Sherman County eNews #184


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. English Classes for Speakers of Other Languages Offered this Summer

  3. Program: “Celilo Village, Past & Present, July 28

  4. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, July 23

  5. From Me to Me

  6. Maryhill Museum of Art hosts Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event in the Gorge

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

Caution! Extreme Fire Danger!

Please do not drive or park your vehicle in dry grass!

Caution! Trucks!

Wheat harvest is underway!

Slow-moving grain trucks are on the road.

Maybe right around the corner in the canyon…

or just over the hill.

1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library.

The Library is now open Summer Hours -11am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm Saturday

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

Oregon Rocks! – Tuesday, July 17 at 11am
Come find out more about Oregon’s geology and natural resources as we touch, feel, and learn about the world out our door.

July’s Book Club – Thursday, July 19 at 6pm.
The Little Bookshop on the Corner

Young Adult Night – Thursday, July 19 from 6pm to 8pm
Jr/Sr high students, come hang out, eat snacks, do crafts, watch a movie or start a book club, we decide! Come help plan our new young adult space!!

Adam Miller presents Old Songs for Young Folks – Saturday, July 21, 2018
It wasn’t that long ago when only kings and queens were rich enough to have other people play music for them. In the old days, regular folks like you and me had to make our own music. That’s why it’s called “folk music!”

2. English Classes for Speakers of Other Languages Offered this Summer

English classes for speakers of other languages are being offered this summer by Columbia Gorge Community College. Classes are scheduled in the college’s Hood River – Indian Creek Campus for all levels on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $25 with financial waivers available. Beginning and intermediate classes are offered in Mt. Hood at the Mt. Hood Town Hall from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10, also with financial waivers available.  For information, call (541) 506-6000, ext. 7121. 

3. Program: “Celilo Village, Past & Present, July 28

Wasco County Historical Society invites the public Saturday, the 28th, 11:00 a.m., to hear educator/historian Jean Vercouteren’s program, “Celilo Village, Past & Present”, at the Moody/Rorick House, 300 W. 13th St., The Dalles.  Free event; refreshments. 

4. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, July 23

 Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting

                                                  July 23, 2018

2:00 p.m.

Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom

1 –     Approve April 23, 2018 Minutes

2 –     Wasco County Dispatch Services Discussion – Mike Smith

3 –     Manager’s Report:  Employee Hiring – Renee Heidy

  • If necessary, Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660 (1)

(e) Property

(h) Legal Rights

(i) Personnel

  • As this is a regular meeting of the Frontier Regional 911 Board, other matters may be addressed as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Frontier Regional Board Members:

Sheriff Gary Bettencourt –

Judge Steve Shaffer –

Sheriff Jim Adkins –

Vice-Chair: Commissioner Mike Ahern –

Sheriff Brad Lohrey –

Commissioner Joe Dabulskis –

Chair: Sheriff Chris Humphreys –

Judge Lynn Morley –

5. From Me to Me

Most of us extend small kindnesses to others. But how many of us practice the same loving gestures when it comes to ourselves? Let’s talk about our gifts to ourselves.

How good a friend are you to yourself? Most of us are very good at celebrating our friendships with little gestures and gifts that say we care. But what do you give yourself that could qualify as a gift? A little self-indulgence is a healthy thing, which could mean buying yourself that new book (or eBook), treating yourself to dinner out or hiring someone to wash and wax your car.

Now, if self-indulgence has been your life story, this probably doesn’t apply to you. And if, by giving yourself a gift, you will be irresponsibly depriving others, you probably don’t qualify, either. But most of us can give gifts to ourselves that don’t cost a cent.

For example: A little mid-day nap. Allowing yourself time to linger over a cup of coffee. Taking a quiet stroll after dinner, enjoying the evening air. Cutting a garden bouquet for your own enjoyment. Curling up on the couch for an hour or two with a great book. Taking the night off from your “to do” list, in order to relax in the silence.

Gifts like these are ways of being friendly to you. Of course, because we live in society and most of us find that we gain happiness from contribution, it’s crucial that we give to others too. But if you give only to others, your unattended need to receive as well may become a demanding burden to your friendships. It truly is a gift you give to allow someone else to give to you.

So, if you really want to nurture yourself, take a moment from time to time and ask, “How friendly have I been to me today?” ~The Pacific Institute

6. Maryhill Museum of Art hosts Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event in the Gorge

art.toolsBeginning July 30, more than 40 artists will descend on the region – easels, paint and brushes in hand – searching for the perfect vista from which to capture the awesome beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.  The artists, hailing from the Pacific Northwest and from around the country, will be taking part in the 14th annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air event hosted by Maryhill Museum of Art. 

During the four-day plein air paint out, artists will select their own vantage points to paint the vast, wild beauty of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. And what a smorgasbord to choose from! Stunning views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River, vineyards, snowy Cascade peaks, waterfalls and parched, high desert plateaus are just a few of the inspiring views artists will find.  Artists will also be invited to paint on Maryhill’s grounds, giving museum visitors a closer look at plein air artists at work.

A plein air figure painting workshop on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art, taught by artist Randall Sexton, will be offered on Friday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Please see cost and details below.)

Paintings will remain on view and available for purchase through August 25, 2018 in the Event Sales Gallery in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center. As work is sold and removed, other work created during the paint-out will replace it. Proceeds support Maryhill Museum of Art. A full list of participating artists is available at

The 14th annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event in the Columbia River Gorge is made possible by the generosity of Dave Burbach Photography, Dog River Coffee, Framing Resource, Full Sail Brewing Co., Gamblin Artists Colors, The Griffin House on the Columbia River Gorge, Byron and Sue Henry, Stephen and Laura Muehleck, PleinAir Magazine, RayMar Art, and Scottsdale Artists’ School.


July 30 – August 2 | all day

Pacific Northwest Plein Air Paint Out

Artists spend four days painting at various locations throughout the Columbia River Gorge, including on the grounds of Maryhill.

Friday, August 3 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Workshop: Painting Plein Air Figures in the Garden at Maryhill

Enjoy a day of figure painting en plein air on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art. This full-day workshop is led by artist and teacher Randall Sexton, one of the premier contemporary California landscape painters working today. Known for his use of color and expressive brushwork in oil paintings of everyday scenes, Sexton has a reputation for being an educator as well as a fine artist. He taught drawing, painting, and composition at the San Francisco Academy of Art until 2005, and now leads private workshops around the country.

Cost: $170; limited to 17 participants. Student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up) and supplies (confirmation and supply list will be emailed upon registration). To register, call Maryhill Museum of Art at (509) 773-3733, ext. 27, or email

Saturday, August 4 | 5 to 7 p.m.

Opening Reception

The public is invited to view the paintings artists created in plein air, meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres. Artwork will be available for purchase. Awards will be given in a number of categories. 

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