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March

Wednesday, March 16

OPEN SWIM: Tuesday and Thursday roll sessions are March through June from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Hood River Aquatic Center. This is in addition to the Saturday roll session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center will have an open swim Wednesday, March 16, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for early release. The Aquatic Center will have open swims from 1 to 5 p.m. all week long during spring break from March 21 through March 26. Splash it up every day in mid-seventy degrees at the pool. The swim team will also be on a break, so lap lanes will be available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 17

FREE WORKSHOP: A free introduction to acupuncture and self-acupressure techniques workshop will be presented by Carola Stepper, LAc, Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at Cascade Acupuncture Center, 414 Washington Street, The Dalles. Class size is limited. Call (541) 298-BEST (2378) to register.
For more information about Cascade Acupuncture Center, visit www.
CascadeAcupuncture.org.

CONCERT: The St. Patrick's Day "Pot O' Gold Concert" takes place at St. Peter's Landmark Thursday, Mar. 17, starting at 7 p.m. Cascade Singers and friends are on the bill. "Friends" includes Barley Draught, Irish piper Rory O'Halloran, and the Columbia Gorge Ukulele Group. They join Cascade Singers' choir, ensemble, and "Almost-All-Irish-Almost All-Brass Band" for Irish favorites and sing-alongs. Admission is a free-will offering to benefit St. Peter's Landmark, located at 3rd and Lincoln Streets in The Dalles.

Friday, March 18

BOOK SIGNING: Central Oregon author Ava Wilson of The Driftwood Diaries, book signing at Klindt’s Booksellers, 315 E. Second St., The Dalles. March 18, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. www.avawilsonauthor.com

Saturday, March 19

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY: Barley Draught will be playing at The Mint on March 19th, Saturday, at 7:00 p.m. This will be a major community gathering and an evening to remember.

ELK FOUNDATION: The Rocky Mountain Elk foundation north central Oregon chapters 22nd annual banquet is set for 5 p.m., March 19 at St. Peter’s Parish Center at 1111 Cherry Hts. Rd in The Dalles. For question or to order tickets call Mako Danial at (541) 980-7390 or go online at rmef.org, then “events.”

QUICKBOOKS CLASS: The 2011 late winter term class for QuickBooks is scheduled in Hood River March 19. Contact Columbia Gorge Community College Student Services at (541) 506-6011 to register.

FARMER WORKSHOP: Wasco Co. SWCD Urban Farmer Workshop, preserving the harvest all summer long. USDA Service center conference room, The Dalles, March 19, 9 a.m. to noon. This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information and to sign up contact Tammy Tripp at (541( 296-6178 ext.3, or e-mail tammy.tripp@oacd.org. Marcia Strader, Master Food Preserver, Wasco County OSU Extension Service will be the instructor.

Tuesday, March 22

DAY CAMP: Tuesday March 22, at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 8-12, $15 includes a snack. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt that uses GPS devices to find hidden caches. Participants will learn to use a GPS to navigate and find the geocaches in our local parks. Call Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District for more information (541) 296-9533.

Friday, March 25

KIDS WORKSHOP: March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., elementary students from 1st to 4th grades are invited to meet up at the Discovery Center for a full day of “Wind, Water, and Wow,” the spring break workshop just for kids. This years’ activities include kite-making and kite-flying, nature walks, a picnic lunch, birds-of-prey program, museum tour, craft-making, storytelling, adventure games, and more. Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is $25 ($20 for members) and includes lunch and snacks. A registration form is available electronically by emailing steve@gorgediscovery.org, or by calling the museum at (541) 296-8600, extension 204.

Saturday, March 26

WHEATFIELD RUN: Entries are open for the Wheatfield half marathon and 8K runs. New this year is a family-friendly 3K. The event is Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. at Petersburg School. The school is four miles past “Big Jim’s” on Fifteen mile Road. Walkers and half-marathoners start at 9 a.m. Cost is $5 without a T-shirt and $20 with, if you pre-register by March 23. Those costs increase to $10 and $25 the day of the race. For information, contact Steve Thompson at (541) 296-6398 or e-mail him at sstevee47@yahoo.com, or contact Bob Thouvenel at rthouvenel44@embarqmail.com.

