Grow your groceries

Sherman County Extension offers ‘Grow Your Own Groceries

Like the idea of having a little more control over your life and raising some of your own food? Want to have a vegetable garden or put in some strawberries but don’t know where to start?

Many folks find that gardening is a great way to reduce the grocery bill, preserve food for year-round use, eat healthier, enjoy the out-of-doors, and get some exercise.

OSU Sherman County Extension will be presenting free gardening classes to get you started. Pick the one handiest for you. Classes will be held at the Extension Office in Moro. Everyone is welcome. Come and share your food raising knowledge and experience with others. Masks are required. Gardening publications from OSU will be available.

‘Grow your own groceries’ class schedule

  • Vegetable Gardening: April 22 at 6 p.m. or April 23 at 9 a.m.
  • Perennial Vegetables and Fruits: April 29 at 6 p.m. or April 30 at 9 a.m.
  • Chickens for Meat and Eggs: May 6 at 6 p.m. or May 7 at 9 a.m.

For more information, or if you can’t make the classes but would like a copy of the handouts, contact Cindy Brown at the OSU Sherman County Extension Office 541-565-3230 or cindy.brown@oregonstate.edu. Sherman Extension often posts gardening information at its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ShermanCountyExtension.

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Canceled

June 4-6 — City of White Salmon Spring Festival. Those interested in planning the 2022 event, call Amanda McDonald at amandaspringfest@gmail.com. For more info about the cancellation, visit whitesalmonspringfestival.com.

Children and Teens

April 23 & 30 — Friday Gaming Hour, 3-4 p.m. Sponsored by Hood River County Library District. Gamers can log on to the Teen Program Zoom and the games will be selected by the group; visit hoodriverlibrary.org/teen-program. Ages 13-18.

Tuesdays — Hood River Squares Chess Club Weekly Tournament, 5-7 p.m. Free online chess through lichess.org; click “Community” tab under “Teams.” All abilities are welcome; individuals can also make challenges any time, and games can be played at any pace. For more information on joining, email Justin at sushiokalani@gorge.net.

Mondays — 4-H Chess Club, 3:45–5 pm. Grades 5-12; online, free. Creative problem solving skills, tactical maneuvers. Register at 541-298-4004 or hammackd@oregonstate.edu.

Tuesdays — Sea Scouts, 7-8:30 p.m. downstairs at The Dalles UCC, 111 E. Fifth St. (marine branch of Boy Scouts). Open to all teens ages 14-20. Bring mask. Info at 707- 363-5353 or ssfreedom399@gmail.com.

Tuesdays & Thursdays — Online Homework Help for Students and Parents, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays; Hood River County Library staff available by Zoom at zoom.us/j/91001800954. Teachers also welcome.

Tuesdays & Thursdays — Teen Study Space, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fireside Room at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Supervised; masks and social distancing required. For high schoolers; bring homework, laptops.

Wednesdays — Online Teen Hangout, 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Hood River County Library District. Games, chat, etc. Email rachelt@hoodriverlibrary.org to join. For teens.

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays — Virtual Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m., sponsored by Wasco County Library. Wednesday is for babies (birth to 18 months), Thursday is for toddlers and Friday for preschoolers. For information on how to join, contact thedallespubliclibrary@gmail.com or 541-296-2815.

Wednesdays — 4-H Girls Who Code, 3:45–5 p.m. Free. Learn coding skills, build web pages, apps, more as a team. For girls grades 6-12. Register at 541-298-4004 or seapyl@oregonstate.edu.

Thursdays — Storytime on Facebook, 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Hood River County Library District. Join Teacher Jana each week for stories and songs.

Thursdays — 4-H Coder Club, 3:45-5 p.m. Free. Grades 5-12; program games and animations. Register at 541-298-4004 or ham-mackd@oregonstate.edu.

Fridays — Children’s Activity, 3-4 p.m. at Tucker Road Baptist Church, 1450 Tucker Road, Hood River. Includes bible study, mission study and fun. Ages 5-12. Contact Pastor Dean for more info at 360-944-0964.

Community Events

Order Now — Central Gorge Master Gardener Plant Sale; order online at blogs.oregonstate.edu/cgmga; pickup May 6-8 at the Master Gardener Greenhouse in Hood River. Questions to hoodmg.plantsale@gmail.com.

Order Now — Rockford Grange Spring Plant Sale Pre-orders thru May 2 at www.rockfordgrange.net. Organically grown veggies, culinary and medicinal herbs and annual and perennial flowers. Pre-orders only. Pickup May 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More at info@rockfordgrange.net.

Order now —Young Life Hanging Basket Fundraiser. Twelve-inch, $30 each; order at hr_younglife@gmail.com and include full name, phone and email contact, number of baskets (designate specific or general camp fund) and send cash or check to Young Life Office, PO Box 1186, Hood River, OR 97031. Pickup May 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1217 Eastside Road, Hood River.

Thru April 21 — May Day Hanging Basket Fundraiser, sponsored by Soroptimist International Hood River. Pre-order and pick up April 30-May 1 at Vanguard Nursery in White Salmon. Supports women and girls in the Gorge. Contact a Soroptimist member or email Lynda.dallman@gmail.com.

