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COUNTRY WILL BE the theme of the upcoming Distinguished Young Woman program set for Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School auditorium. Talents, interviewing skills and more are on display as these high school junior-age young women compete for scholarship money. Pictured, front row, from left, Shyanna Rae Nails, Bailee Corlynn Newman; Back row Sammy Alice Minnick, Sydney Shade Langer, Bri Stavaas-Jamack, Marta Isela Gamez, Bailey Nicole Coyner, Victoria Williams, Vanessa Joana Verduzco.
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COUNTRY WILL BE the theme of the upcoming Distinguished Young Woman program set for Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School auditorium. Talents, interviewing skills and more are on display as these high school junior-age young women compete for scholarship money. Pictured, front row, from left, Shyanna Rae Nails, Bailee Corlynn Newman; Back row Sammy Alice Minnick, Sydney Shade Langer, Bri Stavaas-Jamack, Marta Isela Gamez, Bailey Nicole Coyner, Victoria Williams, Vanessa Joana Verduzco. Contributed photo

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ANNUAL BAZAAR: Cherry Heights Retirement is holding its annual bazaar May 10. Crafters and vendors are sought who are interested in selling their wares at this outside event. The space is 10 by 10 feet on the front lawn of Cherry Heights. Crafters provide their own tables and chairs. All proceeds go toward resident outings for items like admission into museums, ice cream treats and lunch trips.

Space is limited so sign-up is first-come, first-served. Even those who have already given their name need to call back to confirm their space. For more information, call 541-296-6880.

DEMOCRATS MEET: Wasco County Democrats meet Tuesday April, 8, 7 p.m., Wasco County meeting room, The Dalles.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: The Dalles Main Street is looking for volunteers to help with the two-day downtown spring clean-up, Wednesday, April 16, all day starting at 9 a.m., and Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To register, contact Matthew Klebes, Main Street Coordinator at 541-370-2966 or to let him know what date and time works best.

TUESDAY LECTURE: Ann Stanley will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m., Tuesday Lecture April 8 at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center. Stanley will be discussing how to keep moving and prevent falls as we age including a simple test to identify your risk of falling. She is a physical therapist at Gorge Spine and Sports Medicine.

April 4

DUFUR CARNIVAL: Dufur High School Carnival will be April 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., fun, prizes and games. Cotton candy, popcorn, bean bag toss, pop shoot out and candy fishing are also planned.

April 5

FUNDRAISING SALE: A whale of a garage-moving-shop-sacrifice-consignment-bake sale is planned to benefit the future Columbia Lutheran School. The days are April 5 and April 12 with more merchandise coming the second week.

Among the items for sale are furniture, small appliances, décor, household items clothing, tools and a BlueBird Wanderlodge diesel motor home.

The sale will be at Bethany Lutheran Church, 12th and Thompson streets, The Dalles.

KIWANIS MEETINGS: Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday noon at Spooky’s

April 5, is “Kiwanis One Day” when clubs around the world take on service projects in their communities.

April 10, is Bruce Lumper on the role and activities of The Dalles Watershed Council.

April 17, is Lauren Goldberg on the activities of Columbia Riverkeepers. April 24, is the monthly club business meeting.

April 26, Kiwanians organize the Cherry Festival Parade: 8th and Cherry Heights 7:30 a.m.

Online: www.thedalleski

MASTER GARDENERS: The Dalles/Wasco Co. Library will be hosting Master Gardeners: Bicki Griffith-Shaver and Lynn Jones for an informative presentation starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Now is the time to have questions answered as you start preparing for spring planting. Call 296-2815 for details.

April 6

CANCER FUNDRAISER: Kalee Frazer, a senior at Columbia High School in White Salmon, will be running a cancer fundraiser/walk-a-thon on Sunday, April 6, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. The walk-a-thon will take place at Columbia High School and will be open to walkers, joggers and runners of all stripes. All participants will need to sign a permission slip before beginning the walk.

