Weekend events – May 18-20


Gorge Orchestra Presents “BY REQUEST” Friday 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm
The Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta presents a thrilling program of classical favorites, “By Request.”  The music was chosen by members of the orchestra and suggested by members of CGOA.  The concert includes Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture, “Mars” from Holst’s “The Planets,” “Pavane” by Maurice Ravel, and “Festive Overture” by Dmitri Shostakovich.  The highlight of the program is the World Premiere of “Concerto #2 for Mountain Dulcimer and Orchestra” by Artistic Director Mark Steighner.  The Concerto was commissioned by a patron of the orchestra and will be performed by guest artist Stephen Seifert.  Seifert, a native of Nashville, is a virtuoso on the mountain dulcimer and concertizes extensively around the country.  The 30-minute concerto is based on the theme of mountains and the challenge of climbing them.  Seifert was a guest with the orchestra two years ago.  Conductor Mark Steighner notes that the music is almost all “big, powerful and exciting” and showcases the incredible local and guest talents within the orchestra.  Steighner said that the “1812” Overture will include some audience participation sure to delight children as well as the young at heart. Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for students (10-17), children under 10 are free.

The Blind Princess,  a play that  is a fairy tale of enchantment and music at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

Blinded in a horseback riding accident during a battle that killed her brother, our young Princess despairs as a string of magicians and doctors try to cure her of her blindness.  Her mother, the Empress, has offered riches to anyone who succeeds, but the Scorpion, the emperor of a rival neighboring kingdom, offers what appears to be unity by way of marriage to his son, Prince Vulture. However, the Empress’ devoted young chamberlain is also in love with the Princess! The Princess wonders if she is destined for love, but her seeing-eye pot-bellied pig keeps reality in check, adding humor to this touching tale.

Along the way, we follow the theft of the country’s greatest treasure, the Royal Sparrow’s mate, in hopes that the birds reunite in time to save the kingdom. Moreover, will the Princess ever get the answers she is looking for? Audience members can expect laughs, love, cheerily villainous characters, sing-a-longs, and more!

The production is recommended for ages 4 and up. If you anticipate that you may need to take your child out during the performance, we recommend that you choose a seat close to the lobby doors to show respect for other Theatre patrons.

Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for students/seniors/military, $10 for children under 10 years, and $10 for groups of 10 or more. For group tickets, please come into the Center or purchase via telephone at 541-387-8877 x.2.

Friday 7 pm , Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm



Tri-County Hazardous Waste turn in event 9 am to 2 pm  at The Dalles Disposal Service, 1317 West 1st Street in The Dalles.

FREE to residents and businesses of Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties
Do bring:

Products with labels with the words “caution” “warning” “danger” “poison”
Paints and stains
Septic field/drain cleaners, oven cleaners
Gasoline, kerosene and other fuels
Automotive oil
Pool and spa chemicals
Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and poisons for home use
Antifreeze and other automotive fluids
Thinners and solvents
Household cleaners and disinfectants
Art and hobby chemicals
Aerosol spray products
Propane tanks or bottles from barbeque grills
Fluorescent lamps and compact fluorescent bulbs
Thermostats and thermometers
Fire extinguishers
Household batteries: rechargeable, lithium, ni-cad, alkaline, and lead-acid batteries
E-Waste (computers, monitors, laptops/tablets, printers, mice, keyboards and televisions)
Cell phones
Medicines (There are also drop sites at Hood River County Sheriff’s Dept, The Dalles Police Dept, and Sherman County Sheriff’s Dept.)

Do NOT bring:

Explosives, ammunition (contact local police for disposal options)
Asbestos. Instead, contact Wasco Landfill to arrange: (541) 296-4082
Sharps. Drop sites at: Hood River Transfer Station, The Dalles Disposal and Moro Medical Center

All forms of asbestos can be sent to our local Wasco County Landfill. Here is the protocol:

Must properly fill out ASN4 Form – a DEQ Asbestos Shipment Report Form (Click Here for Form)
Fax that form to Waste Connections (landfill owner) at Fax number: (360)-695-5091
Once Waste Connections receives (and approves) that form, you will be contacted with permission to bring the asbestos to that landfill.
*You need to double-bag the Asbestos, and preferably ‘wet’ it to reduce the possibility of becoming airborne.
Wasco County Landfill hours: Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm.
Phone#: (541) 296-4082.
When transporting: keep products sealed in original containers if possible, and transport in a box or tub in your trunk or in the truck bed. Follow the signage to the collection area. Thank you!

Children’s Fair FREE Family Fun 10 am to 2 pm at The Dalles City Park.  Enjoy activities like  face painting, carnival style games, arts and crafts, prizes, music and dancing, and much more!

