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BRIEFLY: Sign up for City Wide Yard Sale in Union

UNION — Union Grassroots Festival will have a City Wide Yard Sale Aug. 9 as part of the Union Grassroots Festival. To be included on the map, call Nadyne at 541-910-5425 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Donations are being accepted for a yard sale to raise funds to help promote the Union Grassroots Festival. Donations can be dropped off at Union Bagel Shop/Sights & Sounds Video at 153 Electric St. (across from the high school). For more information or to sign up as a vendor, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 541-786-1492.

Teen Movie Night unfolds at library 

Teen Movie Night will be held at 6 p.m. May 30 at Cook Memorial Library. Teen Movie Nights are free and open to middle and high school teens and pre-teens. Teens may bring comfortable chairs and snacks. View the current movie flier and watch for upcoming teen events on the library’s Web and Facebook pages. This program is funded by a grant from the Wildhorse Foundation.

Joseph Farmers’ Market kicks off 

JOSEPH — The Joseph Farmers’ Market kicks off Saturday with a Spring Planting Festival. 

The event will include fresh produce, plant starts for the garden, music by Janis Carper and a petting zoo. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Joseph and Main streets. For more information, visit www.wallowacountyfarmersmarket.org.

Dessert social honors school retirees

IMBLER — The Imbler School District will hold a potluck dessert social to honor retirees Doug Hislop and Mary West. The social will be held at 6 p.m. June 3 in the elementary gym. People are asked to bring their favorite dessert and story to share.

Homeowners can get mortgage help 

Homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments may be eligible for up to $20,000 in assistance and up to $10,000 to bring their mortgages current. There are only three cycles left to apply for the Home Rescue Program (May 28, June 11 and June 25). This program is designed to help Oregon homeowners avoid foreclosure by making their monthly mortgage payments for up to one year.

To qualify, homeowners must be able to show at least a 10 percent reduction in their current income compared to 2012 or 2013 tax returns. An eligibility questionnaire, a complete list of qualification requirements and application cycle schedule can be found on the Home Rescue Program page at www.oregonhomeown

“This program will help local homeowners stay in their homes so they can focus on recovering from the difficult economic times we have been experiencing,” said Debbie Votaw, housing manager of  Community Connection of Northeast Oregon Inc.

There are no plans to further extend this program or other assistance funds available at this time, so it is important to apply during one of these remaining cycles. For more information about how to apply, visit the program page at www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org or call Votaw at 541-963-3186. Homeowners without Internet access can visit Community Connection of Union County at the
La Grande office located at 2802 Adams Ave.

Tickets for June 1 breakfast on sale

Tickets are available for the Soroptimist Annual June Breakfast at the Union County Chamber of Commerce, 207 Depot St. The chamber’s hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.

The Soroptimists will hold their annual June Breakfast at the Riverside Park Pavilion from 7 a.m. to noon June 1.

Museum accepting donations for sale

UNION — The Union County Museum is accepting donations for a yard sale to be held May 30-31. Items may be left at the museum at 333 S. Main St. in Union, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or in La Grande at 2703 Greenwood St. 

Proceeds benefit the Little White Church.

TOPS club meets Tuesday mornings 

ISLAND CITY — The fragrance-free TOPS club meets from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday mornings at the Island City City Hall. Seven members went to Pendleton May 16-17 for the state recognition day.

Rolling slowdown coming to interstate 

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative along with Certified Personnel Services will be constructing an overhead freeway crossing for a line extension at 9 a.m. Wednesday.  This involves a rolling slowdown on Interstate 84 to accommodate the work.

Pilot cars will begin a rolling slowdown on eastbound I-84 at milepost 268.27 and westbound milepost 290.729. Pilot cars will be traveling at 35 mph to accommodate the work at milepost 279.5 to cross the freeway. 

The work should take less than 10 minutes.

OMSI’s Magic Planet visits Union library

UNION — An oversized lighted globe that spins colorful windstorms, tsunamis, ocean currents and more across oceans and continents on Earth’s surface is on loan from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to the Union Carnegie Library.

The “Magic Planet” globe from OMSI is part of a NASA exhibit that is touring throughout Eastern Oregon. It will be available for area residents to view at the public library from Thursday throughout the month of June.

The Magic Planet sits on top of a projector that sends images to its inside, the Earth’s surface, and is connected to a laptop programmed by NASA to show dozens of moving images and programs as the globe lights up and spins.

The spinning planet features brilliantly colored displays such as Earth’s city lights, climate change, tsunamis, wind streams, ocean currents, geographic and topographic features. 

“The Magic Planet is amazing. It captivates the senses,” said Nate Lesiuk, program developer for OMSI’s Earth From Space program. 

 The Magic Planet is brought to public libraries in the region through a NASA grant provided to OMSI in collaboration with Libraries of Eastern Oregon.  

The exhibit will be rotated among public libraries in Eastern Oregon throughout 2014. For more information, call Lesiuk at 503-239-7817 or Library Director Louise Sheldon at 541-562-5811.

Oregon Trail park opens today

History comes alive at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Park at Blue Mountain Crossing, which is opening today.  

The park boasts a half-mile paved walking trail that is ADA compliant, with interpretive signs and benches. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of the pioneers.  

Visitors can also enjoy various non-paved scenic trails or have lunch at one of the family picnic areas.  Restrooms and running water are among the amenities.

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