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2015 Calendar of Events

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Saturday, November 14

Session 1
1-5 pm

Dinner 6 pm

Session 2
7 pm


Take a trip through the Ice Age during Mammoth Endeavors, Saturday, November 14 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles.

The event features a drawing workshop from 1-5 p.m. with artist Stev Ominski, dinner at 6 p.m. and an evening program at 7 p.m. with archaeologist Gary Kleinknecht.

Session 1 from 1-5 p.m. will focus on “Drawing a Mammoth.” This is an ice age drawing/painting workshop with artist and instructor Stev Ominski.

The culture a la carte dinner at 6 p.m. features hazelnut encrusted salmon, spring asparagus, and nut and berry pilaf with cherry pie for dessert.

Session 2 begins at 7 p.m., with a program on the Coyote Canyon Ice Age Dig with archaeologist Gary Kleinknecht. He will talk about the discovery of fossilized remains of a Columbian mammoth in November 1999, near present-day Kennewick, Washington. The mammoth skeleton has been dated at 17,450 years, about 8,000 years before Kennewick Man.

Purchase tickets by Wednesday, November 11.

Buy tickets by November 11 at www.gorgediscovery.org or 541-296-8600 x 201.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles OR 97058
541-296-8600 x 201

Original Wasco County Courthouse
Original Wasco Co. Courthouse

Do you have a few hours to spare during the week or on Saturdays? the Original Wasco County Courthouse is in need of volunteers to help finish out the season. It doesn't require any specific knowledge; just a willingness to volunteer. You will be given the information about the courthouse, and it's fun to learn. Please call 541-296-4798.

Original Wasco County Courthouse
410 West Second Place, The Dalles
(behind Chamber of Commerce)
(541) 296-4798


Sat., December 5

Holiday Open
House 11-6

Holiday Open House

Mark your calendar for the annual Holiday Open House and Community Appreciation Day at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum on Saturday, December 5th, from 12 to 6 pm.

This is our chance to thank our community for your support during this past year by offering free museum admission all day long from 9 am to 6 pm. We invite you to celebrate the holidays with complimentary cookies, hot cider, and cocoa, visits with Santa and live holiday music.

Enjoy a tasty prime rib dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. for $25 per person. The menu includes our signature prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and dessert bars.

You’ll find lots of unique and special gifts in the museum store, with discounts on select items. Buy one Christmas ornament and get the second ornament for 50% off. Give a gift that is uniquely from the Columbia Gorge, including locally made jewelry, lotions & soaps, jams, fruit & salmon treats, wine & accessories, pottery, artwork, home decor, Pendleton blankets & bags, children’s toys & games, t-shirts, books and more. You will receive complimentary gift wrapping during the Holiday Open House.

Enter a drawing for a gift basket prize, valued at $75. The drawing will be held at the end of the day.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, Oregon



Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

Museum open daily.
9am - 5 pm

Live raptor presentations
11am and 2pm most days. Hours can vary. Call for that day's schedule if you are traveling.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, Oregon
The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and
Museum, located in The Dalles, off Interstate 84 at exit 82, interprets the cultural and natural history of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Wasco County. The Discovery Center offers a Kids Explorer Room, museum store, café, paved trails, and picnic areas. Parking and access to hiking trails and picnic area are free.

For more information: www.gorgediscovery.org or call 296-8600.

Open 7 days a week, 10 am to 5 pm

Fort Dalles 1856 Surgeon's Quarters and the Anderson Homestead
500 W. 15th Street and Garrison

If you have a group and would like a tour, leave us a message with your contact information.

Rorick House
Rorick House (built approx 1850)
Closed for the season
1850 Rorick House
300 West 13th St, corner of 13th and Lincoln.
The Dalles, Oregon


Original Wasco County Courthouse
Original Wasco Co. Courthouse


Open weekends

Original Wasco County Courthouse
410 West Second Place, The Dalles
(behind Chamber of Commerce)
(541) 296-4798


Fire Dept. Museum
Fire Dept. Museum


Open weekdays
8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Free admission. Historic fire engines, photos, authentic fire-fighting gear, badges. See antique fire pumpers from 1859 and 1879. Entrance through City Hall, 313 Court St. (541) 296-5481.
For a map, visit Chamber offices open 8AM-5PM

Downtown Murals
Stop by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce offices for more information and a walking map to the mural locations

  Through the summer & Fall Cruise Boats will be docking throughout the summer at the city riverdock, at the foot of Union Street. Keep an eye out for floozies! For a copy of the tour boat schedule, visit www.thedallesmainstreet.org.

“Footsteps of 150 Years” is a series of caches placed near historically significant spots throughout several eastern Oregon counties. A stark contrast to the lush Willamette Valley and coastal areas of Oregon, these eastern counties afford a rugged beauty of sage covered rolling hills, high desert land, snow capped mountain peaks, and abrupt canyons.  The cache series is placed along the approximate route of the historic Dalles Military Road.  This will take you back in time on a journey through the remote back country of Oregon giving you a peek into the unique history of this area. More information available on www.geocaching.com

For additional area events visit http://www.thedalleschronicle.com

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