class is described as an intensely fun hour-long class that includes body weight, strength training and flexibility exercises.

Cost is $6. To preregister, call 541-296-9533 or stop by the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District offices at 414 Washington St., Suite 1D. Drop-ins are also welcome.

ALL-STUDENT REGISTRATION: The Dalles Middle School is having all-student registration on three days next week:

Aug. 12, 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

Aug. 13, 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

Aug. 14, 1 to 7 p.m.

Registration requires proof of residency, a current gas, water, trash, electric or home phone bill clearly showing home address and name.

Fees include $25 registration fee, $20 PE uniform fee (optional, $8 shirt, $12 shorts, $5 cinch sack for PE clothes (optional), $20 2014 yearbook fee. All sports fees and paperwork needs to be turned in prior to practice.

Details: Jane Ford, 541-506-3449, ext. 4006.

August 9

MASTER GARDENERS: OSU Extension Service and the Wasco County Master Gardeners Association presents “Coffee at the DIG,” a free summer gardening series hosted by knowledgeable community members at The Dalles Imagination Garden, located on Klindt Drive and Steelhead Way. Each half-hour seminar starts at 9 a.m. on Saturdays throughout the summer. The informational series continues with new topics Aug. 9 (Growing and Using Herbs), Aug. 23 (Flower Arranging), Sept. 6 (Green Manure as Ground Cover) and Sept. 20 (Harvest Celebration).

GENEALOGY ORGANIZATION: Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society members Jim Bull, Sandy Bisset, Linda Colton and Fred Henchell will present a program on ways to get started and organize a genealogical quest for the society’s monthly meeting Saturday, Aug. 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Topics will include where to begin research, what to look for and where to search and how to organize and document resources. Bull will offer advice from Bill Dollarhide’s book, “Managing a Genealogical Project,” and giving tips based on a recent project.

A no-host lunch at the Basalt Café precedes the program.

August 11

BEEKEEPING: The Gorge Beekeeper’s Club brings to Hood River Matt Reed of Beethinking. Reed will be discussing natural beekeeping methods using the Horizontal Topbar Hive as well as the Warre Hive and even a foundationless Langstroth. The event is at The Rockford Grange, 4250 Barrett Drive, Hood River. Monday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information contact Jeff Jerome

August 12

LIONS SPEAKERS: The Dalles Lions Club meets Tuesdays at noon at Spooky’s. Upcoming speakers include:

Aug. 12, Candace Wilson from Heart of Hospice on Advance Directives.

Aug. 19, Scott Green of Parks and Rec with a pool update.

Aug. 26, Timothy Gibbons, speaking about Lifeflight.

August 14

PARK PERFORMANCES: Thursdays in August bring the Families in the Park concert series from 6 to 9 p.m. at Jackson Park, 13th and May streets, in Hood River. Series includes:

Aug. 14, Bakery (banjopunk Americana)

Aug. 21, Barracuda (Heart tribute band)

Aug. 28, Hit Machine (dance music)

Food and beverages for the events will be provided as benefits for a variety of charitable causes.

KIWANIS PROGRAMS: Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday noon at Spooky’s and visitors are welcome. August speakers include:

Aug. 14, Dale Emanuel, public relations manager for Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette.

Aug. 21, local club leaders will be away at District Convention; stay-at-home club members can expect a day of drawings, prizes and Kiwanis trivia.

Aug. 28, the monthly business meeting with convention report and approval of bylaws.

Sept. 4, there is no noontime meeting: Steak Feed at Sorosis Park, serving from 5 to 7 p.m.

August 15

OSU PICTURES: Come down to the Wasco County Fair Friday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get a picture taken with Oregon State University mascot Benny Beaver. Benny’s friends from OSU Extension in Wasco County will be there, too.

Stop by the 4-H Exhibit Hall and find out about programs like Food Heroes, Master Gardeners, 4-H and OSU Open Campus. Fun OSU giveaways will be available while they last.

August 16

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 for either that dance ($15) or the dinner ($20) or both.

August 19

SUMMER READING: Sherman County Public/School Library hosts a fun-filled summer of programs and reading with “Fizz, Boom, Read.” All programs will be held on Tuesday’s at 11:00 a.m.

Aug. 19, The Brian Waite Band

BRAMBLE TOURNEY: The Buck Brush Bramble Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is set for Tuesday, Aug. 19, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start at The Dalles Country Club, 4450 Highway 30. A four-person best-ball bramble format is planned.

Prizes will be awarded for first place team gross, first place low team net, men’s and women’s long drive, and on-course challenges. The 19th Hole Happy Hour awards will be given at the Discovery Center following the tourney.

The field is limited to 18 teams. Advance reservation is required. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To ask about sponsorships, volunteer or register, call Kristen May at 541-296-8600 ext. 212, or email

August 23

PARK ART: Artists and crafters are invited to register now to sell their art and craft work at the annual Art in the Park event Saturday, Aug. 23, at Sorosis Park.

Register online at or call Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District at 541-296-9533.

August 25

PEER SUPPORT: Scholarship applications are now available for Intentional Peer Support training. This training opportunity is available for individuals and organizations in Hood River and Wasco counties. The deadline for scholarship applications is Monday, August 25.

Space is limited and a limited number of scholarships are available. Cost for this five-day training is normally $500. Training will be in The Dalles Oct. 20 through Oct.24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include lunch. To apply for a scholarship or to learn more, contact Dorothy Waters, Columbia Gorge Health Council at 541-506-2672 or email Travel assistance is available for those that qualify.

August 29

SUMMER READING: Fizz Boom Read is the theme of the summer reading program at The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library. Toddler (18 months to 3 years) story time is every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Preschool (3 to 6 years) story time is every Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Two school-age summer reading programs are planned, Junior Mad Scientists for first through third grades, Tuesdays from June 17 to Aug. 19, at 11 a.m., and Spark a Reaction in the Mad Scientist Club, for fourth through eighth grades, Thursdays, from June 19 to Aug. 29, at 2 p.m.

Find more information online at


PARENT SERVICES: New Parent Services will celebrate 25 years of service Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Rd. The event celebrates the organizations and people who have made a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of children and parents.

September 5

BENEFIT CONCERT: The second annual benefit concert for United Way of the Columbia Gorge will feature a Hit Machine block party Friday, Sept. 5, at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles. Doors open at 5 p.m. Band starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds will support human service programs in the local community.

Advance tickets for this 21-and-older event are $10 at Klindt’s, Westwind Gallery and Clock Tower or $15 at the door.


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:

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. or call 541-296-5494 with your questions. Testing is available for home gardeners only.

WOMEN’S CYCLING: Bicycle rides for women of all abilities are forming up Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. at the new Dalles City Cyclery, 121 E. Second St., The Dalles.

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION: The First United Methodist Preschool for 3, 4, and 5 year olds is now accepting registration for the 2014-2015 school year. Call 541-980-2713 or 541-298-1008.

AFS EXCHANGE: Become a global family by hosting an AFS Intercultural Programs high school student this school year. Welcome an AFS Exchange Student from one of 90 countries. Families and individuals are accepted year-round.

Local AFS Volunteers will support families and their hosted student throughout the experience to help both receive the most from their time together.

Start the process at, or call 1-800-AFS-INFO or email the local Portland Oregon contact at for more information.

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 for additional questions or concerns.

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.

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.

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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