Weekend events April 12-14

FRIDAY

Gorge Roller Derby action tonight for the Save Our Sports Dufur School Fundraiser featuring Gorge Roller Derby Blood N Gorge vs. Alter Egos at Dufur School. Doors open at 5 pm tonight, action at 6 pm. Tickets $4.50 to $9.50. Proceeds donated to Dufur athletic programs.

Lovers of classic big band music and swing dance can swing out tonight as the Columbia Gorge Orchestr Association’s Jazz Collective presents “Swing into Spring” at the Discovery Center in The Dalles. With free dance instruction by Johnny and Hannah Griffith beginning at 7 PM, the evening is an all-ages event and a great way to enjoy some lively music and the company of enthusiastic swing dancers. Prior events at the Elks Lodge in Hood River were sold out events. Tickets are available through gorgeorchestra.org and are $20 for adults ($15 for CGOA members), $5 youth ages 10-17, and free for kids under 10. Refreshments will be sold by the Discovery Center.

Its the 42nd Annual Lions Follies tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 at the Hood River Middle School. This is a benefit for the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation and the Megan Perkins Scholarship Fund. Megan was vocal director for the follies and passed away unexpectedly last years during production. The group is working to establish a perpetual scholarship in her name for the talented youth of Hood River. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children at the door.

SATURDAY

The 3rd annual Hood River Monster and Sea 24 hour paddle for cancer on starts Saturday morning at 8 am with groups of paddlers trading off every hour until 8 am Sunday at the Hood River Event Site (slackwater beach). Last year the event raised $5,000 and gave $1,000 each to five local families affected by cancer. Similar teams are staging fundraisers for local families across the US and Canada. Donations are most welcome, and boards will be provided for others who wish to paddle with the group.

The Columbia Gorge Running Club presents a half marathon and 5K walk and run Saturday at the North Bonneville Park Pavilion, take the North Bonneville exit off Washington Highway 14. Registration starts 8 am. The half-marathon is a hybrid course (grass, dirt, rocks, mud, pavement, hills, gorgeous views) and the 5K is on a paved path through the community. This event supports the Stevenson Cross Country Team. All finishers receive a medal. Half marathon cost $40, 5K cost $30. There is a $10 discount for Columbia Gorge Running Club members.

It’s second Saturday at the Western Antique Airplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River as they roll out and fire up some of the classics in their inventory. Between 10 am and 2 pm. Then at 2 pm, WAAAM hosts Sherman County author and pilot Kathy McCullough who has written fascinating and humorous books about how she learned to fly at 16 and was the fourth woman pilot hired by Northwest Orient Airlines in 1981 flying airplanes like the Boeing 727, McDonnell Douglas DC10, and the Boeing 747. She piloted trans-pacific carriers for most of her career before retiring as a 747 captain flying freight out of Anchorage, Alaska in 2007.

Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society presents a free beginners class covering the basics of genealogy presented by Georga Foster. That’s from 10:30 to 12:30 Saturday at the Disovery Center.

April is National Poetry Month. Klindt’s Booksellers honors the power of poetry with a reading and gathering on Saturday, at 5 pm. Local poet Jack Lorts will be emcee for this event. Local poets Penelope Scambly Schott, Donna Henderson, Leigh Hancock, and Joel Kabakov will join Lorts in sharing work and increasing awareness of the importance of poetry. All poets will be available to chat with readers and sign books after reading.

CCA – the Coastal Conservation Association, a salmon advocacy group, is holding a stuffed chicken and prime rib dinner and auction fundraiser at the Bargeway Pub in The Dalles Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30. Event includes dinner, banquet games, hosted beer, raffles and live and silent auctions. As a bonus, all attendees receive a 1-year CCA Oregon membership. Tickets $65, $120 for a couple, and table for 8 for $500.

Home At Last Humane Society’s Annual Bone Soup event will be held Saturday at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Happy hour starts at 6 p.m. then dinner at 7:00 p.m. with silent and live auctions. Tickets $25. Proceeds benefit the animal shelter.

Texas Tribute – a ZZ Top tribute band, plays at the Granada Theater in The Dalles Saturday. Doors open at 6 with food and cash bar available, show starts at 7. Tickets $25

SUNDAY

St. Mary’s Academy hosts their 15th Annual “Cherry of A Ride” Sunday. This recreational 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. All rides begin at 6 am to 9 am at St. Mary’s Academy, then head east of The Dalles, meandering through the blossoming cherry orchards and green wheat fields of rural Wasco County. Cost with T-shirt $55, without shirt $45

All motorized vehicles welcome for a poker run Sunday starting at the Discovery Center. Registration from 10 am to 1 pm, with the run from 1 pm to 4 pm. $10 per poker hand, all over paved roads

52nd Annual Cherry Blossom Buffet 11:30 to 3 pm at the Mosier Grange Hall. Featuring grilled salmon and ham, main dishes, salads and cherry dessert. Admission $12 for adults, less for children 6 through 12, children under six free. Proceeds benefit the Mosier Grange hall as a Red Cross Emergency Shelter.

A celebration of the life of Bill Hulse, former Wasco County Judge, invites the public for dessert and fond remembrance of his service to the county Sunday at 2:30 at the Discovery Center.