April 19 — M id-Columbia Fire and Rescue Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Register at attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1218380243976512012: Webinar ID: 287-512-307. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Approval of the registrant is automatic.

April 19 — Lyle Lions Club Meeting, 6 p.m. at the Lyle Lions Community Center, corner of Fifth and Highway 14. No potluck; masks required.

April 20 — Live Virtual Lecture, Joy Hargo. Sponsored by White Salmon Education Foundation. Registration required at wsvef.org/chs-book-club.

April 21 — Hood River County Transportation District Board Meeting, 4:30 p.m. Members of the public can attend by calling 253-215- 8782, Meeting ID: 826 7006 6444, Password: 389028.

April 20 — Plants Have Wings, Pollinators & Pizza, 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom; sponsored by the Mt. View Grange No. 98 for Earth Month. Online screening and discussion with Filmmaker Rose Madrone. Register and info at www.grange.org/mountainviewwa98.

April 21 — Columbia Gorge Education District Board Meeting, 7 p.m. via Zoom, us02web.zoom.us/j/88932635110?pwd=Q2tjcWNnT2x pOU9MZjNycE1iWURaUT09.

April 22 — Earth Day with “We Are Water Protectors” Author Carole Lindstom, 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; register at www.wascocountylibrary.com/we-are-water-protectors. Sponsored by the Wasco County Library District. Book raffle for those who register.

April 22 — Crop Talk, 5:30-7 p.m. For a link, email Dan@ ucdwa.org. Featuring Gorge Greens. Sponsored by Gorge Grown Food Network, Underwood Conservation District and OSU Extension and held every fourth Thursday.

April 24 — Gorge Community Recycling Popup Depot, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gorge Rebuild-it Center, 995 Tucker Road, Hood River. Bring the plastics that cannot be recycled in your blue bin (Nos. 3-7). More info at womaninthehood@gmail.com.

April 27 — Mommy & Baby Wellness, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom; register at 541-296-7319 or visit mcmc.net. “Introduction, yoga and home exercise programs.” Facilitated by Laurie VanCott.

April 27 — Columbia Gorge Community College Budget Meeting, 6 p.m. via Zoom, cgcc.zoom.us/j/94656364094. To discuss budget for fiscal year July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. A copy of the budget may be inspected or obtained at the business office or online at cgcc.edu/budget.

April 27 — The Music of Bees Book Launch, 6:30 p.m. at www.waucomabookstore.com; click on “Events” for info and to register for virtual presentation. Local author Eileen Garvin in conversation with J. Ryan Stradal.

April 27 — Youthaiti Founder Gigi Pomerantz, 7-8 p.m. via Zoom; register at www.grange.org/mountainviewwa98. Sponsored by the Mt. View Grange No. 98 for Earth Month. Youthaiti is dedicated to helping and encouraging Haitian young people with ecological projects in sanitation, water source protection, and sustainable agriculture.

April 28 — Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Strategy Meeting: Demographics and Data. Virtual meeting; visit mcedd.org/strategy/get-involved to participate. More info at Jessi-ca@mcedd.org, and 541-296-2266.

April 28 —Wildfire Defensible Space for the Farm and Ranch Webinar, from noon to 1 p.m.; register at beav.es/J9w or information and registration at extension.oregonstate.edu/county/wasco/events. Webinar will be recorded and posted at beav.es/42a.

April 30 — Hazardous Waste Collection Event (for rural households and small businesses), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fourth and Hood, Moro. For more info, call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling, 541-506-2636, or www.tricountyrecycle.com.

April 30 — El Día de los Niños with Author Silvia López, Spanish 1:30 p.m. and English 3:30 p.m.; register at www.wascocountylibrary.com/dia-de-los-ninos-2021. Sponsored by the Wasco County Library District. Book raffle for those who register. Celebrating children’s literacy.

May 1 — North Wasco County SD21 Spring Pledge Drive Fundraiser Deadline. To support district programs. To make a Tax-deductible donation, send a check to 3632 West 10th St., The Dalles, OR 97058.

May 1 —Hazardous Waste Collection Event (for rural households and small businesses), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Barlow Ranger District, Dufur. For more info, call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling, 541-506-2636, or visit www.tricountyrecycle.com.

May 3 — Lyle Lions Club Meeting, 6 p.m. at the Lyle Lions Community Center, corner of Fifth and Highway 14. No potluck; masks required.

May 4 — Mommy & Baby Wellness, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom; register at 541-296-7319 or visit mcmc.net. “Infant massage and postpartum exercise.” Facilitated by Laurie VanCott.

May 6 — NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of the Gorge, 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom (in-person meetings are suspended due to COVID); for a link, email susanbgabay@gmail.com or margiest@centurylink.net. Provides a monthly support group meeting for caregivers, friends, and family members of persons with mental illness, meeting the first Thursday of the month.

May 8 — All Together The Dalles Community Cleanup, 10 a.m. at Thompson Park. All welcome. Co-hosted by City of The Dalles Beautification Committee. Info at 208-957-3632.

