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Friends of the Gorge showing climate change movie

Friends of the Columbia Gorge and the Power Past Coal Coalition will host a free showing in The Dalles and Hood River of the award winning National Geographic movie Chasing Ice. The movie features spectacular film footage showing the impact of warming temperatures on glaciers and ice fields world-wide.

After the showings, short workshops will be given, to those that wish to stay, on how to make comments about the Longview coal terminal proposal, which is currently open for public input. Public hearings are being conducted in Pasco on Oct. 1 and in Vancouver on Oct. 9. Comments can also be sent by email to:

Of all the fossil fuels impacting climate change, coal burning is the worst.

Reception and show times are shown below:

Thursday, Sept. 26, at Columbia Gorge Community College.

6:30 to 7 p.m., mingle and reception; 7 p.m., presentation starts; 8:15 p.m., movie concludes, public discussion and workshop for Longview hearings; 9 p.m., event ends.

Saturday, Sept. 28, at Columbia Center for the Arts theater

6:30 to 7 p.m., mingle and reception; 7 p.m., presentation starts; 8:15 p.m., movie concludes, public discussion and workshop for Longview hearings; 9 p.m., event ends.

Audition for staged reading

Columbia Center for the Arts Stage Troupe invites individuals to audition for a staged reading of Jon Robin Baitz's play Other Desert Cities, directed by Judie Hanel.

Other Desert Cities is about a daughter returning for a Christmas gathering after writing a tell-all book about a family secret. Her politically influential parents suddenly scramble with an issue they’d rather not discuss. Secrets and lies unravel making each character more complex – and human.

Other Desert Cities is a searing comedy with banter that dazzles and decimates.

Audition Dates are Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. Production dates are Nov. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Characters needed: two men and three women. Auditions consist of reading from selections of the show.

For more information contact Judie Hanel:

P.E.O. Home Tour taking a diversion this fall

On Oct. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m., the annual P.E.O. Tour of Homes will give you the opportunity to take a step back in time and tour the upstairs of several downtown The Dalles buildings.

Attendees will think they are in a time warp finding some just as they were when last occupied as apartments, offices, or meeting halls. Others, such as the Gayer Building and the Sigman Building, have been updated with modern living spaces.

Buildings on the tour will be the IOOF Hall, Craig Building, Honald Building, Gayer Building, Pioneer Building, Sigman’s, Masonic Hall, Stadelman Ice House, and the Chinese Laundry.

Attendees will find sky lights, grand meeting halls, efficiency apartments and unique antique furnishings in these buildings that were modern architectural wonders of their day and historic gems today.

Historical information will be available at each location. Tickets cost $10 and are available from P.E.O. Chapter EJ members, at Klindt’s Book Sellers, and at any of the buildings on tour day.

The event is a fundraiser to support scholarships for local women.

Tickets on sale now for Cemetery Tales

The fifth annual “Cemetery Tales” will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-29, at Idlewild Cemetery in Hood River.

There will multiple performances each day/evening – limit of 15 people per time slot.

Check-in and staging takes place at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, Hood River.

Tickets are $15 per person for general admission or $12 per person for museum members and group time blocks of 15.

An additional option includes a $9 Lasagna dinner on Friday and Saturday evening with proceeds to benefit Meals on Wheels. Tickets can be purchased through The History Museum. Dinner includes lasagna, salad, garlic bread and peach-berry cobbler.

Tickets can be ordered on-line at Tickets can also be purchased by calling the museum office at 541-386-6772.

This is the fifth year for this very popular fall event. The event has sold out each year so get your tickets early.

Since this event is an outdoor performance (rain or shine), the museum encourages patrons to keep this in mind when selecting what to wear. Always bring a jacket and sturdy walking shoes. This year’s performance is a few weeks later than in the past, so the evening temperature will be quite cool. Dress warm so you can enjoy the program in comfort.

This event is not designed for children under the age of 10 due to the format of the performance.

The performance style is unique as each guest begins their Cemetery Tales journey by bus which takes them from the Hood River Valley Adult Center, into the cemetery and then drops them at the starting location. The groups are then guided from graveside to graveside by an experienced volunteer, following a path of hundreds of luminaries. Once at a graveside station, guests are seated and then treated to a very intimate and personal look at the lives of the person buried there. Cemetery Tales is more than a program about dates and locations; it’s an intimate journey into the lives of these unique people.

The purpose of this event is to utilize first person dramatic monologues to engage and connect with the stories of community members that have passed on before us. This style of performance allows you to experience our community’s history in a very personal way.

“Many people don’t realize the preparation and planning that goes into the seemingly effortless success of Cemetery Tales. We begin working on the next year’s performance in October (just a few weeks after the actual performance dates). We start by selecting story options from throughout the cemetery and then we go back to the museums research files to start fine tuning that list,” said museum coordinator Connie Nice.

Once the casting call goes out and organizers see who is interested in acting for this season, museum staff narrow the list down again and being to develop a final cast list. Each actor is then given a packet of research materials to start developing their story outline and eventually their script. The scripts go through multiple revisions, always honing in on telling a story that isn’t just about dates and names – but about life and living. Costumes are then developed, designed, and made.

“The History Museum works hard to have this special community event bring a deeper awareness of the museum and our mission, but also to create an opportunity for people to make a deep connection with the stories of our grandmothers and grandfathers. Despite all the preparation and work that goes into this event, it is my favorite community program that the museum offers and one that I look forward to each year,” said Nice.

