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What's Happening from Feb. 23

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PANCAKE FEED: Klickitat County Fire Department No. 6 Dallesport/Murdock Fire Department hosts a pancake feed March 15, 7 to 10 a.m. at the Dallesport Fire Station.

All proceeds go to the Dallesport Fire Department building fund. All you can eat pancakes, endless coffee and juice, $5 per person.

COLON HEALTH: MCMC Pathologist Dr. Vassil Kaimaktchiev will discuss Colon Health at the next Tuesday Lecture at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center on Feb. 25, starting at 11 a.m. As part of this impressive educational opportunity a walk through colon will be set up at the Center to show the progression of cell development and the stages of colon cancer.

PAINT CHINA: 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.

SPAGHETTI FEED: The Sherman County Republican Central Committee hosts a spaghetti feed and dessert auction Friday, March 14, at the Sherman County Senior Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Oregon Sen. Bill Hansell.

Admission is by donation. For reservations, contact Sharon Spencer, 541-565-3435 or mspencer97@em barqmail.com.

February 23

READING BENEFIT: A Taste for Literacy, a benefit for Smart (Start Making a Reader Today) is set for Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Sunshine Mill.

The event will include wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live music, raffle and silent auction. Tickets are available at Klindt’s Booksellers or at the door. Learn more about SMART online at www.getSMARToregon .org.

February 24

UMPIRES NEEDED: Baseball and softball umpires are needed for the upcoming 2014 season. First meeting will be Feb. 24, at 6 pm. at The Dalles Middle School. Training andsome gear is provided for new officials. For more information contact Commissioner Bob Ford at 541-980-4165.

February 25

CANCER LECTURE: Planetree Health Resource Center, Spring Lecture series will present, ”Saving Your Skin,” on skin cancer prevention Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S. Melinda Cushing, MD, PhD, dermatologist at Columbia Crest Medical Clinic in The Dalles, talks about the different types of skin cancers, symptoms and risk factors associated with skin cancer, and steps to prevent this common form of cancer.

All lectures are free and held at Water’s Edge, second floor, Deschutes Room 551 Lone Pine Blvd., The Dalles. Call 541-296-8444 or visit mcmc.net/library to register.

February 27

SWEETHEART DINNER: Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (MAMA) will host a benefit Sweetheart Dinner Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rivertap Pub, 703 E. Second St. Call for costs and reservations (required) by Friday, Feb. 21, to 541-298-1031.

The event will include door prizes and a raffle.

February 28

MARDI GRAS: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is celebrating Mardi Gras Friday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. Put on masks, beads and other bright colored bling and celebrate Fat Tuesday (a few days early) with Mardi Gras Creole cuisine.

Calamity Jazz will play Dixieland jazz and rhythm and blues throughout the evening. Reservations are recommended before Feb. 25. The Discovery Center is located off I-84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. For tickets and price, phone 541-296-8600 x 201, or visit www.gorgediscovery.org for more information.

BUDGET COMMITTEE: Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) is accepting applications from those interested in serving a volunteer, three-year term on its budget committee.

The MCEDD region covers Klickitat, Skamania, Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties. Application forms are available at http://www.mcedd.org or at the MCEDD offices at 515 E. Second St., The Dalles. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. For more information, call 541-296-2266.

BOARD MEMBER: Dufur Recreation District is seeking to fill two board member positions. Board members must be U.S. citizens, registered voters and live within the Dufur Recreation District. If you want to put your experience and perspective to work in helping to oversee the operations of Dufur City Park, send a letter of interest to: Dufur Recreation District, PO Box 253, Dufur, OR 97021.

March 1

INDOOR MARKET: The Shaniko schoolhouse will host indoor markets and bazaars every month through March to raise money for school improvements. Events include:

March 1-2, St. Patrick’s Day Bazaar

Cost of a table is $10. For more information, call 541-489-3434 or email info@shanikooregon.com.

March 4th

PANCAKE FEED: The public is invited to indulge in a pancake supper Tuesday, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1805 Minnesota street.

The traditional pancake feast comes from celebrating the last day of rich foods before Lent begins. Tickets are $7 per person or $15 per family, available by calling Niki at 503-866-9874 or Janeal at 541-980-7422 or at the door. Proceeds from this event will benefit Relay for Life.

March 16th

PIRATE CARNIVAL: Klickitat School’s parent teacher organization hosts its eighth annual Pirate Carnival Sunday, March 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the school gym.

Activities include pirate-themed carnival games, a silent auction, costume contest for children and adults, clam chowder, root beer floats and more goodies. Proceeds from the auction and carnival promote positive activities for Klickitat students.

March 17th

HOLIDAY CONCERT: St. Pat’s at Old St. Pete’s, the annual Cascade Singers St. Patrick’s Day concert at St. Peter’s Landmark, is set for Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m.

A children’s choir and instrumentalists will join in the performance with the Cascade Singers, ensemble and the Almost-All-Irish-Almost-All-Brass Band for Irish favorites and sing-alongs.

Admission is a free-will offering to benefit the Landmark at Third and Lincoln streets.

April 10

HAVEN EVENT: An Evening with Haven featuring culinary works by local chefs, wineries and music, is set for Thursday, April 10, at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. For more information, call 541-296-2065.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION: The Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s high-school scholarship application is now available. Any Mid-Columbia high school student graduating in spring 2014 may apply. Recipients may be awarded up to 12 credits tuition per term which can only be used at Columbia Gorge Community College. Recipients must attend CGCC in the 2014-15 academic year. Applications may be picked up in the Student Services department at The Dalles or Hood River campus as well as online at http://cgcc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.

Applications must be delivered to either The Dalles or Hood River Student Services department at Columbia Gorge Community College no later than noon, Thursday, April 10.

For more information, email foundation@cgcc.edu or call 541-506-6111, or visit Student Services in The Dalles or Hood River.

Ongoing

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.

MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS: Fort Dalles Museum reopens soon for its 109th season. Volunteers are sought to welcome visitors, show them the historic buildings and the treasures within.

Volunteer for as many or as few hours as suits your schedule. Call Fort Dalles at 541-296-4547 for information about becoming a museum volunteer, email fortdallesmuseum@gmail.com mailto:fortdallesmuseum@gmail.com or visit fortdallesmuseum.org to download a volunteer application.

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 wildflowers@gorge.net. 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.

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