Two Eastern Oregon University students, senior Maria Stadler and junior Makayla Mangione planned and implemented a Dr. Seuss reading day at Cook Memorial Library on Saturday. Through their English for Speakers of Other Languages class at the university, they wanted to provide a literacy opportunity to the public. Bev White, who works at the library’s Literacy Center, partnered to provide a day of games and reading in honor of Dr. Seuss.

Open house set for March 16 for new CTE building at LHS

An open house for La Grande High School’s new Career and Technical Education building will be conducted March 16. The open house will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the CTE building, 708 K Ave. A brief presentation will be given at 7:15 p.m. and a tour will follow.

RSVP for weekend fruit tree-pruning workshop

The OSU Extension Master Gardener program is offering a fruit tree-pruning workshop on March 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All community members are invited to attend. There will be classroom instruction and hands-on pruning at a nearby orchard. The class will meet in the conference room at the OSU Extension office, 10507 N. McAlister Road, Island City. Participants are asked to pre-register and to dress for the weather. Bring pruning tools if possible as well as a sack lunch or a snack. The fee for the workshop is $10. For more information and to RSVP call 541-963-1010.

Community Garden plots open to the public

Sign-ups for garden plots at the La Grande Community Garden will be open to new gardeners beginning March 16. The Community Garden, a collaboration between EOU and Oregon Rural Action, is located in the fenced area between H and I Avenues on 13th Street. Those interested in using a plot this season may attend one of two sign-up events at the garden this week: from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 16, and from 10 a.m. to noon March 18.

Payment and a signed Commitment Letter and Pledge are required for all plots at the time of sign-up. The plot fee per season for EOU students, staff and faculty and ORA members is $10. For all other individuals and organizations, the plot fee is $30. There are limited scholarships available based on need.

If you are unable to attend a sign-up event but want to sign up for a plot, starting Thursday you may go to the Oregon Rural Action office, 1119 Washington Ave., between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday and request a Community Garden Letter of Commitment and Pledge. For more information contact Tony Capps, garden committee chair, at lagrandecommunitygarden@gmail.com .

IMESD Board meets Wednesday

PENDLETON — The Board of Directors of the InterMountain Education Service District will meet for a regular meeting at 5 p.m. March 15 at the IMESD headquarters, 2001 SW Nye Ave., Pendleton. Discussion items include IMESD licensed and administrative staff renewals and the March 21 EO Forum, “From Field to Froth,” at BMCC.

Pleasant Grove Grange hosts appreciation dinner

The members of Pleasant Grove Grange in Summerville will meet at 4 p.m. March 17, to prepare for Saturday’s appreciation dinner. The grange is hosting a Spring Appreciation Dinner March 18 at 4 p.m. in honor of all the service groups who helped the community get through the winter, including the Union County road crew, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Imbler Fire Department, postal carriers and Observer carriers.

Residents in the Summerville/Imbler area are invited. Those who wish may bring a main dish to add to the provided dinner of soup, salad and dessert. There will be a family game night following the dinner. For more information, call the grange secretary, Vicki Correll at 541-534-5235. There will not be a grange meeting on Sunday.

OTEC warns of phone scam

On March 6, Oregon Trail Electric Co-op sent a press release alerting the public that members have received calls from someone claiming to be an OTEC representative saying electricity service will be cut off unless money is paid immediately over the phone.

“Such calls are not legitimate and you should not give any personal or financial information over the phone,” the OTEC release stated.

Members who receive a call they believe to be a scam should hang up then call their local police and local OTEC office and speak to a service representative.

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