This year’s cast include: Emma Morrison Culbertson portrayed by Gabriella Whitehead, this early local family was involved in the beginning of the lumber and fruit industry; Phillip Carroll portrayed by Roger Blashfield. Mr. Carroll had an interesting connection to the Russian famine after WWI and with our 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover; Phoebe Koberg portrayed by Julie Jindal, Phoebe will share the story of the Neighbors of Woodcraft Home which was located in what we now know as the Columbia Gorge Hotel in the mid-1950’s; Alva Day portrayed by Aaron Nice; Bessie Henry and Emily Park portrayed by Anne Maguire and Rachel Short, these lifetime friends shunned the traditional domestic calling of Victorian women and advocated for Education rights for all children and eventually they came to Hood River in their later years and purchased an orchard in the Neal Creak area; Jennie Shoemaker portrayed by Kate Dougherty and daughter Keeley Brownback, Jennie headed west with her family on the Oregon Trail when she was three, then the family located in Pendleton and later moved to Hood River, The Shoemaker family grew to one of the most influential families of the early 20th century.

Big Band Blitz sets 1940s theme for auction fundraiser Oct. 5

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts the 6th annual Vintage Evening auction fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 5. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts 6.

This year’s theme is a 1940s Big Band Blitz featuring the Minidoka Swing Band, a 17-piece band with 3 vocalists. Dance to the big band music of the 40s, including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin.

The Minidoka Swing Band, started in 2007, was created to reflect the music of Japanese Internment camps during WWII. Minidoka, Idaho was the internment camp for Japanese Americans living in Oregon and Washington.

Forget about food rationing! The Basalt Rock Café will serve dishes popular during the era, including Beef Bourguignon, Smoked Salmon Dijon Crème Fraiche Canapes, Crab Mornay, Parmesan Scalloped Potato Stacks and more. Sip on 1940s style cocktails to round out the evening.

The live and silent auctions include a Disneyland Vacation, a Napa Valley Wine train trip, rafting trips, a visit to Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho, a fishing trip with Oregon Guide Service, a hot air balloon trip, tickets to Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pendleton Roundup and Portland Center Stage and much more.

Guests are invited to come in 1940s vintage dress. Don’t have any vintage ‘40’s couture in your closet? Call the Discovery Center for costume ideas.

Tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets are $75, Table for 10 is $600. For tickets or information, call the Discovery Center at 541-296-8600 x 201, or log on to

Proceeds benefit the Discovery Center a non-profit organization.

Apply now to be in the 2014 Gorge Artists Open Studio Tour!

Open Studio tour accepting applications

Gorge Artists Open Studio Tour is now accepting applications for the 2014 Studio Tour. Gorge Artists Open Studio Tour is a juried, annual, self-directed tour of artist studios in the Columbia River Gorge. Now in its 8th year, the Tour provides an opportunity for the public to meet artists at work in their studios. Apply now to be a part of this great event.

This year’s tour will be held April 11, 12, and 13, 2014.

Visit for applications and information on how to apply. Once completed, applications must be sent to: Gorge Artists, PO Box 1424, Hood River, Ore. 97031

Dar Williams with Anne Weiss in concert Oct. 6

Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River is proud to present nationally and internationally acclaimed singer songwriter and author Dar Williams in concert with Anne Weiss on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for this performance are $35 at Columbia Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at

Williams is an American singer-songwriter specializing in pop folk. Hendrik Hertzberg of the The New Yorker has described Williams as "one of America’s very best singer-songwriters." A veteran of the New England folk scene, Williams emerged nationally in the mid-1990s, winning fans with her idiosyncratic songwriting, acerbic wit and lovely soprano voice. She returns to perform songs from her 10th studio album, In the Time of Gods.

Williams’ growth as an individual over her almost two-decade-long career goes hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist. Raised in Chappaqua, N.Y., and educated at Wesleyan University, Williams spent 10 years living in the thriving artistic community of Northampton, Mass., where she began to make the rounds on the coffeehouse circuit. Joan Baez, an early fan of her music, took Williams out on the road and recorded several of her songs.

In 1995, two years after self-releasing The Honesty Room, she signed with Razor & Tie Entertainment, beginning a relationship now in its 16th year.

Joining Williams on stage is Portland based singer/songwriter Anne Weiss. She studied classical piano, joined a street gang, became a mountaineer, developed a guitar obsession, worked as a political organizer, learned to salsa dance, became addicted to delta blues, sings with a 100 voice gospel choir, and recently started playing funk ukulele; and yes, you will hear it all in her music.

Combining contemporary folk, blues, acoustic funk, gospel music, and smatterings of classical phrasing and Latin rhythms, Weiss is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, and striking stage presence.

She has toured internationally and has appeared at folk, blues, world music festivals, and week-long music workshops.

Hood River Library celebrating 100 years

The public is invited to the Hood River Library Centennial Celebration! Library staff is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the library building and the literature that lives there with a Great Gatsby party on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.

Swing along to the Ben Bonham Jazz Trio and enjoy finger food, desserts, a no-host bar, kids’ activities and more. Prizes for the best 1920s costumes! Free and open to all ages!

For more information, contact Hood River Library District at 541-386-2535


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