Saturday events

The Original Wasco County Courthouse kicks off its February regional history forum Saturday with local historian Susan Buce, who has a family connection to early aviation in the Gorge. In the days before radar, her grandfather, Jack M. Buce, Sr., was a “mechanician” for the airway beacons that served as a “highway of light,” guiding the pilots who flew the mail from coast to coast. Join her for presentation on “Airmail Beacons of the Columbia River Gorge” Saturday at 1:30 at the Original Wasco County Courthouse, 410 West Second Place behind the Chamber of Commerce The facility is handicapped accessible on the first floor, and programs are FREE. Donations appreciated.


It’s the 43rd annual St Mary’s Acadamy SuperAuction Saturday night at the Academy 1112 Cherry Heights Road in The Dalles. The annual auction is the school’s largest fundraiser, “and it’s conducted entirely by parent volunteers. Theme this year is Wish Upon a Star. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the 21-and-over event, with the prime rib and pork tenderloin dinner provided by Cowboy Catering. Tickets are $40 apiece, available at the school. Many fabulous silent and live auction items including a big screen TV, popular dinner party events, even ridealongs with a trooper and a fish and game warden. Raffle tickets are being sold, at $5 apiece, for a chance at a trip worth $2,500. And one of the favorites is sure to be a quilt quilt made by St. Mary’s parent Megan Thompson that includes each class’s wish on it. These wishes run the gamut, with eighth graders wishing for an end to terrorism and the pre-kindergarteners wishing for “ice cream and sprinkles forever.”


Satuday night its the North Central Livestock Association annual banquet at the Grass Valley Pavillion in Grass Valley. The NCLA was formed several years ago by the merger of the Wasco County Cattlemens Association and the Sherman County Cattlemens Association.  Annual Dinner and Meeting on Saturday, February 3rd at the Grass Valley Pavilion. Happy Hour will begin at 5pm with Beer and Wine from Moody Tollbridge Winery. Dinner catered by Joan Bird includes Tri-Tip, Cowboy Beans, Broccoli Salad, Green Salad, Mashed Spud Dish, Bread and Chocolate Upside Down Pudding Cake for Dessert.. COST for Dinner is $25. Guest speakers will be from Blue Mountain Community College speaking on the new AG Facility, primarily focusing on the Meat Processing Plant.