Maryhill Museum Membership Appreciation Day

Drive the Loops | 10 a.m. to noon

The historic Maryhill Loops Road is opened for automobiles only twice a year. This is your chance to take a spin past the beautiful scenery and through the road’s eight hairpin curves. Free on the historic Maryhill Loops Road, located east of US 97 off of SR 14.

Members Luncheon | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meet fellow members and staff over lunch in the museum’s café. Menu is BBQ beef ciabattas, potato salad, dessert and soft drink. Cost: $15 / per person.

Annual Meeting of the Membership | 1 p.m.

Learn about the many wonderful things happening at Maryhill.

Tours and Behind the Scenes | 2 to 4 p.m.

There’s much more than meets the eye at Maryhill. Take a behind-the-scenes look at some of the unique facets of the museum, including the collections storage area, ranch operations, and galleries. Here’s the line-up:

Landscape Painting and Orthodox Icons | 2 p.m.

Join Steve Grafe, Curator of Art, for a more in-depth look the museum’s collection of landscape paintings and Orthodox Icons—that will include some recent acquisitions to the collections. Program begins in the Maryhill Favorites Gallery featuring the exhibition, Landscape.

Collections Care and Preservation | 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Anna Goodwin, Collections Manager, will tour you through the museum’s Collections Storage Vault and show you how the museum cares for its diverse collections. Sign up at the Members’ Welcome Table just inside the main entrance. Tours are on the half hour starting at 2 p.m. with the last tour at 3:30 p.m. Group size is limited to 10.

The Maryhill Ranchlands: Yesterday and Today | 3 p.m.

Learn about the history of the museum’s majestic ranchlands as well the workings of the museum’s ranch today with Marty Hudson, Chair of the museum’s Ranchlands Committee, and Colleen Schafroth, Executive Director. Program is presented in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center.

Root Beer Floats for All | 4 to 5 p.m.

Who doesn’t love a float? Sip a root beer float and take in the awesome views as you chat with fellow members and staff in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center.

Gorge Culture Fest

During these politically-divided times when there is more shouting than listening, and more rancor than benevolence, Columbia Gorge Community College, a Sanctuary College, is hosting the 4th Annual Gorge Culture Fest on its Hood River-Indian Creek Campus on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  “Somos Uno, One Community” will celebrate diversity and inclusion with a variety of activities for adults and children, and it is free and open to the public. At 11 a.m. Ellen Donoghue will open the festivities with a Community Meditation.
Among the headliners, the Obo Addy Legacy Project will conduct an hour-long drumming performance and workshop beginning at 11:15 a.m. With some thirty drums, the “Drumming workshop [is] built around the five hand techniques developed by Obo Addy and his brothers in the 1970’s. The techniques will be taught singly and with both hands. These techniques enable drummers to find an incredible range of sound within the drum while keeping their hands safe from damage that can be incurred from improper technique,” according to the group’s website. This Ghanaian performance group is “committed to building community by offering culturally authentic music and dance, to inspire audiences and educate about our [African] heritage and culture.”
Song Dynasty, a collaborative project between Taiwanese jazz musicians and Canadian/American musicians, will perform elements of western music with lyrics from the classical Chinese poet Li Qingzhao. The group was founded by Canadian guitarist Ben Holt in 2015 while Holt was a graduate student at the University of North Texas’ prestigious Jazz Studies Program. This event is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
The festival also features the N’chi Wanapum Canoe Family, an organization meant to connect youth with elders in an effort to teach youth about the culture and traditions of the four river tribes which include the Warm Springs, Yakima, Umatilla, and Nez Perce. Twenty Native American dancers from Warm Springs, Oregon, dressed in regalia, will perform traditional dances and songs to the accompaniment of drummers. This performance is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m.
Other events include a Privileges for Sale Workshop presented by the CGCC Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club from 1 to 1:45 p.m.; a Salsa Dancing Demonstration and Lesson by the Secret Salsa Society from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.; and, a Piñata Contest for children hosted by CGCC’s Juntos Club from 2:30 to 2:50 p.m.
In addition to the aforementioned activities, the college’s community partners will conduct family-friendly activities, and food vendors including Last Call PDX, a Taiwanese Beef Noodle cart, will be present. Throughout the day, Columbia Gorge Music Society will be performing.
Come and help us celebrate living and working together at “Somos Uno, One Community,” CGCC’s 2018 Gorge Culture Fest. CGCC is located at 1730 College Way, Hood River, OR 97031-7502.


A Jubilee For Japan Sister Cities An auction/raffle benefit for the 2018 student delegation going to Japan 5 to 7 pm Saturday at Sunshine Mill Winery in The Dalles