Friends of the Library book sale

Friends of The Dalles Library are hosting a book sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 27 in the upper library parking lot, 722 Court St. Masks are required; see listing, below, for more information on this fundraiser.           

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Children and Teens

March 6 — The Dalles’ Babe Ruth Baseball In-Person Signups, 10 a.m. to 2 Kramer Field (Babe Ruth Field), or call 541-993-2230 to receive a mail-in application. Open to players 12-15 from The Dalles and Hood River areas. New players to Babe Ruth are required to provide a copy of their birth certificate.

Anytime — Hood River Chess Club. Free online chess through; click “Community” tab under “Teams.” All abilities are welcome; individuals can make challenges any time, and games can be played at any pace. For more information on joining, email Justin at

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

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

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 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 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 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

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

Exercise & Meditation

Saturdays in Feb. — Guided Meditation, 11-11:30 a.m. via Zoom, Secular, accessible for beginners, no experience necessary. Sponsored by the Hood River Library.

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays — Strong Women Classes, 10-11 a.m. at Cemetery Park, Cascade Locks.

Community Events

Now — Lyle Community Council is taking comments regarding thoughts on how making a public access to the sandbar in Lyle at the intersection of Old Highway 8 and State Highway 14, and the mouth of the Klickitat River will impact the community. Email comments to

Feb. 23 — Hood River Watershed Group Virtual Meeting, 6-8 p.m. at “Salmon and Steelhead Resiliency to Disturbance and Implications for Watershed Restoration.” Info at or call 541-386-6063.

Feb. 26-27 — Film: “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being in a Bad Play,” 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. and 7 pm. Saturday; online link at Presented by Hood River Valley High School Performing Arts Department. Donations go to HRVHS theater program.

Feb. 27 — Paper Shredding Fundraiser, 8:30 a.m. to noon at the White Salmon Columbia Bank parking lot. Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams. Suggested donation is $7.50 per box. For more info, contact Kim Larsen, 509-493-1669.

Feb. 27 — The Dalles Friends of the Library Book Sale, 9 a.m. to noon at 722 Court St., The Dalles (upper library parking lot); 9-10 a.m. $3/bag, 10-11 a.m. $2/bag and 11 to noon $1/bag. Bring your own bag. Masks required.

Feb. 27 — Electric Power in Wasco County, Past and Current, 1:30 p.m. via Zoom,; to attend by phone, leave a message at 541-296-4798. Sponsored by the Original Wasco County Courthouse. With Rodger Nichols.

March 1 — CASA Training Starts. Become an advocate for a child in foster care. Contact for more information or to start the application process.

March 1 — Lyle Lions Club Meeting, 6 p.m. at the Lyle Lions Community Center, corner of Fifth and Highway 14. No potluck; masks required.

March 4 — NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of the Gorge, 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom (in-person meetings are suspend due to COVID); for a link, email or Provides a monthly support group meeting for caregivers, friends, and family members of persons with mental illness, meeting the first Thursday of the month.

March 6 — Gorge Grown Winter Market, 10 a.m. to noon, ground floor, Ferment Brewing Co., 403 Portway Ave., Hood River. Info on COVID safety, fresh sheets and vendors at

March 9 — Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series, 3 p.m. via Zoom. “What to Do About Herbicide Contaminated Compost and Soil Mix/How to Use Compost in Gardens and Landscapes with Weston Miller.” Hosted by OSU horticulture experts. Free, open to public. Register at

March 9 — 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 Open to anyone who lost a loved one to suicide. Meets second Tuesday of the month.

March 10 — Sense of Place, 7 p.m. at “The Legacy and Promise of Land Grant Universities and Oregon State Extension in the Gorge” with Ann Harris. Free; option to donate to support program.

March 15 — Lyle Lions Club Meeting, 6 p.m. at the Lyle Lions Community Center, corner of Fifth and Highway 14. No potluck; masks required.

March 20 — Gorge Grown Winter Market, 10 a.m. to noon, ground floor, Ferment Brewing Co., 403 Portway Ave., Hood River. Info on COVID safety, fresh sheets and vendors at

March 30 — Red Cross Blood Drive at the Underwood Community Center; to sign up, contact organizer Lisa Brown,, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit


Ongoing — Hood River County Library District Craft Supply Drive. Drop off any and all craft supplies during Curbside Service hours. For child craft projects. More information at 541-386-2535 or, or visit

Thru Feb. 27 — Art Show, “Hurts So Good,” at Columbia Center for the Arts; hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday. More at

Thru April 12 — AARP Tax Aide. Hood River and Wasco counties, make an appointment at; Skamania County, call 360-302-2641.

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 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 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 & Thursdays, Feb. 23 thru March 25 — Online Classes for Seniors, 2-3:15 p.m. via Zoom; for those 60 and over. Learn new skills, save money, get in shape, and make new friends. Sponsored by Providence Volunteers in Action in partnership with Senior Planet. Info or registration at 541-387-6404 or email

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 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

Wednesdays — The Dalles Rotary Club, noon via Zoom. Address: (

First & Third Wednesday — Lyle Good Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Drive-thru service during COVID restrictions. Come in, apply and take food home the same day.

Thursdays — The Dalles Kiwanis Club Online Meetings. Log in between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. at For more information go to or The-Dalles-Kiwanis-Club on Facebook. Feb. 25: Kiwanis Governor Lonnie Johnson.

Fridays — Bilingual Conversation Series, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom, 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.

Fridays and Saturdays — 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.