The Cascade Singers community choir is beginning its fall season. The Singers meet under the direction of Miles Thoming-Gale Sundays from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church (10th and Union Streets) in The Dalles. One-hour work sessions also happen Thursdays at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (305 E 11th St.) in The Dalles.

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Quilts for Cops A Quilts for Cops workshop was hosted by the city of Wasco Sept. 21 at the Wasco Event Center (903 Barnett St.) in Wasco. Attending were 30 sewers, including four 4-H beginning sewers. The assembled quilt tops were taken back to the Quilts for Cops headquarters near Newberg, …

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Have you always wanted to see inside the historic IOOF building?  Here is your chance! The Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held there on Sunday, Oct. 20, with registration at 12:30 p.m. and luncheon at 1 p.m. Cost of the luncheon is $15.

Older adults make countless contributions to our communities, but they are often forgotten in our youth-obsessed society. It takes commitment and perseverance to continue working or volunteering to help our neighbors and improve our communities. It’s not easy—but it’s not easy getting older either. Yet we all get older, and we can all contribute.

To recognize the contributions of older adults in Wasco County, the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, in cooperation with Age+, is soliciting nominations for the first Wasco County Ageless Award. There are three criteria for the nominees: the person has to be seventy-five or older, an individual who has made and continues to make substantial contributions to the lives of others, and an individual who serves as a role model showing that our elders are a significant part of the community fabric.

  The Dalles Mayor Rich Mays will host his monthly “Second Saturday with the Mayor” from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. This month’s meet will be held at Route 30 Bottle & Brews (317 E. 2nd St.) in The Dalles. This month’s feature guest is city Police Chief Pat Ashmore. Bring your …

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Shoppers at The Dalles Farmers' Market were treated to a performance by "Bosco" Saturday, Sept. 28. Bosco, of The Dalles, performed a blues set, his vocals supported by the resonator guitar he played in a lap-steel slide style..

Columbia Gorge Book Festival is proud to announce our first book festival. The Dalles is a place full of beauty and history and we feel that this is the perfect place to start a new tradition.

Oregon DMV is changing its office hours on Wednesdays by moving opening time from 9 a.m.  to 10 a.m. starting Oct. 16. Closing time will remain 5 p.m. Business hours for other days will remain unchanged.

 The 17th annual Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival will take place on Oct. 4-6 in Shaniko and Madras.

With all the Medicare television ads and mailbox stuffers, you probably know that Medicare Open Enrollment begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. But where can you get unbiased information to help you navigate through the complicated and often frustrating Medicare system?

You can find that information by making an appointment with a SHIBA counselor. To do so, contact the Mid-Columbia Senior Center at 541-296-4788 or SHIBA at 541-288-8341. SHIBA is a federally-funded, nationwide program that trains volunteers to provide free one-on-one Medicare counseling.

Several years ago, to celebrate their 30th Anniversary, One Community Health created Gorge Happiness Month. Since then Gorge Happiness Month has grown—forming its own non-profit with the support of over a hundred businesses, organizations and local governments.

The Sherman County School District will be celebrating the induction of four individuals and one team into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor at a reception in the cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19.  There will also be a presentation and celebration of 151 years of education in Sh…

The Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee, Inc., will host a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) ceremony today, Friday, Sept. 20, at the war memorial located at the view point across from Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. and lasts about 40 minutes.

So far, one person, Solea Kabakov, has applied to fill the Zone 5 vacancy on the D21 school board.

The D21 school board in a 4-1 vote Thursday directed staff to enter into a contract with a national executive search firm to help the board find a new superintendent.

There’s something strange in your neighborhood, so put your tennis shoes on and get ready to walk!

The Dalles Main Street will be leading fearless guests on a series of macabre, ghost-story-filled historic walking tours Friday and Saturday nights in October.  Guides lead as guests explore historic—and some say haunted—downtown The Dalles, bringing stories of spirits who linger in the shadows and terrifying tales of murder and mayhem.

An informational presentation about the ABLE program is scheduled today, Monday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W 9th Street, The Dalles, in the Deschutes Room. Co-hosted by The Arc of the Mid-Columbia.

At every stage of life there are challenges. (Thankfully we don’t have to worry about pimples anymore!) But there is always something to laugh about—although it is often hard to find jokes and anecdotes about older adults that don’t reinforce negative stereotypes.

It’s been 18 years since planes flew into the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, and Joe Cruz, a former New York fireman who spent 17 straight days at Ground Zero on recovery efforts, said health issues “have become very big.”

The public pool in The Dalles will be open for a “bonus swim” this Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 6 p.m.

Over the past year, Columbia Area Transit, Mt. Adams Transportation Services and the LINK have launched new transit routes that serve The Dalles, and are holding an open house in The Dalles tonight, Aug. 29, 5 to 6 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles, Building 2, Lecture Hall.