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FORT DALLES MUSEUM will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The interior of the museum surgeon’s quarters is pictured. From March 21 through April 6, the museum will have special spring break hours, open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.	  Contributed photo

FORT DALLES MUSEUM will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The interior of the museum surgeon’s quarters is pictured. From March 21 through April 6, the museum will have special spring break hours, open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contributed photo

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RELAY MEETING: Relay for Life of The Dalles Area will have a committee meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 13, and a team meeting at 7 p.m. Both will be at the Shilo Inn.

RACE TRAINING: Oregon Raceway Park will present its annual corner worker training Saturday, March 15. The first session will begin at 9 a.m. at the track rain or shine, so come prepared for changing weather. The afternoon training features real-time practice with cars on the course.

Those who complete the full day of training will leave with experience in flagging, communication, event control, safety and response procedures, the first step in becoming an ORP course marshal/support specialist. The training is free, but pre-registration is required. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age. ORP is located on Highway 97, 28 miles south of Biggs Junction in Grass Valley.

To register, contact Brenda Pikl at 541-333-2452 or For more information about the event, contact Bill Murray at 503-358-2617 or starprojectevents@

CORPS MEETING: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are invited to meet at Montira’s Thai Cuisine Wednesday, March 19, at 6 p.m.

The Columbia Gorge group of RPCV’s would like to organize to provide information regarding Peace Corps and World Peace at large. This is an organizational meeting. RSVP to Mathew Klebes, Phillipines (2009-11) or Beth Kaser (Micronesia 1974-76) at gbkase

GORGE-US GALS: The Gorge-Us Gals Ride in The Dalles, a benefit for HAVEN, is set for June 8. Registration is $50 until May 25, then increases to $60 per person. The registration fee helps survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking and dating violence.

For more information, call HAVEN at 541-296-1662.

March 11

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

March 12

EMOTIONAL LITERACY: What is all this hubbub about emotional literacy? What in the world is “Pocket Full of Feelings” and why should I care? How can it help children right now?

YouthThink will answer those questions in a special meeting dedicated to updating the general public on why emotional literacy is so important.

YouthThink and The Dalles are playing key roles in helping the state of Oregon and the nation learn about emotional literacy. Join us for a one hour meeting Wednesday, March 12, at 5 p.m. at The Dalles Middle School Library.

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.

Online: www.thedalleski

March 14

ANNUAL AUCTION: The Last Days of Jesus Annual Auction will be Friday March 14, at 6 p.m. at Covenant Christian Community Church. Come and bid on desserts and jam-packed Easter baskets from the silent and live auctioned items. Child Evangelism Fellowship‘s will coordinate taco salads. Parents’ Night Out will have kid sitting. The event benefits the 36-year-old annual Easter program.

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. Reservations: 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.

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 16

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.

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 24

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 29

SPRING STARGAZING: Enjoy an evening with the stars, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Saturday, March 29. The night starts with a gourmet burger dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a Spring Stargazing presentation with amateur astronomer Jim White at 7 p.m. If weather allows, there will be telescope sky viewing at 7:30. Ticket prices for dinner and presentation are adults $15, kids $10 and $3 for the presentation only. Make reservations by March 26. The Discovery Center is located at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. For more information, phone 541-296-8600 x 201, or visit

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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