April 2010 Newsletter


Dufur City Council Meeting Tuesday, April 13th.

Dufur Park Board Meeting – Monday, April 12th.

Volunteer Ambulance meeting – Tuesdays, April 6th and 20th.

These meetings are open to the public.

The Garden Club is planning to have a pumpkin weigh-in during the school Homecoming weekend. Seeds are available from Christie (541-467-2381) for anyone who would like to enter the contest. The prize will be announced later.
NOTE: the annual meeting of the Old Wasco County Pioneers will be on May 1st in The Dalles at the Baptist Church by Flagstone. The meeting will start with registration at 10:00, dinner at noon, and the meeting with a program at 1:00pm. Dinner will be baked salmon and salads at noon followed by the general meeting and program. Much of the picture collection depicting the history of Wasco County will be on display.

Grace Covenant Church:
Sunday Services: Church Service at 11:00am, Sunday School at 9:45am. Evening Service at 6:30pm.
Wednesday Prayer and Fellowship at 7:00pm.
The first Saturday of every month is the Men’s Prayer Breakfast held 8:00am in the Fellowship Room at the back of the church. It is opened to the public, there is no charge for the food, and the cooks are excellent! Please enter at the side door on 7th Street. All are welcomed.

St. Alphonsus:
Holy Week Services:
April 1 Holy Thursday Mass 6:00pm
April 2 Good Friday services at St Mary’s in Maupin, 5:30pm
April 3 Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass, 8:00pm
April 4 Easter Morning Mass 8:30am
Sunday Mass is 8:30 am, the Rosary at 8:00am. The Sacrament of Reconciliation before Mass. Breakfast following Mass on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Thursday morning Mass is at 8:30am.

The Methodist Church:
Sunday morning Services at 11:00am.

Dufur Christian Church:
Sunday Services at 10:00am, Adult Sunday School Class, at 9:00am.

From the Librarian:

We are pleased to announce that Dufur/School Community Library has received a Ready to Read Grant for $1,066. The grant was written with the intent of improving our children’s reading area. The money was used to purchase four large floor cushions, a small reading table, and a storage unit for the storytime cushions. The storage unit serves a dual purpose, in addition to keeping the reading cushions contained; one side is a magnetic white board. Five early learning photo magnet sets were purchased specifically to be used to enhance our PreK program. Also our junior section now offers twelve popular fiction titles on CD’s.

The Ready to Read Grant was established in 1993 to assist local libraries in helping to achieve the Oregon Benchmarks for childhood learning and development. Oregon libraries may use these funds for children ages 0-14 and early literacy services for children ages 0-5.

“Oregon’s public libraries are devoted to seeing that all Oregon children are ready to learn and ready to read when they get to kindergarten,” said State Librarian Jim Scheppke. “We do that by putting books in the hands of pre-school children and teaching parents and caregivers that literacy begins at birth. When kids reach school age we keep them reading in the summer with our outstanding statewide summer reading program in nearly every community.

We are pleased to announce that our library has received a $1000.00 grant from the Wasco County Cultural Trust Coalition. A proposal was submitted to arrange for a prominent children’s author to visit the area. More information will be released as it becomes available. Stay tuned!

Get ready readers- National Library Week is April 5th – 9th

Reminder: PreK Storytime is held every Wed. morning at 9:30 for all local preschool aged children.

Technology in the Library
Maintaining technology is one of the goals of the school and the library district. The following are examples that support this goal:
It is now possible to request books from home. By logging in on the GorgeLINK website you can request books from any of the libraries in the library district. The courier delivers on Tuesdays. Contact us for you library card number and pin.

Overdue notices can be sent to your e-mail address eliminating snail mail. Come in or call the library and we can set this up for you.

A new computer provided by the Wasco County Library Services District was added to the library for patron use.

Audio books are available online through Library2Go. If you are interested in listening to books, the library has MP3 players available for this purpose.

Regular meeting with potluck.

Don’t forget the 1st Sunday of each month is the Jam Session at Ramsey Grange from 3:00 to 6:00. The wonderful homemade pies and cakes with coffee help support the Music Department at the Dufur School.

The Living History Museum is open with new displays, updated old displays, and a restocked gift shop. This is a great way to introduce/entertain visitors to your home and our community!

The Lions Club mans the recycling center on a volunteer basis on Saturday mornings between 10:00 and 12:00. If there is not a volunteer available, the center will not be opened. If closed, it is asked that people do not leave their recyclables anyway as they get blown over the area and are a lot of work to pick up.

A reminder that newspaper recycling is in the green shed behind Kramer’s Market.


April 7 – Sausage and gravy with biscuits, 3-bean salad, oriental salad, rolls, dessert

April 14 – Salisbury steak, buttered noodles, salad rolls, dessert

April 21 – Turkey hot dinner sandwiches, green beans, pickled beets, dessert.

April 28 – Sweet and sour pork, sunshine salad, rolls, dessert.

The menus are subject to change depending on what is available.

AA Meetings
AA meetings are held in the Dufur Christian Church basement Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Knitting - The Dufur Knitting Group meets at the Community Library (at the School) on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00pm. If you don’t know how to knit, we can teach you. We have extra needles and yarns for newcomers to the craft to use for learning. Our community library has been pulling in new knitting books and titles, so check out what we have before buying! So far we are a group of all ages. Come and join us for a fun evening of knitting, learning and socializing.

Quilting – Quilting class will be March 1 at the Catholic Church Hall at 10:00am.  Bring sewing machine and sewing supplies, sack lunch and $10. Corlliss Marsh will teach the class. New quilters are welcome.  For more information call Patricia at 467-2678 or Gwen at 467-2204.

Garden Club – Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, April 13th, at 1:30pm in the Catholic Hall at 1st and Church Sts. Our hostesses this month are Lucile Stephens and Catherine Lancaster.  Visitors and potential new members are always welcome.

Garden Club members are busy planting seeds so they will be ready to repot for the plant sale to be held May 8th. We are also meeting with Jack Henderson and Bert Wyett at Dufur School regarding setting up the greenhouse and landscaping areas around the school.

For more information call our President, Christy Harrah, 541-467-2381.

China Painting – The group will meet every Tuesday at 10:00am at the Catholic Hall to paint and socialize until 3:00pm. Anyone who has a project, whether it be a craft or hobby, and is interested in joining us, is most welcome.

The China Painters traveled to Portland three days last month for a painting workshop. They will be going to Seaside the first week of May for the Oregon Porcelain Artists’ Retreat and to another four day workshop in Portland in June.

Tai Chi - The Tai Chi class will be held at the Catholic Hall each week after Potlatch, from 1:30 to 2:30pm. A second day of tai chi will be on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30pm.   Please contact Wendy Schaefer at 467-2610 for further details.

Balch Hotel – Balch Supper Club! Menu on www.BalchHotel.com soon. Must sign up in advance. Wine tasting, great food, and super table conversation. Email Samantha at Samantha@BalchHotel.com if you’d like to be included in the enewsletter for the hotel.

If you have any information to include in the above, please contact Barbara Garner, newsletter editor, at 467-2630 or bvg313@dufur.net

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