May 8 — Calendar Girls Zoomcast, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. PACT rebroadcast of the 2017 Plays for Non-profits production. No admission charge, but viewers are encouraged to donate to the Hood River Valley Adult Center’s capital campaign.

May 11 — Livestock Evacuation During Wildfires Webinar, noon to 1 p.m.; register at beav.es/J9w or information and registration at extension.oregonstate.edu/county/wasco/events. Webinar will be recorded and posted at beav.es/42a.

May 11 — Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series, 3 p.m. via Zoom. Water-wise Gardening with Erika Szonntag. Hosted by OSU horticulture experts. Free, open to public. Register at extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/growing-oregon-gardeners-level-series.

May 11 — Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group, 5:30-630 p.m. via Zoom (in-person meetings are suspend due to COVID); for a link, email belinda.ballah@co.hood-river.or.us. Open to anyone who lost a loved one to suicide. Meets second Tuesday of the month.

May 15 — Hazardous Waste Collection Event, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hood River Garbage Service, 3440 Guignard Drive. For more info, call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling, 541-506-2636, or visit www.tricountyrecycle.com.

Ongoing

Thru May 31 — “Oregon Voices” at the History Museum of Hood River County, 300 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River. Visiting exhibition from the Oregon Historical Society. Hours: Thursday thru Saturday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment. More at www.hoodriverhistorymuseum.org.

Daily — Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. More information at www.gorgediscovery.org or call 541-296-8600.

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday — NU-2-U Shop Open, 9 a.m. to noon at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. Ninth, The Dalles. Enter via front desk; masks required. No trying on clothes, no refunds. Donations of clothing items now accepted. More information at 541-296-4788.

Monday thru Friday — Klickitat Senior Services Telephone Support, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Goldendale, 509-773-3757; White Salmon, 509-493-3068; or Toll Free, 1- 800-447-7858. Staff will direct callers to available resources, assist with online benefit applications and issues with Social Security and Medicare. Seniors can also call for essential grocery delivery, prescription pickup or food bank needs.

Mondays & Thursdays — OSU Hood River County Extension Central Gorge Master Gardeners Virtual Plant Clinic, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. To receive help for your home gardening questions, go to extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/hoodriver to complete and submit the Plant Clinic Submission Form, or call and leave a message at 541-386-3343 ext. 39259.

Monday-Saturday — Curbside Pickup Service at the Wasco County Library, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact thedallespubliclibrary@gmail.com or 541-296-2815.

Monday-Saturday — Curbside Pickup Service at the White Salmon Valley and Goldendale Libraries, 10 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. Have your name and library card number ready when you call. Holds that have not been picked up at the scheduled time will be held for three business days to allow for re-scheduling. Call 360-906-5000 or 1-888-546-2707.

Tuesdays — Harmony of the Gorge Chorus, 6:30-8 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Bingen. Masks, social distancing. Info at 541-490-2481.

Tuesdays & Saturdays — Curbside Pickup at the Cascade Locks and Parkdale Libraries, Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Cascade Locks at 541-374-9317 or Parkdale at 541-352-6502, or email info@hoodriverlibray.org. Pickups are limited to 15 items.

Tuesday-Saturday — Curbside Pickup at the Hood River Library, Tuesday-Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 541-386-2535 or email info@hoodriverlibray.org.

Wednesdays — The Dalles Rotary Club, noon via Zoom. Address: us02web.zoom.us/j/693639881?pwd=UFlNdWw2QTZGTURmRHVhY3VlZUQvQT09 (us02web.zoom.us).

Wednesday thru Saturday — Hood River County Library District “Grab and Go,” Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 10a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments to browse, gather materials, checkout items and use computers in 30 minute slots at the Hood River branch; sign up at hoodriverlibrary.org.

First & Third Wednesday — Lyle Good Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Drive-thru service during COVID restrictions. Come in, apply and take food home the same day.

Thursdays — Take Pounds Off Sensible (TOPS) Support Group, 8:30 a.m. weigh-in and 9 a.m. meeting at Zion Church, 10th and Union, The Dalles. First meeting is free.

Thursdays — The Dalles Kiwanis Club Online Meetings. Log in between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. at TheDallesKiwanisZoom.us. For more information go to www.thedalleskiwanis.org/ or The-Dalles-Kiwanis-Club on Facebook. April 22: Dan Bell, director of the Land Trust for Friends of the Columbia Gorge, proposed “Mt. Ulka” Trail and overlook adjacent to the golf course; April 29: Business meeting.

Fridays — Bilingual Conversation Series, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom, us02web.zoom.us/j/88382995731. Casual language exchange; part English and part Spanish. Sponsored by Hood River County Library District.

Fridays — Gorge Women in Black, Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. at the corner of Fifth and Oak, Hood River. Standing in silence for peace and justice. More on Facebook.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday — Hood River Valley Adult Center Thrift Shop, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels. Masks must be worn and provided hand sanitizer used before entering; limited capacity inside.

Saturdays — Grief Share, 10 a.m. to noon in the fellowship hall at Tucker Road Baptist Church, 1450 Tucker Road, Hood River. Contact Pastor Dean for more info at 360-944-0964.