THE 38TH ANNUAL CHERRY FESTIVAL IS SET FOR APRIL 21ST, 22ND & 23RD, 2017.

 

LOOK FORWARD TO A PARADE, THE KODL CAR SHOW, FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT, A HOME SHOW, CARNIVAL AND FUN, FUN, FUN IN THE SUN, SUN, SUN!

 

 Depoe Bay OR -- Bring your binoculars for a chance to see gray whales passing by the Oregon coast during Spring Whale Watch Week March 25-31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 designated whale watch sites 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. daily to help visitors learn about the whales' migration and feeding habits and offer tips on how to spot them. A map of the watch sites is available online at www.whalespoken.org


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will also be open 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m. daily during the Watch Week. The Whale Watching Center has interpretive exhibits on whales, "whale size" windows with panoramic ocean views, and rangers on hand to answer questions. The Whale Watching Center is located at 119 SW Hwy. 101 in Depoe Bay. 

OPRD coordinates both the Spring and Winter Whale Watch Weeks in partnership with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center and Washington State Parks. More information about the Whale Watching Spoken Here program is available at www.whalespoken.org or by calling (541) 765-3304.

 
 
Mid Columbia Senior Center 
 

WEEK OF MARCH 7th

UPLIFTING ELEVATOR PROGRESS REPORT      #9

From Joan Silver, MCSC Board Member and UpLifting Elevator Project Chairperson

 

Another week, always something of note in a construction project.  With any luck at all the roof trusses will arrive, be set and our new space will take on a more permanent look this week.  Then the inside finishing can begin.

 

We await final word on the arrival of the elevator, which will be the finishing touch to the project, and is now scheduled for early June, keep tuned in!

 

Keep up your good work on respecting the construction site!  Until more news, more scheduling changes and more forward motion, thanks, Joan

 

NU-2-U SHOP CLOSED DURING CONSTRUCTION

Starting on Monday, March 20th the Nu-2-U Shop will be closed to start working on the new location for the elevator. As a reminder, the NU-2-U shop is being moved to the new addition in the front of the building, and the current location of the NU-2-U shop will be the location for the elevator and the access to the stairs.

We don’t know for sure how long the NU-2-U shop will be closed, but the guess is at least 4 weeks. But when it re-opens in will be a larger and brighter space for your shopping convenience.

UNDERSTAND MEDICARE NOW!

If you are getting close to Medicare eligibility, you are probably being flooded with marketing materials from various insurance carriers.  This can be both overwhelming and confusing!  Let SHIBA, the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program, help demystify Medicare and the options available to you.  Making an informed decision can save you money.

 

SHIBA, in partnership with the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments and Area Agency on Aging and Columbia Gorge Community College, is offering a Free Medicare 101 Class at both CGCC campuses on April 6th, 2017.  Classes will be at The Dalles campus in the morning from 9:00 to 11:00 and at the Hood River campus in the afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00. Call the college at 541 506-6011 to register and get details.

 

TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC

For Tuesday Night Music at the Center on March 21st, Simcoe Boys will be playing. Doors open at 6:00, music starts at 6:30, and donations are always appreciated.

There will not be Tuesday Night music on March 28th, but we will be back to a full schedule in April.

Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W 9th Street, The Dalles.  BINGO SATURDAY NIGHT, March 18th.    Over $1100 will be paid out during the night.  With an additional $850.00 payout for a blackout in 55 numbers or less on the final game.  Minimum buy-in is $10.00.  DOORS OPEN AT 4pm.  BINGO STARTS AT 6pm.  ALL AGES WELCOME, (12 years-18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian).  New players encouraged to arrive by 5:30 

 

 

 

 Little Miss Royal Ann & Little Mr. Royal Andy Contest begins TODAY

for the

38TH NORTHWEST CHERRY FESTIVAL

APRIL 21-23

           

 The Dalles Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the up-coming coronation of Little Miss Royal Ann and Little Mr. Royal Andy. Since the crowning of our Little Royals in 1988, this time-honored tradition has warmed the hearts of our community. Rivermark Community Credit Union is once again sponsoring the Cherry Festival Little Royals Court at the 38th Northwest Cherry Festival and your child could be a part of it!

