Gorge Community Foundation awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships and grants in May and June, benefiting students from several local communities as well as a wide range of public service initiatives across the bi-state region.
What would it be like to be a bear, a fox, a raccoon, or an eagle? Kids ages 5 to 9 years old can explore “Animal Habitats of the Gorge” during a day camp Aug. 1-4, 9 a.m. to noon at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive. Children will get to choose a favorite wild animal, then learn about each animal’s habitat.
Five women from The Dalles on a month-long tour of Europe left a fireworks show in Nice, France, just 10 minutes before an attacker drove a truck into the crowd, killing over 80. After the Bastille Day fireworks show finished Thursday night, Paula Fairclo and her friends first headed to a café to get gelato, but decided against it because the crowds on the mile-long seaside promenade were too massive.
Agreements are now in place for distribution of Google funds for use on 11 projects that will provide an immediate benefit to area communities. Wasco County and the City of The Dalles set aside $250,000 of the $1.45 million initial payment made by Google, through Design LLC, as part of its third Enterprise Zone property tax abatement deal.
J. Carmen Gamez, horticulture manager for Orchard View Farms, was sworn in to serve on the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Tuesday. He will replace M.D. Van Valkenbergh, who retired from the board in June. Gamez, 52, first came to The Dalles from California in 1972 when he was a boy. He attended the migrant education program for two years, and began working as a picker for Omeg Orchard as a teenager.
Nonprofit events calendar from July 12, 2016
Events calendar from July 10, 2016
The Dalles will be “volunteer central” next Saturday, July 16, with a unique local event: the inaugural Community Volunteer Fair at the Civic Auditorium. The concept behind the volunteer fair is to match those interested in honing their job skills with agencies and organizations that need volunteers to help run their operations more efficiently. It’s also a great way for someone to learn more about an organization they may later want to go to work for.
The following agencies and organizations have signed on to attend the Community Volunteer Fair, which will be held at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chris Mumford is dusting off his drum set with the intent of starting a jam band that provides veterans with musical therapy and raises funds to meet their needs. He is seeking musicians, both “civilian” and veteran, to get involved in the outreach. If enough people sign on, Mumford wants to tackle another big challenge; perhaps setting a new world record for having the largest number of people play the same song for the longest amount of time.
Dan Brophy, a decorated Marine combat veteran and The Dalles outpost leader for Pointman Ministries, will take the role of grand marshal for the local Fourth of July parade. “I think the Fourth is a time for us to appreciate America, and celebrate in an appropriate way the freedom we have as a nation,” Brophy said of serving as “pointman” for the third annual Independence Day celebration.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., announced Thursday that his bill to rename The Dalles veterans’ clinic after Sgt. First Class Loren R. Kaufman, a native of The Dalles and one of Oregon’s 14 Medal of Honor recipients, has been signed into law by the president.
The Dalles City Council has tabled a request to provide $90,000 for an office manager position at the Wasco County Veterans Service Office for each of the next five fiscal years. On June 13, city officials told Andretta Schellinger, facilitator for Home Fires Burning, a local group that supports female vets and military families, that they wanted time to study the issue. She made the pitch for funding on behalf of her organization and the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee.
The plot of Missoula Theater’s Princess and the Pea strays far from the original fairy tale, with Jack Frost wreaking havoc in the kingdoms of Storm Glacierdom and Riverdom and real-live Dust Bunnies crawling out from under a Princess’s bed to perform a ballet.
Relay for Life participants gather for a Luminaria Ceremony Saturday night at 10 p.m. The luminary are decorated in remembrance of community members who have died of cancer. The names of all were read during the ceremony as their names, and some photographs, were projected on the wall.