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Goldendale library to hold book sale

The Friends of the Goldendale Library will be holding a special one-day book sale on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Used books of all sorts will be on sale, from gardening to crafts, mysteries, children's books, and much, much more.

Most paperbacks are priced at 25 or 50 cents, and most hardbacks at $1.

This is the first year the Friends have held a winter book sale. A larger, two-day book sale is held every year during Goldendale Community Days.

According to Librarian Naomi Fisher, the generous donations from the community have resulted in the need to hold a second event. "We're calling it an "inventory reduction sale" as we've run out of space to store and display the books during the summer sale."

The Friends of the Library accept donations for their book sales year-round. Books, videos and jigsaw puzzles can be dropped off at the Goldendale Library any time between now and Jan. 24.

Proceeds from the book sale directly benefit the Library through the purchase of books, equipment, furniture, performances and more.

For more information about the book sale or the Friends of the Library, call Fisher at 773-4487.

Portland author comes to HR library

Acclaimed author Brian Doyle will read and discuss his work at the Hood River Library on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. in the library's Gaulke Meeting Room.

The Portland writer, a five-time finalist for the Oregon Book Award, has authored 13 books of wide-ranging fiction, essays, short stories, "proems", and nonfiction.

Doyle is widely known for Mink River

, a novel that explores the meaning of community in an Oregon coastal town.

Much of his nonfiction work has received wide acclaim as well, including The Wet Engine, a chronicle of the human heart, and The Grail, his year-long quest for the finest Oregon pinot noir.

Doyle is also the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, rated by Newsweek as the best university magazine in the America.

This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Show opening reception on Feb. 1

Feeling the winter blues? Cheer up at Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River with its February exhibit, "The Blues."

Artists will examine everything blue: color, music, emotion, and more.

The exhibit runs Feb. 1 to 24.

Join the gallery on First Friday, Feb. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. and enjoy acoustic music by local blues musicians Tess and Patrik Barr.

As curator Rachel Harvey said, "February is going to be an amazing month at the Gallery: blues, blues and more blues!"

First Friday's opening reception will feature an inspirational visual feast of blues by 35 gallery artists, with Tess and Patrik Barr providing the soundtrack.

"February is always a "blue" month for us Northwesterners -- we might as well revel in it and have some fun!," Harvey said.

Also featured in the Gallery is jewelry by Shawn Daughton and paintings by Michelle Yamamoto.

For more information, call Columbia Center for the Arts at 541-387-8877.

Sing with Cascade Singers

Cascade Singers extends an open call to choral singers. Spring 2013 concerts include Celtic music on St. Patrick's Day and favorite show tunes on May 31 and June 1.

The regional community choir meets under the leadership of Lloyd Walworth Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union St. in The Dalles.

Rehearsals are open to all interested singers.

Courthouse history forum series to start

The Original Courthouse Regional History Forum Series for 2013 will begin on Feb. 2 at the 1859 courthouse in The Dalles.

Programs begin at 1 p.m.

There is no admission fee but donations are welcome.

The series includes the following:

Saturday, Feb. 2, "The Modoc War: Archeology and Historic Photos." Local archeologists Eric Gleason and Jacqui Cheung share the results of their survey at the Captain Jack's Stronghold site of the Modoc War of 1872-73. They will also show 3-D photos of the last of the Indian wars fought in southern Oregon and Northern California taken with stereoscopic camera at the time of the war.

Saturday, Feb. 9, "Cloud Cap Inn: The Oldest Commercial Building on Mt. Hood." Information assistant for USFS Hood River Ranger District Ron Kikel hosts a virtual tour of the historic lodge. The Inn was constructed in the 1880s before the frontier was considered closed. It had amenities such as indoor plumbing and telephones that most Americans would not see in their own homes for decades.

Saturday, Feb. 16, "Blanche McGaughey, Early Cowgirl." Fort Dalles Riders' historian Linda Miller Wilson presents photos and stories about Blanche McGaughey Sammis, long-time Wasco County resident. In her early life Blanche was a lady bronc rider, bulldogger and steer roper, touring with the 101 Wild West Show. She competed and performed from 1912 to 1914 and opened the door for women to participate in the sport of rodeo today.

Saturday, Feb. 23, "The Mint that Never Was and the Mint that Shouldn't Have Been." Local coin collectors and historians Sandy Bisset and Rodger Nichols offer a "show and tell" about two mints. One is the unfinished mint in The Dalles, and the other actually minted coins during Oregon Territory days. A rare 1849 $5 gold "beaver coin" minted at Oregon City sold for $125,000 in 2006.

Orchestra to hold concert

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association presents Sinfonietta performing Beethoven, Teleman and Copeland on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium and on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Wy'east Middle School.

There is a recommended donation of $10.

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