The Arlington Jackpot Rodeo kicks off its 72nd year May 4 & 5 in Arlington, Ore.  Events will begin Saturday, May 4, with a parade through downtown Arlington at 10:00 a.m.

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The annual Easter Egg Scramble is Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park, downtown The Dalles at First and Union streets. The new Columbia Gorge Toyota partners with Bicoastal Media to produce this long-time community event, also presented by A Kidz Dental Zone, Cascade Square Merchants, Casa El Mirador and Columbia Gorge Affordable Homes.

As a way to support the community’s most vulnerable families, The Next Door Inc. is hosting a donation drive for an upcoming Community Baby Shower.

The cruise ship American Song docks in The Dalles for the first time March 27. Described as the “flagship in the new series of contemporary riverboats from American Cruise Lines,” the ship has a capacity of 184 guests, modern design features and contemporary styling, according to the cruise line.

Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles plans to observe National Poetry Month with a “reading and gathering” Saturday, April 13, at 5 p.m., emceed by local poet Jack Lorts and featuring Oregon Book Award winner Penelope Scambly Schott, from Dufur, who teaches an annual poetry workshop.

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A movie about empowering girls is set for a screening Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Academy. There is a $5 suggested donation. The movie, “Girl Rising,” is being screened by a local girls’ club called Girl Up.

“An Evening with HAVEN,” the annual major fundraiser for HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, is set for Thursday, April 4 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center.

A nationally recognized expert on the effects of screen time on the developing brain is in The Dalles for a free talk Monday, March 18, kicking off a four-part series of talks hosted by YouthThink. Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis, from Seattle Children’s Hospital, will be speaking from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Dalles Middle School.

Garry Estep rehearses on the organ at St. Peter’s Landmark while Cascade Singers’ director, Miles Thoming-Gale, looks on. Estep joins the Singers, along with Victor Johnson, the River City Dudes barbershop quartet, members of Barley Draught, and other instrumentalists, for “St. Pat’s at St. …

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The Dalles High School Theatre Department presents a tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, March 14-16 and March 21-23, at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees March 16 and March 23.

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Local performing arts group Serious Theater has announced they are extending their production run of “The War of the Worlds” an additional weekend thanks to positive feedback received from audiences.

The sixth annual Google Wind Challenge is blowing into the Gorge Saturday, March 16, at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles.

The local chapter of Ducks Unlimited celebrated their 34th year with a fundraising banquet and auction at the Hood River Inn. More than a hundred donors in Hood River and The Dalles contributed items. Young Ducks Unlimited members also received prizes at the banquet; pictured is a “Greenwing…

On Friday, March 8, 7 p.m., Bonneville Power Administration Library and Visitor Center archivist Libby Burke will give a talk at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center on its new exhibit, “High Voltage—BPA and the HVDC Test Center, 1963-2017.”

Columbia Gorge Community College will host Oregon poet Clemens Starck at their Hood River/Indian Creek campus Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m., for a free reading event.

Historic photos and family stories featuring a nearby Japanese farming settlement in the early 20th century will be featured Saturday, March 9. The rescheduled Regional History Forum program takes place at the Original Wasco County Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place, The Dalles. 

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An inaugural event to provide services to the homeless drew about 100 people Jan. 30, far exceeding the organizers’ expectations. Called the “Community Connection,” the event was created by The Dalles Housing Solutions Coalition to not only reach the homeless, but those who can help the homeless.

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The roller derby match between the Gorge Roller Girls and the Storm City Roller Girls at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center last Saturday drew fans from around the Gorge.

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