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OFFICIALS NEEDED: The Mid-Columbia Football Officials Association is extremely short on and in need of officials for the upcoming 2014 season. The association provides service for more than 10 high schools, middle schools, and youth football in the Mid-Columbia area. Details: Bob McFadden at 541-340-1900.
EARLY SCREENING: The Columbia Gorge Education Service District, Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education programs will be holding an Early Childhood screening on Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The screening will be held at the Early Childhood Center located at 1717 West 10th Street in The Dalles, Oregon. The screening is free of charge. Parents are welcome to bring their child in any time during the screening hours. For any further information please call the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education program at 541-296-1478.
CAR RAFFLE: The Dalles Art Center is holding a raffle for a 1984 Dodge Colt. The car was donated to TDAC in good condition (i.e. 120,000 miles, still runs, reliable) and custom painted by artists Lettie Young and Angel Avila. Tickets are available at the TDAC building, $5 each, and a total of 500 will be sold. The drawing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4, during the reception at TDAC from 5 to 7 p.m. All proceeds go to The Dalles Art Center. Tickets are going fast. If you would like to see the car, it is parked out in front of the Art Center building most days during business hours. Feel free to give us a call to see if it is here today, 541-296-4759.
PARENT SERVICES: New Parent Services will celebrate 25 years of service Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Rd. The event celebrates the organizations and people who have made a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of children and parents.
BENEFIT CONCERT: The second annual benefit concert for United Way of the Columbia Gorge will feature a Hit Machine block party Friday, Sept. 5, at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles. Doors open at 5 p.m. Band starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds will support human service programs in the local community. Advance tickets for this 21-and-older event are $10 at Klindt’s, Westwind Gallery and Clock Tower or $15 at the door.
ANNUAL EVENT: Fort Dalles Museum is pleased to welcome back the second annual Living History and Idaho Civil War Volunteers. This event has been expanded to include Union and Confederate camps and Dutch oven cooking, artillery and cannon firing demonstrations, black powder musket drills, and a Union Gatling gun.
The encampment is free and open to the public. Admission will be charged for the museum buildings. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7. Contact Fort Dalles Museum at 541-296-4547 or email@example.com for more information.
MIDDLE AGES: Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Announcing a look into the middle ages. Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Dalles/Wasco Co. Library will be hosting the Shire Hauksgardr for a hands on experience of life in the middle ages through the Arts, Sciences and Herldry of the time. Call the library for more details 541-296-2815.
DINNER and FILM: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents a dinner and film screening of “Sirius: Disclosure,” Friday, Sept. 12. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the film starts at 7 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles. The film features interviews from expert witnesses who testify to a cover-up regarding secret technologies developed from UFO crash sites. This controversial film is presented to spark lively discussion and intelligent debate and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Discovery Center’s board or staff. Price is $23 for dinner and film, or $5 for the film only. Seating is limited and reservations are required before September 8.
LIONS SPEAKERS: The Dalles Lions Club meets Tuesdays at noon at Spooky’s. Upcoming speakers include:
Sept. 9, Mike Young, talking on the changing face of transportation.
Sept. 16, Leisha Wallace & Travis Biggs speaking on the new and improved St. Vincent de Paul store in The Dalles.
Sept.23, Open @ this time.
Sept. 30, Sue Jaggers speaking about Earth Angles.
ORGANIZATION WORKSHOP: Hood River Middle School Library. Do you (or your student) struggle with keeping all those papers organized? An organization workshop is planned Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to help give parents useful strategies to helping their students start the new school year off organized. In this 90-minute workshop, parents will learn the key elements to an organized work space, how to manage the backpack and papers, helpful time management tips for teens, how to support your student without the argument.
Cost: $12 and register at www.disorder2order.com.
HARVEST MOON: Take time to appreciate the Harvest moon on Monday, Sept. 8, when the Discovery Center offers a free interpretive walk down the scenic Riverfront Trail. Meet natural and cultural history interpreter Steve Thompson in front of the Discovery Center at 6:30 p.m. for this one hour hike.
The path is paved and handicap-accessible. Hikers may continue off-trail on a moderately-sloped descent down to the banks and shallows of the Columbia River. The crest of the moon’s full phase comes at 6:38 p.m. This full moon night is one of the brightest for the Americas. Bring your friends and family for this free event, but please leave pets at home.
BOOK SALE: The Dalles Friends of Library used book sale, Saturday Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to noon. 722 Court St, at The Book Barn behind the library. Lots of books for lots of interests. A little something for everyone. Some stuff is even free. Proceeds aid the library and their community programs. Help support Literacy. For more information call 541-296-2815.
PEAR CELEBRATION: The Hood River County Fruit Loop hosts the 2014 Pear Celebration, Sept. 19 and 20, at farms, fruit stands, wineries, and special attractions all along the scenic “loop.” Find many varieties of fresh pears, baked goods, gourmet pear specialties, pear wines and hard ciders, many food and barbecue options, country fun for kids, beautiful scenery, and much more. The pear is Oregon’s official state fruit.
SATURDAY BREAKFAST: The next Saturday Breakfast will be Sept. 20, sponsored by the AARP Smart Driver’s Course. The Smart Driver’s course is offered at the Center from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Monday and Tuesday of every month. The cost is $20 and $15 for AARP members. Call the Center at 541-296-4788 to sign up.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Dalles Hope Warming Place needs volunteers. The organization will open its doors Nov. 16 to people in need of shelter from the cold from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Volunteer trainings will be available soon. Contact Nonie Cornell 541-397-0591 or Ed Elliott 541-386-5857.
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: www.va.gov.
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. www.extension.oregonstate.edu/wasco or call 541-296-5494 with your questions. Testing is available for home gardeners only.
WOMEN’S CYCLING: Bicycle rides for women of all abilities are forming up Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. at the new Dalles City Cyclery, 121 E. Second St., The Dalles.
PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION: The First United Methodist Preschool for 3, 4, and 5 year olds is now accepting registration for the 2014-2015 school year. Call 541-980-2713 or 541-298-1008.
AFS EXCHANGE: Become a global family by hosting an AFS Intercultural Programs high school student this school year. Welcome an AFS Exchange Student from one of 90 countries. Families and individuals are accepted year-round.
Local AFS Volunteers will support families and their hosted student throughout the experience to help both receive the most from their time together.
Start the process at www.afsusa.org/host, or call 1-800-AFS-INFO or email the local Portland Oregon contact at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.com for additional questions or concerns.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Get a membership application or more information online at http://community.gorge.net/genealogy/about.html Blog: http://cggsblog.blogspot.com. The society is also on Facebook.