Sherman County eNews #225


  1. Notice: Sherman County Fair Board Meeting Postponed

  2. Strengthening Families in Sherman County

  3. The Dalles Art Center Offers New Classes in September & October

  4. American Pickers to Film in Oregon

  5. Enhancing Your Child’s Brain Development

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

 Always stay curious. Curiosity instills creativity. ~ Aerin Lauder

 1. Notice: Sherman County Fair Board Meeting Postponed

The Sherman County Fair Board regular board meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 1st has been postponed.

2. Strengthening Families in Sherman County

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 Strengthening Families sessions

3. The Dalles Art Center Offers New Classes in September & October

paint.brushesAs summer winds down in the gorge, The Dalles Art Center is gearing up for all of the spectacular adult art classes that it will be offering this fall. During the months of September and October, they have three special classes lined up with three different well known masters of three different mediums: Pastels, Watercolors, and Ceramics.

Karen Watson, an accomplished pastel artist who has artwork in galleries all over the Northwest and was a participant in the 2016 Gorge Artist Open Studio Tour, is offering a 2-Day Pastel Painting Workshop for beginners with us on September 10 & 11 from 10 – 4pm at The Dalles Art Center. Karen will work with you and a large variety of soft pastels on toned sandpaper during this two-day, comprehensive pastel class at The Dalles Art Center. Karen will do live demos for the class and favor loose and bold application of strokes and color with you. After class, you will leave with a completed work, and the foundational knowledge required to create fresh and exciting pieces of artwork from pastel on your own. The tooth of the paper that Karen will supply you with during class  allows for several layers of pastel that lends artwork a more painterly feeling. If you don’t already have one, The Dalles Art Center has a limited number of pastel starter sets available for purchase that will be perfect for this class.

On Wednesdays in September, Gayle Weisfield will be offering an Intermediate Watercolor Class for four weeks at The Dalles Art Center. Gayle is an internationally acclaimed and award winning artist who is devoted to The Dalles Art Center and our mission to encourage a love and knowledge of the arts within the community. During this special class, Gayle will be showing us some of the new techniques that she recently has discovered throughout her recent travels and art explorations. She will help us get out of our painting doldrums and get us motivated. There are four classes in this series, and each day will offer a different project and demos which you will finish in class and take home with you afterward. Note: this fee comes to only $30 a class. Even if you miss one class it is still a deal!

And starting Thursday October 13th, internationally recognized mosaic artist, Toms Royal, will be teaching a Custom Cut Ceramic Tile Mosaic Class that continues every Thursday for the next five weeks from 1 – 5pm at The Dalles Art Center. As our most popular class, this special opportunity always fills up quickly. During this class you will start with a 15lbs. slab of clay and use it to express yourself using the unique shape and color theories that Toms uses as a guide to teaching. By the end of this 5-week process, Toms will have encouraged you to dig deeply into your creative side — whether you are used to tapping into this part of yourself or not — and you will get to go home with a ready-to-hang, handmade piece of beautiful artwork. This means this class naturally lends itself to all levels of skill, there is no need to be shy if you are a beginner or don’t consider yourself much of an artist.

If you are interested in signing up for any of these classes, please call or email The Dalles Art Center as soon as possible, because there is limited space available. If you are unable to take one of these sessions but are still interested in being waitlisted for a possible class in the future, call us and let us know. 541.296.4759

4. American Pickers to Film in Oregon

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Oregon! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region this summer.

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-old-rust.

5. Enhancing Your Child’s Brain Development

Believe it or not, in a world that seems to be getting more and more complicated, there are a few easy ways to help enhance your child’s development, and they can make a world of difference down the line. Our thanks to Harris Publications’ “The Brain – The Ultimate Guide” for the following information.

Experience has been proven, time and time again, to be the most important element in developing a strong, healthy brain. Even before we are born, we are learning about sounds, temperature and balance. Once we enter the world, our brains are taking in everything – whether we can immediately make sense of it or not. It is experience that begins filling up our knowledge bank. Each of the following enhances your child’s brain development, from infancy to the teen years:

  • Access to a stimulating environment: books, toys that teach letters and numbers, museums and libraries. It’s the experience that solidifies the learning.
  • Something as simple as a hug from a nurturing parent diffuses tension and stress, and bolsters brain circuits involved in emotional regulation, impulse control and decision making.
  • Talking and reading to your child, from an early age, promotes learning and brain growth, and builds strong language skills; it also bolsters your relationship with your child, which will come in handy during the teen years.
  • Music lessons: Yes, music lessons. They weren’t kidding when they said that Mozart makes you smart. Music allows the brain to map sounds to neural pathways involved in muscle movement, as well as promoting focus, awareness and academic performance.
  • Play time – studies show that children learn best through self-directed play. It helps them develop and exercise vital brain circuits, as well as learning how to “play well in the sandbox” with others.
  • Allow your child to take some risks. This flies in the face of the need to protect our children, but a little risk-taking promotes learning new things, as well as reinforcing brain circuits for motor control, regulating emotions and making decision.

Many of these suggestions are going to be familiar to you. Some have been second-nature to parents for a long time. It’s just that neuro-science is now proving that what we’ve intuitively known is the right path to take.  ~ The Pacific Institute

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


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