are now taking place all throughout Oregon State. This past Saturday The Dalles High School competed at Canby in the Region 4 event that was open to High Schools from Clackamas, Hood, Multnomah, and Wasco Counties. TDHS finished 3rd and qualified for the state tournament at Chemeketa Community College in Salem on Saturday, April 7th. For more information about this event and the upcoming Tournament call Jim Tindall North Wasco County School District Librarian: 541-506-3449 Ext: 4010 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



 Mushroom Foraging Workshop

Visit the Hood River Library on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. for a workshop exploring the world of mushrooms! Learn the basics of the identification process, what it takes to forage on your own and how to pick the proper field guide for you. We study flowers, trees and other plants but miss out on an entire natural frontier-mushrooms-it’s time to look beyond the stigma of mushrooms as dirty decomposers and into the ways they inspire our curiosity, our culinary creativity and our inner forager. Question and conversation time to follow presentation.

Now Accepting Registrations for the N.W.P.R.D 2018 Adult Co-Ed Softball League:
Registration Deadline: April 30th, 2018
16 Teams Maximum
Practice Dates: April 2nd - August 26th
Game Dates: May 15th - August 26th 
Don't have a team, but still want to play? Contact us!
The Dalles Spring Break Camp:
Monday, March 26th - Friday, March 30th
An educational day camp with exciting, hands-on activities involving art, science, and history.
Register soon; this camp fills up fast. Ages: 8 & older

Chantele Cope l Recreation Leader
Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District
602 W 2nd Street
The Dalles, OR  97058
PH: (541)296-9533| FX: (541)296-1239
Cell Phone: (541)980-1531
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 KIWANIS PROGRAMS:  Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday at noon at Spooky’s and visitors are welcome.  This week’s events include:
— Mar. 22 is a speaker from Pacific States Marine Fisheries.
— Mar. 29 no noontime meeting:  evening social gathering at [location TBA].
For more information go to     # # #
                                        Great Electrifying Event 
Did you know the Portland District produces 20 percent of power consumed in Oregon, Washington and Idaho? The Corps is offering a family-friendly behind-the-scenes look at Bonneville Lock & Dam and the importance of hydropower in the Pacific Northwest.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a free, full day of hands-on and interactive activities, videos and tours in the Washington Shore Visitor Complex at the Great Electrifying Event on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"We have this engineering marvel right in our back yard," said Bonneville Park Ranger Robin Norris. "This is an opportunity to get up close to a generator and see how we make electricity using the power of the Columbia River."

Learn how different forms of energy work through hands-on activities and videos, and take a tour inside Bonneville's Powerhouse 2. Employees offer guided tours every 15 minutes starting at 10:30 a.m. Tours will be limited to 25 participants and visitors must register by 2 p.m. the day of the event. If your group has 10 or more people, please call the visitor center at 541-374-8820 to pre-register. Activities and information are geared toward elementary and middle school students.
Mosier Grange is holding their 51st Annual Cherry Blossom Buffet
Sunday, April 8th from 11:30am - 3pm 
$10 Adults, $2 Kids 6 -12, Free under 6
Local BBQ salmon, roasted ham, meatballs, scalloped potatoes, tons of different salads and cake topped with Mosier cherries. 
Over 50 volunteers help with this event to support the Red Cross Shelter, 4H, scholarships, and other great causes. 
Come enjoy a taste of small town community.
Contact Pam at  541-993-2853 with any questions. 






Organizational Contact Person: SCOTT MCKAY


Contact Phone: 541-296-4788              Contact Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Date Submitted: 3.20.18              Requested Air Dates: 3.21.18 – 3.28.18


Announcement Information:


COLORING FOR ADULTS at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center on March 28th,  


1:00 – 2:30 PM. Join instructor Kerry Cobb, Executive Director of Columbia Center for the Arts, to color pages from stunningly beautiful coloring books created by adults for adults. Create, socialize, and enjoy the meditative relaxation of coloring.


Northwest vocalist Nehemiah Brown will be performing at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center on Friday, June 9th before and after the noon lunch provided by Meals-on-Wheels. Known for his buttery smooth voice, Nehemiah sings pop, country and gospel standards from the 50’s and 60’s. There is no cost but you are welcome to enjoy lunch for a suggested donation of $3.75 for anyone 60 and over or $5.00 for anyone under 60. Nehemiah’s performance is sponsored by The Dalles Health and Rehabilitation Center.

AGES 6-12: $2
Citizenship Classes
The Hood River Library will be hosting SOAR (Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees) citizenship classes on Sundays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning January 7 and running through April 22. The course will be conducted in intermediate level English.
Students will learn about all components of the U.S. naturalization interview and test. Topics include U.S. history, government, and English language instruction to prepare students for the “100 Questions” and English reading and writing components of the exam. This course is designed to prepare students to pass their U.S. naturalization test with confidence.
Preregistration is recommended but not required. For more information or to register, contact Angie Kelly at 503-384-2482 ext. 116. This program is free and open to the public.








