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BRIEFLY: Farmer’s market celebrates hat day

Farmer’s market celebrates hat day 

JOSEPH — Joseph Farmer’s Market is celebrating crazy hat day Saturday. People who wear their craziest hat can earn an entry into the market drawing for a basketful of market products. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Joseph and Main streets. For more information visit www.wallowacountyfarmersmarket.org.

Book sale set for Saturday at EOU

Book enthusiasts have the opportunity this weekend to shop for their next great read while supporting the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) at EOU. A wide range of volumes for all ages, in addition to audio and visual selections, will be included in the WRC’s annual spring book sale happening Friday through Sunday.

The sale begins with an early bird special. For a $5 admission fee, shoppers can browse tables from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in the Hoke Union Building, Room 309. Admission is free from 1 to 7 p.m. The sale continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Books will be sold for $1 per inch. Audio and visual items will be $0.50 to $1 each. Proceeds benefit the WRC, dedicated to providing a safe place for women to access services and education. The center also promotes awareness and understanding of women’s and gender issues at EOU and in the community.

For more information contact Alyssa Gurney, WRC director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 541-962-3021.

Pizza Hut fundraiser to help local family 

La Grande and Baker City Pizza Huts will host a fundraiser for Union County farmer Ralph Wilson Thursday. Customers at both Pizza Hut locations can fill out vouchers so that 20 percent of their order goes to the Wilson family for out-of-pocket expenses for Ralph’s cancer treatment.

For phone orders, customers should tell the Pizza Hut employee they want to participate in the Wilson fundraiser. If customers order online, they should enter the coupon code “Wilson” for 20 percent of the order to go to the family.

Wilson is a local farmer and Union County Search and Rescue volunteer. He was recently diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment in Idaho.

End of month dance is Saturday

The Union County Senior Center will have an end of the month dance from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The dance will feature live music by the Blue Mountaineers, a finger food potluck and door prizes.

The cost is $3, $5 for couples, free for kids under 12.

Public art meeting set for Thursday

La Grande Main Street Downtown will hold its second Downtown Public Art meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the La Grande Main Street Office, 118 Depot St. All are welcome.

GED Academy scholarships available

Residents of Union County are eligible for scholarships to cover the cost of attending summer the GED Online Academy summer session.

 Registration begins June 2. Courses run June 23 through Aug. 28 and are offered by Blue Mountain Community College. GED study guides, practice tests and tutoring are available through Eastern Oregon University at no cost.

 Soroptimist International of La Grande and the Oregon Employer Council of Union County are providing the scholarships. Regular cost to attend the 10-week academy is $74.

 For more information and to register, contact Cathy Trochlell, EOU’s Continuing Education coordinator, at 541-962-3076 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.eou.edu/conted.

Food program starts Monday for summer

Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc., will launch its free Summer Food Service Program for everyone ages 1-18 Monday at the Riveria Activity Center, 2609 Second St. Lunches will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Meals must be eaten on site. The program is open to everyone regardless of race, color, income level, national origin, religion, age or disability. The program will run until Aug. 22. Meals for adults will be available for $3.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded USDA program. For more information, call Jeff Hensley at 541-963-3186.

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