Monday, March 28

Mid-Columbia Community Concerts presents Anna Maria Mendieta, 7:30 p.m.The Dalles Wahtonka High School Auditorium, 220 E. 10th, The Dalles, tickets $25 or by membership. (541) 298-4352, midcolumbiacommunityconcerts.org

Thursday, March 31

March 31 – An evening with HAVEN: Honoring 30 years of service, 6 p.m.,
The Dalles Civic Auditorium. (541) 296-2065, http://HAVENthedalles.org

ART CALL: The 16th annual Festival of the Arts in Trout Lake is inviting artists from the Columbia Gorge to jury for the show, which takes place July 16 and 17. Fifty artists in all mediums of two and three-dimensional art will be accepted and judged on its quality and creativity. Interested artists can find more information and an application online at www.troutlakefestivalofthearts.com or by contacting Laurie Sherburne at (509) 395-2294 or tlartscouncile@gmail.com.
Deadline for entries is March 31.

FOOD SERVICE: A certified food manager training is set for 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Columbia Gorge Community College, 400 E. Scenic Dr., The Dalles (Building One, Fourth Floor, Classroom 1.454). Tuition is $113 and includes book, instruction, exam and certificate. Register in person at the college or by calling (541) 506-6011. Pay with a credit card for phone registration. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to noon.

Ongoing this month

TAX AID: AARP Tax Aid is again offering free tax preparation assistance to area taxpayers, staffed by trained volunteers. The IRS e-file program will be available in this area. If you have a balance due, e-filing reduces processing errors and provides confirmation the return has been received. Bring the following items for those listed on the return: picture ID of yourself, Social Security number or taxpayer ID, copy of last year’s return, unemployment compensation statements, W-2s from employers, 1099 INT or 1099 DIV for dividend and interest income, 1099 B from broker sale of stocks, SSA 1099 to report Social Security income and railroad retirement, 1099 R to report retirement income from pensions or IRA distributions; a list of medical expenses (including mileage), taxes paid, contributions and miscellaneous deductions, child or dependent care information, property tax statement. Help is available at Hood River Valley Adult Care, 2010 Sterling Place, Thursdays from 2-7 p.m. starting Feb. 3; Columbia Gorge Community College Hood River Indian Creek Campus, 1730 College Way, Mondays 10 a.m.-7 p.m. starting Feb. 7 (in Spanish and English); Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. Ninth St., The Dalles, Fridays 2-6 p.m. starting Feb. 4, and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. starting Feb. 5 (Spanish and English); Klickitat County Senior Services, 501 NE Washington St., White Salmon, Wednesdays, call for appointment at (509) 493-3068 starting Feb. 9.

Through March 31 – Raining Cats, Dogs and Frogs open juried show at
The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. Fourth St., The Dalles. (541) 296-4759

OPEN CALL: Cascade Singers extends an open call to choral singers. Spring 2011 concerts include Celtic music on St. Patrick’s Day and a major classical presentation of Faure’s “Requiem” May 21 and 22. The regional community choir meets under the leadership of Lloyd Walworth Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union St. in The Dalles. Rehearsals are open to all interested singers who will then audition with the director.

OMSI EXHIBIT: The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has partnered with Wonderworks Children’s Museum of the Gorge to bring a traveling science exhibit to The Dalles.It is open now at the Discovery High School, 3216 W. 10th Street in The Dalles, and will run through the middle of May. The highly interactive exhibit is designed to get kids excited about healthy eating. Visitors will see what ingredients are in various foods, learn how to read nutrition labels, scan items at a mini-supermarket, and find out what an appropriate serving size looks like. Groups can call Kathryn Rothrock at (541) 400-0930 to schedule a visit and get more information. For more information, go online at www.wonderworkschildrensmuseum.org .