From now until March 29th drop off a 5x7 photograph of your child and an application at Rivermark (1240 W. 6th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058) to be considered for the Miss Royal Ann and Mr. Royal Andy competition. (application is attached)

Then between April 1st-April 15th you can stop by Rivermark to vote for your favorite picture. You can vote as many times as you like between April 1st and 15th, but only once per day. The winning Little Royals will receive a very special place to ride in the Cherry Festival Parade on April 23rd, as well as gifts from Rivermark and JC Penney. The Little Royal’s Court will be coronated at the Cherry Festival Breakfast that is held at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center on April 23rd along with King Bing and Queen Anne.

For more information on Cherry Festival events go tohttp://www.thedalleschamber.com/index.php/play/northwest-cherry-festival or call The Dalles Chamber at 541-296-2231
 
 
 
 
 
RISING FROM THE ASHES
Join Chelsea Rose for “Rising From the Ashes, the Archaeology of the Jacksonville Chinese Quarter” Thursday, April 6 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Tickets for 6 pm soup and salad bar dinner and program are $12, 7 pm program only is $5. Reservations are required by April 3. For tickets or more information, call 541-296-8600 x 201 or visit www.gorgediscovery.org

 

REMEMBER THE GOAL 

 A family-friendly movie, “Remember the Goal,” is coming to the Columbia Cinema on Thursday evening, March 23 at 7 p.m. The movie is being provided by its producer, Dave Christiano and several Christian ministries in The Dalles.

The movie about a high school girls’ cross country team and is being shown for its message and as a fundraiser for ACTS a youth sports program in the city.

Tickets are $10 each and can be obtained from Gateway Church, Young Life, Child Evangelism Fellowship and Sonrise Academy. Columbia Cinema has set aside a theatre screen with 140 seats and will provide another screen if more than 140 tickets are sold.

ACTS directors Joe and Tara Martin urge people to see the show as its message for young and old is valuable in life. “It fits with our motto: “Growing Kids to Greatness.”

You can check out the movie’s trailer at http://www.fiveandtwopictures.com

The Christiano brothers, Dave and Rich, have produced 14 Christian movies. Click this link: http://www.christianfilms.com/christiano-brothers-story.php

If you wish to contact us, you can call or text 541-400-4444 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 WAHTONKA CELEBRATES NEW STORE OPENING


Wahtonka Community school in partnership with Community Harvest Cooperative Grocery will celebrate the grand opening of Wahtonka Community Harvest Store on Saturday, April 8th.

The store will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm, the same hours as the Spring Fair EGGstravaganza. The store is located at Wahtonka Community School Library, 3601 W. 10th St. in The Dalles, Oregon.

“The store is a learning project and fundraiser for future school overseas trips,” said student and store manager Michelle Woolsey.

“We’ve learned how to do pricing, bookkeeping, purchasing, customer service, and generally how to run a store,” said student and store manager Raquel Garcia.

The store will offer healthy food and natural products, art, greeting cards, coffee, other beverages, candles, and other local products.

Join the Red Cross movement this March by giving blood

 

(March 1, 2017) – All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood and help save lives in March, Red Cross Month. Donating is easier than ever with the Blood Donor App and RapidPass. 

 

 

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943 in celebration of the Red Cross volunteers who help those in need by giving their time, money or blood. Join their ranks by making an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

 

Oregon blood drives:

 

 

Dufur

3/21/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dufur High School, 802 NE 5th Street

 

Hood River County

 

Hood River

3/22/2017: noon - 5 p.m., Oregon National Guard Armory, 12th and Belmont

 

 

The Dalles

3/22/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ft. Dalles Readiness Center, The Dalles Community, 402 E Scenic Drive

 

WHEATFIELD HALF MARATHON SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH, 9AM START AT PETERSBURG SCHOOL. DAY OF REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 8AM. 

