Local Briefing (March 18, 2013)

By Observer Upload March 19, 2013 12:15 pm

Imbler FBLA hosts talent show 

IMBLER – Imbler FBLA will be holding its annual talent show at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Imbler High School gym. 

The event is free but donations will be accepted. A dessert bar will be provided for attendees as they watch Imbler Elementary School children perform. 

A live and a silent auction will also take place to raise money to help FBLA members fund their trip to the Oregon State Business Leaders Conference in April.

Apply now
for scholarships 

Three $1,000 scholarships are being offered by Valley Insurance to graduating high school seniors in Union County planning to enroll in an institution of higher learning.

To be eligible, candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; demonstrate leadership, discipline and responsibility through their high school activities, community service or honors and awards; plan to attend a four-year university or two-year college or accredited vocational technical school in the summer or fall of 2013; and effectively communicate to the scholarship selection committee via an essay not exceeding 500 words.

The scholarship recipients will be chosen based on student merit, not financial need. 

The scholarships will be awarded in May and paid directly to the institution upon confirmation of enrollment. Any family member or relative of a Valley Insurance employee is not eligible to apply. 

The application deadline is 5 p.m. April 19. Scholarship applications are available at Valley Insurance, 1603 Washington Ave. For information, call 541-963-3121.

‘Conscious Discipline’ class continues 

Part 3, focusing on assertiveness and choices, of the Conscious Discipline series will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the basement of Inlow Hall on the EOU campus. 

This session will center on learning how to empower children by setting limits and build self-esteem while reducing impulsivity. 

The class is free and open to the public. To register or for more information, call 541-963-7942, ext. 7, or 1-800-956-0324, ext. 7.

Gardener class focuses on diseases

 The OSU Master Gardener class Tuesday will explore plant diseases and plant disease diagnostics. The presenter is OSU Extension Pathologist Jordan Eggers from the Agricultural Research Lab in Hermiston.

Class starts promptly at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Individual classes cost $15, which includes dinner.  To sign up for the class, call the OSU Extension Service office at 541-963-1010.

Josephy Center seeks donations for auction

JOSEPH — Area residents are invited to bring art and antiques to the Josephy Center for a silent auction that will be held March 30 to April 21. The auction is being held in conjunction with the upcoming “Collections!” exhibit on display during the same time period. The exhibit features art, antiques and eclectic items loaned from regional residents.

The silent auction will be a fundraiser for the center. A 50 percent commission will be taken on auction items.
Donors may place a minimum reserve bid on their items as desired. Anyone interested in contributing items for the auction or the exhibit is encouraged to contact the center at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 541-432-0505.

Scenic bikeway work session is Thursday 

A Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway work session will run from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cook Memorial Library in La Grande.

The purpose of the meeting is for participants to share the progress they are making with their committee. 

All interested people are welcome to come learn about the group’s activities and how to help put the finishing touches to make the Grande Tour truly user-friendly.

Need something
to read?

WALLOWA COUNTY — Wallowa County Library is offering free book deliveries to the homebound and senior populations. “Deliver-Me-A-Book!” has been in operation since 2003. The library delivers books twice a month in the Enterprise/Joseph areas and once a month in the Lostine/Wallowa areas. Call 541-426-3969 for further information. The program is funded by Wallowa County and Soroptimist.

Grant writing workshop set

Oregon Heritage along with the Oregon Main Street program is offering a grant-writing workshop from
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 26 at Market Place, 1101 Washington Ave. Grant Success Workshops will provide tips on project planning, matching the project to the right grant and writing effective responses. 

Information will also be made available about Oregon Heritage and other grant opportunities including the Oregon Cultural Trust. For more information, contact Kuri Gill at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 503-986-0675.

Oregon Rural Action meets Thursday 

The Blue Mountain Chapter of Oregon Rural Action will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Community Room of the Cook Memorial Library. 

This will be a quarterly business meeting and includes a screening of a series of short sustainability films. The Blue Mountain Chapter Executive Team welcomes all to the quickly approaching spring season. As people prepare gardens and step to the outdoors, they are also accomplishing great works with the Blue Mountain Chapter Action Teams. 

The newly formed BMC Executive Membership Team has developed a plan of regularly scheduled activities to continue the engagement of people throughout the year to work on Homegrown Prosperity in rural communities including local food, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. 

For more information, contact Karen at Oregon Rural Action at 541-975-2411 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

La Grande School Board to meet

The La Grande School Board will meet for a meeting and work session Wednesday. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Willow Elementary School conference room. The board will discuss the possibility of pursuing a bond or option levy.