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BRIEFLY: Landmarks Commission meets

Landmarks Commission meets

The La Grande Landmarks Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers at City Hall.

ORA sets spring meeting, picnic

Oregon Rural Action’s Blue Mountain Chapter will gather for a spring meeting and picnic from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Riverside Park pavilion. It’s a chance to celebrate summer and to hear about chapter activities, including the community garden, health care reform and Solwest. Burgers, brats and drinks will be provided. People can bring a side dish or dessert if they wish. For more information and ideas on what to bring, call Thomas at 541-975-2411.

Register by Friday for tree farm tour 

Woodland owners, logger, contractors or people interested in forestry and natural resources are invited to a tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 of the HMJS Tree Farm (Craig and JoAnne Pubols) on Smith Mountain. Meet at 9 a.m. at the junction of Highway 82 and Bramlet Road (about five miles west of Wallowa) in the parking area next to the Wallowa River. The group will car pool up to the property from there. Those who plan to drive their own vehicle will need good clearance and tires.

Speakers include the hosts as well as Steve Fitzgerald, OSU Extension silviculture specialist and director of college forests; Butch Tansey, Tansey Forest Management; Sarah Anderson, Oregon Department of Forestry, stewardship forester; and Nils Christoffersen, Wallowa Resources.

People should bring their own lunch and be prepared for inclement weather. Pre-register by calling the OSU Extension Service Union County office at 541-963-1010 by Friday so Extension can prepare handouts.

Fire hydrant testing starts today 

The annual Public Works Department fire hydrant testing and maintenance program starts today.

Testing is expected to take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays until all the hydrants are tested.

The program allows the department to identify the quantity of water available for firefighting and serves to rid the city’s water distribution system of accumulations of sediment over the past year.

Citizens who experience unusual water clarity problems after the hydrants are flushed are encouraged to turn on a cold-water faucet outside the house and let it run for five to 10 minutes. This will normally clear up the agitated water from the service line to the home.

Further problems may be referred to La Grande Public Works by calling 541-962-1325.

Beginning collage class set Saturday

A beginning collage class with Jan Clark will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Art Center, 1006 Penn Ave. It’s a chance to explore collage with watercolors or acrylics and mixed media. People are asked to bring supplies if they have them. Cost is $50, $45 for Art Center members. To register, call 541-624-2800 or go to www.artcenterlagrande.org.

Fire department serves breakfast

ELGIN — The Elgin Fire Department Pancake
Breakfast will run from
7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the fire station. The price is $5 for adults and $3 for kids younger than 12.

Summer music camps starting soon 

Emerson Music Arts is leading summer music camps for kids playing music, dancing, singing, building instruments and enjoying daily concerts that include hands-on interaction with local music groups.  

The camps will be held at the Art Center at the Old Library.  The Art Center is also supporting the music camps by offering need-based scholarships to students through donations provided by La Grande community members.  

Third through sixth graders will get lessons in guitar, piano or recorder. The kids will build authentic water drums this year, while pre-k to second graders will build both gourd shaker eggs and coconut clip-cloppers.  

New to the staff this year is Art Center Zumba instructor Olivia Westenskow bringing dancing to the beach party camp. Students will accompany themselves on the dances with their ensemble of orff instruments, singing, drums and percussion. The kids will perform a final concert on the Friday of camp.

 Available camps are pre-k to second grade with a session running Aug. 4-8, and third through sixth grade with one session June 16-20. There is also a worship band camp to be held at the K House for seventh grade through high school July 21-25. Registration is now open. There are 30 percent sibling discounts offered and need-based scholarships provided by the Art Center.   

Go to emersonmusicarts.com or call 541-605-0425 for details and registration. Call 541-624-2800 to learn about the Art Center scholarships.

Flag-burning ceremony set

A flag-burning ceremony for the honorable disposal of American flags will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in the American Legion parking lot, 301 Fir St. The public is invited to attend. Those with flags needing to be honorably disposed of may drop them by the American Legion post between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. today through Friday. For more information, call 541-963-5141.

Faith Lutheran rummage sale set

Faith Lutheran Church of La Grande is having a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Elgin free lunch program starts soon 

ELGIN — The Elgin free summer lunch program starts Monday. The program will run Mondays through Thursdays. The lunch is served from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stella Mayfield Elementary School cafeteria. All kids from 1 to 18 eat free. 

Adult price is $3.


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