A busy, busy weekend April 20-22


Gorge Artists’ twelfth annual Open Studios Tour, runs Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Forty-one juried studios will participate, featuring the highest quality work available from the region in a variety of mediums and styles. The tour is free and self-guided,


Goldendale city wide cleanup  Saturday April 21st. where a truck load of trash and yard waste can be disposed of at the local transfer station, at no charge. To take advantage of the program, visit the Goldendale City Hall
by the close of business today and pickup a free coupon entitling each city resident to unload one truckload of garbage and yard debris.  Senior citizens and those infirmed living within the city limits can contact senior services today and arrange to have their yard debris and trash disposed of at no charge during the cleanup event, going on the next few days.

The 2nd annual Environmental Education Forum of the Columbia River Gorge Saturday from 8:30 to 3:30 at Mountain View Grange includes break out sessions, experiential activities, and a potluck lunch. Tickets $25, Register @ cultureseed.org

Mosier Rummage and Repair Fair Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm at Mosier Community School,
Proceeds support the Mosier Community School greenhouse installation; donations are welcome. Find lightly used and functional treasures from 16 households. Everything from kids and adult clothing to household goods and tools. Bike tune-ups will be offered to get your bike road ready. Bring your broken or ailing items and get them restored, with the help of Grindstone Knife and Tool Sharpening, and a tinker table — “if you can’t fix it, we’ll see if we can,” organizers said. Purchase home baked goods or pizza by the slice along with spring planting starts. There will also be face-painting and games. Saturday, 11 a.m.. to 2 p.m. — Water Conversations: learn about what is happening with local water supplies and what you can do to support its health, sponsored by Mosier Watershed Council and Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation district. Saturday — Show Mosier Some Love Trash Cleanup, 11 a.m. to noon; all are welcome to join teams in cleaning up some sensitive areas of the community. Bags provided by SOLVE Oregon. Sunday — Tree planting at noon, school grounds, trees donated by Mount Hood Gardens.

Northern Wasco County Parks and Rec District presents The Columbia Hills State Park Wildflower Adventure. Meet at the NWC Aquatic Center in The Dalles at 10 am  for an exclusive ranger-led tour of the historic Dalles Mountain Ranch through vast fields of grass widow, lupine, and balsam-root flowers with astonishing views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Participants will also view unique Native American pictographs and petroglyphs. Transportation and snacks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Tour ends at 4 pm In-district Fee: $20 Out of District: $23

Blossom Craft and Quilt Show and Sale Saturday and Sunday  from 10 am to 5 pm at the Hood River County fairgrounds in Odell.  Featuring over 120 vendors from around the Northwest offering arts and crafts, garden art, handcrafted home furnishings and decorations, gourmet foods, jewelry, pottery, beads, clothing and much more. Local organizations including Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers, Special Olympics, Hood River Art Club, Odell Garden Club and Hood River Valley High School FFA will be there offering expertise and products for sale. The Blossom Quilt Show and Sale will have over 100 beautiful handmade quilts on display. Free admission and free parking.

The Oregon Health Authority will hold three meetings at the end of April to gather public input about the coordinated care model and the state’s Medicaid reforms.  One of them is in The Dalles Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wahtonka campus. In the first five years of operation, the coordinated care model has saved taxpayers an estimated $2.2 billion, while also reducing unnecessary emergency department visits, and improving preventive care for children and adults.

Life Flight hangar dedication. Saturday, April 21 – 12 to 3:00 pm  open house at the new Life Flight Network Hangar at Columbia Gorge Regional Airport om Dallesport. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 12:15 followed by light refreshments, tours of the hangar and meet-and-greets with the flight crews.

Travis Pastrana and the Oregon Trail Rally  come to Wasco County and Klickitat County this weekend. For the third year, the excitement of $500,000 Subaru race cars, international drivers, and racing on some of the area’s most challenging and historic roads will be freely accessible to local residents. Cars will be on display Saturday morning from 9 am to 10 am at the Eagles Lodge in The Dalles and leave from there to various individual stages all in Klickitat County. Rally racing is done on existing roads – usually steep, twisty, gravel roads – that are closed to the public during the race event, called a stage. Drivers race against the clock on each stage and the lowest total time determines the winner.  Last year the top speed on Dalles Mountain Road stage was 104 miles per hour.

For 2018, stages are Dalles Mountain Road from Highway 14 to Uecker Road in Centerville, Maryhill Loops, Oak Flat Road from Hoctor Road to the Bickleton Highway, and Rock Creek Road from Badger Gulch to Highway 14.

Spectator areas are at Dalles Mountain Road and Uecker Road, the Maryhill Loops overlook off Highway 97, and the intersection of Saxton Bane and Oak Flat Road. A free bus from the Grace Brethren Church to the Maryhill Overlook will be running during the day; other spectator sites can be reached by car.

At Monday’s Goldendale City Council meeting, mayor Mike Canon proclaimed Saturday as  Travis Pastrana Day   Travis and the other drivers will be available for conversation and selfies at the Goldendale high school paddock area at three points during the day, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.  Cars will return to the Eagles Lodge in The Dalles by 6:45 pm.

Sudnday is Dufur’s turn. Car and drivers available from 9 am to 10 am on Dufur’s Main Street. Stages will take place on Endersby cutoff and Highway 197. They will finish at The Dalles Discovery Center at 5 pm Sunday with awards at 5:30.  Complete details in the spectator’s handbook which can be downloaded HERE



Candidate Debate  – The seven candidates vying for the Democratic party nomination for Oregon’s Second Congressional District to run against Republican incumbent Greg Walden will hold a debate Saturday 6 pm at The Dalles High School auditorium. Admission is free and the event will be moderated by Gorge Country Media News Director Rodger Nichols.

An Evening with Cole Porter concert. Local singers Linda Beiter, Jason Smith (of JD Smith Jewelers) and Mary Lewis will be joining forces with pianist Garry Estep for an evening of songs from the celebrated songbook of Cole Porter Saturday 6:30 to 9 pm. The event will benefit The Dalles Civic Auditorium.Concert goers can expect each singer to perform solo and duet numbers, plus as a trio — with piano solos opening and closing the show. Tickets are $30 at Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles Civic Center and online at TheDallesCivic.org.

St. Mary’s Academy will host their 14th Annual “Cherry of a Ride” on Sunday. Ride begins between 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM (all riders must be on a route by 9:00 AM). All routes close at 5:00 PM. This recreational bike ride is fully supported and offers scenic route options for every level of rider. Route lengths are 30 miles, 48 miles, 60 miles, 80 miles and, for the hard-core rider,  100 miles. This ride is fully supported, with rest stops (food and restrooms) located approximately every 20 miles. While lunch is not provided, there is an abundance of food available at the rest stops and fresh cherry crisp at the end.  Day of ride registration $55.00 (with limited t-shirts available for $15.00)