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Singers to celebrate 40 years

Lloyd Walworth was only 30 years old when he decided to start a community choir in The Dalles. Four decades later, the Cascade Singers are still going strong and will celebrate with a “Forty Years of Happy Singing” concert Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m. in the same venue as their very first show — St. Peter’s Landmark.

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Pirates invade The Dalles Middle School

Pirates of Penzance

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Building a community for music

A new retail music business is open in The Dalles. The new store, Gorge Community Music, will be located in the former Columbia River Music location at 410 E. Second St., The Dalles. Steve and Wendy Schaefer of Dufur have been joined by their daughter Ursula Schaefer and her partner Caleb Prescott. Caleb and Ursula will manage the store and website.

Fair retains Vegas theme

The Wasco County Fair is sticking with the theme “What Happens in Tygh Vegas…” Despite receiving pushback from 4-H and others, the fair board unanimously approved the 2016 theme at its May 9 meeting in Tygh Valley. Zachary Harvey, chairman of the fair board, said he, Chris Schanno, Colleena Tenold-Sauter, Ken Polehn and Michael Hunt did discuss changing the theme before making their final decision.

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Pirates of Penzance

Pirate King Taylor Beeks sings “Cat Like Tread” during dress rehearsal of “The Pirates of Penzance JR” by The Dalles Middle School theater department. The classic comedy opens Friday at 7 p.m. in the TDMS Commons. Additional performances are May 14, 20 and 21. Concessions will be available before, during and after the show.

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Cinco de Mayo

Daisy Morales, a seventh grader in The Dalles Middle School Dance and Homework Club, performed during a Cinco de Mayo assembly at the school Thursday afternoon.

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Estep engineers music revue

A senior engineer at Insitu, Garry Estep was long retired from the music industry when he was asked to read for a small part in The Dalles Theater Company’s presentation of “Sordid Lives” last year. Next thing he knew, Estep was on stage in his underwear, which led to him joining the theater company’s board of directors, performing in another play—“Dracula the Musical”— and now he’s him directing “The Quintessential Rogers and Hammerstein.”

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Carnival Canter

A young girl waves to her family as she rides a pony on a Davis Northwest Carnival carousel near First Street during the Cherry Festival Saturday. More photos, A14.

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Fair theme ‘What happens in Tygh Vegas...’ draws fire

The Wasco County Fair Board wanted to pick a theme that would get people talking. And “What Happens in Tygh Vegas…” has done just that.

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Signs and rhymes author visits elementary schools

Portland author Dawn Prochovnic had kindergarteners at Dry Hollow Elementary School signing and rhyming Friday as she read from her picture book series Story Time with Signs and Rhymes. Dry Hollow was one of four elementary schools Prochovnic visited in The Dalles as she also went to Colonel Wright, Chenowith and St. Mary’s Academy to show students the importance of reading and writing.

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Andrés 123 to perform in The Dalles

Andrés Salguero, a Latin musician who Billboard Magazine called “A rockstar for little language learners,” is coming to The Dalles. The free concert is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church and was made possible by donations from Wasco County Trust, Friends of the Library and Fairfield Inn and Suites.

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Opening Night

The Dalles senior Avery Cardosi, standing, sings “Pandemonium” from the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” to be performed by the high school’s theater department March 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $6.50 for adults and students and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12. Also pictured are Jesse Underhill, back, from left, Leslie Blakely, Dot Young, middle, from left, Ryann Walker, Ian Webb, front, from left, Mollie Daggett, April Alvarez and Felix Brantner.

What's Happening for March 9

Announce your public, nonprofit activities here: E-mail to tdchron @thedalleschronicle.com or drop off your information at the Chronicle, 315 Federal St., The Dalles.

Fourth secures future

Fort Dalles Fourth, the group that started a July 4 fireworks show in 2014, has restructured and entered into partnerships with The Dalles Main Street Program and The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce to provide a solid future of growth for the July 4 activities.

What's Happening for March 4

Announce your public, nonprofit activities here: E-mail to tdchron@thedalleschronicle.com or drop off your information at the Chronicle, 315 Federal St., The Dalles.

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