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What's happening from July 20

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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 www.afsusa.org/host, or call 1-800-AFS-INFO or email the local Portland Oregon contact at ssullens@af susa.org.

WEEKLY RUN: The Dalles Young Professionals hosts a weekly 5K run from Clock Tower Ales. The run happens each Tuesday starting at 5:30 p.m. All skill levels and ages are welcome. It is a great opportunity to get a run in after work. Email margaret.m.hanna@gmail.com 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 information call 541-467-2204 or 541-467-2465.

July 22

LION SPEAKERS: The Dalles Lions Club meets every Tuesday noon at Spooky’s. The public is welcome. Speakers for the month of July include:

July 22, Alexander Zuniga with the OSP K9 unit,

July 29, Scott Hege with a presentation on his Philippines trip.

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.

July 22, Techno fun - Tangrams

July 29, It’s alive - Backyard Naturalists

Aug. 5, The Charlie Brown Juggling Show

Aug. 19, The Brian Waite Band

July 24

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

July 24, is Mayor Steve Lawrence on Cycle Oregon.

July 31, is the monthly club meeting.

For more information go to www.thedalleski

wanis.org/.

July 25

LOW VISION: A peer support group for people with low vision is set for Friday, July 25, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Flagstone in the Riverside Room. Guest speaker is Carolyn Biggs of the Oregon Commission for the Blind. For more information, call Danielle Carson at 541-769-0362,

July 26

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 July, 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

July 28

AUTHOR BOOKSIGNING: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents an author booksigning, Monday July 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. Author E.F. Winters will be signing copies of her book, “Memeloose” at the Discovery Center’s Columbia River Trading Company museum store, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles.

SEWING DAY: Dresses for Africa Project sewing day will be Monday, July 28, at Sovereign Grace Church, 1003 Sunflower, at 10 a.m. Join a day of sewing dresses and shorts to be sent abroad. Bring a sewing machine. Kits are ready to be sewn. Bring a sack lunch.

Since inception in The Dalles, move than 800 dresses and shorts have been sent abroad. Beginners are welcome.

For more information contact Corliss Marsh: corlissmarsh@gmail.com or 541-296-8618.

August 1

BILINGUAL COMEDY: The Dalles-Wasco County Library hosts nationally recognized physical comedian Angel Ocasio Friday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. Ocasio offers family entertainment that combines physical comedy, magic, juggling and his unique style of clowning in English and Spanish.

CLASS REUNION: The Dalles High School Class of 1974 will celebrate its 40th Class Reunion, August 1, 2, and 3. The class is currently trying to locate classmates. Addresses are sought for the following people: John Anderson, J.R. Barber, Diane Baumgarden-Catlin, Debra Beck, Debra Berkland, Jeff Bradford, Susan Braught-Martin, Kirk Braughton, Rex Brown, Ron Cates, Robert Christianson, Ron Clason, John Clemons, Carol Dean-Guthrie, Monty Deaver, Bill Devine, Maria Eberhardt-Kister, Bob Elkinton,Cathie Friedline-Case, Angela Galindo, Larry Gorton, Kathy Hadley, Jody Hage-Felt, Cheryl Hamm, Pamela Hammer-Halstead,Rod Hendricks, Dixie Holmes-Bergin, Debra Hunt-McCabe, Ralph Jim, Erric Jones, Greta Kelly-Ice, Dennis LaDoux, Ed Landreth, Audrey Lane-Anderson, Mick Lewis, Scott Lipka, Teresa McCann, Pam McDonald, MaryAnn Meeker, Ted Miller, Allen Minor, Linda Morris-Brock, Mike Palmer, Mitchell Patrick, John Payne, Brian Peterson, Julie Richards, Steven Richards, Carol Runyon-Johnson, Otis Schoolcraft, Mary Sexton, Mike Shettel, Jeanne Sholl-Michaels, Laura Smothers-Davis, Larry Stephens, George Stephenson, Mary Thomas-Cox, David Timbrook, Brian Williams, Leona Wiltsey.

Send current addresses to Holli Larsen at larsenintl@live.com.

August 3

McENTIRE CONCERT: Antelope Community Church hosts The Sound is Country and the Message is Christ” featuring singer Susie McEntire and The Mud Springs Gospel Band. The free concert is Sunday, Aug. 3, at 4 p.m.

Refreshments will be available during the concert from the Juniper Berry 4-H Club of Antelope. Bring lawn chairs for seating.

For more information, call 541-395-2507.

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 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.

August 19

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 Kristen@gorgediscovery.org.

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 nwprd.org or call Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District at 541-296-9533.

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 www.wasko.plinkit.org.

Ongoing

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.

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’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 www.afsusa.org/host, or call 1-800-AFS-INFO or email the local Portland Oregon contact at ssullens@afsusa.org 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 margaret.m.hanna@gmail.com 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 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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