Weekend events – Jan 11 – 13

FRIDAY

“LET’S TALK” – Conversation on the “Joys and Challenges of Aging” Friday, Jan. 11th at 11:00 am at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. 9th St., The Dalles.

Mosier Community Center meeting today 2 pm at Mosier Senior Center. Agenda includes the site selection and vote

Just before the 2019 legislative session convenes next week, Rep. Gina Mosbrucker has scheduled a 14th District Listening Session in Goldendale, this Friday, Jan. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., where she will provide a preview of the upcoming session and take questions from citizens. “This is an opportunity before I leave for Olympia to meet with constituents and listen to what’s really important to them. I want to hear what is on people’s minds about state government and the issues that affect them and their families so that I can take those concerns to the state Capitol,” said Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale. “I also want to take time to share information about the state budget, my concerns about tax increase proposals, and the bills I will be introducing during the 2019 session.” The meeting will take place at the Quality Inn and Suites’ meeting room, 808 E. Simcoe Dr., Goldendale.

Dancing With the Gorge Stars: Back by popular demand, six Gorge Stars will compete for your votes at this mid-winter fundraiser 7 pm Friday at The Dalles High School Auditorium. Similar to the reality TV dance show, contestants learn a routine prior to show time. But in this show, the competitors are our friends and neighbors from the gorge area. Paired with a professional dancer from the Utah Ballroom Dance Co., they spend many hours practicing their routines. Video highlights of the rehearsals are included in the program when the beautifully costumed contestants perform for our concert.An entertaining judging-panel of locals scores each team at the end of the competition. Audience votes are then tallied to determine who wins the beautiful mirrored trophy. While the ballots are being tallied, the Utah Dance Co. entertains with a professional showcase featuring a variety of highly technical dancing. This is a fundraiser for the Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association and therefore is not included in the series of 5 regular season performances. Tickets are available at Klindt’s Bookstore, Lines of Designs and The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, or from any contestant. $20 prepaid, $25 at the door

SATURDAY

Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District’s Freeze your Gizzard Blizzard Run Saturday, January 12th, at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park 10.am start, Fast, Flat and follows the Columbia River on the blacktop, Riverfront trail. This is one of three opportunities to earn a sweet winter time trial. Come back in one month for the Valentine’s trail run, and again for the St. Patty’s trail run. After weeks of training and nail another PR in the 3K, 5K, 10K distances, then spend the day exploring historic The Dalles. This is a Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District event. Check-In & Same Day Registration 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM Race Starts 10:00 AM In District $30 | Out of District $33

Free Saturday Movie Despicable Me 3 at Columbia Cinemas in The Dalles. Doors open 9:15am, movie starts at 10am. Doors close 10:10am or after first 400 admitted. YOUTHTHINK will be collecting canned food donations.

Babe Ruth Baseball and The Dalles girls softball will be conducting signumps Saturday at The Dalles Middle School Commons from 10 am to 2 pm. New players need to bring a copy of their birth certificate.

New Year’s Brunch – enjoy a hearty meal while visiting with your neighbors 10 am to 1 pm at the High Prairie Community Center 701 Struck Road Lyle. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, Myron’s famous brats, hash browns, pancakes, English muffins, pastries, fruit salad, coffee and juice. Suggested donation $7. Also raffle and dessert auction. Proceeds benefit Fire District #14 and the High Prairie Community Council.

Carolyn Purcell from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will give a lecture on preserving old photographs and documents from 10:30 to noon in the downstairs classroom at the Discovery Center. This free lecture will cover subjects of identifying different types of photo processes used throughout history and best practices for handling and storing them, as well as historical documents. $1.00 Donation to cover room rental fees is appreciated.

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is hosting its 6th Annual Blanket Drive. All items collected from this drive will be donated to The Warming Place in The Dalles, and to Gilliam & Sherman County Emergency Management. The Warming Place is also in need of warm socks. Other warming item (such as coats and gloves) will also be accepted. Please mark your calendar and visit us in the parking lot at 523 East 3rd St. (across the street from Sawyer’s Ace Hardware) on Saturday, January 12, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors can simply pull up to the curb to drop off NEW or gently used (and washed) blankets, socks and other warming items.

SUNDAY

An Afternoon of Chill Chamber Music with CGOA: For the second year in a row, the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association is presenting an afternoon of intimate, lyrical and captivating music for small ensembles. All the participants are members of the CGOA Sinfonietta and are performing selections that range from the Renaissance through the 20th century. On the program are the CGOA brass dectet, a large brass ensemble, the Hood River String Quartet, a piano trio and the quartet plus soprano voice. The varied concert will include music by Gabrieli, Vivaldi, Schubert, Villa Lobos, and Arvo Pärt, the contemporary Estonian composer. The concert is January 13, 2018 at 2 PM at the Hood River Valley Christian Church. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 CGOA members, $5 Youth (age 10-17) and free for kids under 10. Tickets are available at the door or in advance through gorgeorchestra.org.