The Porch, Feb. 8

WELL SAID: “There is only one class in the community that spends more time thinking about money than the rich, and that is the poor.” — Oscar Wilde

WELL DONE: Art, then music:

n Interested in learning how to paint still lifes? Every Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon Hood River artist Cathleen Rehfeld hosts a drop-in still life class at Columbia Center for the Arts. Bring your paints and enjoy three hours of instruction from one of Hood River’s best-known still life painters. Cost is $20. (And check out the new exhibit, “Still Life,” opening Feb. 7 at CCA.)

n Quartets from the local Harmony of the Gorge chorus will be delivering roses and songs throughout the Gorge area all day Valentine’s Day.

For more information and how to place your orders visit

Make sure to place your order early — but the group will also try to fit in last-minute deliveries. Phono-grams are also available.

ANYONE ELSE notice how much the granulated green de-icer salts thrown on sidewalks resembles shattered glass?

SEEN AND HEARD: Sports car passing a mailtruck on a narrow Heights side street … a shopping cart half-filled with crushed aluminum cans sat for a week on Sherman next to the county courthouse … dog on leash tugging man around a corner, and onto a patch of ice where the man had a brief canine-led ice skiing moment.

SAVE THE DATE: They are calling it “Scandinavian Romance,” a pair of performances by Gorge Sinfonietta, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium and Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Wy’east Middle School in Odell. Admission is by suggested donation of $10.

The “Scandinavian” tag is a little quizzical, given that two of the three featured composers — Georg Telemann and Oskar Bohme — were German. But the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius fits the bill, and the inclusion of his Second Symphony is a rare treat.


Whether you do or not, a great opportunity to learn or revisit a difficult part of the Gorge’s not-so-distant past comes along Feb. 22 in The Dalles, the community most affected — other than Antelope — by the strange events at the former Big Muddy Ranch in the early 1980s.

Oral historian Julie Reynolds presents “Close Encounters: Wasco County Residents Remember the Rajneeshees,” the next in the Courthouse History Series. Coffee and cookies will be served (but not salad).

The event will be at 1:30 p.m. at the 1859 Courthouse, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles.

DEPARTMENT of the Exterior (“DOE”) Hood River County Forestry Office — see photo — puts out the welcome mat, unless you’re Bambi.


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