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Lone Pine Donation Drive
Dec 13 @ 8:00 am – Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm

As part of our Indigenous Voices program for 2017, we have selected the residents of Lone Pine Village for our annual holiday season donation drive.

There are roughly 43 people living at the Lone Pine Village in-lieu site. There are 31 fishing and 6 in-lieu sites from Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam where Native People, displaced decades ago by the dams, were promised housing and did not receive it. Many are marginalized, perhaps not an enrolled member of any tribe so not receiving money through the tribe. Most make their living by fishing, and the fishing was poor this year. The people are living in broken down trailers and Pickup campers that leak, have broken windows, and are not winter weatherized. They get their water from the community bathroom but say it is not clean, so they have to boil it. Not all have electricity. Some are running power cords from the bathroom electrical outlets to their trailers. A couple of folks have gas powered generators. Two families have ability to burn wood for heat. Most are heating with propane, and need large canisters and campstove sized canisters to run space heaters. The people have NO storage space.

The donation drive will be continuing through Christmas. Please bring items to donate to

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles OR 97058

Call for information: 541-296-8600 x 201 Front Desk, or ext. 215 for Susan Buce. (Drop off at the downstairs offices, you’ll find the doors at the end of the service entrance driveway)

There are 43 people in all living at the site, 29 adults and 14 Children, ages infant to teenagers, living at Lone Pine including ages 2-3, 5-6,  8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 19. This count fluctuates often as people move in and move out on a regular basis. These numbers fluctuate regularly as people move out and move in.

What they DON’T need: lightweight summer clothing, impractical lightweight shoes (ie sandals, high heels), ripped and torn clothing or blankets, dirty and soiled items (they have no laundry facilities).

While there are other charitable donation drives happening for needy families throughout the gorge, we thank folks who are donating to our neighbors at Lone Pine. The biggest gift you give is letting these neighbors know the community cares.

Chinese Puzzles
Jan 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents “Chinese Puzzles,” with Marilyn Urness, Friday, January 12, 2018. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and the presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles.

The dinner menu will be Chicken Florentine, broccoli and tortellini salad, rolls and dessert.

Learn how a very small bottle opened up a very big mystery for Marilyn Urness when the artifact was uncovered during an expansion of her husband’s auto dealership. The puzzle began with the finding of a small bottle of cosmetic oil with Chinese characters on the label that had to be over 100 years old. Marilyn began her detective work to pursue the other puzzling clues left behind by the Chinese community that once dwelled in The Dalles.

Marilyn has been adding to her story and gathering more information. She will offer information and insight about reports of Chinese tunnels. Hear about the Chinese farmer in the 1940’s where the Albertson’s grocery store once stood, and a court case in which a Chinese woman won her claim in Dalles City.

Urness has written a book about her experiences and what she’s learned. Her self-published book, “Chinatown,” is available for sale in the Columbia River Trading Co. museum store.


Ticket prices for the dinner and presentation are $19. The presentation only is just $5. Make reservations by January 10. For more information, phone (541) 296-8600 x 201, or visit


We say goodbye the end of January to our exhibit: “A Community Forgotten: Uncovering the Story of The Dalles Chinatown.” You are encouraged to view this important piece of local history before the exhibit is gone. Our thanks to Eric Gleason, Jacqui Cheung, Chris Bolton and Marilyn Urness for their dedication in bringing the lives of The Dalles Chinatown into the spotlight.

Eagle Watch @ The Dalles Lock & Dam Visitor Center
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Bambi Foy will have raptors from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center on display at The Dalles Lock and Dam during the 8th annual Eagle Watch, Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join park rangers for a fun filled day of birds of prey educational programming and live raptor viewing provided by partner organizations that include- the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, U.S. Forest Service, and Rowena Wildlife Clinic.

Eagle Watch is an opportunity to provide visitors with a unique, winter recreation and educational opportunity where they can learn about raptors and other migratory birds and EXPERIENCE seeing them in the wild.

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is the perfect place to discover winter wildlife as it’s a prime location for roosting Bald Eagles.  It’s not uncommon to see 30+ eagles at any given time, which is why many locals and travelers alike, use the parking lot and adjacent to Seufert Park as a staging area for eagle viewing.  Some prefer to park and hike while others just view from their vehicle.

