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KNOWLEDGE QUIZ: Oregon Encyclopedia Community Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sherman County Public-School Library in Moro. Test your local history knowledge with a fun trivia quiz, learn about some of the important people, places, and events in Sherman County, and contribute your knowledge of local history to the encyclopedia project. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

SUMMER SCHEDULE: Fort Dalles Museum and the Anderson Homestead buildings will start their summer schedule. Beginning Friday, May 16, they will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week at 500 W. 15th St. in The Dalles. Details: 541-296-4547

SPAGHETTI DINNER: A raffle and spaghetti dinner will benefit Michael Schwab for Medical treatments Sunday, May 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dallesport Community Center.

May 11

MOTHER’S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is offering free admission to everyone during the annual Mother’s Day Extravaganza, Sunday, May 11. Take a guided wildflower identification walk at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Native plant seedlings from Milestone Nursery will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Treat mom to a special Prime Rib dinner in the Basalt Rock Café from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, phone 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit www.gorgedis

MOTHER’S DAY TEA: Bring your mom or another special lady for a tea benefiting Relay for Life on May 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Fireside Room. Decorate a fancy hat and have a photo taken. Tickets are available at Klindt’s Booksellers. The event is sponsored by St Paul’s Episcopal Church. Find more information at

May 12

SENIOR SERIES: OSU Open Campus presents “Mastery of Aging Well,” an informative series developed by OSU Extension in partnership with the AARP.

The May 12 event will cover physical activity and exercise in later life classes are 10 a.m. to noon at Columbia Gorge Community College-Hood River Campus. Attend the entire series or one course-at-a-time.

Register online at or call 541-308-8211. For information, call Ann Harris at 541-296-5494.

May 13

SUPPORT GROUP: The next meeting of the Widows of Veterans Gathering and Support Group will be Tuesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at the Veteran Services Office, 201 Federal St., The Dalles.

Call Barb Thomas at 541-467-2651 or Joyce Powell Morin at 541-296-7266 for more information.

LIONS CLUB: The Dalles Lions Club meets every Tuesday noon, at Spooky’s.

May 13, Tim Willis with Habitat Restore, May 20, Diane Harris of US Bank talking on Housing Affordability.

May 27, Greg Gustafson, Sturgeon fishing on the Columbia.

CASA 101: Columbia Gorge CASA asks you to plant your seeds of growth this spring and consider becoming an advocate for a child in foster care. If you have been thinking about becoming a CASA volunteer or just curious about what CASA is and what CASA volunteers do, please attend the following meeting.

Wednesday, May 13, at 5:15 to 6 p.m. Planetree Health Resource Center, 200 E 4th Street. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 541-386-3468 or Email: Spring CASA Volunteer Training begins May 29.

ESTATE PLANNING: Lawyer Teunis J. Wyers will hold a free estate planning workshop Tuesday, May 13, at Bethel United Church of Christ, 480 E. Jewett, White Salmon. The community is invited to participate.

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a potluck supper followed by the presentation. Childcare will be provided. A-M, main dish; N-Z salad or dessert.

Questions may be directed to Jim Tindall, evenings 509-493-1035 or

May 14

BUDGET COMMITTEE: South Wasco County School District 1 seeks a budget committee member for the period through June 30, 2016. Closing date is May 14. Direct inquires and obtain an application from Charlotte Hawkins, deputy clerk or Or mail to South Wasco County School Dist. 1 at PO BOX 346 Maupin, OR 97037.

May 15

KIWANIS MEETINGS: Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday noon at Spooky’s

May 15, Major Tammy Ray, local corps officer, on 125 years of service in The Dalles by Salvation Army.

May 22, Corliss Marsh from Friends of the Library will provide an update on the library’s fund-raising efforts.

May 29, is the monthly club business meeting. For more information go to

May 18

UNKNOWN SOLDIER: Please join Sergeant Major (Retired) Gavin McIlvenna as he talks about the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, focusing on the World War 1 Unknown Soldier, and the current Sentinels from the 3d United States Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard,” who continue to stand watch over the nation’s most honored shrine since 1926.

The event will be Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. in Taylor Hall (basement of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church )

1805 Minnesota Street, The Dalles.

May 20

AWARDS NIGHT: The Dalles Wahtonka High School Senior Scholarship Awards Night is Tuesday, May 20 at 7 The Dalles Wahtonka High School Auditorium. Graduating seniors will be notified of local community scholarships and awards and foundation scholarships. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration. For information please contact Jeannie Nelson at 541-506-3449 ext. 2019.

May 24

ZOMBIE RUN: Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation is hosting the “gruesomely grand” $5 5K Keep Calm and Zombie Run Saturday, May 24, at Sorosis Park, starting at 9 a.m. Constumes are encouraged.

For more information, visit or call the district at 541-296-9533.

May 27

CAMP MORROW: Youth who are completing grades 4 through 6 this year are welcome at Camp Morrow June 18 through 21 in Wamic on Pine Hollow Reservoir. Cost is $175 and includes all meals, lodging, insurance and craft supplies. Registration deadline is Friday, June 6. Register by Tuesday, May 27, for an early-bird discount. Call the OSU Extension Office at 541-296-5494 for more information.

May 31

FUND RUN: Columbia Gorge ESD, Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education is holding the annual Rainy Day Fund Run; a 3k, 5k and 10k run/walk on the Riverfront Trail, Saturday, May 31, at 9 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) The event begins and ends at Kiwanis Park at Klindts Cove (off Klindt Drive in the port area). Registration forms can be obtained at All proceeds from the event go to the Rainy Day Fund.

SPRING CONCERT: “Broadway and Beyond” is the title of the Cascade Singers’ 2014 spring concert. Performances are Saturday, May 31, at 7 p.m. and Sunday June 1 at 3 p.m. at St. Peter’s Landmark, W. 3rd and Lincoln Streets, The Dalles. Choral arrangements of Beatle’s classics and jazz standards are featured, along with favorites from Broadway musicals, Hollywood film scores and “Tin Pan Alley” by the choir, ensemble, and children’s choir. Suggested donation at the door is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and children 12 and under free. Contact Director Lloyd Walworth for program sponsorship or further information at 541-340-9858.

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

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.


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.

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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