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DEMOCRATS MEETING: Wasco County Democrats monthly meeting will be Tuesday, March 11, at 7 pm. at the Wasco County Library meeting room.

WOMEN’S EVENT: Dufur Christian Church hosts Bonnie Leon, author of 19 novels, including her bestselling, “Journey of Eleven Moons,” for the Women’s Spring Event, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dufur Christian Church.

Free gift is available for those who register before March 16. by mail, at P O Box 425, Dufur, OR 97021; online at; or by phone at 541-467-2257. At the event, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. A $10 donation includes lunch at that time.

SPRING BREAK: In celebration of spring break, the Hood River Aquatic Center will host special open swims Monday, March 24, through Friday, March 28, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The slide and rope swing will be open, and the party room is available for rental.

March 7

COVENANT SPEAKER: The American Covenant seminar with Timothy Ballard will be Friday, March 7, at The Dalles Middle School Commons from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Visit the websites and for more information on the guest speaker. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 541-467-2371.

UMPIRES NEEDED: The Mid-Columbia Umpires Association is looking for new and experienced umpires for the upcoming high school season. The MCUA provides service to nine high schools in the Mid Columbia area. Training is provided, make extra money.

For more information call Bob Ford 541-980-4165.

March 8

MINI CONFERENCE: Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society hosts a mini-conference Saturday, March 8, with Linda Colton. Colton will share some genealogy highlights from the recent “RootsTech” genealogy conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: Breaking down walls with social media; finding family and ancestors outside the US using new technology; five ways to do genealogy in your sleep; tweets, links, pins and posts.

Society programs are the second Saturday of each month at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center starting at 1 p.m. Public is welcome.

ANNUAL CLINIC: Wasco County Master Gardeners will host their annual Rose Pruning Clinic this Saturday, March 8, beginning at 9 a.m. in the rose garden at Sorosis Park.

This is a great opportunity to learn how to prune roses, or, if you already know how, to teach others. This is a public, hands-on clinic, so invite anyone you know who might be interested in learning how to prune. With lots of plants to practice on, everyone should go home confident enough to tackle their own roses.

Keep in mind that the recommendation for pruning roses is to wait for the forsythia to bloom. Master Gardeners ask that you bring tools for pruning. Call the Wasco County Extension Office if you have questions, 541-296-5494.

PARK CLEANUP: Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District and The Dalles Watershed Council are hosting a volunteer cleanup day at Riverfront Park Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. All public is welcome, and project will be eligible for high school community service hours. Snacks and refreshment will be provided.

Bring work boots and a pair of gloves. All other necessary equipment will be provided. The project focus will be picking up trash and cleaning up around tree and shrub plantings.

For more information, email josh.thompson

BOOK SALE: The Dalles Friends of Library book sale blow out is set for Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 722 Court St. at the Book Barn behind the library. Books will be available by the bagful. Cost from 9 to 10 a.m. is $3 per bag, from 10 to 11 a.m. $2 per bag, and from 11 a.m. to noon is $1 per bag. From noon to 1 p.m. cost is $1 per two bags. Proceeds aid the library and their community programs.

March 9

LENTEN TALK: Internationally known Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers gives a Lenten talk on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m., at St. Peter’s Parish, West 10th and Cherry Heights Rd., The Dalles.

A powerful and passionate speaker and evangelist, he provides a hands-on approach to living the Catholic faith intended to challenge and inspire. He is one of the most sought-after Catholic speakers in the church today, giving lectures, retreats and seminars. He’s also heard on many national and international radio programs.

All are invited. A free-will offering will be appreciated. Refreshments will be provided by the St. Peter’s Hospitality Committee.

For more information, call 360-553-8822.

March 13

KIWANIS CLUB: Kiwanis meetings are every Thursday noon at Spooky’s and visitors are welcome.

March 13, Master Gardeners Peggy Peterson and Sheri Esquivias on the award-winning NORCOR Greenhouse project.

March 20, monthly club business meeting.

March 27, Matthew Klebes on the Main Street Program.


March 14

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

March 15

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.

ORCHESTRA DEBUT: Dufur Community Ukulele Orchestra debut performance March 15, 7 p.m. Ramsey Park Grange #352: Go 5 miles west from Dufur on Dufur Valley Road. Admission is free. Songbooks $5 and dessert $2, benefit Dufur Community Music. Please join us for “Songs of Home”, an evening of family entertainment.

March 16

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.

March 18

LIBRARY FUNDRAISER: Support Friends of the Library at Burgerville on March 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Ten percent of the proceeds go to the Friends of the Library expansion project. All you need to do is dine. Friends board members will help serve food and answer questions about the organization. A quilt raffle drawing is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are $2 available at the library and the event. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

March 30

AQUA ZUMBA: The Hood River Aquatic Center will offer classes every Monday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. and every Monday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. for the month of March. The cost is general admission to the Aquatic Center, and there is a suggested donation of $1-$2 for the certified instructors.

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

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 or call 541-506-6111, or visit Student Services in The Dalles or Hood River.

August 1

CLASS REUNION: The Dalles High School Class of 1974 is planning its 40th year class reunion, Aug. 1, 2, and 3. We are seeking updated contact information for all classmates. For more information contact Joy Colvard Smith at and visit the Facebook page at


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.

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 or visit 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 Get a membership application or more information online at Blog: The society is also on Facebook.


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