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Briefly: Two Big Read events on tap for Thursday

WALLOWA — Fishtrap celebrates the 2014 Big Read with seven weeks of events surrounding the classic Western novel “True Grit.” Thursday, Paul VanDevelder will present “Portrayal of Indians in True Grit and Western Literature” at 6 p.m. at the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center and at 7 p.m. at the Wallowa Senior Center. For more information on the Big Read, go to www.fishtrap.org.

Public meeting set to discuss streets 

JOSEPH — A public meeting to discuss the Joseph street improvement plans will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Joseph Charter School cafeteria. All city residents are urged to attend to offer input about the proposed major public works project.

Presentation targets behavior of birds

Laura Mahrt, associate professor of biology, will present her sabbatical research, “Mixed Foraging Flock Behavior of Birds in Southern India,” at Eastern Oregon University’s Colloquium Series Thursday. The presentation begins at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall Room 210.  

For more details, see infoguides.eou.edu/content.

Hear from family physician Thursday 

Dr. Mary Deighton will be the next presenter for EOU’s Health Speaker Series Thursday. Students and community members are invited to attend the free presentation at 6 p.m. in Badgley Hall, Room 102. 

 Deighton is a field surgeon with the National Guard stationed in La Grande and practices family medicine at Grande Ronde Hospital’s Regional Medical Clinic.

 A board-certified physician, Deighton completed her medical training at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and her residency at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C.

 Deighton was the lead physician for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and introduced the benefits of a therapy dog to her unit while deployed in Iraq.

 Before moving to Union County, she served at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles and the Warrior Family Medicine Clinic in Fort Carson, Colo.

 The speaker series is organized by EOU and the Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center to provide students interested in pursuing health care careers the opportunity to hear firsthand experiences from members of the area medical community.

For more information visit www.eou.edu/prepro or contact Kimberly Mueller, EOU’s pre-professional health liaison, at 541-962-3070. 

Spaghetti feed benefits Ostermann 

A fundraising spaghetti feed will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Presbyterian Friendship Center on Spring Street in honor of Robin Ostermann for her service to the community. 

Donations will help with future medical expenses.

Clark presents watercolor workshop 

“The Donkeys,” a watercolor workshop with Jan Clark will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Art Center at the Old Library. 

Cost is $45, $40 for Art Center members. Register by calling 541-624-2800 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit artcenterlagrande.org.


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