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News in Brief: October 24, 2018

Recreation District plans events

The Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District offers the following activities:

• Stay active with Full Body Fitness, Yoga, or Pickle Ball while avoiding the weather. These are drop-in classes; no registration or memberships required. October’s $5 Fitness schedule can be found on the park district’s website and Facebook page.

• Registration is open for Kinder Kickers and Little Hoopers. These programs are designed to introduce participants, ages 4 through 7, to soccer and basketball, nurturing a love for the game in a fun environment. Classes will take place at Dry Hollow Elementary on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 22 through Nov. 14.

• On Oct. 27, Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District will host a “Creative Kids Workshop” featuring Pumpkin Carving, Leaf Prints, & Fall Crafts. This is fun for all ages!

• Also on Oct. 27, the Celilo Bowmen host their first ever Harvest Shoot from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature a moving target, a flash light shoot, and plenty of fun for the whole family. More information can be found at

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

• The Celilo Bowmen’s Veterans’ Day Shoot will be held Nov. 10 and 11. Visit for details.

• The next “No School? Swim at the Pool!” trip is coming up Monday, Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 covers the cost of snack, admission and transportation to the Hood River Indoor Aquatic Center.

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, December 7. Columbia State Bank is the presenting sponsor. New this year, the Community Day sponsor is Avenue Properties—The Gorge.

To donate a tree for this event, download a form at or email For more information or to purchase your tickets for Festival of Trees please contact the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, call 541-296-7275, email or find us on the web at

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.

The evening auction and gala is a 21 and over event. On Saturday, Dec. 8, the display is open to all from 9 a.m. to noon. As an added bonus, Santa attends every year and will be on site for photos as a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Children’s Literacy Program.

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, at a much smaller scope and scale.

“It’s great to see families, businesses, service clubs and even groups of friends come out and decorate trees for the auction,” said Celeste Hill-Thomas, executive director of outreach, communications and foundation at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. “This year I’m really looking forward to what’s in store!”

“We want the entire community to have a chance to see what our tree decorators have worked so hard to create.”

Auction tickets are $10, which contributes to the event total. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Proceeds from Festival of Trees benefit the Celilo Cancer Center Fund and Bridge to the Future Campaign.

Chamber seeks ‘outstanding’ nominees for annual event

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce invites community members to nominate businesses and individuals for recognition at the chamber’s annual banquet on Jan. 17, 2019. Nominations are due Dec. 7 at the chamber. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Nominations are sought for the following:

• Outstanding woman, man and volunteer of the year. Award is based on civic and community service, leadership, professional service and achievements in local organizations.

• Agriculture Person(s) of the year. Award is based on leadership in the agriculture industry, community service, leadership in current and past career. Must be a Wasco County resident.

• Outstanding Youth (ages 16 – 21). Award is based on civic and community service, leadership, academic leadership and length of service and commitment. Must be a The Dalles resident.

• Business of the Year. Award is based on vision that goes beyond “Business as Usual,” demonstrated success and exceptional performance in business practices, qualities of leadership, cooperation, teamwork, and contribution to the business leadership of The Dalles area.

• Educator of the Year. An individual who is exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled from any school in The Dalles (please share examples.)

• First Responder of the Year. Award is for a person having gone above and beyond the call of duty in any particular incident, and showing exemplary bravery or skill (please share an example.)

Nomination is open to all residents of Wasco County, regardless of chamber membership. Additional written explanations and letters of support may be submitted along with the nomination form. The person who nominated the candidate will be contacted. Call the chamber at 541-296-2231 or email for more information.


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