The Dalles is one step closer to being the featured town on Season 5 of Small Business Revolution, an online video program. The city is competing against four other U.S. towns: Benicia, Calif.; Fredonia, N.Y.; Livingston, Mont. and Spearfish, S.D. 

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A local group that hosts events to bring services to the homeless is moving its third such event, on Thursday, Jan. 30, to the Civic Auditorium, providing much more room and more privacy for medical services.

Gorge residents are invited to participate in a celebration of the life, work and dreams of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20, in Hood River.

Columbia Center for the Arts is seeking applications for their February 2020 Teen Poetry Slam.

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will host its seventh annual Blanket Drive Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at 523 East Third Street across from Sawyer’s Ace Hardware.


Six local dancers, three men and three women, will compete to reign supreme in the Gorge as “Dancing with the Gorge Stars” takes the stage at The Dalles High School 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.

The Columbia River Gorge Commission and Forest Service seek  comments on draft updates to the Economic Development chapter of the Scenic Area Management Plan. The public comment has been extended to Feb. 1, 2020. The public can engage in the following ways;

The Arlington Community Chamber of Commerce and the Arlington Lion’s Club are collaborating to bring the community a New Year’s Eve Ball.  Dubbed a “Starry Night in Monaco,” the ball will feature live music by The Hereafters and a gaming room.


The Gorge Winds Concert Band performs to a full house Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles. The program included A Christmas Carol, C’est Noel, A Christmas Portrait, The Polar Express, a Christmas Pop sing-a-long and other works. The program ended with the encore, We Wish You A Mer…

The Gorge Wind Concert Band performs in The Dalles 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Dr., The Dalles. Family $20; general admission $10; senior citizens and children 13-18 $5; children under 12 free. Contributed photo

“Yeti and Squatch in the Winter Wonderland of Oregon” will be read by Richard Hallman at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles.

Christmas nativity figures sparkle with melting frost in the early morning sun at Gateway Presbyterian Church in The Dalles as winter clouds gather over the Columbia River beyond. The church is located at 1111 Dry Hollow Rd.

Going Green Oregon State University Extension Central Gorge Master Gardeners participated in the 10th Annual Holiday Greenery Event on Dec. 7. Forty-five different wreaths and swags were made in the Central Gorge Master Gardener Greenhouse and donated to FISH Food Bank in Hood River and WGAP…

Senior Living and Mid-Columbia Senior Center meal menu

On Nov. 19, Sesame Street celebrated it’s fiftieth year on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). For my preschool children, Sesame Street was their daily ritual—and one Christmas I even bought my son a three foot tall stuffed Big Bird. (I was also a fan of Big Bird!)

But what does that have to do with aging?


The Festival of Trees auction is Friday night at The Dalles Civic Auditorium: Doors open at 6 p.m., tree auction begins at 7 p.m. 21 and over event, tickets $20. Event is hosted by the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation. This year’s auction consists of 26 decorated Christmas trees donated by local citizens, organizations and business to be sold at auction to the highest bidder. Silent auction items will also be available, as well as limited complementary champagne and hors d’ oeuvres.


The theme of this year’s Starlight Parade is “Ruby Red Christmas” and the fun begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.

As we enter the holiday season, a time to be thankful for our bounty and to share it with others, there are many who find this time difficult because of memories of past holiday seasons, isolation, and loneliness—triggering seasonal depression, or the Holiday Blues.

How often have you heard that you should start following a Mediterranean Diet? But do you know what that really means? And if you do, how often do you follow it? I you’re like me, you may have found it hard to give up the pizza and ice cream.


Hood River Valley Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (HRVCC) is hosting Nativity scenes from around the world—close to 500—in its the fellowship hall. Visitors are welcomed to view this unique collection 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., daily from Thursday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 8.

Gorge Community Music (GCM) will showcase student musicians Saturday, Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m. at their 410 E. Second St. stage.

Students at The Dalles Middle School listened quietly when Iraq veteran Aaron Carter, a Corporal with the U.S. Army, 4th Infantry (ret.), who is now manager of Columbia Gorge Toyota/Honda in The Dalles, spoke of his military service in Iraq.

Holiday Quilt This handmade quilt will be up for raffle at St. Peter’s Holiday Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary’s Academy, 1112 Cherry Heights Rd. The bazaar has been an annual event in The Dalles for 41 years. It hosts 90 rental tables, which feature local and out-of-town vendors and a…

Politics get very ugly in The Election by Don Zolidis, a timely satire on contemporary politics. The show at The Dalles High School Auditorium opened Nov. 7, with additional performances Friday Nov. 8 and Saturday Nov. 9. Next weekend, shows run Nov. 14, 15 and 16.  All performances are at 7…


The Election Politics begin to get very ugly as Mark Davenport (Taylor Beesk, left) and his campaign manager Karl Merriwether (Audrey Hampshire), at right, accept the services of a slick professional campaign manager Gary McMaster (Jacob Vallie, at center) in dress hearsal for The Election b…


Sunday presentation: Growing up in The Dalles, a view from two cultures: reading of a chapter titled “Celilo Falls: Parallel Lives Along N’Chi-Wana”


“This season has been our revenge tour,” TD senior Samuel Alvarez said. “I think that in the last couple of years, everyone has kind of dismissed us and thought of us as not too much of a challenge..."

The Dalles Mayor Rich Mays will be hosting his monthly “Second Saturday” gathering at Zim’s Brau Haus Restaurant, 604 E. 2nd, The Dalles on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lisa Farquharson, CEO of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce, will be the special guest. All residents are invited to come and share their ideals and visions for the city.

Healing and planting go shovel-in-hand on Nov. 9 in an event that, in arboreal terms, has a deep and wide root ball.

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