This year we’d like to accommodate our winter travelers by having the visitor center open during the month of January on weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a place to warm up, before or after eagle viewing.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers will be available to answer questions, help people use spotting scopes (provided) and teach some basic bird identification tips and tricks. Interactive activities and hands-on displays will be available. Park staff will have a limited supply of binoculars and spotting scopes available for use.  Visitors are welcome to bring their own if they have them.

The visitor center will be open every Saturday and Sunday for the month of January from 10 am to 3 pm.  We are going to advertise these special hours as a place for visitors to come do some eagle viewing, warm up inside, ask a ranger, have some activities, etc.


The “Rain Date” for Eagle Watch will be Jan 27th if there is a blizzard or ice storm that should cause poor driving conditions/visibility.

Know before you go – check the weather forecast and dress appropriately!  Beware of slick surfaces – slips, trips and falls are a common cause of injury.  Drive safe and enjoy our Columbia River raptors.

For more information, contact:

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center
3545 Bret Clodfelter Way
The Dalles, OR 97058
Visitor Center: 541-296-9778
Ranger Office: 541-506-7857

Fish Tales: PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Feb 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm


Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon

Oregonians love local food, but finding truly local fish can be hard, even on the Oregon coast. We’re now much more aware of ethically grown meat and vegetables, but seafood remains somewhat mysterious. How does that crab get from the ocean to our table, and what’s the true cost of cheap salmon at the grocery store?

This is the focus of “Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon,” with Jennifer Burns Bright on Friday, February 9, 2018  at 5:30 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Jennifer Burns BrightJennifer Burns Bright is a food and travel writer based in Port Orford, Oregon. She moved to the coast to write about seafood after many years teaching food studies and literature at the University of Oregon, where she researched desire in twentieth-century literature, led a faculty research group in the emerging discipline of food studies, and won a national pedagogy award for a team-taught, interdisciplinary class on bread. She holds a PhD from the University of California at Irvine and a Master Food Preserver certification. As a community organizer linking local producers and consumers, Bright often speaks and teaches at events. When she’s not out gathering seaweed or smoking black cod, she might be found judging culinary masterpieces or interviewing luminaries in the food world.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this  community discussion, please call 541-296-8600 ext. 201 or visit

Oregon Humanities, 921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205,  connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The program only is A SUGGESTED DONATION OF $5, but the program fee will be waived for those who cannot afford to pay.

This event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project. For tickets and information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit


Basics of Collections Care @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Feb 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you have a precious collection you want to preserve for the future tucked away for safekeeping, but you’re not sure how to care for it?

Come join our Executive Director Carolyn Purcell, (in her role as an Oregon Heritage Commission MentorCorps Partner) for training and techniques on how to preserve your valuable belongings.

This workshop is available to all our regional heritage organizations, but also to anyone who has a precious heritage collection they want to preserve for the future.  Whether you are a genealogist with family photos, an enthusiastic antiques collector, book hoarder, or simply an employee in charge of preserving corporate documents, this informative workshop will give you the information you need to archive your collection using best practice techniques.

Examples of topics

  • What are the biggest threats to Collections?
  • Invisible and visible Dangers to watch for
  • Preservation vs. Conservation vs. Restoration
  • Best practices in handling your collection
  • Management from environment to storage plans to Cataloging

Remember – this is a FREE event but preregistration is required by February 12.
Call 541-296-8600, ext. 201 to book your spot for this informative and valuable class.

A Bird In The Hand: An Ornithology Class for ages 12 yrs – High School
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuition is $75 per student, with a limit of 6 students in the class. Pre-registration is required by February 14. To register, or for more information about the class, phone (541) 296-8600 x 201

Bambi Foy, CGDC Raptor Education Coordinator, and volunteer Lee Christie from the Rowena Wildlife Clinic Rehabilitation program will give kids the experience of a lifetime during “A Bird In The Hand,” an ornithology class, Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids will spend time with the raptors and learn about these magnificent birds of prey.

This class is for kids ages 12 years through high school, who are interested in the science of Ornithology. You will learn how feathers affect flight and provide protection from the elements, nesting habitats and breeding behavior, as well as the basic biology of birds. Outdoor activities will accompany the in-class learning.

All native, migratory birds are protected by strict federal laws and students will learn about those regulations and how they should influence interactions with local wildlife. Students will also learn about the challenges of declining habitat, the hazards of toxic substances, and the dangers of the everyday modern world to the survival of these majestic ambassadors from the wild.