Interested participants who would like to receive pledge sheets, sponsor a participant, or make donations are encouraged to contact Frazer at (509) 774-8307 or frazer.kalee@hotmail .com.more information, phone 541-296-8600 x 201, or visit www.gorgediscovery .org.

April 8

PESTICIDE RECERTIFICATION: Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers Pesticide Recertification, Worker Protection Standard. The class provides four core credit hours toward recertification of Oregon certified pesticide applicator licenses. Class meets at The Dalles campus, April 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. and HRICC, April 9, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The workshops are free. Pre-registration is required by calling the college at 541-506-6011 or online at

April 10

HAVEN EVENT: An Evening with Haven featuring culinary works by local chefs, wineries and music, is set for Thursday, April 10, at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. For more information, call 541-296-2065.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION: The Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s high-school scholarship application is now available. Any Mid-Columbia high school student graduating in spring 2014 may apply. Recipients may be awarded up to 12 credits tuition per term which can only be used at Columbia Gorge Community College. Recipients must attend CGCC in the 2014-15 academic year. Applications may be picked up in the Student Services department at The Dalles or Hood River campus as well as online at

Applications must be delivered to either The Dalles or Hood River Student Services department at Columbia Gorge Community College no later than noon, Thursday, April 10.

For more information, email or call 541-506-6111, or visit Student Services in The Dalles or Hood River.

April 11

RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS: The American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter is now recruiting volunteers to teach First aid and CPR/AED classes in the Hood River and The Dalles area. Community members are invited to join us for an open house event to learn about the Red Cross and how to get involved.

Enjoy a brief presentation about the history and mission of our organization, followed by a discussion of volunteer opportunities in your chapter area Friday, April 11, at 4 p.m. The American Red Cross office is at 507 W. 9th St. in The Dalles.

For more information, please e-mail or visit our website at

MARKER DEDICATION: On Friday, April 11, at 11 a.m., the public is invited as the Celilo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicates a basalt marker at the Fort Dalles Museum to recognize the Surgeon’s Quarters as the only remaining building of the original fort. It is a policy of DAR to catalog historic properties for national records.

The stone was donated by Larry Lange Landscaping and the etching done by Dave Cutler, Columbia Gorge Studios, Mosier.

April 12

FATHERHOOD WORKSHOP: Northwest Marriage Institute in partnership with Sonrise Academy presents a free fatherhood workshop Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Attendees — including spouses or girlfriends — will receive a free lunch and fathers will get a free $40 Fred Meyer gift card at the end of the day.

Free childcare is also provided and all books and materials are free. Three speakers will talk about responsible fatherhood, healthy relationships and Parenting with Love & Logic.

To register, go online at www.northwestmarriage.or or call 360-260-1100.

April 13

DONKEY BASKETBALL: A four-team basketball tournament atop donkeys is planned at Dufur High School, with great half-time entertainment, April 13 at 2 p.m. Proceeds of the event support the All Night Drug and Alcohol-Free Grad Party.

Tickets are available at the Dufur High School office, Klindt’s Booksellers, and at a higher price when purchased at the door.

CHERRY RIDE: St. Mary’s Academy of The Dalles will host the 10th annual Cherry of a Ride Sunday, April 13. This is a fully supported recreational ride in the Columbia River Gorge and offers scenic route options for every level of rider. Rides begin at St. Mary’s. Route lengths are 30, 48, 60, 80 and 100 miles.

For more information, contact the school at 541-296-6004 or email

COMMUNITY DINNER: The Mosier Grange and Mosier Volunteer Fire Department are sponsoring a community dinner Sunday, April 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dinner will be at the Mosier Grange Hall and feature grilled salmon, glazed ham, main dishes, salads and a cherry dessert. For cost and other information, call 541-478-3505.

Signs will mark the blossom and wildflower drive route through the Mosier Valley for an after-dinner drive.

