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KIWANIS PROGRAMS: Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday at noon at Spooky’s and visitors are welcome. October speakers include:

Oct. 2, Sandy Bisset, Original Wasco County Courthouse. “The Movable Courthouse.” Highlights of the 6 moves and 7 locations in the past 155 years.

Oct. 9, TBA

Oct. 16, No noon meeting. Installation of Officers Dinner at Faith Lutheran Church

Oct. 23, No noon meeting. Fishing, Cider Pressing and more at the Honald Ranch for the Builders Club kids.

Oct. 30, Business meeting.

MONTHLY MEETING: The Family Dynamics with Low Vision, meet the last Friday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Flagstone Retirement, free of charge. Contact Danielle Carson at 541-769-0362 for more information.

October 3

RIB DINNER: The Annual Baby Back Rib Dinner will be at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center Friday, Oct. 3, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The dinner is a fundraiser for The Dalles Meals-on-Wheels and the Mid-Columbia Senior Center and is sponsored by The Springs at Mill Creek. There will also be a silent auction as well as music provided by Hardshell Harmony. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, Klindt’s Booksellers or at the door.

October 4

FLEA MARKET: The Dalles Eagle Auxiliary annual fall flea market will be held Oct. 4, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lots of fun stuff and food. 2006 W 7th St. The Dalles.

BOB-A-LONG: All current and former cross country runners are invited to the second decennial Bob-a-Long Saturday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m. at Sorosis Park. This fun run/walk is held once every 10 years as a celebration of Coach Bob Thouvenel’s birthday and as a fundraiser for cross country. There will be both a 3K and a 5K, you may run, walk or just bob-a long.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Thouvenel at or 541-298-1119.

AUTHOR FAIR: Waucoma Bookstore is celebrating their 38th anniversary this year with the Local Author Fair at the Hood River County Library on Saturday, Oct. 4. The fair will feature several gorge area authors with titles that span a variety of genres. The authors will be signing their books from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library, 502 State St., Hood River. Come meet the authors in your community. This event is co-sponsored by the Hood River County Library. More information about the authors & their books is located at www.waucomabook

AUCTION FUNDRAISER: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts the 7th annual Vintage Evening auction fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 4. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner starts 6 p.m. The 1950’s theme includes music and a live and silent auction with music compiled by DJ Randy Haines. The main menu includes dishes and desserts of the era. A silent auction and live auction will be held, featuring a host of terrific packages including a river jet boat trip, winery tasting and tours, jewelry, tickets to Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ski trips, resort trips and much more. For more information call 541-296-8600 x 201 or visit

October 5

CASA EVENT: Oct. 5, CASA Superhero Run/Walk at the Discovery Center. Dress as your favorite superhero. Events include a 3K & 5K Run/Walk and a 300 Yard “Little Kids Dash.” Register at or via paper registration form at On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on race day, Little Kids dash at 9 a.m. and 3K/5K begins at 9:30 a.m.

LEGO ROBOTICS: Students aged 9-14 are invited to join the 4H after school programs at The Dalles Middle School. Lego Robotica (a bilingual club for English or Spanish-speaking students) meets Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Students interested in Aeronautics, remote operated vehicles (ROV’s), and computers can join TDMS 4H Tech Club on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Both clubs meet in room 106 and require membership in 4H. Cost is $20 total; scholarships are available. Contact Lu Seapy with questions at 541-296-5494 or lu.seapy@oregon

October 7

LIONS SPEAKERS: The Dalles Lions Club meets Tuesdays at noon at Spooky’s. Upcoming speakers include:

Oct. 7, Business Meeting

Oct. 14, TBD

Oct. 21, Mike Wilson speaking out his trip to Israel

Oct. 28, TBD

October 10

COURTHOUSE HOURS: The Original Wasco County Courthouse will remain open Saturdays through October. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 1859 building at 410 W. 2nd Place, The Dalles, will also be open the Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings that American Empress runs its “Hop-on-Hop-off” tours. Sheriff’s badges and jail keys for Charm Trail bracelets will be on sale during the courthouse’s open hours.

BOOK SIGNING: The Wasco County Historical Society will host the author Jane Kirkpatrick for a talk and book signing of her new book, “A Light in the Wilderness” at the Riverenza on Friday, October 10, from 3 to 6 p.m. The book is based on the true story of a freed slave who must find a way to survive in the wilderness of the Oregon Territory. Riverenza is located at 401 E. 10th Street in The Dalles. For more information call 541-980-7453.

October 11

ANNUAL EVENT: The 24th Annual Hope walk/run will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 9 a.m. starting at Klindt Cove. Entry fees are $12 and $7 both with T-shirt and prizes. For more information contact Tom at 541-296-9566.

October 15

TOURISM SUMMIT: The Columbia River Gorge Tourism Summit will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles, Oregon. Registration is $30 per person and the day begins with a continental breakfast and registration at 8:15 a.m. Lunch is included with the registration fee, along with a hosted regional beer and wine reception.

at 4 p.m. To register, please visit

October 16

WOODLANDS WORKSHOP: Wasco Co. SWCD Oak Woodlands Workshop at the Discovery Center, The Dalles Wednesday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free Continental Breakfast provided, “BYO” Lunch. Topics will include plant and wildlife communities unique to Oregon white oak woodlands, fire ecology, vegetation management for specific goals, grazing management in oak woodlands, and conservation programs. Please RSVP by 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, to or call her at 541-296-6178 ext 121

October 18

FRUIT AND CRAFT: Find the best of the Columbia River Gorge and only the Columbia Gorge during the popular Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair, Oct. 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the park-like Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Rd. Find wonderful arts and crafts, fresh fruit, award-winning wines, tasty food, flowers and plants, baked goods, entertainment, and much more. Free admission and parking. A few indoor and outdoor vendor spaces remain for qualifying residents of Hood River, Wasco, Klickitat, and Skamania counties.

October 29

FALL SCHEDULE: Fort Dalles Museum and the Anderson Homestead buildings will be on fall schedule beginning Monday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7 days a week. Fort Dalles Museum is located at, 500 West 15th St. 541-296-4547,


HOLIDAY BAZAAR: St. Peter’s Holiday Bazaar is now taking reservations for table rentals for their Bazaar on Nov. 22. Rentals are $30. Call Georgia at 541-296-2941 for more information.

COMMUNITY CHOIR: Cascade Singers community choir begins its fall season preparing for a series of holiday concerts in small venues. The sites will be small but acoustics large when the choir presents Christmas music Dec. 12, 13, and 14. The Singers meet under the direction of Lloyd Walworth Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union streets in The Dalles.

One-hour work sessions take place Thursdays at 7 p.m. Rehearsals are open to all interested singers who will then audition with the director. The choir often appears at community events, with formal concerts at Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, and late spring.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Home at Last Humane Society needs help with can and bottle sorting. This is a downright dirty job which makes it difficult to maintain volunteers on a consistent basis. We are grateful for all of the donated cans and now need help processing them. Sorting can be done Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays if scheduled ahead. Contact Home at Last Humane Society, 200 River Road, The Dalles.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Dalles Hope Warming Place needs volunteers. The organization will open its doors Nov. 16, to people in need of shelter from the cold from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Volunteer trainings will be available soon. Contact Nonie Cornell 541-397-0591 or Ed Elliott 541-386-5857.

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:

WOMEN’S CYCLING: Bicycle rides for women of all abilities are forming up Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. at the new Dalles City Cyclery, 121 E. Second St., The Dalles.

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.

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.

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


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