This class is conducted in partnership with Rowena Wildlife Clinic Rehabilitation program, which provides free veterinary care to injured wild animals and homeless pets. For more information about the RWC program, visit

Revisiting, The Ghosts of Celilo
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm



Please join us in welcoming Marv Ross  on Friday March 9, as he will talk about the storyline of The Ghosts of Celilo while showing excerpts of the play.  He’ll share the challenges faced in creating an original Native musical based on true stories from the Columbia River and will revisit the message that “When one culture diminishes another culture… both cultures are diminished..”

On March 10, 1957, the massive steel and concrete floodgates of  the new, The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River closed and within hours Celilo Falls, approximately 13 miles upstream, disappeared beneath the rising waters.

In 2007 Marv Ross, Thomas Morning Owl, and Tom Hampson created a powerful musical based on true stories from the Columbia River.  The Ghosts of Celilo tells of three children’s quest to escape a boarding school and catch their ceremonial first salmon before their home is destroyed by the rising waters behind a dam. The play was presented as part of the 50-year observance of the inundation of Celilo Falls by The Dalles Dam in 1957 and was performed again in 2011.

The play went on to win a total of 11 PAMTA awards (Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards) including best production and best original song and script. Fourteen Native American actors were in the show.

Marv Ross is best known for the five Billboard top-40 songs he wrote in the 80’s that he and his wife, Rindy, sang with Quarterflash. “Harden My Heart” was their biggest hit and they received both gold and platinum albums during that decade and recorded 4 albums. He also wrote the musical “Voices From The Oregon Trail” for the sesquicentennial of the trail in ’93 and that work won an ASCAP award. (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers).

Tickets for the dinner are $15, the program is free. The dinner menu is a Pasta Bar.


Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society General Meeting @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
Mar 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The next general meeting and program for CGGS will be March 10, 2018  in the downstairs meeting room at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center starting at 10:30.

This months program will be ” Reviewing Updated Genealogical Websites” and will be led by Linda Colton and Georga Foster. The purpose of the program is to update important information about popular genealogical research sites that have changed in content, format or information.  Among the websites that will be covered are Find-A-Grave, Ancestry, RootsWeb and  FamilySearch .  An important change in Family Tree Maker will also be presented.

Members are encouraged to bring their laptops and Bring A Friend! Our general meeting/programs are open to the public and a recommended  $1.00 donation to defray room rental costs is gladly excepted.

Annual Membership Meeting 2018 @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Doors open on Friday March 16, 2018  for our Annual CGDC Membership Meeting.
Reservations are required by March 14 by calling 541.296.8600 ext. 201

Not a member yet? What a great (one of many) reasons to join now!

You will enjoy our latest exhibit “Painting Oregon’s Harvest” with Kathy Deggendorfer who is the first speaker of the evening at 7:15 and listen to our second speaker Washington County historian Judy Goldmann at 7:30 as she talks about her famed ancestor, the mountain man and first Oregon marshal, Joseph L. Meek.

A no-host beer and wine bar is open at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:15 pm in the River Galley.The dinner menu is a fresh Mexican dinner with chicken enchiladas, Mexican rice, black bean and corn salad, along with green salad plus dessert. Election of officers is at seven followed by our honored speakers.

This is a free event for all of our members and if you haven’t renewed yours lately it’s not too late to do so now and join the fun evening out.

New Exhibit – Painting Oregon’s Harvest: The Art of Kathy Deggendorfer @ Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Mar 17 – May 15 all-day

Help us in welcoming spring as we present a new art exhibit on March 17 in the Ernest A. Kuck Wing.  We will be showcasing over 40 pieces of Kathy’s artwork, from her collection: Painting Oregon’s Harvest: The Art of Kathy Deggendorfer. This exhibit features vibrant watercolors that depict agricultural production in the state of Oregon.

Part of Oregon’s agricultural success stems from diverse habitats that support a broad range of plants and animals: fruits and nuts blossom in the valley; fish flourish in the waterways; and livestock thrive in the state of Oregon. The people working the land learn its nuances in order to provide healthy and sustainable resources for their communities and beyond.

Kathy Deggendorfer is a self-taught artist based in Sisters, Oregon. She traveled throughout Oregon, met farmers and ranchers and learned about their successes and challenges. The exhibition is a colorful representation of her travels and allows us a chance to recognize the achievements of family farmers. Join us as we take a closer look at Oregon’s bounty and support our local food movement.

The new exhibit is included in your general admission price for the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Learn more about Kathy Deggendorfer as she speaks about her about her “Painting Oregon’s Harvest” in this video.