April 14

SENIOR SERIES: OSU Open Campus presents “Mastery of Aging Well,” an informative series developed by OSU Extension in partnership with the AARP. This course is for seniors and for anyone who cares about seniors. The course includes 5 sessions of practical, research-based information on healthy aging that is delivered through a combination of video and facilitator-lead discussion. Topics covered include:

April 14, Memory difficulties: Should I be worried?

April 21, Depression in later life

April 28, Medication jeopardy

May 5, Food as medicine

May 12, Physical activity and exercise in later life

Classes are 10 a.m. to noon at Columbia Gorge Community College-Hood River Campus

Attend the entire series or one course-at-a-time. Register online at or call 541-308-8211. Cost $10 per class or $50 for the series. For information, call Ann Harris at 541-296-5494.

April 15

LATINO ART: The Dalles Art Association is calling for art for the “Viva los Artistas” juried art show, May 1 to May 31. An opening reception and awards are planned Thursday, May 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Artists from the Latino community are urged to submit entries in all media. Submissions will be accepted Tuesday, April 15, through Saturday, April 19, at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. Fourth St., The Dalles. Submission guidelines are available online at under the “Upcoming Events” tab.

OPEN HOUSE: North Wasco Virtual Academy’s Open House will be on April 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Learn more about free and local online learning options. If you are interested in home schooling, accelerated learning, or taking classes that are not offered at your school, this event is for you. For more information, contact NWVA @ 541-506-3449 x3003 or

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Dalles Meals on Wheels needs kitchen helpers and dining room helpers. Help in the kitchen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or help set up and clean up the dining room 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information or to sign up to be a volunteer, call Ashley at 541-298-8333.

April 16

HISTORY DINNER: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents “Pioneer Surveyors of the Columbia Gorge,” with Jerry Olson, Friday, April 18, 2014. The April history dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles. Jerry Olson will provide a progression of the original surveys in Wasco County with maps from 1858-1872, the role of the General Land Office, and information about the early pioneer surveyors of the Columbia River Gorge, including Justin Chenoweth and the first government surveyor from Wasco County, Edward Sharp. For tickets or more information, call 541-296-8600x201 by April 16.

DESSERTS NEEDED: Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. six local AFS students will be giving a multi-cultural presentation at the public library, to be followed by a dessert social. If you plan to attend and can bring a finger-food dessert (such as brownies, cookies or fruit), RSVP to Anya Kawka so she can keep track of how many desserts there will be. or 541-965-2902.

EXCHANGE EVENT: Five students from countries around the world will be presenting photos and stories from their homelands on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco Co. Public Library. The presentations will feature the countries of Jordan, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain. These dynamic young people are currently enrolled as exchange students at schools in Hood River, Dufur and The Dalles. Sponsored by AFS Intercultural Programs, this presentation is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a dessert social.

For more information, contact Michal Kawka, 541-965-2902

April 19

EGG HUNT: Flagstone’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m. All Kids ages 1-12 are invited to come and hunt eggs. Bring your own basket. The carrot carving contest will take place first, then the egg hunt, staged by age divisions. “Bonus Prize” tickets will be in some of the eggs, as an extra surprise. Kids may enjoy free ice cream afterwards. The public is welcome.

April 23

HABITAT PIZZA: The annual The Dalles Area Habitat for Humanity pizza feed will be Wednesday, April 23, at Spooky’s in The Dalles from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available from Habitat members, at the Habitat office at UCC Congregational Church, Klindt’s Book Sellers, the Habitat ReStore and Spooky’s. Proceeds help build affordable housing in the Mid-Columbia.

May 3

PIONEER MEETING: The Wasco County Pioneer Association 92nd annual meeting and luncheon will be Saturday, May 3 at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Drive in The Dalles.

Registration is at 9:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m., program at 1 p.m. Annual dues are $12.50 for individual, $15 per family, $14 for lunch.

For more information, call 541-993-9991.

May 7

MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER: The Mid-Columbia Car Club, in conjunction with The Dalles Burgerville, will host a memorial fundraiser for two car club members who recently died: Donna Keller and Dale Coles on Wednesday, May 7.

