Sherman County eNews #98


  1. The Appalachian Dulcimer, Sherman Public/School Library, April 21

  2. Oregon Senior Games

  3. North Sherman Pre-school, Inc. Open Enrollment, April 21.

  4. “Sticks in Stacks” – Social Crafting, April 14

  5. Jump Rope For Heart, April 29

  6. “Spring into Vegetable Gardening” | April 13, 18 or 22

  7. Poet Laureate Peter Sears Reading in The Dalles this Friday, April 15

  8. Becoming More Creative

  9. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1.  The Appalachian Dulcimer, Sherman Public/School Library, April 21

music.notes (2)Libraries of Eastern Oregon presents “The Appalachian Dulcimer” with musicians Heidi Muller & Bob Webb on Thursday, April 21 at Sherman County Public/School Library. Come at 4:00pm to learn to play the Dulcimer. The three-string mountain dulcimer is one of the easiest and most fun instruments to learn and requires no previous musical experience. At 7:00pm, enjoy a concert with some uncommon songs performed by Heidi and Bob at. Lessons at 4:00pm, concert at 7:00pm. For further information about this program please contact Sherman County Public/School Library at (541) 565-3279. Library website:

2. Oregon Senior Games


         Athletes ages 50 and older can compete in one of the sixteen sports offered. It’s a great chance to test your mettle against other seniors while enjoying a getaway to the outdoor playground of the West. Whether you’re a super-competitive athlete, or just someone looking to stay active, the Oregon Senior Games is a great event to add to your bucket list.

Bend, Oregon is the Mountain Town that has it all, and now it has the Oregon Senior Games! Competitors from around the country will gather in Bend for an unforgettable weekend of athleticism and fun. Go ahead and use it as an excuse to plan that Bend vacation you’ve been thinking about. Spend your morning shaking it up on the shuffleboard court, and your afternoon hitting the hiking trails. Pummel your peers in racquetball, then reward yourself with an evening of whitewater rafting and a tasty craft beer along the Bend Ale Trail. The possibilities are endless, and even if you don’t bring home a medal, the memories are all yours to keep.


3. North Sherman Pre-school, Inc. Open Enrollment, April 21.

child.boy        child.girl              North Sherman Pre-School Inc. is holding an open enrollment for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. If your child will be 3 years old by September 1, 2016, please stop in at North Sherman Pre-School Inc. on Thursday, April 21st at 6:00 PM to register. We are located in the City of Wasco at 903 Barnett Street (Old Wasco Grade School), phone 541-442-5002. North Sherman Pre-School, Inc. is committed to quality care and learning for all children.

We know the first years of life build the foundation for lifelong learning and success. That’s why we are among the first child care and early learning programs in the state to participate and receive a 5 -Star QRIS rating! North Sherman Pre-School Inc. is here to provide a quality, low cost preschool that will be easily accessible to the residents of Sherman County and to help families connect with needed services. North Sherman Pre-School Inc. is proud to be an important part of Sherman County’s community.

Here, you will find an environment where your child will learn, grow, and have fun. You will find a creative environment for your child to explore through dramatic play, art, library, music & movement, outdoor exploration, Zoo Phonics, and Handwriting Without Tears. In addition to Creative Curriculum, which includes blocks, science, table toys, sensory tables, as well as large and small group activities. Each child is an unique and learns at his or her own rate, which is why we look at each child individually and plan lessons around their development. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

North Sherman Pre-School Inc. has a close working relationship with ABC Huskies Daycare which allows for a smooth transition for children needing afternoon care. In addition, North Sherman Preschool Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization which is administered by a five member board. Please contact North Sherman Pre-School Inc. directly at 541-442-5002, if you are interested in enrolling your child age 3-5, would like to become a Board Member, or make a tax deductible donation.

4. “Sticks in Stacks” – Social Crafting, April 14

lana-architetto-francesc-01“Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library Thursday, April 14 Social crafting starts at 6:00 p.m. every Thursday. Instructional assistance for knit, crochet, and spinning will be available at 7:00 p.m. Bring your knitting, crochet, spinning, quilting, or cross-stitch projects. All fiber arts are welcome. For further information about this program please contact Sherman County Public/School Library at (541) 565-3279. Library website:

5. Jump Rope For Heart, April 29


Sherman Elementary Students Jump for Their Hearts, Help Save Lives

Students at Sherman Elementary School in Grass Valley are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. On April 29, 2016 Sherman Elementary School will host its annual Jump Rope For Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for our youth.

