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HISTORY TALK: The Wasco County Historical Society Summer History Talks at the Rorick House will feature the City of Mosier Sunday, Aug. 24. Emily Reed is the event coordinator for the city’s Centennial Celebration. She will be joined by Addie Root Schwartz. They will tell of the many events that are planned for the upcoming celebration on Sept. 13 and 14. The program is at 2 p.m. at the Rorick House, 300 W. 13th St. in The Dalles. For more information call Jean Vercouteren at 541-296-5785

OFFICIALS NEEDED: The Mid-Columbia Football Officials Association is extremely short on and in need of officials for the upcoming 2014 season. The association provides service for more than 10 high schools, middle schools, and youth football in the Mid-Columbia area. If interested in becoming a football official contact Bob McFadden at 541-340-1900 for more details.

BREAKFAST CANCELLED: There will not be a Saturday Breakfast at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center in August. The next Saturday Breakfast will be Sept. 20, sponsored by the AARP Smart Driver’s Course. The Smart Driver’s course is offered at the Center from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Monday and Tuesday of every month. The cost is $20 and $15 for AARP members. Call the Center at 541-296-4788 to sign up.

August 19

SUMMER READING: Sherman County Public/School Library hosts a fun-filled summer of programs and reading with “Fizz, Boom, Read.” This final program, Aug. 19, will be The Brian Waite Band, at 11 a.m.

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 21

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

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.

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. 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.

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.

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. 23 (Flower Arranging), Sept. 6 (Green Manure as Ground Cover) and Sept. 20 (Harvest Celebration).

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

August 30

DONATE BOOKS: Help Support Literacy. Donate books to Library at 722 Court St. for the Sept. 13, book sale. Please drop off by August 30. No encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines or Reader’s Digest books. For more information call 541-296-2815.

September 3

EARLY SCREENING: The Columbia Gorge Education Service District, Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education programs will be holding an Early Childhood screening on Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Early Childhood screening is for any child who resides in Wasco County and is age birth to five years old (before entrance to Kindergarten) who is suspected of having delays or disabilities in the following areas: Gross Motor – walking, running, jumping. Fine Motor – eye hand coordination, etc. Social Skills – interaction with others, play skills, etc. Self Help – eating, dressing, toileting. Cognitive – thinking skills Communication/Hearing – understanding what is said, talking. The screening will be held at the Early Childhood Center located at 1717 West 10th Street in The Dalles, Oregon. The screening is free of charge. Parents are welcome to bring their child in any time during the screening hours. For any further information please call the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education program at 541-296-1478.


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.

September 8

DINNER and FILM: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents a dinner and film screening of “Sirius: Disclosure,” Friday, Sept. 12. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the film starts at 7 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles. The film features interviews from expert witnesses who testify to a cover-up regarding secret technologies developed from UFO crash sites. This controversial film is presented to spark lively discussion and intelligent debate and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Discovery Center’s board or staff. Price is $23 for dinner and film, or $5 for the film only. Seating is limited and reservations are required before September 8.

September 9

ORGANIZATION WORKSHOP: Hood River Middle School Library. Do you (or your student) struggle with keeping all those papers organized? An organization workshop is planned Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to help give parents useful strategies to helping their students start the new school year off organized. In this 90-minute workshop, parents will learn the key elements to an organized work space, how to manage the backpack and papers, helpful time management tips for teens, how to support your student without the argument.

Cost: $12 and register at


GUIDES NEEDED: Old St. Peter’s Landmark is seeking history lovers who are interested in becoming volunteer docents (tour guides) at the Landmark. Docents typically serve 1 day per month for either 4 hours. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday or 2 hours 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information, see our Facebook page at or call our volunteer coordinator, Gladine Hattrup at 541-296-1606. Training is easy and takes about 30 minutes. Docents love the beautiful, peaceful venue to read or relax between meeting visitors from the world over.

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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