Ben Vollmar, chair of the raffle prize committee will be seeking donations of raffle prizes.

Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets and a percentage of sales occurring that evening at Burgerville will be evenly split between Hospice of Hood River (Donna Keller) and Sherman County Scholarship Fund (Dale Coles).

May 9

GOLF TOURNAMENT: St. Mary’s Academy Foundation of The Dalles will host its fifth Annual Golf Tournament Friday, May 9, at The Dalles Country Club.

Registration is limited to the first 64 players. The pre-registration fee is $65 per player. This event helps to fund SMA’s Tuition Assistance Program. Every participant will receive a specially designed tee prize, raffle items, silent auction opportunities, refreshments both on and off the course, as well as lunch. In addition, there are cash prizes for both teams and individuals.

Friends can put together a four-person team or sign individually to be placed on a team. For additional information or to register, please contact the school at 541-296-6004 ext. 414 or e-mail

DROP-IN VOLLEYBALL: Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District is offering drop-in volleyball every Thursday through May 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wahtonka School campus main gym.

Anyone over 16 years of age is welcome. A $1 drop-in fee applies.

For more information, call 541-296-9533 or email

June 8

GORGE-US GALS: The Gorge-Us Gals Ride in The Dalles, a benefit for HAVEN, is set for June 8. Registration is $50 until May 25, then increases to $60 per person. The registration fee helps survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking and dating violence.

For more information, call HAVEN at 541-296-1662.

August 1

CLASS REUNION: The Dalles High School Class of 1974 is planning its 40th year class reunion, Aug. 1, 2, and 3. We are seeking updated contact information for all classmates. For more information contact Joy Colvard Smith at and visit the Facebook page at

August 16

CLASS REUNION: The Wahtonka High School class of 1994 will host a reunion this summer that is open to anyone who attended Wahtonka in the 1990s. The will take place on August 16, at the Hood River Elks Lodge. There will be a dinner and a nineties themed dance party. Tickets are available online at for either that dance ($15) or the dinner ($20) or both. Tickets will be for sale until the deadline of May 31.


WEEKLY RUN: The Dalles Young Professionals hosts a weekly 5K run from Clock Tower Ales. The run happens each Tuesday starting at 5:30 pm. All skill levels and ages are welcome. It is a great opportunity to get a run in after work. Email for additional questions or concerns.

SOIL TESTING: OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners are now offering soil testing, which will continue weekly until October. Garden soil will be tested for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, pH, humus and texture. Cost is $25 per sample.

Information on sample collection is available on the OSU Master Gardener website. or call 541-296-5494 with your questions. Testing is available for home gardeners only.

PLANTS AVAILABLE: Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District still has some plant species available for purchase. Trees: vine maple, white alder, quaking aspen; shrubs: rugosa rose, woods rose, blue enderberry, snowberry; cuttings: peachleaf willow; conifers: noble fire, incense cedar, western larch, ponderosa pine and Douglas fir.

The district also has seedling protection tubes with bamboo stakes.

To ensure the district has specific plants, call 541-296-6178 ext. 101. Plants are available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be paid for at the time of order.

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:

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.

EXERCISE PROGRAM: There are three components to exercise, stretching, strength training, and aerobics. The Oregon State Extension service sponsors three Strong People programs in The Dalles and Mosier that will address the strength training and stretching portion. Classes are approximately one hour in length twice a week. Columbia Gorge Community College Auditorium, noon Mondays and Wednesdays. Mosier Senior Center lunch Room, 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Mid-Columbia Senior Center basement, 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information call OSU Extension 541-296-5494.

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.

COAT GIVEAWAY: The Salvation Army is offering coats all winter long during business hours for people in need, Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their office or thrift store at 623 E. Third St. in The Dalles.

Coats will be given to low-income individuals and families in need of warm coats for the winter.

For more information, call Kris at 541-296-6417.

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 Get a membership application or more information online at Blog: The society is also on Facebook.


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