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Join us for a “Paint Night”
Aug 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A night of fun and creativity in support of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society
In memory of Briana Gilligan

$35 per person
Proceeds will be donated to LLS 
Light the Night Team Briana West

Wine, beer and appetizers available for purchase.
Dessert will be provided.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 5:00 ~ 9:00 p.m.
Sunshine Mill Winery
The Dalles, OR

For tickets or more information, call Kathryn at 509-767- 0061


Hunter Noack – Free Outdoor Odessey Concert
Sep 3 @ 6:30 pm

Hunter Noack Concert PosterPerforming Arts Initiative (PAI) presents pianist Hunter Noack Sunday, September 3 at the Columbia Gorge Hotel

Hunter Noack is a native Oregonian and an internationally acclaimed concert pianist who integrates literature, visual art, dance, theater and design in his presentations of classical music and on September 3 he brings his “In a Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild” series to local audiences. Inspired by the Depression-era WPA and its free and low-cost artistic outreach to the general public, Noack presents the free concerts in outdoor settings and through the use of wireless headphones, the music “becomes a live soundtrack accompanying each person’s outdoor odyssey.” “In a Landscape” has been presented in forests, fields, deserts, caves, historic sites, and near public art installations. The local performance will be outdoors at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel.

The performance is in support of the Performing Arts Initiative, a local nonprofit whose goal is to build a 600-seat, state of the art performing arts center for the use of local, regional and national artists. Conceived for all genres of music, theatre, dance and other media, the new performing arts center will also serve the needs of community and corporate users and be suitable for a wide range of events. It will also include classroom and studio space.

Formed in January of 2016, the PAI is a fully recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the project has received the support of the Hood River Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Council. The PAI performing arts center project recently completed a feasibility study through ECONorthwest and currently undergoing architect’s programmatic studies. The PAI is currently seeking seed funding for its next phase, which includes hiring a project manager and capital campaign advisor.The PAI Board is made up of local artistic, technology and business professionals and is headed by Mark Steighner, who is also artistic director for the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association.

Hunter Noack’s “In a Landscape” is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Wallace and Priscilla Stevenson Family. The performance will begin at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Supporting Hunter Noack will be Pink Martini band leader Thomas Lauderdale, violinist Nicholas Crosa, cellist Pansy Chang, singer Katie Harman Eber (Miss America 2002) and members of the CGOA String Quartet. For additional information, go to

CGOA Stages presents ‘The Last Five Years’
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm

Last 5 Years PosterThe Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association opens its 2017-2018 season with the musical “The Last Five Years.” Presented by CGOA’s Stages theatre ensemble, “The Last Five Years” is an intimate, two-person musical by Jason Robert Brown.

“The hook of the show,” said director Mark Steighner, “is that it tells the story of a romantic relationship through time, but from the woman’s perspective, the show starts at the breakup while the man’s story begins at their first meeting. Their stories only cross once: when they get married.”

With only two characters, each actor gets plenty of stage time and a wide variety of songs that cover an equally broad range of genres, from pop to jazz to a little klezmer. “There are many songs that are showstoppers from an acting and singing perspective,” Steighner added. The musical was recently released as a film starring Anna Kendrick.

The CGOA production has two casts. CGOA newcomers Michele Firsching and Noel Oishi will star on September 8, 9, and 10; while returning actors Ashly Will and William Thayer-Dougherty will lead the second weekend, September 14,15,16. All shows are at the Bingen Theatre. Tickets are available at the door and through Tickets are $15 for adults (ages 18+) and $10 for students and children (10-17).

The show is rated “PG-13” for language

“The Last Five Years” kicks off a busy season of theatre and music for CGOA; details can be found on the website.

Columbia River Indian Summer
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Don’t miss Columbia River Indian Summer on September 9th at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. This free event will feature artisans, musicians and vendors throughout the day from our regional Native American community.

The programming will includes flute music by Foster Kalama, tule mat making demonstrations by Taaw-lee- Winch, traditional Indian games and drumming with Jefferson Greene, a Northwest Twined Pouch Workshop by Pat Courtney Gold, and local craft vendors. A salmon lunch and Indian fry bread will be available for purchase on a first come first served basis beginning at 12:00 noon.

“We want to offer the opportunity for local indigenous peoples to showcase their culture and history at our facility,” said Executive Director Carolyn Purcell. This is part of an ongoing Indigenous Voices Project funded in part by grants from Trust Management Services, Oregon Historic Trails Fund and Wy’East Fund of Oregon Community Foundation, and Oregon Folklife Network.

For more information call 541-296- 8600 ext. 201, or visit