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BRIEFLY: Kids explore science, arts June 23-26

Kids explore science, arts June 23-26 

Marian Academy, a non-denominational Christian school in La Grande, is offering “Going on a Bear Hunt,” a week-long science and math summer school course June 23-26 for children in pre-K through first grade. Activities will include painting, stamping, life cycle lessons and teddy bear stations. Running from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each day, the schedule will include story time, art activities, snacks, recess and science and math explorations. Cost is $50. 

To register or for more information, call 541-963-0861. Marian Academy is at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1002 L Ave.

Book art craft for teens set Friday

Cook Memorial Library is holding a book art craft for teens from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Supplies are provided, and registration is not required. iCRAFT is the library’s free craft activity for “teens” ages 11 and older. It is held monthly on the third Friday in the library’s Teen Zone. This program is funded by a grant from the Wildhorse Foundation.

Support group meets Wednesday 

Wildflower Lodge Dementia Support Group meets from noon to 1 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month. A free lunch is included. The next meeting will be Wednesday, covering the physical effects that Alzheimer’s has on the brain, with visual aids to help identify the changes that occur.

Fair sponsors solar hot water class 

SolWest Fair and Oregon Rural Action will sponsor a professional-level solar hot water class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27 at the Union County Fairgrounds. This workshop is open to anyone interested in all aspects of solar hot water. 

This classroom and hands-on session will cover an overview of system types, theory, selection and design of solar hot water systems. Students will install the solar hot water system that heats the showers for SolWest Fair. 

This class qualifies for four hours continuing education credits with Oregon Building Codes Division, and four hours tax credit technician continuing education credits with the Department of Energy. To register or for more information, call 541-975-2411 ext. 5 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fundraiser promotes Summer Garden Tour 

COVE — Cove Library’s first of what is planned to be an annual fundraiser, the Summer Garden Tour, will take place July 19. People are asked to put the dates on their calendars. Tickets will be available several weeks ahead of the event through the library.  People who buy tickets should come to the library at 9 a.m. July 19 to pick up the tour map. The tour will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information provided in a previous briefly was incorrect.

Animal rescue seeks donations for store 

The Animal Rescue Center of Eastern Oregon — formerly Blue Mountain Humane — is now accepting donations  for its new thrift store, “Barkin’ Basement,” that will open later this year. The money made will go directly back into the care of the animals. The store is accepting good, clean working items that people no longer need —  except clothes. To donate, call 541-786-5036 to arrange pick up or drop off. 

GED Online Academy offers scholarships

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

 Registration began 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. The regular cost to attend the 10-week academy is $74.

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

Book club welcomes new members 

Cook Memorial Library’s Page Turners Book Club is reading “Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale” by Lynda Rutledge for its July 8 meeting. Meetings are held at       1 p.m. in the Archives Room of the library. New members are always welcome.

Educational seminar set Tuesday night

An educational seminar will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 1114 Y Ave., sponsored by the Union County Republicans.

Author, educator and constitutional attorney KrisAnne Hall will address the 10th Amendment and state’s rights.

Holly Swanson, the author of the books “Set Up & Sold Out” and “Training for Treason,” will also speak. Swanson is the founder and director of Operation Green Out!, a national campaign dedicated to getting Green politics out in the open and out of America’s schools. A national speaker and frequent guest on local and national talk radio, Swanson is recognized for her work to preserve free thought and individual freedom. 

Book sales will be available, and there will be a question and answer period. Donations will be accepted to help cover travel expenses of guest speakers.

For more information, call Chris Barreto at 541-910-5247.

Union School Board meets Wednesday 

UNION — The Union School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the high school athletic complex. The school board will vote on whether to adopt the school district’s proposed 2014-15 budget at the meeting. 

Forest Plan webinar set for June 25

The U.S. Forest Service will host a webinar on the Blue Mountains Forest Plan from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 25.

In March and April, the Wallowa-Whitman, Umatila and Malheur national forests hosted public meetings about the Blue Mountains Draft Envrionmental Impact Statement and Proposed Revised Forest Plan. The webinar will offer more in-depth information-sharing and disucussion about the plan.

Advance registration is required to participate in the webinar. Register online at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/466254943. Participants will receive a confirmation email that includes a personalized toll-free number and access code needed to join the webinar.

The plan’s comment period has been extended 60 days. Comments must be submitted by Aug. 15. They can be submitted electronically at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/blueMountainForestPlanRevisionComments. Written comments can be addressed to the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Team, P.O. Box 907, Baker City, OR 97814. 

Copies of the plan are available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainsForestPlanRevisionDocuments or by request by calling 541-523-1302 or 541-523-1246.

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