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BRIEFLY: Insects subject of next gardener class

The next Master Gardener class will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Union County 4-H & Extension Education Center, 10507 N. McAlister Road. in Island City.  This week’s topic will be entomology, the scientific study of insects. Guest instructor Paul Blom, an entomologist, will discuss how to identify friends and foes in the garden and explain what measures can be taken to increase/decrease insect populations. 

The public is welcome to attend at a drop-in rate of $10 per person (cash/check only). Refreshments will be served.

Farmers’ Market opens May 17

Fresh local produce will return to La Grande at the Farmers’ Market opening day May 17. Market Manager Beth Wasley announced at the market’s annual meeting Thursday night that there won’t be any major changes to the market this year. Chef at the Market, which debuted its cooking demonstrations last season, will return as will annual events such as Kid Day.  The board may revert back to closing Tuesday markets at 6 p.m. rather than at 6:30 p.m. like last year.

During the annual report, Wasley said the market lost money last year — $3,700 — likely due to spending. Attendance was down in 2013 for Tuesday markets.

This season, with the help of Oregon Rural Action, the market hopes to gather hard numbers via rapid market assessments. This will help organizers determine the economic health of the market.

Free class on memory care offered Tuesday

Wildflower Lodge Assisted Living and Memory Care Community is offering a class on Transitioning from Home to Memory Care at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The class will shed light on assisting families with the physical and emotional aspects of transition and relocation when safety and care exceed their ability to provide in-home care. 

For more information on this free educational series or to register for one or all of the classes, call 541-663-1200.

Heidi Ho registration opens Tuesday

Registration for the Heidi Ho Christian Preschool and Kindergarten 2014-2015 school year begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Heidi Ho offers preschool (age 3), pre-K (age 4) and kindergarten classes with morning and afternoon sessions available for all ages. Also offered are full-day pre-K and kindergarten classes. 

Heidi Ho is located downstairs at the First Baptist Church in La Grande, 1702 Sixth St. 

For more information find the school on Facebook, drop in or call 541-963-8795.

Central PTA meets Monday night

Central School PTA will hold its March meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the school library. The schedule for the monthly PTA meetings have changed and will now be held on the second Monday of every month. 

Child care is provided and all are welcome. Topics under discussion will include upcoming events in March: Spell-a-Thon and da Vinci Fair (Art & Science). 

For more information contact Mika Morton at 541-962-8494, or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oregon GreenFree meets Saturday

The local chapter of Oregon GreenFree meets at noon Saturday at the Integrated Services Building, 1607 Gekeler. Lunch this week will be chili dogs. 

Oregon GreenFree is an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program resource center committed to providing information, education and a sense of unity for those who choose to use medicinal cannabis.


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