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Trout Lake News for Sept. 23

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

This week: a column just bursting with events and items of interest.

Congratualtions to the residents of Klickitat County almost two-thirds of whom (63.71 percent) value libraries and voted to support the library system levy. This large percentage gave the total vote the boost it needed to reach the percentage required for the levy to pass. Personally, I feel really proud of Klickitat County. Way to go!

On Friday, Sept. 24, there will be another Contra Dance at the grange hall in Trout Lake starting at 6:30 p.m. The caller will be Paul Silveria, aka Professor Banjo. People of all ages and experience levels are welcome to come. Before each dance there is a walk through of the steps and patterns for the dance, so it is really easy to follow dance when the music starts. The event is free, however the organizer, Linda Robertson, requests that attendees bring a pie to share. Donations toward the cost of the band and caller are accepted also (in lieu of pie) if people feel so inclined. Please wear shoes that do not mar or leave black marks on the spiffy grange floor. For further information contact Linda at These dances are outstanding events, lot of chances to interact with community members of all ages, get plenty of exercise and listen to fun music all while learning a new skill or refreshing an existing one. If dancing is not your interest it is very cheering to watch so many people of all ages having so much fun.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, the members of the organization Dogs of the Gorge will be holding a Huckleberry Pawcakes and Woofles fundraising breakfast at the Trout Lake Grange from 7 to 11 a.m. The money raised by this event will go to their Spay and Neuter fund for dogs and cats of Klickitat County. Adults pay $6, children and seniors pay $5 and children under 6 are free. Please come, enjoy the tasty food and feel good about supporting a fund that has the potential to benefit all of the citizens of the county.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m., the Community Club presents their Second Annual Little Girl Cupcake and Tea Party. The cost will be $5 per person to cover the cost of the tea and cupcakes. The ratio should be one girl to one mother or grandmother. If you plan to attend please call Meg Vollema at 395-2335 to reserve a spot before Oct. 9. Also, if you want to come and do not have a girl to be with or you have more than one girl who wants to attend call Meg Vollema at 2335. She can help solve that difficulty for you.

COMING ATTRACTION -- next week's column will include information about the Community Foundation Labor Day Sale.

Judy Skelton is accepting registrations for her pre-school class for the 2010-2011 school year. Please contact her at 395-3669 to register your child. Always enjoy watching the pre-school class sing at the Winter Concert, the kids are so shy and so proud that it just enlivens the event.

There is a very exciting new hands-on program starting at the Trout Lake School that has the potential to benefit both the students of the school and local farms. Called the Farm to School program its objective is to tie education in science, wellness and nutrition to the local agricultural activities existing in the Trout Lake Valley. The program will take a four-prong approach to achieve its objective. First, there will be an after school program to teach in these subject areas through cooking and gardening. Each week the group will focus on one seasonal or local food as a theme for the cooking. Second, the program will do a weekly hot lunch (Farm to School Lunch) for all Trout Lake students. The lunch will be started by members of the after school group and finished by volunteers the next day. The lunch will be offered at a price similar to the current lunch options and will contain local ingredients. Third, the program coordinator will help in the grade 1-4 classrooms by providing research time, curriculum, and field trips to local farms. Fourth there are plans to create summer farm work experience positions for older students at the Trout Lake CSA next summer. This is a wonderful opportunity that will allow the school to provide some vocational training for its students. Perhaps, dreaming a long-term dream, the school could, if this initial effort is successful, establish partnerships with the local farmers so students interested in eventually working in agriculture could do internships with the farmers. The Farm to School program will work together with the Northwest Service Academy and local groups like Gorge Grown Food Network. The program has a coordinator and is currently in the fund raising stage. Volunteers will be needed for the lunch production. If you want to volunteer contact the school at 395-2571.


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