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MONTHLY MEETING: Wasco County Democrats meet Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco County Library conference room.

SUPPORT GROUP: The next meeting of the Widows of Veterans Gathering and Support Group will be Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Veteran Services Office, 201 Federal Street, The Dalles.

These gatherings are an opportunity for grief support as well as ensuring that widows of veterans are aware of and accessing all the support available from the Veteran Services. Feel free to call Barb Thomas at 541-467-2651 or Joyce Powell Morin at 541-296-7266 for more information.

TEDMED LIVE: A partnership between TEDMED and MCMC, brings an opportunity to Unlock Imagination in the Service of Health and Medicine. TEDMED Live Streaming 2014, comprising more than 70 talks from transformative thinkers in health and medicine will be hosted at MCMC’s Water’s Edge Rock Creek conference room Sept. 10, 11 and 12. There’s no requirement to sign up. For more information about Session Speakers and times visit our website at /www.ted

SPECIAL HOURS: The Original Wasco County Courthouse at 410 W. Second Place (behind the Chamber of Commerce) will be open special hours during the Cycle Oregon Event Sept. 11, 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No admission charge, donations welcome.

For more information or to schedule special tours contact Sandy Bisset at or 541-298-1240.

September 8

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.

September 9

FARMERS MARKET: The Dalles Wahtonka Community School Farmers market is at 3601 west 10th St. The Dalles, on every Thursday at 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. You can call 541-506-3410 or you can email me at We would like to have consigner or venders.

FELLOWSHIP MEETING: You are invited to The Riverenza on Sept. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. to learn about Child Evangelism Fellowship. If you are interested in working with children this meeting is for you. Tony Villanueva Oregon State Director of Child Evangelism Fellowship will be there to share a little of how he became involved with CEF and answer any questions you may have. Special refreshments will be served. If you have questions call the Mid-Columbia CEF at 541-296-9544 Julie Fritz.

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


COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION: Mid-Columbia Bottle, Insulator & Glass Collectors Association is looking for members to start a local club. Jim & Julie Dennis and Aaron & Caroline Buchert are members of the Oregon Bottle Collectors Association. There has been interest from fellow collectors to start a local club; this new club will serve people all over the Mid-Columbia area. Meetings to be held the 2nd Thursday of each month. First meeting Sept 11, 6 p.m. Canton Wok, upstairs meeting room. For more information please contact: Jim or Julie Dennis after 7 p.m. at 541-467-2760.

KIWANIS PROGRAMS: Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday noon at Spooky’s and visitors are welcome. August speakers include:

Sept. 11, Dan Spatz will speak on The Dalles’ Sister City program.

Sept. 18, no noon meeting: 5:30 p.m. celebration of Kiwanis 100th anniversary and visit by District Governor at Honald’s ranch.

September 12

BURGER AND BALL BASH: Get your Burger and Ball Bash tickets here. The event is on Friday, Sept. 12, in The Dalles at Sid White Field at 5 p.m. kickoff at 7 p.m. $40 for a family pass, $10 for an individual ticket. This includes admission to the game, burgers, chips, soda, dessert in a community meal prior to kickoff. This is a fundraiser for TD Youth Football along with TD Middle & High School football programs.

September 13

MOSIER CELEBRATES: Sept. 13, and 14, Mosier City Celebrates its Centennial with a full weekend. Highlights include Saturday’s 7 to 9 a.m. pancake feed at the Grange; 9:30 a.m. downtown parade; 1 p.m. presentation on 1911 Ortley by Addie Root Schwartz, school gym; 4 p.m. “Voices from the Past”, historical enactments, school gym. Repeating Sunday will be the pancake feed; 2 p.m. “Voices from the Past, school gym; 4 p.m. birthday party, school. Additional details provided at

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.

September 16

CASA 101: If you have been thinking about becoming a CASA volunteer or just curious about what CASA is and what CASA volunteers do, attend this informal talk Tuesday, Sept. 16, 5:15 to 6 p.m. at Planetree Health Resource Center, 200 E 4th St, The Dalles.

ROBOTICS MEETING: A parent meeting for the new bilingual Lego Robotica club (ages 9-14) for Spanish and English speakers is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Dalles Middle School.

September 19

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.

September 20

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.

September 25

VOLUNTEER TRAINING: Fall CASA Volunteer Training Begins Thursday, Sept. 25. Become an advocate for local kids in foster care. For more information contact Columbia Gorge CASA at 541-386-3468 or go to

September 27

SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is participating in the Smithsonian Museum Live Day ticket program Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program provides free admission for up to two people who present the ticket acquired through the Smithsonian Magazine website You must print your ticket or have it accessible on your mobile device, then present it at the admissions desk to receive your free admission. As a gift for participating online in Museum Day Live, participants will receive the digital edition of Smithsonian magazine free for one year with no obligation, beginning with the October edition.


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. If interested in becoming a football official contact Bob McFadden at 541-340-1900 for more details.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Home at Last Humane Society needs help with can and bottle sorting. This is a downright dirty job which makes it difficult to maintain volunteers on a consistent basis. We are grateful for all of the donated cans and now need help processing them. Sorting can be done Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays if scheduled ahead. Contact Home at Last Humane Society, 200 River Road, The Dalles.

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:

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’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, or call 1-800-AFS-INFO or email the local Portland Oregon contact at 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 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 Get a membership application or more information online at Blog: The society is also on Facebook.


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