Sherman County eNews #329


  1. Sherman Junior Hoops Signups

  2. Calling All K-5 Student Artists

  3. Smiling Through the Holiday Rush

  4. 19th Annual Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center in January

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

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth,
good-will to men!
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1. Sherman Junior Hoops Signups are underway for another year of Sherman Junior Hoops youth basketball for children grades K-4. Junior Hoops takes place on Saturdays at 9 am at the elementary gym beginning January 5, 2019, and running through February 16. Signup forms are available at the Sherman Elementary School front desk and should be returned as soon as possible. Please contact Ron McDermid at 541-980-2156 with questions.

2. Calling All K-5 Student Artists 



CALLING ALL K-5 STUDENT ARTISTS in Wasco/sherman County!

You are invited to participate in our annual Elementary Student Art Show at The Dalles Art Center January 22 – February 2nd. All mediums are welcome, submission sheets are available in the gallery or online at

Each student may submit 1 piece of artwork each. All mediums are welcome. 2D & 3D artworks are welcome. There will be CASH PRIZES awarded during our Closing Reception on February 2 from 3-4pm. Entries will be accepted Tuesday Jan 15 – Saturday Jan 18, 2019.

3. Smiling Through the Holiday Rush

Articles and posts abound on the Internet (and Facebook) suggesting that the holiday season poses a challenge to us humans. In a season of joy, folks claim that it is difficult to be happy in overcrowded airports; that it is impossible to stay civil when it comes to spending time with relatives who try our patience. It would seem that there are lots of things to dread.

Others claim that “think positive” advice, and “peppy affirmations” to change one’s mood and visualizations of success can often achieve the opposite of their desired effect. There may be some merit in these claims, but there just might be a piece missing here.

It is a well-researched fact that we move toward what we are thinking about, because human beings think in pictures. If someone tells us NOT to think about a purple elephant, because the words “purple elephant” draw a pretty specific picture, we are going to have a challenge thinking of something else. If we think about how uncomfortable we are going to be in a crowded airport, we don’t stand much of a chance of enjoying the experience.

This is the point where these claims miss a vital point: We have the ability to decide how we are going to react to situations. Typically, we can’t change the situation, but we can change how we react to it. We can choose to be miserable and irritated, and our minds will go right to work at helping us see everything that makes the situation worse. It’s called the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, aided and abetted by our Reticular Activating System.

However, the self-fulfilling prophecy can be pointed in a different direction. We all know that something as simple as a smile can diffuse tension – in yourself and in the receiver of the heartfelt smile you give. It is also contagious! Just try not smiling back when you are on the receiving end of an honest, heartfelt smile. It’s darn near impossible!

A smile is easy, quick and costs little. And a smile uses fewer muscles and less energy than a frown. So, for today, give the world around you a smile, and see how it transforms the world inside you. ~The Pacific Institute

4. 19th Annual Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center in January

bird.eaglePORTLAND, Ore. – Corps park rangers invite the public to The Dalles Dam visitor center to view bald eagles roosting in their natural habitat along the Columbia River. The visitor center will be open Saturdays and Sundays in January from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Park rangers will be available to answer questions, help people use spotting scopes (provided by the Corps) and teach basic bird identification tips. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own scopes, binoculars and cameras. These weekend events are family-friendly, free and accessible to all people.

Saturday, Jan. 19, is the ninth annual Eagle Watch event, when visitors can also see live raptor shows in addition to eagle-watching. Eagle Watch is co-hosted with partners from the U.S. Forest Service, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Rowena Wildlife Clinic.

The Dalles Dam is a prime winter location for migrating bald eagles. It’s typical to see more than 30 eagles from the visitor center parking lot and adjacent Seufert Park, which are both open to the public every day from dusk until dawn.

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is located off exit 87 of I-84, traveling east on Bret Clodfelter Way. Inclement weather may cause the event to be rescheduled. For more information contact The Dalles Lock & Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-7857 or visit

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