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Local briefing for October 2, 2013

Local briefing for October 2, 2013

La Grande records wettest September

 Maybe it’s time to buy umbrella stock. September was the wettest on record in La Grande, with precipitation totaling 2.67 inches. The previous wettest September was 2.10 inches in 1970.

According to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton, September’s precipitation was 2 inches above normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on 11 days with the heaviest, 1.40 inches reported on Sept. 30.

Temperatures at
La Grande averaged warmer than normal. The average temperature was 62.2 degrees, which was 2.3 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 75.1 degrees, which was 1.1 degrees below normal. The highest was 93 degrees on Sept. 1. 

Low temperatures averaged 49.4 degrees, which was 5.7 degrees above normal. The lowest was 35 degrees, on Sept. 19.

On three days, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.

The highest wind gust was 55 mph, which occurred on Sept. 15.

The outlook for October from the Climate Prediction Center calls for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande fall from 70 degrees at the start of October to 54 degrees at the end of October. Normal lows fall from 39 degrees to 33 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.29 inches.

Taco feed, live auction set Saturday 

ELGIN — A taco feed and live auction will take place at the Elgin Stampede Grounds Saturday. 

Doors open at 4 p.m. for the taco feed, and the live auction will begin at 5 p.m. All proceeds from the benefit will go to Brian Evans and Chad Huffman to be used for their medical expenses and recovery costs. For more information, or to donate auction items,
call Angie Hallgarth at

Rehearsals start tonight for symphony 

The Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra will soon start its 65th consecutive season and would like to encourage all interested area musicians to be a part of this fall’s concert.  

The orchestra is both a community orchestra and college orchestra for students of Eastern Oregon University.  

Rehearsals take place once a week, Wednesday evenings, at 7 p.m. in the Groth Recital room in Loso Hall on the EOU campus.  

Conductor Leandro Espinosa said this fall’s concert will include Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony,” and other numbers, possibly including Rimsky Korsakoff’s “Russian Easter Overture” or Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite.”  

Two performances will take place, one in Baker on Nov. 9 and in La Grande on Nov. 20.  

Members of the Grande Ronde Orchestra range from locations spanning from Joseph to Baker City.  

The orchestra extends a special offer to area high school students who want to play in the symphony.  The orchestra will pay for these students to receive college credit (large ensemble, MUS 196).  This credit comes from EOU and is transferable to most universities and colleges. If interested, come to the first rehearsal at 7 p.m. tonight. 

For more information, contact Espinosa at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Student Manager Eric Jepsen at 541-561-1881, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ukulele group
meets Thursday

The Coalition of Union County Ukuleles will hold its monthly first Thursday ukulele music reading session at the Community School of Arts at the White House, corner of Sixth Street and
L Avenue, at 7 p.m.

The session is open to beginners and all others who want to learn to pick the ukulele. Those attending will learn how to read notes (and chords, if that is their desire), and learner ukes will be available.

For more information, visit www.cucuorchestra.org/.

Class of ‘64 meets for lunch, planning

La Grande High School Class of 1964 will meet for lunch and reunion planning  at noon Saturday at the Flying J Restaurant.

Hail damage
closes museum 

UNION — Hail damage and resulting roof leaks have resulted in the closure of the Union County Museum for the remainder of the season. 

The annual meeting Oct. 11, featuring cowboy historian Mike Hanley, will be held at the museum’s Little White Church, just across the street from the museum, at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 as scheduled.  The public is invited.

Art Center
offers classes 

Kids can have fun in the kitchen, and make nutritious food to boot.

Cooking with Kids — Art Projects is one of numerous classes being offered this fall at the Art Center, 1006 Penn.

Teacher Katie Fetz finds creative ways to get kids interested in nutritious foods.

The mini workshops occur on four Tuesdays, from
3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Session One runs from Oct. 8-29, and Session Two runs from Nov. 5-26. Kids work together mixing up artfully designed, nutritious and tasty snacks.

Cost is $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

Other classes offered this fall for kids include Little Creation Arts, Little Big Art, eARTH Works, Maskmaking, Exploring Clay, Discover Music with Mark and Lea Emerson of Emerson Music Arts, and Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture.

Other offerings are Mind & Body with Liv Fit,  the umbrella over the following classes: Pilates, Zumba, Zumbatomic, Zumba Gold,
Yopi, Cross HIIT and Yoga Refresh.

In art and music, there are open studio ceramics lab, Northeast Oregon Folklore Society open community dancing and country dance orchestra.

Painting workshops with Jan Clark yet to unfold are Summer at the Creek and Sunflowers, both for 16 and older.

Elizabeth Urbick will teach Introduction to Pastel Painting and Beginning Drawing: The Art of Seeing for students 16 and older.

Tim Laurence will teach Still Life Painting for students 14 and older.

Other classes are offered in photography,  Nia holistic fitness, dance cardio and modern dance lessons.

To register or for more information, visit the Art Center or log on to www.artcenterlagrande.org.

The Art Center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 

For more information, call 541-624-2800.

Work party gathers
at Art Center Sunday 

A work party is being organized from 11 a.m. to
4 p.m. Sunday at the Art Center, 1006 Penn Ave. Volunteers will be weeding, cleaning, painting, gardening, organizing, patching, flooring and doing office work. People are asked to bring their own gloves, brush and carpentry tools, ladders and gardening tools. For more information, contact 541-624-2800 or
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Oregon Rural Action seeks dessert makers 

Oregon Rural Action is looking for volunteers to make desserts to be auctioned off at its upcoming fundraiser. 

The event will be held Oct. 19. For more information
or to sign up, call Elizabeth at 541-663-0564.

Driver safety class
set for Oct. 26

A driver safety class will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. For registration and more information, call Fred Moore at 541-910-9797. 

Completion of the class entitles drivers 55 and older to a discount in their auto insurance in most cases.


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