 

REUNION DATE: The Dalles High School class of 1991 has set its 20-year reunion date for the weekend of July 29-30, 2011. For more information,
send email to TDHS91reunion@gmail.com or look on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=51467889872 or contact Katie Kniesteadt at (503) 866-0026.

MUSEUM HOURS: The Fort Dalles Museum and the Anderson Homestead will be open in March and April from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The buildings are stocked with treasures carried in covered wagons over the Oregon Trail, furniture made by homesteaders, tools used by farmers and settlers, and the necessities of life used in their early homes. View the collection of antique vehicles. Call 541-296-4547 for further information or visit www.fortdallesmuseum.org.

 

 
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Upcoming

April 1-3 – Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic, The Dalles and Wasco County.

BOOK STUDY: Join the book study of “Shadow Tribe: The Making of Columbia River Indian Identity” by Andrew H. Fisher. Published summer 2010 by the University of Washington Press, Shadow Tribe chronicles the long resistance of the River People to their displacement to reservations and the loss of their treaty protected rights to fisheries and food gathering places along the Columbia River, its tributaries, and the surrounding country. Shadow Tribe is available at local libraries, Klindt’s and Waucoma Book Stores. All meetings are first Saturdays of the month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Lyle Activity Center on Highway 14 and third.
Each session will focus on an excerpt for Shadow Tribe and consider the
April 2 – What lessons can we learn from the resilience of the River People?
A social potluck lunch and film are planned Sunday, Feb. 27 at 12:30 p.m., featuring an interview with author Andrew Fisher filmed in Lyle in 2010.
These programs are sponsored by the River Peoples Cultural Exchange. The public is invited to our Third Annual Cultural Exchange May 14, noon to 5 p.m. at Lyle Park Place.
Contact Portia for the book excerpts featured at each meeting and for other details at (509) 281-0631 or portia@bicyclingbliss.com.

CHERRY FESTIVAL: Spring is right around the corner and so is the 32nd annual Northwest Cherry Festival, set for April 8-9 in The Dalles. This year’s festival, “Cherry Groove” features three new events. They are Rivermark Community Credit Union’s Children’s Fun Center, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 9; the Westwind Gallery Cherry Festival Art Show, and the Rogue Ales Hospitality Center, noon to 5 p.m. Returning favorites are the Fadness Realty Lip Sync on Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the TDWHS Auditorium; the Bob Stone Freeway Auto Center Cherry Festival Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9. Also Saturday is the Sen. Ted Ferrioli entertainment stage, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., on Saturday, April 9. Applications for Cherry Festival events are available at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 404 W. 2nd Street or on line at www.thedalleschamber.com If you have questions call the chamber at (541) 296-2231.

April 16 – Distinguished Young Woman (formerly Wasco County Junior Miss) Scholarship Program, CeCe, (541) 296-2141.

April 21-24 – Last Days of Jesus.

SCHOOL AUCTION: “Treasures of Tomorrow” is the theme for a May 7 auction to benefit agricultural and environmental science studies at The Dalles-Wahtonka High School. The event is being organized by the Education Foundation of North Wasco County School District 21, an independent, not-for-profit Oregon 501 (c)(3) organization. Volunteers are now soliciting donations of “oldies and goodies,” such as collectibles, unusual objects and heirlooms. The auction will be an old-fashioned family day, and will feature a live auctioneer.
For details on “Treasures of Tomorrow,” or to donate or consign an item, please contact Brian Goodwin, (541) 288-6861, or Joan Silver, (541) 298-1881.

May 12 - Mid-Columbia Community Concerts presents Wind Soloists of New York, 7:30 p.m.The Dalles Wahtonka High School Auditorium, 220 E. 10th, The Dalles, tickets $25 or by membership. (541) 298-4352, midcolumbiacommunityconcerts.org.

WINE FEST: The Columbia Gorge Wine Fest, hosted by the Hood River Rotary Club, is set for May 21-22 in Hood River. Stroll through the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, at Ken Jernstedt Airfield 4S2, 1600 Museum Road, Hood River. Experience wine, food and gorge musical performances. Tickets are $20 per person with children entering free. Admission includes five wine tastings, a commemorative wine glass, samples of local pears and wine pairings, and access to WAAAM. Hours are Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will help fund scholarships to area youth. For more information, see Www.wineandpearfest.com.

