March 13, 2011  

Hat Day at Mill Creek Point

Residents at Mill Creek Point recently enjoyed hat day. The winning hat designed, created, and modeled by JoAnne Smith, left, is the purple peacock feathered, flower power ultimate garden hat. Upper right, Marketing Director Roxie Hunter wears an old school gangster fedora, and nurse Brian Rawls displays his devish side. Center, Ruth Neal shows off her spring inspired classic. Bottom right, Don Carpenter has a laugh wearing a stylish black velvet & netting hat. Contributed photos

Free spring break week at Discovery Center

     The Discovery Center and Museum once again offers free admission for all kids during Spring Break week, and has now expanded this invitation to include weekends.
Oregon students are free of charge from Saturday, March 19, through Sunday, March 27.      As Washington’s spring breaks vary by district, students may enter at no charge from Saturday, March 26, through Sunday, April 10. Entry includes live raptor programs twice daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., special programs, and book signings. Healthy children’s lunches and snacks will be available in the Basalt Rock Cafe.
     To kick off Oregon’s spring break, Monday, March 21, features authors, naturalists, and sisters Bobbie Snead and Terry Irish, who will join the raptor programs to present their children’s book “Owl Grove,” an adventure story about an endearing family of barn owls, with photos and illustrations.
     Also in conjunction with the March 21 raptor programs, young-adult book author and Oregon Book Award Finalist Emily Whitman will present her novel on love and falconry, “Wildwing,” an historical tale with a sci-fi twist.
     The Discovery Center’s Director, Carolyn Purcell, is glad to welcome families to visit during Spring vacation at reduced cost.
     “We hope this will encourage local families to come see what’s new, and continue to enjoy all the Discovery Center has to offer.”
     In addition to exhibits on Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, the history of Wasco County and the Ice Age Floods, little ones will like the Kid’s Explorer Room, and adults will find something new in the expanded George Lawrence Co. Saddle Making Exhibit, and the return of the Fanny Wright Van Duyne (1858-1929) photography exhibit “Tyiagh People; a Century Ago.”
     The Discovery Center is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, located off 1-84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. The museum is open daily from 9-5.
      Adult admission is $8, seniors $7. Up to three children aged 16 and under receive complimentary admission (on their Spring break) with an accompanying, paid adult. Phone (541) 296-8600, or visit

Main Street program seeks subcommittee volunteers

     Members of The Dalles Main Street Program Steering Committee are seeking volunteers to participate on four different subcommittees charged with implementing downtown revitalization activities.
     Last October, The Dalles was accepted to participate in the Oregon Main Street Program. The Main Street Program is an organized approach to downtown revitalization that has been adopted in nearly 2,200 communities nationwide since its creation in the 1980s. Last November, a steering committee consisting mainly of downtown business and property owners was appointed by the City Council to oversee the local revitalization effort. Currently, the steering committee is seeking to recruit volunteers to implement the Main Street Program Four-Point Approach — organization, promotion, design, and business development.
     Each Main Street subcommittee will focus on a different set of issues facing the downtown business district.
     The organization subcommittee will serve to promoted the Main Street Program while managing its finances, volunteer base, and fundraising efforts.
     A promotion subcommittee will work to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy for downtown through structured sales activities and special events.
     The design subcommittee will aim to improve the visual attractiveness of downtown by providing technical assistance and developing incentive programs to benefit merchants and building owners.
     A business development subcommittee will serve to recruit, retain, and encourage the development of new and existing businesses in the downtown district by studying market opportunities and creating financial incentives for businesses.
     Each of the four subcommittees plays a vital role in the success of the Oregon Main Street Program.
     For more information about the Main Street Program and the subcommittees contact Thomas Gilbertson, RARE Planner, City of The Dalles (541) 296-5481 ext. 1132 or by email to




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