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WINTER HOURS: Saturday Night Bingo at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center will be starting at 4 p.m. with the doors opening at 2 p.m. beginning on Dec. 6, and continue through the winter months. Every Saturday night over $1000 is paid out. Minimum buy-in is $10. Everybody welcome. New players encouraged to arrive by 3:30 p.m.

SOUP DINNER: The Dalles National Honor Society is hosting a soup dinner to benefit The Dalles Warming Place. The dinner will be Wednesday Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at The Dalles Middle School cafeteria. You can call The Dalles High School office for tickets or purchase them at the door the night of the event.

CHORAL REHEARSAL: Ongoing choral rehearsals for free community Handel's Messiah concert the following Sundays: Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14, at 6 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1815 E. 15th St., The Dalles. All interested community members invited. For more info call Lloyd Walworth: 541-296-3692/541-340-9858 or Chloris Mullins, 541-296-6406/541-296-0840. Performance on Dec. 20, 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Landmark in The Dalles.

December 2

LIONS SPEAKERS: The Dalles Lions Club meets Tuesdays at noon at Spooky’s. Upcoming speakers include: Dec. 2, Business meeting. Dec. 9, Dave Edwards with One Community Health. Dec. 16, Marilyn Urness on Historic Chinatown in TD. Dec. 23, Christmas program, singing and storytelling.

LIGHT UP A LIFE: The annual Providence Hospice of the Gorge Light up a Life events are scheduled for Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at The Riverenza in The Dalles, and Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center in Hood River.

December 5

DONATIONS NEEDED: Project Keep Warm is asking the community for homemade and store purchased hats and scarves for the children of Head Start in the Gorge and area elementary students. Yarn to make hats and scarves and volunteers to create them are also needed. Material is provided to volunteers who would like to donate time to making the items. Those interested in donating are encouraged to call 541-0298-2937 or 541-340-9971. For more information, contact the ACTS office at 541-298-4277 or visit www.actsthedalles.org

TREE FESTIVAL: Mid-Columbia Medical Center sponsors the annual Festival of Trees on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Civic Auditorium, 232 E. Fourth Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the auction for trees decorated by area businesses, individuals and service organizations begins at 7 p.m. Proceeds go to the Celilo Cancer Center fund and Breast Health for Strong Families program.

EXHIBIT OPENING: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is hosting an exhibit opening Friday, Dec. 5, for the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942 - 1964.” An optional dinner at 6 p.m. is available for $17. A free showing of the film “Harvest of Loneliness” will be presented at 7 p.m. The bilingual exhibit opening is free to the public two days, on Friday, Dec. 5, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 6

IN RECITAL: Soprano Rebecca Gooch and Pianist Robert Tupper, Sat. Dec. 6, 7 p.m. at St Paul Episcopal Church, 1805 Minnesota St, The Dalles. Donations accepted on behalf of Walworth Music Foundation. Also performing Europatopia Old World Fusion Klezmer, Gypsy and Sephardic.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity will be hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the basement of the UCC Church, 5th and Court St., from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a homemade soup lunch, local vendors and baked goods.

December 12

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Cascade Singers presents Small Venue Holiday Concerts at the Old St. Paul’s Chapel, 601 Union Street Friday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.; at the Wasco County Courthouse, 5th & Washington Saturday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m.; and at the Riverenza Café & Gathering Hall, 401 E. 10th Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m. Suggested donation at the door: $10 adults, $5 students, seniors and children under 12 free.

December 13

OPEN HOUSE: The History Museum of Hood River County will be hosting a free Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 13, from noon until 4 p.m. The Sweet Adelines will perform and festivities include holiday crafts and scavenger hunts where kids can become Junior Historians. Light refreshments will be served. Unique items are now on sale in the Gift Shoppe. The museum of located at 300 E. Marine Drive in Hood River. For more information call 541-386-6772.

DUFUR BAZAAR: Dufur’s St. Alphonsus Altar Society is having its annual bazaar Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its hall at the corner of First and Church streets in Dufur. Baked goods, vendors, and wreaths and swags by the Dufur Valley Garden Club. Call Pat Roberts 541-993-4328 for information and table rental.

OPEN HOUSE: The Wasco County Historical Society, the Original Wasco County Courthouse and Fort Dalles Museum are sponsoring an Open House Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 4 pm. at the historic Rorick House, 300 W 13th Street in The Dalles. Come and share the spirit of the season with music and refreshments.

ESSAY CONTEST: The Celilo Chapter of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is hosting an essay contest for all students in grades 5-12 living in the Gorge. For students in grades 5-8, the topic is “A Child’s Journey through Ellis Island.” For grades 9-12, the topic is “Joining Christopher Columbus on His Voyage to the New World.” The Celilo Chapter sponsors this contest each year through the National DAR organization in Washington, D.C. Deadline is before Jan. 20. For more information and complete directions, ask a teacher or visit the display at the libraries listed, or call Barbara Menard at 541-352-7740.

Ongoing

ACTS PROGRAM: ACTS after School meets each Thursday (except for District 21 non-school days) from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Gateway Presbyterian Church, 1111 Dry Hollow Road. The after school program includes homework help, educational activities, a healthy meal, a Life Lesson and a large group game. Rotating special activities will include seasonal crafts, art projects, problem-solving “instant challenges”, and baking and cooking projects. Cost is $2, however, in accordance with ACTS policy, no one will be turned away.

GROUP MEMBERS: Established writer’s group seeks a few new members, all genres welcome. Informal weekly meetings offer constructive and supportive critiques of works in progress. For more information call Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield at 541-980-1288 or 541-965-2471.

BOARD MEMBERS: The Mid-Columbia Center for Living is seeking new members to represent the counties of Hood River, Sherman and Wasco on the Prevention & Treatment and Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board. The Board meets the first Monday of every month in The Dalles from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. lunch is provided to Board members. Please contact Amy Johnson at 296-5452, ext. 4350 for further information.

CRAFT NIGHT: Family Craft Night is the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the main part of the Library. All ages are welcome to join us.

SUPPORT GROUP: All are welcome to a Grief Support Group sponsored by Providence Hospice of the Gorge offered free of charge every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 9 to 10 a.m. in The Dalles, 751 Myrtle St. (Providence Hospice and Home Services) and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Hood River, 1795 8th St. (Hawk’s Ridge Assisted Living Facility). For more information please call 541-387-6449.

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.

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: 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.

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 wildflowers@gorge.net. 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.

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