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Columbia Gorge Community College

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Creating a Language-Rich Environment


with D. Laimon

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 11, 2023 at 6 pm

Language development is the simple most important predictor of later school success. Preschool teachers play a critical role in developing language by creating a language-rich environment in which children have multiple opportunities to engage in language activities. This presentation will discuss strategies for increasing vocabulary, developing phonological awareness, and encouraging print awareness and emergent writing skills. Set Two in LEC. Preschool.

Sumi-Brush Painting


with Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 13, 2023

Using traditional Japanese calligraphy kits, participants in this two-part workshop will learn and expand on the fundamentals of brush and ink painting. No prior experience is needed. Participants may want to incorporate their own color mediums, pencil, pen, watercolor or pastel into 9”x12” works on paper.


6:00pm-8:00pm (Friday)

11:00am-1:00pm (Saturday)

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party


with Billy O'Keefe

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 14, 2023 at 8:30 am

We will experience about an 80% eclipse on the morning of the 14th. Billy O'Keefe is going to help us watch it happen. He's going to bring out his astronomy binoculars, his telescope with a special lense, and solar shades made just for such an event--they look like sunglasses, but are so much better!

If you plan on bringing more than yourself to this event, there is no need to register everyone individually. Simply register one point of contact for the group. It's like the old drive in movie model: $5.00 per carload, regardless of how many people are in the car. 

Location: Discover Center in The Dalles (5000 Discovery Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058)

Start Time: 8:30am

Eclipse: 9:15am

Wrap-up: 10:00am

First Aid CPR and AED - Hood River


with Juan Reyes

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 14, 2023 at 9 am

The Heartsaver First Aid Course Teaches rescuers to effectively recognize and treat adult emergencies in the critical first minutes until emergency medical service personnel arrive. The course also provides a complete health and safety training solution for first aid, adult/infant CPR, and Automated External Defibrillation AED. Course meets the State of Oregon daycare licensing requirement. American Heart Association (AHA) requires all students to have a copy of the course textbook to prepare for the course and to have it available for personal use. Students must bring a copy of the textbook to class. The book will be provided to you in class.

Homebuyer Education


with Sal Cruz Torres

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 14, 2023 at 9 am

This class is designed to help first-time homebuyers learn the basics about the home buying process. Learn the lingo and leave better prepared to successfully complete the home buying process. Course covers: housing decisions, financial preparation, shopping for a home, mortgages, avoiding fraud in lending, mortgages, closing, and maintaining your investment. Lunch is provided and scholarships are available. For information about available scholarships, contact Columbia Cascade Housing Corp. at (541) 296-3397. Tuition covers up to two participants. Please provide registration information for both. No discounts or waivers. 

Please note that the location of this class has changed to The Dalles Campus, room 3.203.

Basket Weaving – Barbara’s Tote


with Chris Bush

Calendar Next session starts Oct 14, 2023 at 12 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to weave a basket? This is your chance to weave a tote style basket. You will learn every step and leave with a completed basket. The techniques you will learn in this basket are a standard start stop weave, twining for locking in the base, and weaving in leather straps. This particular basket is named Barbara’s Tote because it was originally designed for someone named Barbara. No discounts or waivers.

Full Course

Sourdough Made Simple


with Brenner Skobkariova

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 17, 2023 at 6 pm

Are you curious about Sourdough bread? Are you overwhelmed at the thought of making your own Sourdough? Are you interested in learning about the health benefits of Sourdough? Aaron and Beth invite you to come learn about the amazing process of creating your own healthy Sourdough from scratch. Aaron Brenner is a 7th generation baker who owned his own bakery in the Seattle area for over 25 years. Beth Skobkariova is a teacher and avid home baker with a passion for nutrition. They come together combining their passion for baking and teaching to help you create your own amazing sourdough bread. In this course Aaron and Beth will explore the gluten structure, yeast lifespan, sough dough starter care, sough dough crust formation, and the advantages of different flours for health benefits.Students will need to arrive 10-15 minutes early to be ready to start at 6pm. No discounts or waivers.

La neurodiversidad e inclusión en ambientes de la primera infancia


with Gisela Morales

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 18, 2023 at 6 pm

Esta capacitación examinará los tipos de discapacidad y creencias, y explorará recursos de la neurodiversidad. Los participantes explorarán perspectivas y estrategias para apoyar la reflexión sobre las prácticas actuales e ideas para implementar prácticas que afirmen la neurodiversidad para fomentar entornos educativos más inclusivos y diversos. Nivel dos en SN. Infantes/Ninos Pequenos, Preescolar.

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