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News in Brief: October 10, 2018

Presentation explores flood geology of the Oregon Trail

Join Gorge Owned Sense of Place and author Rick Thompson on Oct. 10, 7 p.m., at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River for an exploration of how the Oregon Trail migration was made possible by flood geology. $5-$10 suggested donation.

The rich soil of the Willamette Valley in the eastern sector of the state was what attracted Oregon Trail pioneers to become part of one of the largest non-forced migrations in history.

That soil comes from Lake Missoula floods in the Ice Age, and some of the trails the pioneers used were actually channels for those very floods. The presentation includes a visual journey through flood canyons, waterways and gravel bars the pioneers would have seen as they traveled, facilitated with photos, LIDAR and maps.

Rick Thompson is president of the Lower Columbia Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute and a native Oregonian whose intrigue with local land formations, huge boulders and glacial erratics led him to embark on a 20-year study of the largest ice age flood effects in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.

Gorge Owned is “a member-supported nonprofit working toward resilient, thriving communities in the Columbia River Gorge.”

CASA offers Indian Child Welfare Act training Oct. 17

The Columbia Gorge CASA and Frontier CASA organizations will host a two-hour training on the Indian Child Welfare Act, Oct. 17 at the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue building, 1400 W. 8th Street, The Dalles, in two sessions, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. CASA volunteers and any community members involved with child welfare, the juvenile court system or local tribes are invited to attend. Angela Fasana, tribal court Administrator for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, will lead the training, covering the historical and cultural significance of the act and how to provide effective advocacy for Native youth in foster care. Call 541-386-3468 for questions or more information.

TD Parks & Recreation District hosts ‘no school’ programs

The first “No School? Swim at the Pool!” trip of the season is Friday, Oct. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendance is $10 and covers the cost of snacks, admission and transportation to the Hood River Indoor Aquatic Center. Stay active while avoiding the weather with Full Body Fitness, Yoga, or Pickle Ball $5 drop-in classes. No registration or memberships required. October’s schedule can be found at or on the park district’s Facebook page.

Registration for programs designed to introduce 4- to 7-year-olds to soccer and basketball, “Kinder Kickers” and “Little Hoopers,” is open. Classes will take place at Dry Hollow Elementary School Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 22 through Nov. 14.

A “Creative Kids Workshop” featuring pumpkin carving, leaf prints and fall crafts is set for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on two days, Oct. 27 at the Sorosis shelter and Dec. 15 at Dry Hollow. Fun for all ages!

Monsters in the Park returns Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. with special guest Steve’s Creature Feature and his Spooktacular Species. Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to make their way to The Dalles City Park for crafts, food, games, a costume contest, prizes, and fun.

Starlight parade is Nov. 23

The community is invited to celebrate the Christmas season at the 29th annual Starlight Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration on Nov. 23. This year’s theme is “Hollywood Christmas.”

The parade begins at 6 p.m. at West 6th and Webber Streets, then rolls downtown before ending in front of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce office for the tree lighting celebration at 7 p.m.

The deadline for businesses to enter a float is 5 p.m. on Nov. 16. Applications are available online at or in the Chamber office at 404 West 2nd Street.

Register for Festival of Trees

Registration is now open for those wishing to decorate and donate a tree for the Festival of Trees, which is hosted by the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation. This year’s festival takes place at The Dalles Civic Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 7. Columbia State Bank is the presenting sponsor. New this year, the Community Day sponsor is Avenue Properties—The Gorge.

The Festival of Trees is a live auction of decorated Christmas trees.

For those donating a decorated tree, the fun starts Wednesday, Dec. 5, when decorators get together and put their trees up.

There is no cost for donating a tree, due to the support of the presenting sponsor. New this year is an opportunity for decorators not ready to commit to a large tree to take part in a Silent Auction of Mini-Trees under 4-feet tall. Mini-trees will be similar to those available in the live auction.


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