The Bug Chicks


The Bug Chicks return to the Gorge. With their live bugs (including a bright blue spider!), this entomologist team teaches kids about insects, arachnids and their relatives while encouraging bravery and empowerment.
Wednesday, March 28 in 3 locations.
Cascade Locks Library - 10am
Parkdale Library - 1pm
Hood River Library - 4pm



 Ted Horwitz performs at the Columbia Gorge Hotel, 4000 Westcliff Dr. just off I-84 at exit 62 in Hood River.

For reservations call 541-386-5566.

Ted Horwitz  plays the grand piano at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel Thursday through Saturday of every week

 A complete schedule is available anytime on the "Take Two" website at:




 Plant Trees To Improve Habitat Along Columbia River Tributaries

 Members of the community are invited to plant native trees and shrubs this fall and winter. The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (Estuary Partnership) is working with volunteers to add native vegetation along rivers and streams throughout the lower Columbia River. These plantings improve habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, and over the years the vegetation grows and creates shade to cool streams for salmon and other native species.


Events welcome groups, individuals, and families. They are also a good opportunity for students to gain required community service hours for school. Warm beverages and snacks are provided, as well as all plants, planting tools, and gloves. Volunteers should bring a water bottle and come dressed for the weather, including appropriate footwear for muddy conditions.


Estuary Partnership educators lead the plantings, and volunteers can learn more about the local ecology and wildlife. The events are a great opportunity for people of all ages to get outdoors, learn about a local natural area, get their hands dirty, and make a difference to local wildlife.


This year, Estuary Partnership volunteers will plant at Burnt Bridge Creek, Salmon Creek, and Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Washington; La Center Bottoms in La Center, Washington; Abrams Park in Ridgefield, Washington; Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Washougal, Washington; and Sandy River Delta in Troutdale, Oregon.


All plantings take place Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon unless otherwise noted. Planting dates and locations are:


  • March 17, 2018 - Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • March 24, 2018 - Burnt Bridge Creek


Pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to register early—events are limited to 40 people and can fill up quickly. Volunteers can register online at






Hood River County Library 

 Help the Library District win the Million Page Challenge

The gauntlet has been thrown again. Hood River County Library District has been issued a Million Page Challenge by the Pendleton Public Library and a combined team of the Harney and Lake County Libraries. This three-way race is to see which library’s patrons can reach one million pages first. With help from patrons, Hood River County could win all the glory.
Libraries will count pages of library materials read between February 5 and March 17, 2018. All ages may participate. The library that reaches a million pages first wins bragging rights. If no library has reached a million pages by March 17, the library with the most pages read wins.
Patrons can either submit their reading online at or stop by any Hood River County Library District location to pick up a bookmark to track their reading. They can even keep track themselves on any old piece of paper. Books, magazines, newspapers, e-books, and audiobooks checked out from the library all count. They must be started and finished during the challenge period to win. Participants will need to record the title and number of pages they read or listen to. To count audiobook and e-book “pages,” library staff can help look up the number of pages of a print book of the same title. Pages can be turned in any time online or at any Hood River County Library District location. Page submissions are due on March 17.







The Center has scheduled monthly classes offered by the Columbia Center for the Arts. They will be held on the fourth Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:30 starting this month. If you appreciate the arts, I guarantee you will enjoy these classes. The first one in March is Coloring which offers you a chance to create, socialize, and enjoy the meditative relaxation of coloring by coloring pages from stunningly beautiful coloring books created by adults for adults. Call the Center to sign up for the class.

WEDNESDAYS 1:00 – 2:30          

March 28th               - Coloring

April 25th                - Poetry and Painting (Tentative Date)

May 23rd                 - Theater Play Table Reading

June 27th                 - What is Abstract Art and Why Should I Care

July 25th                  - Improv Theater

August 22nd           - Five Famous Female Artists

September 26th    - Visual Perception: Learning to See through Art

October 24th          - Art and History of Photography

SUMMER DAY TRIPS – Ginny McNary and I have started putting together a tentative schedule for the Center’s summer day trips starting in May. If you are interested in any of these trips, contact the front desk so we can call you when we firm up the details.

May                - Mt St Helens Museum

May                - Gorge Interpretive Center/Camas Woolen Mills

June               - Japanese Gardens

June               - Portland Grotto

July                - Portland Zoo

July 25          - Hood River County Fair                      

August          - Shaniko Days

August          - Portland Spirit Lunch Cruise


A box of exquisite, embroidered quilt blocks was found in an empty house and donated to the Center’s Quilters. Each of the sixty-three quilt blocks had a signature stitched into them, but no one has been able to find out why these signed quilt blocks were made. Some of the names on the quilt blocks are: Ella Craig, Leola Egbert, Ruby Franz, Gertrude Maier and Isabel Sandoz. The quilt is currently displayed in the Center’s dining room and you can pick up the list of all 63 names at the Center, so you can do you own sleuthing. If you have questions, you can find the Center Quilters downstairs at the Center on Mondays between 10 and 3.


AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS March 19th – 20th will be held on March 19th and 20th at The Center from 8:45 am to 12:05 pm on both days.  The cost is $20 ($15 for AARP Members). Call (541) 296-4788 to sign-up. Those wishing to enroll in a free 20-minute CarFit Safety Event following class may sign up after the class.


ST. PATRICK’S DAY BOOK SALE SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH at the Friends book barn parking lot above library. – Lots of WWI and WWII books.

“ST. PAT’S AT ST. PETE’S” the 21st annual St. Patrick’s Day concert at St. Peter’s Landmark, takes place Saturday, Mar. 17, starting at 7 p.m.  Cascade Youth Choir and “Irish Tenors” will join Cascade Singers community choir, the ensemble, and “Almost-All-Irish-Almost-All-Brass Band” for Irish art songs Tin Pan Alley Irish tunes, traditional favorites and sing-alongs, and even a wee bit of contemporary Irish rock!  Admission is a free-will offering to benefit St. Peter’s Landmark, located at 3rd and Lincoln Streets in The Dalles.

JOHN NILSEN TRIO – Oregon’s Award Winning Composer! St. Patrick’s Day March 17th 7:30 PM at The Dalles Civic Auditorium-Theater. Tickets $20 and 2 children admitted free with a paid parental ticket. Tickets available at Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum and Klindt’s Bookstore.


9-1 in The Dalles and 1-3 in Hood River. Meidcare starts at age 65. Know your deadlines for enrolling to avoid late penalties. Seats are limited. Call 541-308-8211 to register, or register online at

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP Support and resources for those living with Parkinson’s Disease, their families and caregivers. First Wednesday of each month at 2 pm at Water’s Edge. More info contact Chad Swanson at 541-296-7319.

BEREAVEMENT GROUP (1st Tuesdays of the Month) 9 – 10am Providence Hospice of the Gorge offers a Bereavement Group which meets at the Center on the first Tuesday of every month starting at 9:00 am. It is open to anyone. You just need to show up.

CAREWORKS OREGON – Community monthly meetings every THIRD WEDNESDAY from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Center. CAREWORKS, a project of SEIU Local 503, is a community of The Dalles area care providers, clients and family members who meet each month to network and help create a care system that works for all of us.  


Toll Free Referral Line 1-833-736-4676. Are you or someone you know lonely, over 55 or disabled and living in rural Oregon? Call to make a referral to receive a weekly phone call.


3rd Thursday of the Month 1:00 – 2:30 PM. Call 1-800-272-3900.

FREE SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATION American Red Cross. Call 503-528-5783.

THE DALLES DEATH CAFÉ – 4th Tuesday of every month 6:30 – 8 PM at The Dalles Library. Open Discussion about Life and Death.

AMERICAN RED CROSS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS for blood donation centers. If interested call 503-435-9532.

MEALS-ON-WHEELS DRIVERS – As little as 1 hour a week to deliver meals to folks who are homebound or have difficulty preparing their own meals. Call 541-298-8333.

THE CENTER – Needs volunteers to help with bingo concessions from 3:00 – 6:00 pm on Thurs. or Sat. nights. Particularly interested in someone who enjoys making sandwiches. Call 541-298-4788.

SHARE YOUR INTERESTS – If you have an interest you would like to share, we can set you up with a time and place at the Center. Talk to Scott.

OREGON VETERAN’S HOME – To volunteer and support our Veterans, contact volunteer coordinator, Chris Haugen at 541-296-7190 ext. 272.


Mondays: Quilters 10:00 – 3:00; Lunch with TED 12:00; Brain Fitness Club 1:00; Wii Bowling 1:30

Tuesdays: Yoga 9:30; Bunco (3rd Tues.) 1:00; Dominos 1:00; Tai Chi 1:00 Strong Women; Table Tennis 3:00;

Wednesdays: Computer/Tablet Help 9:00; Strength Yoga 9:15; Needle Nutz 10:00;

Thursdays: Folk and Line Dancing 10:00; Yoga 9:30; Zumba Gold 10:45-11:30; Pinochle 1:00; Strong Women 2:00; Table Tennis 3:00; MOW Bingo 6:00

Fridays: Strength Yoga 9:15; Mahjong 1:00; Pinochle 6:00; AARP Tax Aide 2:00 – 6:00

Saturdays: MCSC Bingo 6:00; AARP Tax Aide 9:00 – 1:00.

Sundays: Pie and Jam Social (3rd Sunday)

















Every third Wednesday a support group is  


held for  Alzheimers and Dimentia at


Flagstone in The Terrace Lobby.


Flagstone is located at 3325 Columbia


View Drive.









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

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. .





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.


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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 ( 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.





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