PRE-REGISTER BY CONTACTING BOB THOUVENEL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

or call: 541-298-1119

TIP- A- COP

FUNDRAISER FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS


LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TEAM UP WITH SPOOKY'S RESTAURANT ON MARCH 31ST BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 11AM-1PM AND ON APRIL 1ST BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 11AM TO 8PM. 

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WILL BECOME CELEBRITY SEVERS TO RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES.

MID COLUMBIA COMMUNITY CONCERTS PRESENTS 


THE YOUNG IRELANDERS

TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC, SONG AND DANCE

MONDAY, APRIL 3RD, 2017 AT THE DALLES HIGH SCHOOL IN THE AUDITORIUM

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT KLINDTS BOOKSELLERS, LINES OF DESIGNS OR AT THE DOOR.

VISIT: MCCCA.INFO

OR CALL: 541-298-4352 OR 541-386-3055

 Northwest Cherry Idol 

 

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that they have brought back their singing competition, Cherry Idol!

Northwest Cherry Idol preliminary round will begin immediately with competitors uploading their videos to our Cherry Idol Facebook event page. After the preliminary round concludes on April 1st, we will select our top 10 contestants. Selection will be made by our panel of judges including members of the local media. Those selected will move on to sing live at the 38th annual Northwest Cherry Festival!

This contest is open to all ages. Minors under the age of 18 must have written parent consent.

All registrants must supply an audio or video clip. Submissions may be delivered to The Dalles Chamber or uploaded to the Facebook event page. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.

Contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   for more information.

 

 

 GORGE EVENTS 2017

 

 

 

 ESR

Earth, Science, Rocks!

Saturday, March 25th from 9am - 5pm.

The Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center Presents

The Earth, Science, Rocks Geology tour. The tour will examine rocks, waterfalls and volcanic features of The Columbia River Gorge.

visit: gorgediscovery.org

FREE ADMISSION TO THE COLUMBIA GORGE DISCOVERY CENTER

Kids receive free admission during Oregon and Washington Spring Break with a paid adult admission from March 25th through April 23rd at The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Enjoy the Kids Explorer room craft activities, and a fun scavenger hunt. See the new Chinatown Exhibit, and live raptor presentations. The museum is open daily from 9am-5pm. For more information phone: 541-296-8600ext 201 or visit www.gorgediscovery.org

 

 

Urban Tellers® On The Road

Portland Story Theater co-founders Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard will perform with Urban Tellers® Beth Rogers of Portland, Leigh Hancock of White Salmon and Howard Bulick of Bingen.

The Dalles Civic Auditorium and Portland Story Theater present
Urban Tellers® On The Road
Saturday, March 25th
Door 6:30 pm | Stories 7 pm
The Dalles Civic Auditorium
Tickets thedallescivic.org/, The Civic, Klindt’s Booksellers, and at the door

 

NORTH WASCO COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES 

 

 
 

-Portland Trail Blazers vs The Houston Rockets Excellent Adventure. Thursday, March 30th, 20175:00pm-11:30pm. Fee $40.00 in district and $43.50 out of district. 

 

Watch your favorite team live. Hear the roar of the crowd under the bright lights; wear black and red, and bring your team spirit. Register ASAP; this trip sells out fast. (Note: A maximum of 26 spots available) Contact Northern Wasco County Parks and Rec for more Information. Phone: 541-296-9533. Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Goldendale/Klickitat Bookmobile 

 

 

MARCH

Wednesday, March 22nd, 11am

            Family Storytime

 

 

 

Friday, March 24-25th

Friends of Goldendale Library Spring Book Sale. Members only preview Friday from 5:00-7:00, public sale Saturday from 10:00-6:00.

 

Tuesday, March 28th, 5:30pm

Adult Composting Workshop

 

Wednesday, March 29th, 11am

            Family Storytime

 

Thursday, March 30th, 1pm to 5pm

Computer classes offered by the Library.  Free 30-minute sessions of individual instruction.  Call the library to reserve a spot or for more information, 773-4487. 

 

 GOLDENDALE COMMUNITY LIBRARY EVENT CALENDAR

 

 MARCH

Monday, March 13th, 12:30pm

            Friends of the Goldendale Library membership meeting.

