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CLASS OF 1994: 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 event will take place on Aug. 16 2014, 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 or the dinner or both. Tickets will be for sale until the deadline of May 31.

CHALLENGER BASEBALL: A meeting and registration is planned for Challenger Baseball Tuesday, April 1, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Spooky’s Pizza Parlor.

Challenger Baseball is a program designed to give boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4 to 18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, the opportunity to enjoy the game of baseball in a safe and fun environment.

For more information, call 541-705-7785, email, or visit the Challenger Baseball of the Gorge Facebook page.

OPEN HOUSE: North Wasco Virtual Academy’s open house will be on April 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Learn more about free and local online learning options. If you are interested in home schooling, accelerated learning, or taking classes that are not offered at your school, this event is for you. For more information, contact NWVA @ 541-506-3449 x3003 or

DESSERTS NEEDED: Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. six local AFS students will be giving a multi-cultural presentation at The Dalles public library, to be followed by a dessert social. If you plan to attend and can bring a finger-food dessert (such as brownies, cookies or fruit), RSVP to Anya Kawka so she can keep track of how many desserts there will be. anyaclare@ or 541-965-2902.

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.

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 available at the library and the event. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

March 19

CORPS MEETING: Returned Peace Corps Volunteer 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 gbkaser

March 20

MURAL EVENT: The Dalles Mural Society hosts The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Thursday, March 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at La Cabaña Restaurant, 400 E. Second St.

Tours of the newly lighted murals will be provided by Mural Society members.

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

March 20, monthly club business meeting.

March 27, Matthew Klebes on the Main Street Program.

Online: www.thedalleski

March 22

PINK PROJECT: Tip a survivor at Spooky’s March 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. The group’s mission is: “women [and one man] helping women.

Donations help make and fill care bags for women in the area that have been diagnosed with cancer. Anyone who knows of someone who has been diagnosed and has not received a care bag is invited to contact Doreen at 541-298-1602.

RECYCLING DISCUSSION: Master Recycler Jodi Tepoel will be at The Dalles-Wasco County Library March 22 at 1 p.m. to answer recycling questions.

For upcoming events, call the library at 541-296-2815, ext. 0.

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 25

MOVIE EVENT: Enjoy part of spring break at The Dalles-Wasco County Library. A library movie event is planned for Tuesday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m. and again March 26 at 6:30 p.m. Showing will be a newly released Disney film (hint: brrrr!)

On Friday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m., the library will host Presto the Magician in a show for all ages.

For details, contact the library at 541-296-2815.

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.

March 31

EXPLORING AERODYNAMICS: Russ, a retired science teacher, will present demonstrations with a small take-home output while exploring Bernoulli’s Principal at Wonderworks Children’s Museum Monday, March 31, at 4 p.m. The program is for ages 6-9.

Preregister at Wonderworks.

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.

May 3

PIONEER MEETING: The Wasco County Pioneer Association 92nd annual meeting and luncheon will be Saturday, May 3 at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Drive in The Dalles.

Registration is at 9:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m., program at 1 p.m. Annual dues are $12.50 for individual, $15 per family, $14 for lunch.

For more information, call 541-993-9991.

June 8

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.

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


PLANTS AVAILABLE: Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District still has some plant species available for purchase. Trees: vine maple, white alder, quaking aspen; shrubs: rugosa rose, woods rose, blue enderberry, snowberry; cuttings: peachleaf willow; conifers: noble fire, incense cedar, western larch, ponderosa pine and Douglas fir.

The district also has seedling protection tubes with bamboo stakes.

To ensure the district has specific plants, call 541-296-6178 ext. 101. Plants are available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be paid for at the time of order.

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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