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Arts and entertainment calendar from April 23

Arts and entertainment calendar from April 23

Schwartz backs health district

Volunteer Kathy Schwartz, asked by Wasco County to help study public health delivery options, believes a public health district is the best way to go and hopes to convince the county of it.

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James Otto concert set

Grammy nominee here July 3

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Historic Chinese Building open for tour

Thanks to its relocation to First Street, the Northwest Cherry Festival this year offers a rare glimpse into a little known era of local history: that of the Chinese settlement in The Dalles dating back to the 1880s.

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Festival includes sport lineup

While many patrons of the Northwest Cherry Festival will be watching the parade and seeking out the carnival and stage entertainment, there will also be plenty for sports fans to see.

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Cherry Festival entertainment varies

Sock hop set for Saturday

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Home show expanded this year

Outdoor vendors will expand into fourth street near Civic

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2015 Northwest Cherry Festival

In its 36th year, the Northwest Cherry Festival will look a little different in 2015 as it moves to First Street. Expanding to three days, the festival will officially begin Friday, April 24, at 2 p.m. with a tribute to the community, but events surrounding the festival stretch out over a week.

What's happening from March 31

Community events calendar from March 31, 2014.

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Cherry Festival branches out

Tina Skeele wants the 36th annual Northwest Cherry Festival to be so big that cars on Interstate 84 will have to stop in The Dalles to check out the week-long event.

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Bound for the big time

Teen is already a paid actor

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For the Love of Music

Oscar Ortiz, a sophomore at The Dalles High School, still remembers how he felt as a young child hearing the music in videos his dad brought from Mexico. “I was just kind of awestruck. I don’t know how to explain it. It just amazed me, the way everything sounded,” he said. “Ever since, I’ve loved music.” Today, at the ripe old age of 16, Ortiz has amassed a variety of instruments as he pursues his wide-ranging love of music.

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Godspell opens at TD high school

The Dalles High School Theatre Department will be performing “Godspell,” one of the longest-running off-Broadway musicals, beginning March 12, at 7:30 p.m. The musical is based on parables from the book of St. Matthew. The playful and poignant score by Stephen Schwartz includes such songs as “God Save the People,” “All Good Gifts” and the international hit “Day By Day.” The music is a driving force and combined with vaudevillian antics and theatrical play creates a joyous, poignant, spiritual experience for the audience, regardless of individual religious beliefs or practices. Performances will be at The Dalles High School Auditorium March 12-13, at 7:30 p.m., March 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., March 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. and March 21 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., performances start at 7:30. Tickets are $6.50 for adults and students and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12. Performers include Ema Erikson as John the Baptist and Judas, Erick Hoffmeyer as Jeffery, Felix Brantner as Lamar, Murphy Goldsberry as Herb, Whitney Scott as Robin, Tatiana Diamond as Joanne, Caitlan Snow as Peggy, Mia Kochis as Sonia and Ashley Claussen as Gilmer. In the chorus are April Alvarez, Stephanie Kunz, Avery Cardosi, Kyle Tucker and Madeliene Morgan.

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The art of birds focus of show

It’s all things avian at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., in Hood River, during the month of March.

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Artist and author Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield

It’s mid-day on a Saturday in February, and artist Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield is pulling on a pair of heavy work gloves. “I melted my first ones,” she says as she heads out the back door of her working studio at Lone Pine dressed in jeans and a work shirt and takes a short trail down an embankment. She is headed for “the pit,” a large hole about 3 ½ feet deep currently capped by large sheets of corrugated sheet metal. Portions of the covering metal are blackened by heat and smoke.

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