July 13-16 – Fort Dalles Days & Rodeo. (541) 296-3202.

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Ongoing Activities

• RADIO MEETING: Gorge East Amateur Radio Club (GEAR) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the boardroom of Columbia Gorge Community College. GEAR can be contacted at ke7eem@gmail.com

• YOUTH GUIDE: Does your business or organization provide summer programming for youth? Wasco County 4-H Youth Development is planning a comprehensive Summer Youth Programming Guide that would include activities for youth of all ages. This guide will be a great resource parents in the community as they plan their child’s summer schedule. Please contact
Lynette Black, Wasco County 4-H Youth Development for more information at (541) 296-5494.

• OMSI EXHIBIT: The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has partnered with Wonderworks Children’s Museum of the Gorge to bring a traveling science exhibit to The Dalles.It is open now at the Discovery High School, 3216 W. 10th Street in The Dalles, and will run through the middle of May. The highly interactive exhibit is designed to get kids excited about healthy eating. Visitors will see what ingredients are in various foods, learn how to read nutrition labels, scan items at a mini-supermarket, and find out what an appropriate serving size looks like. Groups can call Kathryn Rothrock at (541) 400-0930 to schedule a visit and get more information. For more information, go online at www.wonderworkschildrensmuseum.org .

• MOOSE BINGO: Moose Lodge #2075 in The Dalles now offers public Bingo games every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 233 E. 3rd, The Dalles. Prizes are based on the number of players — the more people playing, the larger the prizes — and the evening ends with a progressive Blackout game. Games include both “flimsy” cards and hard cards, and cards are sold in advance, with 11 games total. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, soup and more will be offered for sale by the Women of the Moose Chapter.

• OPEN CALL: Cascade Singers extends an open call to choral singers. Spring 2011 concerts include Celtic music on St. Patrick’s Day and a major classical presentation of Faure’s “Requiem” May 21 and 22. The regional community choir meets under the leadership of Lloyd Walworth Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union St. in The Dalles. Rehearsals are open to all interested singers who will then audition with the director.

• VETERANS' CLINIC HOURS: The Dalles Veterans Clinic next to the Oregon Veterans’ Home will offer patient hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Patients may call toll-free (800) 949-1004 and ask for a transfer to The Dalles Clinic. The direct line for scheduling or canceling appointments is (800) 949-1004 X 53494 or (503) 220-3494.

• VETERANS MOVE: The Wasco County Veterans Office has moved to the former transportation center at 201 Federal Street in downtown The Dalles. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Veterans Service Officer is available and scheduling appointments on Monday, Thursday and Friday in The Dalles, and Tuesday and Wednesday in Hood River. For appointments in The Dalles, call (541) 506-2502. For appointments in Hood River, call (541) 386-1080. The move was made possible through grass root efforts of local veterans, the Veterans Ad-Hoc Committee, and support of the City of The Dalles and Wasco County. For information on volunteering or supporting this group of veterans, contact Allan Morrison at (877) 241-5806, ext. 232.

• SIBLINGS NEEDED: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge, A PROGRAM OF The Next Door, has room for male and female adult mentors for their Youth Experiencing Success (YES) program in Wasco County. The YES program provides youth, ages 10 to 18, with positive adult role models.
Through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships, kids and teens gain the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to stay away from risky behaviors. Matches spend 8-10 hours a month doing things they both enjoy, such as fishing, going to the park, or just spending time together. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ staff provides screening, training and assistance on an ongoing basis. For more information, contact Darcy Long-Curtiss, YES match coordinator, at (541) 980-7184.

• SUPPORT GROUP: C.L.I.C. (Changing Lives in Christ) is a support group for families involved with DHS. The vision of the ministry is to be of support to families during the restoration process. Meetings are every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and are held at 108 E. Eighth St. Child care is provided.
For more information, call Carolyn at (541) 296-4821 or Julie at (541) 993-7844.

