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BUTTERFLY RELEASE: The sixth annual Community Memorial Butterfly Release is planned for June in three Columbia Gorge locations.
This year’s event will feature painted lady butterflies instead of monarchs due to restrictions on the larger species.
The first event will be Saturday, June 7, at 10 a.m. at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. The same day, butterflies will also be released at 2 p.m. at Jackson Park in Hood River. On Saturday, June 14, at 11 a.m., Rock Cove in Stevenson will be the site of the third release.
This free memorial of healing is intended to provide a nurturing, renewing experience for anyone in the community who is grieving a loss or wishes to honor the memory of a loved one.
AWARDS NIGHT: The Dalles Wahtonka High School Senior Scholarship Awards Night is Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in 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.
RETIRED TEACHERS: Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet at noon Tuesday, May 20, at the Hood River Valley Adult Center. State OREA President Lona Odom will be the special guest. All persons interested in education from Sherman, Wasco and Hood River counties are invited to attend. Inquiries may be directed to Unit 20 President Tom Greenough at 541-386-3580.
KIWANIS MEETINGS: Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday noon at Spooky’s
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 www.thedalleski
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 nwprd.org or call the district at 541-296-9533.
LIONS CLUB: The Dalles Lions Club meets every Tuesday noon, at Spooky’s.
May 27, Greg Gustafson, Sturgeon fishing on the Columbia.
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.
AFS FAREWELL: Potluck picnic is planned Wednesday, May 28, at Sorosis Park, in The Dalles at 5:30 p.m. to say goodbye to the area’s five exchange students, departing in June: Botand “Boti” from Hungary, Rashed from Jordan, Rocco from Italy, Torbjoern from Norway, and Xavier from Switzerland, and two students leaving to study abroad, Marcus going to Costa Rica and Hannah going to Turkey. Bring a potluck dish or two to share. Utensils and beverage will be provided. Bring park toys for the enjoyment of all: Frisbees, soccer balls, etc.
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 www.cgesd.k12 .or.us 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 Beatles’ 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.
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.
PASTA DINNER: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents the June history dinner on “Building the Columbia River Highway: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done” with author Peg Willis, Friday June, 13. A pasta bar dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. presentation at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles. Reservations are required by June 11, by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 200.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TheDallesHighSchoolClassof1974.
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 reunion.monicamgarcia.com for either that dance ($15) or the dinner ($20) or both. Tickets will be for sale until the deadline of May 31.
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 nwprd.org 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 www.afsusa.org/host, or call 1-800-AFS-INFO or email the local Portland Oregon contact at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. www.extension.oregonstate.edu/wasco 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: www.va.gov.
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 email@example.com. Get a membership application or more information online at http://community.gorge.net/genealogy/about.html Blog: http://cggsblog.blogspot.com. The society is also on Facebook.