 

Monday, March 13th, 6:30pm

            Adult Book Discussion

            This month’s book is: The Alchemist.

 

Wednesday, March 15th, 11am

            Family Storytime

 

Wednesday, March 15th, 2PM

            Learn and Play

            … Because learning begins before school does. For pre-school, although older siblings are welcome.

            Note: This event will be held at Goldendale Primary School.

 

Wednesday, March 22nd, 11am

            Family Storytime

 

Thursday, March 23rd, 1pm to 5pm

Computer classes offered by the Library.  Free 30-minute sessions of individual instruction.  Call the library to reserve a spot or for more information, 773-4487.

 

Friday, March 24-25th

Friends of Goldendale Library Spring Book Sale. Members only preview Friday from 5:00-7:00, public sale Saturday from 10:00-6:00.

 

Wednesday, March 29th, 11am

            Family Storytime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER

THE DALLES WARMING PLACE LOCATED IN THE ST. VINCENT DEPAUL BUILDING AT 315 W 3RD NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN TEAMS STAFFING THE OVERNIGHT ACCOMODATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS.

THE  DALLES HOPE WARMING PLACE IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN ON COLD NIGHTS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 20, 2016. VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE TRAINING AND ARE ASKED TO VOLUNTEER FOR ONE NIGHT OF THE WEEK AS NEEDED. CALL ED ELLIOTT FOR DETAILS: 541-386-5857.

AARP TAX AIDE is looking for Volunteers during the tax season.  If interested call Ronell Currie @ 541.478.3461.

AARP Driver Safety Program is looking for Volunteers to Teach the Safe Driver Class.  For more information or to apply, contact Richard Frost at  541.478.2363 or E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) WANTED:  If interested, more information is available at www.gorgecasa.org.

Oregon Veterans Home - Is looking for Volunteers to read to residents, help with writing, and arts & crafts activities. They are also seeking volunteer drivers for the recreational bus.  For information contact Jade Cantrell: 541.296.7190.

MEAL-ON-WHEELS DRIVERS - Stop by their office at the Senior Center or call 541.298.8333.

CATLINK - A nonprofit organization in The Dalles is looking for Volunteers.  If you would like to or feel you can help, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

THE DALLES CHILD WELFARE OFFICE - Is looking for Volunteers who can answer phones, wait on clients at the reception window, copy & scan.  If interested call 541.506.5209.

AWANA is in our area.  This is a non-denominational Christian organization that focuses on memorizing Bible verses and learning Biblical stories.  There are three groups, Cubbies: 3-4 yr. olds, Sparkies: K-2nd grade and Truth & Training: girls and boys, 3-6 grades. They meet at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles every Wednesday evening at 6 PM.  Children ages 3 yrs. through 6th grade are invited to come.  For more information call 541.296.2711.

 

 PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Columbia Area Transit offers "Fixed Route" transportation from Hood River to The Dalles and back to Hood River.  The cost of the ride is $3 each way.  A complete schedule is available on line.  Then select the "fixed route" option. You can call 541.386.4202, for more information.

 

White Salmon Arts Council                                            www.whitesalmonarts.org 

www.skamaniaarts.org                                                www.thegoldenartgallery.com

                                   www.gorgeartistsopenstudios.com

www.klickitatcounty.org                                                  www.cityofgoldendale.com

 

                                            

 

 

 

 

Wasco and Klickitat county residents are invited to visit the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro!

The Skamania County Economic Development District has a web site (www.skamania-edc.org) that contains updated business information, resources for new or existing small businesses and information for businesses that are looking to expand or relocate to Skamania county.         www.skamania-edc.org.

 

 

 


SKATE PARKS

The Dalles Skate Park - is at 602 W. 2nd St. at upper Thompson Park west of the pool.

Hood River Skate Park - is at 20th and Wasco St. in Hood River.

Both skate parks are Free & offer obstacles from beginner to advanced, they are open till dusk.

FRIENDS of the Skate park - is an organization to help support and promote the Skate park.  Meetings are open to the public and we welcome advice and input from youth and adults.

Bingen Skate park is located at Daubenspeck  Park in Bingen, Washington