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Take a guided virtual road road trip down Interstate 84 and Washington State Highway 14 through the Columbia River Gorge with renowned geologist and photographer Dr. Marli Miller on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

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Main Street took over the Civic Auditorium ballroom Saturday night with a “March Merch Madness Kick Off” fundraiser, “Mardi Gras—A Chefs Choice Dinner.” The event featured music, dinner and a benefit auction, all in support of the The Dalles Main Street program. Participating restaurants inc…

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The Wasco County Board of Commissioners will consider Senate Bill 1530, or cap and trade, at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the county courthouse, 511 Washington St., suite 302.

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The Dalles High School presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a musical comedy with music composed by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics written by Tim Rice. Performances are Thursday and Friday, Feb. 20-21, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. The show continues next week with performances Thursday and Friday evening, Feb. 27-28, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoon, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m.

“Finding the Wire Trail: Early Instant Communication in the Gorge” is the title of the Saturday, Feb. 22 program at the Original Wasco County Courthouse, 410 West 2nd Place in The Dalles. The program begins at 1:30 p.m., and is fourth in a month-long series of presentations.

Breweries from around the state will celebrate Oregon’s craft beer scene with the 12th annual Zwickelmania Saturday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breweries will be opening their doors to the public with tours, tastings, meet-the-brewer sessions, and free samples.

The Sorosis Club of The Dalles is topic of the Regional History Forum presentation Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Original Courthouse, 410 West 2nd Place in The Dalles. It is the second in a month-long series of history presentation. Program begins at 1 p.m.

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ReVoiced, an a cappella group from Florida, will perform at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Doors open at 6 p.m., performance begins 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 students, $12 adults, available at Columbia Gorge Toyota, The Dalles Middle School and online at revoicedthedalles/brownpapertickets.com. Cost is $15 at the door.

The Dalles Toastmasters Club and a speech contest Saturday, Feb. 8, is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library in The Dalles. Also, The Dalles Mayor Rich Mays will host his monthly “Second Saturday” gathering at Cousin’s Restaurant, 2114 W. 6th Street, The Dalles from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Candy Armstrong, District 21 Superintendent, will be the Mayor’s guest. The mayor invites all residents to come share their ideals and visions for the City of The Dalles.

You know all the reasons moving is good for you: it strengthens your heart, keeps your brain sharp and helps maintain your weight. But why is it always so hard to actually start? Are you too busy? Afraid of falling? Too embarrassed to exercise in public? Or just too tired? Well, you are not alone. Only about half of adults get the 150 minutes per week of exercise the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends.

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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. 

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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