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TRAP CLUB: The Mid-Columbia Trap Club will have a final meeting Thursday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Spooky’s.

The purpose of the meeting is to dissolve the club and dispose of all current assets.

FAMILIES FIRST: The Table of Friends benefit event takes on a “ritzy” 1920s theme Friday, May 2. The event is a benefit dinner and dessert auction for Families First and will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Mint. The event also raises awareness for Families First and their mission to strengthen families in The Dalles community.

Find more information about this event at the Table of Friends Facebook page, or contact Ida Arbo, event coordinator, by phone at 541-296-8118 Ext. 200, or by email at

April 21

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 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.

JAZZ NIGHT: School jazz bands from the Mid-Columbia will converge on The Dalles Civic Auditorium Monday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. for Mid-Columbia Jazz night.

School jazz bands include The Dalles, Hood River, Trout Lake, White Salmon, Bickleton and Goldendale.

Admission proceeds benefit the Civic.

April 22

STORM SPOTTER: Volunteers are being sought to participate in the latest weather spotter training on April 22, in The Dalles and Goldendale. The Skywarn Weather Spotter training is free. In Goldendale, the training will be at the 911 Center, 199 Industrial Way, beginning at 1 p.m. In The Dalles, the training will be in Room 1166 of Building 1 at Columbia Gorge Community College, 400 E. Scenic Drive, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be light refreshments and door prizes. The training sessions are being co-sponsored by Klickitat and Wasco County Emergency Management.

For more information, contact Dennis Hull at 541-969-7136 or email Hull at Additional information is also available at the National Weather Service website at

April 23

OYSTER FEED: Mid-Columbia Shrine Club fundraiser, 30th annual Oyster feed will feature oysters, razor clams or stuffed chicken April 23, from 5 to 7 p.m at the Windseeker Restaurant, 1535 Bargeway Rd, tickets (not deductible as a charitable contribution) are available at the door or call John 541-980-6499. Net proceeds benefit Mid-Columbia Shrine Club activities.

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.

April 26

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

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

Online: www.thedalleski

FARMERS MARKET: The public is invited to a free potluck with The Dalles Farmers Market Board on April 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mint. A representative from the USDA will be present to certify scales, and information and applications will be available for anyone interested in becoming a vendor with the market for the 2014 season. Additional information is available by calling Tim McClure at 541-993-1140

CHERRY TOURNAMENT: The 2014 MSP National Qualifier and 2014 Co-Ed Tournament are set during Northwest Cherry Festival Weekend at Kramer Fields. The Men’s Slow Pitch Qualifier is Saturday, April 26, with eight teams, two brackets and seeding from pool play. First, second and third places will receive plaques and medals. The national tournament fee is paid for Top D Teams.

Sunday, April 27, is the co-ed tournament featuring eight teams, two brackets and seeding from pool play.

Learn more from Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District at 541-296-9533 or online at

BEARS WANTED: The Cherry Festival Teddy Bear Run in The Dalles will be Saturday April, 26. Motorcycle riders are asked to bring a small to medium-sized bear or other stuffed animal to be donated to Mid-Columbia Medical Center for children. Clean toys without easily removed (and swallowed) decorations are needed. The Abate Poker Run follows. Sign up and start at the Kmart parking lot.

ROLLER DERBY: The Gorge Roller Girls will host a home team roller derby bout at the Goldendale High School Saturday, April 26. The Cherry Bombers and the River Reapers, two local home teams that field women from across the gorge, will battle for glory on the flat track.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Action starts at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door. For more information, contact Sarah White, aka Wreck-Less, at

April 29

SCIENCE CLASS: Wonderworks Children’s Museum of The Gorge is hosting a science class called “It’s Electric” for kids ages 6 to 9 Tuesday, April 29, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Class will be $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Children will experiment with electricity and create a small project as well. Stop by the museum at 206 Madison St., The Dalles, email or call 541-980-5922 to register.

DOCUMENTARY NIGHT: A free Geoengineering Documentary is planned for Tuesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco County Library, 722 Court St., The Dalles, featuring “Look Up.” Dane Wigington, lead researcher from will be on hand to answer questions afterward.

Also included will be flyers, photos, local lab analysis of rainwater, patents, documents and other supporting evidence on discs free for attendees to take home.

April 30

SCHOLARSHIP OFFER: Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma is offering a $750 scholarship to a Sherman, Wasco or Hood River county teacher in the first through fifth year of employment. Deadline to apply is April 30. The application requires a transcript, recommendations. Obtain more detailed information from Beth Kaser at 541-296-6605.

May 1

LATINO ART: The Dalles Art Association is calling for art for the “Viva los Artistas” juried art show, May 1 to May 31 in conjunction with a Latino invitational show of well-known artists from the Pacific Northwest. An opening reception and awards are planned Thursday, May 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Artists from the Latino community are invited to submit entries in all media. Submissions will be accepted Tuesday, April 15, through Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. Fourth St., The Dalles.

Find entry forms and information online at, come into the gallery at 220 E 4th Street, The Dalles, or call 541-296-4759.

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.

EYE CARE: Indian Creek Family Eye Care in Hood River is having a Kids Free Vision Clinic for uninsured kids age 18 and under Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dr. Rebecca Chown and Dr. Fraser Horn will be offering free comprehensive eye exams and glasses. Time and space is limited so contact Indian Creek Family Eye Care to set up an appointment today.

For any questions regarding this upcoming clinic, contact the clinic office by email or phone 541-386-1700.

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

May 10

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.

May 24

ZOMBIE RUN: Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation is hosting the “gruesomely grand” $5 5K Keep Calm and Zombie Run Saturday, May 24, at Sorosis Park, starting at 9 a.m. Constumes are encouraged.

For more information, visit or call the district at 541-296-9533.

May 31

FUND RUN: Columbia Gorge ESD, Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education is holding the annual Rainy Day Fund Run; a 3k, 5k and 10k run/walk on the Riverfront Trail, Saturday, May 31, at 9 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) The event begins and ends at Kiwanis Park at Klindts Cove (off Klindt Drive in the port area). Registration forms can be obtained at All proceeds from the event go to the Rainy Day Fund.

SPRING CONCERT: “Broadway and Beyond” is the title of the Cascade Singers’ 2014 spring concert. Performances are Saturday, May 31, at 7 p.m. and Sunday June 1 at 3 p.m. at St. Peter’s Landmark, W. 3rd and Lincoln Streets, The Dalles. Choral arrangements of Beatle’s classics and jazz standards are featured, along with favorites from Broadway musicals, Hollywood film scores and “Tin Pan Alley” by the choir, ensemble, and children’s choir. Suggested donation at the door is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and children 12 and under free. Contact Director Lloyd Walworth for program sponsorship or further information at 541-340-9858.

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.

August 23

PARK ART: Artists and crafters are invited to register now to sell their art and craft work at the annual Art in the Park event Saturday, Aug. 23, at Sorosis Park.

Register online at or call Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District at 541-296-9533.


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.

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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