Jump Rope For Heart teaches students how physical fitness benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community. The need to educate children about the importance of physical activity couldn’t be timelier. According to recent studies, about one-third of children ages 2 to 19 are overweight and obese.

“By including physical activity into their daily routines, kids can significantly reduce the onset and burden of heart disease,“ said Cindie King, Dean of Studens at Sherman Elementary. “By raising money through Jump Rope For Heart, we are preventing heart disease and obesity for the next generation of Americans. Kids are literally jumping into a heart healthier life while becoming passionate about raising money for other kids with sick hearts.”

For 36 years, millions of students have jumped rope and learned about heart health and how nutrition and physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke. Jump Rope For Heart is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and SHAPE America-Society of Health and Physical Educators.

Please help our students help others by making a donation. If you would like to help more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721). You can also visit us online at

6. “Spring into Vegetable Gardening” | April 13, 18 or 22

Want to have your first ever…or a bigger, better…vegetable garden this year?  “Spring Into Vegetable Gardening” with a free class offered by OSU Sherman County Extension.  Come learn about great reasons to grow vegetables, site selection, soil preparation, what to grow and where to plant, watering and mulching, weed and insect control.  Participants will receive a free gardening book from OSU, informational handouts, and free seeds. 

Three dates are available. Pick the one that best fits your schedule: 

  • Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall, Wasco
  • Monday, April 18 at 6 p.m. at Rufus City Hall
  • Friday, April 22 at 9 a.m. at Sherman Extension Office, Moro

Cindy Brown, 4-H and Healthy Living, OSU Sherman County Extension, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro OR 97039. 541-565-3230 office | 541-993-5291 cell.

7. Poet Laureate Peter Sears Reading in The Dalles this Friday, April 15


Join Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears, along with local poets Joel Kabakov and Stacey Shaw, for a poetry reading and book signing this Friday, April 15th at 4pm at The Riverena Café.

Peter Sears is a graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writers Workshop. His work has appeared in several national magazines and newspapers such as Saturday Review, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, The Christian Science Monitor, and Rolling Stone. Sears is the author of three full-length poetry collections and currently serves as Oregon’s Poet Laureate.

Joel Kabakov holds a PhD in composition from Harvard. Kabakov has held positions from chair of composition at the Boston Conservatory to Director of Institutional Development for Yamaha Music Foundation to composer in residence at South Coast Repertory Theatre and presently Arts and Humanities Chair, Columbia Gorge Community College. Available Light is his first book of poetry.

Stacey Shaw is the author of Half Moon Over: Poems West of the Divide (Cedar & Peaches Press, 2015). In a previous life, Stacey was a pilot, a climber, and a scuba diver. In that life, she was published in Climbing Magazine, where she was a staff member. Today, Stacey is a teacher, author, filmmaker, and painter. She holds degrees in Latin American Studies and Education.  Stacey lives in The Dalles, Oregon, where she is currently writing her next book.

Books from all three poets will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 3:30.

This event is brought to you through a partnership between North Wasco School District 21 Libraries, The Dalles-Wasco Public Library, Columbia Gorge Community College Library, and Klindt’s Booksellers.  Questions? Contact Tina Ontiveros, Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers 541.296.3355.

8. Becoming More Creative  ~ The Pacific Institute

Are you as creative as you’d like to be? Most of us aren’t, but we could be. And the good news is, it isn’t a big secret.

The first thing you need to do is get rid of the idea that creative people are born that way. Do not buy into the old saying, “You either have it, or you don’t.” You should believe, however, that how we are raised has a lot to do with it. 

However, no matter how you were brought up, if you consider yourself an adult, your life is now in your own hands. What you become is up to you. If you want to be more creative, here are some tips.

The mind is like any other muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets and, therefore, the more you are able to use it. The best way to get great ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw all but the best ones away. Suspend judgment of your ideas, and just get them “down on paper.” You will know quickly enough which ones are good and which aren’t feasible, at least at the moment.

It is important, too, to realize that creativity is deadened by routine and stimulated by doing things a little differently. In fact, creativity is doing something differently. So shake up your routines if you want to be more creative. (Take a different way home from work or shopping, and see how your world opens up, if only a little.)

Finally, seek out others who you consider to be creative, and spend some time with them. Watch what they do and how they interact with the world. Listen to what they say and the words they use. Take what you feel are their best habits and make them your own.

Remember that creativity can be manifested in just about every activity under the sun. You don’t have to be an artist, musician or writer to be creative. You can bring creativity into your life no matter what your life is like. We’ll talk more about how to make your creativity bloom in the future. If you don’t already know how, you will be surprised by how easy it is and how good it fee

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