• LIBRARY FUNDRAISER: The Dalles-Wasco County Library Foundation has available for sale the 2011 Book Lover's Calendar, for $6. They also have available for sale the Entertainment Book, containing hundreds of discount offers from many restaurants, hotels and merchants. The cost of the book is $25, with $5 from each sale being used to benefit the library. Books are valid now through Nov. 1, 2011. Make checks payable to The Dalles-Wasco County Library Foundation. Canvas tote bags, with the drawing of the old Carnegie Library are available for $7. Make checks payable to The Friends of the Library.
All of these items are available for viewing at The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library in The Dalles; just ask at the front desk.

MUSEUM HOURS: Fort Dalles Museum/Anderson Homestead is now closed for the winter season. Oregon’s oldest museum will reopen in the spring.

DUFUR JAM: The public is invited to join in the Dufur Jam, held at Ramsey Park Grange on the first Sunday of every month. As always, homemade pie and coffee will be available for a small donation, at 3 p.m. The jam runs from 2 to 5 p.m. and includes musicians, and listeners, of all skill levels. For more information contact Lloyd Eckert at (541) 467-2632. The jam is held every month, even if it falls on a holiday.

• ADDICTION PROGRAM: The Heritage Bible Baptist Church hosts a local chapter of the H.O.P.E. International Addictions Program every Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m. This is a free Christ-centered, Bible-based program, which has a 100 per cent success rate when followed. Small groups meet weekly, and individual counseling plans are provided free of charge. For more information, contact Pastor John Shrader at (541) 965-0737.

• VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Catlink is looking for additional volunteers as they are expanding their Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) program for feral and homeless cats. All of the positions are volunteer, as all donations go directly into the program. For more information or to volunteer a few hours a week; call (541) 298-8253 for Betty Mercado.

• HAZARDOUS WASTE: The Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program will be expanding monthly collections to The Dalles on the third Saturday of each month, free for households and businesses. Also, there will be collections on the third Friday of each month at Hood River Garage.

• KNITTING GROUPS: Knitting groups meet in the libraries in both Dufur and The Dalles and anyone is invited to join them. Crocheters are also welcome.
The Dalles Knitting Group meets Wednesday nights beginning about 6:30 p.m., and goes until around 8. The Dufur Knitting Club meets Thursday nights, from 6 to 8. For more information, contact the Dufur Library at (551) 467-2588; or The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library, at (541) 296-2815.

FOSTER CARE: There are babies in Wasco County that need care more than ever and there is a need for foster parents. The Department of Human Services is Oregon’s agency charged with investigating child abuse and neglect. Recently the agency has had to place several newborn babies in foster care. This recent demand has overwhelmed the number of foster homes available to DHS and there is a great need for foster parents to provide care for newborn babies. Those interested should call Jenny Garner at 506-5222. DHS provides training and support.

• TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters of The Dalles meets Thursdays at noon at Room 3.302 at Columbia Gorge Community College. Everyone is welcome.

REIKI MEETINGS: Reiki Circle sessions are on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Medical Center office building.
The public is welcome for a 15-minute free session. For more information, call Laurie Lucas at (541) 806-1810.

• INTERNET ACCESS: The Dalles-Wasco County Library now offers free wireless Internet access. The Wi-Fi hot spot service is available both inside the library and on library grounds. As wireless open access connections are not secure, users should use caution when transmitting personal information. For further information on the library’s wireless Internet service contact the library at 296-2815.

• PARENTING HELP: Here’s how to find out about local parenting programs & classes, support groups, activities and other resources in the Skamania and Klickitat County region. Call their toll free number: (866) 631-1997, or check the website at http://community.gorge.net/skcnparentsupport. Information is provided by the Skamania Klickitat Community Network, a local group affiliated with the Washington State Family Policy Council.

• CASA VOLUNTEERS: Do you have a desire to help children who are living in foster care? Become a trained volunteer for Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). For more information, contact volunteer manager Susan Baldwin at (541) 386-3468 or send an e-mail query to susan.baldwin@cgcasa.net.

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