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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 1, Fizz, boom pop - Play with Your Food

July 8, RU Curious - Motion of the Ocean

July 15, Science and the arts - The Sound of Music

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

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 12, 19 and 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

June 29

PLAY PERFORMANCES: The Theatre Company of The Dalles will present “Red, White and Tuna,” June 29 at 2 p.m. and July 3 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. The third installment in the “Tuna” trilogy takes the audience through another satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas’ third-smallest town.

RORICK HOUSE: On Sunday, June 29, at 2 p.m. The Wasco County Historical Society presents its first “Summer Talk at the Rorick House.”

Everett Marvel of Dufur, a World War II Marine Veteran, was in Washington, DC this month with a group of other veterans on the Honor Flight Network program. He was accompanied by his wife, Betty Marvel. They will tell about their visit to the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery and other landmarks in Washington, DC. The Rorick House is located at 300 W. 13th Street in The Dalles.

July 1

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 1, business meeting,

July 8, The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence with a city update,

July 15, Paula Kuttner on Fort Dalles Museum,

July 22, Alexander Zuniga with the OSP K9 unit,

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

July 2

ROCKET RUN: Polehn Farms presents the Fourth of July Rocket Run, Friday, July 4, at 8 a.m. at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park in The Dalles, First and Union streets. Registration opens at 7 a.m. Preregistration by July 2 is $8, day-of registration is $10. To preregister at Fort Dalles Fourth, 515 Liberty St., The Dalles, OR 97058. Registration forms are on the “Fort Dalles Fourth” Facebook page. For more information, contact Melissa (Lee) Kirchhofer at or call 541-296-1966.

July 4

GRANGE BREAKFAST: Barlow Gate Grange in Wamic will host a fundraising breakfast Friday and Saturday, July 4 and 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. It will feature biscuits and gravy, hot cakes, ham and sausage, eggs fried or scrambled, hash browns, orange juice and coffee. Adults $7, children 7 years and under $5.

July 11

Wahtonka High School Class of 1984 is having its 30th class reunion July 11-12. Schedule:

Friday, July 11, Spooky’s 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, July 11, “Flock of Eagles” at The Eagles, 2006 W. Seventh St., The Dalles, 9 to 11:45 p.m. (all WHS alumni are invited to this event)

Saturday, July 12, Tour of Wahtonka High School, 10 a.m. to noon

Saturday, July 12, Jammin’ July Street Fest downtown The Dalles, 5 to 10 p.m. The class has a room reserved at The Clock Tower from 8 to 11 p.m. This is a private room and the menu will be limited.

Details: Polly Harth Toop at 951-375-1423.

COOK OFF: The Historic Mint Building and Fort Dalles Days Steering Committee announces the 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off and Benefit sponsored by The Mint. The highlight of this event, which will be Friday, July 11, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Historic Mint Building, 710 East 2nd Street, is that all proceeds will benefit Providence Hospice of the Gorge, Children’s Grief Groups.

There will be a $5 entrance fee for the general public on the night of the event. Beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase; dessert bar will also be available. Emails with questions can be directed to: or

July 12

GENEALOGY FUN: The Columbia Gorge Genealogy Society will present Tech Fest 2014 Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Beginner and advanced subjects will be discussed, featuring instruction on the latest technology tools, round table discussions, website and computer research information, Google-plus genealogy how-tos, family search and ancestry resources.

Membership information and sign-up and a no-host lunch in the Basalt Rock Café at noon will be available.

YARD SALE: The Dalles Cross Country team will be having a yard sale, Saturday, July 12, from 8 a.m. until noon on East 11th St and Washington (the side street at The Dalles High School). For further information call Bob Thouvenel at 541-298-1119.

SWIMMING REUNION: Swimmers, coaches and parents from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are invited to the Eastern Oregon Swimming Reunion Saturday, July 12, in Pendleton. If interested, contact Darcey Ridgway at or 541-310-0951.

August 1

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, Perry Garrison, 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

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. Tickets will be for sale until the deadline of May 31.

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 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


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.

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 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:

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.

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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